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IMPORTANT – Wilshire Staggered Entry : Kindergarten

Dear families,

 

I hope you are healthy and doing well, and had a restful summer. We look forward to welcoming our new and returning students and families. While we were connecting online, we missed our students and look forward to welcoming them back.

 

This letter contains important information about the return to school. Please review it. I also encourage families to visit www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening for videos, frequently asked questions, important health and safety information and more about the school reopening. There is a translation tool on the website that will translate the content into over 100 languages.

School Return Dates and Procedures

This year, we will be delaying students’ return to school to give school staff time to prepare for your child’s return. For the first few days of school, we will be welcoming students back in smaller groups to give them additional time to learn and practice our new health and safety measures, and to support their transition back to school after the school closures.

 

Typically, your homeroom classroom teacher placement is provided on the first day of school. This year, as we finalize the staffing process and timetables for students, we are working to provide you with your child’s homeroom class placement before school begins. We will send you a follow up communication with this information.

Kindergarten – Year One (Junior Kindergarten)

If your child’s last name begins with A-K they will:

  • Attend school on Monday, September 14.
  • Attend school Wednesday, September 16 (they will not go to school Tuesday or Thursday that week).
  • They will begin attending school every day with their full class on Friday, September 18.

 

If your child’s last name begins with L-Z, they will:

  • Attend school on Tuesday, September 15.
  • Attend school Thursday, September 17 (they will not go to school Monday or Wednesday that week).
  • They will begin attending school every day with their full class on Friday, September 18.

 

All Kindergarten students who are placed in a community class will be invited to attend all day every day beginning on Thursday, September 10.

 

Kindergarten – Year Two (Senior Kindergarten)

Students in Year 2 Kindergarten will start school Thursday, September 10, 2020. They will attend school every day.

 

Arrival

When students arrive at school on their first day, they should go to the tarmac area behind the school near the Kindergarten fenced-in area.  Please arrive between 8:40 and 9:00. Parents are asked to wait with their child until their teacher has brought them into the school.  Parents are not permitted in the school building with their children.

Students will begin to be dismissed at 3:05.  Please wait in the same location at the back of the school for the teachers to release your child to you.

 

If your child is registered for a Before and After Care program, please contact your provider for more information regarding the start time for before and after care.

What to Bring

Please send your child to school with:

  • a mask (strongly encouraged but not required for Kindergarten students)
  • snack and lunch
  • change of clothes
  • sunscreen and hat
  • water bottle

 

Please label all of your child’s items with their name.

Health and Safety

We ask families to remember that, as a result of health and safety guidelines:

 

  • On a daily basis, parents/guardians of students under 18 and students over 18 are responsible to review and adhere to the checklist from York Region Public Health. Any student experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is required to remain home.
  • Where possible, students must maintain a physical distance at all times, as they enter, move through and exit the building.
  • Students in Grades 4 to 12 will wear non-medical masks while in school. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 are strongly encouraged to wear masks while in school. Please send your child to school with a mask.
  • Until further notice, visitor(s) are not to enter the school during hours of operation unless identified through a prearranged exception.
  • We are minimizing class sizes as much as possible. Students will remain with their class throughout the day, including for lunch and recess.
  • Floor decals and classroom set-up are designed to minimize close contact.
  • Hand sanitizers will be placed at the entrance to the school and in all classrooms and students will wash or sanitize their hands throughout the day, including when entering or leaving the classroom, before and after eating, after using the washroom and after touching shared objects.

Supporting Transitions

We also want to assure you that our caring, skilled and professional staff members are well prepared to support student learning and well-being in this transition back to school. We know that the closures affected families differently, and that some students may not have been able to access learning as regularly, or experienced disruptions in their routines. We will work with you and your child to support your child’s mental health, well-being and academics during this transition back to school and to our new school routines.

 

If you have any specific concerns about your child’s well-being or transition back to school, please speak with your child’s teacher.

 

We have a dedicated staff with a strong commitment to student well-being and achievement, and to promoting positive, inclusive and supportive relationships with students, families, staff and community members. We are committed to providing a learning environment where everyone feels safe, welcome and respected.

 

 

We look forward to welcoming you and your child back to school.