COVID-19 Updates

Dear KCS Community,

On May 19th, the Ontario Government announced that public schools in the province will not reopen for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. As such, KCS will also remain closed until the government determines it is safe to re-open the schools in the province. We will finish out the school year online with our At Home Learning Program and post regular updates to this page as well as send them directly to the inboxes of our community members. Please send any questions or comments to communications@kcs.on.ca.

A sense of community, understanding, compassion and flexibility is central to coping in the best possible way with the situation the global community is facing. We are fortunate to have such a community here at KCS, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to address this very fluid and fast-changing environment. We are confident that our three school rules of RESPECT, MANNERS AND TRY YOUR BEST will serve us well, and are more important than ever as we continue to navigate this unprecedented time.

KCS Virtual School Assemblies Playlist

KCS Town Hall June 18, 2020

 

Making Hand Sanitizer At Home

 

A Message from KCS House Captains

 

Calming Strategies

 

Meaningful Message Moment

 

Noah Mercier Joins #thePPEdrive

 

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  • Message from KCS Board of Governors - May 12, 2020

    KCS RE-ENTRY TASK FORCE UPDATE
     
    At our recent Town Hall, Derek advised that a task force has been formed to help determine best practices for re-entry to our school facility.  Below, you will find answers to questions that were raised.  
     
     
    WHO IS ON THE TASK FORCE?
     
    The task force has eight members, four from Derek’s Senior Management team and four from the Board of Governors. 
     
    Derek Logan, Head of School
    Alan Bowman, Governor and Task Force Chair
    Andrea Fanjoy, Head of Senior School
    Bronwen Evans, Chair, Board of Governors
    Anne-Marie Jarman, Director of Finance
    Tiffany Jay, Governor
    Hallie McClelland, Director of Advancement
    John McGraw, Governor
     
    You are likely all familiar already with Derek’s management team. They are on the committee because of their expertise and years of experience in school management, from an administration, strategic planning, curriculum, finance and communications standpoint. Here’s a snapshot of our volunteer Governors (please see attached PDF  for a more fulsome background on each person): 

    • In addition to being the Board Chair and working closely with Derek on all important school issues, Bronwen is an executive at a health care company and has significant government relations experience.
    • Tiffany has a degree in public relations and health administration. Some of Tiffany’s relevant experience includes providing leadership during the H1N1 pandemic including managing health system response.
    • John has a PhD in Neuroscience, and currently works as a consultant for health technology companies. 
     
    EXTERNAL GUIDANCE
     
    Our decision-making process includes the support of our key partners within the education space. A reminder that KCS belongs to two independent school organizations: the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS). Since the decision by the provincial government on March 12 to close public school facilities, we have worked closely in partnership with these two organizations and the support of a legal team at Borden Ladner Gervais and outstanding educational organizations like Future Design School to determine best course of action. We have come together to share knowledge and ideas, and to have conversations on everything from teaching and learning, Human Resources, Governance, enrollment, tuition, mental health, technology, and morale. Re-entry into schools is now making its way to the top of the agenda for all these organizations.
     
    Our Re-Entry task force will be guided by documents from the Ministry of Education in consultation with Public Health.  We expect to receive these documents sometime this month.
     
     
    TASK FORCE SUB-COMMITTEES
     
    We will also set up specific working groups. We anticipate online learning – in some capacity – will remain relevant into next school year. We have established a sub-committee led by Matina Mosun and Andrea Fanjoy that is thinking about how we should organize and deliver learning next school year. Their plan will require technology investments, and we have another group led by John McGraw and Adam Stoyles, KCS’ IT Manager, looking at that.  Their plan will also require physical changes to the building, and we have governor and architect Greg Dunn working with a consultant and our Facilities Manager, Anatoli Guelfgat, on that.  The school already has a standing Finance Committee who will be supporting Anne-Marie to budget for all these changes. I expect there will be additional working groups formed as needs arise.
     
     
    GUIDING PRINCIPLES
     
    We need to make a lot of critical decisions in a short period of time in order to be ready in the Fall for whatever the virus will bring us.  Our list of guiding principles are:

    1. Health, safety and overall wellness of students, faculty, staff, and their families.
    2. Meet or exceed all Toronto and Ontario Public Health and Ministry of Education recommendations.
    3. Deliver highest quality education possible under the circumstances.
    4. Remain flexible and open-minded, guided by subject-matter experts and best information available, so as to respond to an unpredictable situation; develop and share best practices with peers.
    5. Transparent communication with families and staff.
    6. Financial accountability and responsibility.
    We recognize these guiding principles are all important and they interrelate with each other.  As my final thought for now, I want to focus on #5: transparent communication with families and staff.
     
    Derek started the Town Hall with a message about how KCS doesn’t have all the answers yet.  He commented later how uncomfortable it is to go in front of one’s community and say “I don’t know.”  It is a good thing that Derek is being honest with us about that.  And it is a good thing that it makes him and the rest of the KCS team uncomfortable to say it.  It tells you that he and his team are working hard to develop answers to those questions.  The Task Force’s job is to help Derek make those decisions well and in a timely manner.
     
    Over the past eight weeks you have already received a lot of messages from KCS.  That’s not going to stop between now and the end of the school year and throughout the summer.  For example, we are planning another Town Hall relating to Re-Entry for later this month.  Details will follow in the coming weeks.  
     
    On behalf of myself and the Task Force team, thank you for your patience and support as we move forward with our efforts.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Alan Bowman
    Re-Entry Task Force Chair 
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  • Update from Derek Logan - April 9, 2020

    Dear KCS Families,
     
    Thank you again for your ongoing support with the KCS At Home Learning Program. You have likely noticed a number of changes based on feedback from our first parent survey. We are committed to continuous improvement and will make more changes where we can so the experience is the best it can be for you and your children.
     
    In order for us to best meet your needs, we will regularly check in to get a deeper sense of how things are working for you. Thank you for taking a few minutes to answer our second parent survey.  The survey will remain open until April 17th.
     
    On Monday, there was a communication from our Board Chair, Bronwen Evans, and our Board Treasurer, Allen Church.  Thank you to the many families who provided their positive support, and feedback from this communication.  As always, we remain committed to both the financial health of the school, and to accommodate the flexibility families may need at this time.  Please be sure to contact AnneMarie Jarman, our Director of Finance, at ajarman@kcs.on.ca if you have any questions about this communication.  
     
    While our Board of Governors continues to focus on the immediate needs of the school during the pandemic, this group is also committed to the school’s future. 
     
    Annually at this time of year, our Board of Governors’ Nominating Committee routinely searches within the KCS community for individuals who can provide a variety of strategic, fiduciary, and generative contributions to serve on the Board and its committees.  
     
    Our Board is composed of fifteen Governors, each of whom commits to a three-year term which may be renewed. We strive to ensure a good gender balance of Governors, as well as representation across the range of grades, including “alumni” parents, and a diversity of experience and professional skill sets. In addition, we require support for the various committees of the Board, including Advancement, Finance, Governance, Strategic Planning and the Senior School.
     
    At this time, we are particularly anxious to engage with individuals who can bring skills in finance, fundraising/advancement, or strategic planning with some mental health background.  
     
    The spirit of positive volunteerism is a critical element of the KCS culture that differentiates KCS from many of its independent school counterparts across the GTA and the country. We encourage anyone who wishes to assist the school in fulfilling its mission to step forward and get involved.
     
    If you possess any of the skill sets referenced above, or know of someone who does, and can recommend them to us to serve either on the Board or one of its committees, please send an email to either Derek Logan at dlogan@kcs.on.ca or to the Chair of the Board, Bronwen Evans at BronwenEvans@medcan.com.
     
    If you are enjoying Easter or Passover this weekend, we wish your family a memorable celebration.   
     
    With respect and appreciation,
     
    Derek Logan
    Head of School
  • Message from KCS Board of Governors - April 6, 2020

    Dear KCS Families,
     
    We are all in the thick of a period of uncertainty the likes of which most of us have not experienced in our lifetimes, and we are all in this together. The strength, mutual support and resilience of our KCS community are more significant than ever. Your Board of Governors, together with school management, have been working tirelessly to ensure the welfare of the school and our staff, while both implementing a remote education experience for our students and being mindful of the challenges many in our community may be facing. I wanted to share with you our current position with respect to fees and accounts.
     
    Tuition payment plans for the 2020-2021 school year are underway with the first withdrawals starting in April. For those who can meet their chosen billing schedule we appreciate your support in doing so. For those whose circumstances have changed, we have monthly and instalment payment plans available to help match the cost to your cash flow. Please contact our Director of Finance, Anne-Marie Jarman at AJarman@kcs.on.ca to discuss viable arrangements.
     
    In recognition of the current environment, interest charges on outstanding balances are temporarily suspended and withdrawal penalties will be waived until further notice.
     
    Several families have asked about tuition refunds or credits in respect of the current school year. We are giving these matters serious consideration. Certainly, the experience in the final term is different to what all of us envisaged. However, the majority of the school’s costs are committed to and locked in at the start of the school year. The largest expense, and also the greatest value, is our faculty, who have really stepped up to meet the current challenge. Please know that School management is working diligently to review all discretionary costs, and reduce them where possible, with a view to both the current reality and the long-term benefit of the community. While these efforts are underway in earnest, it is premature to assess the extent to which meaningful savings might be achieved. Rest assured that the school has no intention of benefiting financially from the pandemic and will address the matter of tuition fully in June, once we have better visibility into what can be responsibly accommodated. We are committed to open communication on this – please stay tuned for further details.
     
    At the beginning of this note, I mentioned that we are all in this together and we will all come through this immense challenge together. We remain committed to both the financial health of the school, and to accommodating the flexibility families may need at this time.
     
    Keep well, stay safe and take care of one another.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Bronwen Evans
    Chair, KCS Board of Governors
     
    Allen Church
    Chair, KCS Finance Committee/Board Treasurer
  • Update from Derek Logan - April 3, 2020

    Dear KCS Parents, 
     
    Thank you to the parents who responded to last week’s first survey on our launch of the KCS At Home Learning Program. We received responses from 79 parents and have also heard from many parents via email. We know how demanding a time this is for you. Your feedback is invaluable as we evolve our efforts to better serve you and your children.
     
    We appreciated hearing about the difference our launch made by bringing community, structure, and learning back into your homes. It was our first small step into remote learning, with a focus on connecting, starting some independent learning, and trying out our new technology tools. 
     
    Our program is improving with time, feedback from both families and our faculty, experience, collaboration, and professional learning. This is an entirely different means of teaching elementary school. We are listening to the experiences of others from around the world, learning about online learning and related technology, and thoughtfully applying this to our practice. This will continue.
     
    In the survey, when asked how parents were feeling after the first week, the responses were the following:
     
    1 – (not going well, extremely concerned) – 1 (1%)
    2 – (some concerns) 5 (6%)
    3 – (neutral) 34 (43%)
    4 – (satisfied) 19 (24%)
    5 – (extremely satisfied with At Home Program) – 20 (25%)
     
    The comments provided many details about what was working and what wasn’t for families. It may not be surprising to learn that what works for one family may not for another. That said, there were many takeaways that we feel will make a positive difference. A detailed summary of the survey was shared with faculty this week and we are actively working to address many areas of growth. 
     
    One change that will take effect this week is that the Weekly Learning Plans (WLPs) that homeform teachers shared this previous Monday morning will now be shared by the end of the day on Friday each week. While we don’t want students beginning the next week’s work over the weekend, we recognize this will help our students and families prepare for a calmer and clearer start on Monday.
     
    Additional changes are underway that will help us differentiate the experience to better meet the needs of students, reduce screen time for our younger students, provide activities that will encourage reduced parent involvement, and more. Some changes to the schedule are being considered and will be shared with parents before taking effect. We deeply appreciate your patience and flexibility in these early growing stages.
     
    As mentioned last week, our next survey regarding our KCS At Home Learning Program will come out next Thursday, April 9.  We will ask families to complete the survey by Friday, April 17.  Thank you for all you’re doing to support your child through this, and for letting us know what is working and how we can help.
     
    It was great connecting with everyone today in our first school wide assembly for our JK-8 students.  I am very impressed by what your children and their teachers have accomplished over the first eight days of our At Home Learning Program.  I look forward to seeing what they continue to accomplish together in the coming weeks.
     
    With respect and appreciation,
     
    Derek Logan
    Head of School
  • Update from Derek Logan - March 31, 2020

    Dear KCS Families,
     
    You may have heard or read the analogy over the last couple of weeks that for many of us in schools and businesses "we are in the midst of building a plane while trying to fly it".  Less than one week into our KCS At Home Learning programming, I am confident you will continue to see additional positive changes as we learn and evolve it.  We want to thank families for completing the short survey we included in our March 27 broadcast email.  We are reviewing the responses, and we will report back to you this Friday.  If you didn’t have the opportunity to complete last week’s survey, there will be additional opportunities for feedback, with our next survey scheduled for April 9.
     
    You will have already seen that the academic part of the program has evolved this week in a number of ways including a more structured timetable with more opportunities for collaborative learning in the various subjects.  We have intentionally let the students spend a majority of their time reconnecting with their teachers and peers up until this point, as we believe those are their most important relationships.  We will continue our focus on student well-being and community this week, and in the weeks to come.  If you have any questions regarding our At Home Learning Program, please email Dr. Matina Mosun mmosun@kcs.on.ca or Andrea Fanjoy afanjoy@kcs.on.ca.
     
    This Friday morning we will hold our first ever JK-8 online school assembly with messages to the students from our Director of Student Life, Tamara Drummond, and myself.  We will also celebrate our first two weeks together online and give our students a behind the scenes look at how our staff and faculty are working remotely.
     
    This afternoon, Premier Ford and Education Minister Lecce announced that public schools will remain closed until May 4, 2020, at a minimum, as a public health measure.  Private schools, licensed child care centres and EarlyON programs will also remain closed until April 13, according to the Declaration of Emergency, which only allows closures to be extended for one 14-day period at a time.  It is expected that private and independent schools, licensed child care centres and EarlyON programs will be ordered to remain closed for the duration of the public school closures. 
     
    Various groups of staff, Parent Network and Board continue to review our school calendar until June and are looking at ways in which we can potentially hold events differently or postpone them until we return to our facilities.  
     
    The following events fall into this category:

    • Parent Spring Social - Friday, April 17
    • PK - Grade 5 BINGO Night - Thursday, April 23
    • New Parent Information Night - Thursday, April 29 
    • Grandparents and Special Friends Day - Monday, May 25
    • Spring Concert - Friday, May 29
    • All School Trips Including End of the Year Trips  - June
    • Grade 8 Graduation - Tuesday, June 9
    • Closing Ceremonies - Thursday, June 11
    • PK - Grade 3 New Family Welcome Party - Tuesday, June 16
    Additional details regarding the above events will be shared in future communications.
     
    At this point cancellations include:

    • Conference of Independent School Music Festival (CISMF) - April 5
    • KCS Open House - Tuesday, April 7
    • All Conference of Independent School Athletic Association (CISAA) and Private Schools Athletic Association (PSAA) Athletic Events 
    For those of you whose children use the Kidssentials Lunch Program, here is an update on April refunds:
     
    We are in the process of crediting the parents accounts for any meals they had ordered up until the end of April. This is a slow process, one that has to be done one at a time. Given we cater to over 40 schools this will be time consuming, and appreciate everyone’s patience while we get this task done. 
     
    We know finances are top of mind for many of our families.  Our Board of Governors, and our Finance Committee in particular, have held a number of special meetings over the last two weeks in order to put a plan in place that supports KCS families and our school.  There will be more information in a communication early next week.  
     
    We know this is a challenging time for everyone and appreciate your continued patience and support as we work through these next steps as quickly and thoughtfully as possible.
     
    With respect and appreciation,
     
    Derek Logan
    Head of School
  • KCS Board of Governors Message - March 30, 2020

    Dear Fellow KCS Families,
     
    Who could have imagined the unprecedented things that have happened in the short few weeks since our children were dismissed for March Break. As we deal with this upheaval and find a new normal in our home and professional lives, we wanted to reach out as a Board to assure the community that we have been in continuous communication with Derek and kept apprised of the efforts and work being done by school administration and faculty in dealing with COVID-19. As a Board we fully support the work that has been done to-date by the Senior Administrative team.
     
    As parents ourselves we understand how unsettling this time can be, and would like to commend and thank the faculty and leadership for their efforts. Many staff worked through the March Break to put in place the KCS At Home Learning Program which has already helped make a difficult time more manageable for our children by providing them with some semblance of normalcy, structure and connection to friends and community. Given the short amount of time that the KCS team had to put this into place we applaud this fantastic start that will evolve and grow over time. These efforts by staff and faculty reinforce the truly special place that is KCS.
     
    In turn, it is equally heartening to see the community’s commitment to the ongoing running of the school, which enabled this program to be put in place so quickly, allowing our children to keep learning, connecting and interacting with their teachers and classmates during such extraordinary times.
     
    As a result of these efforts KCS can keep the curriculum running for as long as is needed and directed by the Government of Ontario.  Our full staff and faculty are engaged in delivering this program and keeping KCS running as best as physical distancing allows. Our goal is for families to stay engaged academically, while also supporting well-being and community. Part of this is ensuring that our outstanding KCS team has financial security during this time, enabling them to focus on delivering the best program and support to our children. 
     
    On behalf of the Board of Governors, thank you for your ongoing support of KCS. We wish you calm in the storm.
     
    Keep well, stay safe and take care of one another.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Bronwen Evans
    Chair, KCS Board of Governors
  • Update from Derek Logan - March 27, 2020

    Dear Parents,
     
    This afternoon our staff held a virtual staff meeting to celebrate our team’s efforts around the KCS At Home Learning Program.  Thank you again to everyone who has reached out with messages of support, encouragement and photos. We love receiving these messages, have posted a number of them on our social media channels, and we are making sure our faculty are seeing what you are sending.  We are proud of our start in this entirely new learning environment for our students and faculty and look forward to its evolution in the coming weeks.
     
    As we continue to check in with our faculty, and our faculty continues to check in with our students, it is important that we also check in with parents to see how you’re feeling and invite your feedback.  We hope you will answer this short Parent Check-In so we can better understand how the launch of our KCS At Home Learning Program is going in your family.  One response per household please. 
     
    This week our Director of Advancement and Communications, Hallie McClelland, and I met virtually with our Parent Network Executive. 
     
    Here is a message from them:
     
    During this unprecedented situation, the Parent Network is fully supportive of and extremely grateful for everything the faculty and staff are doing to ensure our children continue to receive the exemplary education we are so familiar with. The on-line learning packages that have been put together in such a short amount of time, show the dedication, passion, and hard work of everyone at the school. This new learning adventure will provide welcome structure for not only our children but all of us, and provides yet another example of what makes this school so special.  
     
    Although we cannot be together in person in the friendly hallways of the school, the Parent Network is working closely with the school so that we can offer ways for all of us to remain a passionate and engaged community that will benefit our children and all the families of KCS.  
     
    We are thinking of you all during this time, and sending our best wishes to you all. 
    Stay Safe. 
     
    Brock and Sarah
    Parent Network Co-Chairs
     
    Thank you again for your support during this past week and as we move forward.  We have all been online a lot recently as so much of our work has been done remotely and in front of computer screens.  We are encouraging all our students and faculty to unplug from their tech beginning today at 5 p.m. until Monday morning.  We encourage everyone to get up from our computers, get outside if possible, practice physical distancing, and get moving.  Monday will be here soon enough when we can all get back online again.

    I will be in touch early next week with another update.  Enjoy your weekend.
     
    With respect and appreciation,

    Derek Logan
    Head of School
  • KCS At Home Learning Program - Update March 24, 2020

    March 24, 2020
     
    Good Afternoon KCS Families,
     
    Tomorrow we begin our ‘KCS At Home Learning Program’.  No one back in September could have anticipated that this would be the way faculty would be teaching students post March Break.  I know it was not in the plans or contingencies for families and businesses across the world either.  But as with everything at KCS, our staff and faculty have embraced this new reality (what choice do we have?) and are working tirelessly toward our launch tomorrow. 
     
    The Senior Administrative Team, led by Matina Mosun and Andrea Fanjoy, started working with faculty on the planning for this possibility prior to the March Break.  In addition, many faculty took professional development courses focused on online teaching over the Break to prepare for the closure of our school facilities.
      
    Faculty efforts ramped up today and yesterday with a series of division meetings and professional development specifically around technology and online learning.  Going forward, faculty will continue to engage in collective professional development, including with other independent schools through both the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS) and the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS).  As always, our faculty have been working collectively across the sector, passionately together and always with responsible innovation in mind to bring this program to your children beginning tomorrow.
     
    Our faculty are lifelong learners.  They are reflective and will continually work to do better in this environment.  I expect that you and your children will see the program evolve over the next few weeks.  It will not be perfect.  Nothing in education is.  But it will get better.  And it may be our reality for the remainder of this school year given the Premier’s remarks yesterday.  We are planning for this eventuality, and have even begun thinking about September and what may happen then.
      
    As you will appreciate, those longer term plans are in their infancy, as for the past twelve days our efforts have been on this week, the return of our faculty yesterday, and the return of our students online tomorrow.  Do we have everything figured out at this stage?  No.  Are we working with our faculty and students to anticipate concerns and solve issues as they arise?  Yes.  Are we working with our independent school colleagues across the province and the country to do our best in delivering online learning in an elementary school environment?  Definitely.  And both the Board of Governors and our Parent Network Executive are supporting our efforts as we move forward.
     
    As you know, your next communication will be tomorrow morning when you will receive a letter from your child’s homeform teacher outlining plans for this week in your son or daughter’s class. 
     
    We know many of you are having to work from home and adjusting to this reality.  Our faculty with young children are also figuring this out.  We know that the technology currently available can be uncertain.  We know a number of you are sharing tech devices with your children.  I have one request for our families at this time:  please give our faculty and your children time to also adapt to this new learning environment when it launches.  
     
    I am proud of what we have accomplished in a short period of time.  And I’m appreciative of all of the emails, texts and calls that our team has received with encouraging words of support for our efforts from so many families in our community.  
     
    KCS has always considered our facilities just a ‘space’, a tool to help our excellent faculty in the teaching process.  As we move online with students, KCS faculty in particular are in a fantastic position to shine in this new space.  Our faculty excel in any space, because it isn’t about a venue or facility.  At KCS, it is now and it has always been about our people.  Our excellent faculty.  Our supportive staff.  Our engaged community.   Our commitment to lifelong learning.  
     
    Our facility is closed, but the learning will continue.  And we know this will need to be a community effort to be successful.
     
    Thank you for your continued support, encouragement and patience as we work to deliver our ‘KCS At Home Learning Program’ in the coming weeks.  
     
    I will be back in touch on Friday with another update regarding this program and other decisions that have been made including school events until June.  I look forward to connecting again at that time. 
     
    With respect and appreciation,
     
    Derek Logan
    Head of School
  • KCS At Home Learning Program

    March 20, 2020

    Dear Parents,
     
    As you know, KCS is closed due to an unprecedented province-wide school closure in response to COVID-19.  Faculty had already taken steps prior to the March Break to ensure that programming could be made available to you and your child should we experience a school closure.  Our faculty have been away for the Break and are returning to work Monday.  We will be dedicating March 23 and 24 to virtual professional development and meetings for our faculty to support their delivery of our "KCS At Home Learning Program" (KCS At Home).  We will be shifting to "KCS At Home" on Wednesday, March 25.
     
    KCS is committed to lifelong learning. Learning occurs in a variety of ways, both in-school, and out-of-school.  Shifting our academic program from in-school to at-home is necessary at this time, due to the closure of our campus. Our at-home academic program is being undertaken with great care. Our goal is to support students in their on-going learning at home throughout the school closure.  
     
    An additional goal is to continue to support student well-being by providing a positive daily routine that will help our students and families get through this unusual and unsettling period. To achieve these goals, "KCS At Home" will support students in following a daily routine that includes waking up at the same time each day, engaging in focused learning time, taking breaks, getting outside, and communicating regularly with their teachers.  All of these routines should follow social distancing directives
     
    Through "KCS At Home", students will continue to engage in our Four Doors to Learning program and practise the Habits of Mind, Body, and Action that are essential for lifelong learning. Homeform teachers will share a recommended timetable that will support a healthy routine at home and encourage students to connect virtually and collaborate on their learning. Faculty will also provide students with lessons and tasks that will build on their previous in-school program and include opportunities for new learning, review, and application.  Lessons and tasks will encompass academics, arts, athletics, and citizenship and encourage both individual and small-group virtual learning. Students should NOT get together in person. 
     
    KCS regards well-being as integral to lifelong learning.  Shifting from in-class learning to at-home learning requires the entire school community to adapt, be resilient, and embrace new learning. Faculty will encourage students to engage in enjoyable activities that are physically active, personally fulfilling, and otherwise supportive of their well-being. As always, our Director of Student of Life, Tamara Drummond, will be available daily to provide support. She can be reached by email at tdrummond@kcs.on.ca
     
    In this correspondence you will find an overview of our "KCS At Home Learning Program" and some "Questions You May Be Asking." 
     
    On Wednesday, March 25, you will receive an email from your child’s homeform teacher with a schedule and specific information regarding your child’s "KCS At Home Learning Program" during the facilities closure.  As always, you can continue to communicate with your child’s teachers through email.  For IT related questions, please contact our IT department at homelearningsupport@kcs.on.ca.
     
    This shift in program delivery will provide new learning opportunities for all of us. We will be collecting feedback from you and our teachers and making adjustments when needed to optimize your child’s learning. Your support is appreciated. We are confident that our Four Doors to Learning Program and the Habits of Mind, Body, and Action we exercise regularly at KCS will continue to serve as a strong foundation as we move forward. 
     
    Please contact me should you have any questions. 
     
    With respect and appreciation, 
     
    Dr. Matina Mosun
    Assistant Head, Academics 
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 - Update

    Dear KCS Parents,
     
    We understand that this has been a very trying time for you and your families these past few weeks. The uncertainty and worry we’ve all felt has been difficult, but we hope you have managed to share some memorable moments with your family during the March Break.

    Please know that the Senior Administrative Team has been thinking about you and your children. Our goal is, and has always been, to ensure that our students are engaged, happy, and supported. While they may not be returning to the classroom on Monday, the learning will continue.  
     
    We continue to follow the guidance and direction provided by Toronto Public Health, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Premier and the Prime Minister.  At this time, here are some important details on how KCS is responding to the province-wide school closure directive:
     
    1. KCS will remain closed for students through Sunday, April 5, 2020.  It is our intention to resume in-person classes on Monday, April 6, 2020.  Until that time, our staff will be working remotely and there will be no access to the school for students and their families.  We recognize that school closures may be extended beyond this date.  We will continue to follow the direction of Toronto Public Health and the province regarding the re-opening of our school and will communicate with you should this date change.
     
    2. Numerous KCS faculty have been engaged in Professional Development regarding online learning by organizations including the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS Ontario), the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), Independent School Management (ISM), and Future Design School (FDS).  Since the decision on March 12 by the Government of Ontario to close public schools, the Senior Administrative Team at KCS have been meeting virtually to update our 'KCS At Home Learning Program' for your children.  We will be sharing this program with our faculty on Monday, March 23 when they return from March Break so that they are prepared to move online for the next few weeks.  We will launch our 'KCS At Home Learning Program' on Wednesday, March 25.  A communication from Dr. Matina Mosun, Assistant Head, Academics, will be sent to all families tomorrow.
     
    3.  As suggested by the federal government, we ask all students, families and employees who have travelled outside of Canada during March Break to self-isolate for a period of 14 days.  All families should be practising social distancing during this time. Please see this article about social distancing that quotes the City’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa, regarding why this practice is so important at this time. 
     
    4. Depending on when the school re-opens, our extra curricular program, school trips and other activities may be impacted and consultations with other schools may be necessary before regular programming in these areas can restart, especially in regards to athletics.  Already, the Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival (CISMF) scheduled for April 5 at Roy Thomson Hall  has been cancelled.  KCS has also cancelled our Parent Network Spring Social scheduled for April 17.
     
    5. We will be assessing whether we may need to extend our third term. We will provide you with details as soon as a decision is made.
     
    Please see the latest updates regarding COVID-19 from Toronto Public Health, the Ontario Government and the Federal Government.
     
    A sense of community, understanding, compassion and flexibility is central to coping in the best possible way with the situation the global community is facing. We are fortunate to have such a community here at KCS, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to address this very fluid and fast-changing environment.  We are confident that our three school rules of RESPECT, MANNERS AND TRY YOUR BEST will serve us well and are more important than ever as we navigate this unprecedented time.
     
    With respect and appreciation,
     
    Derek Logan
    Head of School
     
    Lise Lacroix
    Director of Admissions and Operations
  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Update

    Dear KCS Parents,
     
    The Ontario Government announced this afternoon that public schools in the province will remain closed until April 5th.  KCS will also remain closed until the government determines it is safe to re-open the schools in the province.  We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and will send an update to our community by March 20th.
     
    Please see the latest update regarding COVID-19 from Toronto Public Health.  At this time, we cannot predict what measures may be implemented by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Toronto Public Health over the next 10 days.  It is likely that further direction will be provided to institutions, including schools.
     
    Heads from the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) are scheduled to participate in conference calls early next week to discuss COVID-19.  Our team at KCS is also meeting on March 19th/20th to discuss our next steps in dealing with COVID-19 in our community.  
     
    Thank you for your understanding and patience as this unprecedented situation continues to unfold.
     
    Derek Logan
    Head of School
     
    Lise Lacroix
    Director of Admissions and Operations
  • March Break Travel Update

    Wednesday, March 4, 2020

    Dear Parents,
     
    With March Break beginning in a couple of days, we want to provide another update regarding the steps we are taking as a school as a result of COVID-19. We know that many of our families will be travelling during the Break. If you are planning to travel, please consult the Government of Canada website for travel advice and advisories related to COVID-19.
     
    You should be aware that some countries have entry and exit restrictions. Incoming travellers to Toronto continue to receive information about COVID-19 at airports, including to:
    • monitor themselves for respiratory symptoms, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing;
    • seek medical care immediately if these respiratory symptoms develop within 14 days after returning to Canada; and
    • inform their healthcare provider or local public health department about symptoms and travel history before they seek medical care.
    Students and their immediate families who travel to areas with a Level 3 or higher travel advisory (avoid non-essential, or avoid travel) for COVID-19, are asked to stay at home for a two-week period upon their return. Currently, three countries are at Level 3 (China, Northern Italy and Iran), with two other countries at Level 2 (Japan and South Korea). Should a situation in a Level 2 country lead to a re-classification to Level 3 over the March Break, the stay-at-home protocol would then also apply to travel to these areas. We will support any students academically who must remain at home. In addition, individuals who have signs and symptoms of fever, cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days of travelling in these areas will be asked to call their local public health department, which for Toronto is Toronto Public Health.
     
    We are pleased to report that our families continue to be diligent and cooperative in following our suggested measures to make sure our community remains safe and protected. 

    KCS is carrying on as normal. We have a Pandemic Response Plan that we are following. It includes procedures for the operations of KCS, and curriculum delivery though the six phases of a pandemic outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO). As part of our procedures, we continue to implement additional daily sanitizing of the school, and remind our staff and students to:
    • wash their hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
    • cover their mouths and noses when they cough or sneeze;
    • if they do not have a tissue, sneeze or cough into their sleeve or arm;
    • get an annual flu vaccination, available from clinics and pharmacies; and
    • stay home if they are ill.
    Please do all that you can to practice the suggested measures at home and help us encourage your children to follow them at school.
     
    As new information becomes available over the March Break, we will contact you and advise you of any impact it may have on our community and our requirements for families to follow.
     
    We appreciate your support. Enjoy your March Break.
     
    Derek Logan
    Head of School
     
    Lise Lacroix
    Director of Admissions and Operations
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