COVID-19: Information for Outdoor School & Forest School Families

*IMPORTANT* April 2021 Update:

Dear Pine families, 

We can barely believe this is happening again….As you’re likely aware, the Ontario government has announced a province-wide ‘Emergency Break’ Shutdown beginning Saturday, April 3rd and lasting at least four weeks. For the second time this year, the third since the pandemic began, we’re forced to announce – 

All our weekly and monthly programs are suspended during the Shutdown. 

It truly pains us to have to write those words. While we support efforts to protect our community, we strongly believe that Pine programs provide a safe learning environment for children when they need it most. We know this continues to be an incredibly difficult time for families. We want to support you as much as we can. Though we can’t be there in person, the Pine team will be doing our best to support children and families from afar by sharing nature connection resources and inspiration.

As always, we’re keeping a close eye on further developments and will send updates as soon as possible. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to with any questions. 


The Pine team



Thanks for being part of the Pine community!

During these rapidly changing times, we’re continuing to update our policies and procedures to meet current federal, provincial and local health recommendations.

Please review the below Handbooks for the most updated information:

Forest School programs and all Outdoor School children’s programs EXCEPT Oaks & Acorns:

Oaks & Acorns:


Covid-19 Online Screening Form

To reduce screening time in the field, you can complete a Covid-19 screening form at home on the day of program and bring proof of submission with you to the field! Remember – upon submitting the form, a confirmation email will be sent to the email you’ve provided. PLEASE BRING THIS CONFIRMATION EMAIL WITH YOU (ELECTRONIC OR PRINTED) TO PROGRAM FOR DROP OFF. Staff will confirm the date that the confirmation email was sent at drop-off (screening must be done the day of program). Any participants who arrive to program without a screening confirmation email will be screened on site upon arrival.


Please keep them home and email to let us know the reason for their absence.

Consult Toronto Public Health’s School Information for Parents & Caregivers and Decision Tool for further guidance.

– Updated February 16, 2021

Please refer to Toronto Public Health’s Decision Tool and Followup Instructions for those tested to determine when your child can return to program.


***Returning to Program – Confirmation Form REQUIRED***

  • Caregivers must complete Toronto Public Health’s “Back to School Confirmation Form and email it to before returning to program.
  • No medical note is required to return to program.

– Updated February 16, 2021

No. As per the most recent guidelines, if a household member has symptoms, all children and adults who attend a school setting must stay home until Covid-19 is ruled out. Please refer to TPH’s Decision Tool for further guidance.

– Updated February 16, 2021

No, but please email us at to let us know of any absences, whether related to illness or not, since we’re keeping record and must follow up with any absent families.

– Updated October 1, 2020