Our priority is the safety and well-being of all of our students, families, teaching faculty and staff while delivering on-site instruction and personal connection between all involved.
The reopening of Richland Academy was guided by the following principles:
In preparation for the 2020-21 school year, Richland Academy has consulted medical professionals as well as resources from:
In addition, Richland has communicated with members of the parent community and employees to understand their questions and concerns.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on our children, staff and families, it is important for us to plan for COVID-19 and mitigate the associated risks. This provides guidance and direction for staff and families to reduce the potential risk for infection.
“I wanted to take a moment to extend our thanks and appreciation to the teachers and staff at Richland for the incredible work that is being done on a daily basis in continuing to provide quality education to our children.
The overall situation remains difficult and stressful for all with no end in sight however; Richland Academy teachers have proven dynamic and have been able to pivot well into this unprecedented virtual learning environment seamlessly.
We recognize and thank you for all your efforts in taking care of and keeping our children safe.”
From S.E. Senior Kindergarten parents (2020-2021)
The following expectations and procedures are in place to ensure that health, safety and hygiene standards are met.
Arrival time: 8:20am – 8:55am
|Pre-K/JK||Early Years Lobby|
|SK||Kindergarten Playground Entrance/Exit|
|Grade 1/2||Main Entrance|
|Grade 3/4/5||Rear Parking Lot Entrance/Exit|
|Grade 6/7/8||Main Playground|
Late Arrivals will only be permitted to enter through the Main Lobby Entrance between 9:30am and 9:45am. Students will not be permitted to enter the building after 10:00am.
During arrival, students and families must be wearing a mask and line up outside their designated entrance 2 meters/6feet apart (keeping physical distance). A staff member will be present at point of entrance to take each child’s temperature, and allow entry.
In order for these arrangements to work well, it is mandatory for students and families to adhere to the designated drop off and late arrival times.
|Pre-K||3:00-3:15pm||Early Years Lobby|
|JK||3:15-3:30pm||Early Years Lobby|
|SK||3:15-3:30pm||Kindergarten Playground Exit|
|Grade 1A/1B||3:15-3:30pm||Class Back Door|
|Grade 2A||3:30-3:45pm||Main Playground|
|Grade 2B||3:30-3:45pm||Class Back Door|
|Grade 3||3:30-3:45pm||Main Lobby Entrance|
|Grade 4||3:45-4:00pm||Early Years Lobby|
|Grade 5||3:45-4:00pm||Kindergarten Playground Exit|
|Grade 6||3:45-4:00pm||Main Lobby Entrance|
|Grade 7/8||3:45-4:00pm||Rear Parking Lot Exit|
Siblings: If you would like to pick up older siblings at the same time as younger siblings, please call the office to make arrangements.
Early pick up is highly discouraged. Only when necessary or deemed urgent, please call the office on the day of the necessary early pick up so that your child can be waiting for you in the main lobby at the requested time. Early pick-up requests can be made no later than 2:45pm, as it will conflict with our dismissal process.
Richland Academy no longer accepts drop-ins. Only children who have been previously registered may attend before and after care.
Before care will be available from 7:30am – 8:20am. Entrance will be through the Early Years Lobby following the same drop-off protocols as above.
Aftercare will be available from 3:00pm-5:00pm for Pre-Kindergarten and 3:15pm to 5:45pm for JK to Grade 8. Please note that the earliest release time is 4:15pm. Students will be released to their parents/guardians through the lobby door. Parents/guardians may not enter the school building.
Please visit our website for the before and after care registration form.
Each teacher will tailor physical distancing plans to meet the needs of the students in their care.
Examples of physical distancing will include:
COVID-19 is primarily spread by respiratory droplet transmission. Frequent and proper hand hygiene (soap and water or hand sanitizer) is critical to limit transmission.
Face masks prohibit spread of the virus even when an infected person is without symptoms. Richland is adopting the following guidelines for face masks:
In order to limit the amount of student to student contact, children will remain and travel with their designated cohort.
In order to keep exposure to a minimum, our specialist teachers will not be visiting all cohorts within the same week. Specialist classes will take place in 2 or 4 week cycles. For example: Grades 4-8 will have French daily for 4 weeks and then Grades 1-3 will have French the next 4 weeks and then JK and SK for the next 2 weeks. The amount of time with the specialist teachers will be the same as during a non-Covid school year, yet in a more condensed time period. During the non-teaching time with the French teacher, students will continue to practice and solidify their French knowledge and understanding by way of web-based practice material.
Specialist classrooms such as the Visual Arts Studio, French classroom, Performing Arts classroom, Library, ICT Lab and Learning Commons will not be used. The specialist teachers will go to each homeroom classroom.
Each class will continue to have Physical Education twice a week with Mr. Demers. Physical education will take place outdoors whenever weather permits. With the large area in our gymnasium, students will be able to effectively physical distance themselves from the teacher and from one another. Activities will be planned that limits the use of shared equipment and any equipment used will be cleaned at the conclusion of the activity. Students will practice hand hygiene before and after class. The gym floor and wall mats will be sanitized between classes. Students should wear their PE uniforms to school on their scheduled PE days as the use of change rooms will not be permitted.
During Performing Arts the students will not be sharing instruments. Group singing, performances and band practices involving wind instruments may pose a higher risk of transmission and will be cancelled until further notice. A large focus of our Performing Arts program will be focused on drama, presentation and communication skills, music and technology integration and music appreciation.
We are very pleased to offer students not on campus opportunities for distance learning if they are not able to come to school for any reason. Students who remain home due to a significant health risk will be able to access lessons and activities similar to those of their in-school classmates. Your child’s teacher will discuss their plan for remote learning with you during a scheduled web conference, as this will look different for each grade.
What does “distance learning” look like?
Students at home will receive daily lessons posted on Google Classroom. Students at home will have scheduled direct instruction time with their homeroom teacher, specialist teachers and distance learning support staff through Zoom. Students at home will also have the opportunity to participate, collaborate and communicate with their in-school classmates through live Zoom connections whenever appropriate and when lessons take place in the classroom (not outside learning). Students at home will also be able to have unstructured social time with their in-school classmates by virtually joining them for lunch time and other events or celebrations. Teachers may not be available to provide immediate feedback on submitted work due to time constraints of managing both in-class and online learning. Teachers will send a weekly log of when to login to live class sessions.
Parents/guardians will be required to pick up their child’s learning material such as text books, workbooks and art supplies prior to the start of school, ensuring their child is ready and prepared for learning. Throughout the school year, parents/guardians may be asked to go to the school to pick up other supplemental materials.
Who should parents contact if they have questions about Home Learning?
Please send e-mails to your child’s classroom teachers. Please be patient and allow 24 hours for their response.
We ask for your patience and understanding as we try these innovative teaching and learning methods for the first time. There is no precedence or experience to reflect on for teaching students at home and in class at the same time. Positive collaboration between home and school will be of tremendous assistance as we navigate through this new experience.
Ms. Nalini is Richland Academy’s Wellness Coordinator. She is responsible for coordinating the planning, development, implementation and monitoring of Richland Academy’s wellbeing initiatives, policies and protocols.
The Wellness Coordinator will:
Because of concern that infectious viral particles can land on surfaces through coughing, sneezing, talking and laughing, Richland is adopting extensive sanitation and cleaning procedures including, but are not limited to:
For the health and safety of each student, students will be required to have their own individual school supplies. Each student’s supplies will remain in their individual case and only they may use/touch them.
Classrooms and use of materials
Laptops, iPads and mice
As in the past, but now more than ever, we are encouraging families to keep their children home when they are sick or not feeling well (i.e. fever, body aches, chills, sore throat, upset stomach, diarrhea, etc).
When you child is absent from school due to COVID-19 (or any other reasons) we are asking parents to:
Contact your child’s teacher(s) if you would like your child to take part in regularly scheduled classes through Zoom to keep up with the child’s assignments and tests while you wait for the necessary documentation.
Attendance will be taken daily for students attending campus before 9:30am and then again at 10am for students arriving late.
Students scheduled to work from home will be considered present for their online class once the homeroom teacher sees that they are present online.
Students in Grade 1-8 will eat their snack and lunch in their designated classrooms.
JK and SK will eat lunch in the café at staggered times and in separate areas. Snacks will be eaten in their classrooms.
The following guidelines will be followed:
Staff, students and visitors must self-screen and complete self-assessment on EduSafe App before entering the school.
Please DO NOT send your child to school if he or she is showing any symptoms of illness or has been required to self-quarantine.
Parents/guardians will have the responsibility of screening their children daily before sending them to school. Students will not be admitted to school if they have failed the screening protocol.
Students must be symptom free for 24 hours and will require a negative COVID-19 test or a medical note from a physician stating that either the child is fit to return to school or the individual is free from communicable disease to be permitted access to the school.
Management of Staff/Children with symptoms
When a child or staff person becomes ill, a member of school administration will report the illness to: York Region Public Health
For all confirmed cases of Covid-19, families and staff at the school will be notified by letter. York Region Public Health (YRPH) will investigate every confirmed case and contact any close contacts directly.
Important: A positive case at the school does not necessarily mean the individual was exposed to Covid-19 at the school. They may have been exposed somewhere else in the community.
What will YRPH do if there is a case of COVID-19 in a school setting?
Other contacts would also be investigated, such as household contacts, or any other place the case may have visited while infectious
York Region Public Health is committed to transparency and working together with schools, school boards, students and parents. In the event of a case or outbreak of COVID-19, YRPH will work alongside their community partners to ensure frequent communication is provided to anyone impacted, while maintaining the privacy of those involved.
Below link contains information on what York Region Public Health does if Covid-19 in detected in a school.
If a previously ill child or staff person has:
1) tested NEGATIVE for COVID-19
2) remained symptom-free for at least 24hours, they may return to the school (unless they have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case or symptomatic person(s), in which case, they will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the last time they had close contact with the confirmed or suspected case).
Note: Individuals tested positive for COVID-19 require direction from York Region Public Health regarding when they can return to school.
The decision to close the school will be determined by York Region Public Health.
Last updated on Feb 12, 2021