HEALTH AND SAFETY

This page was last updated on November 12, 2020.

HTS COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

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  • COVID-19 SYMPTOMS


    Please note, when assessing COVID-19 symptoms they should be new, worsening or different from your child’s baseline health status or usual state.

    COMMON SYMPTOMS:

    FEVER AND/OR CHILLS
    • A temperature of 37.8℃/100℉ or greater
    COUGH
    • More than usual if chronic cough
    • Including croup (barking cough, making a whistling noise when breathing) 
    • Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g. asthma, reactive airway)
    SHORTNESS OF BREATH
    • Dyspnea, out of breath, unable to breathe deeply, wheeze, that is worse than usual if chronically short of breath
    • Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g. asthma)
    DECREASE OR LOSS OF SMELL OR TASTE
    • New olfactory or taste disorder
    • Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g. nasal polyps, allergies, neurological disorders)
    ADDITIONAL SYMPTOMS:

    SORE THROAT 
    • Painful swallowing or difficulty swallowing
    • Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g. postnasal drip, gastroesophageal reflux)
    STUFFY NOSE AND/OR RUNNY NOSE 
    • Nasal congestion and/or rhinorrhea
    • Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g. seasonal allergies, returning inside from the cold, chronic sinusitis unchanged from baseline, reactive airways)
    HEADACHE
    • That is new and persistent, unusual, unexplained, or long-lasting
    • Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g. tension-type headaches, chronic migraines)
    NAUSEA, VOMITING AND/OR DIARRHEA
    • Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g. transient vomiting due to anxiety in children, chronic vestibular dysfunction, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, a side effect of medication)
    EXTREME TIREDNESS THAT IS UNUSUAL OR MUSCLE ACHES 
    • A general feeling of being unwell, lack of energy, extreme tiredness, poor feeding in infants) that is unusual or unexplained
    • Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g. depression, insomnia, thyroid dysfunction, anemia) 
    If your child and/or their siblings who are also HTS students are experiencing any of the symptoms above, please do not come to campus for in-person learning. Follow the protocols outlined below.
  • SCREENING RESULTS

    As a community, we have a collective responsibility to keep our community safe. 

    Please use the HTS COVID-19 Screening Tool daily before coming to campus. This assessment provides clarity to next steps that are in alignment with HTS’s COVID-19 protocols. Please familiarize yourself, your family and your child with the common symptoms of COVID-19 (see list above) so that everyone knows what symptoms to look for in themselves and each other.

    Please note the recommended actions for health care are taken from the Ministry of Health. The HTS COVID-19 Screening Tool is not a substitute for medical advice. Families should consult with their own healthcare provider and York Public Health for medical advice. This assessment tool should be used to note when your child is permitted on campus in relation to experiencing symptoms or exposure to COVID-19. 
  • STUDENTS WITH COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

    STUDENTS WITH SYMPTOMS

    If a student is exhibiting any of the following symptoms of COVID-19: 
    • fever and/or chills,
    • cough,
    • shortness of breath and/or
    • decrease or loss of smell or taste,
    families are asked to contact their health care provider for advice and/or a COVID-19 assessment centre to get tested. If your child is exhibiting symptoms, please inform Ms Helen Pereira-Raso, Head of School, and/or our HTS Nurses immediately. 

    Your child must remain in isolation at home while waiting for the results of their COVID-19 test and cannot attend school on campus. If they are feeling well enough, they are encouraged to participate in their learning remotely.

    We are erring on the side of caution at HTS, therefore siblings of symptomatic individuals who are also HTS students are asked to participate in their learning remotely and not in-person, on campus. Siblings should be monitored for symptoms while home. 

    If a student is exhibiting one of the following symptoms of COVID-19: 
    • sore throat,
    • stuffy and/or runny nose,
    • headache,
    • nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea,
    • extreme tiredness that is unusual or muscle aches,
    families are advised by the Ministry of Health to stay home and once they are feeling well, they can return to school. A negative COVID-19 test is not required to return to school. 

    We are erring on the side of caution at HTS, therefore students with one of the above symptoms should stay home for at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved without the use of fever-reducing medication and after vomiting and diarrhea have resolved. 

    If your child is exhibiting symptoms, please inform Ms Helen Pereira-Raso, Head of School, and/or our HTS Nurses immediately. 

    If your child is feeling well enough, they are encouraged to participate in their learning remotely.

    We are erring on the side of caution at HTS, therefore siblings of symptomatic individuals who are also HTS students are asked to participate in their learning remotely and not in-person, on campus. Siblings should be monitored for symptoms while home. 

    If a student is exhibiting TWO or more of the following symptoms of COVID-19: 
    • sore throat,
    • stuffy nose and/or runny nose,
    • headache,
    • nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea,
    • extreme tiredness that is unusual or muscle aches,
    families are asked to contact their health care provider for further advice or assessment, including if the student needs a COVID-19 test or other treatment. 

    If your child is exhibiting symptoms, please inform Ms Helen Pereira-Raso, Head of School, and/or our HTS Nurses immediately. 

    We are erring on the side of caution at HTS, therefore students with two or more of the above symptoms should stay home for at least 48 hours after symptoms have resolved without the use of fever-reducing medication and after vomiting and diarrhea have resolved. 

    If your child is feeling well enough, they are encouraged to participate in their learning remotely.

    We are erring on the side of caution at HTS, therefore siblings of symptomatic individuals who are also HTS students are asked to participate in their learning remotely and not in-person, on campus. Siblings should be monitored for symptoms while home. 

    STUDENTS WITH SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL 

    If students exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (see COVID-19 symptoms listed above) while on campus, they will be brought to the school nurse. As a precaution, the student will be separated from all other students and kept in one of our isolation rooms with the nurse until a parent or emergency contact is able to pick them up to take them home. A printed copy of next step instructions will be distributed to parents who are picking up their child. 

    On Thursday, October 1, the Ministry of Health revised the recommendations for testing based on different symptoms of COVID-19 (see COVID-19 symptoms listed above). Please see the previous section, STUDENTS WITH SYMPTOMS, for further direction.  

    If your child is feeling well enough, they are encouraged to participate in their learning remotely.

    We are erring on the side of caution at HTS, therefore siblings of symptomatic individuals who are also HTS students are asked to participate in their learning remotely and not in-person, on campus. Siblings should be monitored for symptoms while home.
  • NEXT STEPS - SYMPTOMATIC STUDENTS

    COVID-19 TEST RESULTS — POSITIVE
    If a student tests POSITIVE for COVID-19, York Region Public Health will receive the results directly from the lab and will contact them to provide further direction and guidance. All members of the household (including siblings who are also HTS students) will be instructed to remain in isolation for 14 days. After the 14 day isolation, a return to campus will only be permitted after 48 hours of a NEGATIVE test result or a doctor’s note that the individual is clear to return campus.

    Please notify Ms Helen Pereira-Raso, Head of School, immediately of the results of the COVID-19 test. Test results will be documented and stored as clearance of your return to campus with Ms Helen Pereira-Raso and our School Nurses.

    Important note: Any student away from school due to COVID-19 must complete the Return to Campus Self Attestation Form and report to the school nurse for a follow-up assessment before returning to class upon their arrival on campus.

    COVID-19 TEST RESULTS — NEGATIVE
    If a student tests NEGATIVE for COVID-19, they cannot return to school until 48 hours after symptoms have resolved without the use of fever-reducing medication and after vomiting and diarrhea have resolved. Siblings of the student who have tested NEGATIVE for COVID-19 are also to wait the same 48 hour period before returning to HTS. A Return to Campus Self Attestation Form must be completed and submitted before returning to in-person, on-campus learning. 

    Please notify Ms Helen Pereira-Raso, Head of School, immediately of the results of the COVID-19 test. Test results will be documented and stored as clearance of your return to campus with Ms Helen Pereira-Raso and our School Nurses.

    Important note: Any student away from school due to COVID-19 must complete the Return to Campus Self Attestation Form and report to the school nurse for a follow-up assessment before returning to class upon their arrival on campus.

    STUDENTS WITH SYMPTOMS, BUT NO COVID-19 TEST 
    If a student is exhibiting ANY of the following symptoms of COVID-19 (see COVID-19 symptoms listed above): 
    • fever and/or chills,
    • cough,
    • shortness of breath and/or
    • decrease or loss of smell or taste,
    and does NOT get tested for COVID-19, in order to for the student and siblings of symptomatic individuals who are also HTS students return to school they must:
    • stay home and self isolate for 14 days, 
    • be symptom-free for at least 48 hours after symptoms have resolved without the use of fever-reducing medication and after vomiting and diarrhea have resolved, and 
    • complete and submit a Return to Campus Self Attestation Form for each student and their siblings.
    If your child is feeling well enough, they are encouraged to participate in their learning remotely.

    We are erring on the side of caution at HTS, therefore siblings (who are also HTS students) of symptomatic individuals are asked to participate in their learning remotely and not in-person, on campus. Siblings should be monitored for symptoms while home. 

    Important note: Any student away from school due to COVID-19 must report to the school nurse for a follow-up assessment before returning to class upon their arrival on campus.

    If a student is exhibiting ONE of the following symptoms of COVID-19 (see COVID-19 symptoms listed above): 
    • sore throat,
    • stuffy nose and/or runny nose,
    • headache,
    • nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea,
    • extreme tiredness that is unusual or muscle aches,
    families are advised by the Ministry of Health to stay home and once they are feeling well, they can return to school. A negative COVID-19 test is not required to return to school. We are erring on the side of caution at HTS, therefore students with one of the above symptoms and siblings of symptomatic individuals who are also HTS students may return to their learning in-person, on campus if:
    • they are symptom-free for at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved without the use of fever-reducing medication and after vomiting and diarrhea have resolved, and they
    • complete and submit a Return to Campus Self Attestation Form for each student and their siblings.
    If your child is feeling well enough, they are encouraged to participate in their learning remotely.

    We are erring on the side of caution at HTS, therefore siblings of symptomatic individuals who are also HTS students are asked to participate in their learning remotely and not in-person, on campus. Siblings should be monitored for symptoms while home. 

    Important note: Any student away from school due to COVID-19 must report to the school nurse for a follow-up assessment before returning to class upon their arrival on campus.

    If a student is exhibiting TWO or more of the following symptoms of COVID-19 (see COVID-19 symptoms listed above): 
    • sore throat,
    • stuffy nose and/or runny nose,
    • headache,
    • nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea,
    • extreme tiredness that is unusual or muscle aches,
    families are asked to contact their health care provider for further advice or assessment, including if the student needs a COVID-19 test or other treatment. 

    We are erring on the side of caution at HTS, therefore students with two or more of the above symptoms and siblings who are also HTS students may return to their learning in-person, on campus if:
    • they are symptom-free for at least 48 hours after symptoms have resolved without the use of fever-reducing medication and after vomiting and diarrhea have resolved, and they
    • complete and submit a Return to Campus Self Attestation Form for each student and their siblings
    We are erring on the side of caution at HTS, therefore siblings of symptomatic individuals who are also HTS students are asked to participate in their learning remotely and not in-person, on campus. Siblings should be monitored for symptoms while home.

    Important note: Any student away from school due to COVID-19 must report to the school nurse for a follow-up assessment before returning to class upon their arrival on campus.
  • EXPOSURE TO POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19

    If a student has been exposed to an individual who has tested POSITIVE for COVID-19, families should contact York Region Public Health and/or a COVID-19 assessment centre for advice about testing. Families are asked to inform Ms Helen Pereira-Raso, Head of School, and/or our HTS Nurses, immediately.

    The student, as well as other HTS students in their household, must isolate immediately for 14 days from the time of knowing they had been in contact with a positive case. Students can continue to participate in their learning remotely if they are feeling well enough to do so. 
    • Your child should be tested for COVID-19
    • All siblings who attend HTS are required to stay home immediately. Siblings should be monitored for symptoms during this time and we encourage them to be tested as well.
    • If COVID-19 test results come back NEGATIVE, the student exposed must complete the 14 days isolation period. Inform Ms Helen Pereira-Raso, Head of School, and/or our HTS Nurses, immediately.
    • Siblings who attend HTS can return to school 48 hours after the student exposed has received a NEGATIVE COVID-19 test result, as the siblings in this case are contacts of a contact according to York Region Public Health.
    • If the individual who is a POSITIVE case is a household member, all HTS students from the household are required to isolate for 14 days even if their test results are NEGATIVE. 
    If your child develops symptoms, contact your child’s health care provider/Telehealth Ontario/York Region Public Health for further advice or assessment.

    A NEGATIVE COVID-19 test is not required to return to campus. HTS protocols for return to campus include completing a Return to Campus Self Attestation Form for each student and their siblings. Additionally, if you do have a NEGATIVE COVID-19 test result please provide a copy to the school to return to campus.
  • EXPOSURE TO AN INDIVIDUAL WITH COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

    If anyone in a student's household is exhibiting the common symptoms of COVID-19, families should contact York Region Public Health and/or a COVID-19 assessment centre for advice about testing. Please inform Ms Helen Pereira-Raso, Head of School, and/or our HTS Nurses, immediately.  

    The student, as well as other HTS students in their household, must remain in isolation at home while waiting for the results of the COVID-19 test OR after symptoms have resolved without the use of fever-reducing medication and after vomiting and diarrhea have resolved. Students can continue to participate in their learning remotely.

    Important note: Any student away from school due to COVID-19 symptoms must report to the school nurse for a follow-up assessment before returning to class upon their arrival on campus.
  • TRAVELLING OUTSIDE OF CANADA

    If a student, or anyone in their household, has travelled outside of Canada, or had a layover outside of Canada, in the past 14 days, do not come to school. Students, please join our learning program remotely. Students may return to campus after 14 days from their or a family member’s arrival in Canada and they are not exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms. HTS protocols for return to campus include completing Return to Campus Self Attestation Form for each student and their sibling.
  • REPORTING

    The Head of School will report the name, address, and date of birth of the person with a positive COVID-19 test result to York Region Public Health immediately. The Head of school is also required to report any probable cases* too. In the event that York Region Public Health informs me of a student or employee having a positive COVID-19 test result, the following will still apply. The Head of School is required to report a positive COVID-19 case of an employee or student to the Ministry of Education. If the Head of School suspects a student or staff member may have COVID-19, the Head of School must report their name, address, and date of birth immediately to York Region Public Health and the Ministry of Education.

    HTS will fully support York Region Public Health with any investigation relating to COVID-19.

    The Head of School records this information, including attendance, contact information and visitor sign-in logs for possible York Region Public Health contact tracing purposes. The Head of School reports the name of staff/student to public health officials. An incident report will be completed and filed with the school as a measure for our Health and Safety Committee to review.

    If there are any confirmed COVID-19 cases at HTS, the Head of School will work with York Region Public Health to communicate with our community. 

    Under no circumstance will the School share personal information/name of an infected person to the community. Protecting the medical and personal information of our community members is of great priority to us. 

    York Region Public Health will follow up with HTS to discuss any enhanced cleaning protocols that may need to be performed. These areas, or if deemed necessary, the entire school, will be closed until this enhanced cleaning is completed. Additional direction will be taken from York Region Public Health and/or the Ministries of Education, Health and Labour Training and Skills Development.
  • CONTACT INFORMATION & RESOURCES

    Helen Pereira-Raso, Head of School, headofschool@hts.on.ca  905-737-1114 ext. 226
    HTS Nurses, HTSnurses@hts.on.ca or 905-737-1114 ext. 237

    Telehealth Ontario: 1 866-797-0000
    York Region Health Connection: 1 800-361-5653
    To find the closest pharmacy or assessment centre, please visit Ontario.ca/covidtest
    For more information about COVID-19, please visit York.ca/COVID19

COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY

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  • FACE MASKS AND COVERINGS

    Face coverings are an added preventative measure along with other infection prevention and control measures, such as physical distancing.

    Mandated Use
    Face masks and coverings are mandated for all staff, students and visitors upon arrival and exit, in hallways, common areas, washrooms and any movement throughout the school. This is important as we can not ensure physically distancing measures can be met in these spaces.

    All staff and students in Grades 4 to 12 are required to wear face masks at all times. 

    Once in class, Kindergarten to Grade 3 students can safely remove their mask properly, put it away and disinfect their hands with hand sanitizer. Students are welcome to keep it on at all times if they are more comfortable doing so. 

    Outdoor recess for students in Grades 4-6 offers an opportunity for students to remove their face covering which gives students a break from prolonged use. 

    Teachers in Grades 7-12 take their students outside for a short break during longer class periods to give students an opportunity to remove their masks. Lunch breaks also provide a break from wearing a face mask for all students.

    Wearing Masks During Drop Off and Pick Up
    All parents who leave their vehicle during drop off and pick up must wear a face mask or covering.

    Exemptions
    Reasonable exceptions to the requirement to wear masks will apply. Students who have a medical condition that requires an exemption from wearing a face mask should contact the Head of School, who will require a note from their doctor. The Head of School is solely responsible for approving accommodations and exemptions, and School staff are solely responsible for enforcing the masking policy.

    Mask Types
    The Government of Ontario has recommended that you use a face covering (non-medical mask such as a cloth mask). Medical masks (surgical, medical procedure face masks and respirators like N95 masks) should be reserved for use by health care workers and first responders. At HTS, we have asked all staff and students to wear non-medical masks while at school.

    Wearing a face shield can be worn in conjunction with a mask, but it does not replace wearing a face mask. 

    Masks for Students 
    The school has issued two reusable fabric masks to every staff and student. Fabric face masks should be washed daily.

    Parents are asked to supply their child(ren) with:
    • At least two face masks each day, clearly labelled with their child’s name. 
    • A small cloth or lunch-sized paper bag is recommended to put their mask away in when it is not being worn
    • And a small unscented personal hand sanitizer so students can disinfect their hands as they feel comfortable. Please note that each classroom as well as many other spaces in the school are outfitted with hand sanitizer dispensers. 
    Disposable masks are available for any student who has forgotten to bring a mask to school upon entrance into the school and in every classroom. Hand sanitizer is also provided throughout the school and in every classroom.

    Disposable face masks are for one-time use and are to be disposed of properly at the end of the school day. The disposable face masks are not to be reused multiple times. After disposing of a mask, students and staff must wash their hands with soap and water or apply hand sanitizer. 

    Wearing and Removing a Mask
    It is important to keep in mind that when using a face covering, the outer layer should be treated as contaminated, therefore there is a greater risk to the user of cross-contamination each time they are putting on their mask, removing their mask, and storing their face covering, if the proper procedures are not followed. Students and staff must follow the procedures below.

    Removing the mask:
    • Clean hands
    • Remove from ear loops being careful not to touch the front of the mask
    • Fold it inwards and place in a clean, individually labelled breathable cloth/paper bag
    • Clean hands again
    Putting on a mask:
    • Clean hands
    • Open face covering storage bag 
    • Pick up face covering by the ear loops and put on the face being careful not to touch the outside of the face covering to the face
    Be careful not to touch anyone else's face covering.

    Please note: Guidance and directive is provided by public health and the Ministries of Education, Health, and Labour Training and Skills Development.
  • HAND HYGIENE

    The SickKids COVID-19: Guidance for School Reopening report states that “proper hand hygiene is one of the most effective strategies to prevent the spread of most respiratory viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, alongside respiratory etiquette, particularly during the pre-symptomatic phase of illness.”

    HTS has provided sanitization stations in every entrance, hallway, rooms of the school, and fields, so that students have access to disinfect their hands as much as possible. 

    Every Lower School classroom is equipped with touchless sinks and soap dispensers. Teachers work with students to support them as they wash their hands upon arrival in class, before and after lunch, and when they come in from recess. Hand sanitizing stations are outside and students are encouraged to use the hand sanitizer before and after play.

    All washrooms in the school include touchless faucets, soap and paper towel dispensers, which are replenished regularly as part of our increased sanitization process.

    Correct Handwashing Procedures
    How to correctly use hand sanitizer
  • PHYSICAL DISTANCING

    The SickKids COVID-19: Guidance for School Reopening report states that “The objective of physical distancing is to reduce the likelihood of contact that may lead to transmission and has been a widely used strategy during the pandemic.” 

    At HTS, physical distancing indoors is one of the multiple strategies in place to reduce the risk of transmission.

    All students are in small class cohorts and are separate from other classrooms. Teachers desks are 2 metres/6 feet apart from the students desks, as well. Additionally, in most classrooms, seats are all facing the same direction in rows.

    Teachers' workspaces have also been reduced in capacity to ensure that all workspaces are 2 metres/6 feet apart. 

    Access to Washrooms, Change Rooms and Lockers
    Washrooms
    • Only two students are allowed in a washroom at the same time. Not all stalls are available. Teachers are supervising hallways to facilitate this new restriction.
    Change rooms
    • Are closed and therefore not available for use. 
    Lockers
    • There is access to lockers and cubbies throughout the school. Students have been advised to bring very few items with them to school; please only bring what is necessary for the day. 

STAYING SAFE AT SCHOOL FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS

List of 5 items.

  • HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD IN THEIR LEARNING

    Consider the following to help your child:

    • Have regular, open conversations with your child. Explain that because of COVID-19 there are changes to school routines. Offer the information that you know, such as if they will attend in-person, learn at home, go to after care, use the school bus or walk/bike to school.
    • Explain that we can limit the spread of germs by wearing a face covering, avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth, and sneezing and coughing into a tissue or elbow/sleeve. Be positive as your child works to develop these skills, as it takes time to develop new habits. 
    • Teach your child how to wash their hands properly. Learn handwashing together by watching videos geared to your child’s developmental age and practice the handwashing timing of 15 to 20 seconds by humming musical tunes together. 
    • Help your child become comfortable wearing a face covering as well as putting it on, taking it off and storing it safely. 
    • Prepare your child for new school procedures to help limit close contact between people (physical distancing measures). 
    • Ask your child what questions or worries they have, and respond as best you can. It is okay to say there is information that you don’t know yet, and you will learn together. 
  • PARENTS ROLE IN KEEPING OUR SCHOOL SAFE

    Screening
    • As a community, we have a collective responsibility to keep our community safe. All parents are required to complete a one-time screening acknowledgment for their child on School Cash Online. Even if a student is learning online, parents must complete this form in the event that they do return to campus at some point during the school year. This form is our commitment to ensure we keep our school healthy and safe. 
    • Please ensure that all students conduct their self-assessment at home each morning. A link to the screening for symptoms will be provided weekly in SpotligHTS as a guide and reminder
    • Complete this self-assessment daily before sending your child to school
    • Familiarize yourself, your family and your child with the common symptoms of COVID-19 so everyone knows what symptoms to look for in themselves and each other
    • If you or your child is ill with COVID-19 symptoms or you are concerned that you or your child has been exposed to a case of COVID-19, you are encouraged to get tested at a COVID-19 Assessment Centre and do not come to school.
  • PHYSICAL DISTANCING

    • Parents should keep 2-metres distance when interacting with staff or other parents and students
    • Parents should maintain 2-metres distance during drop-off and pick-up
    • Parents should wear a face mask or covering if they exit their vehicle during drop-off and/or pick-up
  • GETTING TO SCHOOL

    • Consider using active transportation (e.g., walking, cycling, etc.) to get to school if possible. If your family/child is walking/biking to school with other families/children, keep 2-metres distance.
    • On school buses, masks or face coverings are required for all children
    • More information below in the Transportation and Traffic section.
  • PERSONAL ITEMS

    • Limit personal belongings your child brings to school
    • Label everything, including masks and their storage containers (small cloth bag or lunch-sized paper bag)
    • Don’t share food or personal items like school supplies and masks
    • Pack extra masks in your child’s backpack if possible

VISITING CAMPUS

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  • Staggered Start

    Arrival, homeroom and dismissal times are staggered for two very important and necessary reasons:
    1. To reduce the number of students entering and exiting the building at the same time and;
    2. To alleviate some of the traffic congestion getting into and leaving campus.
    ArrivalDismissal
    Kindergarten - Grade 38:00am - 8:15am3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Grades 4 - 68:15am - 8:30am3:15pm - 3:30pm
    HomeroomDismissal
    Grades 7 and 88:45am3:30pm
    Grades 9 - 129:00am3:00pm
  • Pick Up and Drop Off

    Parents are not permitted to come into the building for pick up and drop off.

    Kindergarten to Grade 6 teachers walk their students to the exit door at drop off to meet their parents outside. 

    Middle and Senior School students enter and exit independently.

    Parents who exit their vehicle to drop off or pick up their child(ren) must wear a face mask.
  • Restricted Access

    Entry into the school is restricted to staff and students. Parents and visitors have limited access to the school, by appointment only, to allow for pre-screening and must only enter through our main doors for us to document and collect contact information.
  • Enrollment Process

    HTS is leveraging digital tools to provide virtual tours to welcome prospective students and families as they consider HTS as the school for their family. Face-to-face visits and tours are by appointment only and can only be accommodated under special circumstances this year.
  • Payment Process

    Tuition and other payments continue to be processed through School Cash Online or other systems. Face-to-face meetings are by appointment only and can only be accommodated under special circumstances this year.

SCHOOL OPERATIONS

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  • Cleaning

    • HTS has partnered with Aramark’s Housekeeping business unit to provide additional staff, expertise, systems and training
    • All high-touch points are cleaned twice during each school day and special attention is paid to other key areas 
    • Washrooms are cleaned four times each day
    • A deep cleaning of all spaces throughout the school occurs each night 
    • All classrooms have a supply of cleaning products and a sanitation station for students and teachers so that any surface can be cleaned at any time 
    • Hand sanitizing units are also located at all entrances, outside the Dining Hall, the gyms and both fields
    • The playground equipment is sanitized between each cohort’s recess period
    • Gym equipment is cleaned with an electrostatic sprayer that sanitizes the equipment in between each class
  • Food Service

    Aramark Food Services have implemented safe lunch and snack protocols that ensure the safe handling of food, cleanliness, appropriate student flow and necessary physical distancing.

    For students in Kindergarten to Grade 8, Aramark staff delivers individually portioned lunch containers for students to eat at their desks, once finished students place their container on classroom carts to be returned to the Dining Hall. All students use hand sanitizer prior to eating and after eating. Students in Grades 4 to 8 are able to remove their mask while seated at their desks for lunch. Classroom teachers clean students’ desks after lunch. 

    Students in Grades 9 to 12, are divided into two lunches. Aramark staff clean all the tables in the Dining Hall between the two lunches. Students are required to use the hand sanitizer prior to entering the Dining Hall and after leaving the Dining Hall. A hand sanitizer dispenser is placed outside the Dining Hall. The serving line has plexiglass panels, Aramark staff plate the food requested from the available menu. Students collect their plate at the end of the serving line. Students in Grades 9 to 12 are able to remove their mask while seated for lunch. Students do not have to eat their lunch in the Dining Hall – they can ask for their meal to be placed in a compostable take out container and eat their lunch outside or in the Fattore Commons along with their teachers.

    All students follow the proper protocol to remove and wear their masks before and after their lunch. All students should be sent to school with a small paper bag or a reusable cloth bag to store their mask in when not in use. Hand sanitizer is provided in every room and hallways throughout the school. We also encourage parents to send a small personal hand sanitizer with their child as an additional precaution.

    To ensure safety, we are not permitting any delivery of food from a delivery service or from parents (e.g., UberEats or Skip the Dishes) into the building for students or staff. Students and staff who leave the school for lunch must eat their food before returning to school. Students and staff can bring their own lunch from home, however, all waste must be taken home and all food is free from peanuts, nuts and nut by-products. 

    Peanut, Nut or Nut By-Product Allergies
    Some children are severely allergic to peanuts and/or nuts and nut by-products. HTS is a nut-aware facility and, as such, the School lunch is a nut-aware program.

    Should a child have a packed lunch or snack, please ensure that all food is free of peanuts, nuts and nut by-products. These foods must be for individual consumption only. Parents must refrain from giving children peanut products to bring to School. 

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please contact our Food Services Supervisor, Kelly Gorecki, at htsfoodservices@hts.on.ca or refer to the Healthy Eating and Nutrition Policy and related procedures.
  • Around the School

    • Touchless water faucets are available in all classrooms and all washrooms, soap and towel dispensers are touchless systems
    • Water fountains are disabled with the exception of the touchless water bottle refill option. Personal water bottles are required on campus for both staff and students.
  • Air Systems

    • All rooftop HVAC units had their routine inspections and repairs during the summer 
    • The air filters were replaced in all units during the summer 
    • Our HVAC units bring fresh air into the building and classrooms
    • The operating systems for the HVAC units were adapted to ensure significant fresh air is delivered to each classroom