As we transition back to face-to-face learning, our priority remains the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty.
The 2021-22 Return to School and Return to Boarding plans below outline the guidelines, structures and expectations we have put in place to help minimize the potential exposure of our students and staff to COVID-19. These plans also allow us to quickly transition to other learning models according to government regulations, changing health parameters, and our evolving understanding of teaching and learning practices. We will continue to work with our health partners to develop and evolve our planning. We are confident that we will be able to care, as we always have, for our students.
We are currently awaiting further guidance from the Ontario Ministry of Education and Toronto Public Health, and will provide the detailed 2021-22 Health & Safety Guidelines in August, prior to the start of the school year. We will continue to follow all government health and safety regulations, including symptom screening, masking and ventilation, and will update our guidelines responsively.
All healthy students and employees who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 can come to school. Staff who are not required to be in the building will continue to work from home. Visitors, including parents/guardians, are strictly limited and only permitted by prior appointment. Non-essential visitors are not allowed to enter the school.
No person should attend school if unwell or any members of their household are unwell with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Junior School students are back at school full-time with a return to regular class sizes. We will continue cohorting (i.e. students will be assigned to a single group and attend all classes only with that cohort). Most specialist subjects such as physical education, visual arts, music and French will return, and athletics and fitness activities will be incorporated into the day.
Middle School students are back to school full-time, and will return to regular class sizes. We will continue with cohorting (i.e. students will be assigned to a single group and attend all classes only with that cohort). Student will travel to specialist classrooms for subjects such as visual arts, drama and physical education).
Senior School students are back in school five days a week, with four periods a day and a return to regular class sizes. We will continue the semestered program (with the exception of AP Seminar, AP Research and some e-Learning Consortium Canada classes). Teacher Advisory Group (TAG) will be held in person.
Short term remote learning is available. Remote learners will connect with their teachers and cohort through a combination of live Google Meets and independent online work. This option is available for the fall term.
Junior School Students can access support at school from their teachers, including Learning Resource teachers. Students can also each out online to their teachers during designated office hours. Daily homeroom time allows students to connect with their peers and teachers. The Advisory program also continues for Grades 4 - 6.
Middle School Supports for Middle School students include the Blastoff program, Homeroom, the Middle School Counsellor, wrap-around monitoring, technology training and skills development, and extra academic help.
Senior School We continue to support student social and emotional wellness through the collaboration of counsellors, teachers, the School Psychologist and Learning Resource Centre teachers. Students can meet virtually with counsellors and the psychologist. To help our students succeed in a blended learning environment, we provide academic support including the creation of a Learner Profile for each student, extra help and community learning, and technical support and training.
Students would move to a distance learning model if conditions and regulations require a closure of the BSS campus. Our planning allows us to quickly transition to other learning models according to government regulations, changing health parameters and our evolving understanding of teaching and learning practices.
Non-essential visitors are not allowed to visit the school at this time. BSS will host a number of online events where prospective families can learn more about the school. Click here to learn more or check out this online tour of our campus.
Please check back in August 2021 for more details on our Health & Safety Guidelines and Boarding FAQ.