Dear School community, students, parents, staff, guardians, and youth support people
As you know, we decided to move to online learning as we had four members of our school community, who tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully all are recovering well. We will be resuming in-person classes on October 12, 2021. We know that our students do the best when they are in school. For those who are experiencing any anxiety about attending in-person classes please let your engagement teacher know and they will work with you to find a solution.
As we move through this time there are a number of considerations but the most important issue for us is to provide a safe, secure and welcoming school environment for our students and staff. To that end we are currently working on the following:
- Researching policies regarding a proof of vaccination status for all adults (not students) who enter our building. Once we make a decision as to how to move forward, we will post this on our website.
- Continued safety protocols are being followed in all situations in our school. These include good hand hygiene, physical distancing and masking.
- We will conduct our own contact tracing in letting students, staff and school community members know if they have been a close contact with anyone testing positive for COVID-19.
- We have access to rapid response testing at our local pharmacy and we will be supporting anyone who may be worried about being COVID positive, to arrange for this testing. We continue to research the free rapid testing kits but at this time it involves significant systems being in place. Right now, it is easier and faster to utilize the services from our local pharmacy.
This has been a stressful time for us as this has been our first brush with COVID being in our school. Not a welcome guest!!! We felt that it was correct to take a break from in-person classes to make sure that when we came back, our staff and students were healthy. We believe we have accomplished that.
As you have heard from many sources, the only way to truly be protected and to keep our school open, is for everyone to arrange to be vaccinated as soon as possible. We can support our students with this process through our local pharmacy.
We sincerely hope that you and all of your loved ones are safe and well. We keep you and your families in our minds and hearts as we make our decisions.
Boyle Street Education Centre