How can I help to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
The Canadian government recommends social distancing by avoiding public spaces and gatherings of more than five people and staying home as much as possible. As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Canada, our focus is on protecting the health of your children as well as the broader community.

In addition to social distancing, Public Health of Canada and Peel Public Health Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health recommends the following to prevent the community spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • All residents should stay home and only leave the house once a week for essentials like groceries, medicines and medical appointments. Daily exercise should be done alone with one family member, or to exercise a pet.
  • Residents over the age of 70 should stay home and go out for solo exercise or essential needs, and, where possible, get help on family and social supports as much as possible for essential needs. This also applies if you have a medical condition or a compromised immune system.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Discard tissue immediately into a closed bin. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. Wash hands after coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet, exercise and enough sleep, to enhance your body’s immune system.
  • Avoid local travel.

What should community members do if they are diagnosed with COVID-19?
If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has contracted COID-19 or is experiencing flu-like symptoms, we encourage you to complete this Ontario government online self-assessment tool.

Other important resources can be found on our Student & Parent Resources page.

When SJA reopens, what is the school’s plan for students returning from abroad and rejoining the community?
At this time, all Canadians returning to Canada from abroad must self-isolate for a 14-day period and monitor themselves for symptoms. Only students presenting no symptoms will be allowed to return to SJA.

Travellers who are not Canadian citizens, Canadian Permanent Residents or American citizens are not permitted to enter Canada at this time.

What is the plan for keeping our school clean once students return?
When SJA reopens, we will continue with the protocols put in place before March Break.
These include:

  • Increased cleaning/housekeeping. We have increased our cleaning staff during the day, and they can be identified by a yellow vest.
  • Students are trained on proper hand-washing.
  • Students are trained on proper cough/sneeze hygiene.
  • Touchless thermometers have been purchased to monitor symptoms.
  • Staff and students are directed to stay home if unwell.
  • Hands-free taps and soap dispensers have been installed in student washrooms.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been installed at each entry point.

I need to get additional items or resources for my child at the school. Is that possible?
SJA is physically closed to all parents; however, Ms. Filion continues to work in the office. If you need additional resources, please contact Ms. Filion via email at reception@stjudesacademy.com. SJA is providing delivery of student resources as needed.

Will the school re-open?

SJA is waiting on government orders to reopen. 

Is the school year extended?

Yes, until Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Why has the school year been extended?

SJA always strives to be the best of the best, including all public and private schools in our area. Online learning has been difficult for all involved. We are confident that the curriculum is being covered; however, we would like to continue the online face-to-face social aspect of learning longer than our original school year end date.

This extension is not mandatory and is being offered at no additional cost. We recognize that you may have already made other plans for your family the last week of June. There are no further extensions planned.

What is happening with field trips and payments already made?

All trips have been cancelled and a credit has been applied to accounts.

Will there be final exams?

No, there are no final exams this year. The final assessment grade and Ministry requirements will instead be met by culminating projects assigned by each teacher. 

What is the best way to reach teachers during the school day?

The best way to reach teachers during the school day is by email.

My child is in the DP program. Since there are no exams, will we be refunded the exam fee?

No. The exam fee is not mandated by SJA but by the IB. This fee goes towards paying the examiners for all subject exams, IAs, TOK and the EE. To accomodate students during the COVID-19 school closures, all the external assessment grades will now be determined by an external grading of the subject IAs. If the student passes the IA, has a high predicted grade from the teacher and meets the core components of the EE, TOK and CAS, they will still receive the IB Diploma. 

Will my child still receive a diploma (Ministry and DP) this year?

Yes. SJA has worked very hard to ensure that ALL students are meeting the requirements set out by the IB and the Ministry. Provided the students meet the core requirements of the IB (EE, TOK and CAS) there is no reason they will not receive the IB Diploma. 

For Ministry students, by offering online learning so quickly and at such a high level, we have ensured that the academic requirements set out by the Ministry of Education are being met. 

Can the student’s mark drop below what it was when we went into lockdown?

No grade can drop below what it was on March 13th, provided the student remains engaged in SJA’s continuous learning.

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