We are so looking forward to welcoming students back to campus in just a few short weeks! Over the course of the summer Appleby’s faculty and employees have been working incredibly hard to ensure that your return to school and all of the elements that make the Appleby experience so special are ready for you.
When students return to campus on Monday, September 14 you are going to notice some changes – from class sizes to how co-curriculars and meals will take place. To help prepare families for their child’s return to school, we encourage you to take some time and review Appleby’s Return to School Programme on this and this site's subsequent pages. We also encourage you to check back often as over the coming weeks we will continue to provide updates on areas that are still being worked on.
In developing our approach to re-opening we have come to appreciate that there is no single solution to the challenges COVID-19 presents. We are therefore taking an approach that includes multiple elements that working in tandem will help reduce the risk to our students, employees, parents and the broader community. The successful mitigation of risk will require our whole community's support and adherence. We have a shared responsibility to our own individual as well as the community’s health and wellness.
Thank you for your continued patience, flexibility and compassion. We hope you enjoy the rest of the summer and we can’t wait to see you back on campus!
While the structure of Appleby’s operating model will continue to evolve subject to changes based on government regulations, changing health parameters, and our evolving understanding of practises, pedagogy, and the health of our community, the core principle will remain steadfast, that Appleby is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students and employees and delivering an excellent educational experience that is consistent with our School’s philosophy and pillars.
Outbreak Management Model & Mitigation Measures
In developing our approach to re-opening we undertook extensive consultations with infectious disease and public health officials as well as our colleagues at other schools in Canada and around the world. Based on these discussions we have come to appreciate that there is no single solution to the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic present. We have therefore taken an approach that includes multiple elements that working in tandem will help reduce the risk to our students, employees, parents and the broader community. The successful mitigation of risk will require our whole community's support and adherence as we all have a shared responsibility, not only to our own individual, but more importantly, to our community’s health and wellbeing.
We anticipate that throughout 2020/21, we will need to change our operating model due to improvements/declines in the number of COVID-19 cases in our region which will result in changes in government regulations including the easing or tightening of restrictions allowing for changing density of students, shifting to remote learning for periods, or times when there are significant numbers requiring quarantining. We require a highly flexible model that works under all of these circumstances and allows for shifting between modes while maintaining the dual priorities of safety and superb education.
We have developed the following simple, multi-tiered chart that will be used to communicate shifting situations throughout the year. Based on our assessment and following consultations with Halton Region Public Health and other medical experts we will be opening the school in September operating in TIER 3.
|Area & Function||TIER 1
Lockdown / Remote
Some Campus Operations
Open / Modified Programmes
Open / More Fulsome Programmes
|Case State||High Community Transmission||Declining Community Transmission||Transmission Controlled||No or few cases in Region||Vaccine Rolled Out/Limited or no risk|
|Workplace||All Remote But Essential||Essential & Basic Academic Programmes||Faculty, Selected Staff & Students on Campus but No Visitors; Some Onsite Experiential Programming||Tier 3 plus Small Events and Meetings; Some Off-site Experiential Programming||All Back on Campus|
|Key Health Risk Mitigators in Place||2M Physical Distancing, Masks, Screening, Hygiene +++, Strict Sick Policy, COVID Alert App||Tier 1 plus Cohorting as per Ontario Gov't Guidelines and Surveillance Testing as Capabilities Become Feasible||Same as Tier 2||Same as Tier 2 but with less than 2M Physical Distancing||Lessons Learned to Prevent Future Pandemics|
|Academic Programme||All Remote||Middle School full time every day; Upper and Senior School operating in a HyFlex 50% Ratio||Same as Tier 2||Same as Tier 2 but with HyFlex Ratio exceeding 50%||Normal|
|Co-Curricular Programmes||All Remote||Limited to Where Strong Cohorting Can Be Maintained||No Contact Sports, Non-Competitive Drills & Skills, Limited Experiential, External Community Service and Music Offerings||Controlled Athletic Competitions, Modified Experiential, External Community Service and Music Offerings||Full Co-Curricular Programme Including Experiential, Outdoor & Global Ed Programme|
|Boarding||Lockdown Mode||1 Boarder Per Room (No Bubble), Limited Holiday Travel||Mix of 1 & 2 Boarders Per Room Carefully Bubbled, Travel Reporting||2 Boarding Students Per Room, Commitment to Limited and Controlled Social Bubbles, Travel Reporting and Offsite Travel||Normal|
|Meals||In-Room Dining Only for Boarders||Classroom Delivery||2-3 Sites Offering Grab & Go Lunches, Controlled Boarding Meals||Reduced Distancing of Tables in Main Dining Hall||One Dining Hall, Full Servery Operation|
|Health Centre Operations||Additional COVID Capacity, Boarding Only||Additional COVID Capacity, Triage Protocols Modified to Pre-Screen for COVID; Some On-Site Testing Deployed; Administration Support for Contact Tracing Added; Boarders Quarantined/Isolated On-Site if Required; Day Students Directed to Local Health Centre||Same as Tier 2||Same as Tier 2||Normal|
|Bussing||None||2M Rule, Cohorted, Masks, Assigned Seating||1 Student Per Seat, Masks, Cohorted||Masks, Cohorted||Normal|
|Events||None||Select, Small (<10) and with Social Distancing||Select, Small (<50) and With Social Distancing||Select, Small (<100) and with Social Distancing||Normal|
|Renters||None||None||Limited and Very Controlled Outdoor Facilities||Limited and Very Controlled Outdoor and Indoor Facilities||Normal|
|Travel||None||Strict Protocols Around Reporting & Quarantines||Same as Tier 2||Conduct Requires Self-Reporting and Quarantines||Normal|
Mitigation Measures - We will re-open in September onsite and face-to-face with the following mitigation measures in place that adhere to government and public health requirements and exceed them where appropriate. We will: