September 17, 2021
Changes to the Healthy and Safe Schools Guidelines
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the Healthy and Safe Schools Guidelines will be modified
as of Monday, September 20, 2021.
The number of cases of COVID-19 and the transmission in our communities has had a significant impact
on the operation of our schools. We have a duty to ensure the safety of all students, especially our
students under the age of 12 who are not yet eligible to receive protection through COVID-19 vaccines.
For this reason, we will make the following changes to our plan:
* Kindergarten-Grade 8 classrooms will be returning to class groupings whenever possible; but the
number of students in a class will not be reduced. Contact between classes will be restricted to
common areas, cafeterias and outdoors.
• Only bubble-friendly field trips that take place outdoors will be permitted.
• Schools are also asked to find ways to keep distance between the class groupings in common
areas such as hallways, cafeterias and others as much as possible. For example, changing
schedules for lunch to have less people in the cafeteria, at outdoor recess or other recesses
between classes for students in Grades 6 to 8 in order to minimize the number of students in the
• Physical education classes will be taught outdoors if the weather permits. If the physical
education class is taught indoors, students must wear masks. Fully vaccinated teachers may
remove their mask for instructional purposes but must wear them if engaged in physical activity.
• Assemblies of any size are no longer permitted.
• Community use of schools will continue to be restricted to youth activities. Students 12 years of
age or older, unless they have a medical exemption, will need to be vaccinated. All adults
accompanying these kids will be vaccinated.
In addition, effective Wednesday, September 22, 2021, students who are eligible to be vaccinated (born
in 2009 and earlier, or those with a medical exemption) must be vaccinated to participate in indoor or
outdoor extracurricular and intramural activities.
To reduce the risk of transmission on the bus, we are asking parents who are able to do so, to please
drive their child to school and help reduce the number of students on the bus to encourage greater
As always, our plans are living documents that are constantly re-evaluated. These changes to the plan
will be reviewed regularly through the coming weeks and we remain committed to continue keeping you
informed through the coming year.
Everyone has a role to play in keeping our schools healthy, safe and open. We urge you, as a parent, to
wear a mask and reduce your contacts as much as possible to protect the students and allow them to
continue to have access to quality education and enjoy their childhood.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to learn from best practices and adapt to