Parent Peek at the Week
Week of September 21st, 2020
Thank you Mr. Davies!
Welcome back to all our students - every day this week!
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 28th - TERRY FOX WEEK! Please see details below - we will be walking one class at a time, socially distanced, during the day on September 30th (rain date October 1st).
Important Pieces of Information
2. Mask Protocol: As we continue to "live" our mask protocol, there are minor adjustments that take place from time to time. A few updates that I'd like you to know about..... If you would like to send your child with a lanyard to secure their mask when outside, you are now able to do so. However, please note that the lanyard must have a "break away" feature (can undo when pulled on tightly) so that it is not a choking hazard. We have also been asked if students can wear headbands or hats with buttons to secure the mask (instead of wearing the loops around the ears). For the purpose of securing a mask ONLY, hats can be worn in school during COVID protocols. Headbands can also be worn.
The Kawartha Heights staff would like to say a HUGE thank you to all families for your amazing support of masks. Although they are only strongly encouraged in K-Grade 3, we estimate about 95% of all our students are wearing masks. This greatly improves our ability to keep everyone safe. Thank you for sending your children with their masks daily!
3. Sending Food to School: Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to accept any donations to classes of food. In the past, families may have sent in birthday cupcakes or food that the class can share. Until further notice, students can only eat the food they've brought to school.
We continue to offer a morning nutrition program, however for the short term we are focusing on single serve items that are prepackaged (such as granola bars, cheese strings, yogurt tubes and single serve fruit).
Parents want to know!!!!
1. Will sports and clubs be running at the school this year?
The short answer is - we hope so! However, for the time being, we are unable to run any sports or clubs, as students are kept to their class cohort for safety during the day. Even when walking in the halls, going to the bathroom, or playing on the yard, each class is carefully kept cohorted away from all others.
2. Will there be a Hot Lunch or Milk Program this year?
The direction for now is to hold off on running Hot Lunch or milk programs. The Health Unit will advise us when we are able to safely start these programs again this year.
3. What happens when my child doesn't feel well at school?
Due to the COVID-19 protocols, things are a little different at school when your child indicates they don't feel well. This year, we will support your child by bringing them to the Sick Room (a small room inside the library). Staff will wear full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and a call will be made for you to pick up your child. We will provide you with a letter regarding next steps. Whether you choose to have your child tested for COVID at the assessment centre or not, we ask that you keep your child at home until 24 hours after the last symptom is shown. We appreciate your support and understanding as we need to take all reports of feeling unwell very seriously.
4. What if I want to move to distance learning or come back to face-to-face?
For a variety of reasons, we know parents might consider changing their decision about their child’s placement whether it be in the virtual school or bricks and mortar school.
The following message can be found on our board website: If families change their decision regarding whether they want their children to attend in person after the start of school, their requests for a change will be addressed as soon as possible. We will ask that families be patient as some time will be required to develop transition plans from one form of learning to another, as we will need to adhere to Ministry of Education and Public Health guidelines that support student and staff health, safety and well-being.
If you find yourself in this situation, please contact me at the school so that we can discuss further.
Terry Fox Run and “Sox for Fox“
We are hoping that you will consider donating to this great cause. If even half our school donates a toonie, we will be able to raise over $200. And if we raise $200? Then each class gets to select one item that Mrs. Sampson gets to wear for the entire Terry Fox Day! This was a big hit last year, and we hope we can make it happen again this year. Please donate at the following link:
Unfortunately we are unable to accept donations directly at the school this year.
As a way to show our school spirit, we are also encouraging all students and staff to wear their craziest socks, as we celebrate “SOX for FOX”. It’s time to have a little school spirit fun!
Drop off/Pick up
This gate is located on the south side of our school, close to the mall. If using this gate, please be aware that you won't be able to see your child walk all the way on to the yard.
This gate is located at the top of our far field - off of Applewood. It is a highly underused gate and would be a great place to wait to pick up your child.
This gate is located by the top parking lot (by the shade shelter). It tends to be very busy here, especially with cars coming and going out of the parking lot.
Gate #4 enters directly onto the pavement part of the yard.
This gate also enters directly onto the pavement part of our yard. It is used by all bus students as well as Ms. Bartlett/Jones Kindergarten students. This is the busiest gate and we kindly ask that you try to avoid this area at pick up time.
This gate is located by the front door. It will be used at pick up time ONLY for Ms. Richardson/Mrs. Charmley's students, as it leads directly to the Kindergarten yard.
Information from the KPR Board Office
Virtual Elementary and Secondary Schools
At the same time we welcome everyone back to our buildings, we’re also excited to connect with our more than 5,700 virtual school students.
This has been a busy week for school staff as they work to finalize registration and timetables for these students.
As this work continues, and for questions that come up, including support with technology, there are a number of ways students and parents can connect with these schools, including through their school web pages linked here:
We’ve also established helplines to provide technical support for students and parents.
Student/Parent Helpline Virtual Elementary School
1-877-741-4577 Ext 3002
Student/Parent Helpline Virtual High School
1-877-741-4577 Ext 3001
New Screening Tool
The provincial government this week released a new, interactive screening tool that students, staff and families may choose to use each morning. It is available at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ The intent of the online tool is to let individuals know whether they should attend school each day, or guide at-risk individuals to proper resources.
Public Health Ontario also has released practical, day-to-day Tips for Children Attending School, with helpful advice ranging from how to put on and take off masks safely, to ways to keep one’s glasses from fogging up when wearing a mask, and more. These tips are available at https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/sch/09/covid-19-ipac-school-children.pdf?la=en
We are also continually updating our resources for families to reflect latest direction from the province and public health. Attached are four items you may find particularly helpful:
- Illness Protocol for Students, which outlines steps the school will take should a student become ill
- Communications Protocol, to let families know how we will be releasing information related to any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at a school
- Morning Checklist, which is a simple, daily reminder of the morning routines that will help prevent spread of COVID
- Self Screening Tool, a fact sheet to remind students, families and staff of the exposures and symptoms they should look for each morning before deciding to head to school.
COVID Alert App
We also want to ensure our families are aware of the Government of Canada’s COVID Alert app, which can be downloaded for free to let people know of possible exposures before any symptoms appear. That app is available at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html
Families and staff can use whichever of the national, provincial and KPR resources noted above that they find most practical and easy to use.