Public Health and Truth and Reconciliation Info

Hello Lyonsgate Community,

We have a few updates for you this week from Hamilton Public Health, and some information about the upcoming National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

Public Health Updates

  • Validation of screening will continue to be required until at least the end of October. No changes to what you are already doing; please continue to complete the relevant screening form(s) found on the Home page of lyonsgate.ca before arriving to school each day.
  • Public Health also informed us that they may add symptoms to the screening form if they deem it necessary (for example, York region public health has put runny noses back on their screening forms).
  • Next week, you will also find a new Return Attestation Form on the Home page. This form must be completed any time a child who has failed screening, or who is sent home from school with symptoms, is ready to return to school.

Everything related to COVID-19 protocols is available on the Home page of lyonsgate.ca, including:

  • screening forms
  • COVID-19 Supplemental Parent Handbook
  • direct links to Sick Child at Home and Sick Child at School Decision Charts from Hamilton Public Health
  • Child and Youth Mental Health Support resources from Hamilton Public Health
  • COVID-19 test booking link
  • Lyonsgate COVID-19 Advisory Page (where we are required to post any positive case information)
  • And, sometime next week, the new Return Attestation form.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The National Day Truth and Reconciliation is Thursday, September 30. Truth and Reconciliation Day is a federal statutory holiday in response to Call to Action 80 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which calls “upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”

At the Primary campus (Casa and Toddler) the City of Hamilton has provided a resource called "Honouring Our Children/Every Child Matters" developed by staff from Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg. As part of this resource, we have been provided orange shirts for each child that we will be sending home on September 29 that your child may wear to school on September 30, if you wish. (All of the shirts are youth size small so may fit quite large on some students). Primary staff completed training on the Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg resource on the PD day this week, and we were also provided a lovely collection of books that will be available and read in the classrooms.

Elementary students will be engaged in discussions about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and orange shirts in advance of September 30.  While we will not ask staff or students to wear orange shirts, staff and students who want to are very welcome! We want the students who do so to have chosen to do it themselves so as to make it a meaningful choice.

Student Vote

Elementary students will be participating in the Student Vote on Election Day on Monday, Sept. 20. Make sure you all get out to vote too!

Have a great weekend everyone.


Updates from Lyonsgate

Hello Lyonsgate Families,

We are so excited that another school year is about to begin.  The staff are busy setting up the classrooms and getting ready to warmly welcome your children into their care.  While we would have liked a “normal” return to the school year we realize the world is far from that, and we hope you will understand the special circumstances that we all find ourselves in to keep the children, your families, and the community as safe as possible.  Thank you for your adaptability in all of this, and most of all, thank you for entrusting your most precious children into our care.  We look forward to continuing to build relationships with you, and thank you for allowing us the pleasure of watching your child grow to their full potential.  Here is to a wonderful year ahead!

Sarah (Miss Kennedy).

COVID-19 Protocol Changes

As we approach the beginning of the school year we are receiving regular updates to COVID-19 protocols from both the Ministry of Education and Hamilton Public Health Services. Significantly, there have been changes to the daily screening form and procedure.

We are now required to "validate" screening every day for the first two weeks of school (for now; Public Health expects this to be extended). For returning families, this will work the same as last year when you completed the campus-specific online screening form prior to arrival and we confirmed your submission upon arrival. For new parents, on Tuesday, September 7, the provincial screening tool on the Home page at lyonsgate.ca will be replaced with three Lyonsgate forms that mirror the provincial tool: Primary campus screening form, Elementary campus screening form, and a staff and visitor screening form. You are required to complete the relevant screening form each day after 5:00 a.m. and before you arrive at school. Once submitted we will be able to see that you have done so upon arrival. At this point, temperatures are not required to be taken upon arrival.

The screening forms have also changed with the addition of some new questions, changes to procedures if screening is failed, and the removal of a number of symptoms that previously required exclusion from school. Students are no longer screened for: sore throat, runny nose, headache, and extreme tiredness or muscle aches. The "Lyonsgate COVID-19 Exclusion of Sick Children and Staff Policy and Procedures" will be updated soon to reflect the symptom changes, and Public Health will be providing updated decision charts that guide parents and school staff when children are ill.

Pandemic or not, please do not send children to school when they are ill.

Hamilton Public Health hosted an information session for schools on Wednesday and we can tell you that other changes will come in the following areas:

  • Staff vaccination disclosure: This requirement was announced on August 17 and we were told by Public Health, on Thursday, Sept. 2, to: "Please note: The ministry is working on a guide and sample policy to support licensees in implementing the proposed policy. Further details about the proposed policy, testing strategy, and reporting expectations will be communicated in the coming weeks." All Lyonsgate staff members will be required to disclose their vaccination status to the school and undergo regular testing and attend an approved education program if not vaccinated. Lyonsgate will not disclose the vaccination status of any staff member.
  • Contact management and outbreak management: This covers contact tracing, what will happen if there are any confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in the school community, and if Public Health declares an outbreak at the school. We have been told to expect this update by mid-September.

PD Day Clarity

You will notice on the school calendar that there are a number of PD days early in the year. Mostly, these affect ONLY the Primary campus which is unavailable to Lyonsgate during Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

The Lyonsgate Primary campus (Aberdeen: Casa and Toddler) will be closed on Sept. 7 and 8 (Sept. 9 is the first day of school for returning students at Primary) and will be closed on Thursday, Sept. 16 (Yom Kippur).

Schedules

We will be continuing with separate arrival and pick-up times for each Casa classroom, and a separate pick-up period for the Toddler class. There have been changes to the Elementary arrival and pick-up times and procedures. The daily schedules are as follows:

Toddler Class

8:00 – 8:30: Group 1. Eligible workers and staff students, and Casa North siblings.

8:30 – 9:00: Group 2. Arrival for remainder of cohort.

Toddler students will be greeted by a Toddler staff member at screening and will enter the building using the grey door off the parking lot.

3:00 – 3:30: Dismissal from the playground.

Casa North

8:00 – 8:15: Group 1. Arrival for eligible workers and staff students.

8:15 – 8:30: Group 2. Arrival for remainder of cohort.

3:30 – 4:00: Dismissal from the playground.

Casa South

8:30 – 8:45: Group 1. Arrival for eligible workers and staff students.

8:45 – 9:00: Group 2. Arrival for remainder of cohort.

4:00 – 4:30: Dismissal from the playground.

After screening, All Casa students will proceed to the main school doors or playground via the main walkway on the east side of the building.

Elementary

8:00-8:30: Registered Before School Care.

8:30-8:45: Arrival/screening for all students.

Screening upon arrival will take place on the front porch.

3:30-3:45: Dismissal and pick-up from back yard.

3:30-4:30: Registered After School Care (pick up from front porch).

Online Orientation Sessions

Each Casa class and the Toddler class will be hosting online orientation sessions on Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. A Zoom link will be sent to each class's parents that day.

Elementary Montessori guide Marissa will be hosting an online Orientation for Elementary families on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. A Zoom link will be sent to all Elementary families that day.

Thank you, and see you all in the coming weeks.


School Year Update from Lyonsgate Montessori

Hello Lyonsgate Families,

We know you are all anxiously awaiting information about the upcoming school year. We have received information from the Ministry of Education and Hamilton Public Health and can now tell you about some of the changes and requirements for the coming 2021.2022 school year at Lyonsgate Montessori School.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to impact regular school operations, although there are changes to some requirements. Here are the highlights, but please take the time to review the "COVID-19 Supplemental Parent Handbook."

Please Note: the information below may change as we receive further information, clarifications, or revisions from the Ministry of Education and/or Hamilton Public Health Services.


Masks: mask requirements for students at both campuses will be the same as last year with the exception of outdoors. Masks no longer need to be worn outdoors. See the "Lyonsgate COVID-19 Mask and PPE Policy and Procedure" in the "COVID-19 Supplemental Parent Handbook" for details.


Screening: parents are still required to complete screening for each child, each morning before bringing students to school. Please use the Provincial COVID-19 School Screening Tool to self-screen children each day. A link to the screening tool is available on the Home page at https://lyonsgate.ca/ . Temperatures are no longer required to be taken prior to entry.

If you bring your child to school at either Lyonsgate campus, it is assumed you have completed and passed self-screening every day prior to arrival.

Pandemic or not, please do not send children to school if they are unwell.


Illness/Exclusion: strict exclusion rules are still in effect for children who are ill or who become ill at school. Be prepared for children to be home from school more frequently than usual. Siblings of sick children must also be excluded. See the "Lyonsgate COVID-19 Exclusion of Sick Children/Staff Policy and Procedures" document in the "COVID-19 Supplemental Parent Handbook" for more detailed information.


Staggered Starts and Dismissals: We will be continuing with separate arrival and pick-up times for each Casa classroom, a separate pick-up period for the Toddler class, and staggered arrival and dismissal groups for Elementary. The daily schedules are as follows:

Toddler Class

8:00 – 8:30: Group 1.  Eligible workers and staff students, and Casa North siblings.

8:30 – 9:00: Group 2.  Arrival for remainder of cohort.

3:00 – 3:30:  Dismissal from the playground.

Casa North

8:00 – 8:15: Group 1.  Arrival for eligible workers and staff students.

8:15 – 8:30: Group 2.  Arrival for remainder of cohort.

3:30 – 4:00: Dismissal from the playground.

Casa South

8:30 – 8:45: Group 1.  Arrival for eligible workers and staff students.

8:45 – 9:00:  Group 2.  Arrival for remainder of cohort.

4:00 – 4:30: Dismissal from the playground.

Elementary

8:00-9:00: Staggered drop-off groups. Detailed group lists to come.

3:30-4:00: Dismissal from backyard and front porch.

4:00-4:30: Pick-up of after school care students.


Mandatory Staff Vaccinations or Testing

This was announced earlier this week and details are still to come. All Lyonsgate staff will be required to provide disclosure of full vaccination status or undergo regular testing if not vaccinated. Lyonsgate will not share the vaccination status of any employee.


Calendar

Remember to check the Lyonsgate calendar regularly for up to date information. An updated printable calendar will be attached to the email version of this post (we got the February PD day/Family Day holiday dates wrong on the first version).


Vaccinations

Vaccination continues to be the most effective means of getting the virus under control. Please visit the City of Hamilton’s vaccine information website at https://www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-resources.
Their vaccine hotline is another resource that is available to everyone at 905-974-9848 ext. 7


More to come

We know you may have questions not answered here. Please be patient. You will receive more information soon about things like orientation visits for new students and their families, and specific classroom information from your children's Montessori guides.

Enjoy these last few weeks of summer vacation with your wonderful children. We can't wait to see them and hear all of their summer adventure stories.


Year End and Youth Vaccination Info

I wanted to take this time to really thank each and every one of you for putting your trust in us this year. It has been quite a year, lots of handwashing, cleaning,  learning to put masks on and off safely and new words for all of us, like "cohorts!" We have gotten through it all with grace and dignity and always with the utmost respect for the child. We are looking forward to next year with anticipation of a little more normalcy. Enjoy your summer and we look forward to seeing you and your child again in September.

Warmly,

Rachel


Important Dates:

Thursday, June 24 is the last day of school.

  • In-person students at the Primary campus will have a full day following the regular hours and schedule.
  • Remote learning Elementary students and families: you have received a separate email with some schedule changes for the last week of school, and information about the last day.

Monday, June 21, 8:00 - 11:15 is Elementary material return and personal item pick up.

  • Elementary students are asked to please return all materials that were distributed for remote learning such as math materials (including bead bar sets), as well as their binders and pencil cases (with contents), largely incomplete notebooks, novels, and any other Lyonsgate materials.
  • All personal items that remain at the school (indoor shoes, water bottles, abandoned sweaters, books, etc.) can also be picked up at that time. We will prepare everyone's remaining personal items from their cloakroom area, but if there is anything specific you would like us to make sure is included, please email jason@lyonsgate.ca. Unclaimed shoes, sweaters, water bottles, and such will be donated over the summer.

Vaccinations for Children

Although Lyonsgate students are under the age of 12, there may be older siblings or other family members who may benefit from the following information we have been asked to share with you. The Provincial government has published a COVID-19 Vaccines for Youth webpage that includes information about vaccines, how to book appointments, and other relevant information.

Hamilton Public Health has provided the following:

There are many convenient ways youth can receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Hamilton
including large-scale clinics, mobile pop-up vaccine clinics, pharmacy clinics, family and
youth-friendly clinics being held between June 15-28, and community-based and led
mobile vaccination clinics for specific populations. Eligible family members who have
not received a vaccination are encouraged to book an appointment to attend a
vaccination clinic.

Within coming days, there will be more information at www.hamilton.ca/YouthVaccine,
including information on how to access vaccinations for youth who are homebound for
medical reasons and for those requiring additional supports.

Information regarding how to book an appointment and answers to frequently
asked questions regarding youth COVID-19 vaccination can be found at
www.hamilton.ca/YouthVaccine.


Thank you all for your support, patience, understanding, and commitment to keeping the Lyonsgate community safe and healthy throughout this very unusual school year. Have great, safe, and full o' fun summer vacation. Fingers crossed for a much more normal school experience in the fall.


Ontario Parent Survey

McMaster University’s Offord Centre for Child Studies is conducting a follow-up Ontario Parent Survey. The initial survey took place 3 months into the pandemic.

Both studies general themes focus on the well-being and health of children and parents/caregivers,
family stressors, family relations, and how COVID has had an impact on individuals and families.

“This follow-up study will help inform community practice on how to assist families through these
very challenging times, now and in the future,” said lead researcher Andrea Gonzalez, Associate Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Family Health and Preventive Interventions.. “Given the findings of this survey may be used to inform service provision and the development of family resources, it is important to hear from families that reflect the diverse range of races, ethnicities, socio-economic status, and family structures of which the province is composed.”

Please access the survey at: https://ontarioparentsurvey.ca

The survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.


Parent-Teacher Conference Info

Hello Lyonsgate Families,

This upcoming Friday, May 21, is a PD day leading into the Victoria Day long weekend. Lyonsgate will be closed on Friday, May 21, and on Monday, May 24. In-person at the Primary campus (Aberdeen Casa and Toddler) and remote learning for Elementary students will be closed on both days.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

The next PA day is Friday, June 4, for Parent-Teacher conferences. Both campuses — in-person at Primary and remote for Elementary — will be closed to students. Parent-Teacher conferences will take place via Zoom. See below for instructions on how to connect with your child's Montessori guide; an emailed version of this post will contain the guides' Zoom Personal Meeting ID (PMI) numbers and passcodes.

Click here to schedule your 20 minute Parent-Teacher conference.

How to connect:

  1. You will need to have the Zoom app installed on the device you are using to connect. Open the Zoom app and click on "Join":

 

2. Enter the Montessori guide's PMI number and click "Join":

 

3. Enter the Montessori guide's Passcode and click "Join Meeting":

4. You will be placed into the Montessori guide's "Waiting Room" and will be let into the meeting at your selected time.

To keep everyone on schedule, please limit your conference to the selected 20-minute timeslot. Thank you.


Lyonsgate Update: Post-April Break Information

Hello Lyonsgate Families,

Below are the details we know regarding the Elementary campus closure and other information related to the ongoing pandemic response. As you know, case numbers are escalating and new measures are being announced frequently. As of Friday afternoon, April 16:

  • Elementary campus is closed indefinitely. Elementary families have received their children's online learning schedules and groups. Material pick-up will take place on Monday, April 19, at the Elementary campus, between 9:00-3:00.

  • Primary campus remains open to all students. All students in the Toddler and Casa programs can continue to attend school. (Note: there was some confusion as various pieces of government communication stated child care will remain open only for children ages 0-3.8 years; we have received confirmation from both the Ministry of Education and from the City of Hamilton that ALL children registered in Lyonsgate's Casa and Toddler programs can continue to attend school).

  • Emergency child care available for eligible workers: Families of Elementary children who fall under one of the categories of "Eligible Workers" can register for free emergency child care. From the City:

City of Hamilton will be reactivating our emergency child care plan effective April 19. This means that eligible health care and essential frontline workers will qualify for free emergency child care for school-age children. We will be taking the same approach that we did during the last emergency closure period.

All emergency child care will be operated by the three licensed home child care agencies, given the smaller group sizes and reduced risk in these settings. We are not considering emergency child care in centre-based locations at this time. We anticipate that the list of eligible workers will remain the same and will be posted on the City’s website at www.hamilton.ca/childcare once confirmed by the province.
To apply for emergency child care, eligible families may contact one of the three licensed home child care agencies at the below contact information:

  • Today’s Family, childcare@todaysfamily.ca, (905) 574-9344 ext. 112

  • Wee Watch Galbraith, wee_watch@hotmail.com, (905) 561-0008

  • Wee Watch Golfwood, julie@weewatch.com, (905) 574-5409 ext. 203

Click here to view the updated Eligible Worker List.

Thank you everyone. We are in the most severe conditions of the pandemic. Please continue to adhere to all public health measures so we can keep each other safe and healthy, and return to in-person schooling.


April Break Message

Hello Lyonsgate Families,

As we embark on our new April Break, we have some information and reminders from Lyonsgate, Public Health, and the Ministry of Education.

Possible School Closure

Hamilton schools may be closed by order of Hamilton Public Health during the April 12-16 break period. Hamilton Public Health and the two Hamilton school boards will be meeting on Thursday, April 15, to determine whether schools in Hamilton will return to in-person or remote learning after the break. We will of course let you know if any Lyonsgate campuses are closed.

When we return to school, please remember the following:

Arrival and Dismissal Times

There are strict arrival and dismissal periods for each cohort at the Primary campus. Please adhere to these timeframes to avoid crossing paths with the other cohort. If you are late, please wait.

  • Casa North students are to arrive between 8:00-8:30 a.m. (staff and essential worker drop off is 8:00-8:15 and other students from 8:15-8:30) and must be picked up no later than 4:00 p.m.
  • Casa South students are to arrive between 8:30-9:00 a.m. and must be picked up no later than 4:30 p.m.
  • Toddler students arrive with their siblings or between 8:15-9:00, enter the school through a separate door, and must be picked up no later than 3:30 p.m.
  • Elementary students will retain the same 15-minute interval arrival and pick-up times.

Playing on Private Property and in the Parking Lot

We continue to receive complaints from neighbours at the Primary campus about children playing on private property and in the parking lot after school. The hockey nets and area to the east of the building (on the other side of the walkway fence) are private property. Please do not let children play on the nets or on private property at pick-up, or in the parking lot. Thank you.

Ministry and Public Health Messages

We have been asked by the Ministry of Education and Hamilton Public Health Services to share some messaging with you about public health measures to ensure a safe return to school, and about available asymptomatic testing during the break. From the Ministry of Education and HPHS:

"Thank you for continuing to follow the public health and safety measures that have kept child care programs and schools open and safe. It is our collective effort that continues to ensure your children can learn with their friends. With spring break and the nicer weather around the corner, it is more important than ever that we continue to follow public health advice and do our part to keep COVID-19 from spreading in our communities. Outside of child care/school settings, we encourage families to continue to:

  • Socialize with your own household.
  • Refrain from non-essential activities or playdates with those outside your household.
  • Stay home and get tested if you feel ill.
  • Refrain from travelling.
  • Refer to Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community based on the COVID-19 response framework. We also suggest checking out www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus for additional resources and supports.

Asymptomatic Testing Available: For the week of April 12-18, pharmacies that currently offer testing and assessment centres across the province will accept appointments for children attending child care and child care staff, and elementary students and education staff for asymptomatic testing. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of this testing capacity to have their children tested to support a safe return to school on April 19 and continued safe operation of child care.

Please stay at home as much as possible and continue following the direction of public health officials so that we can keep schools and early years and child care programs open."

Thank you everyone. We know that the current situation remains difficult, and that you are all aware of the measures and behaviours needed to keep our families, friends, and fellow citizens safe. Let's all commit to doing our individual best to stay healthy, keep schools open, and get back to some semblance of normalcy sooner rather than later.

Have a fun, restful, and creative time at home, full of smiles.

 

Have a wonderful break everyone, and we hope to see you all on Monday, April 19.


COVID Updates Now in Effect

We received the updated COVID protocol documents from Hamilton Public Health this week. All Lyonsgate policy and procedure documents have been updated accordingly, as have the website resources, including the screening forms, decision charts that contain the new symptom, exclusion, and return to school requirements, return attestation form, and your "Lyonsgate 2020 – 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Parent Handbook."

You can view each of the updated items at the links below, as well as on the Home page and under your "Parents" tab of lyonsgate.ca.

Primary Screening Form

Elementary Screening Form

Staff (and essential visitor) Screening Form

Sick Child at Home Decision Chart

Sick Child at School Decision Chart

Return Attestation Form

COVID-19 Supplemental Parent Handbook

You will also find other vital information at lyonsgate.ca, including:

Child and Youth Mental Health Support

COVID-19 Test Booking

Lyonsgate COVID-19 Advisory Page (where information about any positive cases at Lyonsgate will be posted).


You can also view the full COVID policy and procedure documents by following this link.

The following documents have been updated:

Lyonsgate COVID-19 Drop-Off, Pick-up, and Screening Policy and Procedure

Lyonsgate COVID-19 Exclusion of Sick Children and Staff Policy and Procedures

Lyonsgate COVID-19 Mask and PPE Policy and Procedure

Lyonsgate COVID-19 Outbreak Response Plan Policy and Procedure

Lyonsgate COVID-19 Reporting Requirements Policy and Procedure

Thank you all for your ongoing efforts to keep the Lyonsgate community safe and healthy as we navigate through this... interesting... time. One day, it will be a not-so-fond memory.


Primary Parent Ed., COVID Clarity, and Montessori Week

In this week's Lyonsgate update: Casa and Toddler Parent Education sessions; details of enhanced COVID safety measures; no crossing guards March 5; and a brief video interview with Maria Montessori for Montessori Education Week.

Parent Education sessions are intended to help parents of Montessori students better understand how and why Montessori education does things the way it does. It is quite different from the traditional education models many of us experienced, and rumour has it children aren't always forthcoming with details of their school days.

Casa Parent Education

Wednesday, March 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Join the Lyonsgate Montessori Casa staff online for a parent education session to learn how Montessori education approaches language learning and development.

Zoom link was sent via email on Thursday, Feb. 25.


Toddler Parent Education

Thursday, March 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Join the Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler staff online for a parent education session to learn about how to incorporate Montessori practices and activities into your home to help your toddler's development.

Zoom link was sent via email on Thursday, Feb. 25.


Enhanced COVID Safety Measures

We have more clarity on the enhanced measures in place since the return to school enhanced safety measures were announced. This week we had an info session with Hamilton Public Health to explain the new measures, the reasoning behind them, and to answer questions. There were over 200 attendees from child care centres across Hamilton, so you're not the only ones trying to wrap your head around the new measures and requirements.

Basically, we are back to where we started in September:

  • one symptom means exclusion
  • asymptomatic siblings must also stay home
  • expect more absences and longer wait times for tests and results

Important: you know your children best; if you know your child tends to report feeling unwell to avoid tasks, or when they may be feeling sad and missing home, please talk with them and tell them to please tell us what they are truly feeling — "I miss mom"/"I don't want to do that"/etc. If they tell us they are feeling unwell we have to take them at their word and send them home, as well as all siblings, and COVID tests or doctor visits will be required. Thank you.

If you ever have any questions you can call Public Health’s COVID-19 line at 905-974-9848 option 2.

COVID tests can be booked here: https://www.stjoes.ca/coronavirus/covid-19-test-home

Lyonsgate's screening forms have been updated with the new measures and requirements from the provincial government, including the "Next Steps" section after you hit "Submit."

As has been the case throughout this school year, some of the directives come from the provincial government and some from Hamilton Public Health. It was explained to us this week that a significant reason for the more restrictive measures and the heightened degree of strictness in adhering to them are the COVID variants (B.1.1.7 — the U.K variant; B.1.351 — the South African variant; and P.1 — the Brazilian variant). It is known that the B.1.1.7. variant is more transmissible, but beyond that not a lot is known about the other variants or their effects.

Updated decision charts and Return Attestation forms are still to come from Public Health and we will share and post them at lyonsgate.ca as soon as we receive them. In the meantime, please see below for what to do if a child falls ill or fails screening for one of the other required reasons.

WHEN CHILDREN ARE SYMPTOMATIC

Next Steps

1. Contact the school/child care to let them know about this result.

2. They should isolate (stay home) and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.

3. Talk with a doctor/health care provider to get advice or an assessment, including if they need a COVID-19 test.

4. Retake this screening every day before they go to school/child care.

5. If you think they have a cold or the flu, you should still talk with a doctor or get tested. Symptoms are similar to COVID-19.

Siblings or Other People You Live With:

They should stay at home until the student showing symptoms tests negative, is cleared by your local public health unit, or is diagnosed with another illness.

Going to School/Child Care Again:

Don't forget to complete a Return Attestation form when they are ready to return to school.

Not sure about returning? Talk with a health care provider.

  • If They Test Negative (they do not have the virus):

They can return to school/child care if ALL the following apply:

1. they do not have a fever (without using medication)
2. it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving
3. they were not in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19

  • If They Test Positive (they have the virus):

They can return to school/child care only when they are cleared by your local public health unit.

  • If They Do Not Get Tested:

They must isolate for 10 days*. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

1. a doctor diagnosed them with another illness
2. they do not have a fever (without using medication)
3. it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving

  • If You Do Not Talk With a Doctor:

They must isolate for 10 days*. After the 10 days, they can return only when ALL the following apply:

1. they do not have a fever (without using medication)
2. it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving

*Note: we learned at the Public Health session this week that the 10-day isolation period is for symptomatic children. Asymptomatic family members/siblings must isolate for 14 days if the not tested and/or not talk with a doctor conditions are the case.

TRAVEL OUTSIDE CANADA

Next Steps:

1. Contact the school/child care to let them know about this result.
2. They should isolate (stay home) for 14 days immediately after their return except for a medical emergency.
3. Follow the advice of public health.
4. Retake this screening every day before they go to school/child care.

Returning to School/Child Care:

They can return to school/child care only when they are cleared by their local public health unit, regardless of test result.

If They Develop Symptoms:

Contact your local public health unit or doctor/health care provider for more advice.

Siblings or Other People You Live With:

They should stay at home for 14 days too.

IDENTIFIED AS A CLOSE CONTACT

Next Steps:

1. Contact the school/child care to let them know about this result.
2. They should isolate (stay home) for 14 days and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.
3. Talk with a doctor/health care provider to get advice or an assessment, including if they need a COVID-19 test.
4. Retake this screening every day before they go to school/child care.

Returning to School/Child Care:

They can return to school/child care only after 14 days, regardless of test result.

If They Develop Symptoms:

Contact your local public health unit or doctor/health care provider for more advice.

Siblings or Other People You Live With:

Siblings and other people they live with can go to school, child care, or work, but should not leave the home for other, non-essential reasons for 14 days.

COVID ALERT (via the cell phone app)

Next Steps:

1. Contact the school/child care to let them know about this result.
2. They should isolate (stay home) and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.
3. Visit an assessment centre to get them a COVID-19 test.
4. Retake this screening every day before they go to school/child care.

Returning to School/Child Care:

If they test negative (they do not have the virus), they can return to school.

If they test positive (they have the virus), they can return only after they are cleared by their local public health unit.

If They Develop Symptoms:

Contact your local public health unit or doctor/health care provider for more advice.

Siblings or Other People You Live With:

Siblings and other people they live with can go to school, child care, or work, but should not leave the home for other, non-essential reasons until the person who got the COVID Alert tests negative or is cleared by your local public health unit.

TOLD TO ISOLATE

Next Steps:

1. Contact the school/child care to let them know about this result.
2. They should isolate (stay home) except for a medical emergency.
3. Follow the advice of public health.
4. Retake this screening every day before they go to school/child care.

Returning to School/Child Care:

They can return only after they are cleared by their local public health unit.

If They Develop Symptoms:

Contact your local public health unit or doctor/health care provider for more advice.

Siblings or Other People You Live With:

Siblings and other people they live with can go to school, child care, or work, but should not leave the home for other, non-essential reasons.


No Crossing Guards Friday, March 5

Our friendly neighbourhood crossing guard has asked us to let you all know that there will be no crossing guards on duty on Friday, March 5. It is a public school PD day.


Montessori Interview and Education Week

Our friends at the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) shared this very short, subtitled interview with Maria Montessori upon her return to Italy after her years spent in India (1947): https://montessori150.org/maria-montessori/maria-montessori-interview

The coming week is Montessori education Week and CCMA has a dedicated web page with a number of interesting videos and links: https://www.ccma.ca/montessori-education-week/. Enjoy!