COVID Protocols

SBS Return to School Plan

Sunnybrook School has had success with teaching both on Campus and in Remote Learning, due to the ongoing pandemic. Our iPad program enabled all our students, beginning in JK, to make the transition to online learning quickly, and with ease. Thanks to our ongoing professional development, our teachers have developed new skills and knowledge to support student learning in these unusual circumstances. Every family has unique challenges with Remote Learning, and we will do everything we can to be flexible and accommodate individual learning needs throughout the school year.

Ongoing uncertainty about COVID-19 necessitates a flexible approach to the school year, and therefore we have planned for two possible scenarios – Open Campus Learning and Remote Learning. As the pandemic continues, it will be important to adjust according to guidelines from the Ministry of Education and Public Health Toronto.

Guiding Principles

These principles guide our planning for return to school

  • All planning for the reopening plan is true to the SBS mission; the will to learn, the courage to act, the confidence to succeed
  •  The physical and emotional safety and health of SBS community members are our top priorities. 
  •  Learning is our core purpose and will drive decision making; face to face learning is preferable to remote learning, wherever possible
  •  Communication about health and safety as well as about the learning must be clear and timely to ensure all members of the community understand the vision and expectations 
  •  Flexibility and understanding will be essential for all community members as we learn and grow from this experience
  •  Every member of the school community, staff, parents, and students, share a common responsibility, and is expected to adhere to all policies and guidelines 
Two Models

Sunnybrook School will return to the Open Campus Learning Model in September. All students will return to school every day, 5 days a week. The full curriculum will be taught during the Open Campus Learning Model.

Model 1 / Open Campus Learning

  • All students in school full time
  • Masks will be worn by all students and staff indoors
  • Students will remain in grade cohorts 
  • Physical distancing between adults and students
  •  Staggered arrival and dismissal times
  •  Staggered playground times 
  •  Some clubs or teams offered
  • Aftercare offered until 5:00 pm: full time and occasional available

Model 2 / Remote Learning

  • When we are unable to hold in person classes, students will learn remotely under teacher direction, with support from parents when needed, using Zoom and Google Classroom for all grades. Sunnybrook will continue to offer our full IB curriculum and French, Phys. Ed, Music and Library instruction through a variety of digital and non-digital materials and instructional activities to maintain academic growth while on campus learning is suspended.
Cleaning and Disinfecting School

HEALTH AND SAFETY: To ensure the safety of all students and staff we have put several safety measures in place.

  1. A day time custodian will regularly clean and disinfect studios, washrooms, kitchen and common areas
  2. Deep cleaning and disinfection of the premises once a day
  3. Frequently-touched shared surfaces cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day (e.g. door knobs, light switches, toilet handles, tables, desks, chairs)
  4. Any surface that is visibly dirty will be cleaned and disinfected during the day
  5. Garbage and recycling containers emptied daily
  6. Washrooms will be cleaned at least twice a day 
  7. Water fountains will be disabled
  8. Hand sanitation stations will be provided
  9. The ventilation system is upgraded
  10. Air purifiers installed
Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
  • Maintain physical distance at school
  • Avoid close greetings (hugs, high fives)
  • Wear a face mask
  • Teach students hand washing and sanitizing routine
  • Provide breaks to wash hands
  • Place desks with as much space in between
  • School will report any suspected or positive COVID cases to public health and to the community

Sunnybrook Open Campus Learning Model

Student cohorts

Students will be together with their own class cohorts in their studios, locker areas and lunch. Students will be cohorted OUTDOORS in three groups  for recess, aftercare and teams  (JK/SK and GR 1/2/3 and GR 4/5/6).

Roles and Responsibilities during Open Campus Model

Teachers Will …

  • Maintain physical distance at school
  • Avoid close greetings (hugs, high fives)
  • Wear a face mask
  • Teach students hand washing and sanitizing routine
  • Provide breaks to wash hands
  • Place desks with as much space in between
  • School will report any suspected or positive COVID cases to public health and to the community

Students Will …

  • Maintain distance at school  
  • Keeps hands to themselves
  • Avoid close greetings (hugs, high fives)
  • Stay at their designated desk in the studio
  • Students in JK – GR – 6 will wear a face mask 
  • Wear their Phys Ed Uniform to school on gym days and not change (GR 1 – 6)

Parents will …

  • Maintain physical distance on school property
  • Screen children for symptoms using app before 7:30 am
  • Provide masks for their children
  • Maintain ongoing communication with teachers
  • Not enter school building
  • Staff will wear a medical grade mask
  • All students in JK – GR 6 need to wear a mask indoors
  • Masks are not required to be worn in the playground
  • A doctors note is needed for exception

The school hallways and stairways will be marked with directional arrows to create a one way directional flow.

  • Students will be cohorted OUTDOORS in three groups (JK/SK and GR 1/2/3 and GR 4/5/6)
  • No masks required
  • The full playground will be used
  • Sunnybrook will continue to provide lunch as part of the tuition
  • Designated teachers will deliver trays, and food to classes
  • Only the studio teacher will serve all students
  • Surfaces washed before and after lunch
  • Hand washing occurs before and after lunch
  • Students remove masks for lunch and replace them after the meal
  • Students eat lunch at their table spot
  • Students will bring their own water bottle
  • Garbage cans and recycling bins will be contactless 
  • Water fountains will be closed
Drop Off and Pick Up
  • Students may be dropped off anytime between 8:00 – 8:30 am (JK – GR 6)
  • When arriving at the school, students will line up at their designated grade cohort pylon and be properly screened before entering the school 
  • Classes will alternate between going into the classroom or playing on the playground from 8:00 – 8:30am
  • Staff members outside will ensure a staggered entrance into the school for safety in the hallways 
  • Playground time: Monday and Wednesday:  GR 4/5/6
  • Playground time:  Tuesdays and Thursdays:  GR 1/2/3
  • Playground time:  Fridays – Alternate
  • House games:  Friday outside
  • Students will have a designated time slot to be picked up from school from 3:30 – 4:00 pm
Covid-19 Vaccinations

In accordance with the most recent Provincial guidelines, all Sunnybrook School staff are required to be vaccinated, unless there is cause for a medical or religious exemption. In the event that a staff member cannot be vaccinated for medical, or religious reasons, that staff member  will be  required to take a COVID-19 rapid screening test and confirm the negative results twice a week before entering the school

After Care
  • After Care will be held from 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm.  
  • Outdoors only
  • Snacks brought from home
  • Students will be cohorted OUTDOORS in three groups (JK/SK and GR 1/2/3 and GR 4/5/6)
  • No masks required
  • Playground will be sectioned into 3 areas for the cohorts and they will rotate spaces
  • Families can sign up per term and will be charged per term /child:
  • Term One:  $750 (50 x 15 weeks)
  • Term Two:  $500  (50 x 10 weeks)
  • Term Three:  $600  (50 x 12 weeks)
  • Occasional and drop in costs are permitted for $20 /day – email office to confirm


Students will wear Regular Uniforms on all days. GR 1 – 6 students will wear Dress Uniforms on Tuesdays except if they have Phys Ed that day.  GR 1 – 6 will wear their Phys. Ed uniform to school on their designated Gym days and not change at school. Uniforms must be from Top Marks.

A potential or a confirmed COVID-19 case

If there is a potential or confirmed case of COVID in the school, the following will occur:

  1. Vaccinated staff will not need to quarantine
  2. Request the student/staff member receive a test for COVID-19
  3. The student/staff may return to school after a negative test and symptom free for 24 hours
  4. The School will contact Public Health for guidance on next steps
  5. Information will be provided to the school community about a confirmed COVID-19 case
  6. The exposed cohort will be notified and the school will follow the protocol from Public Health, which may include quarantine for 10 days
  7. The classroom will be shut down while affected areas and equipment are disinfected
Home Learning

To ensure the highest quality of education for all students, home learning will be provided for Covid related medical reasons only. Home learning will NOT be offered for personal vacations, personal quarantine time, sick days or family preference (i.e. not living in Toronto)

NEW! Zoom Etiquette

We have created a Zoom etiquette for the students that are at home learning remotely. Please follow the etiquette provided in THIS LINK.