COVID-19: Information for Program Participants

***Important Announcement*** Outdoor School programs suspended

We’re heartbroken that due to the province-wide lockdown, Pine programs are suspended until at least February 10th. We’ll be keeping a close eye on further developments and doing everything possible to make sure we’re ready and able to start programs again as soon as restrictions lift. As per our Covid-19 cancellation policy, all Outdoor School families will receive a 50% prorated refund per day missed. Refunds for cancelled classes will be issued at the end of the program year.

In the meantime, we’re sending registered families weekly activities to continue kids’ learning and inspire them to get outside! Families are also invited to regular online events to stay connected to the Pine community. If you’re registered in our programs, but not receiving these emails, please reach out to our team at!

Over the past year, we’ve seen first-hand that building connections to others and nature is the key to resilience through challenging times. We hope you’ll join us in spreading kindness, supporting one another, sharing gratitude, celebrating small successes and seeing the many opportunities nature still has to offer.


The Pine team

Last updated: January 21, 2021


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 School Decision Tool for further guidance.

– Updated December 7, 2020

Please refer to Toronto Public Health’s School Decision Tool 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 December 7, 2020

Please refer to Toronto Public Health’s School Decision Tool to determine whether your child can attend program. As part of TPH’s updated guidance released December 4, 2020, if a child has one or more new or worsening Covid-19 symptoms, all children in the household must stay home, even if they do not have symptoms. 

– Updated December 7, 2020

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