Remote Learning During COVID-19

Latest message: May 8, 2020 5:00pm EST

Dear Parents,

With schools closed until at least May 31, and the cautious pace of Ontario’s re-opening plans, we have made the decision that we will extend our last day of school until June 12 and remain in remote learning for the remainder of this academic year. The extra school days will allow our older students a little more time to spread out their summative assessments, and for our younger learners, some extra days to bring closure to their school year.
 
Rest assured we will do our best to continue to provide opportunities for both academic and interpersonal connections during this extended remote learning period. As well, we recognize that this experience is more challenging for some students than others, but will endeavor to support everyone as best we can.
 
We continue to monitor public health advisories from various jurisdictions around the world as they pertain to schools in particular, and continue to plan for a physically-distanced experience back on the CDS campus in the fall.
 
We have tremendous empathy for the challenges our families are experiencing during this period – both personally and financially. Going forward, please know that we have processes and tools in place that will allow us to work with families through short to mid-term financial difficulties, such that you may remain part of our community for the long term. We want to stress that you can avail yourself of these tools by contacting the Director of Admissions, the Director of Finance or me directly.
 
This June, CDS was poised to achieve a milestone for our Building Magic Campaign and break ground on our new Junior School wing. Unfortunately, with the uncertainty created by the Covid-19 crisis, we have made the decision to postpone the groundbreaking until a date still to be determined. The project will re-commence when it is safe and fiscally prudent to do so. We will be in a better position to provide updates to our timeline in the fall.

Please stay tuned for more information on:
  • A system that will allow for the safe return of all remaining student materials left in lockers and classrooms.
  • A culminating, placeholder experience for our GY students/families on June 12.
  • The General Store, Online Store, and fitting schedule for August for SK, grade 6 and new students.
  • Textbook return process.
  • Summer school and summer camp. 
Continue to stay safe,
John Liggett
Head of School

Event Updates

All CISAA Spring Term athletics have been cancelled.

SS Coffeehouse - April 16:
Rewatch our Spring Coffeehouse Online!
JS Play of Frozen Jr. - April 23-25: Postponed
GY Transition Evening - April 27: Rescheduled for May 4: Online!
          More details to follow
Parent Association AGM - April 29: Virtual
Grandparents' Day - May 16: Cancelled
Alumni Coffeehouse - May 21: Online!
Auction - May 29: Cancelled
Alumni Reunion - June 13: Postponed

Contact Admissions

Welcome! While our students are engaging in remote learning from home, the CDS Admissions Team is open for “virtual” business during the COVID-19 closure. There are a number of ways you can reach out to us:

Tel: (905) 833-1972

Previous School Communications

List of 13 items.

  • April 30, 2020

    Over the weekend, Minister Lecce announced the extension of school closures to end of May, thereby confirming our guidance that an opening prior to June is unlikely in Ontario. Further direction early this week by Premier Ford indicates that beyond May, Ontario’s approach to re-opening is going to be cautious.

    The announcements by the province confirm that we have at least another month to engage our learners using remote tools. In our early April survey, a great number of individuals expressed worry around the dominant role of screen time, as well as the rise in anxiety that is increasingly evident in young people’s lives.

    We had anticipated the need for an increased emphasis on balance should the closure continue for a longer period. Thus, in support of our students’ wellness and balance, we are planning the afternoon of May 6th and May 27th as wellness-focused time where we will encourage our students to disconnect from technology in order to get outside, read for pleasure, reset sleep patterns, get caught up, etc.

    This week our School Directors sent you a revised set of JS FAQs and MS/SS FAQs that hopefully address many of the questions you and your students might have about things like the status of end of year traditions and events, parent-teacher interviews, academic awards, assessments and report cards, and end of year locker cleanout and medicine pick up. These FAQs can be found on the COVID-19 landing page and will be updated when needed.

    Once again, thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate remote learning.
     
    John Liggett
    Head of School
  • April 17, 2020

    Dear Parents,

    The theme of What is Next? has been on our minds for some time. While we don’t have all the answers yet in regards to the end of the year, graduation or even what September will look like, we have been active in seeking clarity from both the Ministry of Education and our local independent school partners with respect to some of these issues. As a result of these discussions, we are in position to provide the following details on some of these items, specifically today on exams and assessments:

    • Our guiding principle is that assessments, including final ones, provide opportunities for students to continue their learning and improve their grades. When determining final grades, teachers will use their best professional judgement to determine a grade that fairly reflects students’ efforts to improve their achievement from the last reporting period in March. Students who participate fully in their courses and complete all assessments, yet receive some outlying grades during our remote phase, will not experience a significant drop in their final grades. However, students who fail to participate in daily lessons or are non-compliant in completing assignments and, as a result, achieve poor results, may see lower final grades in their courses.

    • Middle and Senior Schools will not hold final exams for this year, nor follow a traditional exam schedule. Instead, the School will run a regular day schedule until the end of the year. Many courses will have final assessments during the last stretch of May and into June which will take many forms (i.e. projects, independent studies, timed writings, oral interviews, etc.). We are working to ensure that these final assessments will be equitably spread out, varied in type, and equitable for all our learners.
    In the coming weeks, we will offer more details about graduation plans and what September will look like.

    I hope you and your family members are staying safe and well.

    John Liggett
    Head of School
  • April 3, 2020

    Dear CDS Community:
     
    Earlier today, we heard from our Provincial government just how serious the days immediately ahead of us are. We will get through these difficult days together.
     
    I return again in this letter to the two most important things for our school community:
     
    “We need to keep our children safe and well – this extends to the entire community, our parents and all of our employees – everyone in the CDS community needs to be safe and well.”
     
    I understand that each family has their own specific challenges with respect to COVID-19. But there is one thing we all have in common – the need to diligently follow the advice of our public health and governmental authorities. That advice should be clear to everyone at this point.
     
    • If you have travelled anywhere internationally, as of March 25, you are to strictly self-isolate https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html for a period of two weeks upon return. Self-isolation is much more restrictive than physical distancing. Many in our community have indeed travelled internationally and all members of our community in this category should be following this directive – no exceptions.

    • Everyone in our community should be practising physical distancing. These rules are only relaxed within a household or family unit. It is not allowed therefore, for any of our students to engage in group study sessions with friends (except online), engage in group sports activities or have playdates amongst families or anything of that sort.

    • Make every effort to physically distance. For example, if at all feasible from a supervision perspective, do not take your children grocery shopping with you. We have a holiday weekend coming up, and you should gather only as a single family unit and connect with others outside that group only through electronic means.
    While the advice above is clear, it is also clear that not everyone is following these directives. This is a time when a collective effort is what is required to resolve our issues. Please, I implore all members of our community to take heed of the advice of our public health directives.
     
    Secondly, I promised an update on our online academic plans:
     
    “We need to serve our community and deliver quality education to our students as best we can.”
     
    I couldn’t be more proud of the incredible efforts and talents of our CDS staff in launching our remote learning program so quickly and so effectively. We have tried – as much as possible - to port over the same relational, balanced approach to our remote learning program as we deliver onsite. It could be thought of as “remote learning with balance.”
     
    Part of that balance is:
    • Adapting to the very different realities of delivering an effective program to a 4-year-old JK student and an 18-year-old GY (and all points in between)
    • Allowing for a blend of activities that includes teacher-directed instruction both live and recorded, self-directed and group activities
    • Being flexible in terms of varying family circumstances
    • Addressing and supporting the individual needs of learners
    • Monitoring for a healthy amount of screen time for all ages given the circumstances 
    Moving to remote learning has been a transition for everyone and it has not been easy. The entire CDS team is there to respond to you and to assist you – please reach out if you have issues as you usually do. I do ask for your patience though. This has been a rigorous transition, so we ask that you continue to be patient with our response time. I think more and more of us have come to appreciate that providing an education with balance remotely is an evolving process, and with each passing day we continue to fine-tune, tweak and become more comfortable and at ease with this temporary arrangement. We hope to have a survey out to the community on our remote learning efforts around Easter time. 
     
    In the area of academics and other areas of transition, we appreciate the patience of our community. Most of us are working from home and know and understand full well that while it may have looked rather simple going in, it has presented a whole new set of challenges. If you have a dog at home, and they are anything like mine, they want you back at work as soon as possible so they can return to sleeping all day! 
     
    At CDS, our mission remains the same and that is to keep our community safe and to provide the best, continued education possible for each of our students. Today was day 9 of that model and we will continue to adapt, innovate and serve your children to the best of our ability.
     
    These times are challenging and we pledge to work together with you to bring our community physically back together again as soon as it is safe to do so.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    John Liggett
    Head of School
  • March 31, 2020

    Dear CDS Community:
     
    There was a significant announcement from the Province earlier today that extended school closures province-wide until Monday, May 4 due to COVID-19 safety concerns. Frankly, given the circumstances the world finds itself in, I suspect that while most of us found this extension startling, it was also somewhat expected.

    As an independent school, our specific closure is actually mandated by the provincial government through a separate mechanism, one that is extended every two weeks. We can expect that as these two-week periods expire, the Province will provide extensions to match the province-wide May 4 closure date.
     
    To be clear, the CDS community can expect that we will remain in our current online learning stance through to Monday, May 4.

    There are a number of fixtures in the CDS community calendar that we can provide you some specific information on:

    • The Junior School production of Frozen JR., which our young students have been working so hard on, will be postponed to the fall term. The show will go on – just later!
    • Our annual Grandparents’ Day event on May 7 for the Junior School will unfortunately be cancelled. It is just not safe to proceed this Spring with this particular event.
    • Other school events and outings scheduled for April are not running. However, there will be some April events that we CAN transfer online (such as Coffee House for the students and GY transition for Grads and parents – stay tuned for more details)
    • Our Annual Auction for our community scheduled for May 29 will also unfortunately be cancelled. Your Auction Committee has put in so much work already, but have already begun transferring their energy and talents into planning for next year’s event.
     
    At CDS, our mission remains the same and that is to keep our community safe and to provide the best, continued education possible for each of our students. Today was Day 6 of that model and we will continue to adapt, innovate and serve your children to the best of our ability.
     
    These times are challenging and we pledge to work together with you to bring our community physically back together again as soon as it is safe to do so. Expect further communications later in the week.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    John Liggett
    Head of School
  • March 30, 2020

    Dear CDS Community:
     
    Over the past few weeks, you’ve no doubt heard the expression “These are unprecedented times, which call for extraordinary actions” a good number of times.

    And of course, the statement is correct – things certainly are different.

    But my approach today, is to remind you of what can be thought of as normal amidst the strangeness that abounds:
    • The CDS community is used to receiving letters from me, from time-to-time. When you get a direct letter from your Head of School it signals importance and almost always there is a matter of safety involved. In those letters, I draw attention to the issue, explain what the School intends to do and ask for your cooperation.
    • Our community is used to rallying around the cause of doing whatever it takes to make sure our children are safe and are afforded the best education possible.
    • Our community is used to reaching out to the School, in a constructive manner, to seek assistance with the particular needs of their children. Our community knows that the people they trust at CDS will do everything they can to help them.
    So while we struggle with what is entirely new, unusual and uncomfortable, let’s take some time to remember what we already know, what we are accustomed to and what gives us reassurance: the strength of the relationships between school, parent and student that this community has created.

    At CDS, we are focusing the aims of the School during this time down to two crucial imperatives. They are not new initiatives or new philosophies. They were what was always most important, and they are what’s important now:
     
    1. We need to keep our children and community safe and well – the entire community, our parents and all of our employees. Everyone in the CDS community needs to be safe and well.

    2. We need to serve our community and deliver quality education to our students as best we can.
    We are committed to these two themes. We are here to partner with you to educate your children, while keeping them safe. If you need something, continue to reach out to your usual contacts at the School. You are used to that and it is our normal mandate to be responsive and assist you as best we can. We also commit to making changes to our approach should they become necessary.

    In Canada particularly, people are coming together to solve this, even though ironically we are doing so while physically distancing. Our school will do the same.

    Finally, what’s also normal for me, is to insert a bit of light-heartedness in an attempt to shore up your spirits. It also fits the theme of “same.”

    Brian Jimmerskog, CDS Head of Facilities and our singular employee on site at the school, let me know yesterday, that our resident Canada goose couple have returned to set up nest at the back of the school. The students named the pair Tom Honks and Geese Witherspoon and last year, in mid-spring, a gaggle of young ones appeared to everyone’s delight. Tom and Geese are back again this year and are wondering where we all are! They seem quite content overall, in not having to endure the endless coos of “they are so cute” and not having to chase off a student who gets too close... But, I return now, to the world as we now know it.
     
    In communications later this week, I will turn to more practical points that are likely to include updates on our online learning methods and details and updates on key events in our Spring community calendar.
     
    We deeply empathize with everything you are going through. We want you to know we are here to help.
     
    Sincerely,
    John Liggett
    Head of School
  • March 26, 2020

    In these uncertain times, who would have believed three weeks ago that we would have moved entirely to remote learning for our 790 students. That is exactly what we've done, and our teachers and staff are now doing their very best to deliver our curriculum "virtually" and keep things as normal as possible for our child(ren).

    As we navigate this “new normal” together, please remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. We are especially mindful that while some children will take to this new regime seamlessly, others may find it somewhat stressful.

    Introducing … Education with Balance @Home
    Today is only the third day of this new model, but what we're hearing and seeing is a lot of patience, enthusiasm and sense of community. Not only are our faculty doing their part, but our staff are as well, including our Student Services Department, Community Relations, IT, Business, Admissions and JS and SS Offices.

    Should your child have a question about Technology, their first contact should be their teacher. If they have a question about special accommodations, they can reach out to their Guidance Counsellor. General questions for Junior School, can be forwarded to Leesa.Witten@cds.on.ca or Paige.Moore@cds.on.ca and for Middle/Senior School, please email Jeanita.Badner@cds.on.ca.
     
    Upcoming Events
    An announcement will be made in the coming days about the impact the Provincial shut down will have on our upcoming events, extra-curriculars and athletics and will be sent to all parents, students, alumni and any group involved in a separate email.
     
    School Closure & Items Left in Lockers
    Over the last little while, a small crew from our custodial team has kindly collected students’ belongings from across the entire building, JK-12, and bundled them for pick up. However, as of midnight Tuesday, CDS is now closed per the province-wide shut down. As such, we must put a pause to the collection of items from the building for the foreseeable future.
  • March 19, 2020

    These are indeed uncharted times, but unquestionably times for all individuals to do their part to help keep themselves and those around them safe and healthy. Our resiliency will undoubtedly be tested on many levels during this crisis but we will remain encouraged that we are traveling this journey together and keep our mind’s eye on the day we all return to campus. This is all new for all of us.
     
    During COVID-19, our goal is to deliver to our students the very best academic program we can within our current circumstances. This is no easy task and we want to thank you in advance for your support in this endeavour. Today’s communication is intended to provide for you the broad perspective of how things will begin to look next week as we take on the task of remote learning for our students in grades JK-12.
     
    Firstly, please know we will take Monday, March 23 as a remote professional development day for teacher preparation, an opportunity to test technology, take part in some online tutorials and make sure our start on Tuesday morning is as organized as possible. Parents and students may expect our remote learning to begin on Tuesday, March 24. Expect that delivery of the curriculum will take on many varieties as we serve the myriad of ages incorporated in our JK-12 school. We also expect that there will be growing pains on the home front as parents and children work together on establishing new routines working remotely. 
     
    For our younger learners in JK-4, teachers will predominantly use their class pages to outline daily work and expectations. Occasional video and/or phone messaging will be incorporated. For our students in grades 5-12, teachers will make professional and practical decisions on how best to present lessons depending on the learning goals of the particular class. There will be a blend of posted lessons to class pages or Google Sites, recorded lessons, video conferencing, independent work and projects. 
     
    Teachers will do their very best to be available during their regularly scheduled timetable through a variety of platforms: Google Sites/Class Pages, Docs, Meet, email and phone calls.  Your child’s first step should always be to go to their class site. There they will receive instructions as to how to proceed for that class as it may take the form of a live lesson, a flipped class, an assigned reading, project, essay etc. As we get into a flow, extra help will also be available from subject teachers, and our learning strategists and resource teachers will be on standby to help students with any assigned work they are struggling to manage. Ideally, we hope students can keep to their regular timetable schedule while working remotely.  We understand that there will be times that students will not have technology available to them and we will most certainly do our best to work around that. 
     
    We have included an email list of our faculty and staff for both parent and student use. Given that the office staff are also working remotely, this will be our primary means of initial contact. Communicating with each other will be paramount as we move forward to our new routine. Please reach out and ask your questions; please be patient as we travel through this together. 
     
    I would like to take this opportunity to ask that our community continue to do their best to be guided by a sense of calm, measured and thoughtful preparedness as you inform yourself of various suggested measures by our public authorities. Our school’s Leadership Team stands ready to assist our community as we continue to journey these unusual days together. As new information emerges, we will update our COVID-19 landing page.
     
    We hope the FAQs below will help answer some of your initial queries.

    This guideline and FAQs are now posted online at www.cds.on.ca/covid-19 and will updated frequently. We will continue to expand upon these short and longer term questions as the day-by-day direction better informs us and allows us to give more specific guidance.

    Finally…
     
    We felt it important to get you the scholastic details first. In the next few days, expect further communication from us that will outline initial answers to financial questions you might have. We hope to be able to help out in all aspects of school life as much as possible.
     
    Please be safe, stay well and practice social distancing.

    John Liggett
    Head of School
  • March 12, 2020

    As you have likely heard, the Provincial Government, based on advice from Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, has just called for all publicly funded schools to remain closed for two weeks after the March Break. The Country Day School, after careful consideration, will follow this advice in order to make sure our community remains as safe as possible. We hereby announce that “regular classes and activities” at The Country Day School will be cancelled from March 23rd to April 3rd inclusive.

    In our last communication we had some sense that this may be where we were headed with COVID-19. In the last few days prior to the break, we provisionally asked students to bring home their essential learning materials. Additionally, our faculty began initial preparations for temporary online curricular delivery. We firmly intend to have curriculum delivery continue during this period and our expectations are high for participation on the part of our students in all grades. Course instruction will move online as much as possible during this two-week period and school will continue. Further details will, of course, follow.

    We do have communication from the Conference of Independent Schools (CIS) that all CIS activities between now and the Easter Break, including CISMF and all CISAA sports will be postponed/rescheduled. Further advice and decisions around other future school events will also follow.

    I would like to take this opportunity to ask that our community do their best to be guided by a sense of calm, measured and thoughtful preparedness as you inform yourself of various suggested measures by our public authorities. Our school’s leadership team stands ready to assist our community as we travel these unusual days together. Certainly expect further detailed communication with respect to our online learning plans as we transition to this new, temporary model.

    As new information emerges we will contact you and advise you of any impact it may have on our community and our protocols. Thank you for your attention and cooperation.
     
    John Liggett
    Head of School
  • February 26, 2020

    Since our last communication, I am pleased to report that our families continue to be diligent and cooperative in following our suggested measures to make sure our community remains safe and protected. We have no new incidents or developments within our community to report. With the March Break starting next week, and the likelihood of travel amongst all of our families a reality, it is important we re-state our two-week “stay-at-home and monitor for symptoms advice” where travel to impacted areas is involved.

    We continue to monitor advice and developments around COVID-19 through official Canadian sources, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization. The CDC has the most accessible information with respect to travel advisories specifically related to COVID-19. Additional travel advice for places impacted by COVID-19 may be found here.
     
    Students and their immediate families who travel to areas with a Level 3 or higher travel advisory (avoid non-essential, or avoid travel) for COVID-19, will need to communicate their travel plans to their school director and follow our existing two-week “stay-at-home and monitor for symptoms” protocol. Currently two countries are at Level 3 (China and South Korea), with three other countries at Level 2 (Iran, Italy and Japan). Should a situation in a Level 2 country lead to a re-classification to Level 3 over the March Break, the stay-at-home protocol would then also apply to travel to these areas.
     
    At CDS, school is carrying on as normal, with heightened cleaning regimes and precautionary methods around personal hygiene remaining in force. Where people have a cough or cold, they are following the normal protocol and remaining home. Please do all that you can to practice the suggested measures at home and help us encourage your children to follow them at school.
     
    As always, we ask that if your child is feeling unwell and exhibiting flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, please refrain from coming to school. We also ask for your assistance in ensuring that language amongst ourselves and our students avoids stigmatizing, assumptions and false associations.
     
    As new information emerges, we will contact you and advise you of any impact it may have on our community and our protocols.
     
    Thank you for your attention and cooperation.
     
    John Liggett
    Head of School
  • February 6, 2020

    It has been just over a week since our last update on this issue and we promised to follow up regularly. Since our last communication, I am pleased to report that our families have been incredibly diligent and cooperative in following our suggested measures to make sure our community remains safe and protected. Where travel to the impacted area was an issue, people have observed our two week “stay-at-home and monitor for symptoms advice” - and where appropriate, they continue to do so. We have no new incidents or developments within our community to report.
     
    At CDS, school is carrying on as normal, with heightened cleaning regimes and precautionary methods around personal hygiene remaining in force. Where people have a cough or cold, they are following the normal protocol and remaining home. Please do all that you can to practice the suggested measures at home and help us encourage your children to follow them at school.
     
    I am incredibly thankful for the depth and strength of our community bonds that have allowed our families to navigate these past few weeks. Together, we must remain vigilant with our protocols and supportive of our community.
     
    As always, we ask that if your child is feeling unwell and exhibiting flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, please refrain from coming to school.
     
    As new information emerges, we will contact you and advise you of any impact it may have on our community and our protocols .
     
    Thank you for your attention and cooperation.
     
    John Liggett
    Head of School
  • January 27, 2020

    Since my last communication to you, roughly 24 hours ago, further developments have emerged with respect to the Coronavirus issue, and as a school community we want to once again be proactive in how we respond.
     
    Yesterday we issued the following advice to our community:
     
    The cooperation of our entire community is essential in maintaining a safe school environment. Please carefully follow the advice below:
     
    • If you display Coronavirus symptoms such as fever, fatigue, sore throat, dry cough or difficulty breathing do not come to school, seek medical attention and gain medical clearance.

    • If you, or any member of your family or extended family that you are in regular contact with, has travelled extensively in the last month – especially to heavily impacted areas – or if you are displaying symptoms, we would ask that you self regulate, remain home, contact the school and we will make arrangements for home school materials to be made available to you.

    Our community did indeed cooperate with this advice and we are very thankful that they have done so. A number of families have indicated that they have travelled to impacted areas, and we also have had two CDS households indicate to us that they had adult family members on the flight containing the two presumptive cases announced publicly on Saturday and today. All of the families that have been in touch with us have voluntarily had their children remain home.
     
    To reiterate, all of the families that we know of, who have travelled to impacted areas have followed the suggested protocol we provided yesterday and no one has indicated any symptoms. It is crucial that our community continues to cooperate.
     
    Please understand that we cannot release information of a personal nature beyond what we have disclosed above. To do so, would put the School at grave legal liability and would threaten our ethical obligation to keep personal medical information private.

    It is also crucial that our community remains calm. We have no reason to believe our community members at the School are at risk. All of the protocols suggested by the public authorities and all of the items outlined in our communication yesterday are being followed and are in place.
     
    Late this afternoon, the Ontario Ministry of Health released a circular to schools and public organizations. You will find the link below:
     
    As information emerges we will continue to advise you of any significant updates with respect to this issue. We will also continue to archive our Coronavirus updates to you at www.cds.on.ca/updates.
     
    Thank you for your attention and cooperation,
     
    John Liggett
    Head of School
  • January 26, 2020

    New developments continue to emerge with respect to the Coronavirus issue and as a school community we want to be proactive in how we respond. There is nothing more important to us than student safety. We intend to continue to follow the situation carefully and to take whatever measures are warranted. Below, you will find a number of precautionary measures that will go into place as of tomorrow:
     
    • Our Admissions department will move to electronic and phone communications only, and postpone our January Open House, site visits and assessments for the next two weeks. We will reassess the situation at that time.
    • Homeroom teachers, in an age-appropriate manner, will review with students the personal hygiene habits suggested by our local Public Health Authority.
    • The School will implement heightened cleaning regimes, increase health-related signage and have hand disinfectants readily available. 

    The cooperation of our entire community is essential in maintaining a safe school environment. Please carefully follow the advice below:
     
    • If you display Coronavirus symptoms such as fever, cough (new or worsening), runny nose, shortness of breath, sore throat and headache or difficulty breathing do not come to school, seek medical attention and gain medical clearance.
    • If you, or any member of your family or extended family that you are in regular contact with, has travelled extensively in the last month to heavily impacted areas – or if you are displaying symptoms - we would ask that you keep your child at home, contact the School and we will make arrangements for home school materials to be made available to you.
    As information emerges, we will modify these actions as necessary and will continue to advise you of any significant updates with respect to this issue.
     
    Thank you for your attention and cooperation,
     
    John Liggett
    Head of School
  • January 23, 2020

    The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to monitor whether the growing outbreak of coronavirus constitutes a global public health emergency and what needs to be done to manage the risk. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in Canada, however, infection control experts predict that we will see cases of the virus in Canada at some point, and therefore hospitals and airports are putting in place enhanced infection-control measures.

    As a large community that draws many people together daily, including community members that travel extensively, we are approaching this situation cautiously. It is “regular” flu season, and as such, our teachers and staff members already have hygiene precautions in place. We will be reinforcing these and would like to encourage our entire community to be extra vigilant in practicing good handwashing techniques and hygiene practices (proper sneezing/coughing into your elbow protocol, staying home if you have flu or severe cold symptoms, and keeping hand shaking to a minimum).
     
    Coronavirus symptoms are similar to the common cold or flu, and usually set in from two to four days after infection. Should you or your child become sick with any of these common flu symptoms, we encourage you to follow the advice of Health Canada, stay home from school and see a doctor, especially if you have travelled recently.
     
    We will advise you of any significant updates with respect to this issue.
     
    Thank you for your attention and cooperation,
     
    John Liggett
    Head of School
     
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Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.