As per Dr. Henry and the Ministry of Education/Ministry of Health, school will partially resume on June 1st. There will be a beginning of ’loosening restrictions’.
What will this look like?
The government is asking for a ‘gradual re-entry’ of partial or alternate days for grades K-5 maximum 50% . In addition, they are suggesting grades 6-12 resume at 20% at maximum. We will have many families that will opt to continue on ZOOM for the reminder of the year (less than 1 month).
Numerous families have indicated prior to this email that they are not comfortable returning in June and in order to accommodate all families (as all teachers will have to teach BOTH ways and we are a small school) the following will apply:
- Monday/Tuesday 10:00 – 2:00 for K-5.
- Monday 10:00 – 2:00 grades 6-12.
- No lunch/lunchroom at school. Snack in classroom only.
- 15 instructional days are left of the 2019/2020 school year. This takes into account a scheduled PRO-D day on Wednesday June 10th.
- June 23 and 24 will be days to:
- Pick up report cards, awards, therapy reports and yearbooks.
- To empty lockers/pick up personal items.
- Return Library books
- Please RETURN your loans of Chrome Books/PE Equipment/Therapy Equipment. As per Chrome book agreement you will be charged a replacement fee if not returned or broken.
- June 25 – ½ day as scheduled (for clean-up and above etc.).
- Please note: therapy will continue on line only
Who is this available to?
- Elementary K-5 students – 2 days week/part time. Grades 6-12 – 1 day week/part time.
Who would this be difficult for?
- Due to social distancing – a child who needs any sort of toileting/toileting assistance, feeding/feeding assistance, has behavioral issues that may require a closer approach, is a flight risk, has issues with the new CDC guidelines for cleanliness/hand washing etc.
- Students who cannot/refuse to follow social distancing/social touching guidelines.
- Please note: Given the nature of our students, it will be very hard to teach from 2 meters away/have them be aware not to touch anything.
What will change within the school building?
- Hand sanitizer stations at entry doors. Please clean hands upon arrival.
- Social distancing (6ft/2meters) stickers on the floors. To manage the flow of people in common areas, including hallways.
- Plexi-glass partitions at the front counter.
- Touch spots will be sanitized twice daily with industrial cleaners.
- Increased cleaning by contracted cleaners overnight
- One way stairwells. To manage the flow of people in common areas, including hallways.
- PPE equipment on all staff.
- Hand washing routines/reminders signs posted throughout the school.
- Hand washing routines will be part of the daily routine of children opting to attend.
What will change?
- If your child is sick (cold etc) they must stay home. If they become sick while at school you must come and pick them up immediately. Staff and students who are ill will not be permitted to attend school.
- All students and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19 OR travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days OR were identified as a close contact of a confirmed case or outbreak must stay home and self-isolate, including children of essential service workers who are ill.
- Parents and caregivers must assess their child daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease before sending them to school.
- Staff must assess themselves daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, or COVID-19 prior to entering the school.
Health and Safety procedures:
- You may have your temperature taken when entering the school.
- You will be required to clean your hands before entering the school.
- All staff will be asked if they are comfortable to wear masks and PPE equipment. If students would like to wear masks – particularly older students where transmission is a greater risk – that would be appreciated. As we have limited mask supplies for our staff, students are asked to bring their own mask from home.
- Teachers and students must do a daily health assessment. This sheet will presented at the entry of the building and must be filled out/signed daily by all entering the building. Strictly enforced.
- Empty garbage containers daily
- Wear disposable gloves when giving medical aid.
- No lunches, recess snack only in the classroom. No sharing of food.
- Students will be asked to label their personal items and not to share them.
- Social distancing (6ft/2meters) and limited physical contact is a must. New CDC and public health guidelines must be followed.
- Avoid close greetings (e.g., hugs, handshakes). Regularly remind students about keeping their “hands to yourself”.
- Students and staff should:
Cough or sneeze into their elbow sleeve or a tissue.
Throw away used tissues and immediately perform hand hygiene.
Refrain from touching their eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Refrain from sharing any food, drinks, unwashed utensils etc.
Areas off limit:
- Playground structure is to be used at own risk as the neighbourhood uses it and we cannot sanitize it all daily. However, students can be outside for snack time, place-based learning and unstructured time.
- Library will be closed.
- The OT/mini OT and the light room will be off limits. (Limiting items that are not easily cleaned (e.g., fabric or soft items)
- Last days of therapy will be June 15th. Some therapists may opt to finish earlier to write year end reports.
- Thirdwave bus service will not run as we cannot social distance on the bus. They also must update their buses and guidelines.
- If you currently have on-line therapy with one of our therapists it is possible that your child may be at school at their therapy time. This may not be changeable.
In School Procedures:
- Staggered drop off: Div. 3 students bring jackets/snacks into classroom instead of using lockers. Social distancing with lockers in close proximity is difficult.
- Staggered drop off: Students line up at outside door following social distancing. Teacher will pick them up at 10 and bring them back at 2:00 in order to limit extra people in the building. Div. 2 & 3 parking lot door.
- Staggered drop off: High school at parking lot door. No lockers.
- Parents continue to communicate with teachers by email, phone or Zoom meetings only.
- Parents may need to remind children to minimize physical contact with their friends and staff.
- Desks spaced apart and avoiding groups or gatherings of students in hallways or other common areas
- Minimized group activities
- Incorporate additional hand hygiene opportunities into the daily schedule.
**Please note** – you MAY NOT have your same teacher or SEA staff. You will stay with your teacher/assistant wherever possible, however it may not be possible.
**Please note: this return to the classroom is subject to:
1 – admin approval for suitability AND
2 – suitability when the student is here during this period i.e. they may not manage well with these restrictions and therefore have to revert back to working at home.
Education stages for K-12 students- BC Ministry of Education
Stage 5 Suspend all in-class instruction for all grades and students. Remote and online learning for all students.
Stage 4 *Current stage as of May 13th- In-class learning for children of essential service workers. Remote and online learning continues for most students.
Stage 3* stage we are moving towards for June 1st.
In-class learning for students in kindergarten to Grade 5 on a part-time basis. Access to in-class learning as needed for grades 6 to 12 on a part-time basis. Remote and online learning continues to be available for students. Student attendance is optional.
Stage 2 In-class learning for all students in elementary school (K to 7) on a full-time basis. In-class learning for secondary students (grades 8 to 12) on a part-time basis. Remote and online learning continues to be available for secondary students.
Stage 1 A return to full in-class instruction