École Windsor Secondary
North Vancouver School District
Education Re-start Plan - May 27, 2020

Dear Families,

I am writing to follow up on my letter of May 22nd to provide families with an update on the North Vancouver School District plan to restart in-class instructional support. In keeping with the guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, and in accordance with the Ministry of Education’s K to 12 Education Restart Plan, we will be offering students the option to return to in-person instruction on a part-time basis, starting June 1st and for the remainder of the current school year. 

As we reopen schools to a limited number of students, safety is at the forefront of our planning. To minimize the risk of Covid-19 contamination, the total number of students from grades 8 through 12 who will receive in-class instruction will be kept to an overall 20% of the school population. On or before Friday May 29th, school staff will be contacting students to establish in-person tutorial and small group instructional opportunities based on student need. The intent of these tutorials is to support the remote learning process and target learning needs. Students receiving a communication(s) from their school this week to return to school will fall into these general criteria:

  • students who received recent interim reports that indicated extra help was required
  • students with complex medical and/or developmental needs 
  • students with social, emotional and mental health related needs 
  • students who are at risk of not passing a course / graduating 

 

It is important to note as we implement this process, the majority of our students will not receive a communication from the school later this week. This does not preclude any student from requesting and receiving some direct in-person instruction, as long as it is possible within the 20% population density limitations. Such requests should be made by the student and directed to the appropriate classroom teacher through the established communication channel. We are not able to safely accommodate “drop-in” appointments from students or parents at this time. During the month of June, all students in all grades will continue to receive their academic program through the Learning at Home program, the existing remote/online instructional model.

 

It is also important to acknowledge that the safety of students and staff is a collective responsibility we all share. The school has established a site operation plan that is consistent with provincial protocol, maximizes student safety, and maintains a safe working environment for our staff. Critical to the success of this plan will be your participation in assessing your child for symptoms of cold, flu or COVID-19 before they come to school. The BC Ministry of Health has provided a free online screening tool through this link.

 

I’ve included some additional information to give you a sense of what school will look like during Phase 3:

 

  • Students who are ill are asked to stay home, and parents are respectfully asked to follow-up appropriately.
  • School staff and students are not required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), but they are welcome to do so as it is a personal choice.
  • The school cafeteria, computer labs, and large common areas will be closed.
  • Classrooms will have designated seating areas that have been pre-established by the teacher to ensure physical distancing.
  • Classrooms have been decluttered to facilitate intensive cleaning.
  • Teachers will maintain a detailed record of student attendance to contribute to a site attendance log.

 

Additionally, in the interest of our collective safety, students will need to:

  • follow COVID-19 safety related signage posted throughout the school
  • undertake frequent handwashing
  • maintain a safe physical distance of no less than 2 meters, where possible
  • avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes and hugs
  • minimize congestion (e.g. school entrances, hallways, stairwells)
  • stay to the right when traveling in common areas
  • refrain from sharing food and “packing out” their waste

These measures are consistent with the expectations throughout the province at this time. While we are confident students are committed to these safety measures, we would still appreciate your support reinforcing these message and practices at home. In doing so, we will all keep each other safe.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at bbell@sd44.ca.

 

Sincerely,

Brenda Bell

 

Principal,

Windsor Secondary

Education Re-start Plan - May 22, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

With guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, and in accordance with the Ministry of Education’s K to 12 Education Restart Plan, school districts will be able to offer students the option to return to in-person instruction on a part-time basis, starting June 1st and for the remainder of the current school year.

The K to 12 Education Restart Plan is a five-stage approach for resuming in-class instruction in a safe and measured way. On June 1st, school districts across the province move from stage 4 (the current model which sees the majority of students in remote/online instruction) to stage 3. During stage 3, to minimize the risk of Covid-19 contamination, the total number of students from grades 8 through 12 who will receive in-class instruction will be kept to an overall 20% of the school population.

Given that the return at stage 3 entails a 20% student population maximum, a return to a full rotation of a student’s timetable is not being considered at this time. Instead, our School District priority at the secondary school level is to maintain a robust and remote learning environment, while providing focused instructional opportunities to enhance remote learning as required by students and teachers. The majority of students are therefore encouraged to continue working with their teachers who will engage them in remote learning opportunities.

For those students who do choose to return to in-class instruction, they can expect to work with teachers who will provide tutorial and small group instructional opportunities based on student need. The intent of these tutorials is to support the remote learning process and target learning needs. 

In general, the need for in-person instruction in stage 3 is anticipated for:

  • students who received recent interim reports that indicated extra help was required
  • students with complex medical and/or developmental needs 
  • students with social, emotional and mental health related needs 
  • students who are at risk of not passing a course/graduating 
  • students who are struggling in a remote learning environment  

This may include students who do not have formal Ministry of Education special education identifications, and does not preclude any student from requesting and receiving some direct in-person instruction, as long as it is reasonable to schedule.

Furthermore, students with complex special needs will be eligible for full-time (five days/week) in-class instruction. We ask that in these cases, families contact their school principal directly and/or work directly with your child’s Learning Support Teacher to arrange for extra support.

Students will continue to receive communication from their teachers through the Learning at Home program. Families can expect that students will receive additional communication from your school on the restart plan no later than May 28th. In the interim, please refer to the attached FAQs, which offer insight into our Health and Safety Protocols, and necessary precautions to keep our students and staff safe.  

Sincerely,

Brenda Bell

Principal,
Windsor Secondary

Grad Filming Information

We are pleased to let you know details regarding our June 2nd Virtual Graduation Ceremony at the Education Services Centre.  We have seen the process occur live for another secondary school and we are excited to see it come together for Windsor students.

Physical distancing will be ensured throughout the venue.  Caps and gowns will be hanging there ready for grads to put over top of their dress clothes after the first photo is taken, and mirrors are available.   Please avoid bringing in coats as there is limited space.

The schedule of filming is attached, so please arrive at the beginning of your time slot so that we can give group instructions to ensure a better flow.  Drop off is on Lonsdale, but pick up will be on 21st street with some parking spots saved for you.  The entire session will last around 15 minutes per grouping.

Although there will be no room for parents or siblings to attend the ‘walk across’ in the venue, we encourage family photos once grads leave the building in their cap/gowns along the green pathway and park space near 21st St.

Grads who cannot be at the event will have their citation read out with a Grad photo of that student so that every student can be accommodated.   We look forward to seeing the grads on June 2nd!

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Windsor aspires to be a vibrant learning environment where individuals respect and encourage each other to develop the competencies to thrive in a rapidly changing world.
 
"We strive to foster engaged, critical thinkers and compassionate, educated citizens."

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