Last Updated: June 28, 2021
COVID-19 Safety Plan*
*Please note that our protocols may change in response to public health developments related to COVID-19
The Morris Winchevsky School is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, staff, families, and our greater community. We have therefore taken the time to develop this safety protocol, hoping to minimize the risks of our physical return to our location at 918 Bathurst St. in Toronto. Our COVID-19 Safety Plan follows the provincial, federal, and Toronto District School Board regulations, and errs on the side of caution wherever possible. For general updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, please visit the designated federal website.
According to these, our shule falls well within the allowed capacity for both indoor and outdoor community gatherings. Our teachers have been trained on how to reduce surface- and community-transmission, and wear personal protective equipment while on-site and all students keep their masks on the entire time they are indoors.
Starting in the Fall, the MWS will return to in-person learning at the 918 Bathurst location. The first Shule event will be our Sept 19, 2021 Sukkot/Sukkes Party at Dufferin Grove Park and the first class at 918 Bathurst St will be Sept 26, 2021.
In the case that there will be further lockdowns, we will default to online remote learning as we did in 2020/2021. While our teachers are fully vaccinated most of the students aren't, and we are determined to ensure their safety and health to the best of our abilities.
In order to meet provincial requirements we have decided to take a number of steps to minimize the number of people gathered in any enclosed space at any given time. All students are masked and remain 2 metres apart in their class cohorts from the beginning of the school day until its end, including during snack breaks. Whenever the weather permits, classes may be held at St. Alban's Square’s (the Parkette on Barton St.), located within a 5 min walk of 918 Bathurst.
Unfortunately, we have also decided to cancel the communal snack-time for now. While this was a central part of our community at the Shule, it was also a time when there were many interactions between students, parents, and staff. Chug (art/music/podcast/cooking clubs) and all other activities, as described in the class schedule (in blue) will continue to take place on a staggered class-by-class basis, with increased disinfecting and PPE supplies. Kinder Kaper grownups will also attend wearing masks and maintaining social distance while at the Shule space.
Since the 918 Bathurst building will also be hosting the New City Baptist Church on Sunday mornings, we ask that students be dropped off no earlier than 9:55am and picked up no later than five minutes after the end of the shule day. The Church’s congregants will remain upstairs and the two bathrooms will be split between us, to ensure no overlap between our students and the congregants.
Upon arrival and before departure, each student will be greeted by a staff person, ensuring that they disinfect their hands and that their mask is being worn properly (covering their mouth and nose).
While we understand that such a tight schedule will be difficult to maintain, we ask for your support and cooperation in making sure the students arrive and leave at the designated times. Exceptions can be made on a person-by-person basis, and following consultation with the Education Director. Other exceptions will be made for students whose siblings are in different classes. In this case, we ask that all siblings arrive at the earlier time and leave at the later departure time, to minimize disruptions to classes.
Parents who attend shule with their children for the Kinder Kapers class can enter 918 Bathurst and are asked, like all students, to remain in their classroom for the entire duration of the school day (with the exception of washroom breaks). See KK Schedule here.
We ask that all other parents drop off and pick up their children outside the building. If a parent needs to enter the building they must first contact the Education Director.
The 918 Bathurst St. building will be sanitized, including railings, chairs, tables, and bathrooms. We ask that no more than 2 people be present in the bathroom at a given time. All students will wash their hands before eating their snacks. Parents are asked to screen their children each morning before Shule using the Ontario Self-Assessment form or the questionnaire below.
If you or your child have answered yes to any of these questions,
please stay home and get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible.
Remote Learning Options
During the 2020/2021 school year our educators developed interactive multimedia classes for remote online learning. While it was not the ideal learning environment, we are proud of our students’ resilience and adaptation to this format. If public health policy in Ontario changes throughout the school year, we will revert to remote learning as a school, as we did in the Winter 2020 semester. Please review our remote learning guidelines for our philosophy on online learning and the various digital tools such as Second Life, Gather.Town, and Kahoot we employed to make remote learning engaging.
Personal Belongings & Toys
We ask that all students hang their coats and other personal belongings on the hooks below the stairs at 918 Bathurst St. This coatroom offers enough space for all the students’ belongings and reduces the risk of surface transmission of the virus.
School supplies will be disinfected and divided into personal kits, with each student getting their own scissors, glue, pencils, etc. After use, these will be disinfected by Shule staff and stored on-site for the following week. Any supplies or toys that cannot be disinfected between shule weeks will not be used. We ask that families refrain from adding supplies to the personal kits. In the event that a family wishes to bring any items from home, we ask that the Education Director and Teacher be notified in advance and a disinfecting plan be developed for these items.
Process for Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
If a student has had contact with a COVID-19 positive person, has fever or any other COVID-19 symptoms, they must stay home and the Education Director be contacted.
If a student is tested and confirmed to be positive for the COVID-19 virus, their parents will be contacted by an investigator from the Toronto Public Health office and they must notify them that the student attends the Morris Winchevsky Shule and share the Shule's contact information with the investigator.
The Education Director will then inform all the students in that class who will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days. All MWS staff will then get tested for the virus. For the period of the class' isolation, learning will continue remotely, with the teacher leading the class from home. The remainder of the Shule's classes will self-monitor, continue to attend shule regularly, and get tested for COVID-19 if any symptoms manifest.
If a student develops symptoms during the Shule day, they will be isolated on-site and their parents contacted to pick them up. The student's class will then also be sent home and when/if a positive COVID-19 status is confirmed, the above-mentioned procedures will be followed.
Staff will not share personal information, including the name of the individual whose status was confirmed but will contact Toronto Public Health (TPH) for contact tracing purposes. If you have any questions regarding COVID-19, procedures, or regulations, please contact the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline below:
Toronto Public Health Hotline
8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Call if you have questions about COVID-19. Translation is available in multiple languages.