Hello Phoenix Families,
We hope that everyone is well, and you have been able to enjoy some of the beautiful weather this summer.
While information on re-opening schools is continually being updated, we know you have numerous questions so we will share some of what we know at this time.
NewsWire will be our main communication tool. Please encourage friends and neighbours to sign up on our web page if you know someone who is not getting updates. Register in the bottom left corner on our main page: https://stannecambridge.wcdsb.ca/
Beginning this year, we will also be sending some communications over School Messenger. These will be voice messages sent to your phone or e-mail. You may have already received some messages reguarding the re-opening survey.
For a full update on re-opening and to seek answers to many questions; visit the board web site and take the time to review the information posted. Most of what you need to know is here: https://www.wcdsb.ca/plan-for-re-opening-schools/
The school board has also posted the Operational Guidelines. These guidelines go more in depth about the safety protocols being implemented. https://www.wcdsb.ca/operational-guidelines/
In addition to the information provided by the school board and Ministry announcements, there is some “site specific” information for our school.
The first days of school will look a little different. Unfortunately, we will not be able to gather on the yard as a community like we have done in the past. For those families returning to the traditional classroom, the school board has communicated a staggered entry plan:
- Kindergarten is already staggered – you will get a phone call from the teacher with your day and time
- Grades 1 and 2 students will start on Tuesday, September 8th, and attend each day from then on.
- Grades 3 and 4 students will start on Wednesday, September 9th, and attend each day following.
- Grades 5 and 6 students will start on Thursday, September 10th, and attend each day following.
- Grades 7 and 8 students will start on Friday, September 11th, and attend from then on.
We will be sharing your child’s classroom teacher assignment over SchoolCash. We also hope to have each classroom teacher give you a call, in advance, where possible.
For those families who opted for the remote program – school will begin on September 14. Someone from the remote school, St. Isidore, will be in touch about who your teacher will be.
Our start and end times will remain the same. Upon arrival at the school, yard supervisors will ensure personal space is maintained by directing students to remain in their designated areas, as per their divisions. When the bell rings, students will go to their class’s designated location on the yard and will be required to maintain personal space while in line. Teachers will spend time in the first few days of school teaching student’s the safety guidelines.
Busses are operating with the typical schedule. Questions about busses can be directed to Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR). Our parking lot and surrounding streets cannot accommodate additional vehicles for families choosing not to use the busses. We are asking that you drop your kids off a block or two from the school where they can safely walk the remainder of the way. Plan your route now and practice with your kids.
We are encouraging walking/biking/scooting, etc. to school as a healthy and active option. In all kinds of weather, walking/biking/scooting is an active and safe way to get to and from school. There are environmental benefits with less cars out, social benefits when walking safely in groups, safety benefits with less traffic in our busy parking lot and local streets, and the health benefits are simply undeniable. Please consider walking/biking/scooting by planning out your route now, and practicing with your kids.
Classes will be assigned an entry point and will be escorted into the school, one class at a time, to avoid congestion. Hand sanitizer will be provided for students as they enter the classroom. As outlined by the school board, students from K to 12 will be required to wear masks.
In grades 1 to 8, desks will be set up in rows to ensure personal space. Students will eat their lunch at their own desk and will help ensure that surfaces are kept clean and sanitized throughout the day. Individual teachers will establish wipe down procedures with their students. Each class will adopt a sign in and out procedure for students who need to use the washrooms or go to the main office in order to minimize students in common areas of the school. JK and SK students have their own washrooms located in their classrooms.
Outdoor learning will be encouraged whenever possible. It is important your child comes to school properly dressed each day to spend time outside. Even on some slightly colder or wet days – learning may occur outside so please dress for all possibilities.
The school board is providing every student with learning kits/bags that will be packed by staff with basic school supplies, based on grade level. These kits/bags will help minimize the sharing of items which could put some students at risk.
In FDK classes, tables will be staggered and student occupancy at the tables will be minimized. Students will use their individual cubbies to ensure that their items are kept individualized. Staff will ensure that washroom facilities are kept clean and sanitized. Items that cannot be sanitized safely by wiping down, such as plush items, play-doh, etc., will be removed from the classroom. When dropping off students in the FDK yard, parents will be encouraged to maintain personal space as they wave goodbye to their child.
Unfortunately, visitors and volunteers are discouraged at this time. Should a parent need to drop off or pick up a child during the school day, masks must be worn. Sneeze guards have been installed in the main office as well as the Learning Commons. You will be asked, as usual, to wait outside the main office and your child will be called down.
All students will receive information and orientation from staff regarding our protocols. Frequent reviews throughout the day will take place as students will need reminders to get into our new routines. Signage will be placed throughout the school to remind students of our protocols.
All staff will be required to engage in a daily self-assessment before coming to work to ensure that they are well and ready to perform their full duties. All students, with assistance from parent/guardian, are asked to perform a daily self-assessment before heading off to school. The self-assessment information can be found at the following link, COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool. Should the self-assessment indicate the possibility of having the virus, protocols set out by public health are to be followed. In short – if you are not feeling well, stay home.
Staff will be vigilant throughout the day with students and report any student who shows symptoms of feeling unwell. As per school board protocols, the student will be sent down to the office to our health room. The student’s parents will be notified to come to the school to pick up their child. The parent will then be encouraged follow public health directives and keep their child home for 24 hours to monitor symptoms.
We look forward to seeing all our students return to us in September. We will do all we can to provide a safe and healthy re-entry for all staff and students at St. Anne. We are all in this together.
We will share further details, or any changes needed should new information come from the Ministry, the board or public health. If you have any questions, please refer to https://www.wcdsb.ca/plan-for-re-opening-schools/ for clarification, this will be updated on a regular basis as new information becomes available.
We can’t wait to see the kids back at school. We are hopeful this will be a great year of learning together.
Mr. J. Noonan (School Principal)
Ms. S. Rellinger (School Vice-Principal)