Winter 2022 COVID-19 Update

COVID-19

Dear Parents,

I hope this finds you safe, well and enjoying the much-needed break.

The following is a Covid-19 update as it relates to the school and what we know to be true right now based on today’s announcement from Dr. Kieran Moore.

Our plans at this point are as follows and subject to continued updates based on ongoing information from the Ministry of Education and Toronto Public Health.

1. School will reopen for in-person learning on January 5th.

2. All students and staff will have completed a Rapid Antigen Test on December 29th and January 4th. Only students with a negative test may attend school. A positive Rapid Antigen test must be treated in the same way as a PCR test. Students with a positive result from a rapid antigen test will no longer be required or encouraged to get a confirmatory PCR molecular test. A positive rapid test result requires a quarantine of ten (10) days for unvaccinated students and five (5) days for those who are vaccinated following the onset of symptoms or date of test if asymptomatic. Their household contacts are also required to isolate with them. The isolation period can end after the applicable time period only if their symptoms have improved.

3. The current vaccination rate for our 5 to 11 year old students is 50%. If your child has received their Covid-19 vaccination, please upload this information to https://fs27.formsite.com/bayviewglen/bnifgea13e/index.html. This information will help us and Toronto Public Health in planning for the students in the event of an outbreak.

4. Daily Screening for symptoms is even more important now as we return to school with the new Omicron variant. Students who arrive without a completed daily screening will be sent home. A more rigorous screening and monitoring system will be updated shortly as per the Chief Medical Officer’s direction. Err on the side of caution and if your child is feeling unwell, keep them home for on-line learning and proper eligible testing. Any sign of ill health should be treated as a potential Covid-19 symptom.

5. There will be no interschool sports initially until all schools have an opportunity to assess the environment and ensure the safety of our student athletes.

Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping the entire school community safe. Together, we will get through this next challenging period and look forward to a happy and healthy 2022.