Junior School Information

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The information on these pages will continue to be updated. Please check our Latest Information page to know when new information is available. Please also watch this short video about new routines at the Junior School.

Health and Safety at the Junior School

Following the Provincial Health Officer guidelines is essential for the health and safety of all individuals and groups as we return to a ‘new normal’ at the Junior School during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The prevention and mitigation strategies include:

  • public health measures (enforcement of protocols, enhanced cleaning and sanitizing)
  • environmental measures (improved ventilation system, removal of extraneous furniture, installation of barriers, directional arrows, signage)
  • administrative measures (staggered times, altered schedules, decreased density, learning cohorts)
  • personal measures (physical distancing, hand and respiratory etiquette)
  • personal protective equipment (as a final layer after all other measures have been used)

Please note that by coming to the Junior School, parents are confirming that their child or children are well, free of new symptoms and have not been in contact with individuals who have COVID-19 type symptoms.

  • Anyone who shows any COVID-19 symptoms must not attend school.
  • If a child is living with or has close contact with a person who is confirmed to have COVID-19, that child should stay home and self-isolate as per the public health requirements.
  • Anyone who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school will be isolated. Parents will be phoned and asked to come and get their child.
  • Students who are absent will not initially be provided with school work, as they will be expected to focus on their recovery.
  • In the event of an extended absence from school, the Junior School will work closely with parents to create a learning plan that best meets the needs of the student and situation.

Health Mitigation Strategies

We have taken time at the start of the year to educate students about these health mitigation strategies in order to normalize them and to help them become comfortable and familiar with the new expectations.

Face Mask Expectations/Protocols

  • With an abundance of caution, we recommend that students in Grades 1-5 wear a mask when they arrive at school.
  • Once students are in their classes and within their cohort, masks do not need to be worn. Each desk has a hook to hang the mask when they are not in use.
  • While we have put many measures in place to encourage physical distancing, there are times as students move through the school, when they are not able to physically distance from those in other cohorts and should wear a mask.
  • Kindergarten students are not required by the school to wear masks at school.
  • Faculty are expected to wear a mask when they are not able to maintain physical distance from others outside of their assigned learning cohort.

Hand Hygiene

  • As students enter the school, they sanitize their hands. Throughout the day, they are asked to wash their hands as part of the classroom routine.
  • In addition to the sinks in most classrooms, sinks have also been installed outside.
  • There are hand sanitization stations around the school.
  • Teachers have hand sanitizer available in the classroom.

Cleaning Routines

  • At the end of each school day, the Junior School is thoroughly cleaned with a specific focus on surfaces and high touch areas.
  • Mr. Ewing, our school custodian, cleans washrooms and communal spaces three times throughout the school day, and is available for more significant clearing during the day, as required.
  • Every classroom and office space has disinfectant wipes for minor cleaning.
  • Each student has a “learning tub” that will contain the items and materials needed. These items are not shared.
  • Materials that are used in class are cleaned between cohorts.

Ventilation

  • All Junior School learning facilities and buildings have modified operating parameters to ensure 100% outside air ventilation. Filtration upgrades measure MERV 13 in all learning spaces.
  • In addition to the newly installed MERV filtration systems, the installation of Sanuvox UV air sanitization units into the air handling units will provide an added layer of protection for buildings with recirculating air.

Distancing Measures

  • Over the summer, extra furniture and items have been removed to increase the open space and to encourage distanced seating.
  • Students are asked to follow “one-way” lanes when moving through the halls.
  • Teachers plan and facilitate learning activities mindful of physical distancing.

School Day Routines

School Arrival and Departure

Staggered start and end times for school

  • Each family has chosen one of four different arrival/departure times to school. Staggering these times of movement allows us to greet students and welcome them directly into the school in a way that avoids congestion.

Contactless drop-off

  • Dropping off and picking up your child is done at the front steps if you are walking or biking. If you are driving, drop off will occur in the “Express” area. Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Cook are ready to greet each child to be sure there is a calm, joyful and physically distanced entrance into school.
  • Parents and guardians are not permitted to enter the Junior School with their child at the start of the day.
  • Throughout September, we will maintain our typical Kindergarten drop-off process to support a smooth introduction to school life. Children will enter through the side gate with a parent or guardian and will be greeted by their teacher to enter into the classroom.

Pick-up

  • Students are dismissed at their assigned time and wait in a line-up with physical distancing.
  • Parents who are driving drive up at the assigned time and stay in their vehicle while a staff member brings their child to the car. If your child is not at the front of school ready to be picked up, parents are asked to circle around the block to avoid congestion and return to the pick-up zone when their child is at the front area.
  • Those who are cycling or walking wait at the side gate to receive their child.
  • Kindergarten children are released to their parents from their teacher from the Kindergarten line-up.

Monday to Friday Timetable

  • The Junior School has moved from a ten-day timetable to a five-day timetable following the days of the week.
  • Each family has received the timetable for their child/children.

Uniform

  • Students are expected to arrive at school in their school uniform as outlined in the Family Handbook.
  • On Mondays, students wear Number One uniform, except for those students who have their Outdoor Day.
  • Classes are outside as much as possible and students should be prepared for all weather conditions.
  • On the Outdoor Days (morning or afternoon), students arrive at school in their PE uniform.

Learning Cohorts

  • Each Grade will become a “Learning Cohort”. While the Ministry of Education is requesting a maximum of 60, we will not exceed the number of children in a grade (ranging from 30-44).

Learning Pods

  • After time in their homeroom class, students in Grades 1-5 transition to smaller “Learning Pods” throughout the day, rotating through their core classes and specialist classes. This model allows our class sizes to be reduced to approximately 13 students per pod.
  • We maintain our usual Kindergarten program with small classes and the homeroom structure.

Recess

  • Students are dismissed for recess with slightly staggered timing to avoid congestion. Children have recess together, outside. Each Learning Cohort leaves the building from a separate door at the assigned time.
  • All students are outside and the outdoor spaces are divided into “zones” for each Learning Cohort. These zones are flagged and duty teachers are assigned to the zones.
  • Each day of the week, students play in a different zone.
  • Kindergarten students have a dedicated zone.

Lunch

  • Students eat lunch in their homeroom classes.
  • Students need to bring any garbage and recycling home for proper disposal this year.
  • Lunchtime for children in Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 5 is from 11:20-11:45 am while children in Grades 2, 3 and 4 have a recess time outside. From 11:45 am to 12:10 pm the first group have recess, while the second group eats their lunch.
  • Children have larger areas to play within their cohort/grade at their lunch recess.
  • Students who go outside must adhere to appropriate physical distancing requirements.
  • We are not currently having pizza or hot lunch but hope to add that to school life later in the fall. All students must bring a packed lunch. As we have in the past, we aim to have minimal waste, so please consider this as you plan lunches.

After-School Care Program

  • Under the leadership of Craig Kelley, Director of External Programs, and managed by Alia Shihadeh, the After-School Care Program (ASC) is offered from 3:15 pm to 5:30 pm.
  • Students are with students from other Learning Cohorts during this time so physical distancing will be maintained as much as practical.
  • For more information, please contact [email protected].

Transportation

  • Masks are required on school buses for all students. All students taking the bus, must complete an online bus registration form.

Student Attendance

  • All parents must notify the Junior School office (250-598-3922 or [email protected]) if their child is absent, late or requires early pick-up. Children buzz at the front door and are signed in by the office if they arrive late to school or have an appointment.

Academic, Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Activities

Chapel/Assembly

  • Our chapel program and school assemblies continue to run, albeit in a different format. Students gather in the gym as a grade at their assigned time on Monday mornings.

Specialist Classes

  • Art, Music, Digital Skills, Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies classes in the Imagination Lab, French, Strings, Library and Physical Education continue to enrich the Junior School learning environment.
  • Teachers in each specialist area have training and professional development related to their unique discipline in preparation for the new school year.
  • All public computing terminals in the library have been removed to reduce high-touch contact points. Laptops are assigned to Learning Cohorts and students have access to a sanitized laptop for their use when needed.
  • Along with very small pod sizes, we facilitate activities that maintain physical distance and outdoor spaces when that is possible.

Learning Support

  • Students with Individualized Education Plans will continue to receive the support that they require to be successful at the Junior School.
  • Our learning support teachers support more than one Learning Cohort and will follow protocols (maintain physical distancing or wear a mask) when working with students.

Outdoor Education

  • Each week, students in each Learning Cohort have either a morning or an afternoon scheduled into their timetable when Mr. Jamie Pope, our outdoor education specialist, and teachers are taking students off-site and outside. His vast understanding of outdoor skills, the natural world, and ways to teach curriculum in the outdoors enrich our existing program.

After-School Sports and Clubs

  • Our After-School Sports and Clubs schedule is altered but we intend to continue to provide exceptional experiences for our students.
  • Activities group students based on Learning Cohort and we are mindful of the guidelines for play and sport, which limit the interaction or contact between individuals.

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