Important Information and Resources: COVID-19
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Dear KPR Families,
As we approach the Thanksgiving long weekend, we would like to extend our sincere best wishes to our students and families. We are living through historic times, and we continue to be incredibly proud of our students and staff as they adapt to the new realities of our school day.
Together, they are finding moments of joy, happiness and inspiration, and most importantly, they are learning.
These are difficult times, without question, but with positive intention we continue to work through challenges as they come, and to do all that we can to ensure the safety and wellness of everyone in our schools. We remain thankful for the opportunity to be together, in person and virtually, engaged in our life’s work and passion: public education.
We urge everyone to be responsible in our Thanksgiving observations, and to continue to do all that we can to keep our communities healthy.
Please find below further information as part of our weekly update.
Important: please self-screen daily!
We remind families and staff that it is extremely important to screen themselves for possible symptoms of COVID-19 every morning, before heading to school. Please use the Ontario government’s updated, online self-screening tool for this purpose. It will help you make an informed decision about whether you should attend school or child care, consult a health care provider, or get tested for COVID-19.
The new self-screening tool can be completed online at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/. A printable version also can be downloaded from https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid19-cms-assets/2020-10/Screening%20Children%20v1.0%202020-10-01%20FINAL%20EN%20AODA.pdf
In addition, we have attached a copy of the self-screening tool for you to print if you choose. Please self-screen every day.
We also wish to remind parents of two other important sources of information on COVID:
We encourage you to download the Government of Canada’s COVID Alert app, which can let people know of possible exposures to COVID before any symptoms appear. That app is available at no charge at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html
The KPR website has a wealth of information on COVID, including our illness protocol, mental health resources to help support families at this time, details on wearing masks properly, posters in eight languages, and a COVID-19 Reporting page that provides an update on numbers of confirmed cases at schools throughout KPR. All of this information can be accessed from http://www.kprschools.ca/en/COVID-19.html
KPR Virtual Elementary School (VES)
With 4,300 students now attending the VES, an intake process has been created to support a successful transition for students and their families. VES students will be able to move from in-person to online learning at the end of each month. This will allow sufficient time for principals and teachers to make the transition as smooth as possible for students.
If you would like to move your child from in-school to online learning, please start the process by speaking with the principal of your home school. Families will need to register by October 23 if they wish their children to make the change on the next available start date of Monday, November 2.
Similarly, families who wish their children to switch to online classes on Monday, November 30 will need to register between November 2-20. Please note that this process will not occur in December.
In other words:
To start VES classes on:
Monday, November 2
Monday, November 30
Watch for more information on the transition and registration dates for January.
After registering for the VES and while waiting for their online classes to start, students will be supported by their home school until they transition to the virtual school. They will have two choices during this waiting period: either attend class in person at their home school until the VES start date, or complete work assigned by their child’s teacher at home.
Kawartha Pine Ridge Virtual High School (KPRVHS)
At the secondary level, all Virtual High School classes are currently full for this quadmester. The next entry point will be for the second quadmester, which begins on Monday, November 23.
Requests to transfer into online learning for the second quadmester will need to be completed by October 30, so that appropriate staffing can be put in place to accommodate the new enrolment levels.
To start the process of transferring to the Virtual High School, parents must contact their home school’s Guidance department.
Families requesting a transfer to online learning at KPRVHS should be aware that:
- Students will no longer have a timetable at their home school, and course availability may change if the student chooses to return to their home school later in the school year. The student will be registered with the KPRVHS and no longer registered at their home school.
- KPRVHS does not offer all the courses that a regular high school offers, so it may not be possible to match courses.
- KPRVHS is not able to offer specialized programs such as International Baccalaureate (IB) and skilled trades-related courses.
- Students are required to participate in a minimum of 225 minutes of daily scheduled synchronous learning (live, real-time learning) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Parents and guardians interested in transferring their teen from the virtual school to their home secondary school also will need to contact their Guidance department to begin the process.
KPR Parent Conference: one click away
You are just one click away from receiving free, expert advice at KPR's Virtual Parent Conference next week.
KPR's 19th annual conference - the first one to be held virtually - will take place:
Saturday, October 17
9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Theme: Drop the Worry Ball
Featuring Dr. Alex Russell
To make participating in the Virtual Parent Conference as easy as possible, we are not requiring pre-registration this year. You will be able to “tune in” directly to the Parent Conference on the morning of the event, by simply clicking on the following link:
Dr. Alex Russell is a clinical psychologist, well known and engaging speaker, and co-author of the book Drop the Worry Ball: How to Parent in the Age of Entitlement.
If you need assistance, have questions or if there are accommodations that would make the conference more accessible for you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705-742-9773 or toll-free 1-877-741-4577, ext. 2018.
Sign up for Text Message Alerts
And, finally, we encourage families to sign up for KPR’s Text Message Alerts to get quick updates on school news, attendance, any possible confirmed cases of COVID in their child’s school, and more. You can opt into this service now, by sending a text message to 978338 with the message of “Y” or “Yes”.
You can opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of the Text Message Alerts with “Stop”. If you choose not to opt in to text messaging, you can still receive school information via email. You can also decide which types of communications you receive, and how, through the School Messenger App under Preferences, or by logging into https://go.schoolmessenger.ca/#/account/login
We wish everyone a healthy, relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend.
Jennifer Leclerc Director of Education
Friday, October 2, 2020
Dear KPR Families,
As I write this update, it strikes me that nothing is more predictable this year than its unpredictability. With that in mind, I would like to share with you a few new developments that have taken place since last week’s update.
New COVID-19 Self-screening Tool
The provincial government this week released a new COVID-19 self-screening tool for families and individuals to use every morning. The new tool, which goes into effect immediately, is meant to help families and individuals make an informed decision about whether they should attend school or child care, consult a health care provider, or get tested for COVID-19.
The new self-screening tool now has two sets of questions about possible symptoms. The first set asks about symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. Children with any of these symptoms will still be advised to stay home until they receive a negative COVID-19 test or other medical diagnosis.
The second set of questions asks about symptoms that are common to other illnesses as well, such as runny nose, headache and nausea.
- Children who have only one of these symptoms will be advised to stay home for 24 hours, after which they can return to school or child care if their symptoms are improving.
- Children with two or more of these symptoms will be advised to stay home until they consult with a health care provider and receive a diagnosis other than COVID, or a negative COVID-19 test.
Another change in the symptom list is removal of abdominal pain and conjunctivitis (pink eye).
The new self-screening tool is attached here. All KPR schools will follow these new directions. Please self-screen every day.
Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
Health authorities this week notified us of a confirmed case of COVID-19, at Highland Heights PS in Peterborough. In addition, there is a probable case of COVID at the YMCA GTA child care centre located within the John M. James PS building in Bowmanville. Both schools are responding as directed by Durham Public Health and Peterborough Public Health. In both cases, we have worked closely with public health officials to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the ill individuals while they were infectious. The health unit called close contacts directly and advised them as to any next steps they must take, such as self-isolation and/or testing.
Highland Heights PS, John M. James PS and the child care centre are still open, and individuals who were not contacted by their health units may continue to attend school and child care, including the after-school program.
Meanwhile, we are pleased to report that the three individuals at Adam Scott CVI who were confirmed last week as having COVID-19 have been recovering well at home.
All KPR schools are continuing to follow all preventive steps identified by health officials, including thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all areas; frequent and proper handwashing by everyone in the building; wearing masks; and maintaining physical distancing to the fullest extent possible.
We also remind all families and staff of the importance of daily self-screening, using the new screening tool attached.
COVID Alert App
We also want to remind you of the Government of Canada’s new COVID Alert app, which can be downloaded for free to let people know of possible exposures to COVID before any symptoms appear. That app is available at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html
Text Message Alerts from KPR Schools
Text message alerts are a quick and easy way to receive information about school news, attendance, and more. We will also be using text message alerts to notify families about confirmed cases of COVID in their schools.
If you haven’t already, we encourage you to opt into this service now, by sending a text message to 978338 with the message of “Y” or “Yes”.
You can opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”. If you choose not to opt in to text messaging, you can still receive school information via email. You can also decide which types of communications you receive, and how, through the School Messenger App under Preferences, or by logging into https://go.schoolmessenger.ca/#/account/login
June 23, 2020
The purpose of this message is to provide a follow-up to the June report card email, which was sent to parents/guardians last week. As communicated, elementary report cards will be sent home this year by email on Thursday, June 25, 2020 via a password protected attachment. To open the protected file, you will need to enter your child’s date of birth as MMDDYYYY. For example, if your child’s date of birth is March 8, 2014 then the password is 03082014.
A website has also been created to allow parents/guardians access to the name of your child’s teacher for September 2020. To access this website, please click the following link, or type the following into the address bar of your web browser http://classlookup.kprdsb.ca/. You will be brought to a website that looks like the following:
You will need to enter the student’s Ontario Education Number (OEN), which you can access on your child’s report card, and their date of birth and click search. If both entries match in our database, you will be shown your child’s name along with their homeroom teacher for next year, if available. It is important to note that some classes may not have an assigned teacher yet and in those cases the teacher’s name will be recorded as TBD (to be determined). If you experience any difficulties accessing this information, please contact your school’s principal or secretary for assistance.
If you are unable to access the website for other reasons, a printout will be posted on the front door of the school. The printout will show the student’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) and corresponding teacher’s name.
Finally, it is important to note that due to changes in enrolment during the summer or early fall, your child’s teacher may change, and therefore, your child’s teacher is tentative at this time. Your understanding and support is greatly appreciated.
Wishing you and your family a safe and healthy summer.
WiFi at Schools
We know that not all KPR students and families have access to WiFi. As we work to support our communities in these challenging days, we have designated all our schools as public WiFi hotspots. Members of the public may access the internet at no charge from outside our buildings. In using this resource, we encourage everyone to follow public health directives and maintain physical distancing. Please click here to see the instructions for accessing the WiFi.
Important Online Health Resources
Ministry of Health
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
Peterborough Public Health
Durham Public Health
Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit
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