CDNIS COVID-19 Information

Update on planning for 2020/2021 school year

We are in the position of having to adapt our teaching and learning to an online environment. While we fully recognize the value of being on campus for all curricular and extra-curricular activities, we know that we can provide a stimulating, meaningful, and rewarding experience remotely as well. The continuity of learning is of critical importance to all of us, not the least for the child as a learner no matter their stage of development.

This website provides further details to the guiding principles expressed in the CDNIS 2020/2021 Learning Scenarios Roadmap and focuses primarily on two scenarios: full remote learning and hybrid learning.

Section A: Whole School
Section B: Lower School
Section C: Upper School
Section D: ASAs and ECAs
Section E: Health and Safety Measures for On-Campus Return

This page was created on August 3, 2020 and reflects our guidelines and procedures as of that date. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Re-Opening Guidelines & Principles

Safety Measures:

Adherence to Centre for Health Protection guidelines will be upheld, and all possible measures will be taken to ensure the safety of our staff and students on campus.  Such measures will include:
 

  • Mandatory Completion of the Health, Travel, Quarantine Declaration Form prior to entry on campus
  • Mandatory wearing of masks on campus and school buses
  • Daily Temperature Checks for any person before entering the
  • campus
  • Hand sanitising upon arrival for all persons entering the campus and available in all classrooms as needed
  • Re-arrangement of class structure and schedule to limit the number of students on campus
  • Re-arrangement of classroom layout to allow social distancing between students in classes
  • No food or drinks will be available to students on campus. For hygiene reasons, water fountains will be shut off and students should bring a water bottle from home.  Students should also bring a small snack from home that will be eaten under the conditions as outlined under the ‘Lunch and Snacks’ section below.
  • Students must leave campus right after their last scheduled class of the day
  • Regular and thorough cleaning of all classrooms and staff and student common areas
  • A separate designated area is set up for students and staff who fall ill during the day.

While the school will take all possible measures to ensure the safety of staff and students on campus, it should be emphasized that parents and students also play a crucial role in monitoring their own health and students should be staying home should they feel unwell.

Dates for Class Resumption

  • Grade 1            : Monday, June 1, 2020
  • Grade 2            : Monday, June 1, 2020
  • Grade 3            : Wednesday, May 27, 2020
  • Grade 4            : Wednesday, May 27, 2020
  • Grade 5            : Monday, May 25, 2020
  • Grade 6            : Monday, May 25, 2020
  • Grade 7            : Monday, May 25, 2020
  • Grade 8            : Monday, May 25, 2020
  • *Grade 9          : Thursday, May 21, 2020
  • *Grade 10        : Friday, May 22, 2020
  • Grade 11          : Wednesday, May 20, 2020

*NOTE:  Grade 9 & 10 students will return to school to sit Ontario Exams only during the period May 21 – June 5

REMINDER:
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS IS THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2020

Lower School (Grades 1-5)

Lower School (Grades 1-5)

  • All Lower School students Grades 1-6 will be seated in single rows with a “face-to-back” setting, 1.5m apart at all times. Teachers will teach students who are facing one direction.
  • Students may bring a snack from home.  Students should also bring a water bottle.  Water dispensers will be available for water refill.  For hygiene reasons, water fountains will be shut off and no food or drinks will be available to students on campus.  Students will eat their snack sitting at their forward facing desk, 1.5m apart, under strict teacher supervision.
  • Materials: To avoid sharing of materials, Lower School Students (Grades 1-6) are asked to bring their own supplies to school in a pencil case that is clearly named containing:
    • 3 (or more) pencils
    • 6 (or more) colouring pencils
    • 6 (or more) coloured markers
    • 1 sharpener
    • 1 eraser
    • 1 small pair of scissors
    • 1 glue stick
    • 1 ruler
    • 1 whiteboard marker
  • There will be no use of shared equipment in specialist lessons e.g. balls in PE, musical instruments, tools, visual art materials.
  • In the tower, there will be a one way system implemented on the stairs using two stairwells.
  • Use of the corridors by students will be controlled by staff in order to avoid congestion.
  • Use of the bathrooms by students will be controlled by staff in order to avoid congestion.

Grades 1 to 5:

  • Grades 1 & 2: On campus classes resume on: Monday, June 1,  2020
  • Grades 3 & 4: On campus classes resume on: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
  • Grades 5 & 6: On campus classes resume on: Monday, May 25, 2020
  • Students will attend school for a half-day only
    • Morning Schedule:        8am - 11am
    • Afternoon Schedule:     12noon - 3pm
  • Each homeroom will have half of their students in the morning and half in the afternoon to allow for easy distancing in classrooms and hallways (this means a maximum of 13 students per class)
Morning timetable Afternoon timetable
8:00 to 8:30 Period 1 11:50 - 12:20 Period 1
8:30 to 9:00 Period 2 12:20 - 12:50 Period 2
9:00 to 9:30 Period 3 12:50 - 1:20 Period 3
9:30 to 10:00 Period 4 1:20 - 1:50 Period 4
10:00 to 10:30 Period 5 1:50 - 2:20 Period 5
10:45 Busses Depart 2:35 Busses Depart
  • Homeroom teachers will divide students into morning or afternoon groups
  • Siblings will be kept together for the purpose of travel to school
  • Placement will be sent to parents
  • Parents are not obliged to send their child to school
  • Some streamlined online learning will continue to be posted weekly for Grades 1-6 but Zoom sessions will cease

Upper School (Grades 6-12)

Upper School (Grades 6-12)

  • Upper School Classroom furniture arrangement: Students will sit in a single row with "face-to-back" setting, and teachers will teach students who are facing one direction. Desks will be separated, maximizing the use of space in classrooms to ensure proper physical distancing among students.
  • Students may bring a snack from home. Students should also bring a bottle of water. Water dispensers will be available for water refil. For hygiene reasons, water fountains will be shut off and no food or drinks will be available to students on campus. Students may eat their snack as they move from one lesson to the next.

Grades 6, 7 & 8:

  • On campus classes resume on: Monday, May 25 2020
  • Students will attend school for a half-day only
    • Morning Schedule:    7:40am - 10:35am
    • Afternoon Schedule:  11:40 - 2:35pm
  • Each homeroom will have half of their students in the morning and half in the afternoon to allow for easy distancing in classrooms and hallways (this means a maximum of 13 students per class)
Morning timetable Afternoon timetable
7:40 to 7:55 Homeroom 11:35 - 11:50 Homeroom
8:00 to 8:35 Block 1 11:50 - 12:25 Block 1
8:40 to 9:15 Block 2 12:30 - 1:05 Block 2
9:20 to 9:55 Block 3 1:10 - 1:45 Block 3
10:00 to 10:35 Block 4 1:50 - 2:25 Block 4
10:45  Buses Depart  2:35  Buses Depart
  • Homeroom teachers will divide students into morning or afternoon groups
  • Placement will be sent to parents via email
  • Parents may request a change to the Principal only if they are hugely inconvenienced by the timing (i.e. no changes will be made because of friendship groups)
  • Parents are not obliged to send their child to school
  • Lessons will no longer be live streamed but student work will be posted online in the normal manner and students may work independently       

Grades 9 & 10:

  • Students in Grades 9-10 will be sitting exams on campus during the period May 21 to June 5.
  • Exams will take place in the school’s large gym to enable appropriate distancing and will follow the exam guidelines that the EDB issued for the HKDSE exams.
  • Exams for Grade 9 and 10 will be scheduled on alternate days, so the two grades will not be on campus at the same time.
  • All exams begin at 12noon at which time only half of the Grade 7s and Grade 8s are on campus (See Grade 7 & 8 Schedule) and Grade 11s have already exited the campus (See Grade 11 Schedule)

Grade 11:

  • On campus classes resume on: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
  • Students will attend a half-day schedule as outlined below until June 5.
  • Students will be spread across classrooms in the campus to allow distancing in classrooms as far as possible
Grade 11 Timetable
7:45 - 9:10 Block 1
9:20 - 10:45 Block 2
10:55 - 12:20 Block 3
12:30 Departure
2:00-3:15

TOK Class (online)

  • The Grade 11 schedule from June 8-11.  The schedule is a half-day schedule with sessions ending at 12:20.  The goal for these days is for students to complete their major IB Core projects independently under the supervision of their project supervisor.  Students will be spread around the campus to available classrooms in small groups (no larger than 10).

Campus Operations

Travel, Health Quarantine Declaration

All staff, students and visitors will be required to complete a Travel, Health, Quarantine Declaration before being allowed on campus.

Daily Temperature Record

  • Parents/Guardians should take their child’s temperature before going to school.  If a student has a fever (37.5o or higher) , he/she should not attend school and should consult a doctor promptly, apply for sick leave, stay at home and rest.
  • A ‘Student Health Passport’ containing a daily log sheet for parents to record and sign their child’s temperature will be given to students to bring back home on their first day back to classes.
  • For the first day back to class only, parents should write down their child’s temperature on a piece of paper and sign this and the student will need to bring this to school.
  • Parents/Guardians should record their child’s temperature and sign Student Health Passport daily.   Parents/Guardians should also take and record temperatures  during holiday.
  • The Student Health passport will be checked by the bus mom for any students taking the school bus.  Students who do not produce the passport will not be permitted to ride the bus.
  • The Student Health passport will be checked for all students upon arrival to the campus.  Students who do not produce the passport will not be permitted to enter the campus.

Campus Entry Points

All staff, students and authorised visitors must arrive at the campus via the designated entrances on the 9th Floor, 7th Floor or the LLAC and undergo relevant temperature and other checks.

No other entry points will be available for students or visitors.

Entering & Exiting the Classroom

Beginning of the day:

  • Students will bring all their belongings with them to the classroom 
  • Cubbies and lockers will not be in use
  • Students must use hand sanitizer upon entering the classroom

During the day:

  • Students must wash their hands effectively after using the toilet and use hand sanitizer upon re-entering the classroom
  • Each class will be assigned toilets/sinks to use and they must only use the facilities assigned.

End of the day:

  • Students sanitize their hands before walking out of the classroom
  • Students must take all belongings with them at the end of each day

Lunch and Snacks

  • No lunch service will be provided to students and no food or drinks will be available to students on campus.
  • For hygiene reasons, water fountains will be shut off and students should bring a water bottle from home.
  • Students should also bring a small snack from home that will be eaten under the conditions set for Upper and Lower School Students:
    • Lower School Students will eat their snack sitting at their forward-facing desk, 1.5m apart, under strict teacher supervision.
    • Upper School Students may eat their snack as they move from one lesson to the next.

School Bus Service

Modified school bus services will be provided that will be scheduled to align with the modified school schedule.  Kwoon Chong (KCM) will be in touch with parents directly to provide the updated schedule for those students who have registered for school bus services.  Any queries regarding bus services should be directed to KCM at cdnis@kcm.com.hk or via telephone 2979 8798

School Library

We need to complete this section based on discussions at SLT this week

School Fitness Room

The School Fitness Room will not be available for student use.

School Swimming Pool

The School Swimming Pool will remain closed and not available for use.

Health & Safety Guidelines

Sick Students

Students who show any signs of illness may not attend school.
Please do NOT send your child to school if he or she is showing any symptoms of illness which could be passed onto another child or adult. Such sympoms include but are not limited to

  • Fever (temperature of 37.5 degrees or higher)
  • Sore Throat
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Breathing Difficulty

If any member of the household has symptoms of Covid-19, or if any member of your household is under home quarantine , please do NOT send your child to school.

Students who show signs of illness or have a temperature of 37.5 C or higher will be sent home from school.  The School Nurse will call a parent to arrange immediate pick up of the sick child.

Sick Students will be taken and remain at a “Designated Area” outside the LLAC lobby and wait for parents/guardians to pick them up

Students who have developed a fever and/or respiratory symptoms will not be allowed to return to school until:

  • They have provided a medical certificate; and are
  • Fever-free and symptoms-free

CDNIS Fever Policy remains unchanged:

Students must be fever free (temperature below 37.5) without medication, and respiratory symptoms such as coughing and sneezing, for 48 hours (Pre Reception to Grade 2) or 24 hours (Grades 3-12) before returning to school.

Action Plan for handling students who fall ill during the school day:

Any student who develops a fever and/or respiratory symptoms during the course of the day must:

  • Let their teacher/supervisor know they are not feeling well and they would like to be excused to see the nurse.
  • Make their way to the closest nurse’s office with the least amount of traffic; use outdoor passageways where possible.
  • The Nurse will provide care and assessment to determine if the student needs to be sent home.
  • The Nurse will call the parents and appropriate Vice Principal/Principal if the student is confirmed to have fever and/or respiratory symptoms.
  • The Nurse will put on her personal protective equipment and escort the student to the “Designated Area” outside the LLAC entrance.
  • The Nurse will continue to accompany the student in the “Designated Area” until the parent/guardian arrives
  • Transportation pick-up should be arranged to collect the student at the front of the LLAC Lobby. Parents will be advised to bring their child to seek medical advice at the nearest hospital as soon as possible. The car should leave the site immediately after pick-up.
  • The Nurse will follow up with the parents on the student's condition.
  • The cleaning staff will work with the nurse to make sure all areas are disinfected according to the CHP Guidelines.
  • The student who has developed fever and/or respiratory symptoms will not be allowed to return to school until they have a medical clearance.

Maintaining a Safe Campus Environment

During the class suspension period, we have thoroughly cleaned and disinfected the campus. 

Hand sanitizer will be placed inside each building entry door.

Bannisters, door handles, light switches, elevator buttons etc. will be sanitized on a continuous basis throughout the day by the cleaning staff.

Toilets and sinks will be sanitized on a continuous basis throughout the day by the cleaning staff.

We have urged all staff members, as well as our services providers i.e.  bus drivers, bus moms, cleaning and catering staff, to step up precautionary measures to maintain personal hygiene and environmental hygiene of the school. 

We will request all staff and service providers who have contact with our students, to take their temperature before going to school.  If they have a fever, they must not return to school.   

Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing

Students will enter school via the 9/F or 7/F entrances, one at a time.  Each grade will have an assigned washroom to use and should only use the facilities assigned.
Students will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently throughout the day.
Hand sanitizers are available in every classroom. Upon entering and exiting the classroom students will be asked to use hand sanitizer.

Classrooms and Use of Materials

Sanitizing of the classroom and materials will be done thoroughly on a daily basis by the cleaning staff.
Students will be required to bring their own materials to school to avoid sharing.  A list of suggested materials will be communicated to parents by the homeroom teachers.
Children’s personal toys must stay at home. iPads, laptops and mice are not to be shared and should be wiped before and after use.

Cooperation from Parents

Cooperation from parents and students are important for us to maintain a clean and safe environment.  We call on your support to step up environmental hygiene in the house, and on top of that, implement the following measures strictly:

  • To keep teachers informed of the health condition of students, please ensure you have completed the Health/Travel/Quarantine declaration form prior to your child returning to school for the first day of class resumption.
  • Parents/Guardians should take their child’s temperature before going to school.  If a student has a fever (37.5o or higher) , he/she should not attend school and should consult a doctor promptly, apply for sick leave, stay at home and rest.
  • Parents/Guardians should record their child’s temperature and sign on the 'Student Health passport' daily. Parents/Guardians should also complete the record sheet during holiday.
  • The  Student Health Passport will be checked by the bus mom for any students taking the school bus.  Students who do not produce the passport will not be permitted to ride the bus.
  • The Student Health passport will be checked for all students upon arrival to the campus. Students who do not produce the passport will not be permitted to enter the campus.
  • Pay attention to the health condition of your child.  He/She should stay away from school and see a doctor immediately if a symptom, especially fever, is detected.
  • To prevent infection, please remind your child that they must wear a mask to school and throughout their time on campus, as well as when taking the school bus. 
  • Parents and students are reminded to observe appropriate social distancing where possible.
  • You are requested to notify the School Nurse immediately in case of any of the following situations:
    • Your child has been confirmed with COVID-19; or
    • Your child has been classified as “close contact with an infected person” with COVID-19
      (In general close contact means having cared for, having lived with, or having had direct contact with respiratory secretions and body fluids of a confirmed patient)

Section A: Whole School

Please take a moment to read Dr. Camblin's updates:

Availability
Teachers will be on campus during typical working hours, 7:25am through at least 3:15pm unless circumstances prevent. Daily class schedules will closely mirror regular face-to-face schedules, and teachers will be available to students during normally scheduled class times.

Attendance-Taking
Student attendance will be taken on Veracross by 8:15am each day (Lower School) and at the beginning of each teaching block (Upper School) as well as in Homeroom at 7:45am for Transition Years.

Response Time
Teachers should respond to questions from students and parents within 24 hours during days school is in session.

During times of remote learning, it is important that students make deliberate efforts to ensure their well-being. Critical to this well-being is the development of a routine. A daily schedule that includes time for school, physical activity, socializing (even if online), regular mealtimes, and consistent and sufficient sleeping hours is key to maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Ways to maximize the learning experience and promote well-being during remote learning:

  • Have a workspace that allows you to concentrate. It should:
    • be in a quiet location
    • be at a desk or table
    •  have good lighting
  • Take appropriate breaks:
    • stretch and move
    • get a healthy snack
    • make the break tech free
  • If possible, go outside sometime during the day.
  • Spend time after school doing something you enjoy.
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.
  • Eat healthy meals.

Remote Learning - Student Expectations
Students are expected to:

  • attend all online classes
  • follow their timetable and join classes on time
  • have their cameras on during classes, unless stated otherwise by their teacher
  • dress appropriately for classes
  • work at an appropriate space (desk, table)
  • stay in their live class for the entire scheduled lesson and if they must leave, they should let their teacher know in advance
  • participate actively in all classes
  • complete work as assigned and meet deadlines for submissions
  • get caught up on work if they are unable to attend a class

Student Agreements and Online Etiquette
As always, CDNIS students are expected to use technology in a positive, responsible and respectful manner. Online behaviour must always follow the CDNIS Responsible User Agreements:

For all classroom video communication, the following etiquette should be followed:

Attendance
Remote lessons will take place in real time and, in accordance with privacy guidelines, will not be recorded. Students are expected to be fully engaged throughout the lesson. Attendance will be taken and closely monitored. If a teacher wishes to create recorded materials in advance of the lesson and share these with students, they are encouraged to do so.

When a student is absent from a class or classes due to illness or other factors, parents must notify the school via the student absence reporting in the Parent Portal.

The role of parents is critical in remote learning. In order to facilitate a consistent learning environment at home we that you:

  • monitor student engagement
  • ensure your child is following the daily schedule
  • ensure that the tools and environment needed for learning are made available to the students (for example, ensure students have a well-lit, reasonably quiet work space)
  • regularly check in on student progress and work submission
  • allow students to complete their assignments independently and to the best of their ability. Parents and individual tutors are to refrain from overly assisting in the completion of assigned tasks. If unsure of what constitutes too much assistance, please consult the teacher
  • contact the appropriate person with any questions or concerns as they arise

When a student is absent from a class or classes due to illness or other factors, parents must notify the school via the student absence reporting in the Parent Portal.

Section B: Lower School

Seesaw will be the platform used from Early Years 1 (EY1) to Grade 4 and Google Classroom will be used in Grade 5. Additional online resources may be used, but are to be approved by the PYP Coordinator and Lower School Leadership Team. Online resources and Zoom links for homeroom and specialist classes will be stored in a central location for families with the necessary usernames and passwords.

Early Years (EYs) Teachers & EAs

  • EY1 and EY2 teachers will host daily Zoom sessions to build community and relationships and explain the learning opportunities for students to select from. Examples of these could be a read aloud, cooking instructions, games focusing on rhyming or early number skills, science/art/gross and fine motor engagements, plus links to interactive websites. Teachers will suggest that parents may post one video or picture linked to a learning opportunity each day to Seesaw.  Students will receive audio or video feedback on their posts from the teacher EA over the course of the week.
  • EY1 and EY2 will maintain weekly overview templates, which will be communicated to parents via Seesaw. This document outlines all the relevant learning outcomes for the week. It serves as both a collaborative plan and a way for parents to have a record of all learning engagements offered.
  • ‘Remote learning packs’ of age appropriate materials/equipment for EYs students will be compiled and sent home by teachers and EAs throughout the year depending on the units of study. Essential supplies for completing the learning engagements will be provided by school and mailed to families or picked up outside the campus as needed. This will help ensure that our youngest learners have access to optimal materials and equipment necessary for hands-on, exploratory learning at all times, and thus help minimize screen time for this age group.

Lower School Teachers & EAs

  • Each grade level will maintain a daily overview template which will be communicated to parents through Seesaw. This document serves as both a collaborative plan and a way for parents to have a record of all learning engagements.
  • Each lesson should include learning targets, the materials required (if any), submission expectations including how and when to submit work, and estimated time needed.
  • Where possible, lessons should include opportunities for peer interaction e.g. requiring students to comment on each other’s work or to work collaboratively in a break out room.
  • Opportunities should be provided every few lessons for work to be submitted and formative feedback given to students; this feedback could take the form of simple text comments, audio or video messages, or a live face-to-face interaction. Teachers can gauge the amount of feedback required in order to enable modification of lesson structure moving forward in line with understanding, as it would in a face-to-face lesson.
  • In order to ensure that we maintain the balance between the teaching of both knowledge and skills during periods of remote learning, class time will be dedicated in helping students in:
    • Organising themselves for digital learning
    • Developing the Approaches to Learning skills of the IB PYP
    • Working collaboratively and independently
    • Building positive relationships
    • Building on personal strengths to support learning
    • Developing physical activity and wellness

Hybrid Structure
Teachers and EAs will support students through scheduled Zoom sessions for those students who are working from home. Individual Zoom sessions may be organized as needed in order to support the academic and social emotional development of the students.

All Online
Whole class or small group Zoom sessions will be built into the daily schedule. Individual Zoom sessions may be organized as needed in order to support the academic and social emotional development of the students.

Classroom Setup
In accordance with the latest Health Protection Measures for Schools provided by the EDB, the following procedures/systems have been put in place:

  • The air conditioning system has been fitted with UV filters
  • Doors and windows will be opened frequently to enhance air flow
  • The five Early Years classes have been partitioned off to minimize gatherings of large numbers of students. The set up allows students to remain in their class group for the duration of their session.
  • The class spaces are being set up to allow a proper physical distance among students as far as practicable. Floor markings will be used to designate play spaces.
  • Close face-to-face seating will be avoided and plastic dividers will be used where it is not possible to maintain a distance of at least one metre between students.
  • Learning engagements, areas and activities will be designed so that students can safely engage in activities in their class groupings.
  • During physical activity, students will maintain a certain distance between each other as far as practicable.
  • Students will be reminded to avoid touching their eyes, noses and mouths before and after physical activity.
  • Students will perform proper hand hygiene procedures before and after activities.

Masks
All students and staff are expected to wear a mask at all times while on campus, unless they are eating lunch in the cafeteria or instructed by their teacher to remove their mask for a particular activity. 
Families are encouraged to have three spare masks available in their child’s school bag in case it is required.

Personal Hygiene
Teachers will arrange for students to use the toilets in small groups, under the close supervision of a staff member. Adults will ensure toilet lids are closed before flushing. Children will be provided with sufficient time for handwashing throughout the day and regularly reminded of proper handwashing techniques. 
Posters will also be placed in the toilets to encourage hand hygiene.

Drinking Water
All students will be required to bring a full water bottle labelled with their name to and from school each day. All drinking fountains will be closed on campus.

Classroom Supplies and Manipulatives
Toys, shared objects and floor surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day. Classroom manipulatives that children may be using will be soaked in bleach water and wiped dry on a regular basis. 
Many families received resources from the school in order to support the remote learning programme. Each homeroom teacher will specify which supplies will need to be returned to school and which ones can stay at home.  

Snack
An area in the Early Years Environment (EYE) will be designated only for snack for those children whose parents wish them to eat during their session. Students will be socially distanced when they remove their masks while eating. We encourage parents to send a small, easy-to-eat, nutritious snack. Students will use proper hand hygiene techniques before and after eating. They will be assisted to manage their masks as needed.

Library
Our librarian will bring a selection of books from the library to the EY classrooms for students to choose to take home every week. Students will use proper hand hygiene techniques before and after selecting books.

 

Please note that this page is current as of September 15, 2020. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

On-Campus - Early Childhood
Starting Monday, September 21, the Early Years will receive the normally planned curriculum and structures and will follow the schedule below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that this page is current as of September 15, 2020. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Schedules
A master schedule for which days your child will be on campus from September to December 2020 is available below. 

Classroom teachers will also continue to provide a weekly schedule that will outline which days are on campus, the specialist classes that are occurring that week and the information required for the remote learning days including links for all specialist classes, materials required, and times the class is expected on Zoom.

Classroom Setup
Classrooms will be set up to maximize the use of space and to ensure proper physical distances among students. Teachers will teach students facing one direction. When the pedagogical approach requires sitting in groups, a distance of one metre will be kept between any two students. Plastic dividers will be installed at the tables when adequate social distancing is not possible due to the current space requirements or classroom furniture.

Masks
All students and staff are expected to wear a mask at all times, unless they are eating lunch in the cafeteria or instructed by their teacher to remove their mask for a particular activity. Families are encouraged to have three spare masks available in their child’s school bag in case it is required.

Personal Hygiene
Teachers will review with students the importance of personal hygiene. During the first few days of school each class will review how to wash their hands, when they should use hand sanitizer or wash their hands, how to ensure their mask is kept clean, the importance of not touching their eyes, nose or mouths and who to speak to if they are not feeling well. Posters will also be placed in the toilets to encourage hand hygiene.

Classroom Supplies and Manipulatives
Toys, shared objects and floor surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day.  Classroom manipulatives that children may be using will be soaked in bleach water and wiped dry on a regular basis. Many families received resources from the school in order to support the remote learning program. Each homeroom teacher will specify which supplies will need to return to school during their days on campus and which ones can stay at home.

Moving Around the Building
Students will be walked by a teacher/EA to each of their specialist classes in order to encourage social distancing during transitions. The main staircase that runs down through the building from the 9/F lobby will have directional arrows and a line down the middle in order to ensure that students are staying on the right side of the stairs as they move from one area to another. In the Lower School Tower, one staircase will be dedicated to walking up the stairs and one staircase will be dedicated to walking down the stairs. This will avoid students being in face-to-face situations as they move between floors.

Recess
Students will continue to wear their masks during recess time, and they will be encouraged to keep proper social distancing. Each grade will be designated a play area so that they are not mixing with students in other grade levels.  All common touch points in the playgrounds and indoor play areas will be disinfected after use. All students will perform proper hand hygiene procedures before and after each recess as they exit and enter the building. The playground equipment, such as soccer balls, will be disinfected after each recess time.

Assemblies
No live assemblies will take place at this time in order to prevent gatherings of large numbers of students and staff. A virtual assembly will be prepared every two weeks and shared with all the classes.

Physical Education (PE)

  • Children are to arrive at school in their PE kit during days they are scheduled for PE.
  • Students will wash/sanitize their hands before and after each lesson.
  • Masks should be worn as far as feasible and keep social distancing for at least one metre.
  • High touch surfaces and equipment will be disinfected regularly.

Music

  • Students will wash/sanitize their hands before and after their lesson.
  • Teachers and students will wear a mask during lessons.
  • Musical instruments and equipment will be disinfected before and after use.
  • No wind instruments will be used.

Visual Arts

  • Students will wash/sanitize their hands before and after their lesson.
  • Teachers and students wear a mask during lessons.
  • Tools and equipment will be disinfected before and after use.
  • Liquid soap, disposable paper towels and lidded rubbish bins are available in the VA room.

Library

  • Students will sanitize their hands when entering the library.
  • Students will browse with their eyes, only touching books that they will check out. Any books that are touched, but not checked out, will be placed in quarantine and sanitized.
  • All returned books will be quarantined and sanitized before being returned to the shelves.

 

Please note that this page is current as of September 17, 2020. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

The assessment and reporting policy and guidelines are currently under review so that consistency in practices is maintained through all three modes of learning (face-to-face, hybrid and full remote).

Questions? Please contact the following:

Section C: Upper School

Transition Years Grades 6-8 Remote Learning Schedule
For remote learning, students will follow their Day 6 rotation schedule and their five block daily schedule:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Homeroom, core subjects (i.e. Mathematics, English, Science, Humanities), Chinese, and Advisory will continue as planned
  • During other scheduled courses we will teach and reinforce essential skills for learning in the Upper School and to prepare for success in remote learning such as:
    • Organizing for digital learning
    • Approaches to learning skills
    • Working collaboratively and independently
    • Building positive relationships within homerooms
    • Building on personal strengths to support learning
    • Physical activity and wellness

Hybrid Schedule (including lunch timings/cafeteria use)

  • If CDNIS is approved to bring small groups of students on to campus (e.g. half the number of students as we saw last spring), we will transition to a hybrid model that blends remote learning and on-site learning for that year group. 
  • Students will be divided into two groups (“red” & white”), with each group coming to school on alternating days: the red group will attend in person on one day while the white group engages in independent remote learning at home; the following day, the white group will attend in person for a repeat of the previous day’s lesson while the red group works independently at home.
  • To the greatest extent possible, Grade 6-8 students will be placed in red and white groups in order to match with Lower School siblings operating on a similar pattern and rotation of classes.

Sample two-week Hybrid Model Rotation for Grades 6-8

 

 

 

 

 

  • In-school days will consist of live lessons in the classroom. These lessons will not be recorded.
  • On remote learning days, students will engage in independent learning tasks that will reinforce learning from the previous day’s lessons.
  • In order to ensure social distancing and hygienic lunch spaces, we will alter the daily timetable slightly. This will allow us to separate students into small groups during lunch times.

Secondary Years Grades 9-12 Remote Learning Schedule
For remote learning, students will follow their Day 4 rotation schedule and their four block daily schedule:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Student Advisory will be integrated into the remote learning model
  • Emphasis as always will be on learning the Ontario curriculum within the IB MYP and DP frameworks
  • Student learning will be assessed remotely following similar timelines as in a regular year

Hybrid Schedule (including lunch timings/cafeteria use)

  • If CDNIS is approved to bring small groups of students on to campus (e.g. half the number of students as we saw last spring), we will transition to a hybrid model that blends remote learning and on-site learning for that year group. 
  • Students will be divided into two groups (“red” & white”), with each group coming to school following a rotating cycle: the red group will attend in person for four straight days while the white group attends remotely; then the white group will attend in person for 4 days while red attends classes remotely.  The reason for the 4-day rotation is that a number of our OSSD credit courses are timetabled to meet only once every four days.  To do a simple “one day on campus/ one day remote learning” sequence as we will do with G6-8 would mean that some students would never meet their teacher on campus.

Sample two-week Hybrid Model Rotation for Grades 9-12

 

 

 

 

 

  • Instead of preparing online-specific lessons, teachers will lead live lessons in their classroom, broadcasting that lesson live for students at home to follow in real time. These lessons will not be recorded.
  • In order to ensure social distancing and hygienic lunch spaces, we will alter the daily timetable slightly. This will allow us to separate students into small groups during lunch times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Students will be assigned to “Lunch 1” or “Lunch 2” groups, and have quiet time in a supervised study hall during the other group’s time in the cafeterias. As more year groups return to campus, we will utilize both the 6/F and 12/F cafeterias to ensure small groups of diners and safe social distancing.
  • Student Advisory will be integrated into this hybrid model.
  • Emphasis will continue to be on learning the Ontario curriculum within the IB MYP and DP frameworks, with continuous learning whether students are home or at school.
  • Student learning will be assessed both using online and on-site methodologies. For example, students at home may be asked to work independently while students in class are taking a test, knowing that they will take an assessment task of commensurate challenge during their own four-day cycle on campus.

Schedules
A master schedule for which days your child will be on campus from September to December 2020 is available below.

Classroom Setup
Classrooms will be set up to maximize the use of space and to ensure proper physical distancing among students. When the pedagogical approach requires sitting in groups, a distance of one metre will be kept between any two students. Plastic dividers will be installed on the tables when adequate social distancing is not possible due to the current space requirements or the classroom furniture.

Personal Hygiene
All students are reminded to wash their hands and to use hand sanitizer regularly.

Masks
All students and staff are expected to wear a mask at all times, unless they are eating lunch in the cafeteria or instructed by their teacher to remove their mask for a particular activity, at which time social distancing will be ensured. Students are encouraged to have spare three masks available in case it is required.

Classroom Supplies
Many students received resources from the school in order to support the remote learning program. Students will be provided with information concerning which supplies will need to return to school during their days on campus and which ones can stay at home.

Assemblies
Periodic virtual assemblies will be held with advance notice as no live assemblies will take place at this time in order to prevent gatherings of large numbers of students and staff. 

Physical Education (PE)

  • Masks should be worn as far as feasible and social distancing kept for at least one metre. If the mask cannot be tolerated, social distancing will be kept for at least 1.5 metres.
  • For safety reasons, mask-wearing is not recommended for students with difficulty breathing (e.g. students with asthma) or those who need assistance to remove the mask (e.g. students with hand injuries or with special needs who have difficulties removing their masks).
  • High touch surfaces and equipment will be disinfected regularly.
  • PE equipment will be disinfected at the end of each PE session.

On the days when students in Grades 6-10 have PE lessons, they are expected to come to school in their PE uniform to avoid congestion in the change rooms.

Music

  • Students will wash/sanitize their hands before and after their lesson.
  • Teachers and students will wear a mask during lessons.
  • Musical instruments and equipment will be disinfected before and after use.
  • No wind instruments will be used.

Visual Arts

  • Students will wash/sanitize their hands before and after their lesson.
  • Teachers and students wear a mask during lessons.
  • Tools and equipment will be disinfected before and after use.
  • Liquid soap, disposable paper towels and lidded rubbish bins are available in the VA room.

Library

  • Students will sanitize their hands when entering the library.
  • Students will browse with their eyes, only touching books that they will check out. Any books that are touched, but not checked out, will be placed in quarantine and sanitized.
  • All returned books will be quarantined and sanitized before being returned to the shelves.

 

Please note that this page is current as of September 17, 2020. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Questions? Please contact the following:

Section D: ASAs & ECAs

No ASAs will take place on campus at this time; however, remote opportunities are available. Registration will be open from September 14-21. All remote ASAs will commence from September 28. ASAs will be scheduled to allow students on campus time to travel back home before they begin. Please visit the ASA website for more information.

To the greatest extent possible, student clubs in the Upper School will continue to run online during times of remote learning.

Please note that this page is current as of September 15, 2020. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Section E: Health and Safety Measures for On-Campus Return

The health, safety and well-being of everyone on our campus is a top priority and our adherence to the Centre for Health Protection guidelines will be upheld. Please take a moment to view the health and safety measures we have undertaken and that families can expect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following protocols are applicable to all authorized entrants and have been in operation for some time. In the event of a full return to campus or a hybrid model where approximately half the students would be on campus for the full day, our adherence to the Centre for Health Protection guidelines will be upheld. All possible measures will be taken to ensure the safety of our staff and students on campus. Such measures will include:

  • Mandatory Completion of Health and Travel Declaration Form prior to entry on campus.
  • Mandatory wearing of masks on campus and school buses.
  • Daily Temperature Checks for any person before entering the campus.
  • Hand sanitizing upon arrival for all persons entering the campus and available in all classrooms as needed.
  • Re-arrangement of class structure and schedule to limit the number of students on campus.
  • Re-arrangement of classroom layout to allow social distancing between students in classes.
  • Food or drinks can only be consumed in designated areas of the campus.
  • Students must leave campus right after their last scheduled class of the day.
  • Regular and thorough cleaning of all classrooms and staff and student common areas.
  • A separate designated area is set up for students and staff who fall ill during the day.
  • While the school will take all possible measures to ensure the safety of staff and students on campus, it should be emphasized that parents and students also play a crucial role in monitoring their own health and students should be staying home should they feel unwell.

Please note that these guidelines are current as of September 15, 2020. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Ahead of the return of on-campus learning, the following steps have been taken with respect to our campus facilities:

  • Enhanced daily deep cleaning of classrooms and public spaces – this includes more regular cleaning of public spaces including banisters, door handles, lifts etc each hour.
  • Use of hospital standard 1:49 bleach concentration for cleaning which is twice the minimum recommendation for schools of 1:99 bleach concentration.
  • Fumigation for the whole campus every two weeks.
  • The whole campus has been treated with a “Germagic” MAP-1 Smart Coating and will continue to be treated every 2-3 months throughout the year.
  • Touchless soap dispensers installed in washrooms.
  • Additional paper towel holders for hand drying.
  • For hygiene reasons, water fountains will be shut off and students should bring a water bottle from home.
  • A separate designated area is set up for students and staff who fall ill during the day.
  • Plastic dividers have been installed in the cafeteria in order to facilitate social distancing.
     

Please note that these guidelines are current as of September 15, 2020. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

All staff, students and authorized visitors are required to complete a Health and Travel Declaration Form before being allowed on campus. Students under medical surveillance may attend school as usual provided all health guidelines are followed (i.e. checking temperature and observing for symptoms daily.) Parents or guardians must inform the school is the student is put under quarantine or medical surveillance.

Daily Temperature Record

Prior to students returning to campus, the following steps must be followed:

  • Parents/Guardians should take their child’s temperature each day before going to school. If a student has a fever (37.5 or higher), he/she should not attend school and should consult a doctor promptly, apply for sick leave, stay at home and rest.
  • Each student will be given a ‘Student Health Passport’ on their first day of school. This booklet contains a daily log sheet for parents to record their child’s temperature and sign.
  • For the first day back to class only, parents should write down their child’s temperature on a piece of paper and sign this and the student will need to bring this to school.
  • Parents/Guardians should record their child’s temperature and sign 'Student Health Passport' daily.
  • The 'Student Health Passport' will be checked by the bus mom for any students taking the school bus. Students who do not produce the passport will not be permitted to ride the bus.
  • The 'Student Health Passport' will be checked for all students upon arrival to the campus. Students who do not produce the passport will not be permitted to enter the campus.

Please note that these guidelines are current as of September 15, 2020. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Sick Students

Students who show any signs of illness will not be permitted to attend school. Please do NOT send your child to school if he or she is showing any symptoms of illness which could be passed onto another child or adult. Such symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Fever (temperature of 37.5 degrees or higher)
  • Sore Throat
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Breathing Difficulty

If any member of the household has symptoms of Covid-19, or if any member of your household is under home quarantine, please do NOT send your child to school.

Students who show signs of illness or have a temperature of 37.5C or higher will be sent home from school. The school nurse will call a parent to arrange immediate pick up of the sick child.

Sick students will be taken and remain at a “Designated Area” outside the LLAC lobby and wait for parents/guardians to pick them up.

Students who have developed a fever and/or respiratory symptoms will not be allowed to return to school until:

  • They have provided a medical certificate; and are
  • Fever-free and symptoms-free

CDNIS Fever Policy remains unchanged:

Students must be fever free (temperature below 37.5C) without medication, and respiratory symptoms such as coughing and sneezing, for 48 hours (Early Years 1 to Grade 2) or 24 hours (Grades 3-12) before returning to school.

Action Plan for handling students who fall ill during the school day:

Any student who develops a fever and/or respiratory symptoms during the course of the day must:

  • Let their teacher/supervisor know they are not feeling well and they would like to be excused to see the nurse.
  • Make their way to the closest nurse’s office with the least amount of traffic; use outdoor passageways where possible.
  • The nurse will provide care and assessment to determine if the student needs to be sent home.
  • The nurse will call the parents and appropriate Vice Principal/Principal if the student is confirmed to have fever and/or respiratory symptoms.
  • The nurse will put on her personal protective equipment and escort the student to the “Designated Area” outside the LLAC entrance.
  • The nurse will continue to accompany the student in the “Designated Area” until the parent/guardian arrives.
  • Transportation pick-up should be arranged to collect the student at the front of the LLAC Lobby. Parents will be advised to bring their child to seek medical advice at the nearest hospital as soon as possible. The car should leave the site immediately after pick-up.
  • The nurse will follow up with the parents on the student's condition.
  • The cleaning staff will work with the nurse to make sure all areas are disinfected according to the CHP Guidelines.
  • The student who has developed fever and/or respiratory symptoms will not be allowed to return to school until they have a medical clearance.

Maintaining a Safe Campus Environment

During the summer break, we have thoroughly cleaned and disinfected the campus.

Ahead of the resumption of face-to-face classes on campus for the 2020/2021 school year, an external company specializing in deep cleaning has disinfected the entire campus and all school buses. The products they use created a protective layer on all treated surfaces which repels over 100+ viruses and bacteria. It poses no risk to people. Learn more about Germagic here. Please do not send your child to school with any sanitizing wipes containing alcohol as these can reduce the effectiveness of the treatment.

  • Hand sanitizer will be placed inside each building entry door.
  • Bannisters, door handles, light switches, elevator buttons etc. will be sanitized on a continuous basis throughout the day by the cleaning staff.
  • Toilets and sinks will be sanitized on a continuous basis throughout the day by the cleaning staff.
  • We have urged all staff members, as well as our services providers i.e. bus drivers, bus moms, cleaning and catering staff, to step up precautionary measures to maintain personal hygiene and environmental hygiene of the school.
  • We will request all staff and service providers who have contact with our students, to take their temperature before going to school. If they have a fever, they must not return to school.

Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing

  • Students will enter school via the 9/F or 7/F entrances, one at a time. Each grade will have an assigned washroom to use and should only use the facilities assigned.
  • Students will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizers are available in every classroom. Upon entering and exiting the classroom students will be asked to use hand sanitizer.

Classrooms and Use of Materials

  • Sanitizing of the classroom and materials will be done thoroughly on a daily basis by the cleaning staff.
  • Students will be required to bring their own materials to school to avoid sharing. A list of suggested materials will be communicated to parents by the homeroom teachers.
  • Children’s personal toys must stay at home. iPads, laptops and mice are not to be shared and should be wiped before and after use.

Please note that these guidelines are current as of August 3, 2020. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

The health, safety and well-being of everyone on our campus is a top priority and our adherence to the Centre for Health Protection guidelines will be upheld. Please take a moment to view the health and safety measures regarding our school cafeterias below:

  • Students will wash their hands before and after eating lunch.
  • One grade level will eat in the cafeteria at a time.
  • Students should bring a full water bottle labelled with their name to and from school each day. All drinking fountains will be closed on campus.
  • Students will be socially distanced at the tables and plastic dividers will be placed between students in order to provide additional protection when they remove their masks while eating.
  • Tables will be disinfected after each grade level has finished their lunch.
  • Families are not permitted to deliver food to campus at any time.
  • Students are not permitted to order food delivery to campus at any time.
  • For the remainder of lunch break, students will only be allowed in the designated areas that were communicated to them prior to their return and in a daily reminder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower School (Prep to Grade 5)

  • Lower School students in Prep to Grade 5 are to bring a packed lunch or purchase a individually packaged lunch from the cafeteria in advance using this order form three days prior to the meal being served.
  • The cafeteria menu for September to October is available here.
  • All meals will be prepared in advance and served to the student at their table along with all necessary utensils.
  • Snacks and drinks will not be available for purchase on campus; therefore, we encourage students to bring a healthy snack from home each day.

Upper School (Grade 6-12)

  • Upper School students may bring a packed lunch from home or purchase lunch from the cafeteria.
  • Food and drinks will only be available for purchase on campus during designated lunch times.
  • Students are encouraged to bring healthy food each day from home.

Food Service Provider
All cafeteria staff will have their temperature checked each morning. Hand sanitizer will be available on all tables and cafeteria staff will limit physical contact. Please take a moment to review Maxim's Cleaning and Preventative Measures.

Please note that these guidelines are current as of September 16, 2020. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the student arrival (drop off) and dismissal (pick up) procedures and please share these procedures with other members of your household (if necessary). Please note that parents and other family members are not allowed on campus at this time. All other authorised visitors may only arrive at the campus via the 9/F entrance and undergo relevant temperature and other checks. If we all work together as one community, we can ensure the safe, quick and efficient collection of your children:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrival:

  • As indicated in the chart above, all Upper School student arrivals (drop offs) and taxis will arrive at the LLAC lobby; and all Lower School student arrivals (drop offs) will arrive at the 9/F entrance. Vehicles with both LS/US students may choose either entrance.
  • All buses will arrive on the 7/F and 9/F.
  • Students may arrive via the 2/F entrance.
  • Students unload from the vehicle/bus in a socially distanced manner. Parents/guardians of EY students can bring children to the LLAC door, where they will be met by a member of the EY team.
  • Stickers or markings on the floor will show where each child should stand as they wait to get their temperature checked.
  • Their temperature will be checked and students will tap their ID cards.
  • Students will be provided hand sanitizer.
  • EY students will be escorted to and from their class by a member of the EY team or a bus mother.
  • All Lower School and new students will be guided on the first few days to their classrooms.
  • Lower School students will place their belongings inside their designated cubbies.
  • EAs will collect the students’ temperature passports and check each child’s mask for fit.
  • Upper School students will be given their health passport booklet on their first day on campus; from then on, parents will record their child’s temperature in this passport each day before the child leaves home and the child will take it to their Block One teacher for checking.
  • Lower School students will be supervised as they perform hand washing routines before starting activities.
  • Students will use hand sanitizer before entering their classroom.

Departure:

  • When students are dismissed at the end of the day, they must leave the school immediately after their last class is finished.
  • As indicated in the chart above, all Lower School students (pick ups) and families collecting both Lower and Upper School students should collect their children from the LLAC entrance; All Upper School students departing after 2:45pm may be picked up from the 9/F entrance.
  • Students going home by bus proceed to the 7/F bus loading area, students going home by private vehicle proceed to the LLAC Lobby. Teachers/EAs/bus mothers will escort EY students.
  • Students may depart via the 2/F entrance.
  • Upon entering the bus, students will be assisted to use hand sanitizer.
  • Bus mothers will ensure students’ seat belts are securely fastened.
  • The LLAC will have chairs socially distanced where students sit quietly and wait to hear their name called.
  • All drivers will wait their turn to approach the LLAC facing up the hill, with the flow of traffic. They are asked to remain in the queue.
  • The names and grades of all students who will be picked up must be written neatly on a large piece of paper in dark marker and placed in the car windshield so staff can see it and call students to the entrance to be collected quickly (e.g. John Lee 7A).
  • Parents/drivers are asked to be patient and stay in their vehicles. We ask that guardians not collect a child on foot to be taken to a vehicle along Nam Long Shan Road and then attempt a 3-point turn on Nam Long Shan Road. This puts children at risk and delays traffic.
  • If students are walking home or walking down to the MTR they may leave the school directly.
  • All students must tap their ID cards as they exit the building.

School Bus
Bus drivers and bus mothers will have their temperature checked each morning. All busses have been treated with Germagic Thyme. Hand sanitizer will be available on the bus and the bus mothers will limit physical contact. Please take a moment to review KCM's protocols. Additional information can be found on KCM's website or take a moment to review the bus cleaning protocol.

 

Please note that these guidelines are current as of September 23, 2020. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Online Learning Resources

We recognize that families and students may experience some challenges with technology during this period of online learning. We have assembled these resources at assist:
 
If you need additional support, please feel free to contact any one of the following departments: