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Return To School – All Levels Toddler to Junior High- January 5th

Further to the Ontario Chief Medical Officer’s announcement yesterday, we are planning on a return to school date of Wednesday, January 5, 2022 for all levels from Toddler through Junior High.

Dearcroft will continue to maintain our strict COVID-19 policies as we’ve already had in place, including, but not limited to placement of air filters in every classroom, keeping windows open as much as possible, and keeping our materials, classrooms and common areas clean on a daily, ongoing basis.
A new measure Dearcroft will be implementing, with the assistance of the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will be the use of non-fit-tested N95 masks for all staff at Dearcroft.  Non-fit-tested N95 masks meet the same NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) standards as fit-tested N95s but have not been, and are not required to be, fit-tested.  The Ministry of Education will require all licensed child care staff to have the option to wear either medical/surgical masks or the non-fit-tested N95 masks provided by government.  As soon as these masks are made available to Dearcroft, we will commence this new measure.
For those families who did not collect rapid tests before the holidays, we will have 1 rapid test available per child (1 test only, not a kit of 5 tests) to collect on Tuesday, January 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Once we have received further information on protocols from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, we will provide an update on Tuesday, January 4th.
Together, our teamwork will help us see a safe start to the second term.  We are especially appreciative of your on-going caution of keeping your children home if there is any uncertainty or symptoms that could spread to others.
The Dearcroft staff sends their gratitude for your efforts at keeping classrooms safe for all.
Thank you kindly and please stay safe, as we head into the new year.  Happy New Year to you and your family!

Update- Ministry Announcement – School Closure

Dear Parents,

Ontario’s Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Premier Doug Ford provided the long awaited announcement that schools will not be reopening again this school year.  

It has been decided that while the Province is moving into stage 1 of reopening, both the Minister and the Premier feel that they cannot risk the safety of Ontario’s students at this time.  Although a disappointing announcement for all, considering today’s status of recovery in our province, we are understanding and supportive of this decision.

Looking ahead, while the Province continues to adjust its course, and as new information comes to light, the Education Minister did commit to providing announcements regarding the September school year before the end of June.  It was suggested that work on new protocols is already being discussed.  We as a staff and administration, continue to monitor all directives and will prepare for this input as we plan for September.

In addition to planning the logistics for reopening on campus, Dearcroft will follow all new protocols and guidelines as they come from the Provincial and Regional Education and Health Ministries. 

Of primary concern moving forward, we will prioritize the safety of our students and staff.   Like you, we greatly anticipate our return to our school campus next fall.  We will continue to update you on related developments and thank you all sincerely for your ongoing support.


Gord Phippen, Catherine DeBorba and the Dearcroft Staff

Hearts for HealthCare Workers

Hearts for Health Care Workers! A great arts and craft project, cutting out hearts to post on your front door for health care to show how much we care about them. Let’s do our part in thanking ER doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers for all that they are doing during this pandemic.


Please share your pictures and remember to tag us @dearcroft

Dearcroft’s Positive Art Challenges


We want to stay connected! Over the next week we have decided to post some Positive Art Challenges to our Dearcroft families and community.

We hope that you will join in and get your creative juices flowing!

We are thinking of you all and look forward to seeing your creations. Please make sure that you remember to tags us @dearcroft on instagram and facebook. Or you can DM us via email with your photos to s.nelson@dearcroft-montessori.com



Dear Parents,
Further to the announcement today by the Ontario Government for all publicly funded schools in Ontario to close, Dearcroft will also be closed for the two weeks following the March Break, from March 23rd to April 5th inclusive.
We request all staff and families who are currently travelling to continue to follow protocols as directed by Halton Region Health and monitor health for any signs and symptoms.  Anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should seek medical advice by healthcare professionals.  If diagnosed with COVID-19, a doctor’s clearance note will be required before returning to school.
For families currently travelling, please note that we request you adhere to the 14 days of isolation upon your return to Canada, which may mean later than the date of April 5th!
Upon our return to school, the following protocols, but not limited to, will be implemented:
1.  All students and staff will be required to follow regular hand washing routines – stations in each classroom
2.  Students will be given lessons in proper hand washing technique (ie: minimum of 20 seconds etc.)
3.  Hand sanitizers are located in each classroom
4.  Increased cleaning and sanitizing of all surfaces and materials will be conducted to include high-touch areas such as door knobs, light switches etc.
5.  Children or adults with symptoms of cold, cough, fever or flu like symptoms must stay home and be cleared by health professional before returning to school.
Protocols will continue to be implemented before and upon our return with student health in mind, and will be communicated as required.
It has been suggested by a health care professional that when your child returns home from school, they should wash their hands and all clothing should be removed and washed, as well as regular cleaning of home surfaces and toys.
For further information or questions on COVID-19, please visit the Halton Region Health Department website https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus
We appreciate that there will likely be more questions and we will do our best to communicate answers to you as soon as we can.  We appreciate your patience during this time, as our initial and top priority at the moment is everyone’s health and safety.  We will continue to monitor the situation closely and put in place all necessary safety precautions for everyone’s return.
Catherine DeBorba & Gordon Phippen