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Campus Access & Usage


General Access

  • Student drop off and pick up – Drop off and pick up times will be staggered

  • Facilities Services staff will maintain a 24-hour schedule with enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices

  • Buildings will be closed to parents and visitor/contractor access will be limited as much as possible

  • Students and faculty/staff will only be in the buildings at approved times

  • Anyone entering the buildings after hours must sign in and out at reception and complete a self-screening before entering

  • The library will be closed except when it is being used as a classroom

  • The Reading Room will be closed except when it is being used as a classroom/workroom

  • Family Style lunch will be replaced by in-class lunch delivery for Grades JK – 8 and buffet lunch for Grades 9-12 (alternative lunch schedule will be implemented to limit the number of people in the Dining Hall at any given time)

  • There will be no student/faculty access to Rogers House on the weekends



Parents/Guardian/Boarding staff must:

Parents/students must complete a daily health assessment via the Edusafe app for the student. Parents are asked not to send their child to school if they have any current common-cold, influenza or COVID-19 like symptoms (even if their symptoms are mild), if they have had symptoms in the previous 10 days and have been advised to self-isolate, or if there exists any other circumstances that pursuant to government orders or directive requires them to self-isolate (international travel).

Parents are asked to report all student absences to the Attendance Administrator ext. 222 or attendance@pickeringcollege.on.ca.



School Protocols (Daily)

  • Day students may remain on campus only for the duration of the school day

  • Students may not enter Rogers House before their schedule arrival time

  • Parents are to drop their children off at the designated area and leave campus without delay

  • Boarding staff will not allow boarding students to go to Rogers House until their scheduled start time

  • Students who are in a high-risk demographic due to underlying medical condition or age, should make themselves known to the Health Centre/teacher/advisor and we will work together to formulate a personal care plan to address their specific high-risk needs. This may include remote learning and other accommodations as necessary


Protocols for Students

  • Students are required to have a completed screening daily prior to entering any building
  • Students will only be allowed into Rogers House at the assigned staggered start time
  • Students will enter Rogers House without their parents at their assigned entrance door
  • Students must wash or sanitize their hands upon entering the building (there are hand sanitizer stations located inside each door)
  • Students may bring with them only the minimal materials that are needed and take them all to the classroom
  • Students will have a relaxed dress code. Summer Dress will apply all year and students are not required to wear a tie or blazer
  • Students will practice physical distancing. They must stay apart (as much as possible) and avoid touching communal surfaces and each other
  • Students who arrive late must enter through the main door of Rogers House and sign in with the Attendance Administrator (only one person in the office at a time) and then go directly to their classroom – A daily screening on the Edusafe app must be completed
  • Students will report to their teacher if they are not feeling well and will be sent to the Health Centre – It is requested that the teacher call the Health Centre to alert the nurse to the student’s impending arrival
  • Grades JK- Grade 8 will have lunch delivered to their classroom and will eat in their classroom
  • Grades 9-12 will have assigned lunch periods that allow for reduced numbers of people in the Dining Hall at any one time – Food will be served by the Aramark staff in keeping with the emerging best practices
  • Students will be taken to their designated dismissal area by their teachers at the end of the school day. When parents arrive to pick up their child(ren), the student will be released by the teacher
  • No Day students to enter boarding
  • All classes will have assigned washrooms to assist with any contract tracing should it be required. Students are to use designated washrooms except in the event of a washroom emergency

  • Each division will have assigned stairwells. Students are asked to use their assigned stairwell and keep to the right at all times. Exceptions are made in the event of an evacuation, then students and staff should use the nearest stairwell and exit the building in a timely manner


Protocols for Parents

  • Parents will arrive at the assigned staggered start and dismissal time – It will be very important to keep to these times to encourage physical distancing
  • Complete the daily screening questions via the Edusafe app prior to arrival each and every morning
  • Parents drop off their child(ren) outside of the building and depart immediately – PC staff are on duty to receive the child(ren) 
  • Parents are asked to allow their child(ren) to make the last part of the journey into the school independently
  • Parents will pick up their child(ren) at the designated locations
  • Parents/custodians may only enter the building if absolutely necessary and must check in to Reception or the Duty Office
  • Before removing any clothing or items from their bags, students must wash/sanitize their hands
  • Once their hands are washed/sanitized, they enter the classroom


School Procedures

During the day:

  • Everyone must wash/sanitize their hands before they enter the classroom

  • Everyone must wash/sanitize their hands when they exit the classroom; this is at the end of the day, before going to recess, before going to the restroom or at any other time they leave the room

  • Everyone must wash/sanitize their hands before and after eating

  • Everyone must wash/sanitize their hands upon entering and exiting any building on campus

At the end of the day:

  • Students put on their coats and collect all of their belongings

  • Students wash/sanitize their hands before walking out of the door

Expectations around the use of materials:

  • All school materials must stay at school; no home materials are brought to school with the exception of the necessary electronic devices

  • Junior School students may not bring personal toys or games to school

  • Each student will be required to purchase a “class kit” from the Hilltop Shop

  • All tools and manipulatives will be washed by the faculty daily

  • Soft toys and plush pillows/cushions/blankets will be removed from classrooms

  • iPads, Chromebooks and laptops will be designated to an individual student and may not be shared. These devices will be wiped down several times each day

  • Students must wash/sanitize hands before and after use of school materials

  • Students will not have access to the library. Boxes will be placed in the hallway for book return

  • Classroom libraries will remain closed

Outdoor play

  • A revised recess schedule will be created to provide outdoor playtime for all students and keep them limited to their cohort group. The primary grades will have recess in the fenced playground (playground equipment will be off limits)

  • The Junior School grades will have recess at the east side of New House near the Dining Hall and the Middle School students will have recess on Memorial Field

Co-curricular activities

The Co-curricular Program has been modified for the fall term with the principles of physical distancing and cohorting in mind.


Off campus class excursions are temporarily suspended until there is further direction from Public Health around gathering sizes and physical distancing.

Boarding excursions to shop will only occur in a limited capacity – Bus numbers will be assessed and students will sign up with those limited numbers on a weekly basis.