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COVID-19 Intro

SJK School is governed by the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act that states that our campus must remain closed. On May 19, 2020, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that public schools will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 academic year. We will act in accordance with legislation and in line with public health advice.
 
COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. The risk will vary between and within communities, but given the increasing number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered high.

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Vulnerable populations

There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:
  • aged 65 and over
  • with compromised immune systems
  • with underlying medical conditions

COVID-19 Communications

List of 18 items.

  • Ancillary Services Credits (May 1, 2020)

    As the campus and our residence has continued to remain closed, we have been working with  our service providers, Dana Hospitality and Sharp Bus Lines Limited, to reduce costs and pass those savings on to parents. At the moment we remain hopeful that we may still be able to open for a brief period in June. We also know that this scenario is unlikely.

    We are pleased to let you know that the Board of Governors has decided that should the campus remain closed for the rest of the academic year, the school will credit students’ accounts for any ancillary services. This credit will be applied to student accounts in June. We will determine the exact amount closer to June once we have finished negotiating with our suppliers.

    On behalf of the Board of Governors and the school administration, we want to thank you for your commitment to our community and your ongoing support. We remain optimistic that better days lie ahead, and that our school and our community will not only overcome this crisis but will come out stronger and more connected as we continue to serve our students.
  • Parent Remote Learning Survey Results (April 3-5, 2020)

    Last Friday, we launched our first remote learning parent survey. We were pleased that 129 parents filled in the survey representing 187 students. This represents 49% of our student body. From speaking to other schools, this response rate is considered excellent. Of the 187 students represented, 100 were from our Lower School and 87 from the Upper School.

    In response to the question: “Overall, how do you feel about SJK’s remote learning program?” the score was 4.2 out of 5. In a similar question we asked, “How does your child feel about their remote learning experience?” and the score was 4 out of 5. In reading parents’ comments, the slightly lower score was related to their children missing their friends, their routines and their teachers. It was less about the program itself than the situation we find ourselves in. We agree with the children—we know that remote learning is not the same as being the classroom.

    We asked a number of questions about technology; 87% of respondents rated their internet reliability Good or Very Good and 91% of respondents rated their access to devices Good or Very Good. It would seem that of those who filled in the survey, internet and access to devices does not seem to be an impediment to them. We are looking into various supports for those who are having difficulties in these areas and encourage them to reach out to techhelp@sjkschool.org with specific issues. We also know that our overseas students are experiencing some connectivity issues.

    We asked questions about student workload. Overall, 71% of respondents when asked about workload selected “My child has just the right amount of work to do”. We did note that workload was slightly more of an issue for younger children while parents of older students especially those in Grade 7 to 10 felt their children could have a little more work. We have made adjustments according to this feedback.

    We also received some feedback about communication. We asked parents to rate the statement “The communication between the teacher and my child is clear and easy to access.” 81% of respondents selected Agree or Strongly when asked to rate the statement. We realized that we asked two questions in that statement so for the next survey we are going to break this down into two statements, one about clarity of communication and the other about ease of access. In reading the comments, some parents and students found it hard to access some information. We have made some adjustments to our communications so they are clear, concise and consistent. We have also made teachers aware of the challenge of logging into many other systems beyond onSJK and they are working on streamlining their apps.

    We also read that parents and students are enjoying the live interactions and have relayed that information to our teachers. They are thinking of ways they can create other opportunities for students to see and interact with their teachers and classmates in real time without adding to their students’ workloads.

    Parents shared with us the challenges they are facing. They are juggling assisting their children while managing their own work responsibilities, having difficulty finding their child’s work when it is located in different places, monitoring their children’s focus, and adapting to change. We appreciate that this situation is hard for everyone and have shared this information with our teachers so they are aware and can offer support.

    We did have a few questions from parents about busing and the meal plan. We are working with our suppliers to see what can be done. Many contracts related to schools have high fixed costs. Our CFO is working hard to negotiate with our suppliers. We will bring these matters forward to the Finance and Audit Committee and the Board of Governors.

    What struck us the most about the feedback we received in the survey was how appreciative our SJK parents are of our teachers and the program they have created. Here are a sample of the comments received:

    "We appreciate the colossal undertaking to move everything to remote learning. Thank you for all of your hard work."

    "So grateful to be a part of such an amazing school that has handled this change with professionalism and confidence and has produced a clear and thorough remote curriculum to keep the kiddos engaged and moving forward."

    "I’d like to commend the teachers on a fantastic implementation of a great learning platform in such a short timeframe."

    "What an amazing first week! Amazing what the school, faculty and staff have accomplished in such a short time! So good to have a child learning again within a structured yet adaptable program. Bravo!"

    "I have been very impressed by week 1. I am so grateful to be a part of a school community who is investing so heavily in maintaining continuity for our kids. Thank you to all of the teachers who have spent so much time and energy already into making this week a success."

    "Thank you for all your hard work around this. I really appreciate all of your efforts. It really reinforces to me once again, that sending our child to SJK over the public system is well worth it. THANK YOU EVERYONE!!! 😊"

    "I think everything has gone incredibly well - much better than expected, and I had high expectations!"

    Thank you to everyone who completed the survey and for supporting our teachers and our students. Everyone is trying to make the best of this situation we find ourselves in. We will continue to elicit feedback and act upon it. Look for the next survey on Friday, April 17.
  • Changes to SJK's Video Conferencing Practices (April 9, 2020)

    When we began our remote learning program we created some video conferencing practices and made our faculty aware of them. Since then, we asked our provincial association to research best practices along with a leading law firm, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. They have come back to the CIS Ontario schools with a series of recommendations. We have therefore revised our practices to align with their advice.

    What parents need to know is that teachers now have the option to record sessions involving multiple students and make them available to students afterwards, if they so choose. If a recording is being made, teachers will inform students before the recording starts. Students have the option to turn off their cameras during the recording to avoid being seen on the recording. Parents whose children are on the No Photograph/Video List are asked to instruct their children to turn their cameras off. This recorded material may be made available to students who are unable to attend the session.

    Also, teachers will now no longer record sessions with an individual student, but instead will keep a log of all communications. Reasons for a 1:1 conference may include: guidance counselling, learning support, mentoring such as extended essay support and advising. The exception to this rule is for assessments. Please note the following advice from the International Baccalaureate about assessments:

    Maintaining academic integrity is paramount in the completion of IB assessment and examinations. Therefore, teachers conducting any of the assessments listed above, must ensure that they are conducted in full adherence to the guidelines described in the relevant subject guides and assessment procedures when trying to replicate the conditions followed when completing such tasks in the school.

    Students can be asked to show their rooms with their mobile phone cameras (walls and areas underneath their desks) to confirm that no unauthorized materials are visible/hidden.

    For oral assessments being conducted over Skype (or similar), it is recommended that an external recording device is used.

    Teachers and students should only use Google Hangouts Meet with the exception of students residing in another country. In that case, teachers are permitted to use Skype.

    Thank you very much for your attention to these matters. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact Mrs. Karen Baird, Director of Teaching and Learning.
  • Update for Parents of SJK’s Class of 2020 (April 1, 2020)

    Dear Parents of the Class of 2020,

    We have always known that the Class of 2020 was a special class—one known for its kindness, compassion and strong sense of community. We did not know that their resolve and character would be tested in this way. We are very proud of the way the Class of 2020 has handled this situation. They are all remarkable students and we are determined to do our very best by them.

    When we heard the news that the IB exams were to be cancelled, we wanted to make sure that all our decisions were made with our students’ very best interests in mind. We have carefully reviewed information from the IB, the Ontario Ministry of Education, and other similar schools and have come up with a plan that addresses our students’ needs in this unprecedented situation. This is the plan we have developed for your graduating student:
    1. All DP2 students will be engaged in our remote learning program, completing all assigned work until April 23, when the DP2 remote learning academic program will conclude.
    2. We will require all DP2 students to complete one final summative assessment piece in each subject in Groups 1-5. IB coursework is still underway in Group 6, so we will not require an additional assessment in Group 6 courses. These assessments will:
      a)    represent the end of the course and will be a reasonable, manageable opportunity for students to have one final chance to put in their best effort and possibly enhance their current standing.
      b)    be aligned with our remote learning context. Teachers will create assessments that effectively determine what a student knows, understands and can apply.
      c)    be based on most recent units/topics and any units/topics that have not yet been assessed.
        • All assessments will be completed by April 22, 2020 so these assessments can be included in the student's final grade which is submitted to OUAC on April 23.
        • Final grades will be gathered from 70% course work and IAs and 30% from a combination of the mock exams plus the final assessment in April. 
        • These grades will form the OSSD final marks and will be recorded on the Full Report Card for Grade 12, which will be released on May 15.
        In terms of completing the IB Diploma:  
        1. CAS expectations for DP2 students remain the same. Students will need to complete their CAS portfolio and their CAS exit interview in order to receive their IB Diploma. CAS exit interviews will be scheduled during the week of April 27 to May 1. This week will be a wrap-up week for DP2 students. There may be other things students will need to complete individually.
        2. The official last school day for DP2 students will be Friday, May 1, 2020.
        3. IB Diploma results will arrive on July 5. These scores will not be included as part of the student’s final SJK course grades.
        This plan has been created to support our DP2 students in their final weeks as an SJK student. We want our DP2 students to end the year successfully and to be able to take pride in what they have achieved. If you have any feedback or questions, you can speak to Ms. Watson, Mr. Carswell or Mr. Grant. 

        We understand that there are some important end-of-year traditions, such as Commencement, the Pond Jump, and Grad Dinner, that our graduates have been long anticipating. At the moment we are not sure when those important milestones will take place. Please know that we are committed to recognizing the achievements of the Class of 2020 both individually and collectively. They are very important to us and we will ensure that we celebrate their successes.

        Thank you for your support and patience as we navigate these uncharted waters together. We appreciate that this has been a particularly trying time for the Class of 2020. Please know that we are behind them all the way.

        Sincerely,

        Cheryl Boughton
        Head of School
      • Update to the Boarding Community: Chinese Consulate Registration (March 30, 2020)

        The Chinese Consulate General in Toronto has just issued a public announcement via WeChat to ask Chinese citizens studying at secondary and elementary schools in Ontario and Manitoba to register their information at this special website:

        https://forms.gle/a2vgrrKYkzZ8gVyVA
      • Update to the Boarding Community: Our Campus is Closed, Our Learning Continues (March 23, 2020)

        Dear SJK Boarding Parents,

        I hope you are doing well and that your family has started to adapt to the new situation we all find ourselves in. As I mentioned to you in my email earlier this week, for some time we have been planning ahead to ensure that if our campus had to close, our students’ learning would continue. This week our school leaders rallied together to further refine and communicate our remote learning plans.

        Today, we would like to share with you our plans for the weeks following the March Break. On our school website, we have created a new section called, “Our Campus is Closed, Our Learning Continues.” There you will find our remote learning plans for four different age groups: JK to Grade 2, Grades 3-6, Grades 7-10 and Grades 11-12. You will also find guidance for parents and students, places to go for support and a section called Our Learning in Action where we plan to share stories of our learning.

        Learning plans can be downloaded here, as well as accessed through our website:
        This week we will transition to our next phase: planning for implementation. As our teachers work to develop remote lesson plans, parents will be invited to connect through a series of webinars held at various times in the week. Through these we will provide an overview and answer any questions in a live format. We are also putting into place ways for parents to be able to provide feedback on a regular basis once we get started.

        We are aiming to strike a balance between providing continuity of learning for our students but not overwhelming their families in what is already a stressful circumstance. There are many hours in the day and we hope that by providing a rich array of learning opportunities, we can support your child and your family.

        Please be assured that we will do all we can for you while we navigate these uncharted waters together. Our greatest strength is our SJK community. It is this essential element that will support us as we take this journey together.

        Warm regards,

        Cheryl Boughton
        Head of School
      • Update to Grade 12 Parents: IB Final Exams 2020 (March 23, 2020)

        Dear Grade 12 Parents,

        When we first knew that school would be closed temporarily after March Break we recognized that one of our greatest concerns were our graduating students. We know how much they have been looking forward to our traditional graduation ceremonies and all that these important milestones signify. 

        Tied into these much-anticipated traditions are the IB Diploma Programme exams that were scheduled for May. The International Baccalaureate has made a decision to cancel the exams and has sent us an official communication to forward to you. Please click here to view it. You likely saw the news over social media yesterday even though the official announcement came today.

        More details will come from the International Baccalaureate by Friday, March 27 with regards to how DP scores will be calculated. Once we have those details, we will be in touch with further information.

        This has been an exceptionally trying time for everyone. We recognize that it has been especially tough for our Grade 12 students who have been working so hard towards their DP for more than a year and a half. Our students are likely experiencing a variety of feelings at the moment—relief that they no longer have the pressure of exams but also disappointment because they have worked so hard for the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned. We are thinking of them as we plan for the future.

        We don’t know what the next few weeks will look like. We can tell you that we will do all we can for our graduating students. We will find ways to recognize their achievements and their graduation. They are an exceptional group of students and we will do our best for them.

        Thank you for your support,

        Cheryl Boughton
        Head of School
      • Update to the School Community: Our Campus is Closed, Our Learning Continues (March 20, 2020)

        Dear SJK Parents,

        I hope you are doing well and that your family has started to adapt to the new situation we all find ourselves in. As I mentioned to you in my email earlier this week, for some time we have been planning ahead to ensure that if our campus had to close, our students’ learning would continue. This week our school leaders rallied together to further refine and communicate our remote learning plans.

        Today, we would like to share with you our plans for the weeks following the March Break. On our school website, we have created a new section called, “Our Campus is Closed, Our Learning Continues.” There you will find our remote learning plans for four different age groups: JK to Grade 2, Grades 3-6, Grades 7-10 and Grades 11-12. You will also find guidance for parents and students, places to go for support and a section called Our Learning in Action where we plan to share stories of our learning.

        Next week we will transition to our next phase: planning for implementation. As our teachers work to develop remote lesson plans, parents will be invited to connect through a series of webinars held at various times in the week. Through these we will provide an overview and answer any questions in a live format. We are also putting into place ways for parents to be able to provide feedback on a regular basis once we get started.

        We are aiming to strike a balance between providing continuity of learning for our students but not overwhelming their families in what is already a stressful circumstance. There are many hours in the day and we hope that by providing a rich array of learning opportunities, we can support your child and your family.

        Please be assured that we will do all we can for you while we navigate these uncharted waters together. Our greatest strength is our SJK community. It is this essential element that will support us as we take this journey together.

        Warm regards,

        Cheryl Boughton
      • COVID-19: Update to the Boarding Community (March 19, 2020)

        Dear SJK Boarding Parents,

        Thank you so much for your ongoing support and understanding as we work through this changing and challenging circumstance.

        As you know, we made the decision to close the campus on Friday, March 13 with the hope of opening it again in mid-April. At this point, it is unclear when the campus will be able to reopen.

        At the time we decided to close the campus, we also made the decision to change to online learning so that we can maintain students’ education. Our teachers have been hard at work preparing their curriculum. We will begin online learning on March 30. Each student will be able to complete the requirements necessary to move to the next grade. This approach to teaching and learning is the best option for our students.

        Throughout this situation, we have always wanted to do the very best for your child. We have supported our boarding students and appreciated how challenging it is for both the students and their parents. In recent days, the situation has changed in Canada. The number of cases of COVID-19 has increased and it is now spreading in the community. Our citizens are taking measures to slow the spread of the virus. While Canada is well prepared for this situation, we expect that the situation will become worse before it improves.

        After careful review of the current situation, we have decided we cannot reopen the SJK Boarding residence after the March Break. We are sorry that we are not able to do this. We believe that our students will be safer if they return to their home country. If they are unable to return home, they should remain at their current location.

        We are fortunate that we have time to make these adjustments in advance of March 30 when remote learning begins. In the coming days, with the help of Mr. Ian Watt and Mrs. Kathy Watt, you will be able to make arrangements for the best location for your child. Please contact them directly. ISGC will also assist with homestay locations and visa arrangements if needed. Mr. Ian Carswell, our Guidance Counsellor, will also be able to assist your child if he/she has questions about course requirements and university admission.

        Thank you so much for your assistance as we do our best to support your child and your family. We will continue to do our best to ensure your child completes the year and is ready for his/her future academic studies.

        Please let me know if you have any questions.

        Sincerely,

        Cheryl Boughton
      • COVID-19: Update to the School Community (March 17, 2020)

        Dear SJK Parents,

        Since the threat of COVID-19 first became known, we have been planning ahead to ensure that if our campus had to close, our students’ learning would continue. We have planned to do this through our onSJK portal. We are well-positioned to do this because most of our students are very familiar with onSJK, as well as our parents. In fact, last night, I was consulting with an expert in remote learning and he was very impressed by onSJK, the way we have set it up and the opportunities it offers students and teachers. He commented to me that many other schools have little or no ability to support students during this period of time.

        While we may be confident in our ability to teach our students remotely, we expect that many parents would like to better understand how this will work. To this end we are adding a section to our website that will explain, in a comprehensive manner, what this will mean for students and parents. We will be launching this website on Friday.

        In the meantime, here are a few questions that parents have sent to me and our answers:

        How will my child continue his/her learning?

        All students will be given a remote learning program which will start on March 30 and which represents ongoing assignments which meet curriculum expectations and course requirements. The work will be a rich and engaging program of self-paced learning. Younger students will need support from a parent or older sibling. Older students will be expected to work independently on the program provided, receiving guidance and support from their teachers and their advisor. This information will come through onSJK. We will also propose a suggested schedule for the day.

        Will there be online lessons and assignments?

        Many of the activities will be flexible, which means that each student or family can decide the order in which they want to tackle the activities. This gives students and families some autonomy which can help support the family dynamic. Not all activities will be online, which is why we are using the term ‘remote learning’ just like remote working, which many of our parents already practice. Lessons and assignments will be age and stage appropriate. onSJK allows students to submit assignments, have them be graded and to receive feedback from the teacher. In the Lower School, students will also use Seesaw to share their completed work with their teachers. 

        How will we contact teachers?

        Teachers will be available through email, onSJK and also through Google Hangouts, which is a simple video conferencing platform. They may have small group video conferences or one on one dialogues.

        What will happen to my child’s grades? How will this affect high school credits?

        Fortunately, much of the course content has already been covered and we are only two and a half months from the end of school. We are confident that we can deliver a robust and engaging learning program that will fulfill all the requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Education and the International Baccalaureate. We expect that children will progress to the next grade. Students will need to work on their learning program in a similar manner to how they work at school.

        What will happen with final exams? What about IB Diploma Programme exams?

        The Ontario Ministry of Education and the IB up to the end of Grade 11 allows us to set a variety of summative assessments. In many courses, this typically means an examination. However, in this circumstance, our teachers can develop other forms of assessment which will meet the criteria.

        The IB is intending to continue with May examinations. Our teachers are highly dedicated just like our DP2 students. They, along with our administrators, will work together to ensure that our students are well-prepared for their exams.


        Will my child be marked as absent from school?

        No. As long as students continue with their remote learning program, we will consider them present at school.

        We expect that you have many more questions. We will get our comprehensive remote learning plan on our website and will update you when it is live. 

        In the meantime, we hope that you and your children can enjoy their March Break. It’s been a busy year and recent events have made things hard for everyone. It is important for your children and yourselves to have a break and a change of pace so we are all ready to engage in our remote learning program on March 30. Our campus may be closed, but our learning will continue.

        Thank you for your continued support,

        Cheryl Boughton
      • COVID-19: Update to the Boarding Community (March 17, 2020)

        Dear SJK Boarding Parents,

        Since the threat of COVID-19 first became known, we have been planning ahead to ensure that if our campus had to close, our students’ learning would continue. We have planned to do this through our onSJK portal. We are well-positioned to do this because most of our students are very familiar with onSJK. In fact, last night, I was consulting with an expert in remote learning and he was very impressed by onSJK, the way we have set it up and the opportunities it offers students and teachers. He commented to me that many other schools have little or no ability to support students during this period of time.

        While we may be confident in our ability to teach our students remotely, we expect that many parents would like to better understand how this will work. To this end, we are adding a section to our website that will explain, in a comprehensive manner, what this will mean for students and parents. We will be launching this website on Friday.

        In the meantime, here are a few questions that parents have sent to me and our answers:

        How will my child continue his/her learning?

        All students will be given a remote learning program which will start on March 30 and which represents ongoing assignments that meet curriculum expectations and course requirements. The work will be a rich and engaging program of self-paced learning. Students will be expected to work independently on the program provided, receiving guidance and support from their teachers and their advisor.  This information will come through onSJK. We will also propose a suggested schedule for the day.

        Will there be online lessons and assignments?

        Many of the activities will be flexible, which means that each student or family can decide the order in which they want to tackle the activities. This gives students and families some autonomy. Not all activities will be online, which is why we are using the term ‘remote learning’ just like remote working, which many of our parents already practice.  onSJK allows students to submit assignments, have them be graded and to receive feedback from the teacher. 

        How will we contact teachers?

        Teachers will be available through email and also through Google Hangouts, which is a simple video conferencing platform. They may have small group video conferences or one on one dialogues.

        What will happen to my child’s grades? How will this affect high school credits?

        Fortunately, much of the course content has already been covered and we are only two and a half months from the end of school. We are confident that we can deliver a robust and engaging learning program which will fulfil all the requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Education and the International Baccalaureate. We expect that children will progress to the next grade. Students will need to work on their learning program in a similar manner to how they work at school.

        What will happen with final exams? What about IB Diploma Programme exams?

        The Ontario Ministry of Education and the IB up to the end of Grade 11 allows us to set a variety of summative assessments. In many courses, this typically means an examination. However, in this circumstance, our teachers can develop other forms of assessment which will meet the criteria.

        The IB is intending to continue with May examinations. Our teachers are highly dedicated just like our DP2 students. They, along with our administrators, will work together to ensure that our students are well-prepared for their exams.

        Will my child be marked as absent from school?

        No. As long as students continue with their remote learning program, we will consider them present at school.

        Can my child return home?


        As a parent, you should make the decision for your child. You should know that the Canadian Prime Minister announced today that the Canadian border will be closed to foreign nationals. Therefore, we are not sure when they will be able to return if they leave.

        Will you help with my child’s visa application if he/she leaves Canada?

        We will do everything we can to support our boarders if they return to their home country. With ISGC, we will help with visa applications and anything else that they may need.

        We expect that you have many more questions. We will get our comprehensive remote learning plan on our website and will update you when it is live. Our campus may be closed, but our learning will continue.

        Thank you for your continued support,

        Cheryl Boughton
      • COVID-19: Update to the Boarding Community (March 13, 2020)

        Dear SJK Boarding Parent,

        Thank you so much for your patience as we planned for the future. I appreciate that this is a difficult time for everyone. 

        We have decided to open the residence to international students after the March Break on Sunday, March 29th. We will have a protocol in place to screen the students on their return to ensure that they are healthy. We will stagger their returns so only a few students arrive at a time. Once they return to the residence they will be asked to practice social distancing such as staggering meal times and limiting group gatherings. We will also do our best to ensure they have programs within the residence and limit their exposure to the greater community. They will receive online instruction from their teachers at this time.

        We will have more information about the return to residence closer to March 29th.

        Once again thank you for your patience, support and assistance. We are grateful that you trust us with the care of your child and we will do all we can to support them.

        Kind regards,

        Cheryl Boughton
      • COVID-19: Update to the School Community (March 12, 2020)

        Dear SJK Parent,

        Following the announcement from the Ontario government of the closure of all public schools for an additional two weeks beyond their March Break, SJK has made the decision to move to remote learning while the campus is closed following our March Break. To be clear, March Break will be from Saturday, March 14th to Sunday, March 29th. We plan to offer remote learning from Monday, March 30th to Thursday, April 9th. We will then have the Easter Break, hopefully returning to school on Tuesday, April 14th.

        As this announcement from the government was made only minutes ago, we need some time to finalize our plans for continuity of education. The School’s COVID-19 planning team and our faculty have been working hard on these plans for some time. We will update you tomorrow.

        Thank you for your support,

        Cheryl Boughton
      • COVID-19: Update to the School Community (March 11, 2020)

        Dear SJK Community,

        As the situation of COVID-19, also referred to as novel coronavirus, continues to evolve, I want to provide an update on how our school is preparing to deal with this rapidly changing situation. The risk for our region and Canada remains low for the general population but could change. 

        We remain in close contact with Waterloo Public Health and make decisions based on what they are advising. We received a communication earlier this week which they asked for us to share with our school community. We also closely monitor the website of the Government of Canada, especially the travel advisory.

        We have increased our cleaning routines at school by adding another daytime cleaner and by enhancing our daily cleaning schedule. Our teachers have been equipped with disinfectant and clean their classrooms occasionally during the day as they feel is appropriate. Over March Break, our cleaning company will ensure that all classrooms receive a deep clean. Teachers and students are preparing for this by cleaning out lockers, cubbies and classrooms this week. Boarding residence cleaning routines have also been enhanced.

        We have kept our faculty and staff informed about expectations regarding travel over March Break. If any employee travels to a region that has an active travel health notice from the Government of Canada during their trip they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days following their return. We will have a supply teacher cover their classes and any self-isolating teachers will be expected to prepare lessons, mark work and connect with students via video conferencing as needed.

        We are also thinking about our protocols should the school be required to close for a period of time. Our academic leaders and teachers are preparing for this possibility. We have benefited from materials shared by schools overseas that have had to close. We hope that this will not happen but we want to be prepared in case it does.

        As we have mentioned earlier, we have asked all of our families to be cautious of their travel over the March Break and pay attention to the advice of Waterloo Public Health. With the new guidance from the Government of Canada about avoiding all cruise ship travel, we would ask our SJK families to also heed this advice. We have prepared materials to support home learning should that be the case for any student.

        As we prepare for March Break we would like to reinforce that if your child has any symptoms of illness, even if they are mild, please keep them at home. We all need to work together to ensure that our SJK family stays as healthy as possible.

        Thank you for your attention to this matter.

        Sincerely,

        Cheryl Boughton
      • COVID-19: Boarding Community Update (March 11, 2020)

        亲爱的SJK寄宿生家长:

        感谢您信任我们照管您的孩子。我们理解您此时此刻对孩子的牵挂,尤其是对于曾经遭受2019冠状病毒影响的国家的家长们,您的担心我们非常理解。

        我们一直与滑铁卢公共卫生局保持密切联系,并根据专家的建议做出决策。我校一位SJK本地生的家长负责我们当地医院的传染病控制,我们也向他寻求建议。我们同时密切关注加拿大政府的网站Government of Canada。根据我们所有的信息来源,目前我们区域和加拿大的风险仍然很低。

        一些家长询问我们是否可以在三月放假期间把学生关闭在宿舍里。我们研究了这种可能性,但不幸的是,我们无法做到这一点。我们没有工作人员在春假期间监督学生,同时我们也不能把学生们限制在宿舍里。

        我们正在给学生的寄宿家庭准备一个信息包,让他们对我们的学生采取特别的预防措施。我们也教育学生们保持健康的方法。目前没有建议用在家中隔离的方法预防冠状病毒,学生可以采取简单的预防措施,如洗手和咳嗽/打喷嚏时适当的做法,以远离一系列的疾病。除非患者咳嗽或打喷嚏,加拿大医学专家不建议戴口罩。

        在学校,我们已经增加了清洁程序,除了增加一位日间清洁工、强化、提高日常清洁时间频率等,每位老师都配备了消毒剂,用于适当的时候,清洁教室。在三月假期,我校的保洁公司将确保所有的教室得到彻底的清洁。老师和学生们预备在本周清理所有的储物柜和教室,以方便春假期间的清洁工作。

        我们已经通知了所有教职工关于三月假期旅行的要求。如果任何员工在旅行期间收到加拿大政府的旅行健康通知,他们将被要求在返回后自我隔离14天。我们会安排老师代课,自我隔离的老师要准备教案、批改作业,并根据需要通过视频会议与学生联系。

        我们正在筹备如果学校必须关闭一段时间,将如何应对的方案。我校的学业部门领导们正在此做准备。他们借鉴了其它已经关闭的海外学跟我们分享的宝贵资料。希望这种可能性不要发生,但我们愿意为此做好准备。

        我们共同面临着一个困难的时期,我们特别理解对于寄宿生家长们尤其不易。感谢您让我们了解您的担忧,希望您能理解,我们已经尽了最大的努力来满足我们寄宿生的需求。

        您忠诚的,

        Cheryl Boughton

        SJK校长

        Dear SJK Boarding Parent,

        Thank you so much for trusting us with the care of your child. We appreciate that this is a time of great worry for boarding parents and their children especially those from countries that have been affected by COVID-19.

        We are in close contact with Waterloo Public Health and make decisions based on what the experts are advising. One of our SJK parents is also responsible for infectious disease control at our local hospital and we also seek his advice. We also closely monitor the website of the Government of Canada. According to all our sources of information, the risk for our region and Canada remains low.

        Some parents asked if we could keep the students confined in the residence over the March Break. We looked into this possibility but unfortunately we will not be able to do this. We do not have the staff available to supervise the students and we are not able to keep them confined to the residence.

        We are preparing an information package to give to students’ host families to ask them to take special precautions with these students. We are also educating our students about the best way to keep themselves healthy. There is no current recommendation to isolate at home to protect against coronavirus. Students can take simple precautions such as hand washing and proper cough/sneeze protocols, which protect people from a range of illnesses. Medical experts in Canada do not recommend wearing face masks unless the person is coughing or sneezing.

        As a school, we have increased our cleaning routines by adding an additional daytime cleaner and by enhancing our daily cleaning schedule. Our teachers have been equipped with disinfectant and clean their classrooms occasionally during the day as they feel is appropriate. Over the March Break, our cleaning company will ensure that all classrooms receive a deep clean. Teachers and students are preparing for this by cleaning out lockers and classrooms this week.

        We have kept our faculty and staff informed about expectations regarding travel over March Break. If any employee travels to a region that has an active travel health notice from the Government of Canada during their trip they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days following their return. We will have a supply teacher cover their classes and any self-isolating teachers will be expected to prepare lessons, mark work and connect with students via video conferencing as needed.

        We are also thinking about our protocols should the school be required to close for a period of time. Our academic leaders are preparing for this possibility. They have benefited from materials shared by schools overseas that have had to close. We hope that this will not happen but we want to be prepared in case it does.

        This is a difficult situation we are all facing and appreciate that it is particularly hard for our boarding parents. Thank you for making us aware of your concerns and I hope you understand that we have tried our best to meet the needs of our boarding students.

        Sincerely,

        Cheryl Boughton
      • March Break Travel Plans - COVID-19

        Dear SJK Parents,

        It’s hard to believe but March Break is just around the corner. We are only two weeks away from a welcome break in the year. 

        Since the World Health Organization identified the concern, we have been monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 very closely. Each week, I take part in a video conference call with other heads of Canadian Accredited Independent Schools to hear about their protocols and to share ours. I also receive weekly updates from Waterloo Public Health and other agencies. 

        A few weeks ago, we sent a request to our boarding students’ parents asking that their children not return home to China for March Break. Through conversations with our boarding students and their families, we have mutually agreed that it is in everyone's best interest for our boarding students to remain in Canada for the break and also for their families to refrain from visiting from abroad.

        Late last week, I received updated communications from Public Health based on the Government of Canada’s latest travel health notices for countries outside of China where COVID-19 is active including Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. As we approach March Break, I am asking that all our SJK families be mindful of their travel plans and the possible impact on the school and our community should they be travelling to affected areas. 

        Given this recent advice, we are asking that any SJK family who travels to these affected areas follow the advice of Public Health and self-isolate upon their return to Canada. With this in mind, I have attached some information I received from Waterloo Public Health on how to self-isolate and advice for caregiversClick here for the latest information on COVID-19 from the Government of Canada. Please liaise with either Ms. Beveridge, Director of Lower School or Ms. Watson, Director of Upper School if your family is affected so we can support home learning.

        We will continue to monitor advice from trusted sources and keep you informed of any decisions.

        Thank you for your attention to these matters. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

        Sincerely,

        Cheryl Boughton
        Head of School
      • Coronavirus March Break Update For Boarding Parents (February 18, 2020)

        2020年二月18日,周二
        亲爱的SJK寄宿生家长:
        SJK始终把学生的安全放在首位,我们重视采取负责的行动、听取卫生官员的意见、并遵循他们的专家指导。我们一直通过可信赖的卫生当局,认真地监测新型冠状病毒(Covid-19)的情况。
        请各位家长放心,在SJK校园内和宿舍部没有新型冠状病毒的案例。宿舍部健康中心也未发现任何疑似症状。我们一直在采取各项预防措施,减少任何由空气传播的急性呼吸道疾病的风险。
        从2020年2月11日起,世界卫生组织建议各国采取措施,限制该疾病在国际间的传播。加拿大政府建议人们避免不必要的赴中国旅行,并避免所有前往湖北省的旅行。参考: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories 。我们当地的卫生部门要求,所有到过湖北省的人必须进行为期14天的自我隔离。
        基于以上卫生部门的指导意见,我们建议寄宿部学生不要在三月假期(2020年3月14日- 3月29日)前往中国。
        很多家长已经和寄宿部的负责人Mrs. Kathy Watt沟通,告知学生在三月假期的计划安排。我们知道多数学生计划留在加拿大,但也有一些学生打算回国。鉴于以上提到的避免前往中国的指导原则,如果您的子女打算回国,请重新考虑他们的假期安排。如果您尚未通知学校、或想更改您原来的计划,请您务必于2020年2月21日(周五)之前发送电子邮件至邮箱:kathy.watt@sjkeagles.com,确认您孩子的三月假期安排。
        我们倾向于由家长为学生做出三月假期的安排,如果您有困难,请联系Mrs. Watt,让她知道您在安排上有需要。
        我们的心牵挂中国,特别是湖北省和武汉市。我们也向因这一病毒而遭受痛苦的人、以及失去亲人的人们致以最诚挚的慰问。
        您忠诚的
         
        Cheryl Boughton
        SJK校长


        Dear Parents of SJK Boarding Students,

        As a school community, SJK believes in placing the safety of our students first and that it is important to act responsibly, listen to health officials and follow their expert direction. We continue to carefully monitor the status of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) through trusted health authorities.

        We want to reassure you that SJK does not have any cases of Covid-19 on campus or at the boarding residence. Furthermore, our Health Centre at the boarding residence has not observed any symptoms of the illness. We continue to use precautionary measures to lessen our school’s chances of exposure to any airborne, acute respiratory illness.

        As of February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization advises that measures to limit the risk of exportation or importation of the disease should be implemented. The government of Canada’s travel advisory to China recommends avoiding non-essential travel and to Hubei Province recommends avoiding all travel. https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories Our local health authorities are requiring anyone who has visited Hubei province to be self-quarantined for 14 days.

        With the guidance of health officials in mind, we recommend that our boarding students not travel to China during the March Break holiday (March 14 - March 29, 2020). 

        Many parents have already communicated with the Head of Boarding, Mrs. Kathy Watt, informing her of your son’s or daughter’s plans for the holidays. We know that many students are planning to stay in Canada but others also have plans to return home to China. With the guidance of avoiding travel to China, could parents please reconsider your son’s or daughter’s plans for the holiday if they planned to return home to China? If you have not yet delivered this information or would like to change your original message, we ask that you please confirm with an email to kathy.watt@sjkeagles.com your child’s plans for the holidays by Friday, February 21, 2020.

        We would prefer if families make plans for their children to leave the residence over the break. If this is too difficult for your family, please contact Mrs. Watt to let her know that you are having difficulty making alternate arrangements.

        Our hearts go out to those in China, particularly the Hubei Province and the city of Wuhan. Our sincerest thoughts are also extended to anyone suffering as a result of this virus, and to the loved ones of those whose lives have been lost.

        Sincerely,

        Cheryl Boughton
        Head of School
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      • Novel Coronavirus Communication

        亲爱的SJK家人:

         
        本周五的致家长信,我想分享一下这周来大家关注的话题:感冒、流感季节以及新闻中谈论的令人担忧的2019新型冠状病毒。
         
        众所周知,在SJK,我们有专家的指导。在冬季咳嗽、感冒、嗓子痛、流感等易于出现的时候,我们确保采取最佳的行动。学校的清洁人员保持警觉,采用最高的清洁标准,包括每天消毒人所接触的所有地方,以防止细菌传播。我们鼓励家长在孩子出现流感或发烧症状时,让他们留在家中。我们对教职工也有同样的要求。
         
        针对最近的2019新型冠状病毒,我们接受了滑铁卢地区署理卫生署的医务主任Dr. Hsiu Li Wang的专业指导。众所周知,2019年新型冠状病毒是一种被确认为导致呼吸系统疾病爆发的病毒,首次于2019年12月31日在中国武汉发现。截至2020年1月27日,确诊病例超过2700例,死亡82人,大部分来自中国武汉。目前多伦多确认一例,患者妻子初诊为阳性病例。王博士解释说,主要的风险来自那些去过中国武汉的人。
         
        我们学校和宿舍部的护士:注册执业护士Angela Vandenberg,一直在与滑铁卢公共卫生局联系,并采取日常预防措施,以防止感冒或流感类感染的传播。依据滑铁卢公共卫生指南,在SJK寄宿部没有学生感染新型冠状病毒,也无人有感染的风险。圣诞节期间曾到访中国的学生现已超过了目前疫情平均2-14天的潜伏期。
         
        温馨提示,滑铁卢公共卫生局一贯建议采取日常预防措施,以预防呼吸道病毒的传播,包括:
        • 经常用肥皂和水洗手,至少20秒。没有肥皂和水时,要使用含酒精的洗手液。
        • 避免用未洗的手触摸眼睛、鼻子和嘴巴。
        • 避免与生病的人近距离接触。
        • 生病时呆在家里。
        • 咳嗽或打喷嚏时用纸巾遮住口鼻,然后把纸巾扔进垃圾桶。
        • 清洁、消毒经常接触的物体。
         
        我们一直密切关注来自滑铁卢公共卫生的信息和建议,并将及时作出反应。
         
        感谢您协助我们,确保SJK有一个安全健康的环境。
         
        此致,
         
        Ms. Cheryl Boughton
        Head of School
        SJK校长
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      COVID-19 FAQ (from Waterloo Public Health)

      List of 11 items.

      • How can I protect myself?

        You can prevent the spread of germs and viruses, like COVID-19, if you:
        • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
        • Avoid contact with people who are sick
        • Stay home when you are sick
        • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
        • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
      • How does the virus spread?

        Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household or health care centre. 

        They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:
        • respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
        • close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
        • touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands
        For most people, COVID-19 causes only mild illness.

        We are still learning about how people are affected by the virus. Current scientific information suggests older adults and persons with pre-existing conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic lung conditions or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others.  
      • I have had contact with someone who travelled to an area with an active travel health notice, do I need to self-isolate?

        If the person who travelled to an area with an active travel health notice does not not have any symptoms of illness, there is no need for you to self-isolate or modify your daily activities. 
        The virus is not circulating in the local community and the risk of spread in our community is low at this time.  
      • Is Novel Coronavirus the same as the SARS virus?

        Although both viruses are from the same family of virus, Novel Coronavirus is not the same coronavirus that caused SARS in 2003. There were no reported cases of SARS in Waterloo Region in 2003.
      • Should I be tested for COVID-19?

        Generally, there are many respiratory viruses that can cause symptoms this time of year, and respiratory symptoms are most commonly caused by common viruses. 

        At this time, those most at risk of COVID-19 are people who have travelled to an area with an active travel health notice or have been exposed to a case.
      • Should I stay at home?

        Returning travellers from Hubei province, China (including Wuhan) are asked to self-isolate for a total of 14 days from the date you left Hubei.

        In Waterloo Region, returning travellers from Hubei or Iran are advised to call Region of Waterloo Public Health at 519-575-4400 within 24 hours of their return to Canada.

        Travellers returning all other countries are asked to watch for signs and symptoms which may develop up to 14 days after departure, as well as monitor the Government of Canada's travel advisories.

        If you experience symptoms within 14 days, avoid contact with others and follow-up with a health care provider and Region of Waterloo Public Health at 519-575-4400.
      • Should I wear a face mask?

        Face masks are not recommended for the general public, except for people experiencing symptoms and have been advised to wear a mask by a health care provider. 
      • What are coronaviruses?

        Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory infections like bronchitis, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

        COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. 
      • What are the symptoms associated with Novel Coronavirus?

        Symptoms may include:
        • fever
        • cough
        • difficulty breathing
      • What is the Novel Coronavirus?

        The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new respiratory infection first identified in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.
      • Where can I find the most up-to-date information about COVID-19?

        For reliable, up-to-date information you may consult the Public Health Agency of Canada of the Ministry of Health. You may also check this webpage or follow us on social media at @ROWPublicHealth for information for Waterloo Region.

      Preventing Illness

      Public health officials recommend the following steps people should take to reduce their risk of getting and spreading any viral respiratory infections. These include:
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains alcohol if soap and water are not available.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
      • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
      • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.


      Public Health Resources



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