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 [email protected] 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.

Alternate Days - Early Childhood
The Early Years will provide families with a suggested schedule each week along with a daily and weekly grid of activities and resources to support families at home. The EAs will film the ‘live’ sessions that are occurring at school and upload them to Seesaw for those students who are attending at home. Students who are attending on campus will receive the normally planned curriculum and structures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor School: Teachers/EAs meet groups (size of groups dependent on government restrictions at the time) of students at a designated spot for mini lessons in nature/forest/beach. (Aberdeen park, South Bay etc). Exact format tbc. Activities will target learning outcomes from the weekly grid.

“Activities in outdoor spaces that are designed to inspire investigation with bodies, senses and minds improve children’s physical health and emotional well-being and enhance their capabilities for self-regulation, creative problem-solving, and communication. Children’s self-discipline, self-awareness and ability to focus also improve, as does their development of social skills such as cooperation and flexibility.” (Louv, 2008, cited in ‘How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years’, 2014)

During inclement weather, Fridays will be used for teachers and EAs to host Zoom sessions with small groups of students according to their likes and interests, shared passions etc, to learn more about each other, family, friends, pets, hobbies, sports etc. Show and tell sessions will also be an option at this time. Groups will be subject to change, as friendships and shared interests evolve. Students may also continue to choose engagements from the weekly learning grid/menu on wet weather.

Full Remote Schedule - Early Childhood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor School: Teachers/EAs meet groups (size of groups dependent on government restrictions at the time) of students at a designated spot for mini lessons in nature/forest/beach. (Aberdeen park, South Bay etc). Exact format tbc. Activities will target learning outcomes from the weekly grid.

During inclement weather, Fridays will be used for teachers and EAs to host Zoom sessions with small groups of students according to their likes and interests, shared passions, to learn more about each other, family, friends, pets, hobbies, sports etc. Show and tell sessions also an option at this time. Groups will be subject to change, as friendships and shared interests evolve. Students may also continue to choose engagements from the weekly learning grid/menu on Fridays.

Hybrid - Lower School

  • Prep to Grade 5 will attend school on alternate days using the newly-developed 6-Day Timetable.
  • To ensure consistency and cohesion in the learning for all students, each day will be repeated (i.e. Monday, Group A will follow Day 1 Red and Tuesday, Group B will follow Day 1 White, Wednesday, Group A will follow Day 2 Red and Thursday, Group B will follow Day 2 White). This means a 6-Day cycle will take 12 school days.
    • Each homeroom will have half the number of students to allow for distancing in classrooms and hallways
    • The Lower School Leadership Team will divide students into two groups
    • Parents will be informed of their schedule and the school will strive to keep siblings on the same day
  • Teachers will outline expectations for students for their B-Day while they are on campus. Staff will be present to support students online when they are learning from home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Schedule - Lower School
Students and teachers are not expected to be in a Zoom meeting for the entire duration of a period; a mini-lesson can be introduced, breakout rooms utilized and/or teachers can meet with individuals and groups while others are on task. Teachers will be available on the class zoom link during each subject specific block to support students who have additional questions or require individualise/small group support.

Whenever possible each homeroom class will have mirrored timetables across the grade level, meaning they are teaching the same subjects at the same time. We will use a subject-based approach; however, the Program of Inquiry will continue to guide teacher planning and inquiry designed learning opportunities will be integrated whenever possible.

Grade levels will create their own timetables (except for specialists, class community, breaks, and lunch). Each week a class will have 5 blocks of 30 minutes of the following subjects: Mathematics, UoI, Writing, Reading/Word Work, Flexible Time (Helpdesk/ Independent Work/Personal Reflection/Golden Time/Individual Meetings). This allows the grade level teams to determine how they want to structure their week, for example, they may want to have a double block of math on one day and not have math on the following day. 

The Wellbeing classes will be run by our school counsellors.

The school is working on building additional Literacy Support (Prep only) which will offer enhanced time for Prep students in their early literacy development within the schedule.

Breaks and lunch should be spent away from devices and are a time for students to stretch, grab a snack, get out and move and/or tap into the Wellness Hub.

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.

Questions? Please contact the following:

Section D: ASAs & ECAs

Within the next few weeks, where possible the ASA department will convert ASAs to remote activities. Already this was done in several cases during the summer with success. Details will be sent to parents shortly. 

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

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

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, 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 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 August 3, 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 2020/2021 school year, an external company specialising in deep cleaning will disinfect 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.

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

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 August 3, 2020. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

All staff, students and authorised visitors must arrive at the campus via the designated entrances on the 9/F, 7/F or the LLAC and undergo relevant temperature and other checks. No other entry points will be available for students or authorized visitors.

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

Please note that these guidelines are current as of August 3, 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: