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Return Planning September 2020

Return Planning September 2020
Posted on 08/12/2020






Bulldogs!

How are you doing?  We hope you are well.  We are thinking about you and a safe return.  Currently we are awaiting direction from the Board on how to set up routines to keep you children safe.  Attached is a letter from the Board.  Please look at it and check out the links, in blue.  the "Return to School Plan" outlines some of the conditions we are required to put into place.  I want you to know that many of these ARE ALREADY IN PLACE AT BCPS.

     Currently...

     - your children sit, in class groupings, on painted lines to start the day

     - our teachers meet the children at the door

     - we enter one class at a time and walk down the right hand hand side of the hall

    - we do the same at recess and we end the day by walking in class lines to the bus lines, where we sit and wait to be walked to their bus

We have not been 'physical distancing' but...

     - we have added more lines so as to be 8 feet apart

     - we have lengthened the lines to allow for adequate spacing

     - we will dismiss some students to the busses from the gym to allow for adequate spacing at the bus lines

Children will...

     - see the adults modeling distancing, mask wearing and hand washing

     - they will wear masks at all times     

     - they learn, play and snack apart from all other classes and will sit with classmates on the bus

     - they will also wash/sanitize frequently and keep their belongings with them at their desks

Finally, we will stagger the transition back to school

     - Kinders hear from their teachers about virtual intake interviews

     - grades 1,2 & Specialized Classes will attend on Thursday the 3rd

     - grades 1,2,3&4 will attend on Friday the 4th

     - grades 1-6 will attend on Tuesday the 8th

     - students in Mr. Bender's class will transition in according to their personal plan

In the weeks ahead, we will get back to you with even more details.  You will know what to expect, before the 1st day.

Check out the links for more info.

Yesterday, you should have received an email from the OCDSB explaining the Return to School Plan and asking for you to complete the Confirmation of Attendance form. This is an important and complex decision for families. If you did not receive the email, please complete the form by Friday, August 14th.  

 

As detailed as the Return to School Plan is, it is natural for parents to have questions. We don’t have answers for everything, but I want you to know that work is underway to answer your questions and the priority will be given to the most common questions.  The OCDSB website has a new Frequently Asked Questions section related to the Return to School Plan webpage Many new questions and answers have already been posted and this page will be updated regularly. Email updates will be sent to parents this week and questions and answers will also be posted on social media.

 

A few things that I can clarify quickly – nutrition breaks and/or lunch will be held in the classroom, but recess will be outdoors. In fact, we will be trying to maximize the use of outdoor spaces for recess, for learning, and for physical education. When a class goes outside for recess, the students in the class will stay with their class cohort, they will not mix with other classes.

 

Our Kindergarten students will be engaged in inquiry based learning which naturally involves moving around the classroom for different activities. There will still be play based learning, but likely more emphasis on inquiry versus free play. This will help to reduce the number of touch points and the sharing of materials.  Once we know more about how many students are coming to school, we will look at strategies that might allow for kinder students to be grouped into smaller groupings within the class.

 

There have been many questions about class sizes. Here is some information about average class size in the District and class sizes in our school (you do not have to show it this way, the purpose of this section is to highlight what your class sizes)

 

Grade

OCDSB Average

Our School Average

Kindergarten

25

 

1, 2 3

19

 

4,5,6

24.5

 

7,8

24.5

 

 

The number of students per class could be adjusted once we know more about the number students attending school.

 

Many of you have asked for more information about how the school will respond to a COVID-19 outbreak. We understand that provincial direction will be provided all schools.  Like you we are anxious for more details.  What we do know is that self-monitoring and staying home if you feel unwell are essential strategies. Anyone who tests positive may not return to school until they are cleared according to public health guidance. At the school we will be keeping records of classes, including seating charts, bus cohorts, and daily records of any approved visitors to the school, including occasional teachers, itinerant staff and custodians for contact tracing purposes.

 

Thanks

Together, we've got this.

____________________________

Dave & Sadhana,

Proud Principals

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