You may also take the Quebec government's self-assessment tool here.
In addition to the flowchart and symptoms list from the Quebec government, Selwyn House asks that a student with one symptom from the tier two list remain at home for a 24-hour observation.
After December 20, 2021: If your son has had Covid or had Covid symptoms within 14 days of a high-risk contact (i.e. family member living in the same household) with a confirmed case, he is considered protected for 90 days. This is calculated from the date of onset of his symptoms or the date of his positive test (in the absence of symptoms). This means that your son does not need to isolate again during the 90-day window if he presents with Covid symptoms. However, as was the case pre-pandemic, if your son is ill and unable to participate fully in school life, please keep him home until he feels better.
Prior to January 2022, all schools were required to report positive COVID cases to Public Health. Public Health would then outline for the school what protocols to follow on a case-by-case basis. At Selwyn House, we communicated all positive COVID cases to our entire school community.
As of January, Public Health is no longer involved when there are positive COVID cases in the school.
However, our administration is keeping track of all COVID-related absences. Below is a chart detailing COVID positive cases per class in our school. This chart will be updated weekly on Friday afternoons at 3 p.m. (unless there is a school holiday).
Parents of students under the age of 14 are required to complete this consent form in order for their son(s) to be tested at school. Students who are 14 years and older do not need parental consent. However, before a rapid test is administered to any student, regardless of his age, parents will be consulted. Results and next steps will also be communicated shortly thereafter.
Rapid tests at the pharmacy
Parents can also visit Clic Santé to obtain rapid tests from their local pharmacy.
As the public health authorities are no longer carrying out epidemiological studies, they will not order the closure of classes or schools. However, if at least 60% of the students in the class are in isolation using the isolation criteria for COVID-19 set out by the public health authorities, a school service centre, a school board or a private educational institution can transition a class to distance education, but only two calendar days after reaching this percentage. In such cases, written notification must be sent to parents at least 24 hours before transitioning to distance education. Additionally, if there is a lack of staff, once the educational institution has implemented all the measures in its contingency plan and can no longer ensure that an education stakeholder will be present in class, a class may transition to distance learning.
(Source: Quebec directives for educational institutions in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Updated: January 16, 2022.)
As you are all aware, the Quebec government is lifting its mask mandate on Saturday, May 14. Masks will no longer be required in schools. Selwyn House will be abiding by these new rules and following government guidelines.
We still encourage all members of the community to wear masks, and we will continue to have masks available for anyone who would like to wear them. This will now be a personal choice for each individual. We are asking all members of the community to be respectful of everyone's choice, regardless of whether you agree with it or not. We reserve the right to reinstate a mask mandate if we feel that the Covid situation at Selwyn House becomes a concern.
Please note that masks are still required in the following circumstances:
For five days following self-isolation in the case of a positive result;
For 10 days following a positive test result of a household member;
On the QAIS school bus, public transportation and in healthcare settings.
We are hopeful that this will be a positive step towards a more normal year in 2022-2023.
Students are not required to present their Vaxicode to participate in extracurricular activities including team sports.
Visitors are not required to show their vaccine passport upon entry in the school. However, we will be asking visitors to follow health measures currently in effect at the school, including wearing a mask.
Physical distancing and hand hygiene are fundamental to a healthy environment.
Sinks and soap are in every Elementary School classroom. Frequent hand washing with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds limits the risk of transmission of viruses. This is especially important upon arrival in the morning, before and after eating, after handling shared items or objects that are touched frequently, and before departure at the end of the day.
If a student must arrive after the start of classes, Maternelle through Grade 8 students should use the Lucas front door and proceed to check in with their division. Students in Senior School should use the Macaulay front door and report to Ms. Wong.
Elementary School students should be dropped off as per the times and locations as indicated in the ES Update. If a student absolutely must arrive at school before his designated time, there will be supervision in the yard starting at 7:50 a.m.
In Elementary School, at the end of the day, we need parents to pick students up promptly at the indicated times. Students who walk home on their own should leave the school buildings and grounds promptly.
The ASP program will be offered to a limited number of students at the beginning of the school year for those families needing after school care. The program will begin on Thursday, September 3. For the moment, clubs will not be offered, but as we ease into the year, clubs may be added. Please contact Emma Pulice for further information. (email@example.com, 514-931-9481 ext. 2236)
1. While there will be sanitizer stations around the school, you may wish to supply your son with small sanitizer bottles. There is a sink in every Elementary School classroom for students to wash their hands with soap and water.
2. A pair of headphones with a 3.5mm plug (not wireless).
3. Students must have their own water bottle. 4. You may wish to send extra SHS sports attire, particularly for younger students or on days when the weather is not nice.
For health and safety reasons, visitors and parent access to the school will be limited. All parents and visitors must report to the front office in the Lucas Building if they wish to deliver or drop something off.
Any visitors or workers in the school (i.e. those who are not employees or students) must sign a waiver upon entry and wear a mask.
The social and emotional well-being of our students is a priority, and is foundational to academic success.
We will be providing reintegration programming for students and teachers. Our school counselor, Ms. Carissa Springer, will be providing support for students and teachers.
We encourage parents to reach out if they have any concerns about their son’s adjustment to school or their stress level. We also encourage students themselves to speak to any teacher, administrator, or counselor and be open about any concerns and worries they may have.
In the event that the Ministry of Education closes schools for health reasons, the schedule for online learning in each division is prepared and will be shared once we have been informed of the closure. This schedule will require students to follow classes.
Should this need arise, student attendance in online classes is mandatory unless they are ill. Students will be asked to follow our online etiquette protocol which will be shared with the online schedule.
Students isolating at home for Covid-related reasons will continue to receive instruction and materials that are grade-level appropriate in order for them to progress in their learning. This material may include videos, class notes, handouts, and homework assignments delivered through OnCampus or SeeSaw. Teachers will also communicate via email.
Selwyn House parents rest assured, knowing that their sons are breathing purified air in the classroom, thanks to the air purifiers installed throughout the school.
The school has installed more than 100 new electronic air purifiers in classrooms, offices, and gathering spaces. The most powerful model—the type installed in all classrooms—claims to be “almost 100 per cent effective in the elimination of airborne and surface bacteria, viruses, mould, fungus, and volatile organic compounds.”
The units claim to be capable of performing 4.2 air exchanges per hour in a 351-sq.-ft. room, or one exchange per hour in a 2000-sq.-ft. room. The average classroom at Selwyn House is less than 600 sq. ft.
Manufactured by Aerus, the Beyond Guardian Air “uses light waves and a catalytic process to produce superoxide ions and hydroperoxides that destroy contaminants on surfaces and in the air,” the company says. The unit is “based on a variation of the technology originally developed for use on the International Space Station and is recognized as the exclusive Certified Space Technology™ in its category.”
“The safety and well-being of our staff and students is our number one priority,” says Selwyn House Headmaster Mike Downey. “We will do whatever we feel is necessary to make sure that we are taking care of each other. We are all in this together, and we are stronger together.”
Adjustments to School Life
Because of social distancing requirements, there will be some adjustments to our school practices.