Lancaster Start UP

August 24th, 2020

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Dear Lancaster Families

As we work towards the new school year, we are happy to welcome back our returning Lancaster students and our new families who will join us this year. We have been working to plan for a safe and successful return to school based on new Ministry and Public Health information. The purpose of this communication today is to share Lancaster's plan for staggered entry so that families can plan accordingly. We will continue to share more information on other components of school life over the next little while.

We recognize that school routines will look very different this year, but what will remain constant is the joy, care and compassion that all of our educators have in welcoming our learners back to their first days of a new school year. We can't wait to see you! Our team will be reaching out in various ways to welcome students and share any information specific to their classroom.

We are working together as a staff to create a supportive plan for students and families to enter the new school year in a positive and safe way, under the health and safety guidelines we have been given. We will plan to navigate unforseen challenges as they come our way. Thank you for understanding that this is new for us all and a very unique start to our school year. Health and safety, along with wellness and mental health of our school community, is our number one priority as we plan for our September start up. Please continue to make your own wellness and the wellness of your family a priority.

Provided for you here are the first 2 of a series of 5 videos created by our LDSB Educational Services professionals for helping to prepare our kids for a return to school. Click here to learn more about preparing our kids: Module 1: Resilience and Module 2: Back to In-Class Learning Future modules will be posted on the LDSB website as they are launched.

Below, we have also included links to various resources that have been made available to families that share key information about school re-opening. Please take the time to inform yourself and talk about these with your family so that we are all prepared for being welcomed back to school with new routines.

We know that school re-opening comes with its share of worry and stress for many. As a Lancaster community, it will be important for us to support students by supporting each other. Staying positive, calm and flexible, while following the safety guidelines set out for us all, will be our best approach.

As always, we look forward to a wonderful year of social, emotional, physical, and academic growth for all our kids.

Yours in education,

Lani Fox and Sara O'Hearn

Staggered Entry This September

The Ministry of Education recently announced that school boards were permitted to adopt a staggered start to the 2020-2021 school year to allow additional time for students to adjust to new routines, and health and safety practices. In Limestone, the first day of school is Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Elementary schools are organizing staggered entry based on an alternate schedule of A/B days until and including September 11. See Lancaster's plan below.

Monday September 14th: All students in attendance and regular school schedule begins.

Why a Staggered Entry?

The staggered entry has been approved and encouraged by the Ministry in order to support a safe re-entry to school by having the time to teach and orient groups of students to the new routines and safety practices that have been put in place. This will also be an opportunity to support students in feeling secure in their new school experience.

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LDSB Re-Opening Information Continues

Please continue to check the LDSB microsite for updated information on the Director's messages, Frequently asked Questions, Family Reference Guide, Wellness Resources & Supports, Remote Learning info, Public Health info and Ministry of Education information. This area is updated regularly as information becomes available or changes.

School ReOpening Microsite

School ReOpening Reference Guide

Limestone DSB Frequently Asked Questions

Wellness Resources & Supports

LDSB Website

LDSB Twitter

LDSB Facebook

LDSB Instagram

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