What has The Maples response to COVID-19 been so far?
The Maples has been closely monitoring the global situation since December 2019.
We’ve maintained regular communication with our school community with updates on impacts to school life, learning and access to the school.
Since the provincial school closures were announced on March 12, our academic team has worked to transition our learning program from an in-class experience to our virtual Continuous Learning Plan (CLP).
When is The Maples planning to reopen?
To slow the spread of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Ontario has mandated that all schools in the province close. As communicated on Sunday, April 26, as a precautionary measure and to ensure the safety and well-being of our school community and the broader community, The Maples is physically closed and not expected to reopen until Monday, June 1st at the earliest for students. Based on the most recent information and updates available, we cannot at this time predict with any certainty how much longer these measures will need to be in place.
Who can I contact if I need technical assistance?
Mr. Playford is available to assist you with any technical problems you may be having. We have limited Chromebooks that can be lent out if you are having difficulty with a device.
Will families receive tuition refunds? Will this impact tuition for next year?
Some parents have chosen the option to defer tuition payment for two months.
The curriculum will continue to be delivered to our students via The Maples Continuous Learning Plan, which is a learning model that gives students the opportunity to participate in live online classrooms and engage in independent study. As school is in progress, albeit in a different format, families will not be receiving tuition refunds.
The CLP will be in place until the government deems it safe to return back to school.
How can I help to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
The Canadian government recommends social distancing by avoiding public spaces and gatherings of more than five people and staying home as much as possible. As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Canada, our focus is on protecting the health of your children as well as the broader community.
In addition to social distancing, Public Health of Canada and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health recommends the following to prevent the community spread of COVID-19:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
All residents should stay home and only leave the house once a week for essentials like groceries, medicines and medical appointments. Daily exercise should be done alone with one family member, or to exercise a pet.
Residents over the age of 70 should stay home and go out for solo exercise or essential needs, and, where possible, get help on family and social supports as much as possible for essential needs. This also applies if you have a medical condition or a compromised immune system.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Discard tissue immediately into a closed bin. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. Wash hands after coughing and sneezing.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet, exercise and enough sleep, to enhance your body’s immune system.
Avoid local travel.
What should community members do if they are diagnosed with COVID-19?
If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has contracted COID-19 or is experiencing flu-like symptoms, we encourage you to complete this Ontario government online self-assessment tool.
When The Maples reopens, what is the school’s plan for students returning from abroad and rejoining the community?
At this time, all Canadians returning to Canada from abroad must self-isolate for a 14-day period and monitor themselves for symptoms. Only students presenting no symptoms will be allowed to return to The Maples.
Travellers who are not Canadian citizens, Canadian Permanent Residents or American citizens are not permitted to enter Canada at this time.
What is the plan for keeping our school clean once students return?
When The Maples reopens, we will continue with the protocols put in place before March Break.
Students are trained on proper hand-washing.
Students are trained on proper cough/sneeze hygiene.
Touchless thermometers have been purchased to monitor symptoms.
Staff and students are directed to stay home if unwell.
Hand sanitizer stations are installed at each entry point.
I need to get additional items or resources for my child at the school. Is this possible?
The Maples is physically closed to all parents; however, Mrs. Burke continues to work in the office. If you need additional resources , please contact Mrs. Burke at the school and she will gather them for you. You will need to set a specific time to pick things up and they will be left for you on a table outside the front entrance.
Is the school year extended?
Yes, until Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
Why has the school year been extended?
The Maples always strives to be the best of the best, including all public and private schools in our area. Online learning has been difficult for all involved. We are confident that the curriculum is being covered; however, we would like to continue the online face-to-face social aspect of learning longer than our original school year-end date.
This extension is not mandatory and is being offered at no additional cost. We recognize that you may have already made other plans for your family the last week of June. There are no further extensions planned.
What is happening with field trips and payments already made?
All trips have been cancelled and a credit has been applied to accounts.
What is the best way to reach teachers during the school day?
The best way to reach teachers during the school day is by email.