February 11, 2021

Reminders as Peel schools return to in-person learning, Feb. 16

Dear Peel District School Board Families, 

As we prepare to welcome students back to in-person learning on Tuesday, Feb.16, depending on their chosen learning model, we wanted to share information with you about Peel Public Health testing sites that are available to you this weekend and remind you of all safety protocols we will be following upon reopening.

Provincial government announcement postponing March Break to April

As you may have heard, earlier today, the Minister of Education announced that March/Spring Break, currently scheduled for March 15 to 19, 2021, has been postponed and moved to April 12 to 16, 2021. More information will be shared with families and staff as we learn more. 

Peel Public Health testing sites in Peel Schools

Peel Public Health is offering pop-up testing this weekend in schools to increase the accessibility of testing in areas where they are not readily available over a short distance. This is a drop-in style offering. Peel Public Health is encouraging the following groups to get tested, although anyone who comes and wishes to be tested will be accepted: 

  • Symptomatic children and/or their household members
  • Asymptomatic close contacts 
  • Children who live with anyone who has travelled internationally in the last 14 days

Barondale Public School [located at 200 Barondale Dr, Mississauga, ON L4Z 3N7]

Friday, Feb.12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, Feb.13 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Whitehorn Public School [located at 5785 Whitehorn Ave, Mississauga, ON L5V 2A9]

Saturday, Feb.13 from 2 to 6 p.m.

To find out more about all testing sites available,please see the attached Peel Public Health testing site list.

Elementary family information about active screening and masking

On Feb.16, under the direction of Peel Public Health, we will begin the process of enhanced screening for returning elementary students and active screening for all staff. Each elementary student will be provided a "Peel Public Health Screening Tool" on their first day back. 

Your next steps:

  • From home, daily, parents will carefully go over all questions shared on the Peel Public Health Screening Tool (attached as a PDF).
  • If your child has no symptoms and you have answered "no" to all questions, you can send them to school. 
  • If you answered 'yes' to any of the questions, please keep your child at home, self-isolate and notify the school about the absence via School Messenger. If necessary, seek guidance from a health professional.

Mandatory masking:

Under the direction of Peel Public Health, we will continue with our existing indoor mandatory masking protocols for students in grades 1 to 12 and we will be implementing mandatory masking for students in junior and senior Kindergarten. In addition, ALL students will now be required to wear masks outdoors during nutrition breaks, as well as during arrival and departure. In addition to the existing safety protocols, this step is necessary to prevent transmission of COVID-19 for all students and staff when in-person learning resumes. 

Your next steps:

  • Parents/guardians may wish to provide their children with an additional mask(s) to ensure that they have a dry mask when needed. 

Secondary school family information about active screening and masking 

On Feb.16, under the direction of Peel Public Health, we will begin the process of Active Screening for returning secondary staff and students. Active screening is the use of a screening tool and the completion is verified (green checkmark and date) every day by school staff.  

Your next steps:

  1. From home, students must screen daily using the COVID-19 screening tool, carefully considering all symptoms and questions. You may use this link: COVID-19 Screening Tool. (Students who do not have access to a phone or would prefer not to use their phone, will be provided with a paper copy of the screen that will require a daily signature).
  2. If your teen has symptoms, they must be kept home. 
  3. If your teen has no symptoms, students should take a screenshot of the results page and take it to school daily.
  4. If your teen forgets to bring their clearance, they will not be able to enter the class until they complete the screen and verify it with their teacher. 

Continued mandatory masking:

ALL students will now be required to wear masks indoors and outdoors, as well as during arrival and departure, while on school property. As a result, parents/guardians may wish to provide their teen with an additional mask(s) to ensure that they have a dry mask when needed. 

Some reminders for all students

  • Students will need to wear masks upon entering and exiting the school;
  • Students will wear a mask outside while on school property;
  • Use hand sanitizer provided when entering the school;
  • Maintain a 2 meter physical distance, where possible;
  • Follow school signage and traffic flow directional signs and arrows in the buildings;
  • Refrain from gathering with other students, before and after school;
  • Students are advised to go home directly after school; and
  • If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 and you have not already reported this to Peel Public Health or school, please do so immediately.

We understand that the increase in our vigilance means additional steps for our families and staff. To date, we have worked in partnership with Peel Public Health to ensure that we are responding appropriately to our local context. The active screening approach of asking for validation is a measure to increase the safety and well-being of our students, staff and community. While we understand that this is a change in practice, we know that we are implementing this process for the safety and well-being of all.

Key dates

Report cards:

  • Secondary -  Will be distributed beginning Friday, Feb.12, 2021
  • Elementary - Will be received by Thursday, Feb.18, 2021

Grade 1 French Immersion/Grade 7 Extended French Application Deadline: Monday, Feb. 22, 2021

Elementary Regional Learning Choices Programs Application Deadline: Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

Secondary Regional Learning Choices Programs Offers of Admission: Beginning Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

How to access report cards/IEPs/Kindergarten Communication of Learning

Report Cards, Individual Education Plans (IEP) and Kindergarten Communication of Learning will be sent electronically to student email accounts (student#@pdsb.net) and parents/guardians who have their email addresses on file at the schools.

The email will be sent from [email protected] and will include your child's school name. Please note that parents/guardians will receive a separate email with a copy of the Report Card / IEP for each child. For privacy and security reasons, the link to the Report Card/IEP will only be available for seven days from the date you receive the email.

For more information and to discuss your child's progress, please contact your child's teacher.

Balanced calendar schools

Roberta Bondar, Ray Lawson and Tony Pontes public schools will be on mid-Winter Break from Feb. 16 to 19, 2021. Students will resume online and in-person classes on Monday, Feb. 22.

Reminder to Elementary Families

Friday Feb. 12, 2021 there will be no synchronous learning for elementary students as teachers and administrators prepare for Term 2 and reorganization. For families looking for asynchronous learning options available from home please visit: https://sites.google.com/pdsb.net/pdsbasynchronousactivities 

Mental Health and Well-being

We recognize that students, families and staff continue to face new and difficult challenges. It's important to know that you are never alone and supports are available to help. View the board's Guide to Mental Health Supports and Community Resources for a list of immediate, 24/7 supports. We will continue to provide more information to you as it becomes available. We appreciate that these are already challenging times for students, families and staff, and are grateful for your adaptability during this time.

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