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.
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.
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,
Head of School
Director of Admissions and Operations