Welcome to the School Year 2020-2021
February 18th, 2021
SickKids will be setting up a pop-up COVID testing centre at John Polanyi CI to provide testing opportunities for students and staff from your school and other schools in the area. It will be operating on Thursday, February 18, and Friday, February 19 from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM. The testing method would be take home saliva kits – the kits would be picked up by appointment on Thursday and returned on Friday for testing.
Where: John Polanyi - 640 Lawrence Ave W, North York, ON M6A 1B1
Who: Students and Staff from schools around the area
Modality: Take home and return the next day saliva testing
Timing on site: SickKids will be onsite 11:30am – 5:00pm.
Timing for Pickup and Drop off with families: 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Timing for Pick up (February 18th) and Drop Off (February 19th) as per LAST NAME of Student or Staff:
12:30-1:30pm: Last names A – G
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Last names H - M
2:30pm – 3:30pm: Last names N - S
3:30-4:30pm: T - Z
Please take a look at the attached documents and complete them before your arrival.
Process Pick Up (February 18th) (around 5-10 minutes)
- Arrive to cafeteria at the time indicated by your student/staff last name designated time
- Children can come by themselves if they are able and have pre-registered
- Check in with an admin person
- Be directed to the nurse who will give instructions around Saliva home sample collection
- Leave the area
Process Drop Off (February 19th) (around 5-10 minutes)
- Arrive to the school at the time indicated by your student/staff last name designated time
- Children can come by themselves if they are able
- Check in with an admin person
- Be directed to the nurse who will collect the Saliva home sample collection
- Leave the area
How to Collect Saliva Sample
Letter to Parents and Students
Covid-19 Saliva Testing for Children
February 8th, 2021
January 25th, 2021
Information for Parents and COVID Section
The Ontario Government has made the following support available for students and parents – for more information - click HERE
This is where you will find the following information:
Get Support for Learners
There is one-time funding to support children, youth and students during the 2020-2021 school year. Eligible applicants will receive a one-time payment of:
- $200 for each child or youth up to Grade 12
- $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs
You are eligible to apply if you live in Ontario and are a:
Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.
- parent or guardian to a child or youth up to Grade 12
- secondary school student over the age of 18
- parent or guardian to a child or youth that is 21 or younger and has special needs
The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021
January 4th, 2021
Happy New Year,
On behalf of our entire Flemington P.S. staff, we would like to wish you and your family a healthy and prosperous new year!
Remote Learning Expectations
Classes start on Monday, January 4th, a Day 3 on our schedule. School will begin as normal by 8:35am and end by 3:00pm. Throughout the day, students will be learning synchronously (live interaction) and asynchronously (independent learning) with their classroom teacher as well as rotary teachers. In essence we are shifting our regular school timetable online, with minor adjustments to the day.
As per in-person school, students are expected to attend all classes and attendance will be taken as normal during this remote learning period. If your child/ren will be away or late to arrive to learn, we ask that you contact your child's teacher in advance and/or contact our school office.
We ask that all students and families read over the TDSB Code of Online Conduct and the TDSB Virtual Learning Code.
It goes without saying that we are in the midst of a pandemic where 'normality' has been disrupted. We will continue to work together, be flexible and with your support we know that we will overcome any challenges that come our way.
December 8th, 2020
This Week's Update
- Reduce the Spread
- COVID-19 Advisory
- Updated COVID-19 Public Health Measures from TPH
- Virtual School
- In-Person School
- Grade 8 to Grade 9 Transition Information Sessions
- Committee and Board Meetings This Week
- Legislative Update from OPSBA
- Important Information re Optional Attendance
- Beyond 8: Grade 8 to 9 Transition
- Virtual Open Houses
- Optional Attendance
- School Year Calendar
COVID-19: Reduce Virus Spread
Please note that schools, before & after school programs, & childcares will remain open during the COVID-19 Lockdown in Toronto. The best way to keep our kids in school right now is to ensure everyone is following public health guidelines to prevent community spread. This is the most critical thing we can do. Let's all do what we can.
"Please choose to keep at least six feet or two metres apart from people you don’t live with. Please choose to wear your mask when you’re exposed to people you don’t live with. Please choose to wash your hands as frequently as possible. And please choose to stay home and stay apart as much as you can. So if we’ve got to do this – and there is no doubt that we do – let’s make it work."
Dr Eileen de Villa
The Toronto District School Board is committed to providing up to date information about confirmed cases of COVID-19 in schools (students and staff). This information is easily accessible by clicking on the COVID-19 Advisories
banner on the main webpage of www.tdsb.on.ca
. Please note that all schools where there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 will receive a letter from Toronto Public Health to inform them about the possible exposure.
Please note that as of November 10, TDSB began tracking “resolved” cases on the website. If a case was resolved prior to November 10th, it wouldn’t be reflected on the website. Between November 10th and December 4th, 518 cases were resolved.
As of December 4, in TDSB schools there were 379 students and 80 staff affected.
As of December 4, 1,445 cases of COVID-19 cases had been reported
in publicly funded schools in the past 14 days across the province. Of those cases, 1,192 are students, 252 are staff, and one was not identified. Six of the 4,828 schools in the province are currently closed, or 0.12%.
This week, the government rolled out a pilot of voluntary asymptomatic testing for students and staff at designated schools in Toronto, Peel and York Regions and Ottawa — four Ontario regions with a high number of active COVID-19 cases. School-wide COVID-19 testing has been/will be conducted at the TDSB: Thorncliffe Park PS, Valley Park MS, Lester B Pearson CI, Lawrence Park CI, Marc Garneau CI. Schools across the City of Toronto are identified for the Ministry of Education testing pilot based on developed criteria initiated by Toronto Public Health and also agreed upon by the Board. TPH looks at the unique circumstances in each school community to determine what school should be prioritized for school-wide testing. These include schools with multiple cases for which there are no epidemiologic links and multiple dismissed cohorts. We expect additional schools in hotspot areas will also be receiving voluntary asymptomatic testing clinics in the near future. Personally, I wish we could off testing for all.
On November 30, the government announced a second round of the Support for Learners
program, which will cost the government about $380 million. The program will provide direct one-time payments to help offset additional learning costs, whether their children attend school in person, online or a mix of both.
Parents or guardians residing in Ontario can complete one application
per child to receive a one-time payment of:
- $200 for each child aged 0 to 12; or
- $250 if their child or youth is aged 0 to 21 with special needs
Updated COVID-19 Public Health Measures
Toronto Public Health announced Friday, December 4 that it has updated its COVID-19 student screening tool
to prevent further opportunities for virus spread.
As part of this guidance, if a child has one or more new, or worsening COVID-19 symptoms,parents will now be required to:
- Keep their child home.
- Keep sibling and other children home, even if they do not have symptoms.
- Arrange for the child to get tested or contact their health care provider.
- Without testing, the child must stay home for 10 days.
- Monitor the family for symptoms. Adults must stay home if they have one or more symptom.
The TDSB takes its lead from Toronto Public Health and will begin using this new screening guidance starting Monday, December 7, 2020.
Ensuring the health and safety of our staff and students is our priority and we all play a role. Again, one of the most important things families can to do help slow the spread of COVID-19 is to screen their children daily for COVID-19 symptoms and keep them home from school if they are sick or have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.
Thank you for your continued efforts to help keep our school environments safe and healthy.
For information on Virtual School, both Elementary and Seconday, click here
For information on In-Person Learning, both Elementary and Secondary, click here
Grade 8 to Grade 9 Transition Information Sessions
This week, the TDSB is hosting four (4) Grade 8 to Grade 9 Transition
Information Sessions for parents/guardians of Grade 8 students that will focus on the Top 10 Tips and Considerations in the Transition to High School process. This presentation will supplement the work already taking place through secondary school virtual open houses and at Grade 8 schools.
Presenters will highlight the key practical aspects of the process of transitioning to high school, as well as share the social-emotional factors that often surface with Grade 8 students as part of this transition. Presenters include:
- Renée Rawlins – Program Coordinator, Guidance & Career Development
- Georgia Gallagher – Centrally Assigned Principal (Acting)
- Secondary Guidance Counsellors – to help answer general high school and program-specific questions
These sessions will be Learning Centre specific and will take place via Zoom as listed below. Please join the webinar that is specific to your Learning Centre. To determine the Learning Centre for your child’s school, please check this school list
LC2 & LC3 Schools
LC1 & LC4 Schools
To join by phone, please dial +1 647 374 4685 or +1 647 558 0588 and enter the Webinar ID and Passcode.
The webinar will be available for joining 15 minutes before the start time. Families who require an interpreter can request Interpretation Services
for the event.
If you are unable to join the live Zoom webinar due to the capacity limit, please watch the YouTube Livestream
. Please note that questions can only be posted from the live Zoom webinar.
Committee and Board Meetings This Week
requests will still be accepted during the closure of all schools and administrative sites at the TDSB; however, oral delegations to address a committee of the Board will be presented by phone. To submit a delegation request (written or oral), please refer to the information found here https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Leadership/Boardroom/Delegations
and email email@example.com. If your request is approved, further details will be provided to you via email.
Planning and Priorities Committee (Special Meeting) Tuesday, December 8, 2020 4:30 p.m. Electronic Meeting
The purpose of the meeting is to provide strategic advice and recommendations to the Board on COVID-19 related matters.
Regular Board Meeting Wednesday, December 9, 2020 7 p.m. Public Session Electronic Meeting
- 16.1 Finance, Budget and Enrolment Committee (Special Meeting), Report No. 01, November 25, 2020
- 16.1 (1) Contract Awards, Facilities
- 16.1 (2) Contract Awards, Operations
- 16.1 (3) Reserve Status as a Result of 2019-2020 Operations: Update
- 16.1 (4) 2020 Actual Enrolment: Update
- 16.1 (5) 2020-21 Revised Estimates: Update - The Finance, Budget and Enrolment Committee recommends: (a) That the report be received; (b) Whereas, the Toronto District School Board was committed to do everything possible to open schools safely for its students and staff for the 2020-21 school year; and Whereas, in order to do so, the Board used working fund reserves and other reserves that had been set aside for specific purposes; and Whereas, since budget estimates continue to be revised and based on actual enrolments which have declined due to the pandemic, there are significant changes from the original budget projections as well as the ongoing risks to the board's financial forecast; Therefore, be it resolved: i. That the Chair write to the Minister of Education to advocate for the full reimbursement of reserve funds and other pandemic related costs that the TDSB and other school boards were required to spend to safely open and operate schools; ii. That the letter at Part (a) be copied to the Ontario Public School Boards' Association.
- 16.1 (6) 2021-22 Operating Budget Communications Overview
- 16.1 (7) Draft 2021-22 Budget Strategic Drivers and Consultation Plan
- 16.3 Planning and Priorities Committee, (Special Meeting), Report No. 01, November 24, 2020
- 16.3 (1) TDSB Readiness to Welcome International Students
- 17.1 Use of Outdoor Spaces for Instructional Time (Trustees Story and Aarts)
- 18.1 Procurement of External Legal Counsel to Support the Director Search Committee (Trustees Story and Tonks)
Legislative Updates from OPSBA
Bill 229, Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures) -
Earlier in the week, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs held three days of public hearings and the bill is due back to the house for third reading by December 7, 2020. Last week OPSBA’s Policy Development Work Team supported a brief submission
that addressed education references in the provincial budget.
In the October 30 memo to school boards, the Minister of Education referred to a number of operational changes aiming to reduce administrative burden and cut red tape. Some of these have been previously announced and more recent regulations filed include the 2020-21 pause on performance appraisals for teachers, principals and vice-principals and the flexibility for School Council and Parent Involvement Committee elections.
2021-2022 Grant For Student Needs On Thursday, the Ministry of Education released information about their engagement process regarding next year’s GSN. The 2021-22 Education Funding Consultation Guide focuses on the COVID-19 Outbreak Response, the Online Learning Adjustment, the Priorities and Partnerships Fund, Reducing Administrative Burden and Red Tape, the School Board Administration and Governance Grant, Managing Information for Student Achievement (MISA), Census Data and Secondary Class Size Compliance. Submissions are due January 15, 2021, however it is my understanding the TDSB has an extension until January 20, 2021 so it can be discussed at the January 20, Finance, Budget and Enrolment Committee Meeting.
It’s important to note that OPSBA has already begun to gather feedback from its members about education funding beginning with regional meetings in November, discussions at both the Education Program and Policy Development Work Teams, as well as at recent meetings of OPSBA’s Executive Council and Board of Directors. Additional discussions will occur with the work teams and feedback will be sought from the Indigenous Trustees’ Council and senior business officials, and incorporate member board correspondence that included funding requests. Feedback to date includes pandemic-related costs of additional staffing for both teachers and education workers; IT devices for staff and students; HVAC and air ventilation; PPE and cleaning (supplies and caretaker costs); student transportation, and others.
Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar or the evening of Thursday, December 10 and it ends in the evening of Friday, December 18. Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts. To all celebrating, wishing you light in your lives and delicious latkes!
Beyond 8: Grade 8 to 9 Transition
The list of High School Virtual Open Houses and Information Sessions can be found: here.
Virtual Open Houses and Information Sessions
To help you make an informed decision when choosing a school, TDSB schools will host virtual open houses and information sessions (live or pre-recorded) for parents/guardians and students between November and January.
Note: Please check this page regularly, as schools will continue to post information about virtual open house dates/times and available pre-recorded information sessions. https://www.tdsb.on.ca/openhouses
If you choose to apply for optional attendance you should know:
- You will be responsible for your own transportation.
- You may only apply to two regular and two specialized schools/programs.
- You may not apply to a school that is not permitted to receive applications (i.e. closed schools). A list of those schools is produced by mid-January.
- A school/program that receives more applications than it has space will run a lottery to determine the successful applicants.
- Once you accept an offer of admission to a regular school through Optional Attendance, it becomes your home school and you are expected to remain there until graduation. For specialized schools/program and alternative schools, you may return to your designated school by address at an appropriate intake opportunity (i.e. semester change, end of term)
Elementary Optional Attendance – Key Dates:
- February 12, 2021 - Optional attendance forms due at elementary school
- March 05, 2021 - Deadline for parents/guardians to be informed of the status of the application request
- March 26, 2021 - Parents/guardians must inform the requested school of their acceptance of the offer
Secondary Optional Attendance – Key Dates:
- January 29, 2021 - Optional attendance forms due at secondary school
- February 12, 2021 - Deadline for parents/guardians of students to be informed of the status of the application request
- February 26, 2021 - Course selection sheets due at secondary schools
- March 1, 2021: Course selection sheets due at secondary schools via myBlueprint
School Year Calendar 2020-2021
The official school year calendar for the Toronto District School Board runs from September 1 to June 30, inclusive and has now been approved by the Ministry.
PA Days & Holidays Remaining
||Dec 21, 2020 - January 1, 2021
|Elementary PA Day
||January 15, 2021
|Secondary PA Day (Semestered Schools Only)
||February 5, 2021
|Board-wide PA Day
||February 12, 2021
||February 15, 2021
||March 15 – 19, 2021
||April 2, 2021
||April 5, 2021
||May 24, 2021
|Elementary School PA Day
||June 4, 2021
|Secondary School PA Day
||June 29, 2021
December 4th, 2020
Ms. Samuel-Graham and Mr. Scott would like to invite you to the first Parent Forum of the school year. This forum will be on Tuesday December 8th at 9:30 am, 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Please follow the links to attend:
9:30 a.m. https://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/j/95429845847?pwd=K3VOaUgxTXRCbk9HcXFXWG9GWkxiZz09
1:30 p.m. https://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/j/91577421314?pwd=d3JHUStqM1NXWUx4K0tCRWNvQVRWQT09
6:30 p.m. https://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/j/95230410420?pwd=d0Z2MnFFem9oNDdzdjdkRlBjaWRLQT09
November 30th, 2020
School Council Dates
December 10, 2020 @ 6:30pm
January 14, 2021 @ 6:30pm
February 11, 2021 @6:30pm
March 4, 2021 @ 6:30pm
April 14, 2021 @6:30pm
May 13, 2021 @ 6:30pm June 10, 2021 @ 6:30pm
If you would like to join School Council Committee please contact council on this email address: Flemington.firstname.lastname@example.org
November 16th, 2020
Basketball Beginnings Youth Organization is offering Virtual @HOME Homework/Assistance and In-CLASS @school!
Virtual Classroom Letter
Yes I Can Program Registration
Reminder to Flemington Public School Parents: Parent/Teacher Interviews take place on Thursday p.m., November 19th, 2020 and Friday a.m., November 20th, 2020
October 30th, 2020
Flemington Public School will launch School Cash Online, an easy to use, safe and convenient way for parents and guardians to pay for school related items.
School Cash Online Letter
October 26th, 2020
School Council Elections Notification
School Council Nomination Template
October 13th, 2020
Flemington P.S. Parents/Guardians Please Read
Public Health Letter
UPDATED Covid-19 Guidance:Elementary and Secondary
October 9th, 2020
Flemington COVID-19 Update
If you have specific questions about the health and safety practices at your school, please contact, Ms. Samuel- Graham, your Principal.
October 5th, 2020
NEW COVID-19 Screening Tools and Decision Guide
The Ministry of Education announced on Thursday that it has updated its COVID-19 school and child care screening guidance. In line with this new direction, Toronto Public Health has also revised their guidance for students and related materials.
September 25th, 2020
Masks Mandatory for Parents/Guardians
Updated TDSB Mask Guidelines
September 16th, 2020
Psychology Newsletter- TDSB Psychological Services to Your Family
Toronto Public Health Letter
TDSB Safe to School Video
September 14th, 2020
Virtual School Update for Parents/Guardians
Return To School Parent/Guardian Letter
TDSB Connects App Now Available for ...
September 11th, 2020
Greetings, As-salamu Alaykum Flemington Families,
We are excited to welcome students back to in-person learning at Flemington P.S. Due to the unprecedented times we find ourselves and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, you will see many changes when school resumes September 15th.
We have missed you and our students and look forward to having them back at school! Collectively, we want to ensure the best possible start to the school year with health and safety as our top priority. We are committed to ensuring a welcoming start to the school year despite the uncertainty. We will continue to love our students, your child/children, and have high expectations of them academically and behaviourally. As per usual, we are here to help them continue to develop social emotionally.
For the 2020-2021 School Opening, Flemington P.S will have a different look and feel. Health screening stations, masks and face shields worn by staff, Covid-19 Health and Safety posters, foot traffic directional stickers, physical distancing floor stickers to maintain safe class cohort group “bubbles”, open windows and doors for ventilation, regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces, hand-sanitizer at entry doors and in classrooms, designated outdoor boundaries so that students stay with their class cohort or ‘bubbles’, class furniture placement for physical distancing; frequent disinfecting and handling materials safely and plexiglass barriers in main office to name a few.
As the new school year begins, our teachers and staff are working hard to get plans in place and the building ready for school to resume. These protocols and procedures will be subject to change as we get going and determine what is working and what could be improved.
We will of course also be adapting as any guidance changes from the TDSB and Public Health.
Thank you to our parents/guardians for your patience and all you have done to support our teachers, staff and students during these unprecedented and uncertain times. As we move forward to begin the school year, we will continue to be optimistic, uphold high expectations for our staff, students and community. We will strive to create optimal conditions for both teaching and learning while continuing to keep ourselves safe and healthy. Together we are stronger. As we navigate these uncertain tides we will continue to learn and grow from and with each other.
Parents/Guardians and Caregivers, envision the image… on a plane, when the oxygen masks falls, the instructions are ‘Put on your safety mask first.’ This is a reminder to look after your own well-being. You need to take care of yourself, so that you can take care of others. Be gentle to yourself and continue to be patient with others. We are all in this together and we will get through this together.
Finally, thank you for your patience as we work through this complex process of school re-opening. I have considered as many contingencies as possible at this time, but this guide is not complete and may require some adjustment based on new information or to strengthen health and safety routines for the school as we meet the challenges of opening school safely for everyone. What I can share with you at the end of a very lengthy message is that the staff and the admin team are looking forward to finally seeing most of the students back at school! We are here to support and work together with you to make this a positive, albeit very different, school year at Flemington Public School.
Returning to School- A Guide to Safe Reopening
School starts on September 15, 2020. There will be a staggered start for students over the first three days (September 15 to 17).
Sept.15- SK, ISP, Grade 5
Sept.16- JK, Grade 1, Grade 4
Sept.17- Grade 2, Grade 3
September 14, 2020
Virtual School Update for Parents/Guardians
Return To School Parent/Guardian Letter
TDSB Connects App Now Available for ...
Entering From or Returning to In-Person Learning
We recognize that parents/guardians and/or students may want to switch between in-person learning and Virtual School. It is important to note that, for health and safety reasons, and because of the impact switching would have on staffing, physical distancing and space allocation, it will not be possible to immediately transition between the two models. As a result, an opportunity to enter the Virtual School or to return to in-person learning will be provided at three key dates during the school year as follows:
Requesting Change: By September 30, 2020
Date the Change of Class would Take Effect: October 13, 2020 (day after Thanksgiving)
Requesting Change: November 06, 2020
Date the Change of Class would Take Effect: By November 23, 2020
Requesting Change: January 29, 2021
Date the Change of Class would Take Effect: February 16, 2021
Mask and Face Covering Requirements
Students are required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings indoors on school property and on school busses. Students may wear their own mask or face covering, or use a non-medical masks provided by the school.
Parents and students should remember:
- To pack multiple snug and comfortable masks/face coverings each day.
- Remember to bring a breathable bag (paper or cloth) to store soiled masks, as well as a bag to store masks during outdoor breaks.
- That staff will ensure regular outdoor breaks throughout the school day to take a break from wearing masks/face coverings.
Proper Use of a Mask/Face Covering
- Do not share your mask/face covering with others.
- Wash your hands before putting on and after taking off a mask/face covering.
- Place the mask/face covering over your nose, mouth and chin.
- Avoid touching your face and mask/face covering while using it.
- Change your mask/face covering as soon as it is moist or dirty.
- For disposable masks/face coverings, after wearing for a day these masks/face coverings should be discarded and not used again.
- Do not leave your mask/face covering tucked under the chin, hanging from your ear, or on your forehead.
- Remove the mask/face covering by the ear loops without touching the front of the mask.
- For reusable cloth masks/face coverings, after use put in a plastic bag or directly in the laundry bin to be washed on a regular basis.
- Launder cloth masks/face coverings with other items using the hot cycle and dryer.
Health Screening for COVID-19 Symptoms
The most important thing families can 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.
Once students and staff arrive at school, a second screening will be conducted before entering the building. If staff or students feel unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19, they should not attend school and should go to a primary care provider or assessment centre for testing.
If someone in the school community tests positive for COVID-19, Toronto Public Health protocols are implemented. The TDSB will work collaboratively with Toronto Public Health to support contact tracing and inform individuals who may have been in contact with the affected person.
Please call the school office for more information on Managing COVID-19 at Flemington Public School