COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream Funding Project
Our School has a COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream Funding Project.

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Environment Canada has issued a Snowfall Warning for Toronto. If the decision is made to cancel buses & close schools to in-person learning, all schools will be moving to remote learning for the day on Monday, January 17. The decision will be made by 6 a.m.
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Bowmore Road Junior and Senior Public School

Bowmore Road Update - January 16th

We are looking forward to having your children back at Bowmore this week. We know that many of you have mixed feelings and strong emotions about our return to in-person learning, and acknowledge that this has not been as easy time for any of us. Further to the message sent to all TDSB families a few days ago, we want to provide you with a Bowmore specific update on our return to in-person learning tomorrow. We hope that this message answers any questions you may still have.

Heather and Joel

Daily Health Screening

The most important thing families can continue do to help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19, is to screen their children daily for any COVID-19 symptoms and keep them home from school if they are sick or have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19. We will be providing copies of the updated Student Screening Tool in the morning when we return. Please note that all students in grades K-8 must have their Student Screening Tool signed by a parent or guardian each day. You can read more about Daily Health Screening here - https://www.tdsb.on.ca/School-Year-2021-22/Daily-Health-Screening.

Masks and Masking

All students continue to be required to wear a mask while in school buildings, during morning entry, and during after school dismissal. It is important that the mask is a good fitting mask, with minimal gaps. Please do not send your child to school with a buff or scarf as a mask. We have a supply of 3-ply cloth masks available for students. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you require one. Although outdoor time at recess and lunch can be mask free, students are encouraged to keep their mask on during these times when they are too close to other students.

Proper wearing of masks is fully expected by all students and staff. This includes wearing the mask properly, fitted tightly over the mouth and nose. Please review this with your child to ensure that they understand the significance of wearing their mask properly, for their own protection, and for the protection of others.

Ventilation

There have been a number of inquiries about the ventilation systems used at Bowmore. Bowmore has a Mechanical Ventilation system using MERV 13 filters. Each classroom/teaching space has a HEPA filter unit. All rooms have windows that open. You can read more about ventilation at TDSB school here - https://www.tdsb.on.ca/School-Year-2021-22/Health-and-Safety/Ventilation.

Reporting COVID Cases

If your child is affected by a positive COVID-19 case, please call or email Alex Plegas in Bowmore’s office (alex.plegas@tdsb.on.ca) to inform us. If the positive result came from a Rapid Antigen Test, please report the positive case to Michael Garron Hospital using the following link - Microsoft Forms. They will do their best to follow up with your family.

If there is a PCR or Rapid Antigen Test confirmed case of COVID-19 at Bowmore, directly impacted classes will continue to be informed. There will no longer be school-wide letters. As the Ministry of Education has stated that classes will no longer be dismissed as a result of a case of COVID-19, that guidance will no longer be provided by the school. Instead, parents/guardians and/or students will review the daily COVID-19 screening tool to determine if they are permitted to return to school. While individual classes will continue to be provided with COVID-19 case information, the COVID-19 Advisories page on the TDSB website will no longer be updated.

Rapid Antigen Tests

We are still awaiting delivery of the Rapid Antigen Tests to be distributed to students and staff. We know that each student will receive two tests (to be used if symptomatic), they will come with instructions, and that we will need time to package them before distribution to students. We expect these to be ready later this coming week, and will provide an update as soon as they are ready.

Lunch and Snack Break

We will continue to have quiet lunches in the classrooms, supervised by teaching staff. As one of the only unmasked times during the school day, we want to ensure that this is done as safely as possible. Students are encouraged to put their masks back on as soon as they are finished eating. Teachers will continue to use their professional judgement during this time and use educational videos, audio books, podcasts, etc., to engage students.

Our nutrition/snack program will resume in the coming days. However, we will be scheduling snack time during outdoor recess times. Students will be reminded to bring any waste back into the building after recess for proper disposal. Students will continue to drink water as needed throughout the school day.

Picking Up Your Child for Lunch

Many families have asked to pick up their children for lunch each day. Please complete this Lunch Pick Up form if you intend on picking up your child for lunch. Please meet at Door 1 (main entrance) at the beginning of lunch. School A’s lunch is 11:25-12:30. School B’s lunch is 12:10-1:15. Please pick up your child on time, and return them to the school yard in advance of afternoon re-entry.

A parent or guardian must pick up students who are in grades K-6. Grade 7 and 8 students may leave on their own, but must check out with staff at the main door. There is no need to complete this form if you have already done so for your grade 7/8 child. All students with this privilege are expected to go home for lunch, and not go out into the community to get lunch. Our goal is to minimize spread of COVID-19 within the community.

https://forms.gle/iHbWY8aXaaDDnypi9

Technology Loan Return

Please return any borrowed devices on Monday when we return to school. These devices, including power cords, should be returned with your child. They will be collected in the classrooms.

Pause on Extra Curricular

For the time being, all in-person extra-curricular activities are on pause. Virtual extra-curriculars can continue. 

Public Health Update – January 16

Please review the following messages for parents and guardians. The first is from Toronto Public Health. It provides important updates about isolation, returning to school, COVID testing, and vaccinations. 

The second message, from Dr. Janine McCready at Michael Garron Hospital, contains information about testing and vaccine clinics, including an upcoming Vaccine Clinic at Bowmore this Tuesday, January 18th, 4:00-8:00.

  • COVID PCR TESTING: MGH will continue to support and accept the take-home COVID-19 PCR test kits for schools in East Toronto. These kits will be prioritized for symptomatic students and education staff attending in person learning. 

Symptomatic students and education staff who meet testing eligibility can pick kits up from your school and also pick up and drop off take-home COVID-19 PCR test kits at our MGH COVID-19 Assessment Centre or COVID-19 Outreach Centres .  You do not need an appointment to pick up or drop off a take-home test kit. 

  • RAPID ANTIGEN TESTING: Please report positive results on a rapid antigen test to a secure reporting page at Microsoft Forms. The Michael Garron Hospital Infectious Diseases team will be notified of your result and will do our best to contact you to help to ensure you have the information you need to manage the infection and prevent further spread. 
  • COVID VACCINATION: MGH continues to offer first, second and/or third doses at both our school based clinics and also our MGH vaccine clinics.

Students/Staff and families can book a first dose, second dose and/or third dose appointment at:

For assistance booking a vaccine appointment for yourself or any member of your family, please contact the MGH COVID-19 vaccine booking office at mghcovax@tehn.ca or 437-537-5131. The office is open Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mobile WALK-IN COVID Vaccination school clinics across East Toronto will also offer:

First and second dose: Open to individuals aged 5 and older who live and/or go to school in any postal code.  At This time Children need to have had their 5th birthday to be eligible. Children aged 5-11 can get their second dose 21 days after the first dose with informed consent from their parent/guardian.

Third (booster) dose eligibility: Open to individuals aged 18+ who live and/or go to school in a priority postal code designated for that clinic.

Walk-ins welcome from eligible individuals while supply lasts. Either Pfizer or Moderna will be administered.

See all upcoming school clinics: tehn.ca/VaccinePopUps.

Attached is also a flyer to share with the vaccine clinics from Jan 17-23.

Flyers also found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1x2rdqmiu9fzzth/AADptI1VOY4f-ClRFd8uCdtfa?dl=0

Positive Cases of COVID-19

Please note that the Ministry of Education will not require school boards to report COVID cases. The TDSB has decided to continue to inform directly affected classes and families, but no school wide reporting will continue. 

Bowmore Road had 15, now resolved, cases of COVID-19 reported from December 17-22. Only cases that affected class isolations are noted below.   

  • Wednesday, December 22, 2021 - 3 cases (students)
  • Tuesday, December 21, 2021 - 1 case (student)
  • Monday, December 20, 2021 - 2 cases (students)
  • Sunday, December 19, 2021 - 4 cases (students)
  • Saturday, December 18, 2021 - 4 cases (3 students, 1 staff) 
  • Friday, December 17, 2021 - 1 case (student)

Please note that we may not be notified of all cases over the winter break. Should you have any questions about COVID-19, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at 416-338-7600. It is available seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Interpreters are available.