Panther Peek @ the Week
Week of 31/08/2020
School Re-opening Updates
Here are some important updates from the past week. You may already be aware of some of these given the speed with which information is being shared.
- The Board of Trustees voted to have all students in Limestone – including Kindergarten to Grade 3 —wear masks at school and on the bus. The focus for our primary students will be on education and moving towards compliance. Masks remain mandatory for all students in Grades 4 to 12, and staff, except those with necessary exemptions. All students are expected to provide their own masks.
- Our LDSB Virtual School for remote learners (Kindergarten to Grade 12) will soon be launched. We are using a phased approach for elementary learners. We appreciate the patience of our families as we implement and adapt to this significant change in instruction. Those families that have opted for Virtual learning will be contacted next week.
- The Ministry of Education released its Operational Guidance: COVID-19 Management in Schools which includes how schools will manage potential outbreaks. More information will be shared in the coming days regarding this important piece of our school reopening plan.
- Please watch in the coming days for the new COVID-19 Screening Tool from KFL&A Public Health to assess their student(s) before each school each day. Families will be required to screen their children before they are transported to school each day.
We are fortunate to live and work in a community that is well positioned to deal with potential COVID-19 illness and outbreaks. The Limestone District School Board continues to work with local public health officials to support school reopening to maximize student and staff safety.
As we prepare to start the school year, it is important for us to remind ourselves that schools are much more than buildings, and learning is much more than the curriculum. Schools are places for connecting with friends, building relationships and community, interacting with those who are different from us, and sharing a spirit of caring and collaboration. The mental health and well-being of our students, staff and families remains a priority even though our structures and building has changed.
Please reach out to our staff if you have questions, concerns or need support. We must continue to work together to ensure the safe and successful re-opening of our school.
Stay well and we will see you soon!
Perth Road PS
Staggered Entry to Start the School Year
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 small 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. Expectations can be clearly communicated to students regarding the new protocols and teachers will be able to connect more personally with their students making that initial contact a positive and reassuring experience.
Our staggered entry will happen from September 3 – September 11th. Students will attend school for three days during this period using the following schedule:
Group A (last names A-L) will attend Sept. 3, 8, & 10
Group B (last names M-Z) will attend Sept. 4, 9, & 11
The full school population will begin attending on Monday September 14th.
These staggered days are an opportunity for staff to work with small groups of students on the following:
o Teach and orient students to safety practices; ex. hand hygiene, moving through the school, bathroom practices, etc.
o Create a mentally healthy return to school by using the resources of the School Mental Health Ontario (sense of belonging)
o Initial diagnostics in literacy and / or math
o Practice routines for outdoor learning; what to wear, using equipment / materials outdoors, etc.
If you have questions regarding the staggered entry, please contact the school.
Returning Borrowed Devices on the first day of school
Please put the device in your child's backpack on the first day of school. We will collect them and disinfect them.
Don't forget the cord!
Message from the PRPS Office
The school office is open between 9AM and 3PM. Please call or email if you need assistance with a matter. Access to the school for students and families, is by appointment only at this time. At your appointment you must wear a mask, use the hand sanitizer, sign in and indicate that you have self screened for symptoms of COVID-19.This is a busy time of year for us, and we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
Document Verification for New Registrations
Junior Kindergarten students and students new to Ontario schools need to provide some documentation to the school. Please plan on bringing the required documents to school on your child's first day. There will be a table set up by the front doors where we can confirm we have seen these documents.
Class placement information will be share in the next few days. Please don't call us~ we'll call you:) We are not accepting class placement requests at this time.
Medical Plans of Care & Medication at School
If your child requires special care for a medical condition or takes medication while at school, please notify the school's office so that the appropriate arrangements and paperwork can be completed or updated. If you have already informed the school of your child's medical condition, you will be contacted, if needed, to establish or update a Plan of Care for your child while at school.
If your child needs to take prescription medication while at school there are forms that need to be completed and returned to the school each year before the medication can be administered. Please click on the links to access those forms. Also, please check the expiry dates on all medications (ie. Epipens, Inhalers) to ensure they are current before sending them to school.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We are always happy to help clarify information. We look forward to having your students back in our classrooms and to seeing you all soon!
How can we get ready for school?
Students will keep all of their belongings in their work space. We recommend that you limit the amount of belongings brought to school each day. Students should bring:
- a mask (or a couple) and a bag to put the mask in during outdoor times. Public Health recommends that students use a fabric or paper bag or another alternative that does not create moisture. A fanny pack or something similar to carry masks when at recess and any other supplies parents may deem appropriate (small hand sanitizer, kleenex etc.).
- a litter-less lunch (all containers and packaging brought to school need to be taken home)
- a refillable water bottle (water fountains have been turned off)
- Indoor shoes are not required at this time. Physical education will take place outside initially. When we begin using the gym, proper footwear will be required.
- outdoor clothing (students could be outside for a significant amount of time each day. Ensuring proper outdoor clothing is essential (sweater, raincoat, boots, hat, extra socks etc.)
- Students are able to bring their own school supplies (pencil crayons, scissors, glue stick, etc.) but this is not required
- Students are able to bring their own device (Chromebook, tablet, etc,) but this is not required. (The school is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged devices).
- Students should not bring toys or sports equipment from home.
How can families prepare?
Getting ready for this school year will be a little different:
- Provide your child(ren) with opportunities to wear a mask for gradually increasing amounts of time. Have your children try school related tasks such as reading with their mask on so that it feels familiar.
- Explain and practice what physical distancing means and looks like.
- Practice proper hand-washing and establish this as a routine. We are going to be washing our hands a lot at school!
- Allow yourself extra time in the mornings to assess your child for symptoms of COVID-19 and complete the screening checklist.
- Establish plans in advance, for picking up your child from school should they be unwell. Students will need to be picked up as soon as possible if they become ill while at school.
- Talk to your children about school and what will be the same and what may be different. Take a minute to view some posted videos on our website shared by our staff.
- Re-assure your child that the grownups (at home and at school) are working together to keep them safe. Do your best to share positive messaging about the challenges ahead and be mindful of your personal worries and concerns.
Reach out to other families to share ideas and strategies for preparing students for the new normal of school.
Access community resources to support your child's mental health and well-being or to access support for yourself. Our school team is ready to help you!
We are all in this together!
* Families who may require financial support to purchase items should contact Mrs. Croth via email to arrange.
Watch the video below for helpful tips to assist your child with transitioning back to school.
School Parking Lot & Bus Loading Zone
We continue to need your help. Since the safety of our students is a priority for all of us, parents are requested to use the Student Drop off & Pick up parking (to the right at the entrance) when driving children to and from school.
The school driveways and the bus loading zone in front of the school need to remain clear of traffic and parked cars.
Finally, if you are parking along Walsh Road, please be mindful when parking that the buses need room to navigate the narrow roadway. We would hate to see anyone’s vehicle get damaged by accident. Thanks again for your attention to this matter.
Please physically distance at all times when you are picking up your children.
Precautions & Requirements for a Safe School Start Up this Fall
Below is information about the precautions and requirements for our return to school this September. Ensuring the safety of all of our students and staff is our primary concern as we transition back to our classrooms.
Precautions we have taken:
Self screening of students and staff will take place before coming to school/work.
Masks are required for staff and students.
Hand washing practices will be taught and take place regularly.
Sanitizer will placed throughout the school.
Students will stay with their class cohort throughout the day.
An Isolation Room has been designated should a student exhibit symptoms.
Visitors are not permitted entry into the school. Drop offs and Pick ups will take place through the buzzer system.
Students are required to use a water bottle (labelled with their name), drinking from the fountain will not be permitted.
Enhanced cleaning protocols have been established.
A Log is kept of those entering the school.
Field trips and assemblies are not permitted.
Masks are required for all students.
Family grouping will be seated together as much as possible.
A seating chart will be created.
For more information, please visit the Triboard Transportation Website.
Students will get off one bus at a time.
Students will be greeted by a staff member and make their way to their designated entrance. We are fortunate to have multiple doors that enter directly in to classrooms. The classroom teacher will meet them there.
Students will bring all of their belongings to their personal workspace. Teachers will share their plans for the storage of these materials (ie. backpacks hung on the back of chairs, individualized bins, etc.)
All classes will be in their classrooms at the end of the school day.
Students will be dismissed by classroom and move directly to buses or the designated student pick up/drop off area.
Dismissal will be staggered starting with the oldest students.
Recess (gr. 1-8)
Students will remain in their cohort (classroom)
Half the students will go out for recess while the other half stay indoors for nutrition break, then they will switch, those that had nutrition break will go outdoors and those that were outside will come into the classroom.
While outside the students will have a designated area to play in while remaining with their cohort. These areas will rotate weekly.
***Kindergarten classes will remain in their cohorts and have an alternate recesses schedule.
Seating Charts will be used throughout the school.
All non-essential furniture as been removed.
Plush toys/ furniture/ carpets have been removed.
The classroom will be set up so all students are facing one direction.
Classroom tools will be individualized (eg. pencils, scissors, glue, etc.). Students are able to bring their own and keep them in their designated workspace.
Students are able to bring their own device (ie. Chromebook, iPad)
- Visiting the school will be restricted.
- Access to the school will be by appointment only.
- Drop offs and pick ups will happen outside.
- Families should ring the buzzer located at the front doors of the school. Our Office Administrator, Mrs. Morris will be able to talk with you through the speaker to find out your needs and provide instructions as to how to proceed.
- Families can contact their child's teacher through their online classroom, phone or email.
What Happens if My Child is Sick?
- All students and staff must self-screen every day before attending school
- If a student or staff member is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home and should seek testing and appropriate medical attention.
- If a student or staff member feels sick, or develops symptoms while at school, schools will follow the following protocol:
- Students or staff who develop COVID-19 symptoms will immediately be separated from others, and the family will be contacted to arrange pick-up.
- Staff and families will be directed to consult their health-care provider and should be provided with information about COVID-19 testing locations.
- Staff and/or students who test positive may not return to school until they are cleared by KFL&A Public Health.
- Staff and/or students who test negative can return to school once they are symptom-free for 24 hours.
- We will immediately report any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 to the KFL&A Public Health.
- Limestone schools will participate in contact tracing through keeping records of classes, transported students, and visitors to schools.
We recognize that change of routine is often difficult and will work diligently to ensure that the transitions are smooth. For more information regarding our plans please review the LDSB Reference Guide and the Frequently Asked Questions page of the LDSB website.
We STILL Need More Break Supervisors!
2020-2021 PRPS Staff
Principal- Allison Croth
Office Administrator- Heather Morris
Head Custodian- Sherri Holland
Evening Care Taker- Russ Elmer
JK/SK- Ms. Amanda Aylesworth, Pennie Hilliard
JK/SK- Ms. Amanda Burns, Tara Shire
Grade 1- Mr. Jeff Lloyd
Grade 1/2- Mr. Steve Dobiech
Grade 2- Ms. Pamela Gallant
Grade 2/3- Ms. Jannah Rines
Grade 3/4- Ms. Sarah Andre
Grade 4- Ms. Christina Aylesworth
Grade 4/5- Mr. Mike Depew
Grade 6- Ms. Kelly Graham
Grade 7- Mr. Brendon Robb
Grade 8- Mr. Scott Martin
Primary/Junior French- Mme. Jenny Hollinsworth
Junior/Intermediate French- M. Philippe LeBlanc
Student Support/Planning Time- Ms. Charlene Hendricks
Planning Time- Ms.Lindsey Brooks