Due to the rapidly changing situation regarding the Covid-19 virus, Northmount will remain closed for two weeks following the March Break. Please continue reading for a statement from our Headmaster, Dr. Sheridan:

Dear Northmount Parents,

Thank you very much for your patience while awaiting this communication. Like many of you, a return from holidays has been met with a significant change in the landscape as to how Canada is dealing with COVID-19 on a national, provincial and municipal level. Please ensure that you read all of this email so that you understand the plan that Northmount has put in place for the next few weeks.

On March 13th the Minister of Education, based on advice from Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the experts at the COVID-19 Command Table, issued a Ministerial Order to close all publicly funded schools in Ontario for two weeks following March Break (March 16th-20th), in response to the emergence in Ontario of COVID-19. This order was approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

The reason for this decision is to flatten the distribution curve of COVID-19 and enable the healthcare system, to the best of its ability, manage positive cases in a focused and effective manner. Furthermore, the extra two weeks will provide an opportunity for those who have travelled to quarantine themselves and to support ‘social distancing’ for the rest of our population. Please note that if you have travelled anywhere outside Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada asks that you self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution after you return home, as you may have come into contact with COVID-19. If you develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing within 14 days of travel, even mild symptoms, you must self-isolate, avoid contact with others, and call your healthcare provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 for further instructions.

Northmount School for Boys will be following the Minister of Education’s direction in order to reduce and/or delay the transmission of COVID-19. The school will be closed for an additional two weeks following our regularly scheduled March Break. As such, Northmount plans to reopen its doors for classes on April 6th at 7:45 a.m. PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS TIME TO EXTEND HOLIDAYS – use it for its purpose: to fully stop all of our community members from travel and to allow for self-quarantine for those who have travelled during the regular March Break. Presently, we are not aware of any confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in our community and I pray that we will avoid any such situations.

In order to provide some semblance of academic normalcy for our families and our students, Northmount’s Mathematics and Language Arts teachers at each grade level will be providing lessons and homework each day, via Edsby, starting on March 23rd, 2020. All teachers will also be available to answer questions and provide help through Edsby during the school day. Recognizing that many families did not take books home for the break and to help facilitate this process, the school will be open this Thursday and Friday morning (March 19th and 20th) from 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m in order for families to quickly pick up the books mentioned below as well as others that might be needed for review (course specific instructions will be found in the Edsby classroom if they are needed). Please do NOT break quarantine to pick up the Mathematics and Language Arts books. Kindly make arrangements for others to pick up the material and drop it off.

I thank you in advance for your patience and support during these unsettling times, and do know that I am happy to respond to any questions that you may have. Please note that we will be monitoring the situation and will provide further direction through Edsby to our families when appropriate. In the meantime, I kindly ask that you keep our school community and that of the greater society in your prayers. I hope that you all remain healthy and safe, and I look forward to seeing you when we all return.

Sincerely,
Dr. Sheridan