Protocols of movement within the school and use of shared spaces
Additional cleaning and disinfection of all classrooms and offices
Education, reminders, and guidance to all constituents of the importance of these controls
These protocols may change as provincial health and safety guidelines are updated during the year.
MEES Guidelines and Schedules In Elementary School, students will, for the majority of the day, remain in their assigned classrooms and teachers will move to these classes. We will have entry and exit doors assigned by grade and staggered recess times.
Any person at the school (students, parents, faculty, staff, visitors, outside contactors) is required to abide by the rules and guidelines outlined here.
Any student or adult with symptoms or a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 must not be at school. This person or the parents of this student must call 1-877-644-4545 to obtain instructions from health authorities.
Public health authorities will inform the school if there is a positive case, at which point we will inform all parents and follow their directives.
The following link provides information about symptoms of Covid-19:
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.
The Selwyn House policy is that all students from Grades 1 through 11, and all adults, wear procedural masks in all indoor areas in the school. Masks will not be required outdoors. We strongly encourage students in Maternelle to also wear masks.
Masks must be worn upon entering the building. In Elementary School, masks must be worn at drop off and dismissal as multiple grades are coming and going and there are many instances in which the boys are closer than one metre in mixed groups.
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. (firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. Further information will be distributed through each division at the beginning of school or you may contact Brenda Montgomery (email@example.com)
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.
Elementary School students are required to remain in their classroom and teachers will move with them. Senior School students will return to moving from class to class. We will provide “body break” activities throughout the day, as well as recesses.