2021-2022 Welcome Back Letter and Information

2021-2022 Welcome Back Letter and Start-Up Information
Posted on 08/30/2021
Welcome Back

Hello Stinger Families,

I hope that this communication finds you all well and healthy. 

On behalf of all the staff at Storrington Public School, we would like to welcome our newest Stingers and welcome back our returning Stingers. We are looking forward to seeing all the excitement and smiling faces on the first day of school. We know students will do an amazing job transitioning back to 'school life' and will be ready to continue with their learning journey.

We are really looking forward to working with all our students and supporting their academic, social and emotional growth. As partners in education, we are excited to continue our work together in ensuring your child's success. Please know that we value the relationship between the school and home. Lines of communication are always open and we welcome parental input and feedback. If at any time, you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact the school.

 To help with the transition back to school, we have provided some information to some possible questions you might have.  In this memo, you will find a lot of information about our return to school.  As we get closer to re-entry and more information becomes available, we will continue to share with our families.  All newsletters and memos will be emailed through our School Messenger system and posted to our school website.  If you continue to have questions, please contact us at storr@limestone.on.ca or by phone at (613)353-2868. 

We all play a very important role this year in keeping everyone safe and healthy.  We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation as we work together to ensure a great return to school for everyone.

Sincerely,

Ean Pattison
Principal

 Our Amazing Staff!!

We are very fortunate to have an amazing staff at Storrington Public School.  Please join me in welcoming our staff new staff to Storrington.

FDK (A) L. Flanigan
FDK (B) A. Freeland/K.Griffin
Gr 1/2     L. Kuhnke
Gr 1/2     S. Coleman
Gr 2/3     S. Gifford
Gr 4/5     C. Skinner/B. Jackson      
Gr 5         J. Roberts
Gr 6/7     S. Pare
Gr 7/8     A. Freeland
French     A. Dannenberg and N. Brock
SST          B. Jackson
Planning Time  L. Brooks and A. Boese
STC           M Telford
Interpreter L. Hanley
EA              E. Goodfellow
EA              J. Jackson
EA             S. McDonald
EA              J. Goedman
EA              L. Boyle
OA             TBD
Custodian    C. Brown
Custodian    W. Putnam
Principal E. Pattison

 When will I find out who my child(ren)’s teacher is?

We will be emailing families on Thursday, September 2, to share information around classroom placement.  Although this process is different than in previous years, it will alleviate the need for staff and students to congregate, to share this information, on the first day of school.  On Thursday, please make sure to check the email that you’ve provided the school.  If you don’t receive an email, please contact the school on Friday, September 3, for classroom placement information. 

How do I know my child(ren)’s bus information?

You can view your student busing information for the 2021-2022 school year by visiting the Triboard website at www.triboard.ca.   To Find out your child(ren)’s bus #, pick up/drop off times, and stop location, scroll to the 2021-2022 Student Portal tab and fill in the necessary information. Your child(ren)’s OEN is available on your last report card.  If you require your child(ren)’s OEN number, please contact the school.

Our partners at Tri-Board Transportation have been busy developing safety protocols for student transportation.  Please visit https://triboard.ca/covid19/ for their latest protocols and expectations for riders and families.

What do I do if my child(ren) has an appointment and arrives to school late or has to leave school early?

Access to the school building is restricted to students and staff. 

We ask that all information regarding early pick-up be communicated with the classroom teacher prior to pick-up.  If you’re unable to communicate early pick-up with your child(ren)’s teacher, we ask that you call the school to let the office know at least 15 minutes prior to pick-up.  Once you get to the school, please ring the buzzer and we will bring your child out to you. 

If you need to drop off your child, after the start of the school day, please buzz at the front door, and wait socially distanced from any other parents who are outside.  Your child will then be let in.

It will be very important to have children at school on time this year, and where possible to schedule appointments outside of school hours. 

What do I do if I still have a device from remote learning? 

If you still have a device from remote learning, we ask that you send it in with your child on their first day of school.  Prior to returning your device, please wipe down your device and return it in a plastic bag. 

Is Storrington a Tree Nut Free or Scent Free School?

Please remember that we are a tree nut free school and have students with severe allergies to tree nuts. When packing lunches, please refrain from packing anything that might contain tree nuts. As well, we also have staff and students that have sensitivities to scents. We ask for your support in ensuring your child doesn’t wear any scented perfumes or colognes. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in ensuring the safety and well-being of our students and staff.

What if I need to share allergy or medical information with the school?

If your child has a serious or significant medical condition (asthma, diabetes, anaphylaxis, epilepsy), that has not been shared with the school, please connect with Ms. Jackson to share all pertinent information. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the school.

Do I need to pack a litter less lunch for my child?

In being environmentally friendly and to reduce the amount of garbage in landfills, we ask that all students bring in a litter less lunch to school.  As well, in trying to reduce possible contact points between students, we will not be able to continue with our recycling program.  In looking for ways to limit our ecological footprint, please discuss with your child all the things that you can do to make their lunch more eco-friendly. 

How do I Report my child’s absence?

A child's regular attendance at school has a direct impact on their academic success and school readiness. It is important that students arrive on time and participate in all aspects of the instructional day.

If your child is going to be late or absence there are three ways to report your child’s absence. 

1)  Use your mobile device by downloading and installing the SchoolMessenger blue app or access it from the LDSB mobile app.
2)  Use the SafeArrival website at https://go.schoolmessenger.ca
3)  Call the toll-free number at 1-855-257-9349
*Please do not call the school directly to report your child’s absence.

What communication tools does the school use?

We use several tools to communicate information from school to home.  Weekly reminders will be sent out using our Communicate broadcasting system.  Parents can also access our school website at www.storrington.limestone.on.ca or our Twitter account @StorrPS_LDSB. 

Some classes use agendas as a form of communication between home and school.  Please use this as a tool for communication with the school and classroom teacher. We encourage all students to bring in $3.00 to cover the costs of the agenda.

What do I do with the forms that are sent home?

At the beginning of each school year, there are lots of forms that need to be signed and returned. We ask that all parents review, sign and return any applicable forms. This information is important to ensure that we have up-to-date information and contact numbers.

What will recess look like?

In order to keep class cohorts separate during entries, exits, and recesses, we have made some minor changes to our recess schedule.  We have separated our classes into two groups (upstairs classes and downstairs classes) – some classes will be having nutrition break while others are at recess, and then classes will switch. 

We have divided our yard into dedicated outdoor play zones which will be clearly marked with pylons.  Classes will be scheduled to play within one of the zones.  Only students from their own class will be able to access their dedicated play zone. 

What will the school entry and dismissal transitions look like for my child?

We understand that there might be an increase of parents looking to drop off and pick up their child this year.  Students getting a ride to school should try not to arrive before the bell.  Students will not have a ‘free time’ recess before the bell; they will need to meet in their designated classroom zone until met by their teacher at 9:05. 

After school, parents will not be able to pick up their child until all bused students have made their way onto their buses.  Once all the students have embarked on their buses, we will then let parents onto the yard to pick up their child. 

What health and safety protocols will be followed at the school?

In order to enhance safety, schools will focus on keeping students in their class cohorts separate from other cohorts, frequent handwashing/sanitizing, masking, and limiting shared materials.  A Return to School Update is provided on the LDSB Website at: https://www.limestone.on.ca/news/what_s_new/return_to_school_update_aug__16__2021

The LDSB is working with public health and sharing information as we have it confirmed.  We are still awaiting further information in a number of areas:  screening requirements/tools, and extracurricular & curricular activity parameters (particularly PHE and Music).  Once we have this information, we will share it.

Based on what we currently know, the following procedures will continue to be in place:

  • Students will remain with their class for the entire school day, including lunch and recess. 
  • Students in grades 1-8 are required to wear a mask while indoors.  Students in kindergarten are strongly encouraged to wear masks.  All staff are required to wear masks indoors.  Exceptions to masking for staff and students in grades 1-8 are for medical reasons only.
  • Students will wash/sanitize hands before and after recess and nutrition break, and after using the washroom. 
  • To begin the year, some shared spaces such as the gym will be accessible to classes.
  • Classes will be encouraged to take learning outside as much as possible in the fall, where students do not need to wear masks when socially distanced.
  • All of our classrooms have windows that open for fresh air circulation, and our HVAC system has been inspected by Facility Services to ensure adequate air exchange in classrooms.  As well, each class has a stand-alone HEPA air filtration unit.
  • Students may use washrooms as needed, washing/sanitizing hands before and after.  There will be occupancy limits on all washrooms, in order to allow for physical distancing.
  • Water fountains will be closed to students, but bottle filling stations are available.  All students should bring a water bottle. 
  • Hallway travel will be limited, and students will be on the right, distanced from classmates.  Our hallways are wide enough to allow for safe passage of two classes.

How can I further support my child(ren) with the transition back to school?

Continue to be positive with your language and feelings about the return to school.  Acknowledge your child(ren)’s concerns and try to provide reassurance when/where needed.  Allow for dialogue and try to answer any questions they might have.  Remember, children are perceptive and will look to us for direction. 

Where can I get further information?

LDSB Frequently Asked Questions:  https://www.limestone.on.ca/cms/One.aspx?portalId=352782&pageId=32561727

KFLA Public Health ‘Schools and COVID-19’ page: https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/schools-and-covid-19.aspx

Ministry of Education Health, Safety and Operational Guidance for Schools (2021-2022):
 
https://www.ontario.ca/document/covid-19-health-safety-and-operational-guidance-schools-2021-2022/introduction