Return to School info

Amended Procedures in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Parents are requested to please regularly visit the Board website at www.rrdsb.com for current updates and information.

March 10, 2022

Dear parents and guardians,

Following direction from the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Rainy River District School Board is supporting a return to a more normal learning experience for students, effective March 21, 2022.

Upon return from the March Break (March 14-18), several health and safety protocols will be lifted:

Masking

  • Masks will no longer be required for students, staff and visitors in schools, the Education Centre and on student transportation.
  • Students and staff are welcome to continue wearing their masks at times, or consistently for the remainder of the school year.

However, as per the federal guidelines, upon return from international travel individuals must wear a mask at all times when in public spaces (including schools and child care) for the first 14 days in Canada.

Cohorting and distancing

  • Cohorting and distancing will no longer be required in schools.
  • Assigned seats and cohorting will no longer be required on student transportation.
  • Shared spaces, such as libraries, tech labs, theatres and music rooms will be fully utilized without distancing.

As limitations on in-person gatherings and assemblies will also be removed on March 21, schools can now plan and host in-person events (e.g., proms, graduation ceremonies, and assemblies).

Devices

Grade 1 to 6 students will no longer be required to bring their devices home each night, and the rocket hubs/devices are to be returned, unless your child is currently attending school remotely.   

Measures Remaining in Place

Health and safety protocols continuing include the promotion of hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette throughout the school day and our enhanced cleaning protocols.   We have placed portable HEPA filtration units throughout our schools, as well as worked to upgrade ventilation and filtration.  Further upgrades are underway to optimize air quality.

To support our students and staff, Personal Protective Equipment such as masks will still be available, and Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits will be distributed to staff and students who return from illness.  

Students, staff, and visitors are still required to self-screen each day, prior to coming to work or school.   As such, the provincial COVID-19 screen for schools has been updated with the following Case and Contact Management Guidance:

Asymptomatic individuals who are close contacts of a case or a symptomatic individual in the community are no longer required to isolate but must self-monitor for 10 days after the last exposure. During the self-monitoring period, close contacts must wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings, including schools and daycares, and avoid activities where they need to take off their mask (e.g., playing a wind instrument in music class or playing high-contact sports).

Asymptomatic household contacts of a case or a symptomatic individual are also not required to isolate if they are:

  • 17 or younger and fully vaccinated;
  • 18 and older and have already received their COVID-19 booster; or
  • tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days and have completed their isolation period.

Asymptomatic household contacts who are not required to isolate are also required to self-monitor for 10 days following last exposure, which includes wearing a well-fitted mask in all public settings, including schools and daycares, and avoid activities where they need to take off their mask.

Please note, that children under 5 who are asymptomatic household contacts are required to isolate for 5 days.

In closing, I want to thank you for your patience, cooperation, and support over the past two years as we have worked to implement enhanced health and safety protocols to ensure safer schools and communities.  I wish all students and staff a safe and restful March Break.

Sincerely,
Heather Campbell
Director of Education

 

Water fountains/refillable stations - Students can use the refillable stations, but the water fountains will not be used.  Please send your child with a water bottle.  We have some available to those who don't have one. 

Communication- Staff will communicate with parents via SeeSaw, Google Classroom or Edsby.   

Other Considerations:

  • Microwaves are available for use but please send items that do not require many minutes of heating as there is limited time to use the microwave during nutrition breaks.
  • One student per classroom will be allowed to go to the bathroom.  Signage will be displayed indicating the number of students allowed in the bathroom at one time.  
    • Students will have to check prior to entering the bathroom.
  •  We do not require parents/guardians to send their children to school with pencils, pencil crayons, and other learning resources.  They are welcome to bring these items if they would like but we will supply students with the items they need. 

  • Please send your child with a pair of shoes for indoor use, appropriate outerwear for the weather and lunch. We are working to limit the clutter in classrooms and hallways to support social distancing and ease of travel within the school and appreciate your support in sending only what is necessary with your child.

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to call Mrs. Arpin at the school @ 852-3561, or check out the FAQ section of the Board website!