COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

The next opportunity to transfer from in-person learning to online learning or online learning to in-person learning will be on April 20, 2021.

Note: No changes will be considered until then as we require time to re-organize classes in response to requests.


February 23, 2021

Joint letter from the Medical Officer of Health and Directors of Education

February 19, 2021

RE: VIRTUAL GRADUATIONS FOR THE CLASS OF 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Last year, we held out hope that we would be able to gather for traditional graduation ceremonies. With the ongoing pandemic, however, it simply was not possible and our schools hosted virtual ceremonies last fall.

This year, we are accepting the reality sooner rather than later. We have asked our elementary and secondary schools to plan for virtual graduations this spring.

Going from Grade 8 to Grade 9 and from secondary school to college, university, apprenticeship training, independent living or the world of work is an important transition in a young person’s life.

While our preference would have been to watch each and every graduate cross the stage to accept their diplomas, please know that our schools will go the extra mile to mark the milestone and make it memorable for students, school staff, families and friends.

We look forward to celebrating together, while safely apart.

Thank you for your continued understanding.

February 19, 2021

RE: March Break postponed to April 12 to 16, 2021
April 19, 2021 Professional Activity Day rescheduled to March 19, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Rainbow District School Board, Sudbury Catholic District School Board, Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon and Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario have updated the School Year Calendar for 2020-2021.

The Ministry of Education has postponed the March Break until April 12 to 16, 2021.

As a result, teaching and learning will continue the week of March 15 to 19, 2021.

In addition, the Professional Activity Day on April 19 has been rescheduled to March 19.

The four school boards have worked together to produce a common calendar for many years, facilitating the co-ordination of services such as student transportation.

Updated Calendar for the 2020-2021 School Year
Elementary and Secondary Schools

March Break – March 15 to 19, 2021 – Postponed
Good Friday – April 2, 2021
Easter Monday – April 5, 2021
April Break – April 12 to 16, 2021 – NEW
Victoria Day – May 24, 2021
Last Day of School for Students – June 29, 2021

Professional Activity Days – Sudbury/Espanola/Manitoulin
March 19, 2021 – NEW
April 19, 2021 – Cancelled
June 11, 2021

The Updated School Year Calendar for 2020-2021 is available on rainbowschools.ca.

February 12, 2021

RE: MARCH BREAK POSTPONED TO WEEK OF APRIL 12 TO 16, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The Ministry of Education has postponed March Break to April 12 to 16, 2021.

As a result, teaching and learning will continue the week of March 15 to 19, 2021.

Transportation will also continue for in-person learners.

The Ministry decision was based on guidance from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

On behalf of Rainbow Schools, I would like to thank students and families for your continued flexibility, patience and understanding.

We appreciate your support as we respond to COVID-19.

Please know that health and safety remains the first and foremost priority.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

February 8, 2021

RE: SCREEN FOR COVID-19 AS PART OF YOUR MORNING ROUTINE

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The start of the new semester in our secondary schools is an opportune time to remind parents/guardians and students to screen for COVID-19 as part of your morning routine.

Before leaving home for school, it’s important that students self-screen for symptoms by using the online school screening tool that can be accessed at the following link:
https://www.rainbowschools.ca/parents/covid-19/covid-19-resources/

NEW: The Ministry of Education now requires that secondary schools confirm with students that they have completed the self-screening tool before leaving home daily. This will be done during first period attendance. Please post a note on the fridge or set a daily reminder to screen for COVID-19 each and every day BEFORE leaving for school.

Self-screening, wearing masks, washing hands, physical distancing and maintaining cohorts are all part of the health and safety protocols in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Students must stay home from school if they are sick, have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, have been advised by a doctor, health care provider or Public Health to self-isolate, and/or have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.

Let’s take care of ourselves and take care of each other.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

February 3, 2021

Joint letter from the Medical Officer of Health and Directors of Education

January 13, 2021

RE: SCHOOLS REMAIN OPEN AND IN-PERSON LEARNING CONTINUES

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Rainbow Schools remain open and in-person learning continues as the Province of Ontario implements additional measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Transportation will also continue for elementary and secondary students in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin.

As indicated previously, we are following health and safety protocols to keep everyone safe – wearing masks, washing hands, physical distancing and maintaining cohorts. To support provincial efforts, parents/guardians and students are reminded that masks are required outdoors when students cannot physically distance; appropriate masks must be worn at all times (no bandanas, scarves, etc.); and students cannot congregate before school starts. Students are also asked to go directly home after school and stay home to limit contacts.

While secondary students may continue to go home for lunch, they cannot go to public places during lunch. Students can go outside at lunch and must wear a mask at all times, unless they are physically distanced from each other. Students must wear a mask when walking to and from school, unless they are alone. Only small groups are permitted.

Parents/guardians are reminded to screen their children daily for any COVID-19 symptoms. Students must stay home from school if they are sick, have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, have been advised by a doctor, health care provider or Public Health to self-isolate, and/or have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days. Secondary students can self-screen and monitor for symptoms.

The COVID-19 screening tool can be accessed at rainbowschools.ca at the following link:
https://www.rainbowschools.ca/parents/covid-19/covid-19-updates/

The school screening tool will be updated soon. Please review and follow the guidance.

The next opportunity for parents/guardians to transfer students from in-person to remote and remote to in-person learning will be February 8, 2021. This will be the final opportunity for the school year. Parents/guardians will be invited to confirm their status by completing a survey available from January 20 to 22, 2021. Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

January 8, 2021

RE: IN-PERSON LEARNING RESUMES MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2021
SCREEN FOR COVID-19 AS PART OF YOUR MORNING ROUTINE

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As directed by the Ministry of Education, in-person learning will resume at all Rainbow Schools on Monday, January 11, 2021. Transportation will also resume.

Please continue to follow the health and safety protocols in place to keep everyone safe – wearing masks, washing hands, physical distancing and maintaining cohorts.

Parents/guardians are reminded to screen their children daily for any COVID-19 symptoms. Students must stay home from school if they are sick, have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, have been advised by a doctor, health care provider or Public Health to self-isolate, and/or have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days. Secondary students can self-screen and monitor for symptoms.

The COVID-19 screening tool can be accessed at rainbowschools.ca at the following link:
https://www.rainbowschools.ca/parents/covid-19/covid-19-updates/

Students with symptoms are encouraged to get tested.

Students who test negative for COVID-19 can return to school if they do not have a fever (without using medication) and it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (if they had symptoms), 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting/diarrhea.

Students who test positive for COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 as determined by Public Health, can return to school only when they are cleared by Public Health Sudbury & Districts to do so.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

January 2, 2021

Letter to parents from the Minister of Education

December 29, 2020

RE: STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN REMOTE LEARNING JANUARY 4 TO 8, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The Government of Ontario has implemented a province-wide shutdown to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Students attending Rainbow Elementary Virtual School will resume their regular timetable on January 4th. In-person learners in elementary and secondary schools will shift to teacher-led remote learning from January 4th to 8th.

There is one exception. Jean Hanson Public School and the Ruth MacMillan Centre will be open for in-person learning. Students who attend these schools will receive transportation as regularly scheduled. All other schools will be closed next week.

Here’s what will happen for in-person learners on Monday, January 4th:

The focus will be to support the transition to remote learning. Schools will reach out to in-person learners who require technology to learn from home. Teachers will provide instructions to access the appropriate virtual platform (VLE for secondary and Google Classroom for elementary), verify email addresses, ensure the home room/class timetable is posted within the platform and provide reminders about COVID-19 safety practices.

Virtual instruction will begin on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Elementary and secondary students will follow their regular schedules remotely.
Teachers will connect with students to provide additional information.
Students who do not have access to the Internet will receive paper based assignments.

Students who have special education needs will continue to be supported remotely by their classroom teacher and Educational Assistant. Mental health supports will also be available.

Rainbow Schools from Kindergarten to Grade 12 are scheduled to reopen for in-person learning on Monday, January 11, 2021.

All the best to you and your family for a healthy and happy new year.

December 17, 2020

RE: PREPARING FOR ALL SCENARIOS

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Although we are planning for schools to re-open on January 4, 2021, should the return to in person learning be delayed, learning will continue remotely when classes resume.

If your child is currently learning in person, please complete the survey at the following link by Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Please complete one survey per child.

Kindergarten to Grade 8
bit.ly/rdsbpivotKto8

Grades 9 to 12
bit.ly/rdsbpivot9to12

Given that the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly, we have asked students to please bring home any materials they may require for remote learning before leaving school for the holidays.

Should the Ministry of Education and/or Public Health delay the re-opening of schools for in person learning, we will communicate with parents/guardians through the media, rainbowschools.ca and school communications channels.

On behalf of our schools, I would like to thank students and families for following health and safety protocols to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Let’s continue to choose our actions wisely over the holidays to make the return to school as safe as possible. Please see below for resources.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

Happy Holidays!

Resources

Below are resources to help you and your family stay COVID-safe this holiday season.

Letter to parents/guardians and families
Celebrate the Holiday Season Safely
Celebrate safely during COVID-19
Putting your family’s mental wellness first
Guidance for travellers

September 25, 2020

RE: USE SCHOOL SCREENING TOOL FOR COVID-19 DAILY

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Rainbow District School Board is now using the Province of Ontario’s new school screening tool for COVID-19 which can be accessed at the following link:
https://www.rainbowschools.ca/parents/covid-19/reopening/

Parents/guardians are required to screen their children daily for any COVID-19 symptoms and keep them home from school if they are sick, have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, have been advised by a doctor, health care provider or public health to self-isolate, and/or have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days. Secondary students can self-screen and monitor for symptoms.

Safety is a shared responsibility between the school, the home and the community, and families play a critical role in limiting the spread of COVID-19. We remind parents/guardians, students and staff that they must screen for COVID-19 as part of their morning routine.

Parents/guardians and students are not required to bring the screening results to school. They are required to review the checklist daily before leaving home.

The school screening tool will help parents/guardians and students determine next steps, including guidance on when to return to school. If symptomatic students do not get tested, they must isolate for 14 days unless all of the following apply – a doctor diagnosed them with another illness, they do not have a fever (without using medication) and it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (if they had symptoms), 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting/diarrhea.

Students who test negative for COVID-19 can return to school if they do not have a fever (without using medication) and it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (if they had symptoms), 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting/diarrhea.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 as determined by Public Health can return to school only when they are cleared by Public Health Sudbury & Districts to do so.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.


September 24, 2020

Ontario Updates COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

Official News Release

September 17, 2020

RE: WORKING TOGETHER TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I am writing this message on Wear Pink Day in Rainbow Schools.

It’s an opportune time to remind students and parents/guardians to practise kindness, patience and gratitude as the pandemic progresses.

We will continue to be vigilant in our schools.
We encourage students to be vigilant in the community.

When out and about, maintain physical distancing.
When you cannot maintain physical distancing, wear a mask.
This is especially important when travelling in groups.

We invite parents/guardians, as our partners in education, to reinforce health and safety protocols with their children.

Health and safety is a shared responsibility.

We all have a role to play in keeping COVID-19 at bay.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

To learn more, visit rainbowschools.ca.

September 9, 2020

Attention Parents/Guardians of Elementary Remote Learners:

School will begin on Friday, September 11, 2020.

Teachers are reaching out to families.

If you require a device for your child to participate in remote learning, please complete the form below.

Elementary Remote Learning Technology Request Form

September 8, 2020

RE: GUIDE FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS
CARD CALENDAR FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As we begin the first week of school for the 2020-2021 school year, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all students and families in Rainbow Schools.

Whether you are learning in class or online, we look forward to reconnecting with you and embarking on your journey of learning together.

While we resume teaching and learning amidst a global pandemic, you can be assured that we remain focused on student success.

Getting students back into the structure of school is important for their overall development and mental health.

We will prioritize well-being and education along with health and safety to create a safe and supportive environment for all.

We invite parents/guardians to join us on this journey. Parental involvement improves student achievement.

Please read the Guide for Students and Parents/Guardians at the following link:
https://www.rainbowschools.ca/about-us/

Click here and scroll down to access the 2020-2021 School Year Calendar online:
https://www.rainbowschools.ca/

We are excited to reopen our schools, while also doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

September 4, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The health, safety and well-being of students and staff remains the top priority as Rainbow District School Board welcomes students back to class for the 2020-2021 school year.

In order to ease the transition, there will be staggered starts next week.
Click here to determine the first day of school for your child.

As we launch a school year like no other, we all have a role to play in limiting the spread of COVID-19. This begins at home before leaving for school.

Please screen your child daily for any COVID-19 symptoms and keep them home from school if they or anyone in the household are sick or have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19. Secondary students can self-screen and monitor for symptoms.

The screening questionnaire is on the board website here.

You do not have to bring the completed questionnaire to school.
It is a tool to screen for COVID-19 as part of your morning routine.

With reasonable exceptions, all students in Rainbow Schools in Grades 1 to 12 are required
to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including in hallways and during
classes. Kindergarten students are required to wear masks and/or face shields in indoor spaces. Staff, parents/guardians and visitors are also required to wear masks.

These are some of the many protocols being implemented as we reopen our schools.
We encourage you to read the Reopening Guide for Rainbow Schools to learn more.

As we move forward, please visit rainbowschools.ca for updates.
We will also share information on Facebook and through school communications channels.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

September 2, 2020

School year begins with staggered start dates

Rainbow District School Board reminds parents/guardians that the school year will begin with staggered start dates.

NEW: Remote learners in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will start school on Friday, September 11, 2020. This includes students in Intensive Support Programs who are learning from home.

Start Dates for IN CLASS learners:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
JK, SK, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3
Grade 9
All students in Intensive Support Programs

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Grade 4, Grade 5 and Grade 6
Grade 10

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Grade 7 and Grade 8
Grade 11

Friday, September 11, 2020
Grade 12

Please note that staggered start times remain in effect for Kindergarten students who are attending in person. Schools will share details directly with families.

Start dates for REMOTE learners:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Grade 9

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Grade 10

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Grade 11

Friday, September 11, 2020
JK to Grade 8
Grade 12
All students in Intensive Support Programs

Official News Release

September 2, 2020

Rainbow Board makes masks mandatory in Rainbow Schools

At the regular meeting of Rainbow District School Board held on September 1, 2020, Trustees voted unanimously to make masks mandatory for students in primary grades.

With reasonable exceptions, all students in Rainbow Schools in Grades 1 to 12 are now required to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including in hallways and during classes. Kindergarten students are required to wear masks and/or face shields in indoor spaces.

“During these difficult times, a safe, caring and respectful learning environment is essential for all students and staff,” said Board Chair Doreen Dewar. “Wearing masks is an extra layer of protection that we are implementing to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and the communities that we serve.”

Outdoor times like recess will be used as opportunities to provide students with breaks from wearing masks within their cohorts.

Students are asked to come to school with their own masks. Cloth masks are recommended, since they are reusable, can be washed daily, and are more environmentally friendly.

Students are encouraged to bring spare masks in the event one becomes wet or damaged throughout the day. Masks should be washed and dried on a nightly basis.

Schools will have a supply of reusable, cloth masks available for students who need them.

Staff, parents/guardians and visitors are also required to wear masks.

Official News Release

September 2, 2020

News: Directors of Education and Medical Officers of Health from across Northern Ontario stand united to deliver on COVID-safe schools

Official News Release

August 26, 2020

Letter to parents from the Minister of Education

Ministry of Education -
Operational guidance: COVID-19 management in schools

August 20, 2020

School year begins with staggered starts in Rainbow Schools

The 2020-2021 school year will begin with staggered starts for students in Rainbow Schools. Rainbow District School Board is implementing staggered starts the first week of school to ease the transition for staff, students and families.

“Starting with smaller groups of students and building to full attendance as the first week progresses will enable us to be more responsive as we put our reopening health and safety protocols into practice,” said Director of Education Norm Blaseg.

He added: “Staggered starts will give us an opportunity to adjust as we go along, particularly in the area of pick up and drop off and movement throughout the school, including washroom breaks and lunch periods.”

Staggered starts apply to all students, whether attending in school or online.

Start Dates for Students in Rainbow Schools

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
JK to Grade 3 and Grade 9
All students in Intensive Support Programs

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
JK to Grade 6 and Grades 9 and 10

Thursday, September 10, 2020
JK to Grade 8 and Grades 9, 10 and 11

Friday, September 11, 2020
JK to Grade 8 and Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12

Please note that staggered start times remain in effect for Kindergarten students.
Schools will share details directly with families.
All students in Intensive Support Programs will start school on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Official News Release

August 14, 2020

Statement from the Medical Officer of Health on the fall 2020 return to school

Read statement from Dr. Penny Sutcliffe

July 30, 2020

Letter to parents from the Minister of Education

Ministry of Education -
Guide to reopening Ontario's schools

Transportation

To learn more about transportation procedures, please call the Sudbury Student Services Consortium at 705.521.1234 or 1.877.225.1196 (toll free) or click the link below.

Sudbury Student Services Consortium
Return to School Procedures