Routines & Procedures for Returning to School

Routines & Procedures for Returning to School
Posted on 09/01/2021

Bells Corners Public School: 

September 3,  2021/ 2022


Welcome and Routines and Safety Procedures 

for Returning to School


Dear Parents:

Welcome Back to school BCPS parents!  For those that do not know me my name is Sadhana Lad and I will be your child’s Proud Principal this year and Elysa Esposito will be our Proud Vice Principal!  Together we want you to know that our staff are excited and looking forward to welcoming students to a new school year.  Safety and student well-being are our focus at Bells Corners and our BCPS team wants you to know that we look forward to working collaboratively with families to allow your child to achieve their goals.

At Bells Corners we want to ensure that your child is safe, which has led to the development of several safety protocols that will be followed throughout the year.  The importance of the safety protocols ensures consistency and allows your child to learn in a safe environment.  I have listed key safety measures that I encourage you to share with your child to help prepare them for what to expect for the first week of school.

Who Will Be My Child’s Teacher?

Class placements for your child will be communicated by classroom teachers via a  telephone call or email either on September 7th &  8th.  This communication provides you with an opportunity to share any medical information with your child’s teacher as well.

Procedures for Arrival And Dismissal From School:

First Day of School: September 9th for Grade 1 to 6 students.

Student Covid Screening Before Attending School:

Wearing Masks:

  • Students in grades 1-6 are required to wear properly fitted non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including in hallways and during classes.

  • Students are required to wear masks on school buses and school vans.

  • Although not required, all students are strongly encouraged to wear masks outdoors, especially when physical distancing cannot be safely maintained.  

  • During nutrition break, students will be permitted to remove their masks to eat.

Arrival at Bells Corners Public School: 

  • Supervision begins at 9:00am 

  • School begins at 9:15am where students will line up on their designated grade specific area.

  • Upon entry into the school, students will use school provided hand sanitizer before entering their classroom

Students walking and driven to school:

  • Students who are walking to school or parents who are driving their child to school will be greeted by the gate closest to the parking lot and a staff member will welcome them on to the yard. 

  • Students will be directed to their class line once they enter the yard. 

  • Primary students will be directed to the main entrance of the school where a supervision teacher will guide students to the Primary yard. 

Dismissal at 3:45pm

  • Students will be dismissed and walked to the gate by the parking lot by their teacher. 

  • Parents will meet and receive their child at the gate closest to the parking lot.

In an effort to ensure safety protocols are met,  Parents will not be permitted on the yard during arrival and dismissal of students.  I do appreciate your cooperation.

Bus Students:

  • Students will exit their bus and will be directed to the yard by a supervision teacher. 

  • Similarly, at the end of the day, students will be guided to their appropriate bus.

  • Students will be cohorted on the bus according to families,class placement and assigned a seat.

OSTA Busing Information: 

The Parent Portal is now open. Please review your child’s info on the Parent Portal, then check the posted list on the website to confirm the route’s status regularly. If you need help accessing your child's busing info, please review our online Parent Portal Guide under Helpful Resources.

First day of school for JK and SK students: September 13th.

Parents will be receiving communication from Kindergarten teachers on September 3rd to state specific expectations for our Kindergarten students.

Kindergarten Intake Interviews:

20 minute Kindergarten intake interviews are an opportunity for staff to meet parents and their child virtually. Families will be contacted on September 3rd to set up a meeting time for either September 9th or 10th. 


  • Students will be enjoying outdoor play in zones according to their specific grade and class. 

  • Although not required, all students are strongly encouraged to wear masks outdoors, especially when physical distancing cannot be safely maintained. 

  • Play Structure will be closed during recess.

Chromebook/ Hotspot Return

Parents who are still in possession of a Chromebook and/or an internet hotspot are requested to return their device/s to the school during the week of August 30 - September 3. The office is open from 8:30am to 4pm daily.  

Elysa and I are excited to welcome your child to Bells Corners and we look forward to meeting you in the upcoming weeks.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  [email protected]  & [email protected]


Take Care,

Sadhana and Elysa


Sadhana Lad

Acting Principal 

Bells Corners PS


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