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Welcome Back from March Break

March 20, 2022

Dear Students, Parents & Guardians,

As we return to school after what I hope has been a restful March Break, I would like to provide some updates with respect to COVID-19 protocols. Over the last two years, we have asked a great deal of our students and staff. With the support of parents and guardians, we have collectively done our best to navigate these difficult days. The measures we have adopted have allowed us to keep the school open, except for the mandatory closures, and as engaging as possible for our students despite the challenges. The co-operation of parents and staff has been terrific.

Although we may be better able to address the risks of Covid 19, they are not completely gone. We all look forward to fewer restrictions in place over time. As mentioned in our communication to families before March Break, we are asking for your patience and support as we retain our masking policy for a short period after the March Break. Not only is this a prudent decision as we return to campus, but the timing also aligns with current federal travel requirements which require those returning to Canada after an international travel to wear a mask at all times when in public spaces, including schools, for 14 days. Our colleagues at many other independent schools have made similar decisions.

Part of a return to “normal” is our goal of gradually returning to student attendance at Morning Assembly. This daily assembly is one of the most important events we do as a school community.  Maintaining our masking policy for a short period allows us to reintroduce this important component of school life as soon as possible. Other kinds of larger gatherings may also be possible.  We look forward to welcoming parents and guardians to our field to cheer on our teams during the Spring Season.

Be assured that the cleaning and disinfecting procedures for surfaces and the school in general, expanded during the pandemic, will remain in place as well.

Our intention is to transition to a “strongly encouraged, but not mandated” masking policy upon our return to school after Easter on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

For your reference, the Toronto Public Health School COVID-19 Screening tool has been updated:

School /Childcare Questionnaire PDF

 

The changes correspond to those on the:

Province of Ontario's School Screening tool.

Significant Changes to protocols: 

1)    Isolation Requirements for non-household contacts of someone who has COVID-19 symptoms/tests positive:

  • Non-household contacts are no longer required to self-isolate.  They need to self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days from last contact.
  • They are to wear a well-fitted mask in public settings (this includes in schools) and avoid activities where mask removal would be necessary (for example, playing a wind instrument in music class or removing mask for sports).
  • Not visit higher-risk individuals or settings.

2)    Isolation Requirements for household contacts of someone who has COVID-19 symptoms/test positive:

  • Household members do not need to self-isolate if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms and not had a positive test AND Either: had a confirmed COVID-19 infection within 90 days; OR are 18 + and boosted; OR are 17 years or younger and fully vaccinated. For the next 10 days, they are to:
    • Monitor for symptoms
    • Wear a well-fitted mask in public settings (including schools) and avoid activities where mask removal would be necessary
    • Not visit higher-risk individuals or settings for 10 days

 

Once again, on behalf of the entire staff at De La Salle, I would like to thank you for your understanding, flexibility and charity.

 

Sincerely,

 

R. Lundy

Principal