Following the guidance of our Provincial Government, this section serves to provide our Keystone Community with pertinent information regarding COVID-19. We will continue to provide updates by email and in the Announcements section of CANVAS.

In the 2021-2022 school year, Keystone focuses on creating a dynamic and safe environment for in-person learning, with the option of virtual learning when the need arises.

Kindergarten classes are limited to a maximum of 5 students.

If there is a government-mandated closure, we will switch to our remote learning model via virtual classes held on the “BigBlueButton” via CANVAS or Zoom for the lower school.

As the nature of the pandemic changes and we gather information from a variety of sources, we will continue to update our plans. Updates will be shared by email and in the Announcements section of CANVAS (upper school).

Declaration Statement

At this time, Keystone School has zero cases of COVID-19.

During the previous school years and until this time, Keystone School did not have any cases of COVID-19.

To all of our parents and families, 

In light of the recent surge in cases, Keystone is implementing some new protocols to help ensure the safety of everyone in our community. All of these new policies and procedures are based on recommendations made by the City of Toronto Public Health. We have provided some links and resources to help navigate these unprecedented times. This opens up the opportunity to have conversations with your children about health and what we can do to help curb the spread of COVID-19… We will be having a lot of open discussions about it in class and we encourage you to do the same at home! We realize that these are unprecedented times, therefore we appreciate your cooperation and understanding. 

Our policies and procedures surrounding COVID-19 may be subject to change based on the most up-to-date recommendations by the City of Toronto Public Health. We will do our best to keep families updated on any major changes to public health guidelines. The links provided in this package are a great way to access the most current information relating to the pandemic. Find out more here.

Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitization Policy 

  • All surfaces and high touch areas (doorknobs, sinks,  tables, etc.) in the school/classroom  will be disinfected twice a day 
  • Toys/materials will be sanitized at the end of each day
  • Toys/materials will be washed once a week
  • All surfaces, toys & materials will be disinfected as needed throughout the day. 
  • Climber and gym equipment will be sanitized after each use

COVID-19 Safety Protocols at School 

  • Children’s temperatures will be checked daily before entering the school 
  • Children will need to sanitize their hands upon entering the school 
  • There will be increased handwashing times during the day, following the Ontario Public Health Model for effective handwashing 
  • Students will sanitize hands upon entering and exiting the classroom 
  • Children and staff will be expected to wear masks at all times while in the school, with the exception of eating and drinking
  • We will be practicing physical distancing at the school
  • Staff will be required to adhere to 2 rapid tests per week

Symptoms & Illness

Current lists of symptoms as per the City of Toronto Public Health:

If you have ONE or more of the following four List A symptoms, then it is highly likely you have COVID-19. You and your household members must self-isolate. 

List A:

  • Fever > 37.8˚ C and/or chills
  • Cough – new or worsening
  • Trouble breathing
  • Decrease or loss of smell or taste

If you have TWO or more of the following five List B symptoms, then it is highly likely you have COVID-19. You and your household members must self-isolate.

List B:

  • Runny nose or nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Very tired
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches or joint pain

Other less common symptoms include the following. If you have any of these (and do not have any of the symptoms in the above two lists) then it is less likely you have COVID-19.

Less Common Symptoms:

  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea (age <18 only)
  • Abdominal pain that does not go away
  • Headache (new and unexplained)
  • Pink eye
  • Lack of appetite (young children)

* If you ONLY have one or more of the five symptoms above, you should self-isolate (stay home) until your symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours. If you have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain you must wait 48 hours once your symptoms are improving before ending self-isolation.

Here you can find more information about symptoms.

What to do if my child  has symptoms: 

COVID-19 Outbreak Policies and Procedures

  • The definition of a COVID-19 outbreak in the school is defined by public health as ONE or more positive cases of the virus. 
  • If you have come into close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 but are not presenting symptoms:
    • You need to self-isolate, but do not need to get tested. 
  • If you are fully vaccinated (at least 2 doses of the vaccine), or are under the age of 12 you are required to be isolated for 5 days.
  • For more information on what to do if you come into close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, please see this link.

Resources:

What to do in case of exposure

Reopening Guidelines

Dear Students & Parents,

We hope that you are having a great summer.

As we approach the end of summer and return back to school under COVID-19, we wanted to provide you with some information regarding your return to Canada.

Please note that the Canadian borders remain closed until September 7 (intended start date) for foreign travellers. Students are exempted from this rule however still need to follow the quarantine rules, if applicable.

Unvaccinated students

Unvaccinated youth aged 12 through 17 must follow all testing and quarantine requirements, whether or not they are accompanied by travellers who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption. Note that there are no exceptions at this time for partially vaccinated students.

Vaccinated students: please check if you qualify for quarantine exemptions

To qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption, you must:

  • be eligible to enter Canada on the specific date you enter
  • have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines
  • have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter CanadaExample: if your last dose was anytime on Thursday July 1st, then Friday July 16th would be the first day that you meet the 14 day condition
  • upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
  • meet all other entry requirements (for example, pre-entry test)
All information regarding arrival procedures can be found here.

ALL STUDENTS WHO ARE RETURNING TO CANADA MUST HAVE A QUARANTINE PLAN.

Students still must follow the Keystone Covid-19 plan and have the 2 documents with them when they arrive at the airport.
  1. International Student Quarantine Plan.
  2. International Student Travel and Quarantine Checklist.

International Student Arrivals and Covid-19

International students who will be arriving this fall need to follow the pre-arrival guidelines outlined below. Students need to submit the following documents before their arrival.

Dear students and parents, 
 
As you know, publicly funded schools in Ontario will be closed until the 6th of April due to the increased risks of spreading the covid-19 virus. Keystone International School will also remain closed as per the recommendation of the ministry and OFIS (Ontario Federation of Independent Schools).
 
In order to ensure that students do not fall behind, we will be resuming online classes on the 23rd of March and attendance will be logged. We will be sending further information regarding the schedule of the online classes next week.
 
We hope that the virus will be contained and life will soon return to normal.
 
Please take care of yourselves and get lots of rest. 
 
Best regards,
Keystone Team