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Information from the Principal

News from the Principal
Posted on 08/26/2020
Information from the Principal

Hello Stinger Families,

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

As we get closer to the start of the school year, staff at Storrington have been busy planning and preparing to welcome our Stingers back.  We are really looking forward to a smooth transition back to school and to seeing all our students. 

To help with the transition, 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


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

You can view your student busing information for the 20-21 school year by visiting the Triboard website at www.triboard.ca.   To Find out your child's bus #, pick up/drop off times, and stop location, scroll to the 2020-2021 Student Bus Details tab and fill in the necessary information. Your child’s OEN is available on your last report card.  If you require your child’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 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 do I do if my child 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’s teacher, we ask that you call the school to let the office know.  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. 

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

We will be contacting families on Tuesday or Wednesday, of next week, 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. 

What do I do if I borrowed a device for remote learning? 

If you borrowed a device for remote learning, we ask that you bring it to the school on Wednesday, September 2 from 2:30 to 4:00.  If you’re unable to return your device during that time, 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.  We ask that all technology be returned, even if you are planning on having your child participate in remote learning, so that devices can be updated and reimaged. 

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. 

We understand that this is a change from previous procedures and appreciate your support in following the new procedures to ensure everyone’s health and safety. 

Early next week, we will be sharing a video with our parent community.  The video will outline what each of the transitions will look like. 

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.  Full, updated health and safety guidelines are available on the LDSB Website at https://www.limestone.on.ca/board/school_reopening_2020.  Please note the specific points below:

  • Families must self-screen daily for COVID-19 symptoms.  Students who are ill must stay home.
  • LDSB and Public Health are developing a protocol for students/staff who develop symptoms during the day which will maintain the privacy and dignity of the individual while prioritizing the health and safety of the individual, class, and school.  Families will need to have a plan to pick up any student who develops symptoms during the day.
  • In the event of a COVID-19 case at Storrington, information will be shared with the cohort/community following KFLA Public Health protocol/direction.
  • Students will remain with their class for the entire school day, including lunch and recess. 
  • Students in grades 4-6 are required to wear a mask while indoors.  Students in kindergarten-grade 3 are strongly encouraged to wear masks.  These children have been getting used to wearing masks in public spaces all summer, and we think that they should be able to wear masks at school.  All staff are required to wear masks indoors.  Exceptions to masking for staff and students in grades 4-6 are for medical reasons only.
  • Students will wash/sanitize hands before and after recess and nutrition break, and after using the washroom.  Classrooms without a sink will be equipped with hand sanitizer.
  • To begin the year, shared spaces such as the library, gym, and music room will not be used.  This will be reviewed regularly throughout the fall.  Gym class and Daily Physical Activity will continue outside, and music will be taught in homeroom classes (or outside).
  • Classes will be encouraged to take learning outside as much as possible in the fall, where students do not need to wear masks.
  • 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.
  • 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’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 School Reopening Website: https://www.limestone.on.ca/board/school_reopening_2020 includes Messages from the Director, Family Reference Guide, Frequently Asked Questions, etc.

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

Ministry of Education Guide to Reopening Ontario Schools: https://www.ontario.ca/page/guide-reopening-ontarios-schools