Covid-19 Information for Parents:

Covid 19 School Protocol

September 4, 2020

Madame Arsenault and I wanted to reach out to let you know how extremely proud we are of our students.  The transition back to school has gone very smoothly.  Students have been respectful of the cleaning and sanitizing protocol.  They have demonstrated a great deal of fortitude in wearing their masks while inside the school.  Thank you to all of our families for preparing their children so well as it had made for an exceptional start to our school year.
James McDonald, Principal

Please remember to return the devices that were borrowed in the Spring for on-line learning.

August 28, 2020 Update

We are continuing to refine our entry plans to ensure that our students are as safe as possible.  Please review the following information.

The school will be providing all writing utensils needed for re-entry.  Should you wish to purchase personal utensils etc. please do so as we will not be sharing writing tools and limiting as much as possible sharing of manipulatives etc.

Indoor shoes are not required at this time as the gym will not be available. For the month of September all Physical Education classes will be held outdoors.

Students should come with a personal labelled water bottle as drinking from the fountain will not be permitted.  The water fountains will be a refilling station only.

Parents are to screen their children for symptoms prior to boarding the bus or leaving for school.  If your child shows any signs of illness they will need to stay home until all symptoms have ceased with an additional 24 hours prior to returning to school.

Should your child develop symptoms at school, he/she will be isolated in a classroom (across from the office) and parents/ guardians will be called for pick up.  Once the symptoms have ceased and additional 24 hours the student is to return back to school

We recognize that the cold and flu season will begin shortly and that the symptoms are very similar to covid.  Please keep your child home should they exhibit any symptoms plus an additional 24 hours prior to returning to school.

Should your child have any underlying conditions please consult with your physician prior to returning to school.

Students will remain with the students in their classroom for the duration of the day, including at recess.  Please note that at this time, students will not be allowed to play with children in different classrooms.  This is in place to ensure safety for all students as well as cohort tracking purposes.

Bus seating plans will be in place that emphasize cohorting of families. Bus passes will not be issued (e.g. changes for sleepover etc.). Bus times will not be altered for the first few weeks of school.  Triboard is anticipating a higher than normal number of delays, notices will be posted on their website, or shared on subscribed email, BusPlanner App.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.


A/B Staggered Entry

The Ministry of Education recently announced that school boards were permitted to adopt a staggered start to the 2020-2021 school year to allow additional time for students to adjust to new routines, and health and safety practices.

In Limestone, the first day of school is Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Elementary schools will organize staggered entry based on an alternate schedule of A/B days until and including September 11.

In our school, our staggered entry plan is as follows:

Families with a last name beginning with A to L will attend on A days September 3rd, 8th and 10th.

Families with a last name beginning with M to Z will attend on B days September 4th, 9th and 11th

All students will attend school on the 14th.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  I can be reached by email at the general Harrowsmith mailbox and/or 613-372-2026.

August 25th, 2020 - Letter to Parents

Good Morning Harrowsmith Families

The intent of this letter is to inform you about the precautions and requirements for our return to school this September.  It is our hope that we can ensure the safety of all of our children and staff while we transition back to our classrooms.

Precautions we have taken:

  1. All students and staff self screening
  2. Masks required for staff and students grades 4 to 8, recommended for all
  3. Sanitizer placed throughout the school
  4. Creation of a Isolation Room should a student exhibit symptoms
  5. Visitors are not permitted entry into the school
    1. Drop off and Pick up through the buzzer system
  6. Students are required to use a water bottle (labelled with their name), drinking from the fountain will not be permitted
  7. Enhanced cleaning of high touch surfaces
  8. Log kept of those entering the school
  9. Field trips and assemblies are not permitted


  1. Masks required for grades 4 to 8, recommend for all students
  2. Grouping of family units on the bus
  3. Seating charts


  1. Students will be greeted by either Mrs. Arsenault or Mr. McDonald
  2. Students will be directed to their classrooms
  3. Students will be asked to bring all belongings into classroom
    1. Backpacks are to be hung on the back of chairs
  4. Students will be dismissed by classroom and move directly to buses
  5. Dismissal will be staggered


  1. Students will remain in their cohort (classroom)
  2. Half the students will go out for recess while the other half stay indoors for nutrition break, then they will switch, those that had nutrition break will go outdoors and those that were outside will come into the classroom
  3. While outside the students will have a designated area to play in while remaining with their cohort


  1. Seating Charts used throughout the school
  2. Removed all non-essential furniture
  3. Removal of plush toys/ furniture
  4. Classroom set up to be in rows facing forward
  5. Individual tools eg. pencils etc.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above changes to our routines.  We look forward to having your students back in our classrooms.  We recognize that change of routine is often difficult and will work diligently to ensure that the transitions are smooth.

Return of Devices

As we prepare for the new school year, we will need to retrieve the devices that were distributed in the Spring. All you have to do is return the device with its charging cord to the school. There will be a table set up at the entrance for you to simply drop off the device. There is no need to sign off on anything. We thank you in advance for returning these promptly.