COVID-19 Update

London International Collegiate School

We are committed to caring for the health and well-being of our staff and students during the COVID19 pandemic. Please watch this page for updates and helpful information. On behalf of The London International Collegiate School, please stay safe.

COVID-19 Readiness Plan

Since it is the top priority to protect the health, safety,  and well-being of our students, teachers, staff and of our surrounding communities, the measures outlined in this COVID-19 Readiness Plan include:
  1. Compliance with federal, provincial and local health guidelines
  2. General Measures/Policies
  3. Outbreak and Case Management Plan
  4. Travel/Pre-Arrival Requirements
  5. 14 Day Quarantine Requirements
All of our students who have been enrolled with London International Collegiate School are strictly subjected to comply with all of the COVID-19 guidelines set by the Government of Canada. All students who have planned to travel to Canada must attend our "Public Health's Instructions on How to Quarantine" at the Zoom meeting.

Compliance with federal, provincial and local health guidelines

London International Collegiate School attests that it will comply with federal, provincial, and local health guidelines and protocols for businesses and other organizations such as school boards and private schools, consistent with the Government of Ontario’s plan for reopening the province in stages: https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-stages.London International Collegiate School will meet the requirements set out in this table for as long as it appears on the federal list of approved designated learning institutions.

General Measures/Policies

COVID-19 related policies/procedures/protocols are developed and include:

  • Daily Screening protocols
  • Daily attendance records
  • Drop-off and pick-up
  • Visitor limitations (e.g. protocols for school access by regulated health professionals, social service professionals, and paraprofessionals)
  • Cohorting and staffing
  • Physical distancing
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection
  • Use of PPE
  • Protocol is in place if a student, parent/guardian, visitor or staff experiences symptoms and/or is exposed to COVID19

Staff are trained in all policies and procedures and staff completion of training is documented.

All staff complete a daily self-assessment screen for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE arriving at school.

  • Staff must check their own temperature
  • If any signs or symptoms, staff must stay home and school must be contacted.

Only essential visitors are permitted on school property (e.g., Public Health Nurse, plumber). Essential visitors complete a self assessment screen for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE arriving/entering school.

It is encouraged that school staff screen visitors prior to entry.

  • If any signs or symptoms, essential visitors must not enter school.

Symptomatic individuals or anyone who has come into close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days should be tested for COVID-19.

Outbreak and Case Management Plan

Incase of an outbreak, Abdul Hashim Abdul Mutalib will act as the identified liaison for London International Collegiate School and the relevant authorities such as the Middlesex Public Health Unit, and EDU Canada. We also promise to communicate any compliance issues within the 14-day mandatory quarantine period to law enforcement authorities; and

any cases of COVID-19 infection during the 14-day mandatory quarantine period to local public health units and the Ministry of Education, and EDU.

London International Collegiate School is committed to enabling full cooperation in assisting

local public health units in their outbreak investigation and management.

Our current protocols can be referred to in section 2 of the Covid 19 Readiness Plan. In addition to section 2, the following measure should be implemented:

  • Physical barriers/plexiglas installed appropriately.
  • Maintain traffic flows throughout the school and while entering and exiting.
  • Use grade appropriate desk spacing and remove unnecessary objects in classrooms
  • Stagger breaks, recesses, lunches or eat in classrooms with spaced desks
  • Provide online learning opportunities with special options for assignment pick up, after hours one-on-one learning, or additional supports as needed.
  • New school protocols
  • Instructions for screening/exclusion
  • Drop-off/pick-up procedures
  • Information on physical distancing and hand hygiene
  • Protocols for symptomatic student/staff

A crucial  step is the evaluating  communication methods and efforts during an ongoing outbreak. Reducing the spread of disease, and reinforcement with citizens and partners, and recognizing what changes may be required to follow through with the communication strategy approach in the future. London International Collegiate School will post immediately on our website https://lics-edu.ca/, and on our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/London-International-Collegiate-School-104704091388145, of any outbreaks at our facility, and also communicate with our students via email to advise of procedures during an outbreak.

Daily screening will be conducted upon entry to the facility. In the event that you suspect you may be symptomatic, or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use the self-assessment information found here https://covid19checkup.ca/ to help determine how to seek further care. If you do have symptoms, do not attend the facility for a period of 14 days.

If you cannot attend in person sessions at London International Collegiate School, due to symptoms of Covid-19, please contact us, and we will either communicate via e-mail or online learning via ZOOM to ensure that you are still able to receive your assignments.

London’s COVID-19 Assessment Centres are operated by the London Health Sciences Centre and the Thames Valley Family Health Team with support from Middlesex-London EMS, the Middlesex-London Health Unit and the City of London. The Assessment Centres are located at:

Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre
656 Elizabeth Street, London See Google Map

Oakridge Arena
825 Valetta Street, London See Google Map

For all the most up to date information including hours of operation and booking process, please visit the London COVID-19 Assessment Centre website.

Hand hygiene stations with alcohol based hand rub (ABHR minimum 60%) are available at all school entrances along with COVID-19 information/signage (e.g., screening information, hand hygiene, physical distancing).At London International Collegiate School, we are committed to use of  cleaning and disinfecting protocols as outlined in section 4, and to ensuring proper hand hygiene, such as frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer.

At minimum, all school staff are to wear a medical mask or face covering. Risk assessments should be conducted to determine additional PPE required for each task and role.

With respect to environmental cleaning, commonly used cleaners and disinfectants are effective against COVID-19.  Frequently touched surfaces are most likely to be contaminated. We will only use only disinfectants that have a Drug Identification Number (DIN). A DIN is an 8-digit number given by Health Canada that confirms it is approved for use in Canada. We will check the expiry date of products you use and always follow manufacturer’s instructions. Surfaces that are most frequently touched, will be cleaned at least twice per day.

Daily Screening requirements include:

  • Ensuring guardians and caregivers are given instruction on how to screen their children for symptoms of COVID-19 before sending them to school, stay home if they are displaying symptoms and contact their local community health centre or public health unit for advice and assessment when symptoms develop.
  • Ensuring staff monitor students and themselves for overt symptoms of COVID-19 that may develop during the school day
  • If COVID-19 like symptoms develop staff should immediately mask and isolate the students or themselves away from others and follow school procedures and protocols
  • Considering implementing daily active screening before an individual (staff, students and essential visitors) enters the school (e.g. infrared thermometer, symptom checklist)
  • Providing instruction to students in non-stigmatizing and age & disability-appropriate language on how to self-identify symptoms and be instructed to speak to staff immediately if symptoms occur.
  • Ensuring staff self-screen for symptoms each day, stay home if sick and contact their local HCP for advice and assessment when symptoms develop.

Our school administrators will ensure communication by:

Regularly communicate and reinforce the need for effective hand hygiene, healthy respiratory practices, physically distancing and use of non-medical masks practices in ways that are developmentally and language appropriate for audience

  • Regularly communicate and reinforce the need for guardians and caregivers to continue to assess their children for symptoms of COVID-19 daily and to stay home when sick
  • Regularly communicate and reinforce the need for staff members to continue to assess themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 daily and to stay home when sick

Travel/Pre-Arrival Requirements

All of our students who have been enrolled with London International Collegiate School are strictly required to comply with all of the COVID-19 guidelines set by the Government of Canada. All students who have planned to travel to Canada must attend our "Public Health's Instructions on How to Quarantine" at the Zoom meeting.

Before You Travel To Canada

We ask that all students review the “current travel restrictions,” and when booking your flight, if you are eligible to travel to Canada, to follow Canada's Health Ministry COVID-19 guidelines carefully, to complete a self-assessment, and to download the ArriveCAN app. You are to create a COVID-19 readiness plan and share it with Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) in order to confirm that your plan is acceptable before traveling to Canada through ArriveCAN, and we require that every student visit and sign off on our school’s ‘COVID-19 Update' page. Please note that our school has decided to arrange your quarantine accommodation with your basic needs, and transportation on your behalf with a 14-day quarantine cost of $1,540.00 which includes accommodation, and 3 meals per day. In addition, our school will email you the mandatory quarantine arrangement guideline details.

Before, and During your flight

To prepare for travel, buy non-medical face masks, two travel-size sanitizer bottles, and wear a face mask that covers your mouth, and your nose. Use hand sanitizer as soon as you touch anything in the airport, and on the plane. Please, be especially careful to wash both of your hands, front and back, up past the wrists, after you use the washroom.

Pay attention to any inclusions (services provided by the airline) for the entire duration of your flight and be ready to pass your two health checks: the first one, done by the airline before boarding your flight, and the second one, done by a Public Health Agency of Canada officer, once you arrive in Canada.

After Your Arrival

Within 48 hours:

Based on Canada's current policies, the relevant authorities will assess your health, and your 14-day quarantine plan before you can leave your point of entry (e.g., airport) and determine your entry eligibility. It is up to the discretion of the relevant border agent to approve entry into Canada.

You must exchange your non-medical mask and wear a new one while in transit to your quarantine location.

Please note that you must quarantine longer if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 and that you will then also need to take a COVID-19 test.

Please notify the Government of Canada as soon as you have arrived at your place of quarantine, using ArriveCAN, or by calling this toll-free phone number: (1-833-641-0343) within 48 hours of arriving in Canada.

During Your 14-day quarantine, you are strongly advised to visit the quarantine resource webpage:

https://www.publichealthontario.ca for available information, and for any support you need. Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19, symptoms that include fever, chill, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, and book a COVID -19 test appointment on day 10 of your quarantine to ensure your overall well-being during your 14-day quarantine.

You must download the Mandatory Quarantine page in PDF format (340 kb, 2 pages) and keep it with you.

After You Complete Your Quarantine

Monitor yourself for covid-19 symptoms when you have finished your 14-day quarantine period, and then prepare to move into your residence. Wear a face mask in public, indoor spaces, and maintain at least a two-meter social distance from other people.

 

14 Day Quarantine Requirements

Your 14-day quarantine starts on the day you arrive. Go directly to your place of quarantine without delay and stay there for the duration of your quarantine. Practise physical distancing at all times.

Avoid stops and contact with others while in transit to quarantine:

  • Use a private vehicle if possible
  • Remain in the vehicle as much as possible
  • Pay at the pump for gas and use drive through when you need food
  • Wear a suitable non-medical mask or face covering at all times unless you are alone in a private vehicle
  • You must report the following through the ArriveCAN app, online at Canada.ca/ArriveCAN
  • or call 1-833-641-0343:
  • Your arrival at your place of quarantine within 48 hours after entering Canada
  • Your COVID-19 symptom self-assessment every day until the end of your quarantine

A suitable place of quarantine is one where you:

  • Have access to the necessities of life without leaving your place of quarantine
  • Have a separate bedroom if the space is shared with family/friends who didn't travel with you
  • Can limit interactions with others in the household. If spaces, such as a kitchen, are shared:
  • wear a mask or face covering if a 2m distance cannot be maintained;
  • thoroughly and regularly clean common areas after use
  • Are not living with those at risk of more severe disease

Are not in close contact with others who did not travel with you. For example, do not quarantine in:

  • a group or communal living setting, including camps or students dorms unless the location is pre-authorized;
  • a household with a large family or many people
  • a shared small apartment or similar setting
  • While in quarantine
  • Do NOT leave your place of quarantine unless it is for a medical emergency, an essential medical service or treatment, or it is pre-authorized.
  • Do NOT have any guests even if you are outside and stay 2m apart from them.
  • Use only private outdoor spaces (i.e. balcony).
  • Do NOT use shared spaces such as lobbies, courtyards, restaurants, gyms or pools.
  • You may be called from 1-888-336-7735 to verify your compliance during your 14-day quarantine. You will receive pre-recorded messages and email reminders.

Note that you may also be contacted by provincial or territorial authorities throughout your 14-day quarantine. If federal and provincial or territorial guidelines differ, you should follow the strictest requirements.

You must monitor your health for 14 days. If you start experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19:

  • new or worsening cough
  • shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • feeling feverish, chills, or temperature equal to or over 38°C
  • Skin changes or rashes (in children)
  • muscle or body aches, fatigue, or weakness
  • new loss of smell or taste
  • headache
  • gastrointestinal symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, or feeling very unwell

You must isolate yourself from others immediately.

Follow the COVID-19 instructions of the local public health authority (see below)

The 14-day period starts again if, during your quarantine period, you develop a fever and cough or fever and difficulty breathing, test positive for COVID-19 or if you are exposed to another person subject to this Order who exhibits signs and symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.

For information on possible exposure to COVID-19 during travel (i.e. cruise ships, flights, public transit, etc.) or on risk factors for increased exposure and/or more severe disease, visit canada.ca/coronavirus.

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Download and use Canada's contact tracing app (COVID Alert).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 2 minutes or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm when you cough or sneeze.
  • Follow all other public health guidelines in the area you will be visiting.

Consequences for breaching 14-day quarantine can be found at https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/q-1.1/page-7.html. In summation, a breach could result in a summary conviction or a fine, or both.

This Covid-19 Readiness Plan was signed this 15th day of December 2020 by

Abdul Hashim Abdul Mutalib

Contact

Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns.  Our door is always open to our students, their families, and prospective students.

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