Welcome Back Bears!

A few updates regarding the 2021 2022 School Year

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We are so excited to see you!

Well Bears, only a few more days until the 2021 2022 school year begins. It is my deepest hope that each and every one of you had a restful and relaxing summer full of family and friends. All of your teachers and EAs along with all the rest of the staff are so very excited to see your smiling faces bright and early on Sept 2 (Thursday). This coming week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, the staff will be working very hard to ensure that we have the #bestyearever and that we kick it off with an amazing #welcomeweek. Below, you will find the most up-to-date information regarding how our return to the 2021 2022 school year will look. As always, this represents the most up-to-date information but may change depending on our situation within the communities we serve. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school (306) 278 2288 or mielke.dan@nesd.ca.

Start Date

Thursday, Sept 2 is our official start date for all students grades 1-12.


Kindergarten Stagger Start

We have decided to stagger start our Kindergarten class to allow for an easier transition into our school (for students and families). Kindergarten families will be coming to school on Sept 2 for a tour and some information. Students will arrive in two groups on Sept 7th and 9th. All Kindergarten students will come together on Sept 13th. As with every year, we are so excited to welcome our new Bears to the Bears family.

Masking

The North East School Division and the staff of PPCS are implementing a mask-friendly environment. This means that we recommend, as per public health recommendations, that all staff and students, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in common areas (hallways, library, washrooms) and when physical distancing is not possible. We will rely on our families to make the decision that is best for their students. We want all students, regardless of their vaccination status and decision to wear a mask or not, to feel welcome and comfortable at PPCS.

Healthy Kids

In an effort to protect everyone at PPCS we ask that students and staff only attend school if they are feeling well. If your child is unwell, we ask that they remain at home until they are feeling better. The staff of PPCS will work with families to find ways to ensure that students do not fall behind if they are absent for extended periods of time.

We ask that families and staff use the screening tool each morning with their child.

Arriving at School

As always, we ask that students arrive at school no earlier than 8:45 as this is when supervision begins.


Students should be dropped off and picked up at the drop-off area in our large parking lot (please try to avoid dropping off on the street). Our front parking loop is closed in the morning, at recesses, and at the end of the day to ensure the safety of all our students. We would ask that no one uses the parking loop at these times. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Upon arrival, students will drop off their backpacks in a designated area and are welcome to go and play. There are no specific zones this year. At 8:50 our warning bell will ring. Students are asked to line up at their designated area and will be instructed by the supervising teacher as to when they can go inside. This allows for a controlled flow of students and helps to avoid issues (COVID-related and non).


Grades 7-12 students are welcome to come into the school and, after dropping off their belongings, return to the foyer for socializing. For now, we are asking that they will sit at their designated tables (by grade).

Recess and Noon Hour

As per last year, we will split our recess and noon hours. This allows for less students outside at a time. We found that this led to fewer conflicts on the playground and allowed for staff to supervise more efficiently.


Students will not be restricted to specific zones on the playground, but as always, physical distancing when possible is recommended.


Students will be grouped as K-3 and 4-6 for noon hours allowing them to play with friends from other grades if they choose.


K-3 students will eat their lunch from 12:10-12:30 and then go outside from 12:30-12:55.

4-6 will go outside from 12:10 - 12:30 and then eat lunch from 12:30-12:55.


High School (7-12) students will eat in their classroom until 12:30. Classrooms will then be closed and students can go outside, to the gym, or into the foyer for the remainder of the noon hour. At 12:50 the warning bell will ring, at that time they can go to their period 4 class. This allows students to eat safely and allows for the most efficient supervision.

Microwaves

There will be no microwaves in classrooms. Thank you in advance to families for sending lunches that students can eat in the time allotted. This allows for maximum play time for our students.

Hot Lunch

We are unsure of the status of our hot lunches for the 2021 2022 school year. As soon as we know more, we will let our families know.

Cautiously Optimistic

We are looking forward to a far more normal start-up for the 2021 2022 school year, but our optimism comes with caution. We will rely on direction from public health and will follow their information very closely. We remain committed to, first and foremost, creating a learning environment that is as welcoming and normal as possible. That being said, we are also strongly committed to ensuring the safety of our students, staff, and communities at large. We thank our families in advance for keeping lines of communication open throughout the year. If you have any questions or concerns, we ask that you contact the school. We are committed to working with a solution-based mindset. We got through the worst of it together and that is how we will continue to operate; working together, succeeding together.


As always, our families are welcome to come and see what we do every day. We ask that, as always, you stop at the office and let us you are there. For now, we ask that visitors strongly consider wearing a mask for their protection and the protection of our staff and students.