COVID

January 4, 2022 - Email to families

Hello Jarvis Families and Students,

This is a message from Jarvis Collegiate Institute.

Happy New Year!  We hope you have had a relaxing and enjoyable break with family. 

Over the Winter Break, there was an important announcement by the Government of Ontario that all secondary schools will be closed on-site to students until Monday, January 17.

During this time, all in-person schools will shift to remote learning as of tomorrow, Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Our student modified semester schedule at Jarvis CI will remain the same during remote learning. 

Students will have live remote instruction every day:

  • 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. = Morning class 
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. = Lunch
  • 12:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. = Afternoon class

To promote the highest degree of continuity students are encouraged to turn their cameras on during the lessons. 

Your teacher will incorporate live teaching (synchronous), in addition to asynchronous work completion time into your morning/afternoon classes. Teachers will provide more information directly.

Families will continue to receive automated messages for every morning and afternoon class missed.

This information has also been posted to our school website for your reference.

We hope to be back in school by January 17, 2022.  We will continue to take guidance and direction from the Ministry of Education as well as Toronto Public Health.  

Additionally, you will find attached:

  1. The JCI Remote Learning Guidelines 2021-2022
  2. JCI Staff Email Directory 2021-2022

We look forward to continuing our learning remotely and keeping the lines of communication open throughout this challenging time.

We will see you live online for your Week 2 - course 3, tomorrow morning January 5th, at 9 a.m.

Enjoy the rest of your evening.  

Stay well and safe.  

Thank you.

Michael Harvey

January 2, 2022 - Email to families

Dear Jarvis Parents/Guardians and Students,

Last week an important message was sent to your email from the Director of Education.

Below are the contents: 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to review the details from last Thursday's announcement by the Government of Ontario about returning to school this coming week.

As shared last weekthe first day of school for students (in-person and virtual) has been delayed and will now be Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

While we are still confirming a number of items, here is the latest information we have available at this time:

In-Person Learning: For those already enrolled in in-person learning, classes will generally follow the same schedule/timetable. Given staffing shortages that school boards across Ontario have experienced over recent months, the Ministry of Education has said that school boards should consider implementing rotating days of remote learning to allow the limited number of available occasional teachers to be deployed to a smaller number of schools. We are currently determining if this will be necessary, however no final decision has been made.

Virtual Learning: For those students already enrolled in virtual learning, classes will continue as normal beginning Wednesday, January 5.

Masks: While students can continue to bring their own mask, high-quality three-ply cloth masks will continue to be provided, free of charge, to all students who need them. 

COVID-19 Screening Tool: The COVID-19 screening tool that all students and staff complete prior to coming to school/work is being updated with symptoms of Omicron. The TDSB Screening App and paper screening form is currently being updated and we will share this once available. 

Enhanced Cohorts: To limit the number of contacts as much as possible, the Ministry of Education is requiring all elementary students to cohort during recess and outdoor breaks.

Bussing: Bussing will continue as usual when classes resume on Wednesday, January 5.

Child Care Centres & Before and After School Programs: Child Care Centres and Before and After School Programs are allowed to open beginning on Monday, January 3, however parents should connect directly with the operator for confirmation.

COVID-19 Testing: The PCR self-collection initiative already running in TDSB schools will continue, with a focus on the most common COVID-19 symptoms. Schools, which have a limited supply of take-home PCR kits available, will provide them only to individual symptomatic elementary and secondary students and education staff experiencing only symptoms most commonly associated with COVID-19.

Rapid Antigen Test Kits: Families are reminded to have students use at least 1-2 remaining Rapid Antigen Tests provided prior to the Winter Break before returning to in-person learning, and to stay home if a student receives a positive test result.

Special Education: Students who learn in Intensive Support Programs (ISPs) and who have been accessing in-person learning prior to the winter break, will also return to school on Wednesday January 5. Bussing for these students will also resume on that day.  

Absence Reporting: School boards have been advised to plan for potentially higher than usual student absences in the coming weeks. Parents/Guardians are asked to report their child’s absence, date and length to the school. We will provide more information on this process in the days ahead.

COVID-19 Case Reporting: The Ministry of Education will no longer be collecting COVID-19 case numbers from school boards. The TDSB, which is committed to keeping families as informed as possible, is currently reviewing how reporting and notification may happen moving forward. 

Extra-Curricular Activities: School boards have been directed by the Ministry of Education to pause high contact indoor sports and activities. All music activities that involve multiple cohorts will also temporarily be paused and the TDSB will consult with Toronto Public Health for guidance on other activities involving music.

Adult Day Schools & Continuing Education: Adult Day Schools and remote Continuing Education Programs including International Languages – Elementary and African Heritage, Adult ESL and Secondary Remote Night School will resume on Wednesday, January 5.

HEPA Filters: The TDSB currently has more than 16,000 HEPA filters in all occupied learning spaces. This exceeds the standards set by the Ministry of Education in August 2021. Additional units will be utilized to provide even greater coverage. 

Letter from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and Minister of Education: Please click here to read a letter from Dr, Kieran Moore, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and Minister of Education Stephen Lecce.


Returning to School Safely:

Based on the Returning to School Guidelines https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Return-to-School  that were set out by the TDSB, we have prepared the school in the following ways to welcome your child(ren):

●   Entrance Screening (all student will enter the school using the main Jarvis Street entrance, exit only through the Wellesley Street exit)
●   Signage in the halls
●   Bathroom Posters--how to wash your hands
●   Decals in the halls to show how/where to walk
●   Gridding outside for student to line up
●   Class set up for social distancing

Self-Assessment Prior to Coming to School Every Day
All students and staff are expected to complete a screening at home.  Toronto Public Health has asked that staff and students remain at home if they have one (1) COVID symptom.  

The TDSB has an app that will be used for at-home screening every morning prior to leaving home.   This will allow for quicker entrance into the school.  Staff will begin the year using a verification process that students have been screened at home.

When arriving at a school, Toronto Public Health has mandated that everyone entering – students, staff and visitors – must have their self-assessment verified before they can enter. You can easily perform your assessment before leaving home:

-  On a computer, by logging into TDSB Health Screening App
-  Install the application on your personal device

Learn more about the full screening and verification process at www.tdsb.on.ca/healthscreening.
Parents can also use the paper form using the link below.
Please find additional information and instructions for downloading the screening app on your child’s phone: 


Masks:
As outlined by the TDSB, all students are expected to bring a mask and wear it while indoors at school. The school will have some disposable masks if needed. Masks can be removed during outdoor time.


Entry/Exit and Attendance:
Classes begin at 8:45 a.m. Students should aim to arrive by 8:30 a.m. to avoid screening line ups.  

Students will have assigned seats and will keep their backpacks and coats at their chair. There will be no lockers for students. 

Students who arrive late are to enter via the Jarvis Street entrance only.  Late students are to enter one at a time, to be screened and to go directly to the classroom to be marked late by the classroom teacher if before 9 a.m.  Students that arrive after 9 a.m. must sign in at the attendance office after being screened at entry.  .

If your child is going to be absent or late please call the school and leave a message on safe arrival at 416-393-0149.  Students must have written permission from parent/guardian to sign out early or sign in late.  Parents/Guardians are expected to contact the school for all student lates and absences.


Washrooms:
Due to the size of our washrooms, access will be limited to 2 students at a time. Students are to use the designated washrooms closest to their classroom only.  Students traveling outside of class during class time will sign in and out of class and be provided with a hall pass.  All student excusals will be limited to reduce movement in the halls for safety.

Snacks/Water Bottle:

Students are to bring labeled water bottles to stay hydrated.  There will be no access to regular water fountains--they will be covered--however, a water bottle filler station is available to students.

Students are to limit snacks and food in the building; and, students are to discard all garbage.  Our morning “grab and go” nutritious snack program will reopen in October.  

Visitors:

Visitors are asked to contact the school for an appointment where they will need to sign in and provide detailed contact information for contact tracing should it be required.  All school visitors are expected to participate in a COVID screening, use hand sanitizer and be masked prior to entering our main office. For everyone’s safety, where possible, meetings/appointments are to be held over the phone or via online video conferencing if appropriate. Please remember for all of our safety, parent(s)/caregiver(s) are not to be in the building escorting students or visiting a teacher without an appointment.  

Course Request Changes:
Guidance counsellors will not be able to conduct in-person appointments for timetable changes.

Timetable changes will only be considered for the following reasons:

- A selected course was earned during summer school;
- A prerequisite for one of the selected courses was not earned;

- A prerequisite course is needed for post-secondary plans;

- A student in Grade 12 with 24 credits may request a spare; 
- A student has only one course in Quad 1.

If these apply to you, complete the Course Change Request Form, linked below: 

Please be advised that we cannot accommodate requests for specific teachers or for courses to take place during a specific quad.

General Information:
All TDSB students are issued a TDSB student email account.  Students having difficulty accessing their email account can reset their password at:
For additional information on all aspects of school re-opening, please go to:

Thank you for your continued support of our school community.