Covid Response Team Update

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JKCS continues to adjust regularly to directives and recommendations of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Education (MOE). Initially these were more restrictive as there was not a lot of data.
As more accurate information emerges, the MOE revises its instructions for safety. For that reason you will have noticed occasional adjustments to our Covid 19 related policies some of which are relaxed to reflect better science.
The MOH recognizes that there are a host of minor illnesses that have nothing to do with Covid and should not hinder attendance at school.
As always, we closely follow and incorporate the information from both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education in order to keep your children, our students safe.
At any point and only if safety dictates or we are instructed by the ministry, the JKCS Administrative team may decide that elementary student use of masks are mandatory in additional and specifically designated times including before and after school.

Parents are asked to screen children for the following symptoms daily:
• Fever
• Chills
• Cough or worsening of chronic cough
• Shortness of breath
• Loss of sense of smell or taste
• Diarrhea
• Nausea and vomiting

The following symptoms have been removed from the daily checklist unless they are combined with other symptoms. Parents are encouraged to monitor their child for 24 hours if they exhibit any of the following removed symptoms:
• Sore throat
• Runny/stuffy nose
• Headache
• Fatigue
• Loss of appetite
• Muscle aches
• Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
• Dizziness, confusion
• Abdominal pain
• Skin rash or discolouration of fingers and toes

The ministry says it’s still important to seek medical assessment if children are exhibiting a combination of symptoms.

Personal Protective Equipment: In grades 5-12, students and staff will wear a non-medical mask at all times throughout the day except during lunch breaks, snack/water breaks, and when physical distancing can be maintained during outside activities. Protective face shields may be used as an additional measure when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Elementary drop off and pick up: Outdoor masks are required by staff and parents. Masks will be mandatory for students outdoors during drop off but not pick up (subject to change) as they are in their cohort groups and are outdoors.

We would like to offer the following important reminder: Due to confidentiality protocols and student safety we request that parents do not take photographs of students.