COVID-19 Response

Return to Campus on Monday, January 17, 2022

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  • January 14, 2022

    On Wednesday, January 12, the provincial government announced that all Ontario students will be returning to in-person learning on Monday, January 17. The Omicron variant has brought about new challenges and a different level of risk. We continue to believe that in-person learning is of critical importance to our students’ well-being and, ultimately, their success; we also know there are varying levels of comfort with the risk of transmission when we gather together as a community.

    Ontario’s schools have been closed more than 27 weeks since March 2020, longer than any other Canadian jurisdiction and most European countries, and increasingly, international data show declines in student achievement associated with pandemic-related school closures and online learning. We know how important it is to have our students learning together on campus but we must do so safely.

    Our reopening model prioritizes the health and safety of our students and employees while supporting academic success, well-being and a commitment to the full student experience. Our risk mitigation measures are strong and layered.

    In an environment that is shifting and changing daily, we will continue to use our guiding principles to drive our decisions. They are:

    • That the planning approach prioritizes both the physical and mental health, safety and well-being of students, employees and our community at all times.
    • That the safety of our community will be balanced with the need to deliver a robust and holistic IB learning experience that is mission-driven and guided by our values, ensuring the ongoing continuity of school operations in both the medium and long term.
    • That our approach to integrated decision making and planning will be evidence-based and will be informed by, and adhere to, public health guidelines, government directives, and IB and Ministry mandates, thus providing our students, employees and parents with the confidence to return to the campus.
    • Clear, concise and proactive communications to all stakeholders on expectations that are established regarding reopening.
    • That, essential to the success of maintaining a healthy and safe environment, continuous training and onboarding will be prioritized to ensure the entire community feels confident in their ability to adopt new measures and return to school.
    • That our frameworks are flexible and agile so that we can respond to the fluid nature of the pandemic situation in a timely fashion.

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10 Elm Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada
M4W 1N4
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Toronto’s only all-girls, all-years, IB World School.
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