COVID-19 Response

Communications from our Head of School

As the school year progresses, parents can expect to receive updates from our Head of School, Irian Flores de Medina. If you missed any of her letters you will find them posted here.

External Information Links

COVID-19 Assessment Centres

COVID-19 Pharmacy Testing locations

Toronto Public Health Information on COVID testing

Advisement on masks

Dear Parents:

Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, and the Public Health Agency of Canada is now recommending that Canadians choose a three-layer non-medical mask with a filter layer to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In the first week of November Dr. Tam issued the following statement:

“To improve the level of protection that can be provided by non-medical masks or face coverings, we are recommending that you consider a three-layer nonmedical mask.”

Click here for the recently updated guidelines noted on the Public Health website.

A mask or face covering can be homemade or purchased, and should:

  • be made of at least 3 layers
    • 2 layers should be tightly woven material fabric, such as cotton or linen
    • the third (middle) layer should be a filter-type fabric, such as non-woven polypropylene fabric
  • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose, mouth and chin without gaping
  • allow for easy breathing
  • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
  • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustments
  • be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty
  • maintain its shape after washing and drying.

September 2020 Reopening Plan

Resources and Forms

FAQs

1. My child has woken up not feeling well, what do I do?

If you notice that your child has new or worsening symptoms, what you do depends on the symptom and how usual they are for your child.
If your child has new or worsening:
• Fever/chills
• Cough
• Shortness of breath
• Decreased or loss of smell or taste
Your child should isolate immediately and you should contact your child’s health provider for further advice or assessment. The health care provider can help you determine
whether the symptoms are related to another non-COVID-19 condition, or if they should get tested for COVID-19.

If your child has ONE new or worsening symptom (that is not related to a known cause or condition) that include:
• Sore throat
• Stuffy nose/runny nose
• Headache
• Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
• Fatigue/lethargy/muscle aches/malaise
Your child should stay home for 24 hours to be monitored to see whether the symptoms get better or worse. If they start to feel better and symptoms are improving, they can
return to school/child care when well enough to do so and no COVID-19 testing is needed.

If the symptoms get worse, you should contact their health care provider for further advice or assessment. The health care provider can help you determine whether the symptoms
are related to another non-COVID-19 condition, or if they should get tested for COVID-19.

If your child has TWO or MORE new or worsening symptoms (that are not related to a known cause or condition) that include:
• Sore throat
• Stuffy nose/runny nose
• Headache
• Nausea and/or vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Fatigue/lethargy/muscle aches or malaise
Your child should isolate immediately and you should contact your child’s health provider for further advice or assessment. The health care provider can help you determine
whether the symptoms are related to another non-COVID-19 condition, or if they should get tested for COVID-19.

2. My child has a runny nose, what should I do?

If your child’s only symptom is a runny nose, you should keep your child home and monitor their symptoms as you would in any other year. When they feel better, they are ready to
go back to school/child care and no COVID-19 testing is needed. If they get worse or develop other symptoms, you should contact their health care provider for more advice. Mild symptoms known to persist in young children (e.g., runny nose) may be ongoing at time of return to school/child care if other symptoms have been resolved.

3. Who in my family needs to be tested along with my child?

If your child has been identified as needing a test and everyone else in the family is well, no testing of other family members is needed. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, the
local public health unit will contact you/your child and make a plan for additional testing of all close contacts.

4. Do I need a note from a doctor before my child goes back to school/child care or a copy of a negative test result?

It depends on the situation. Please refer to the IPAC policy for more detailed information in order to ensure that your child can safely return to school/child care.

5. I need more information to feel confident in my assessment, what do I do?

If you need additional information about COVID-19 or have a question specific to your child
and their health, please contact your health care provider.

Reference: COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in School and Child Care, Ontario Ministries of Health and Education

New Policies and Procedures for 2020-2021

Dear Hawthorn Parents,

We hope you are having a good summer. At Hawthorn, we have been busy planning and making all necessary arrangements to reopen the school safely, This last year Hawthorn, with the advice of CIS, has been reviewing most of its policies and permission forms plus the pandemic has created the need to have stricter policies in place. Below you will find a package of policies that need to be read carefully, signed and returned to school before the first day of school. As you will see in each form, some policies and permission forms will be in effect while your child(ren) attend Hawthorn (you can always contact the office in case you want to make changes to the permissions), others will need to be signed every year.

Please read everything carefully, and contact the school in case of questions. We ask you to please follow all the  procedures put in place due to Covid-19. The safety of all our students and staff depend on all of us.

2020 Summer Package