- Physical Distancing
- Cleaning Procedures
- Illness Protocols
- Testing and Masks
- Ventilation and Filtration
How will physical distancing be enforced among students?
- TMS is committed to the concept of cohorts of 20 students or less and, for all staff/faculty and for students in Grades 1-12, masking. Teachers can connect in class and on the playground while still maintaining physical distancing.
- In common areas through both campuses, we have markers to remind people about spacing and will continue to limit the number of people in larger meeting rooms.
- In classrooms, desks will be spaced apart and all will face in one direction.
- We may continue to require more physical distancing measures based on the age and level of the students (e.g. plexiglass, dividers, etc.). It is important to note that throughout the school we have a number of large classrooms, common spaces and outdoor learning areas that lend themselves to being used for student learning and student activities.
- We will continue to monitor the guidelines and advice from York Region Public Health
Updated: August 9, 2021
What are the cleaning procedures at both campuses?
- All cleaning/disinfecting procedures follow protocols as laid out by Public Health Ontario and the Ontario Healthcare Housekeepers Association (OHHA).
- All TMS Facilities staff have been trained on the correct and appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), infection control and new training protocols.
- A 10am to 7pm shift will continue to allow for more frequent daytime cleaning and disinfecting.
- Cross training/familiarizing between both campuses will be conducted for daytime staff to allow for increased flexibility in supporting both campuses as needed.
What kinds of products are being used for daily cleaning?
- We are using Oxivir TB disinfectant for daily cleaning/disinfection.
- Clorox disinfectant hand wipes or equivalent will be used where spray cannot be utilized.
What changes from last year will continue to ensure health and safety?
- We are aiming to reduce high touch points wherever possible so are planning to:
- Prop open doors during arrivals/departures (taking Fire Code into account)
- Going paperless in offices wherever possible
- Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers are located at each entry/exit point of school.
- Standalone automatic hand sanitizer dispensers are at each reception area.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers are placed by each classroom entrance
How often will the school be cleaned/disinfected?
- High Touch Point disinfecting will be completed in all commons areas by 9am, 12pm and 2pm.
- We will continue to do full cleaning /disinfecting of classrooms, washrooms, and offices in the evening 5 days a week.
- Common area washrooms will be cleaned midmorning and midafternoon or “on call” as required.
- A washroom cleaning sign off sheet will be posted in all common area washrooms.
- In addition to the daily cleanings, all washrooms/change rooms will be steam cleaned monthly.
- Enhanced cleanings will take place during school holiday weekends and breaks.
- At both campuses, we will use disinfectant foggers and electrostatic sprayers to clean the playground, disinfect classroom supplies and Athletic equipment.
What is the plan for required fire drills?
- ·Working with guidance from the Fire Code, Fire Plan and Fire Officials, TMS has created a plan for fire drills with every effort being made to allow for physical distancing.
Will TMS have external contractors on site during the day?
- Wherever possible, contract work will be carried out in evenings, on weekends or during school breaks to limit exposure. All contractors must adhere to TMS’s safety protocols and guidelines.
What about water fountains?
- Students will be able to use the water bottle filling stations but the water fountain spouts have been removed
Can we use the elevator?
- The elevators at both campuses can only be used by individuals or students/teachers in the same family or cohort.
Will there be reminders about physical distancing?
- Signage continues to be in place to remind our students and staff about physical distancing, handwashing and room occupancy.
Updated August 9th, 2021
What are the current illness protocols if my child doesn't feel well before coming to school?
If your child doesn't feel well, and is experiencing any of the symptoms currently listed on the daily screening questionnaire, you should keep them at home and call or email the School about their absence.
TMS is under the jurisdiction of York Region Public Health (YRPH) and therefore must follow their directives.
The following chart from the Government of Ontario indicates what you should do if you, your child, or someone in your immediate household develops current COVID-19 symptoms. If your child has any of the symptoms in the chart below, they should not come to school. If your child develops any of the symptoms at school they will be sent home.
What happens if my child, or someone in our immediate household is exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 via a PCR, rapid molecular, or rapid antigen test?
The following chart from the Government of Ontario indicates what you should do if you, your child, or someone in your immediate family develops current COVID-19 symptoms:
Since Covid-19 testing is no longer available to symptomatic individuals in the general population and confirmatory testing will not be readily available, TMS will no longer request PCR confirmatory testing result in order to return.
If an individual is symptomatic with one or more major symptom (s) or two or more other symptoms as listed in the chart above, they should isolate as outlined in the chart.
If you have any questions, we encourage you to check with York Region Public Health HERE. For all other issues, please contact your child's Academic Head.
To report an absence from school, use the Safe Arrival line at:
- Lower School: 905-889-6882 (press 1) or email SafeArrival@tmsschool.ca
- Upper School: 905-780-1002 (press 1) or email SafeArrivalem@tmsschool.ca
What can we expect to happen if the School has a positive COVID-19 case in the community?
As per the most recent (January 3, 2022) COVID-19 Updates from the Province of Ontario, York Region Public Health informed schools that:
- Effective immediately, schools and child care settings are no longer required to report cases of COVID-19 to York Region Public Health
- York Region Public Health will no longer be dismissing cohorts in school or child care settings and will not be involved in the management of COVID-19 exposures
As a result, our School Community will no longer receive Public Health notices of positive cases. Rather, each situation/family will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and we will rely on families to strictly adhere to quarantine and isolation guidelines mentioned above. In the interest of transparency and openness, TMS will continue to inform parents of directly impacted classes when a teacher or student tests positive on a rapid antigen test.
We acknowledge that this situation may be a little stressful but we will continue to do everything we can as a School to ensure the health and safety of our Community.
If absenteeism due to illness rises to approximately 30% above normal levels, TMS, like all other schools and child care centres, is expected to notify families and staff/providers with information on appropriate public health measures (e.g., monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms).
Who should I contact if I have specific public health or COVID-19 related questions?
Due to the volume of questions from our Community, and the fast changing landscape of this pandemic, we ask that you direct your questions to Public Health. They are best equipped to give you the most recent guidelines and advice. TMS is located in York Region and, as such, is guided by the policies of York Region Public Health.
You can contact them with your questions at: 1-800-361-5653
Last Updated: January 13, 2022
Testing and Masks
What is TMS's masking policy?
- Masks for all staff, faculty and students from CH 2/3 (NEW) to Grade 12 are required to be worn in classrooms, hallways, common areas and on our shuttle bus. Masks will not be required outdoors as long as physical distancing can be maintained (but should be carried at all times).
- Please send any child in your house in CH 2/3 to Grade 12 to school wearing a three-layer mask and with additional back-up masks in their backpacks. The masks must fit well, covering the mouth and nose without any openings around the face and, should be either a medical mask or 3-layer non-medical mask.
- Toddler and CH 1 students are encouraged, but not required, to wear a non-medical mask. Toddler and Children’s House staff will wear a mask indoors at all times and are permitted to remove their mask outdoors briefly, if physical distancing can be maintained. Toddler and CH1 staff will also wear eye protection indoors as per CCEYA directives.
- If students are unable to wear a mask for health reasons, please contact your child's teacher. The student will require appropriate medical exemption from a physician and should adhere to alternative methods in order to maintain health & safety.
- If a student loses a mask or forgets theirs, TMS will have a limited quantity of extras on hand, available at both reception desks.
- Parents: Please ensure you are also wearing masks when dropping off or picking up your child, especially at the Lower School when you may need to exit your cars to help your children in and out of car seats.
Will students, staff and/or faculty be required to do tests this year?
As an additional layer of protection in tandem with the many measures already in place, TMS will implement twice weekly (Monday and Thursday) rapid antigen self-testing at home for all unvaccinated students from Grades 1 to 12, as well as fully vaccinated
5-11 year old students (due to the much higher transmissibility of the Omicron variant compared to earlier variants), at no cost to parents. This may take a few weeks to implement so we appreciate your patience and will keep you fully informed of the timeline as details of this process are confirmed. We will look at adding children in the Toddler and Children's House program at a slightly later date.
Due to the fact that the number of new Covid-19 cases in Ontario is rising very significantly, we want to do everything possible to protect our most vulnerable populations in the school, and we ask for your support in consenting to this program. For unvaccinated students, it provides a critical protection from the Covid-19 virus.
99% of our employees are fully vaccinated, and the very small number with a formal medical exemption will also participate in the twice weekly self-testing. VERY IMPORTANT: Anyone experiencing Covid-19 symptoms must not do the self-testing but should contact their family doctor for advice. Self-testing is only for asymptomatic individuals. Also, please do not share the tests with anyone except your child.
Please note: Unvaccinated students in the Lower School whose parents choose not to have them participate in the self-testing will be enrolled in online learning from the date when the self-testing program comes into effect.
Eligible students with a medical exemption from Covid-19 immunization can participate in on-campus learning with required twice weekly self-testing at home.
Thank you for your support in helping our school to stay open and in keeping everyone healthy and safe.
If/how will the school communicate a positive test within the school community?
- TMS will continue to follow all directives from York Region Public Health, just as we currently follow their directives when it comes to all communicable diseases.
Updated January 13, 2022
What is the school doing about ventilation systems?
- TMS has continued to review the best practices from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), along with other organizations and our own HVAC service provider. Last year, our School made significant enhancements at both our campuses to our Ventilation and Filtration systems. We will continue to ensure excellent air quality in our campuses by doing the following:
- Using MERV13 filters in our air handling and RTUs
- Running our Building Automation System (BAS) to include Pandemic modules to allow for 100% Fresh Air flushing
- Continuing our filter change schedule of every 4 months
- Having all exhaust fans operational to run 24/7
- Continuing to use HEPA filtered ‘air scrubbers’ in learning spaces across both campuses. These filters remove 99.7% of bacteria and viruses from the air
Last Updated: August 9th, 2021
- Classroom Protocols
- Cohorts and Schedules
- Evaluation and Assessment
- Supply Lists
- Tools and Materials
- Summer Resource List
- Technology Support
- Additional Classrooms and Outdoor Spaces
Elementary Classroom Protocols
Effective September 8th when our 2021/2022 school year starts, our Elementary Program will run as follows.
What do the different formats for program delivery mean?
- An “in school” day is when we will fully deliver the program at school (our start in September will have all students on campus, learning in school).
- A “Learning@Home day is when we will fully deliver the program on-line due to unavoidable school closures.
- “Remote Curriculum” will be offered to families who want to have their child/ren continue with online when we return to school in September. Students will be in the same class with the same teacher whether in school or online. Please note this is the same model as last year.
- NOTE: Families MUST decide if their child/ren will be enrolling in the Remote Curriculum option by Monday, August 23rd . If a student enrolls in remote curriculum to start the school year, families will have a grace period until September 23rd to switch to in-school learning if they change their minds. After September 23rd, all remote curriculum students are committed to this model until November 1st, at which time they can choose to rejoin their class in-person. If a student enrolled in in-school learning is absent due to sickness, appointments etc., he/she WILL NOT be permitted to join online classes.
- If you wish to enroll in remote curriculum, please fill out THIS FORM by Monday, August 23, 2021
What if my child doesn’t come to school on an “in school” day?
We are asking families to commit to having their child learn online or in-school for a period of 6 weeks to ensure consistency for our students and teachers. After the 6 week block, families are welcome to switch modes of learning.
If a child is absent due to sickness, appointments etc. he/she WILL NOT be permitted to join online classes.
What is the format for in-school?
- Students will be in cohorts of 20 or fewer students and one teacher will stay with the children all day. This will be their homeroom.
- We will be following a 5-day (Monday to Friday) schedule similar to last year
- We are planning for 100% of students to be in school every day.
- In the event we have to switch to Learning@Home for a short period of time, please note that your child’s teachers will be the same whether in school or online.
What about specialists?
- Specialist teachers - Art, Innovation, French and Music will travel to each class to deliver their lessons. They will also be streamed to the students learning at home.
- Students will stay in their homeroom for specialist classes.
- Gym will be held outside and/or in the new Gym when possible.
How will the music program be delivered?
To begin the term, our Music Program will run as it did last year with the potential addition of vocal repertoire. The music program will continue to meet the objectives of musical literacy through traditional and technological supported student learning of:
Written and applied theory
Ear training and listening
Historical and world perspectives
Reading and rhythm skills
Orff, Kodaly and other musical exploration
- While the concepts and objectives of the program will be largely unchanged, the focus will be on student learning and teaching for process-based learning.
- Please see the section on Supply Lists for additional information about instruments.
Will there be the need for partitions or separate desks in classrooms?
- At this time, we are planning to have single desks for each child to maintain physical distancing.
- The lesson table will be divided into partitions for smaller group work.
- In Lower Elementary, carpet work will continue but we will be replacing carpets with vinyl mats for easy sanitation.
Updated August 17, 2021
Cohorts and Schedules
Starting in September 2021, the TMS Elementary Program will be delivered with cohorts of 20 students or less and one teacher with 100% of students in school at one time.
What will the schedule look like?
- Students will be grouped into single-grade cohorts to a maximum of 20 students by grade (i.e., all 20 students in a Grade 6 cohort will be in Grade 6).
- Cohorts will be a mix of existing classes to maintain friendships.
- All cohorts (20 classes) will have their own Google Classroom. All assignments will be located there for students and/or parents to access.
- The schedule is based on a 5-day cycle (Monday to Friday) with all lessons happening on the same days/times each week.
- The homeroom teacher will teach all core subjects (Math, Language, Science, and Culture).
- Teachers will continue to organize and meet with other teachers (teaching the same grade) to plan curriculum.
- Each week, students will receive teaching in the following subjects:
Math and Language
5 times a week
2 times a week
4 times a week
2 times a week
2 times a week
2 times a week
1 time a week
1 time a week
What is a ‘cohort’ in Elementary and how will you differentiate them?
- Cohorts in Elementary will be made up of each CLASS (none larger than 20 students).
- Efforts will be made to ensure cohorts do not interact together during regular school hours but may in the context in-person co-curricular activities (e.g. house league athletics).
- We have divided up the grades into the following classes/cohorts:
Grade 1 A
Grade 2 A
Grade 3 A
Grade 4 A
Grade 5 A
Grade 6 A
Grade 1 B
Grade 2 B
Grade 3 B
Grade 4 B
Grade 5 B
Grade 6 B
Grade 1 C
Grade 2 C
Grade 3 C
Grade 4 C
Grade 5 C
Grade 6 C
Grade 2 D
Grade 3 D
Class placement letters and school orientation dates and times will be sent out in August.
Updated August 17, 2021
Elementary Evaluation and Assessment
How will students in the Elementary Program be assessed?
- Assessment, evaluation and reporting activities will proceed as usual, with a focus on the achievement of overall expectations and the primary purpose of assessment and evaluation being to improve student learning
- Culminating activities, such as performance tasks, demonstrations, projects, and essays may be used instead to determine students’ grades or marks
- Teachers will use a variety of assessment tasks to inform instruction, improve learning, and report on student achievement
- Outcomes will be achieved through a variety of methods including: presentations (oral and written), peer to peer sharing, written assignments and project based assignments.
- Evaluation will be ongoing and shared on written work and through Google Classroom
How will teachers provide feedback?
- Teachers will provide feedback to students at regular checkpoints on tasks that extend over multiple lessons
- Students will submit assignments and receive feedback from the teacher. Assessment will focus on a formative approach that shows one or more of the following criteria as it applies to the learning:
- Knowledge – the ability to recall information
- Comprehension - the ability to understand text and information
- Application - the ability to apply the same information in different contexts
- Evaluation – the ability to present opinions and share ideas based on previously acquired knowledge
- Critical thinking
- Teachers will provide choice with follow-up activities to allow students to pursue various ways that demonstrate their learning
- Teachers will give ongoing feedback to students and monitor deadlines and student progress in terms of timely submission, quality of work and understanding of material covered.
- Summative assessments will be based on formative results and done at the discretion of the teacher
What about report cards and Parent Teacher meetings?
- Report cards will be provided for all students, including those who may plan to only participate through remote learning.
- Anecdotal report cards will continue to be provided in December
- Parent Teacher Interviews will occur via Zoom as planned in the TMS calendar
Updated August 9th, 2021
Tools and Materials
We are mindful of the need for Elementary students to have access to the appropriate tools and resources that can be easily cleaned and shared if needed.
What technology will students be using?
- Our current plan is for all Elementary students to receive a TMS iPad that is theirs to use at school. The iPad will remain at school each day.
- There is no additional cost to parents.
- There is no additional cost to parents.
What other tools will my child need?
- Children will have their own notebooks, workbooks and pencil cases and a designated space to keep them.
- Each child will be provided with a container to store items.
What about shared materials?
- Any shared materials will go on a specified table to be disinfected between uses or between students.
Will students have access to library books?
- The Library will continue to be used as a classroom with our librarian continuing to be a homeroom teacher. It is our plan to have baskets of books set up in each classroom and rotated weekly.
- Fiction books for reading
- Nonfiction books for research based on weekly units of study
- Books will follow the same cleaning protocols as other shared resources and materials.
- We will also have one of our teachers visiting classes weekly with a library cart of books pertaining to areas of study and a variety of genres for all students to sign out at their leisure.
Updated August 9th, 2021
What happens if we have questions about technical issues when either Learning@ Home or participating in an in school class through streaming?
- We encourage faculty, students, and parents to contact email@example.com for any tech related questions. This account is managed by our Online Tech Support Team. They will triage concerns and connect with the inquiring party likely by phone.
- To assist us, for technical problems please provide details of the problem including:
- When the issue started?
- How long has the issue been occurring or is this the first time?
- What steps have you tried to resolve the issue?
- What was the activity you were doing just prior to the issue?
- Did you receive any error messages? If so, please send a screen capture of it or a synopsis of the error.
- You can provide additional information or details about this issue by email which will update the ticket.
What about support for Zoom or Google?
- If you are seeking support for Zoom, please visit the Zoom support site for assistance: https://support.zoom.us
- If you are seeking support for Google Meet, please visit the Google support site for assistance: https://support.google.com/meet
What Technology Platforms are used in the Elementary Program?
- TMS provides secure technology environments to enrich student learning. The following electronic platforms will be used by Elementary teachers to deliver curriculum: Google Meets, Google Classroom, RAZ-Kids, Epic Books, IXL Math, and IXL Language.
Updated July 15, 2021
Additional Classrooms and Outdoor Spaces
What new spaces will be used for learning?
- To accommodate our commitment to cohorts, we have created additional classroom spaces in our old gym, Studio, art room and library. We have also expanded existing classrooms to accommodate social distancing between desks.
What about outdoor learning?
- We are very excited about our four outdoor classroom spaces.
- Each Elementary classroom will have a scheduled daily time or time(s) as determined by the teacher to study and experience learning in nature.
- Times and spaces will rotate biweekly.
- For students learning at home, any outdoor lessons and/or assignments will be posted to Google Classroom daily.
Updated July 15, 2021
What is TMS doing to support student wellbeing in the Elementary program?
- This year Elementary has formally incorporated into its curriculum regularly scheduled Community Circle lessons, in which teachers and students discuss social competencies related to their overall wellness. The social emotional health of our students remains a priority as we help them understand themselves, each other and the world around them.
- These lessons reinforce intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive relationship building.
- To foster the wellbeing of our students, we have scheduled 30 minutes a day for Community Circles where each class will participate in learning, discussions and activities with their peers and teachers.
- These circles will focus on monthly themes such as:
- relational learning,
- social and self-awareness,
- growth mindset,
- positivity, and
- This time will also be used to cultivate leadership skills and engage the children in mindfulness activities.
- For the month of September, we are exploring the many aspects of Friendship. We are building our awareness about our roles in friendships and celebrating the many wonderful ideas and experiences we have with our friends.
- Community Circles extend from home and school communities, to our surrounding local communities and to our global community.
Updated July 15, 2021
We acknowledge the need to be able to continue to support the learning needs of all students.
What will Learning Strategies look like in the Fall?
- For students who require the support of our Learning Strategists, we will continue to offer support.
- The Learning Strategist team will be set up in the Innovation Zone. Students from the same cohorts can work there at the same time
- There will be individually scheduled times for students as directed by the Learning Strategist teachers
Updated July 15, 2021
Parents and Visitors
Will parents be allowed on site? Will there be changes to the school’s visitor policy?
- While we appreciate the presence of parents on campus, we will continue our policy from last year about not allowing parents inside the school buildings starting in September. As the school year progresses, we will assess this policy considering Public Health guidelines.
- Parents will be allowed on campus to drop their children off and pick them up.
- We will be limiting all visitors (including contractors) except those deemed essential and will try to ensure those visits happen outside of school time as much as possible.
How will parents be able to contact the school?
- Parents will continue to be able to reach the school as usual by phone or email if they need to contact any of our teachers or staff.
- Parent teacher meetings will be held by Zoom (at least for the Fall term) and we will seek out all ways to have engaging and safe conversations and meetings between parents and the school.
We are exploring a variety of ways to engage parents both in person and virtually – more details to come.
August 9th, 2021
Is TMS still renting out the school’s facilities to external groups like the basketball club after hours? How will that risk be mitigated?
- TMS will continue our decision not to rent out our facilities to external groups. This includes any existing group like gymnastics, basketball or volleyball who use our facilities on evenings and weekends. These groups are a small revenue generator for TMS but we are following public health guidelines about limiting the number of people in our spaces.
- We recognize that many of our TMS students participate in these programs but we want to limit the use of our spaces and ensure we have adequate time outside of the school day for cleaning and disinfecting.
- We will continue to assess how we move forward with rentals once we have had some experiences being back on campus in the fall.
Updated August 9th, 2021
Screening, Arrival and Pick-Up
What type of health screening will be required this year?
TMS will continue to use the OPN Screening Application for students, staff and faculty to perform daily health screening.
Use of this app will begin on the first day that your child attends school.
Our database was cleared over the summer to ensure we have an accurate list of TMS students. If you attended TMS last year, you can EITHER, delete the OPN App and re-download it to your device using the instructions below OR, do the following:
- Go to settings (within the OPN App – bottom right corner icon)
- Press "Data & Privacy"
- Press "Delete all Data" (located on the bottom of the screen)
- Then login again
A video showing the steps above can be viewed HERE (Note: there is no sound on this video).
All parents must complete a self-assessment via the OPN app every morning for each of their child(ren) before arriving at school every day. The app will send a helpful reminder in the morning to complete the screening. Only students with a completed self-screening will be allowed to enter the school. Children who arrive at school without having a completed screening will have to remain outside until parents complete the screening.
Instructions for download and setup are below:
Please use the following direct links to download the OPN app or search for "OPN" in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
Connect to our School:
After downloading the app, you will be prompted with a screen to connect to our school. Please use the code below.
TMS code is: 93281
Create Your Profile(s):
- After downloading the app and connecting to our school, it will ask you for a valid email address to send a verification code to. Please ensure you have access to that email account while you are setting up your OPN account. Once you retrieve the verification number from your email enter it into the OPN app. You will then fill out information about yourself as well as your children. As a first step, please enter your name, and under the dropdown selection where it says Group, select Parent or Guardian.
- When asked to assign a picture to your profile we ask that you please provide a clear photo of your child. If you are checking in multiple children, please try and find a photo that includes all of them together.
- You will then be prompted to complete your child(ren)'s profile. Please enter their First Name and Last Name and under the dropdown selection where it says Group, select the Entrance that your child uses from the dropdown list of Entrances across both campuses. If you aren't sure of what entrance your child(ren) use, CHECK THIS LIST to find out.
If you are checking in multiple children, please select Add Another Child and repeat the same steps as above.
Completing Your Daily Assessments
- Each day, the app will notify you to complete an assessment for your child(ren) by answering the questionnaire. This assessment should be completed BEFORE arriving at school (by 7:45 AM).
- When you launch the app in the morning, you will be taken to your Badge Profile that will indicate your current status is "Pending". This means you have not yet completed your child(ren)'s self-assessment for the day. To complete your child(ren)'s daily assessment, click on the "Check-In" button on your profile and select your child(ren)'s campus (Lower School or Upper School
You will be presented with a list of questions. Click the boxes ONLY if the answer is YES. If the answer to the question(s) is NO, do not check the box and click "Continue".
- Upon successful completion of the self-assessment, click the “x” in the top right hand corner of the screen. This will produce either a Green or Yellow badge for your child(ren). If they receive a GREEN badge, they may proceed to school. If they receive a YELLOW "caution" screen, they may not attend school and you should notify the school of their absence, and contact your family physician for next steps.
- After you have completed your assessment(s), be prepared to show your Green screen (that will reflect results for all the students in your household), upon arrival at school to a TMS staff member.
If you have any questions, please check out the PARENT USER GUIDE for more detailed instructions.
For all technical difficulties, please email Ariana at: Ariana@fhhealth.ca . In order to assist you, she will ask for your consent to create an account on your behalf using your email address (she will not actually be accessing your email, just using the id to create an account).
For any other questions around OPN or daily screening, please contact Blaine Seamone at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will drop-off work?
- This year in order to help with physical distancing and flow within the school we will having a staggered drop off. Elementary Drop Off will be from 8:00 am – 8:25 am.
- Elementary students will be dropped off to our TMS staff at the TMS Kiss-and-Go area which is located at the front of the Atrium. As you pull into the Kiss-and-Go area, please ensure you have your child(ren)’s name card displayed in your front window. These cards will be mailed to you on August 20th.
- When you arrive have the green OPN “PROCEED” screen ready to show the TMS staff person. Once the TMS staff member has verified the screening your child may exit the vehicle and make their way to their designated entrance. Please do not allow your child to exit the car before the TMS staff member has given you the all clear.
- We thank everyone for their patience as we check the self-assessment and help make sure we are doing everything we can to keep our Community safe.
- Please note: Siblings of Elementary in CH2/3 may be dropped off with their Elementary sibling. These CH2/3 students will be taken to their classrooms upon drop off by a TMS staff member.
How will pick-up work?
- Elementary pick-up procedures and locations are as follows:
Please Note: It is important for all parents to adhere as close as possible to your child(ren)'s designated pick-up and drop-off times. This will help drastically with the efficiency of this process. No parking is ever permitted in the Kiss-and-Go area as this is a fire route and you will be asked to move your vehicle if you are not in the immediate process of pick-up or drop off. If you arrive earlier than your pick up time, we ask you to please park in the parking lot and wait. Please also remember that all parents must wear a mask if you need to exit the car when dropping off or picking up their child. This is to ensure the safety of other students and TMS staff.
In order to maintain the cohorts at the Lower School, we are not allowing carpooling at this time. While we understand the benefit for parents to have their child picked up and brought home by another TMS parent, we can only accommodate this if:
- The children are in the same cohort
- The children live in the same household
Otherwise we ask parents to please make arrangements to pick up their children. As with all our R2S planning this year, we will continue to evaluate our policies and procedures on a regular basis and consider any changes as needed.
What Traffic and Parking Protocols are in place this year at the Lower School?
- Drop-Off Zone
- Please do not leave vehicles unattended in the Drop-Off Zone (Kiss-and-Go area) or in the No Parking Zone. This zone is a fire route and parked vehicles are subject to being tagged or towed. For reasons of both safety and courtesy, please do not stop in the marked pedestrian crossing or in the left lane next to the “Drop-Off Zone.” Please circle and park to pick up your child when a spot becomes available.
- Parent Parking
- All students in Grade 6 or lower must be accompanied by an adult when in the parking lot. Please do not park in fire routes, accessible spaces (without a permit) or expectant mothers’ spaces. Violators may be tagged or towed. In addition, please do not double park or park in unmarked spaces.
- Pedestrian Crossing
- When driving, please yield to pedestrians at the designated crossings. When walking, please cross only at the designated pedestrian crossings.
- Signage, Lane Marking and Traffic Calming
- To help everyone stay safe and to model safety and courtesy for students, please read and obey the traffic signs and respect the lane markings. Please note that maximum speed is posted at 20 km/h.
- Parking and Traffic Enforcement
- Parking is available only in designated areas. Vehicles parked in No Parking zones (including fire routes), in the Kiss-and-Go area, or in accessible spaces without a permit may be ticketed and/or towed by the City of Richmond Hill which enforces municipal by-laws. Please note that TMS cannot prevent the City of Richmond Hill from enforcing the by-laws and issuing tickets, nor will TMS pay for tickets which have been issued.
- Traffic Safety Policy
- Student safety is the first and foremost consideration in determining how students are dropped off and picked up at our campuses. The TMS Community must ensure that these guidelines are followed by all students, parents and staff with no exception to the rules.
Updated October 26, 2021
Will the school allow potential new students/families to visit the school? Will the school continue to admit new students, midterm?
- TMS had great success last year as we moved our Enrolment Management work online. We have created virtual tours of both campuses using images and video to give new families a good sense of our physical spaces.
- We have been using Zoom for virtual Information Sessions with panels of students and faculty as a way to connect with students outside of Canada. We have used Zoom and other technologies to do assessments and interviews with new students.
- For the Fall term at least, we anticipate we will continue to use many of these virtual ways to connect with prospective and new families.
- While TMS will be going into the next school year full in most parts of the school, we anticipate that we may have some openings (typically if a family leaves during the year) and, if we have interested families, we will bring them in mid-year. We will certainly ensure we do that using extreme caution and the same health and safety protocols we will be using for all students.
Updated August 9th, 2021
- Elementary Field Trips, In House Visits, Assemblies and Community Events
- Lunch and Recess
We are mindful of the need for elementary students to be comfortable when learning and to make the cleaning of the uniform as easy as possible for parents. Therefore we are making the following changes to our uniform policy.
What is the 2021/2022 uniform policy?
- During in-school days, students are not required to wear formal uniform as items like the blazer require dry cleaning.
- Students are asked to be in a clean casual uniform each day as those items can be easily washed.
- Students are asked to wear black shoes on uniform days and running shoes on gym days.
- Students can wear their gym clothes and running shoes on gym days.
- For colder days, students are asked to wear the TMS tracksuit - non TMS athletic wear or uniforms are not permitted.
- Please note that the change rooms will not be available for use.
- All casual uniform/gym uniform options can be purchased through our uniform provider InSchool Wear . The code for Lower School is tmsb.
- On Learning@Home days, students can choose whatever clothing will be comfortable and conducive to learning.
- For the Lower Elementary uniform list, please click HERE
- For the Upper Elementary uniform list, please click HERE
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Updated August 18th, 2021
Elementary Field Trips, In House Visits, Assemblies and Community Events
Will Field Trips be offered?
- At this time we are hoping to offer a combination of off campus field trips and virtual field trips. Read more about Elementary Field Trips HERE.
- Costs will vary based on the stage of reopening we are at and the health guidelines around gatherings and travel.
What about In House Visits?
- In House visits may involve virtual visits to various locations such as museums, zoos, and farms; online programs like theatrical productions and anti-bullying workshops.
Will we have Assemblies?
- We will not be holding large group in-person gatherings to start the year. Assemblies will occur virtually until restrictions on gatherings are lifted.
- We will follow the assembly schedule on the school calendar.
How about Community Events?
- At this time, large community events like the Winter Celebration will not be held.
Updated August 9th, 2021
Lunch and Recess
How will lunch be managed?
- Children will eat in class, supervised by a TMS staff member.
- All tables will be cleaned before and after lunch.
- Food can only be provided by parents at home or through Occasions Catering who will adhere to TMS’s health and safety protocols.
Please click HERE for the Occasions Catering Lunch Form
- All students will need to bring their own labeled refillable water bottle for water consumption.
- Please note that the TMS bottle filling stations will be open but the water fountains will not be accessible.
- There will be no sharing of food allowed and no microwaves available.
- Left over lunch items including garbage will be packed up and sent home in the child’s lunch box whenever possible.
What happens at recess?
- Recess and/or outdoor time will occur for Grades 1-2 from 11:30 am -12:00 pm everyday.
- Recess and/or outdoor time for Grades 3-6 will occur at various scheduled times as determined by the schedule.
- To begin the school year, each cohort will be designated a specific area of the playground for recess - that area will rotate on a regular basis.
- Playground spaces are designated for use by each cohort and will be well marked. These spaces include the field and basketball court, and our newly turfed field on the north east side of the campus.
- Our Gym staff will help develop challenges and activities such as relay races and other challenge activity stations to engage students at recess while maintaining physical distancing.
- All equipment used for outdoor play will be sanitized after each use. If needed, we will have multiple sets of equipment.
- Students will enter the school after recess through a designated door to help with physical distancing.
- A TMS teacher or staff member will supervise children outside at recess.
Updated August 9, 2021