Thinking About September – Here’s what to Bring to School
Dear Henderson Families,
For families who are sending their children back to school in person, we know you are starting to think about what your child will need 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. 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. It is highly recommended that masks are washed each evening in preparation for the next day.
School Supplies – If possible, we strongly encourage students to bring in their own set of school supplies in a pencil box or pencil case that can be kept in/on their desk. Recommended supplies include pencil, pen, coloured pencils/crayons/markers, scissors, ruler, glue stick, protractor(gr.4-8)). Also recommended is that you label supplies with a Sharpie to avoid possible sharing. Students who do not bring in their own school supplies will be provided with supplies.
Water Bottles – Students should bring their own refillable water bottle that can be filled at our fill station/classroom sink. All water bottles must be labelled.
Lunch / Thermos – This year, parents/guardians WILL NOT be able to drop off lunches during the school day. There also will not be a hot lunch program this year (e.g. pizza, hot dogs, subs). Students must bring their lunches and snacks with them to school. Please start brainstorming what types of foods you can send with your child that they will want to eat. We will be following ‘boomerang’ lunch protocol which means students will bring home all uneaten food, packaging and containers. Green bins will not be available in classrooms and we are wanting to reduce garbage to minimum. Consider using a thermos that will keep hot food warm and a thermal lunch bag that can keep other foods and drinks cool. Please label all personal items.
Extra Clothes / Gym Shoes – Students are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear for physical education, outdoor use and indoor use. Students in Kindergarten and Gr. 1 are encouraged to bring an extra set of labelled clothes in a labelled plastic bag (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, and 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.
Please note: students will not have access to lockers until it is deemed safe to do so. This will avoid congestion in hallways and allow for social distancing. We also ask that ALL toys stay at home for your child’s enjoyment at home.