Friday, September 4, 2020
RE: September Start-up
Dear Ecole Sherwood Park Families,
We hope all of you are doing well and staying safe. We acknowledge the great amount of support that we have received last June from our families, and we cherish the partnership and look forward to continuing the hard work moving forward. It has been a very busy and intense few weeks with planning for our September start through a healthy and safety lens, and we are ready and excited to welcome our students back! We are in this together.
As announced by Superintendent Mark Pearmain's letter, North Vancouver Schools are looking forward to reopening our schools and welcoming back our students on Thursday, September 10. Please click the links for more information about the Back-to-School Plan, including Parent FAQs. Further school-specific details of Ecole Sherwood Park's Plan can be found at the end of this document. Please take time to review these important resources.
With the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer, the Ministry of Education has provided a framework for all schools to follow while keeping safety and physical distancing measures in place. Our School Restart Planning Team and all staff have been working hard to ensure that proper protocols are in place to ensure the health and safety for everyone in the school.
Important School Information:
Staff will be in schools on Tuesday and Wednesday next week receiving Health & Safety training, instruction on new routines and COVID-19 protocols, guidance for incorporating Social Emotional Learning approaches into their instruction to support student mental health, and refreshing skills on technical tools such as the MS Teams platform which will be used district-wide throughout the year.
On Thursday, September 10, all students in Grades 1 to 7 will be welcomed back for two hours from 8:48 AM to 10:48 AM and will move directly into their new classroom. First full day of class will be on Friday, September 11 from 8:48 AM to 3:00 PM.
Kindergarten Families will receive a follow up email later today outlining their gradual entry plan which will begin on Friday, September 11 or Monday, September 14.
All students will be assigned to classes/cohorts, even if they might not be planning to attend school right away. Information regarding class/teacher placements will be communicated to you by your child's classroom teacher on Wednesday, September 9.
For families of elementary students planning to select the Transition Support Option, participation in the orientations sessions will connect students with their classmates and familiarize them with the routines that will be in place when they eventually return to school.
Parents are asked to familiarize themselves with the MS Teams platform as this will be how teachers will communicate directly with families and students, and will be the instructional delivery platform if the provincial COVID-19 response requires schools to move to either Stage 3 or 4 of B.C.'s Five Stage Framework for K-12 Education. Please review information regarding MS Teams at your earliest convenience.
Health and Safety Information:
- More information can be found in the Parent FAQs at the end of this letter. A few highlights are:
- Parents and caregivers are required to assess their child daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease before sending them to school; please use the Daily Health Checklist
- We are minimizing contact and reminding students of physical distancing
- There are floor decals that allow for managing movement within schools
- There is a focus on personal hygiene including handwashing, and another sink has been installed
- There is limited access to schools
- Please send your child with a filled water bottle and we will be supporting a "pack-in/pack-out" procedure – all student food (and food waste) will be sent home
- Should you need to pick your child up early, or drop something off, we ask that you call the school office first to make arrangements (604.903.3810)
- Custodial staff will be cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at least twice in 24 hours including once during regular school hours (eg, doorknobs, light switches, hand railings
- Meeting with teachers need to happen virtually (ie, phone or MS Teams)
- Drop-off – all doors will be locked as we will be limiting the number of people that enter the school; students are to remain outside the school at their designated spots on the gravel field to wait for their teacher – please refer to Question 7 in the Parent FAQs at the end of this document for further details
- End of day – students will be walked out to the same designated area as the morning by their classroom teacher and released at 3:00 PM – please refer to Question 7 in the Parent FAQs at the end of this document for further details
We are very excited to welcome our students back! We have planned for the back-to-school reopening of in-class instruction with safety measures at the forefront of all of our decisions. We acknowledge that some of the changes in practice may cause some frustration, however, the structures we have in place will support the safety of all staff, students, parents, and community members.
We are in this together and appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
Sanj Johal, Principal Kelly Curry, Vice Principal
updated September 18, 2020
Ecole Sherwood Park Parent FAQs
Please go to the following links for more information of the NVSD Back-to-School Plan: September 2020 and Back-to-School September 2020 FAQs. Below are FAQs for parents that are particular to our school's reopening plan.
1. How can I support my child returning to school during COVID-19? Is there anything extra I can do to help support a successful return to school for my child(ren)?
- Many of our students have been away from school for almost six months. It's not surprising that many parents and kids are experiencing heightened anxiety around returning to school. Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre offered a great free one hour webinar that is available to view on their website. It offers practical tools and strategies parents can start using now to set their families up for success, what parents can do to increase their children's willingness to attend school, and what to do if they are feeling anxious about returning to school, or refuse to go to school. A great resource with a PowerPoint as well! Another great resource for families is a Back to School presentation and is offered in multiple languages.
2. What will school “look like” for my child starting September 10?·
- Much like what students and staff who returned to school in June would
have experienced for themselves, schools are required to have in place a
comprehensive set of health and safety measures, some of which are
o Designated entrances, floor markings, and/or signage to manage traffic flow;
o Staggering exit and entrance to the building;
o Limiting members of the public from entering the building;
Cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces at least twice
in 24 hours including once during regular school hours (eg, doorknobs,
light switches, hand railings); and
o Making non-medical face masks available to staff and students.
- More details to daily school life are outlined below, and your child’s
classroom teacher will be in touch with you by Wednesday, September 9.
3. Is my child allowed to wear PPE? Who else will be wearing PPE?
- Your child can wear PPE if you so choose. Non-medical masks or face
coverings are required to be worn by staff in high traffic areas, in
common areas (e.g. hallways) or in situations where physical distancing
cannot be maintained and the person is interacting with people outside
of their learning group (e.g. Teachers Teaching on Call, specialist
teachers or Education Assistants required to work in close proximity to
students across learning groups). Beyond the above, wearing a
non-medical mask or face covering in schools is a personal choice that
will be respected. Re-useable face masks will be made available for
staff and students who choose to wear one, and upon request.
4. What is a “cohort”?
- A cohort includes all students in the classroom and the classroom teacher(s). Your child's cohort will be comprised of their 2020-2021 classroom members – students and classroom teacher(s) only.
5. Which cohort will my child be in and how many people are part of my child’s cohort?
- Your child's cohort will have between 20 to 30 people comprised of students and classroom teacher, and there will be no platooning (or grouping) of classes during instructional time. Your child's classroom teacher(s) will contact you by Wednesday, September 9 to welcome you to the classroom.
6. What will the school hours be starting September 10?
- On Thursday, September 10 the school day for Grades 1 to 7 Students will be two (2) hours from 8:48 AM to 10:48 AM. Starting Friday, September 11, we will have regular school hours for Grades 1 to 7 Students from 8:48 to 3:00. Drop-off and pick-up has been updated as of Sept
21 – please refer to question 7.
- Kindergarten Families will be provided with an updated Gradual Entry Plan.
7. I walk my child to school and drop them off at the classroom. What does drop-off and pick-up look like?
- Drop-off and pick-up has been updated as of Sept
21. All doors will be locked because we will be limiting the number of people that enter the school. All students will need to go to their designated
spots and then line up. Designated spots are closer to
their classrooms. Support Staff will be present to guide students and support physical distancing every morning. At 8:48, classroom teachers will meet their classes on the gravel field and walk their students to the classroom through a staggered and supervised process. Similarly, after school, teachers will walk their students outside to the same spot and release their students at 3:00 PM. Parents of primary students can pick their children up at their child's designated spot. Please see map below and allow space for
8. I want to wait and see what schooling looks like during the first
few weeks of September. Can I send my child to school in the second,
third, or fourth week?
- We are here to support whatever decision you make and whatever works best for your family; we will respect your decision. The options available to parents are outlined in the Superintendent's letter, bottom of page 2.
9. What does my child’s classroom set-up look like?
- As outlined by the PHO, each classroom will look as normal as possible with physical distancing measures in place. Students will be in their own desk and not in pairs or groups. Teachers will review safety measures with their parent and student community, and may decide to send a picture or video of what their respective classrooms look like.
10. What does recess and lunch look like?
- At this time, recess and lunch will be staggered to promote physical distancing and health and safety measures.
- 10:00 to 10:20 – Kindergarten to Grades 3 (incl Grade 3/4)
- 10:25 to 10:45 – Grade 4 to 7
- 12:05 to 12:28
- Eating – Kindergarten to Grade 3 (incl Grade 3/4)
- Playing – Grades 4 to 7
- 12:28 to 12:32
- 12:32 to 12:55
- Play - Kindergarten to Grade 3 (incl Grade 3/4)
- Eat – Grades 4 to 7
- Teachers and Support Staff will be walking kids out and walking kids back in. All students can play with physical distancing in place; contact activities are prohibited. Students are allowed to use the play equipment and play with items such as soccer balls and basketballs while maintaining physical distancing. Students will practice hygiene upon entering the school after recess and lunch.
- Another change we implemented in June that will continue is that we will be supporting a "pack-in/pack-out" plan for all food as we want to limit the times students get up to throw food in the organic receptacles. All uneaten food and food waste will be sent back home with your child.
11. If I do not send my child to school, how will my child receive an education?
12. Can I come into the building to drop items off or pick my child up?
All doors will be locked during the instructional day, including the front door. Parents who wish to come to the school will need to knock on the main entry doors and wait for an office staff member to assist you. We will then ask you to wait inside at the front office and our staff will be happy to help you with whatever you need.
13. Will there be a food program at school (ie, Hot Lunch)?
- There is no food program(s), including Hot Lunch, at this time. If this changes, we will work with the PAC to re-establish a Hot Lunch Program.
14. Is there before or after school care for my child?
- Unfortunately, the school will not be able to provide before or after school care. Please connect with local childcare providers.