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Welcome Letter from Principal – Elementary (Grades 1-8)

September 2, 2020 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.

Grades 1-8

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

  • Begin school on Thursday, September 10 (they will not go to school Friday, September 11).
  • Attend school Monday, September (they will not go to school Tuesday, September 15).
  • They will begin attending school every day with their full class on Wednesday, September

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

  • Begin school on Friday, September 11.
  • Attend school Tuesday, September (they will not go to school Monday, September 14).
  • They will begin attending school every day with their full class on Wednesday, September

When students arrive at school on their first day, they should go to the back tarmac area. Homeoom teachers will be holding grade signs and have class lists. We ask that parents remember social distancing must be adhered. Once your child has identified their teacher, please wait at the back area of the tarmac or head on home.

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
  • Where possible, students must maintain a physical distance at all times, as they enter, move through and exit the
  • Students in Grades 4 to 12 will wear face non-medical masks while in 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
  • We are doing what we can to minimize class 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
  • 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.

Ms. Mida