Happy Friday Wilshire. The sun is shining and the snow is behind us (hopefully). Thank you to all staff, parents and students for their flexibility and quick pivot to online learning. We all prefer face to face learning; however, the rapid increase of daily Covid-19 case counts is alarming and remote learning is our safest option for now. Please review a few important details for your information:
Please continue to ensure your child(ren) log on to their google classrooms at 8:55 am. We continue to take attendance each morning and afternoon. Attendance will be reflected on your child’s term two report card. If your child(ren) will be away, please let us know through EDSBY or iNFORM.
Should you experience any technical issues, you will need to complete the following Student Tech Help Form online. Please complete all the required fields to ensure a quick response. For all other inquiries, please feel free to email us firstname.lastname@example.org .
Human Development and Sexual Health
In September 2019, the Ministry of Education released a revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum. The curriculum helps students learn the skills and knowledge they need to lead healthy, active lives and to make healthy and safe choices. There are four parts to the curriculum:
- Social-Emotional Learning Skills
- Active Living
- Movement Competence
- Healthy Living (including mental health)
Under the Strand of Healthy Living, students will learn the skills and knowledge to help them make healthy decisions about:
- Healthy eating
- Safety at home, school, online and in the community
- Drugs, alcohol and other substances and habits
- Human development and sexual health
- Mental health
The complete curriculum by grade can be accessed online:
In the coming weeks, classes in grades 1-8 will be teaching lessons around Human Development and Sexual Health. Our staff will be communicating to you the following:
- Topics/expectations taught at that grade level for Human Development and Sexual Health
- Dates and times that these lessons will take place
Should you wish to exempt your child(ren) from these lessons you will need to complete the Request for Human Development and Sexual Health Curriculum Exemption Form. We anticipate that these lessons will be taught online. Should you wish for your child to be exempt, you will have the choice of total exemption (student is free for the period) or an asynchronous task to be completed.
Families Invited to Provide Input into YRDSB Budget
All YRDSB families are invited to participate in the annual budget consultation process. Fill out the online 10 minute survey by Thursday, April 29, 2021 or take part in a virtual consultation on Monday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m.
More information on how to join the virtual consultation is available on the YRDSB website. The results of the consultation will be used to inform the 2021-22 school year budget allocation. Questions regarding the budget process may be directed to Budget20212022@yrdsb.ca.
Mental Health COVID-19
COVID-19 has presented unprecedented issues and concerns for our community, our country and the world. As we focus on keeping ourselves healthy and containing the spread of COVID-19, we must also keep ourselves mentally well.
The link below is dedicated to supporting student mental health during this pandemic. Resources for students, parents/guardians as well as community resources are listed. In addition, there are various links to YRDSB mental health supports as well as community supports available during the school closure. Please consider taking some time to familiarize yourself with the Mental Health and Community Supports During COVID. Continue to check out the YRDSB website for updated information as well as the Twitter account @YRDSB
Janine Franklin, Principal