School Community Check-In/Update

Good Evening Samuel Hearne MS Community,

On behalf of the Staff of Samuel Hearne Middle School, we would like to thank our Students and Families for your ongoing understanding and support as we continue to work together to ensure the health and safety of all in our School Community.

We understand that this week was challenging as Students possibly transitioned to new Classes with new Teachers, began TDSB Virtual Learning and as we experienced the impact of a positive COVID-19 case at our school.

Many thanks are shared to our Parents/Guardians for your support and patience as our School Staff work toward the continued support of Student well-being, health, safety and learning. Together, with Parents/Guardians as Partners, we will continue to best support Students and our School Community.

Please see the sections below for our latest School Community Check-In/Update:

A. Overview:

  • We remind our School Community to review the information on our School Website, as well as to continue to visit the TDSB Website for further details, resources and information regarding our Return To School
  • As always, please do not hesitate to contact our school directly via telephone at (416) 396 6555 with any questions/inquiries

B. UPDATE – Important COVID-19 Case Information:

  • As previously shared with our School Community on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, there has been a case of COVID-19 identified in a Grade 6A Student at Samuel Hearne Middle School
  • As we learned of this case, our School has worked closely with Toronto Public Health (TPH), which last saw the Student in the School on Monday, October 5, 2020, with this Student not returning to the School until cleared by Toronto Public Health to do so
  • As result of this case, class Grade 6A has been asked by Toronto Public Health to self-isolate, and will be able to return to School as of Tuesday, October 20, 2020
  • As previously shared with our School Community on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, please click/tap below to access the Follow-Up Letters shared:
  • While enhanced cleaning is conducted every day, we have made sure to conduct an enhanced cleaning in all affected areas of our School
  • As per our procedures, Staff and Students are required to wear masks while at School and to practice physical distancing, as well as proper hand hygiene (proper hand washing and use of hand sanitizer)
  • Toronto Public Health is monitoring the situation and, as always, will let us know if further precautions, actions or communications are required
  • The health, safety and well-being of Staff and Students is our top priority:
    • Should you have any questions, please contact the school, visit the TDSB website or visit the TPH website for general information
    • For general questions, please call the TPH COVID-19 Hotline at (416) 338 7600, Monday – Sunday from 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM, to speak with an agent
    • If you need immediate assistance, please call Telehealth Ontario 24 hours a day at 1-866-797-0000
  • Please click/tap HERE to learn more about the actions and precautions being taken at Samuel Hearne MS to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • Please click/tap HERE to review information previously shared regarding our Revised Daily Health Screening Guidelines
  • Please click/tap HERE to review information previously shared regarding TDSB Mask & Face Covering Requirements for TDSB Students & Staff:

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C. REMINDER – Students Who Exhibit Symptoms Of COVID-19:

  • For Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, or confirm that they have symptoms, will go to our Wellness Room (Health Room)
  • Parents/Guardians will be contacted and will need to come to the School to pick-up their Child

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D. NEW – Elementary Switching Update:

  • As you know, the TDSB began the school year with several dates when Parents/Guardians could request to switch their children between In-Person Learning and the TDSB Virtual School
  • When these transitions happen, there is a need for both Students and Teachers to move between the two learning environments to maintain class sizes both In-Person and Virtually
  • The TDSB has adjusted the schedule to request a switch between the two learning models (In-Person and Virtual)
  • The next opportunity for Elementary Students will be offered at the end of January 2021
  • There will no longer be an opportunity for Elementary Students to switch in November
  • This approach will help maintain current classes and Teacher assignments in both In-Person and Virtual Classrooms until the new year and will benefit all Students and Staff by ensuring no further disruptions
  • We understand that unique circumstances will need to be considered on a case-by-case basis and the TDSB will share information about this next week
  • Please click/tap HERE to read the latest letter to Parents/Guardians from the TDSB, regarding this Elementary Switching Update

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school at (416) 396 6555.

Stay Well & Take Care,
Mr. J. Romano, Principal & Ms. N. Blackwood-Fuller, Vice Principal

Classroom Reorganization Information

Good Evening Samuel Hearne MS Community,

I hope that all is well with you and your family.

This communication is being sent to share an overview of our recent Classroom Reorganization at Samuel Hearne MS – please see below for full details:

A. Classroom Reorganization Overview:

  • Today, you may have received an email indicating a change of your Child’s Teacher and/or Class, due to our recent Classroom Reorganization:
    • These emails were sent only to Parents/Guardians of Students who will have a new teacher and/or class
    • Please see this email (if you have received one) as soon as possible
    • The Classroom Reorganization at our school is based on the following:
      • Every September, schools review the actual number of students in each class compared to the initial projected enrolment
      • Classes are then reorganized, as required
      • Please see below for a list our recently Reorganized Classes:

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  • With more students enrolled in the Virtual School and fewer students attending in-person than projected, adjustments must be made to ensure that teachers are allocated where students are attending:
    • Due to these adjustments, we have had a reduction in our Teacher Allocation
    • Ms. McKee has been re-deployed to teach as a part of the TDSB Virtual School – we thank Ms. McKee for her dedication and ongoing support of Students and our School Community

B. Classroom Reorganization Details:

  • We do our best to plan for the new school year, but there are always factors, such as new or departing students, that affect how classrooms are organized
  • Typically, these adjustments are made approximately two weeks into the school year:
    • ​​​​​​​Because the start of the school year was delayed this September as a result of the pandemic – to September 15 – we are at that two-week point into the resumption of classes when we are ready to reorganize our classrooms
    • While this is a routine process that happens every school year, adjustments will be more significant this fall as a result of COVID-19, the creation of the Virtual School, students changing their preference for Virtual School or in-person instruction and the importance of keeping class sizes as low as possible for health and safety reasons
    • With more students enrolled in the Virtual School and fewer students attending in-person than projected, adjustments must be made to ensure that teachers are allocated where students are attending
    • While these changes will impact class sizes, please know that these adjustments will not exceed the TDSB’s original targeted class size limits so that health and safety standards relating to classroom size and social distancing can be maintained

C. Classroom Reorganization & Cohorts:

  • In addition, this reorganization requires the establishment of new cohorts (groups of students) within our school, including the addition of students who have recently switched from the Virtual School
  • We have consulted Toronto Public Health (TPH) about these changes and we are taking the following health and safety measures:
    • TDSB Student Information Services will keep track of the specific details (impacted students, impacted teachers, specific dates, etc.) of all cohort changes and provide this information to TPH to conduct efficient contact tracing, should there be a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our school
    • Enhanced cleaning will occur prior to the classroom changes taking place
    • We will also continue to ensure mask/face coverings, social distancing, hand washing/sanitizing and daily school and classroom cleaning

D. Asynchronous (Independent) Learning Activities:

  • As some of our families await TDSB Virtual School classes to begin online during the week of Tuesday, October 13, 2020, we would like to ensure that all Students receive access to TDSB Asynchronous (Independent) Learning Activities, which can be accessed at home each day by all Students
  • While Parents/Guardians can assist their child with these activities, they have been designed to build independence for Students
  • These learning experiences are connected to the Ontario curriculum, with a focus on Numeracy and Literacy
  • Please click/tap HERE/the image below for resources and learning activities organized by grade level that can be completed independently and at each child’s own pace:
  • image009Every Student in the TDSB Virtual School will be required to have a device – for those Students without access to a device, access will be arranged directly through Mr. Romano:
    • Please email Mr. Romano directly with Student Device Requests at: Joseph.Romano@tdsb.on.ca
    • Please contact our School Main Office via telephone at (416) 396 6555 with any questions

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our school at (416) 396 6555.

Stay Well & Take Care,
Mr. J. Romano, Principal & Ms. N. Blackwood-Fuller, Vice Principal

Revised Daily Health Screening Guidelines

Good Evening Samuel Hearne MS Community,

We hope that all is well with you and your family.

This communication is being sent to share important revisions to our Daily Health Screening Guidelines – please see below for full details:

A. While our Daily Screening Verification Process (the process where Students show their completed “TDSB Student Health Pass” at the beginning of each day at our School) has not changed, the following Daily Health Screening materials have changed:

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  • TDSB Student Health Pass:
    • Our School will be sending home/providing to Students in their Health Pass duo-tangs/folders the updated “TDSB Student Health Pass” (using a different colour of paper)
  • For families who use the TDSB Health Screening App, this has also been updated to reflect these changes

B. In addition to the information above, Toronto Public Health (TPH) has also updated the following “TPH COVID-19 Decision Tool For Schools”:


C. Based on the “TPH Screening Tool For Children/Students” and the “TPH COVID-19 Decision Tool For Schools”, Toronto Public Health has developed the following “TPH Back To School Confirmation Form”:

  • TPH Back To School Confirmation Form:
    • Parents/Guardians can complete the “Back to School Confirmation Form” to provide to our School to confirm your Child is safe to return to School
    • Toronto Public Health is not recommending or requiring medical notes for return to School

D. As noted above, our Daily Screening Verification Process will continue as follows/previously shared:

  • Please continue to ensure that Students bring their TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass duo-tang/folder to School each morning, after conducting their active Health Screening Self-Assessment together with Parents/Guardians each morning
  • Before coming to school each day, all Students and Staff must conduct an active Health Screening Self-Assessment
  • Once Students and Staff arrive at school, Students enter through their designated doors where a Staff Member will verify each Student’s health screening information using the TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass or TDSB Health Screening App:
    • Verifying each Student’s self-assessment can happen in two ways:
      • TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass:
        • A Parent/Guardian signs the TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass daily and the Student shows it to School Staff at their Entry Door
        • The TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass will be printed and provided to Staff/Students and Visitors
      • TDSB Health Screening App:
        • A Parent/Guardian completes the assessment on the TDSB Health Screening App, which generates a QR code that a Student can scan at the Entry Door (if the Student has a mobile device)
        • Or, the Student can present their name to a screener who can verify their entry status
  • If a Student does not have a verification to show a self-assessment was completed (the TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass or TDSB Health Screening App QR Code) by Parent/Guardian, they will be asked if they are feeling well:
    • If the Student answers YES:
      • The Student will be allowed to go into the classroom with a mask/face covering while maintaining physical distancing
      • A Parent/Guardian will be contacted to conduct the full assessment by telephone (this is why it is critical that all Parents/Guardians complete the TDSB Health Pass and sign daily to avoid unnecessary telephone calls)
    • If the Student answers NO:
      • The Student will need to go to our Wellness Room (Health Room) with a mask/face covering while maintaining physical distancing
      • A Parent/Guardian will be contacted to come to the School to pick-up the Student

E. Please see the following links/webpages for further information for Parents/Guardians and to discuss with your Child:


Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our school at (416) 396 6555.

Stay Well & Take Care,
Mr. J. Romano, Principal & Ms. N. Blackwood-Fuller, Vice Principal

School Community Check-In/Update

Good Morning Samuel Hearne MS Community,

On behalf of the Staff of Samuel Hearne Middle School, we would like to thank our Students and Families for a productive third week of In-Person School!

During our third week of school, our Students worked through continued learning regarding our new Health and Safety protocols, in addition to continued classroom Teaching and Learning opportunities.

Many thanks are shared to our Parents/Guardians for your continued support and patience as we begin our academic year with many changes and new information. Together, with Parents/Guardians as Partners, we will continue to best support Students and our School Community.

Please see the sections below for our latest School Community Check-In/Update:

A. Overview:

  • We remind our School Community to review the information on our School Website, as well as to continue to visit the TDSB Website for further details, resources and information regarding our Return To School
  • As always, please do not hesitate to contact our school directly via telephone at (416) 396 6555 with any questions/inquiries

B. REMINDER – Daily Health Screening:

  • Please continue to ensure that Students bring their TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass duo-tang/folder to School each morning, after conducting their active Health Screening Self-Assessment together with Parents/Guardians each morning
  • Before coming to school each day, all Students and Staff must conduct an active Health Screening Self-Assessment
  • Based on directions that we have received from Toronto Public Health, there is an expectation that for the first 2 to 4 weeks of the 2020 – 2021 academic year, a verification of a self-assessment for each Student, Staff Member and Visitor is to be completed at school
  • Once Students and Staff arrive at school, Students enter through their designated doors where a Staff Member will verify each Student’s health screening information using the TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass or TDSB Health Screening App:
    • Verifying each Student’s self-assessment can happen in two ways:
      • TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass:
        • A Parent/Guardian signs the TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass daily and the Student shows it to School Staff at their Entry Door
        • The TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass will be printed and provided to Staff/Students and Visitors
      • TDSB Health Screening App:
        • A Parent/Guardian completes the assessment on the TDSB Health Screening App, which generates a QR code that a Student can scan at the Entry Door (if the Student has a mobile device)
        • Or, the Student can present their name to a screener who can verify their entry status

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  • If a Student does not have a verification to show a self-assessment was completed (the TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass or TDSB Health Screening App QR Code) by Parent/Guardian, they will be asked if they are feeling well:
    • If the Student answers YES:
      • The Student will be allowed to go into the classroom with a mask/face covering while maintaining physical distancing
      • A Parent/Guardian will be contacted to conduct the full assessment by telephone (this is why it is critical that all Parents/Guardians complete the TDSB Health Pass and sign daily to avoid unnecessary telephone calls)
    • If the Student answers NO:
      • The Student will need to go to our Wellness Room (Health Room) with a mask/face covering while maintaining physical distancing
      • A Parent/Guardian will be contacted to come to the School to pick-up the Student
  • Please see the following documents/webpages for further information for Parents/Guardians and to discuss with your Child:

C. REMINDER – Students Who Exhibit Symptoms Of COVID-19:

  • For Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, or confirm that they have symptoms, will go to our Wellness Room (Health Room)
  • Parents/Guardians will be contacted and will need to come to the School to pick-up their Child

image005D. UPDATE – Mask & Face Covering Requirements For TDSB Students, Parents/Guardians & Staff:

  • In response to rising confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Toronto, as well as confirmed cases among TDSB Staff & Students, TDSB’s mask guidelines have been updated for the health & safety of our communities:
  • For the health and safety of our Students and Staff, masks or face coverings are required indoors on school property
  • Students are required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings indoors on school property and on school buses – Students may wear their own mask or face covering, or use a non-medical mask provided by our School
  • To help ensure safety when physical distancing isn’t possible, Parents/Guardians (as well as any other individual who may be dropping-off or picking-up a Student) are required to wear masks/face coverings outside on school property during pick-up and drop-off (as we know, our school yards/paved area can be crowded at pick-up and drop off-times):

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  • Parents/Guardians are also reminded of our “Parent/Guardian Waiting Zone”, which is now marked by signage at Student drop-off and pick-up times
  • Parents/Guardians and Students should be reminded of the following related to Masks/Face Coverings, including informative videos which are valuable to review as a Family:

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E. NEW – Asynchronous (Independent) Learning Activities:

  • Some of our Families have selected to not have their child attend school In-Person as they await TDSB Virtual School classes to begin online on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, or are awaiting a TDSB Virtual School Teacher to be assigned to their child’s class
  • In these cases, we would like to ensure that all Students receive access to TDSB Asynchronous (Independent) Learning Activities, which can be accessed at home each day by all Students
  • While Parents/Guardians can assist their child with these activities, they have been designed to build independence for Students
  • These learning experiences are connected to the Ontario curriculum, with a focus on Numeracy and Literacy
  • Please click/tap HERE/the image below for resources and learning activities organized by grade level that can be completed independently and at each child’s own pace:

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  • Every Student in the TDSB Virtual School will be required to have a device – for those Students without access to a device, access will be arranged directly through Mr. Romano:
    • Please email Mr. Romano directly with Student Device Requests at: Joseph.Romano@tdsb.on.ca
    • Please contact our School Main Office via telephone at (416) 396 6555 with any questions

F. REMINDER – Class/Cohort Designated Zones:

  • In order to maintain appropriate physical distancing between Students and Cohort Groupings, our Lunch Hour has changed to now include 2 Lunch Breaks/time for Student Outdoor Play (1 per Cohort Grouping/Division): 
    • All Grade 5 & Grade 6 Students (Junior Cohort Grouping): 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    • All Grade 7 & Grade 8 Students (Intermediate Cohort Grouping): 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    • All Cohorts/Classes will remain in their designated Zones during both Lunch Breaks/Student Outdoor Play and during Recesses:
      • All Students have been reminded multiple times through both our AM and PM announcements that they are to stay in their designated Zones for the duration of their Recess and Lunch Breaks:

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  • Although the majority of our Students are following this new protocol (which has been designed to keep Students, Staff and our Families safe as designated Zones contain each Class/Cohort and limits interaction between Students/Classes), some Students still require frequent reminders to stay in their designated Zone and to not to move across other Zones:
    • If Students continue to disregard this important health and safety protocol, Parents/Guardians will be informed and alternative arrangements will have to be made for a particular Student’s Recess and Lunch Breaks:
      • If this continues to be an issue for some Students, Parents/Guardians are reminded that the TDSB Virtual School may be an option to consider, to ensure the health and safety of all in our School Community
    • Further, even while outside within their Class/Cohort at their designated Zone, Students are expected to continue to maintain Physical Distancing:
      • Although Students may choose not to wear a mask/face covering while outside, if Students are less than 2 metres apart/where Physical Distancing is not possible, Students are required to wear a mask/face covering – please discuss this important health and safety protocol with your Child

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G. REMINDER – Lunch Breaks & Labelled Water Bottles:

  • Lunch Breaks:
    • All Students are highly encouraged to stay at School for lunch each day and not to leave the school to have lunch at home or to go out for lunch:
      • This request is being made to continue to ensure the Health and Safety of all as it avoids unnecessary Student movement and entry/exit from our School
      • Once Students arrive at School for the day, the expectation is that they are to remain at School until dismissal (unless a Student is ill and will need to be picked-up by a Parent/Guardian to go home)
    • Students will eat their lunch in their Classrooms, while supervised by their Teacher:
      • All Students are expected to pack a lunch that has as little litter as possible (a “Litterless Lunch”)
      • All items brought for lunch are to be returned home
  • Labelled Water Bottles:
    • Students are to bring Labelled Water Bottles to stay hydrated, filled from home
    • Students are not to drink from the water fountains
    • Students are able to use our Water Fill Stations (we have one on the 1st/Main Floor and one on the 2nd floor) to fill their Labelled Water Bottles
    • Students are reminded to have their Labelled Water Bottles with them during Recess and Lunch Breaks
  • At no time should Students share Water Bottles/drinks or food

H. REMINDER – School Forms & TDSB Online Forms:

  • School Forms:
    • Our School sent home School Forms for Parents/Guardians to complete which Students will submit to their Teachers
    • Students are asked to continue to return completed/signed forms to their Teacher in the provided envelopes – please do so as soon as possible
  • TDSB Online Forms:
    • TDSB Online Forms have been emailed to all Parents/Guardians with an email on file with our School between Monday, September 28, 2020 and Wednesday, September 30, 2020
    • These TDSB Online Forms are our usual “Start of Year Forms”, and are to be completed for all Students

I. REMINDER – School Textbooks/Library Books & Student Devices:

  • School Textbooks/Library Books:
    • If School Textbooks and/or Library Books remain at home from the 2019 – 2020 academic year, Students are asked to return these to our school as soon as possible
    • Please bag and label (with your Child’s Full Name) School Textbooks/Library Books and return these to our Main Office
  • Student Devices:
    • Some Students may have TDSB Student Devices (a Chromebook or an iPad) at home
    • At this time, Students are asked to keep these TDSB Student Devices at home, until further notice
    • If you have a TDSB Student Device which is damaged/not working, please contact our Main Office at (416) 396 6555 and have your Child bring the damaged/not working TDSB Student Device bagged/boxed and labelled (with your Child’s Full Name) to our Main Office

J. NEW – Terry Fox Walk:

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  • On Friday, October 9, 2020, our School will be having our annual Terry Fox Walk, in support of the Terry Fox Foundation
  • Our Students will be walking a designated route within our School Community cohorted and physically distanced by class, supervised by School Staff

K. NEW – Virtual School Council Meetings – Dates/Times:

  • As discussed during our Virtual School Council Meeting on Thursday, October 1, 2020, Parents/Guardians are asked to please click/tap HERE (https://forms.gle/Lx2tMZVuGum6sPU97) to complete a survey indicating your date/time preferences fro our upcoming Virtual School Council Meetings:
    • Please complete this survey by 12:00 PM on Friday, October 9, 2020
  • Further, please click/tap HERE/the image below to see the information/slides shared with Parents/Guardians at our last Virtual School Council Meeting on Thursday, October 1, 2020:

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L. REMINDER – Student Nutrition Program:

  • Our school has been selected by the Ministry of Children and Youth to participate in a healthy and nutritious mid-morning snack for our Students, which we call our “Student Nutrition Program”
  • Healthy food is essential for Students’ physical, emotional, social and intellectual development:
    • Children use up energy quickly and require frequent nourishment
    • The Toronto District School Board recognizes the direct relationship between healthy nutrition and Students’ academic achievement and fully supports nutrition programs for all Students
  • The food served as a part of our Student Nutrition Program is accessible to every child:
    • Our plan for this year is to offer a 3 Food Group Menu, with individually wrapped items pre-packaged for each participating Student
    • Students will receive various snacks (keeping in mind the dietary restrictions of our Students), with all food served meeting the requirements of the Canada Food Guide and Student Nutrition Programs Standards
  • The “Toronto Foundation for Student Success” and “PC Children’s Charity” has provided us with funding for our Student Nutrition Program:
    • Our plan for this year will be to offer our Student Nutrition Program to all Students, at no cost
  • Our Student Nutrition Program is tentatively scheduled to begin during the week of Monday, October 5, 2020:
    • We have sent home our Student Nutrition Program Registration Form (with our School Forms Package last week)
    • Please complete one form for each Child and return it to the school
    • Parents/Guardians must sign and return the Student Nutrition Program Registration Form for your child to participate

​​​​M. NEW – School Community Resources:

  • Please see the School Community Resources shared below:

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Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school at (416) 396 6555.

Stay Well & Take Care,
Mr. J. Romano, Principal & Ms. N. Blackwood-Fuller, Vice Principal

School Community Check-In/Update

Good Afternoon Samuel Hearne MS Community,

On behalf of the Staff of Samuel Hearne Middle School, we would like to thank our Students and Families for a productive second week of In-Person School!

During our second week of school, our Students continued to learn about and followed our new health and safety protocols, while taking part in engaging learning and activities designed by our wonderful Staff.

Many thanks are shared to our Parents/Guardians for your continued support and patience as we begin our academic year with many changes and new information. Together, with Parents/Guardians as Partners, we will continue to best support Students and our School Community.

Please see the sections below for our latest School Community Check-In/Update:

A. Overview:

  • We remind our School Community to review the information on our School Website, as well as to continue to visit the TDSB Website for further details, resources and information regarding our Return To School:
  • As always, please do not hesitate to contact our school directly via telephone at (416) 396 6555 with any questions/inquiries

B. REMINDER – Daily Health Screening:

  • Please continue to ensure that Students bring their TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass duo-tang/folder to School each morning, after conducting their active Health Screening Self-Assessment together with Parents/Guardians each morning
  • Before coming to school each day, all Students and Staff must conduct an active Health Screening Self-Assessment
  • Based on directions that we have received from Toronto Public Health, there is an expectation that for the first 2 to 4 weeks of the 2020 – 2021 academic year, a verification of a self-assessment for each Student, Staff Member and Visitor is to be completed at school
  • Once Students and Staff arrive at school, Students enter through their designated doors where a Staff Member will verify each Student’s health screening information using the TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass or TDSB Health Screening App:
    • Verifying each Student’s self-assessment can happen in two ways:
      • TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass:
        • A Parent/Guardian signs the TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass daily and the Student shows it to School Staff at their Entry Door
        • The TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass will be printed and provided to Staff/Students and Visitors
      • TDSB Health Screening App:
        • A Parent/Guardian completes the assessment on the TDSB Health Screening App, which generates a QR code that a Student can scan at the Entry Door (if the Student has a mobile device)
        • Or, the Student can present their name to a screener who can verify their entry statusTDSB Student Health Pass(1)TDSB Student Health Pass(2)
  • If a Student does not have a verification to show a self-assessment was completed (the TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass or TDSB Health Screening App QR Code) by Parent/Guardian, they will be asked if they are feeling well:
    • If the Student answers YES:
      • The Student will be allowed to go into the classroom with a mask/face covering while maintaining physical distancing
      • A Parent/Guardian will be contacted to conduct the full assessment by telephone (this is why it is critical that all Parents/Guardians complete the TDSB Health Pass and sign daily to avoid unnecessary telephone calls)
    • If the Student answers NO:
      • The Student will need to go to our Wellness Room (Health Room) with a mask/face covering while maintaining physical distancing
      • A Parent/Guardian will be contacted to come to the School to pick-up the Student
  • Please see the following documents/webpages for further information for Parents/Guardians and to discuss with your Child:

C. REMINDER – Students Who Exhibit Symptoms Of COVID-19:

  • For Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, or confirm that they have symptoms, will go to our Wellness Room (Health Room)
  • Parents/Guardians will be contacted and will need to come to the School to pick-up their Child
  • Please note that symptoms are similar to the common cold, so students with those symptoms are required to stay home

D. UPDATE – Mask & Face Covering Requirements For TDSB Students, Parents/Guardians & Staff:

  • In response to rising confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Toronto, as well as confirmed cases among TDSB Staff & Students, TDSB’s mask guidelines have been updated for the health & safety of our communities:
  • For the health and safety of our Students and Staff, masks or face coverings are required indoors on school property
  • Students are required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings indoors on school property and on school buses – Students may wear their own mask or face covering, or use a non-medical mask provided by our School
  • To help ensure safety when physical distancing isn’t possible, Parents/Guardians (as well as any other individual who may be dropping-off or picking-up a Student) are required to wear masks/face coverings outside on school property during pick-up and drop-off (as we know, our school yards/paved area can be crowded at pick-up and drop off-times):

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  • Parents/Guardians are also reminded of our “Parent/Guardian Waiting Zone”, which is now marked by the following sign at Student drop-off and pick-up times:

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  • Parents/Guardians and Students should remember:
    • To pack multiple snug and comfortable masks/face coverings each day
    • That schools and buses will have extra masks on hand for those who forget
    • Remember to bring a breathable bag (paper or cloth) to store soiled masks, as well as a bag to store masks during outdoor breaks
    • That School Staff will ensure regular outdoor breaks throughout the school day to take a break from wearing masks/face coverings

E. REMINDER – Class/Cohort Designated Zones:

  • In order to maintain appropriate physical distancing between Students and Cohort Groupings, our Lunch Hour has changed to now include 2 Lunch Breaks/time for Student Outdoor Play (1 per Cohort Grouping/Division): 
    • All Grade 5 & Grade 6 Students (Junior Cohort Grouping): 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    • All Grade 7 & Grade 8 Students (Intermediate Cohort Grouping): 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    • All Cohorts/Classes will remain in their designated Zones during both Lunch Breaks/Student Outdoor Play and during Recesses:
      • All Students have been reminded multiple times through both our AM and PM announcements that they are to stay in their designated Zones for the duration of their Recess and Lunch Breaks:

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  • Although the majority of our Students are following this new protocol (which has been designed to keep Students, Staff and our Families safe as designated Zones contain each Class/Cohort and limits interaction between Students/Classes), some Students still require frequent reminders to stay in their designated Zone and to not to move across other Zones:
    • If Students continue to disregard this important health and safety protocol, Parents/Guardians will be informed and alternative arrangements will have to be made for a particular Student’s Recess and Lunch Breaks:
      • If this continues to be an issue for some Students, Parents/Guardians are reminded that the TDSB Virtual School may be an option to consider, to ensure the health and safety of all in our School Community
    • Further, even while outside within their Class/Cohort at their designated Zone, Students are expected to continue to maintain Physical Distancing:
      • Although Students may choose not to wear a mask/face covering while outside, if Students are less than 2 metres apart/where Physical Distancing is not possible, Students are required to wear a mask/face covering – please discuss this important health and safety protocol with your Child

F. REMINDER – Lunch Breaks & Labelled Water Bottles:

  • Lunch Breaks:
    • All Students are highly encouraged to stay at School for lunch each day and not to leave the school to have lunch at home or to go out for lunch:
      • This request is being made to continue to ensure the Health and Safety of all as it avoids unnecessary Student movement and entry/exit from our School
      • Once Students arrive at School for the day, the expectation is that they are to remain at School until dismissal (unless a Student is ill and will need to be picked-up by a Parent/Guardian to go home)
    • Students will eat their lunch in their Classrooms, while supervised by their Teacher:
      • All Students are expected to pack a lunch that has as little litter as possible (a “Litterless Lunch”)
      • All items brought for lunch are to be returned home
  • Labelled Water Bottles:
    • Students are to bring Labelled Water Bottles to stay hydrated, filled from home
    • Students are not to drink from the water fountains
    • Students are able to use our Water Fill Stations (we have one on the 1st/Main Floor and one on the 2nd floor) to fill their Labelled Water Bottles
    • Students are reminded to have their Labelled Water Bottles with them during Recess and Lunch Breaks
  • At no time should Students share Water Bottles/drinks or food

G. REMINDER – Switch Request From In-Person School To TDSB Virtual School:

  • Please see below for important information about the the process to request a switch of your child from In-Person School at Samuel Hearne MS to TDSB Virtual School:
    • We recognize that Parents/Guardians may want to switch their Child from In-Person School to TDSB Virtual School
    • It is important to note that, for health and safety reasons, and because of the impact switching would have on staffing, physical distancing and space allocation, it will not be possible to immediately transition between the two models
    • As a result, an opportunity to enter the TDSB Virtual School will be provided at 3 key dates during the school year, as outlined below:

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  • Please see below for information from our school regarding Switch Requests From In-Person School at Samuel Hearne MS To TDSB Virtual School (for Opportunity To Change #1):
    • Please click/tap HERE (https://forms.gle/TMQjDDUrnKFjnNY99) to complete a Google Form if you would like to request a switch of your Child from In-Person School at Samuel Hearne MS to TDSB Virtual School
    • Please complete this Google Form ONLY if you would like to request a switch of your Child from In-Person School at Samuel Hearne MS to TDSB Virtual School
    • The deadline for this Switch Request is Wednesday, September 30, 2020 @ 4:00 PM (no exceptions)
    • The date that the Switch Request/change of class would take effect is Tuesday, October 13, 2020 (the day after Thanksgiving)
    • Switch Requests will ONLY be accepted by Parents/Guardians who have completed this Google Form
    • Please visit the TDSB Virtual School webpage for more information and details
    • If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the Samuel Hearne MS Main Office at (416) 396 6555

H. NEW – School Forms & TDSB Online Forms:

  • School Forms:
    • Last week, our School sent home School Forms for Parents/Guardians to complete which Students will submit to their Teachers
    • Next week, Students are asked to return completed/signed forms to their Teacher in the provided envelopes – please do so as soon as possible
  • TDSB Online Forms:
    • TDSB Online Forms will be emailed to all Parents/Guardians with an email on file with our School between Monday, September 28, 2020 and Wednesday, September 30, 2020
    • These TDSB Online Forms are our usual “Start of Year Forms”, and are to be completed for all Students

I. NEW – School Textbooks/Library Books & Student Devices:

  • School Textbooks/Library Books:
    • If School Textbooks and/or Library Books remain at home from the 2019 – 2020 academic year, Students are asked to return these to our school as soon as possible
    • Please bag and label (with your Child’s Full Name) School Textbooks/Library Books and return these to our Main Office
  • Student Devices:
    • Some Students may have TDSB Student Devices (a Chromebook or an iPad) at home
    • At this time, Students are asked to keep these TDSB Student Devices at home, until further notice
    • If you have a TDSB Student Device which is damaged/not working, please contact our Main Office at (416) 396 6555 and have your Child bring the damaged/not working TDSB Student Device bagged/boxed and labelled (with your Child’s Full Name) to our Main Office

J. NEW – Orange Shirt Day – Wednesday, September 30, 2020:

  • Established in 2013, Orange Shirt Day recognizes the legacy of the Residential Schools System for First Nations, Métis and Inuit families and communities
  • By wearing orange, we acknowledge the history of Residential Schools in Canada and we honour Survivors
  • On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, our Students are encouraged to wear orange to participate in Orange Shirt Day
  • For more information, visit the Urban Indigenous Education Centre website
  • To learn more about Orange Shirt Day, please visit: www.orangeshirtday.org

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K. NEW – School Council Virtual Meeting:

  • Parents/Guardians are invited to join our upcoming School Council Virtual Meeting
  • Please see the flyer below for full details:

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L. NEW – Student Nutrition Program:

  • Our school has been selected by the Ministry of Children and Youth to participate in a healthy and nutritious mid-morning snack for our Students, which we call our “Student Nutrition Program”
  • Healthy food is essential for Students’ physical, emotional, social and intellectual development:
    • Children use up energy quickly and require frequent nourishment
    • The Toronto District School Board recognizes the direct relationship between healthy nutrition and Students’ academic achievement and fully supports nutrition programs for all Students
  • The food served as a part of our Student Nutrition Program is accessible to every child:
    • Our plan for this year is to offer a 3 Food Group Menu, with individually wrapped items pre-packaged for each participating Student
    • Students will receive various snacks (keeping in mind the dietary restrictions of our Students), with all food served meeting the requirements of the Canada Food Guide and Student Nutrition Programs Standards
  • The “Toronto Foundation for Student Success” and “PC Children’s Charity” has provided us with funding for our Student Nutrition Program:
    • Our plan for this year will be to offer our Student Nutrition Program to all Students, at no cost
  • Our Student Nutrition Program is tentatively scheduled to begin during the week of Monday, October 5, 2020:
    • ​​​​​​​We have sent home our Student Nutrition Program Registration Form (with our School Forms Package last week)
    • Please complete one form for each Child and return it to the school
    • Parents/Guardians must sign and return the Student Nutrition Program Registration Form for your child to participate

​​​​​​​​​​​​M. REMINDER – Returning To School Resources:

  • Returning to School after so many months away may be a challenging experience
  • To help all Students and Families be ready for our Return To School, the TDSB has put together some resources to help with the transition, which are suggested to review as a Family
  • Specifically, Students and Families may find the “Daily Checklist For Elementary School” helpful
  • It may also be helpful to visit the TDSB’s Returning To School Question & Answers webpage

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school at (416) 396 6555.

Stay Well & Take Care,
Mr. J. Romano, Principal & Ms. N. Blackwood-Fuller, Vice Principal

School Community Check-In/Update

Good Afternoon Samuel Hearne MS Community,

On behalf of the Staff of Samuel Hearne Middle School, we would like to thank our Students and Families for a fantastic first week of school!

During our first week of school, our Students did a wonderful job in beginning to learn about and adapt to new routines and expectations, including following our Health and Safety Protocols which have been designed to keep us all safe. 

We also would like to thank our Parents/Guardians for your continued support and patience as we begin our academic year with many changes and new information. Together, with Parents/Guardians as Partners, we will continue to best support Students and our School Community.

As we look ahead to the weeks ahead, this School Community Check-In/Update contains important information.

Please see the sections below for our latest School Community Check-In and Update:

A. Overview:


B. Daily Health Screening:

  • Please continue to ensure that Students bring their TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass duo-tang/folder to School each morning, after conducting their active Health Screening Self-Assessment together with Parents/Guardians each morning
  • Before coming to school each day, all Students and Staff must conduct an active Health Screening Self-Assessment
  • Based on directions that we have received from Toronto Public Health, there is an expectation that for the first 2 to four 4 of the 2020 – 2021 school year, a verification of a self-assessment for each Student, Staff Member and Visitor is to be completed at the school
  • Once Students and Staff arrive at school, Students enter through the designated doors where a Staff Member will verify each Student’s health screening information using the TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass or TDSB Health Screening App:
    • Verifying each Student’s self-assessment can happen in two ways:
      • TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass:
        • A Parent/Guardian signs the TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass daily and the Student shows it to School Staff at their Entry Door
        • The TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass will be printed and provided to Staff/Students and Visitors
      • TDSB Health Screening App:
        • A Parent/Guardian completes the assessment on the TDSB Health Screening App, which generates a QR code that a Student can scan at the Entry Door (if the Student has a mobile device)
        • Or, the Student can present their name to a screener who can verify their entry status
    • If a Student does not have a verification to show a self-assessment was completed (the TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass or TDSB Health Screening App QR Code) by Parent/Guardian, they will be asked if they are feeling well:
      • If the Student answers YES:
        • The Student will be allowed to go into the classroom with a mask/face covering while maintaining physical distancing
        • A Parent/Guardian will be contacted to conduct the full assessment by telephone (this is why it is critical that all Parents/Guardians complete the TDSB Health Pass and sign daily to avoid unnecessary telephone calls)
      • If the Student answers NO:
        • The Student will need to go to our Wellness Room (Health Room) with a mask/face covering while maintaining physical distancing
        • A Parent/Guardian will be contacted to come to the School to pick-up the Student
  • Please visit the TDSB Daily Health Screening webpage to learn more/for full details, including a Questions and Answers document

C. Students Who Exhibit Symptoms Of COVID-19:

  • For Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, or confirm that they have symptoms, will go to our Wellness Room (Health Room)
  • Parents/Guardians will be contacted and will need to come to the School to pick-up their Child
  • Please note that symptoms are similar to the common cold, so students with those symptoms are required to stay home

D. School Times – Recess/Lunch Break/Student Outdoor Play & Class/Cohort Zones:

  • Please see below for our School Times for each of our Cohort Groupings/Divisions:
    • Grade 5 & Grade 6 – Junior Division/Cohort Grouping A:
      • Supervision Begins @ Paved Area/Field: 8:35 AM
      • Entry Bell: 8:40 AM
      • Instructional Time Begins: 8:50 AM
      • AM Recess: 9:50 AM – 10:00 AM
      • Lunch Break/Student Outdoor Play: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
      • PM Recess: 1:35 PM – 1:45 PM
      • Dismissal: 3:15 PM
    • Grade 7 & Grade 8 – Intermediate Division/Cohort Grouping B:
      • Supervision Begins @ Paved Area/Field: 8:35 AM
      • Entry Bell: 8:40 AM
      • Instructional Time Begins: 8:50 AM
      • AM Recess: 10:20 AM – 10:30 AM
      • Lunch Break/Student Outdoor Play: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
      • PM Recess: 2:05 PM – 2:15 PM
      • Dismissal: 3:15 PM
         
  • During the Recess and Lunch Break/Student Outdoor Play times noted above, Students will be playing/engaging in activities outside while being Supervised 
  • The School Yard/Field and Paved Area will be divided into 4 designated Zones and each Class/Cohort will be assigned to a Zone
  • All Cohorts/Classes will remain in the designated Zones noted above during both Lunch Breaks/Student Outdoor Play and during Recesses
  • Each Classroom will have a bin of equipment provided for Students to use in their Zone that will be cleaned/sanitized for the following Recess and Lunch Break/Student Outdoor Play Time
  • After each Recess and Lunch Break/Student Outdoor Play time, Students will line-up in their designated line and wait for their Teacher to enter the School where they will maintain physical distancing, put their masks back on and sanitize/wash their hands
  • Students in Grade 5 and Grade 6 will line-up by Class/Cohort alphabetically on the Paved Area/Basketball Court which is closest to the Community Centre, and will Enter and Exit the building using Door 4
  • Students in Grade 7 and Grade 8 will line-up by Class/Cohort alphabetically on the Paved Area/Basketball Court which is closest to our School Yard/Field, and will Enter and Exit the building using Door 3

E. Lunch Breaks/Student Outdoor Play & Water Bottles:

  • All Students are highly encouraged to stay at School for lunch each day and not to leave the school to have lunch at home or to go out for lunch:
    • This request is being made to continue to ensure the Health and Safety of all as it avoids unnecessary Student movement and entry/exit from our School
    • Once Students arrive at School for the day, the expectation is that they are to remain at School until dismissal (unless a Student is ill and will need to be picked-up by a Parents/Guardian to go home)
  • Students will eat their lunch in their Classrooms, while supervised by their Teacher:
    • All Students are expected to pack a lunch that has as little litter (a “Litterless Lunch”) as possible
    • All items brought for lunch are to be returned home
  • In order to maintain appropriate physical distancing between Students and Cohort Groupings, our Lunch Hour has changed to now include 2 Lunch Breaks/time for Student Outdoor Play (1 per Cohort Grouping/Division): 
    • All Grade 5 & Grade 6 (Junior Cohort Grouping): 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    • All Grade 7 & Grade 8 (Intermediate Cohort Grouping): 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • All Cohorts/Classes will remain in the designated Zones noted above during both Lunch Breaks/Student Outdoor Play and during Recesses
  • Students are to bring labeled water bottles to stay hydrated, filled from home:
    • Students are not to drink from the water fountains
    • Students are able to use our Water Fill Stations (we have one on the 1st/Main Floor and one on the 2ndfloor) to fill their Water Bottles

F. Student Entry Into Classrooms, Attendance Procedures & Late Students:

  • All Students will wash/sanitize their hands as they enter/exit the Classroom (using School-provided or their own 70% – 90% alcohol-based hand sanitizer hand sanitizer)
  • Students will sit at their assigned seat (a seating plan will be in place in each Classroom) and place their backpack underneath their desk/chair, hanging up their coat on the back of their chair
  • There will be no lockers for any Students
  • Teachers take attendance in the Classroom, which will be collected by an adult to bring to the Main Office
  • Students who are late to school (Students who arrive after 8:50 AM) will:
    • Line-up at the School through the Main/Front Door (Door 1)
    • Stand physically distanced in line while waiting to be “buzzed in” (Main/Front Door opened by Main Office Staff) one at a time
    • Enter the School and proceed directly to the Main Office where a Staff Member will verify each Student’s health screening information using the TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass or TDSB Health Screening App and to get a late slip
    • Proceed directly to class
  • Please ensure that Students arrive at School on time
  • If your child is going to be absent or late, please be sure to call the School and leave a message on our Safe Arrival Line at (416) 396 6555:
  • Please understand that there will be minimal movement of Students through the building, except for use of the washroom, water bottle filling, outdoor breaks for fresh air and outdoor classroom learning time

G. Mask & Face Covering Requirements For TDSB Students & Staff:

  • For the health and safety of our Students and Staff, masks or face coverings are required indoors on school property
  • Students are required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings indoors on school property and on school buses – Students may wear their own mask or face covering, or use a non-medical mask provided by our School
  • This decision is informed by, and consistent with, the City of Toronto requirement that anyone over the age of two wears a mask/face covering in indoor public spaces — with exemptions and accommodations
  • The requirement for all school board Staff to wear medical masks follows the direction of the Ministry of Education
  • Parents/Guardians and Students should remember:
    • To pack multiple snug and comfortable masks/face coverings each day
    • That schools and buses will have extra masks on hand for those who forget
    • Remember to bring a breathable bag (paper or cloth) to store soiled masks, as well as a bag to store masks during outdoor breaks
    • That staff will ensure regular outdoor breaks throughout the school day to take a break from wearing masks/face coverings
    • Please visit the TDSB “Mask and Face Covering Requirements For TDSB Students and Staff” webpage for further information/details

H. Entering From or Returning to In-Person Learning:

  • We recognize that Parents/Guardians and/or Students may want to switch between In-Person Learning and Virtual School
  • It is important to note that, for health and safety reasons, and because of the impact switching would have on staffing, physical distancing and space allocation, it will not be possible to immediately transition between the two models
  • As a result, an opportunity to enter the Virtual School or to return to In-Person Learning will be provided at three key dates during the school year, as outlined below:

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  • Information about movement from one model to another will be shared via email with Parents/Guardians as soon as possible
  • If a switch is required outside of the designated times, a limited number of exceptions may be made and will be reviewed by Principals on a case-by-case basis
  • Please visit the TDSB Virtual School webpage for more information and details

I. School Forms & TDSB Online Forms:

  • Next week, our School will be sending home School Forms for Parents/Guardians to complete which Students will submit to their Teachers
  • In the near future, Parents/Guardians can expect to receive an email communication from the TDSB regarding TDSB Online Forms to complete (please continue to check your email for this information)

J. Returning To School Resources:

  • Returning to School after so many months away may be a challenging experience
  • To help all Students and Families be ready for our Return To School, the TDSB has put together some resources to help with the transition, which are suggested to review as a Family prior to the start of School
  • Specifically, Students and Families may find the “Daily Checklist For Elementary School” helpful
  • It may also be helpful to visit the TDSB’s Returning To School Question & Answers webpage


Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school at (416) 396 6555.

Stay Well & Take Care,
Mr. J. Romano, Principal & Ms. N. Blackwood-Fuller, Vice Principal

Return To School – School Community Update

Good Evening Samuel Hearne MS Community,

This communication is being shared to provide specific details about our Return To School beginning next week. Although this communication is rather lengthy, it has been designed to share important details about our Return To School plans with our School Community. Please see the sections below for specific information regarding each heading listed:

A. Overview:

  • While this communication may not answer all the questions our School Community may have at this time, we are hopeful that the details below will provide you with further information to prepare, and give our Students and Families a sense of what you can expect next week
  • As it may be appreciated, it has been difficult to finalize our Return To School Plans as we have had to wait for necessary information to make decisions regarding the numbers of Students attending school in-person, Staffing, Timetables and more
  • Based on the TDSB’s “Returning to School Guidelines”, our School Staff have established a number of guidelines and practices that will be put in place at Samuel Hearne MS:
    • Please read through the information to help you understand what School will look like for your Child
    • Please know that while we will do our best to put the best possible procedures in place, we are always working to refine procedures and we may end up making adjustments as needed or as TDSB procedures are updated
  • We remind our School Community to review the information on our School Website, as well as to continue to visit the TDSB Website for further details, resources and information regarding our Return To School:
  • As always, please do not hesitate to contact our school directly via telephone at (416) 396 6555 with any questions/inquiries

B. Welcome Back!:

  • As we look forward to the start of the 2020/2021 school year, our School Staff is excited about welcoming back our Students and Families!
  • We sincerely hope that our Students and Families are continuing to be safe and are well, as our School Staff continue preparations to ensure the health and safety of all Students and Staff upon our Return To School
  • TDSB and our School Staff have been working hard to implement the health and safety processes necessary to make our schools as safe as possible for Students, Staff and Families – the Health and Well-Being of all in our School Community remains our top priority
  • As public educators, as always, we are also committed to providing the best academic experience possible for our Students
  • We will continue to focus on the health and safety of our Students and Staff, as well as supporting Mental Health and Well-Being as we consider the needs of those within our School Community
  • While we know this school year may look and feel a bit different in our School, our School Staff is here to support Students and Families in any way we can – we are looking forward to a great year of Teaching and Learning together!

C. Staggered School Start Dates:

  • At Samuel Hearne MS, we will begin the process of opening our School gradually using Staggered School Start Dates for each grade, over the first 3 days of school (Tuesday, September 15, Wednesday, September 16 and Thursday, September 17)
  • Once a Student starts school on the first day for their grade (please see below), they continue to attend school every day
  • The start dates for each grade at Samuel Hearne MS are outlined below, based on our school configuration:

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D. Classroom Reorganization:

  • As you know, Parents/Guardians recently completed a survey declaring whether or not their child(ren) would return to school In-Person or be a part of the TDSB Virtual School
  • Based on the results of this survey, our School received an updated school-based Staffing and Classroom Allocation
  • This new Allocation resulted in a reduction in our Teaching Staff of 5.5 Teachers who will be redeployed
  • With this information, our School Staff worked collaboratively to create the best conditions for learning for all Students
  • Our approved Classroom Organization Model meets guidelines outlined by the TDSB and is as follows:

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  • You can expect contact from your child’s Teacher on Monday, September 14, 2020 
  • Also, please be assured that your child’s Teacher will be outside in the morning to greet Students during our Staggered School Start Dates

E. Building Preparation:

  • School Staff have worked to ensure that our School Building is safe for our Return To School
  • We have put-up posters to remind Students and Staff of measures which can be taken to remain safe
  • We have applied sticker markings on our floors and outdoor Paved Areas, walls and doors to direct the flow of traffic within our building, and to ensure physical distancing 
  • The TDSB has been working over the summer to review building ventilation and filtration systems and is implementing a number of strategies to improve ventilation in our School and increase the volume of fresh air to the maximum extent possible

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F. Entry & Exit:

  • Our School Yard/Field and Paved Area is supervised in the morning beginning at 8:35 AM
  • Our Entry Time begins at 8:40 AM, with Students being screened then entering the School through the appropriate Entry/Exit Door (please see below)
  • Our Instructional Day begins at 8:50 AM
  • Our School Day ends at 3:15 PM, with Students being dismissed from their appropriate Entry/Exit Door (please see below)
  • Students in Grade 5 and Grade 6 will line-up by Class/Cohort alphabetically on the Paved Area/Basketball Court which is closest to the Community Centre, and will Enter and Exit the building using Door 4:
    • Pink spray painted dots and marked pylons will designate where the beginning of each Class/Cohort line is to begin
    • While standing in line, Students are to maintain physical distancing
    • Teachers will come and retrieve their Students from this location
    • Grade 5 and Grade 6 Students will Enter and Exit the building using Door 4 and will walk to their Classrooms on the 2nd Floor
  • Students in Grade 7 and Grade 8 will line-up by Class/Cohort alphabetically on the Paved Area/Basketball Court which is closest to our School Yard/Field, and will Enter and Exit the building using Door 3:
    • Pink spray painted dots and marked pylons will designate where the beginning of each Class/Cohort line is to begin
    • While standing in line, Students are to maintain physical distancing
    • Teachers will come and retrieve their Students from this location
    • Grade 7 and Grade 8 Students will Enter and Exit the building using Door 3 and will walk to their Classrooms on the 1st/Main Floor
  • Below, you will find a map that we will follow to have Students line-up by Class/Cohort on our Paved Area:

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  • To ensure proper physical distancing, Parents/Guardians are to stay clear of the Students in line:
    • A “Parent/Guardian Waiting Zone” has been set-up along the pathway and fence area beside the Community Centre Parking Lot
    • Parents/Guardians are requested to stay in the “Parent/Guardian Waiting Zone” at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day to allow Students to be safely dismissed through Door 4 (Grade 5 and Grade 6 Students) and Door 3 (Grade 7 and Grade 8 Students)
    • Parents/Guardians are not to be in the hallways and around any doorways
    • We will need everyone’s cooperation to make this happen!
    • Below, you will find a map that we will follow for our Parent/Guardian Waiting Zone:

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G. Daily Health Screening:

  • Before coming to school each day, all Students and Staff must conduct an active Health Screening Self-Assessment
  • Based on directions that we have received from Toronto Public Health, there is an expectation that for the first 2 to four 4 of the 2020 – 2021 school year, a verification of a self-assessment for each Student, Staff Member and Visitor is to be completed at the school
  • Once Students and Staff arrive at school, Students enter through the designated doors where a Staff Member will verify each Student’s health screening information using the TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass or TDSB Health Screening App:
    • Verifying each Student’s self-assessment can happen in two ways:
      • TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass:
        • A Parent/Guardian signs the TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass daily and the Student shows it to School Staff at their Entry Door
        • The TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass will be printed and provided to Staff/Students and Visitors
      • TDSB Health Screening App:
        • A Parent/Guardian completes the assessment on the TDSB Health Screening App, which generates a QR code that a Student can scan at the Entry Door (if the Student has a mobile device)
        • Or, the Student can present their name to a screener who can verify their entry status
    • If a Student does not have a verification to show a self-assessment was completed (the TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass or TDSB Health Screening App QR Code) by Parent/Guardian, they will be asked if they are feeling well:
      • If the Student answers is YES:
        • The Student will be allowed to go into the classroom with a mask/face covering while maintaining physical distancing
        • A Parent/Guardian will be contacted to conduct the full assessment by telephone (this is why it is critical that all Parents/Guardians complete the TDSB Health Pass and sign daily to avoid unnecessary telephone calls)
      • If the Student answers is NO:
        • The Student will need to go to our Wellness Room (Health Room) with a mask/face covering while maintaining physical distancing
        • A Parent/Guardian will be contacted to come to the School to pick-up the Student
  • Please visit the TDSB Daily Health Screening webpage to learn more/for full details, including a Questions and Answers document

H. Students Who Exhibit Symptoms Of COVID-19:

  • For Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, or confirm that they have symptoms, will go to our Wellness Room (Health Room)
  • Parents/Guardians will be contacted and will need to come to the School to pick-up their Child
  • Please note that symptoms are similar to the common cold, so students with those symptoms are required to stay home

I. Student Entry Into Classrooms, Attendance Procedures & Late Students:

  • All Students will wash/sanitize their hands as they enter/exit the Classroom (using School-provided or their own 70% – 90% alcohol-based hand sanitizer hand sanitizer)
  • Students will sit at their assigned seat (a seating plan will be in place in each Classroom) and place their backpack underneath their desk/chair, hanging up their coat on the back of their chair
  • There will be no lockers for any Students
  • Teachers take attendance in the Classroom, which will be collected by an adult to bring to the Main Office
  • Students who are late to school (Students who arrive after 8:50 AM) will:
    • Line-up at the School through the Main/Front Door (Door 1)
    • Stand physically distanced in line while waiting to be “buzzed in” (Main/Front Door opened by Main Office Staff) one at a time
    • Enter the School and proceed directly to the Main Office where a Staff Member will verify each Student’s health screening information using the TDSB Health Screening Paper Pass or TDSB Health Screening App and to get a late slip
    • Proceed directly to class
  • Please ensure that Students arrive at School on time
  • If your child is going to be absent or late, please be sure to call the School and leave a message on our Safe Arrival Line at (416) 396 6555:
  • Please understand that there will be minimal movement of Students through the building, except for use of the washroom, water bottle filling, outdoor breaks for fresh air and outdoor classroom learning time

J. Mask & Face Covering Requirements For TDSB Students & Staff:

  • For the health and safety of our Students and Staff, masks or face coverings are required indoors on school property
  • Students are required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings indoors on school property and on school buses – Students may wear their own mask or face covering, or use a non-medical mask provided by our School
  • This decision is informed by, and consistent with, the City of Toronto requirement that anyone over the age of two wears a mask/face covering in indoor public spaces — with exemptions and accommodations
  • The requirement for all school board Staff to wear medical masks follows the direction of the Ministry of Education
  • Parents/Guardians and Students should remember:
    • To pack multiple snug and comfortable masks/face coverings each day
    • That schools and buses will have extra masks on hand for those who forget
    • Remember to bring a breathable bag (paper or cloth) to store soiled masks, as well as a bag to store masks during outdoor breaks
    • That staff will ensure regular outdoor breaks throughout the school day to take a break from wearing masks/face coverings
    • Please visit the TDSB “Mask and Face Covering Requirements For TDSB Students and Staff” webpage for further information/details

K. Lunch Breaks/Student Outdoor Play Times:

  • Students will eat their lunch in their Classrooms, while supervised by their Teacher:
    • All Students are expected to pack a lunch that has as little litter as possible
    • All items brought for lunch are to be returned home
  • In order to maintain appropriate physical distancing between Students and Cohort Groupings, our Lunch Hour has changed to now include 2 Lunch Breaks/time for Student Outdoor Play (1 per Cohort Grouping/Division): 
    • All Grade 5 & Grade 6 (Junior Cohort Grouping): 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    • All Grade 7 & Grade 8 (Intermediate Cohort Grouping): 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • During the Lunch Breaks/Student Outdoor Play times noted above, Students will be playing/engaging in activities outside while being Supervised 
  • The School Yard/Field and Paved Area will be divided into 4 Zones and each Class/Cohort will be assigned to a Zone
  • All Cohorts/Classes will remain in the following designated Zones during both Lunch Breaks/Student Outdoor Play and during Recesses:

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  • Each Classroom will have a bin of equipment provided for Students to use in their Zone that will be cleaned/sanitized for the following Lunch Break/Outdoor Student Outdoor Play Time
  • Students who go home/out for lunch will go at the time listed above for their Cohort Grouping, and are expected not to return until the beginning of afternoon for their Cohort Grouping, as follows:
    • Grade 5 & Grade 6 (Junior Cohort Grouping) Afternoon Begins: 12:00 PM
    • Grade 7 & Grade 8 (Intermediate Cohort Grouping) Afternoon Begins: 1:00 PM
  • When Students return from going home/out for lunch by the times listed above, they are to join their Class/Cohort lines for afternoon entry to re-enter the School:
    • If a Student is late returning from home/out for lunch, they are to enter the building using the Main/Front Door (Door 1) 
  • After each Lunch Break/Student Outdoor Play time, Students will line-up in their designated line and wait for their Teacher to enter the School where they will maintain physical distancing, put their masks back on and sanitize/wash their hands
  • A reminder that families are not to drop off lunches at our School, but on the rare occasion that a Student has left something at home or in the car:
    • Please call the school first to inform of your intent to drop off an item
    • Enter the School using the Front/Main Entry Door (Door 1) 
    • Wear a mask/face covering upon entry and leave the labelled item (Student Name and Teacher’s Name/Room Number) on the table directly inside of the Front/Main Door (Door 1) entry
  • At this time, we will not be having our Pizza Lunch Program

L. Recess:

  • In order to maintain appropriate physical distancing between Students and Cohort Groupings, our Lunch Hour has changed to now include 4 Recesses (2 per Cohort Grouping/Division): 
    • All Grade 5 & Grade 6 (Junior Cohort Grouping):
      • AM Recess: 9:50 AM – 10:00 AM
      • PM Recess: 1:35 PM – 1:45 PM
    • All Grade 7 & Grade 8 (Intermediate Cohort Grouping):
      • AM Recess: 10:20 AM – 10:30 PM
      • PM Recess: 2:05 PM – 2:15 PM
  • During the Recess times noted above, Students will be playing/engaging in activities outside while being Supervised 
  • The School Yard/Field and Paved Area will be divided into 4 Zones and each Class/Cohort will be assigned to a Zone
  • All Cohorts/Classes will remain in the designated Zones noted above during both Lunch Breaks/Student Outdoor Play and during Recesses
  • Each Classroom will have a bin of equipment provided for Students to use in their Zone that will be cleaned/sanitized for the following Recess
  • After each Recess, Students will line-up in their designated line and wait for their Teacher to enter the School where they will maintain physical distancing, put their masks back on and sanitize/wash their hands

M. Washrooms: 

  • The Student washrooms at our School are not large spaces
  • As necessary physical distancing must be maintained, this will limit our Student Washrooms to the following occupancy:
    • 1st/Main Floor: 2 Students at one time
    • 2nd Floor: 3 Students at one time
  • Students will line-up outside of the washroom in order to maintain physical distancing while waiting to enter the space
  • Teachers will provide multiple opportunities for Students to use the washroom during class time

N. Water Bottles & Water Fill Stations:

  • Students are to bring labeled water bottles to stay hydrated, filled from home
  • Students are not to drink from the water fountains 
  • Students are able to use our Water Fill Stations (we have one on the 1st/Main Floor and one on the 2ndfloor) to fill their Water Bottles
  • Extra Water Bottles will be available if a Student has forgotten their Water Bottle

O. School Visitors:

  • All School Visitors are asked to contact our School for an appointment ahead of arriving at the School
  • All School Visitors are to enter the building (by appointment only) using only our Main/Front Door (Door 1)
  • Upon entry:
    • All School Visitors will need to Sign-In and provide detailed contact information (for purposes of contact tracing, should it be required)
    • All School Visitors are expected to participate in a COVID screening, use hand sanitizer and wear a mask/face covering prior to continuing to enter our School
  • For everyone’s safety, where possible, meetings/appointments are to be held over the phone or via online video conferencing if appropriate
  • Please remember, for the safety of all, Parents/Guardians are not to be in the building at any time (such as standing inside doorways, entry ways, hallways, etc.)
  • Below, you will find a map that we will follow to have School Visitors wait for entry outside of our Main/Front Door (Door 1):

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P. Returning To School Resources:

  • Returning to School after so many months away may be a challenging and scary experience
  • To help all Students and Families be ready for our Return To School, the TDSB has put together some resources to help with the transition, which are suggested to review as a Family prior to the start of School
  • It may also be helpful to visit the TDSB’s Returning To School Question & Answers webpage

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school at (416) 396 6555.

Stay Well & Take Care,

Mr. J. Romano, Principal & Ms. N. Blackwood-Fuller, Vice Principal

Staggered School Start Dates

Good Evening Samuel Hearne MS Community,

We hope that our Students and Families are well as we look ahead to our School Re-Opening next week!

As noted in our previously shared School Community Check-In/Update, this message is being sent to provide information regarding Staggered School Start Dates at Samuel Hearne MS – please see below for details:

  • TDSB school starts on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
  • There will be a staggered start for Elementary Students over the first three days (Tuesday, September 15, Wednesday, September 16 and Thursday, September 17)
  • Once a Student starts school on the first day for their grade (please see below), they continue to attend school every day
  • The start dates for each grade level at Samuel Hearne MS are outlined below, based on our school configuration:

Samuel Hearne MS - School Re-Opening Staggered Dates Schedule

Our School Staff is currently planning and re-organizing as a part of the School Re-Opening process. As this week goes on, our School Community can expect the following upcoming information/updates regarding our:

  • Classes/Cohorts
  • Revised School Day Schedule/Timetable
  • Student/Visitor Entry/Exit locations
  • Health & Safety Protocols

We know our School Community has many questions – as we continue to get closer to the start of the school year, we remain committed to updating you with new information as it becomes available.

As we continue to develop our School Re-Opening Plans and have further information to share this week, we will do so via email and on our school website and we remind our School Community to continue to visit the TDSB website for the latest information.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact our school directly via telephone at (416) 396 6555 with any questions/inquiries.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Stay Well & Take Care,
Mr. J. Romano, Principal & Ms. N. Blackwood-Fuller, Vice Principal

School Community Check-In/Update

Good Evening Samuel Hearne MS Community,

As we look forward to the start of the 2020/2021 school year, our School Staff is excited about welcoming back our Students and Families!

We sincerely hope that our Students and Families are continuing to be safe and are well, as our School Staff continue preparations to ensure the health and safety of all Students and Staff upon the safe re-opening of our school.

Our School Staff we are doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all School Community Members, while we also plan to provide the best academic experience possible for our Students. We will continue to focus on the health and safety of our Students and Staff, as well as supporting Mental Health and Well-Being as we consider the needs of our Students, Families and Staff.

Through our School re-opening process, our School Staff continue work planning, considering important elements such as:

  • Preparation of our Facility:
    • We have put-up posters and applied sticker markings on our floors, walls and doors
  • Preparation of our Staff:
    • Our Staff will continue to engage in training related to appropriate Health, Safety and Well-Being protocols
  • Preparation of our Programs:
    • We are working to develop plans which support enhanced safety while Students learn and play in cohorts, such as by revising our school day schedule and timetables (more information will follow regarding this next week)

Please see the sections below for further information and details regarding the re-opening of our School and our return to In-School learning at Samuel Hearne MS. For those Students and Families who will take part in the TDSB Virtual School/Remote Learning, please visit the Elementary Virtual Learning section of the TDSB’s Elementary Returning To School webpage for further information:

TDSB Returning To School Video:

  • Please review the TDSB Returning To School video as a family, which shares information about important details and plans regarding TDSB School Re-Opening

Student/Staff/Visitor Screening & Daily Checklist:

  • This year, we have new health and safety measures in place to help keep Students and Staff safe from the spread of COVID-19
  • Everyone, including Families, plays a critical role in supporting health and safety in our School Community
  • As Students return to school, we will follow the Toronto Public Health screening protocoleach day as Students, Staff and Visitors enter the building (please note, more specific information regarding this will follow)
  • An important resource for Families to use each day is the TDSB’s Daily Checklist for Elementary School – we suggest reviewing this together as a Family

Mask & Face Covering Requirements For TDSB Students & Staff:

  • For the health and safety of our Students and Staff, masks or face coverings are required indoors on school property
  • Students are required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings indoors on school property and on school busses – Students may wear their own mask or face covering, or use a non-medical mask provided by our school
  • This decision is informed by, and consistent with, the City of Toronto requirement that anyone over the age of two wears a mask/face covering in indoor public spaces — with exemptions and accommodations
  • The requirement for all school board staff to wear medical masks follows the direction of the Ministry of Education
  • Parents/Guardians and Students should remember:
    • To pack multiple snug and comfortable masks/face coverings each day
    • That schools and busses will have extra masks on hand for those who forget
    • Remember to bring a breathable bag (paper or cloth) to store soiled masks, as well as a bag to store masks during outdoor breaks
    • That staff will ensure regular outdoor breaks throughout the school day to take a break from wearing masks/face coverings
    • Please visit the TDSB “Mask and Face Covering Requirements For TDSB Students and Staff” webpage for further information/details
Resources For Preparing For Returning To School:
  • Returning to School after so many months away may be a challenging and scary experience
  • To help all Students and Families be ready for September, the TDSB has put together some resources to help with the transition, which are suggested to review as a Family prior to the start of school
  • It may also be helpful to visit the TDSB’s Returning To School Question & Answers webpage

TDSB Parent/Guardian Update Letter:

  • Please be sure to see the latest letter to Parents/Guardians from the TDSB Director and Chair by clicking HERE, for more information related to the re-opening of TDSB Schools

Upcoming Information/Updates:

  • Next week, our School will share information regarding our:
    • Staggered School Start Dates
    • Classes/Cohorts
    • Revised School Day Schedule/Timetable
    • Student/Visitor Entry/Exit locations
  • We know our School Community has many questions – as we get closer to the start of the school year, we remain committed to updating you with new information as it becomes available
  • As we continue to develop our School Re-Opening Plans and have further information to share next week, we will do so via email and on our school website and we remind our School Community to continue to visit the TDSB website for the latest information
  • As always, please do not hesitate to contact our school directly via telephone at (416) 396 6555 with any questions/inquiries

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Stay Well & Take Care,
Mr. J. Romano, Principal & Ms. N. Blackwood-Fuller, Vice Principal