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COVID-19 Stat Update, Security, Parent Ed

Topics covered in this post:

children sitting in a tire in the snow
  1. Midterm Holiday

  2. COVID-19 Update

  3. JICS Daily Screening

  4. Vaccination Update

  5. Rapid Screening Program Participation

  6. School Security

  7. Parent Education Events

  8. Concussion Awareness with Dr. Charles Tator

  9. Parent Ed Opportunity

  10. Upcoming February Events


1. Midterm Holiday

The Lab School will be closed (Nursery to Grade 6) on Friday, February 18 and Monday, February 21 (Family Day). We wish everyone a well-earned mid-term holiday. The Daycare is open for registered users on Friday, February 18.

Kindergarten student artwork of space


2. COVID-19 Update

child building with blocks and shapes

a) JICS Daily Screening

Friday, February 4: 85% compliance (completed by 8:00am)

Monday, February 7: 86%

Tuesday, February 8: 85%

Wednesday, February 9: 89%

Thursday, February 10: 85%

Students who arrive at school without the screening completed by 8:00am remain outdoors or wait in reception until the screening has been successfully submitted.


b) Vaccination Update for Eligible Students (182 students)

1st dose: 7.7%

2nd dose: 37.9%

52.7% of students have an unknown vaccination status. Please log in to your SFO account to update the school on your child’s status. At the end of the form, you will find a link to upload their vaccination certificate as well. Please be sure to also submit the SFO form!


c) Rapid Screening Program Participation (271 individuals)

Nursery children painting animal footprints

Sunday, February 6: 88% compliance (results submitted by next day)

Wednesday, February 9: 77%

Please upload your child's results from Wednesday, February 9th as soon as possible, or complete the test this evening if you have not already. Thank you!

children creating symmetrical patterns with pattern blocks

3. School Security

As an added security measure, we have arranged the front door of JICS at 45 Walmer Road to be locked during the school day. Visitors will be required to buzz and be admitted into the building by our receptionist or the school office staff. We thank you for your understanding.


4. Parent Education Events

February 24, 2022 | 7:00-8:00pm

The Importance of Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Concussions in our Children with Dr. Charles Tator

Concussions are important because there are so many of them, and they all don’t get better. We are fortunate in Ontario that the Ministries of Education, Health and Sports have come together to create PPM158 in 2014 and then Rowan’s Law in 2018 to reinforce to all Ontarians that they should know something about concussions to protect themselves and their children from the ravages of concussion. In schools, this means If we are informed about concussion we can recognize when a concussion has occurred, and we can institute early, informed treatment and we can prevent some concussions from happening and prevent others from progressing to long term suffering. You probably get the picture that concussion requires a multidisciplinary team and a coming together of people from schools, homes, and physicians’ offices to deal with this problem. I will be stressing teamwork in my discussion with parents and teachers at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School, at OISE, U of T.

Dr. Charles Tator, Neurosurgeon

Dr. Charles Tator trained in Neurosurgery and Neuropathology and was Chair of Neurosurgery, at the University of Toronto. He was chief of Neurosurgery at the Toronto Western Hospital, and was a founder of ThinkFirst, Canada, a national brain and spinal cord injury prevention foundation, and Parachute Canada, a national injury prevention agency. He held two research chairs at the University of Toronto, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and an inductee of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. Currently, he is a Scientist in the Krembil Brain Institute and Director of the Canadian Concussion Centre at Toronto Western Hospital. His book on Catastrophic Injuries in Sports and Recreation was published by the University of Toronto Press, and his Practice Primer on Concussions appeared in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. He is the author of 437 publications in peer review journals. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurotrauma and the Neuroscientist and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Concussion.

If participants would like to send questions in advance, please feel free to email them to Chriss.



Parent Education Opportunity

Follow-up to fireside chat with Jesse Wente

As a follow-up to last week’s successful JICS Parent Education event with Jesse Wente (Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance), we invite parents to view to learn how Treaties have impacted the lives of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, featuring speaker Maurice Switzer, Bnesi, a citizen of the Mississaugas of Alderville First Nation. The JICS teachers have all viewed this powerful and informative AGO presentation.

book cover for Jesse Wente's Unreconciled

Copies of Jesse Wente’s book Unreconciled are still available for purchase for a limited time through the jicsfamily website store: Once you have purchased a book, please send your proof of purchase in an email to Chriss to receive a link to the recording of his fireside chat with us on February 3rd. It is well worth the time and effort!!


5. Upcoming February Events

African Heritage Month

Mon 14 – Valentine's Day

Fri 18 – Midterm Holiday (School closed. Daycare open)

Mon 21 – Family Day Holiday (School & Daycare closed)

Wed 23 – Anti-bullying Day

Thurs 24 – Parent Ed Event: Concussions with Dr. Charles Tator. 7:00-8:00pm. RSVP

Student work on Eleanor Collins



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