Startup and Supported Entry

We look forward to welcoming our new and returning students and families. While we were connecting online, we missed our students and look forward to welcoming them back into the school.

This post contains important information about the return to school. Please review it. I also encourage families to visit the region’s School Reopening landing page for videos, frequently asked questions, important health and safety information and more about the school reopening. There is a translation tool on the website that will translate the content into over 100 languages.

School Return Dates and Procedures

This year, we will be delaying students’ return to school to give school staff time to prepare for your child’s return. For the first few days of school, we will be welcoming students back in smaller groups to give them additional time to learn and practice our new health and safety measures, and to support their transition back to school after the school closures.

In past years, your homeroom class teacher placement was provided on the first day of school. This year, as we finalize the staffing process and timetables for students, we are working to provide you with your child’s homeroom class placement before school begins. We anticipate teachers reaching out to families directly on September 8th and 9th.  In this way, students will know their classroom teacher and on the morning of their first day students will proceed to line up, socially distanced, in front of their teacher on the tarmac (grades 1-6) or enter the enclosure on the east side of the school (kindergarten).

Our school hours remain unchanged:

Period Times
Before school supervision 8:15 – 8:30 a.m.
School Begins 8:30 a.m.
First Instructional Block 8:30 – 10:10
Recess 10:10 – 10:40
Second Instructional Block 10:40 – 12:20 p.m.
Lunch 12:20 – 1:20
Third Instructional Block 1:20 – 3:00
Dismissal 3:00 p.m.

Kindergarten – Year One (Junior Kindergarten)

If your child’s last name begins with A-L, they will:

  • Attend school on Monday, September 14.
  • Attend school Wednesday, September 16. (They will not go to school Tuesday or Thursday that week.)
  • They will begin attending school every day with their full class on Friday, September 18.

If your child’s last name begins with M-Z, they will:

  • Attend school on Tuesday, September 15.
  • Attend school Thursday, September 17. (They will not go to school Monday or Wednesday that week.)
  • They will begin attending school every day with their full class on Friday, September 18.

Kindergarten – Year Two (Senior Kindergarten)

Students in Year 2 Kindergarten will start school Thursday, September 10, 2020. They will attend school every day.

Grades 1-6

If your child’s last name begins with A-L, they will:

  • Begin school on Thursday, September 10. (They will not go to school Friday, September 11.)
  • Attend school Monday, September 14. (They will not go to school Tuesday, September 15.)
  • They will begin attending school every day with their full class on Wednesday, September 16.

If your child’s last name begins with M-Z, they will:

  • Begin school on Friday, September 11.
  • Attend school Tuesday, September 15. (They will not go to school Monday, September 14.)
  • They will begin attending school every day with their full class on Wednesday, September 16.

Arrival

When students arrive at school on their first day, they should go to the kindergarten enclosure on the east side of school (kindergarten) and the tarmac behind the school (grades 1-6) and line up socially distanced, in front of their teacher where they will enter the school through their designated door.  This will be their assigned regular entry and exit door moving forward and signage will be affixed to the door.  Students should arrive no later than 8:30 a.m.

If your child is going to be late or absent, please call the school before 8:30 a.m.  An answering machine is available to take your call and record an absence even when the office is closed.  Absences can also be recorded by parents and guardians using Edsby.  When no absence information is received and your child is absent, you will be contacted by the school.  If we are unable to contact you, we will call the person whom you have designated as the emergency contact.  If we are still unable to account for the child’s whereabouts, we contact the York Regional Police to report the child is missing.  It is imperative that you contact the office when your child will be absent or late.

In cases where students arrive after 8:30 a.m., parents will be asked to call the school from the front door but will not be permitted into the school. Office staff will sign the student in or out and notify the classroom teacher. A staff member will be requested to escort any Kindergarten students to class.

If your child will be taking the bus to and from school on the first day, please ensure they are aware of this and review with them their bus number.  For details about transportation services, including bus stop information and late bus reports, please visit SchoolBusCity.  The use of face coverings for students in Grades 4 -6 will be required on school vehicles. Students in JK – Grades 3 will be encouraged but not required to wear face coverings on student transportation. For more information and student transportation updates, please check the Student Transportation FAQ.

If your child is registered for the After Care program, please contact your provider for more information regarding after care procedures.

What to Bring

Please send your child to school with:

  • a mask (strongly encouraged but not required for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students)
  • snack and lunch
  • change of clothes
  • sunscreen and hat
  • water bottle

Please label all of your child’s items with their name.

Health and Safety

We ask families to remember that, as a result of health and safety guidelines:

  • On a daily basis, parents/guardians of students under 18 and students over 18 are responsible to review and adhere to the checklist from York Region Public Health. Any student experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is required to remain home.
  • Where possible, students must maintain a physical distance at all times, as they enter, move through and exit the building.
  • Students in Grades 4 to 6 will wear non-medical masks while in school. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 are strongly encouraged to wear masks while in school. Please send your child to school with a mask.
  • Until further notice, visitor(s) are not to enter the school during hours of operation unless identified through a prearranged exception. It is expected that parents/guardians first contact the school by telephone if assistance is required.
  • Please ensure your child brings their lunch and snacks required for their day at school. Lunch drop-offs will not be available, including access to lunch delivery services.
  • We are minimizing class sizes as much as possible. Students will remain with their class throughout the day, including for lunch and recess.
  • Floor decals and classroom set-up are designed to minimize close contact.
  • Hand sanitizers will be placed at the entrance to the school and in all classrooms and students will wash or sanitize their hands throughout the day, including when entering or leaving the classroom, before and after eating, after using the washroom and after touching shared objects.

Supporting Transitions

We also want to assure you that our caring, skilled and professional staff members are well prepared to support student learning and well-being in this transition back to school. We know that the closures affected families differently, and that some students may not have been able to access learning as regularly, or experienced disruptions in their routines. We will work with you and your child to support your child’s mental health, well-being and academics during this transition back to school and to our new school routines.

If you have any specific concerns about your child’s well-being or transition back to school, please speak with your child’s teacher.

We have a dedicated staff with a strong commitment to student well-being and achievement, and to promoting positive, inclusive and supportive relationships with students, families, staff and community members. We are committed to providing a learning environment where everyone feels safe, welcome and respected.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child back to school.