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Clarification to Earlier Message – RE: Provincial Financial Support

The deadline for the Support for Families program is August 31, 2020 at midnight .

Until August 31, 2020, parents can apply for direct one-time funding to offset the cost of buying materials to support their children’s learning, while they practice self-isolation and physical distancing.

 

If you have already applied for the Support for Families in the Spring, you do not qualify to apply again.  This is for parents that did not apply, did not apply before the deadline date in the spring or have a child that will be entering school for the first time in September (kindergarten).

 

Applications are ONLINE.  Funding can be used to support with the cost of books, apps, educational subscription services or other tools to support learning at home.
Should you require any support with this application, please reach out to Oksana Majaski:

 

Oksana Majaski at 416-568-2252 or Oksana.majaski@yrdsb.ca

Community Partnership Developer, ISCS

York Region District School Board

 

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Provincial Financial Support for Families

Good afternoon,

Please find below information regarding one time financial support for parents of children who are opting not to return to school.  Parents need to apply for their children by August 31st to receive the $200 support.

 

Parents, please follow the link https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-families to receive a one time financial support of $200 for each of your children that are not returning to school.

 

Should you require any assistance or need further information, please contact:

 

Oksana Majaski at 416-568-2252 or Oksana.majaski@yrdsb.ca

Community Partnership Developer, ISCS

York Region District School Board

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Lunch Hour Supervisors Needed

We are looking for any adults who are interested in a paid position as a Lunch Hour supervisor at Wilshire.

Lunch hour supervisors work from 12:35-1:35 daily, supervising students as they eat their lunches and assisting to provide supervision on the playground during recess.

All applicants must submit a Criminal Records Check.  If you or someone you know is interested in this position, please email Mr. Barlow at cory.barlow@yrdsb.ca for an application package.

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What Will My Child Need at School?

Dear Parents,

For those students who are attending school in person, we know that parents are starting to think about what their child will need with them when they start back at school.

Masks – Students from Grade 4 to 8 are required to wear non-medical or cloth masks to school. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 are encouraged, but not required to wear these masks.  Students who do not bring their own masks will be provided one by the school.   Consider bringing your child with you to pick out their masks.  They are more likely to want to wear the mask if it is comfortable and has a design that they like.  We suggest bringing multiple masks to school so that they can be changed partway through the day.  If possible, please label the masks with your child’s name so they aren’t mixed up with those of other students.  Plastic face shields are not a suitable replacement for cloth masks that cover the mouth and nose.

School Supplies – Students will need to have their own school supplies (pencil, pen, coloured pencils, scissors, ruler, glue stick) to avoid possible virus spread by sharing these items. If possible, students are encouraged to bring in their own set of school supplies in a pencil box or pencil case that can be kept in their desk or cubbie.  Students who do not bring in their own school supplies will be provided with supplies.

Water Bottles – Students are encouraged to bring in their own water bottle that can be filled at our fill stations. Please label the water bottle if possible.

Lunch Box / Thermos – Parents will not be able to drop off hot lunches during the school day. There also will not be a hot lunch program this year (e.g. pizza, Subway).  Students must bring their lunches and snacks with them to school.  There will be no access to a microwave for students to heat up their foods. Please start brainstorming now what types of foods you can send with your child that they will want to eat.  Consider purchasing a thermos that will keep hot food warm and a thermal lunch bag that can keep other foods and drinks cool.

Extra Clothes / Gym Shoes – Students are still encouraged to bring an extra set of indoor shoes/gym shoes that can be left at school. Younger students are encouraged to bring an extra set of clothes in case of accidents that can be stored in their backpack or cubbie.

Hand Sanitizer – Please DO NOT send students to school with hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the school for student use.  Personal hand sanitizers can result in issues with quality, fragrances, and management of potential hazards.

Cell phones / technology – Students are still not permitted to use cell phones or other technological devices unless they have been given permission by their teacher for a school-related activity. Cell phone use at recess, in hallways, or in washrooms is not permitted.  Student must use the phone in the office (which will be sanitized after use) if they need to call parents.  The school will not be responsible for any damaged or missing phones or tech devices that students choose to bring to school.

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YRDSB Return to School Plan

Hello Wilshire Families,

I hope everyone has been enjoying the sunshine and heat this summer. I know that there are many questions and some concerns about the return to school for students in September.  Hopefully, everyone has been receiving emails from YRDSB with important information regarding the return to school.  It will be very important to review these messages as they will outline the protocols and procedures taking place in September.

All parents should have received an email asking for a response as to whether your child will be attending school in person in September, or if you will be keeping your child home to take part in online learning.  Please remember that the deadline for this information to be submitted is this Friday.  We know that this is a difficult decision for some, but the information is needed in order to have appropriate staffing and programs in place for the first day of school.

If you did not receive an email with the reopening registration form, please visit the YRDSB website to fill it out and let us know your intentions for September at:  ow.ly/PJ0X30r3QMZ

The link below contains a copy of the YRDSB Return To School plan which outlines what school will look like in September, including what health and safety protocols will be in place.  Please review it so that you know what to expect for your families in September.

YRDSB-Return-to-School-Plan

Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work through these unprecedented times to provide a safe return to school for all students and staff.

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Return to School Family Survey

Dear Families,

The Ministry of Education has instructed Ontario school boards to prepare for the 2020/2021 academic school year by developing plans to support the following scenarios:

  1. Normal school day routine with enhanced public health protocols – Students going to school every day, in classes that reflect standard class size regulations.
  2. Modified school day routine – Based on public health advice, an adapted delivery model to allow for physical distancing and cohorts of students. Under this model, a limit of 15 students would be maintained in a typical classroom at one time.
  3. At-home learning – Should the school closure be extended, or some parents choose not to send their child back to school, remote education will be available. 

The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) would like your feedback, which will be used alongside recommendations from our Public Health Agencies, the Ministry of Education, and Regional and Provincial agencies to inform learning plans for the 2020/2021 academic year.

This survey is voluntary and anonymous. No information you provide will identify you or your children. Please skip any questions you do not want to answer.

If you experience any technical difficulties in completing the survey, please contact the Research Department by sending an email to research.services@yrdsb.

The YRDSB family survey can be found at: https://bit.ly/YRDSB2020Family

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End of the 2019/20 School Year

Hello Wilshire Families,

We have finally reached the end of a most memorable school year.  Thank you to all of the parents who have worked in partnership with us this year in unprecedented circumstances as we did our best to provide a positive educational experience for your children.

You should have received an email with instructions on how to access your child’s report card through their YRDSB Google email accounts.  When reviewing the report cards, please keep in mind that these marks and comments represent Term 2 which ran from February 3 until the school closure began on March 13.  Work completed online after the school closure can be considered towards the mark if it clearly demonstrates an improvement in achievement on the part of the student.  Your children will be receiving “I”‘s in several subject areas.  Please remember that this is not a penalty to the student, nor a reflection of their competence or ability to learn.  Regardless of marks, the work that your child did over the school closure period will still benefit them as they move forward in their educational career.

Plans for September are still being worked on by the YRDSB Senior Administration and will depend on information from the local health unit that may change over the summer.  Please watch for emails from YRDSB over the summer for more information.

On behalf of all of the Wilshire staff, I want to wish all of our families a safe, happy and relaxing summer break.  Take care of yourselves and we hope to see everyone safe and sound back at school in September!

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Online Summer Programs and Opportunities for Children, Youth & Families

With the cancellation of many in-person programs and camps this summer, we are happy to provide you with a list of on-line opportunities for your children and youth. These are being provided by several of our YRDSB community partner organizations. Please right click on the link below to find a list of summer programs organized by category and age group.

Summer 2020 Online Program Opportunities for Children, Youth and Families
For information that you might require throughout the summer months, about community resources, financial benefits, food programs and mental health supports, please take the Novel Coronavirus Update link on the YRDSB website to access additional and up to date information.

Please check these links regularly as we will be making weekly updates to available programs and resources. For more information, you can also reach our department by emailing iscs@yrdsb.ca

We wish all of you a safe and healthy summer.
Sincerely,
Our Inclusive School and Community Services, Community and Partnership Developer Team.