Hello Parents, Students, & Families,
We hope that you and your family are doing well. We would like to extend our appreciation for the support and understanding that members of our school community have shown as we transitioned to remote learning following Spring Break. Your efforts have helped to ensure that student learning has continued over the last two months.
As we prepare for Monday and welcoming back some of our students, we have been guided by our shared commitment to ensuring the safety of all members of our community. We will be reminding our students of the importance of following the guidelines around frequent hand washing, physical distancing and staying home if they are feeling sick.
We write this letter to inform parents and families of the new routines they can expect for school. They include the following:
• Parents and caregivers will have the responsibility to assess their children daily before sending them to school. If your child is experiencing symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19 or other infectious respiratory disease please keep your child home. Your child must stay home until there has been as assessment by a health care provider AND the symptoms have resolved.
• Parents or caregivers must pick up their child, as soon they are notified their child is ill.
• Students will enter the school through their outside classroom doors only and school will start at our usual time 8:35 a.m.(First bell is at 8:30). Please ensure students practice social distancing as they prepare to enter the school. Should you need to pick up your child early, or need to contact the school, please call the office at (604)597-0858.
• Students and staff will be asked to wash their hands upon entering the building. Students will also be asked to wash their hands frequently.
• We have put in place plans to help with physical distancing and minimizing physical contact. Physical distancing can be challenging in a school setting, particularly with younger students. As such, it is reasonable to establish different expectations for varying age levels and activities. For example, younger students should be supported to have minimized physical contact with one another, while older students and adults should seek to maintain a safe physical distance of at least 2 metres from others whenever possible.
• Students will bring the school supplies that they will need to school daily in a backpack (unless you have heard differently from the teacher). They will not be storing items in desks.
• Essential service worker’s children may be dropped off as early as 8:05 a.m at the FRONT DOOR. Staff will greet them there. Care for ESW’s children is also available for 30 minutes after school.
• Parents and caregivers must remain outside the school building for pick-up and drop- off.
• Our crosswalk is not staffed at this time.
• Please ensure that you are practising physical distancing from other families while on- site.
• The outside doors of the school will be locked.
• No lunch drop off will be permitted. Students are expected to arrive with all that they need to start and finish the day. Please also send children with a filled water bottle.
• More time will be spent outdoors. Please dress for the weather each day.
Below is the schedule for the week of June 1:
K-5/6 Classes Group A: Mondays and Thursdays
K-5/6 Classes Group B: Tuesdays and Fridays
Grade 6 Class Group A: Monday
Grade 6 Class Group B: Tuesday
Grade 6/7 and Grade 7 Classes Group A: Thursday
Grade 6/7 and Grade 7 Classes Group B: Friday
On Wednesdays, there will be no direct instruction. Support workers will provide supervision for any Essential Service Worker’s students in the building. This will also be a day for custodial staff to perform a deep clean of the school.
Teachers will have already shared with you which group your child is in (A or B) on Friday (this information is also posted on our website in our newsletters). Unfortunately, due to our need to balance groups and accommodate siblings, we will not be able to accommodate group change requests.
If you have changed your mind about your child(ren) attending face to face instruction, please call the school or email as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel to reach out to me, either by phone or email at email@example.com. We look forward to welcoming some of you back on Monday. Online learning will continue for all students not attending school.
Sincerely, Jennifer Jock
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- SCHOOL SCHEDULE / BLOCK ROTATION
- FACILITY UPDATE (GYM, LIBRARY, CAFETERIA…)
- ADDITIONAL SUPPORTS (COUNSELING…)
We are very much looking forward to welcoming students back into the building. We are in this together and appreciate your patience as we all get used to the changes in practice.