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 your ongoing understanding and support as we continue to work together to ensure the health and safety of all in 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 – Healthy Habits To Help Prevent The Spread Of COVID-19:
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  • 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. UPDATE – 2020/2021 Progress Reports (In-Person School Information):

  • 2020/2021 Progress Reports will be distributed on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 for Students who are attending school In-Person
  • During the week of Monday, November 9, 2020, information regarding Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences will be shared with Parents/Guardians:
    • Parents/Guardians will receive an information letter/form as Teachers schedule Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences with Parents/Guardians directly
    • Teachers will schedule Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences with Parents/Guardians Virtually (using Video Conferencing, such as Google Meet) or by telephone
    • As a reminder, due to Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences, Friday, November 20, 2020 has been scheduled as a PA Day, with no school for Students
  • Should Parents/Guardians have any questions regarding scheduling Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences, please contact our school Main Office at (416) 396 6555, or your Child’s Teacher directly

E. NEW – Grade 8 To Grade 9 High School Transition Information:

  • A smooth transition from Grade 8 to Grade 9 contributes to a strong foundation for success in Secondary School and beyond
  • Grade 8 is a time for Students to look to the future and to think about their selection of courses for Grade 9 and throughout High School
  • As shared with the Parents/Guardians of Grade 8 Students on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 by the TDSB, to support Student planning for a successful transition from Elementary to Secondary School, the information and links below will assist Grade 8 Students and Families as you navigate the transition to High School – please review the following in detail:
  • Further, Grade 8 Families are encouraged to reference and review the following “2020-2021 Grade 8 to 9 Transitions Timeline & Checklist”:

Grade 8 to 9 Transitions Timeline and Checklist

  • During upcoming Progress Report Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences, Grade 8 Teachers will discuss with Parents/Guardians Grade 8 To Grade 9 High School Transition Information
  • Should Parents/Guardians have any questions regarding the Grade 8 To Grade 9 High School Transition, please contact our school Main Office at (416) 396 6555

F. REMINDER – 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
  • Please click/tap HERE to read the latest letter to Parents/Guardians from the TDSB, regarding this Elementary Switching Update

G. REMINDER – Student Lates & Absences:

  • One measure of keeping our Students safe is to ensure we can account for any absences or reasons for being late to school
  • We would like to remind you that if your child is going to be absent or late for any reason, we ask that you contact the school immediately via telephone at (416) 396 6555 and report the reason for the absence
  • If we are not informed about the absence, we will make attempts to contact you through our automated call-out system to determine the reason for the absence
  • To find out how this automated system works please click/tap HERE 
  • Please let our Main Office know by calling our school at (416) 396 6555 if your contact information, including phone number, changes at any time throughout the school year
  • Thank you for your continued cooperation to keep your children safe and accounted for

H. NEW – School Community Resources:

  • YMCA Of Greater Toronto’s Food Drive:

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  • Service Canada – Transition To New Benefits:

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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