COVID Protocols

COVID PROTOCOLS AND INFORMATION FOR HDCH STUDENTS AND FAMILIES

Complete the Self-Assessment for Covid symptoms daily. A print version can be downloaded here

HD School Format (at August 25, 2020)

  • Full-time, in-person learning for students
  • In-person learning will be in regular-sized classes, ranging from 12 to 30 students
  • School year is divided into four quarters, instead of two semesters, students take 2 courses at a time for about 9 weeks
  • Masks, hygiene, and distancing practices are required all day
  • Students remain in same classroom for learning and for lunch
  • There will be no late buses, at least until February 2021.
  • Fully remote learning, and temporary remote learning, are available
  • Visitors are not able to enter the school at this time, unless prior arrangements are made and only outside of school hours

Staff and Student Covid-19 Protocols

  • Complete the Self-Assessment for Covid symptoms daily. A print version can be downloaded here
    • HDCH is not requesting proof that the self assessment is complete.
  • Remain at home when experiencing any Covid-like symptoms
    • option of temporary remote learning means students can keep up with classes
  • People exhibiting symptoms must be picked up from school immediately; they will be placed in isolation immediately; Hamilton Public Health will be informed
  • Hand hygiene, distancing, mask-wearing, and movement restrictions, will be part of every day.
  • Wear masks in the school building, except when eating; please provide 2 non medical masks
  • Outdoor mask breaks are permitted
  • Visitors, including parents and siblings, may not enter the school.

Laptop or tablet

Whenever possible, students are asked to bring a device that can access the internet and allows for basic keyboard entry, such as a laptop or Chromebook. Our IT staff will be available, to trouble-shoot connectivity to our network.

School Schedule

Breaks at Christmas and March are unchanged. PD days have changed to accommodate our new quarter schedule. Every three weeks, students will have a remote learning day, without classroom instruction.

  • Morning class will be 9-11:30
  • Lunch from 11:30-12:30
  • Afternoon class from 12:30-3:00. 

Arrive at school no earlier than 8:30 am, and depart from school no later than 3:30 p.m. If you require earlier arrival or later pick-up, please contact Mrs. Webb.

Lunch

  • Students eat lunch in their morning classroom
  • There will not be access to microwaves or vending machines
  • For larger classes, some students may leave to eat at social distance of 2 metres
  • After eating, students may go outside or stay in their morning classroom.
  • The cafeteria will be providing fresh-made lunches,  pre-packaged and distributed touch-free
  • Students may leave campus at lunch hour
  • Mask-off time to when people are eating; eating will be 15 min or less, as per public health

Lockers

  • Students carry belongings; lockers are not provided
  • Having two classes at a time reduces the number of books and supplies needed.

Moving Through the School

  • Students carry their backpacks if they exit the school for any reason
  • Stay to the right in hallways
  • Building entrance and exit will be assigned based upon classroom locations

Remote Learning

  • Classrooms will be equipped with webcams and mics so that students can participate in live-streamed lessons with their classmates.
  • If you are choosing remote learning for the entire quarter, or if you need temporary remote learning access, please contact VP Sara Whetstone at swhetstone@hdch.org.

Gym Class

  • Students are asked to carry their gym clothes in their backpacks
  • On arrival at the gym, students will use the change rooms in small groups, following distancing practices
  • Their belongings will be stored in a locker for the duration of gym class

Promoting Community in the Covid world

  • Our school theme this year is CARE. Each person who attends HD will feel cared for as a valued member of our community.
  • Teachers are focused on making their classrooms places of belonging. It’s a big part of what makes HDCH such a good place to learn and grow.
  • Our Student Council will plan events that build community and create fun while keeping safety first!
  • Larger gatherings will be virtual — like virtual assemblies live streamed into classrooms.
  • HD will not be running any in-person extracurricular activities but some extracurriculars may continue remotely
  • Part of community building is keeping everyone informed; watch for information on Edsby, and through U-knight, to keep in touch
  • Families are welcome to call or request meetings by zoom in order to stay connected with school activities