School Re-opening Update

Posted On Friday July 24, 2020

Thames Valley will be ready to welcome all students back to school with enhanced public health protocols, but is also prepared to provide a blend of in-school and at-home learning if required by COVID-19 conditions in September.

In June, the Ministry of Education asked school boards to prepare plans for reopening schools in the upcoming year. We will be presenting our plans to the ministry soon based on the following scenarios outlined by the government:

1. Regular school day routine with enhanced public health protocols – students at school every day in classes that reflect standard class size regulations.

2. Modified school day routine – an adaptive model designed to allow for physical distancing and maximum groups of 15 students in a typical classroom at one time, requiring alternating attendance for each group. Every effort will be made to ensure children from the same family are able to attend school on the same day.

3. At home learning – fully online education based on guidelines provided by the Ministry allowing for an enhanced educational experience for students.

Thames Valley District School Board plans are expected to be submitted to the Ministry for review in the coming days and the Board expects to communicate with parents and guardians in early August about their child’s schedule.

To help Board staff plan for reopening, two of the Thames Valley’s largest schools – Saunders Secondary School and Eagle Heights Public School – were chosen to pilot public health protocols.

Enhanced protocols include physical distancing measures, additional handwashing stations, installation of hand sanitizer dispensers, the use of protective barriers, directional signage and floor markers, enhanced cleaning procedures, and classroom configurations. Schools will undergo enhanced cleaning after school hours and high-touch surfaces will be disinfected through the school day.

We thank our school communities for their patience and understanding as we continue to follow direction from the Ministry of Education and Public Health.