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SMDHU Information for Parents and Guardianshttp://hur.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/144SMDHU Information for Parents and Guardians<p>​<a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Families%20of%20School%20Age%20Children%20(Frequently%20Asked%20Questions)%20(September%208,%202020).pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Families of School Age Children (Frequently Asked Questions) (September 8, 2020).pdf</a><br></p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Covid-19%20Parent%20Assessment%20Tool%20For%20Children%20(September%208,%202020).pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Covid-19 Parent Assessment Tool For Children (September 8, 2020).pdf</a><br></p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Fact%20Sheet-Covid-19%20Self-Monitor%20(September%208,%202020).pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Fact Sheet-Covid-19 Self-Monitor (September 8, 2020).pdf</a><br></p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Parent%20Guardian%20Handout%20(September%208,%202020).pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Parent Guardian Handout (September 8, 2020).pdf</a><br></p>
Newsletter for SCDSB Schools (September 2, 2020)http://hur.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/141Newsletter for SCDSB Schools (September 2, 2020)<p>​</p><p><strong>Safety Measures in Schools</strong><br><strong> </strong>We want to assure you that the health and well-being of our students and staff remains our top priority. We are in regular contact with our local health authority, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU), and we continue to take their direction on all matters related to COVID-19. Please visit the COVID 19 Return to School page on the SMDHU website at <a href="http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/">www.simcoemuskokahealth.org</a> for additional information. </p><p> </p><p>The following health and safety measures will be implemented in our schools. </p><p> </p><p>Masking:</p><ul><li>Students from Grade 4 through 12 will be required to wear masks. </li><li>Students from Kindergarten through Grade 3 will not be required to wear masks, although it is encouraged.</li><li>Staff will be required to wear masks. <br><br> <br><br>Enhanced Health and Safety Protocols:</li><li>Hand sanitizer will be provided in each classroom for student and teacher use. </li><li>Students will receive training on proper hand hygiene including instructions on hand washing and sanitizing.<br><br> <br><br>Enhanced Cleaning:</li><li>Cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces and shared resources such as doorknobs, light switches, toilets, and faucet handles will occur at least twice a day. </li><li>Buses will be sanitized twice daily with frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces. <br><br> <br><br>Physical Distancing:</li><li>Directional arrows and signage will be installed in schools to support physical distancing measures. </li><li>Schools will have designated entry and exit doors and staggered entry and exit times.</li><li>Plexiglass guards will be installed in school offices.<br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong>Self-assessment</strong><br><strong> </strong>All students and staff will be expected to self-screen prior to attending school each day, using a self-assessment tool provided by the SMDHU. Students or staff with symptoms must stay home from school. To access the COVID-19 self-assessment tool, please visit <a href="https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/">https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/</a>.<br><br> <br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong>No visitor access</strong><br><strong> </strong>Following the direction from our local health authority, the SMDHU, all SCDSB schools will be closed to parents/guardians and visitors. Parents/guardians may ring the doorbell at elementary schools to receive assistance. Parents/guardians will be asked to call the school's main office at secondary schools to receive assistance. School main office phone numbers will be posted on the doors of school buildings. <br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong>Instructions for when children become sick at school</strong><br><br>Parents/guardians will be asked to provide multiple contacts who will be available to pick up their child(ren) in the event that they become ill while at school. Children who become ill while at school will not be able to travel on a bus home for the protection of the other riders.<br><br> <br><br><br><strong><em> </em></strong><br><br><br><strong>Keep connected with our school and with the SCDSB</strong><br><strong> </strong>It's important to get accurate information about what's going on at your school and at the SCDSB. Here are some ways to do that:</li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Subscribe to our school's website by visiting the 'What's New' section at http://hur.scdsb.on.ca. You can sign up to receive emails about school news updates and information during emergency situations. It is easy to subscribe – visit our website and click the 'Subscribe' link at the very top of the page. Provide your email and click 'Subscribe'; a message will be sent to your inbox with a link to click to confirm that you want to subscribe. You can unsubscribe at any time using the link at the bottom of each email.</li><li>Sign up to receive SCDSB media releases by clicking the 'Subscribe' button at <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/">www.scdsb.on.ca</a>. </li><li>Follow the SCDSB on Twitter (@SCDSB_Schools), Facebook (facebook.com/SCDSB) and Instagram (instagram.com/scdsb). </li></ul><p>For school bus transportation information, visit the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium's website at <a href="http://www.main.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca/">main.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca</a>. Also, remember to bookmark the school bus information page at <a href="http://www.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca/">simcoecountyschoolbus.ca</a> for bus delay and cancellation information on inclement weather days.<br> <br><br><strong>Procedures help keep our school safe</strong><br><strong> </strong>We have a number of procedures in place to keep our school safe. You can help your child understand and feel safe by:</p><p> </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>talking to them about the situations below;</li><li>reminding them that emergencies are rare; and,</li><li>telling them it's important to follow staff instructions in these situations.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p>Parents/guardians should talk about the following emergency drills with their children:</p><p> </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Shelter in place</strong> is used when there is an environmental or weather-related situation, like a chemical spill outside the building, or a major storm. Activities continue inside the school. Students and staff are not allowed to leave the building. The ventilation system may be shut off temporarily.</li><li>A <strong>hold and secure</strong> is used when there is a situation in the community, not related to the school, like a bank robbery nearby. Activities continue, but all exterior doors are locked. No one is allowed to enter or exit the school. </li><li>A <strong>lockdown </strong>is used when there is a major incident or a threat of violence related to the school. Students and staff move to secure areas, away from doors and windows. Interior doors are locked, lights are shut off and blinds are drawn. Students and staff remain quiet. We practice lockdown drills at least two times per year. In the unlikely event of an actual lockdown situation, police ask that parents/guardians do not go to the school. Information will be communicated through the school board social media sites (<a href="http://www.facebook.com/SCDSB">www.facebook.com/SCDSB</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/SCDSB_Schools">www.twitter.com/SCDSB_Schools</a>) and website (<a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/">www.scdsb.on.ca</a>), through local police and local media. </li><li>All schools have <strong>evacuation plans</strong> in case of gas leaks, bomb threats or fire incidents that would require everyone to leave the school. We hold drills to practice our evacuation plan. In a real evacuation, students and staff may go to the evacuation site, depending on the situation. Parents/guardians will be informed about pick-up procedures by the school, school board and local media. </li></ul><p> </p><p>When parents/guardians are at school during a drill or emergency event, they must follow direction from school staff, police, fire and/or emergency personnel. Parents/guardians may not have immediate access to their children during drills or emergencies. They may need to wait until the situation is resolved and school staff and/or emergency personnel release students into parent/guardian care.</p><p> </p><p>It's important for you to know we'll always take whatever precautions are necessary to keep our school and students safe. </p><p> </p><p>Please note the following:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Elementary school main doors are locked during the school day. Visitors must use the <strong>intercom system</strong> and wait for assistance. <strong>Staff may not be available to answer the door immediately, so please be patient.</strong> </li><li>Staff must complete a <strong>criminal record check</strong> before having contact with students.  </li><li>We ask parents/guardians to contact us when their child will be absent from school as part of our <strong>Safe Arrival </strong>program. When we don't hear from a parent/guardian and a student is absent, we will call home to find out the reason for the absence.</li><li>At least two staff members in every school are trained in <strong>first aid and CPR</strong>. All SCDSB schools have<strong> Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)</strong>.</li></ul><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Student dress code</strong><br> Students are expected to respect the guidelines when dressing for school. Our school is a safe space. We work to be equitable and inclusive, and understand that students may choose to express themselves through their clothing choices. Student clothing cannot pose a safety concern or conceal identity. Exceptions are granted to students who wear head coverings or other garments/objects for the purposes of religious observance, medical or sensory needs, or other reasons protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code.</p><p> </p><p>The SCDSB dress code is available in the student agenda and online at <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/elementary/dress_code">www.scdsb.on.ca/elementary/dress_code</a>. If you have questions about the dress code, you can contact your school principal.<br> <br><br></p><p><strong>School bus 'Bus Tag' program helps students get to and from school safely </strong><br>The Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium's Bus Tag program supports safety for JK/SK and other school-identified students. The program helps match students to their assigned afternoon school bus and identifies that they must be met by a parent/guardian at their afternoon bus stop. </p><p>The program provides a colour coded bus tag with the assigned p.m. route number, to be attached to the student's backpack, and a colour-coded route card with route number in the windows of the school bus that the bus tag is matched to. The program can also provide tags for students who are walkers and/or who remain at an on-site childcare centre to make sure they don't get on a bus in error. </p><p>For more information, visit main.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca and click on the 'Safety' tab.<br> <br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>
Information for HP Students and Parents/Guardianshttp://hur.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/142Information for HP Students and Parents/Guardians<p><br></p><p>September 2, 2020</p><p>Dear HP Students and Parents/Guardians:</p><p>We would like to welcome everyone back to Huron Park PS for the 2020-2021 school year. We are excited to see our students return! Please carefully review the information below, as it provides specific information, all students and their families must know.</p><p>As our students prepare for the first day of school, here are some important things you will need to know.</p><p><strong>Health and Safety</strong></p><p>Students in Grade 4 to 8 will be required to wear a facemask while inside the school building. Masks are not required for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3, but are encouraged. Families are encouraged to provide cloth masks for their children that cover the nose and mouth. The SCDSB will provide cloth masks to students who do not have them.</p><p>Each morning, students are required to complete a self-screening assessment prior to attending school. The self-screening tool can be found here: <a href="https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/">https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/</a>.</p><p>Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home. We ask that parents/guardians report their child's absence as part of our Safe Arrival program. </p><p><strong>Entrance Procedures:</strong></p><p>Each classroom at HP will be assigned a specific location to line up upon arriving at the school. Your child's teacher will inform you prior to the start of school where that assigned location will be located. When students arrive at school in the morning, and at the end of each outdoor break, they will proceed directly to their line up area and maintain physical distancing while in line. Playground equipment and the schoolyard (field area) are out of bounds prior to the start of school and after dismissal at the end of the day. Teachers will meet their classes at the assigned areas and walk their students into the school. Classrooms with external doors will use those to enter and exit the building. Classrooms with internal doors only, will line up and enter one classroom at a time in single file through the assigned entrance maintaining physical distancing. These same entrances will be used for exits. All classes will proceed directly to their rooms and no items will be kept on coat hooks, or cubbies. </p><p>On your child's first day of school, parents may enter the schoolyard, if necessary, to assist in finding the correct line-up location. All persons on the schoolyard must maintain physical distancing at all times with non-family members. After your child's first day of school parents will remain off the schoolyard for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. Parents may wait alongside the fence outside the schoolyard, ensuring social distancing.  </p><p><strong>Dismissal Procedures:</strong></p><p>Bus students will be dismissed at staggered times, beginning at 3:00pm. Students in Grade 1-8 will exit the school via their assigned exits and walk to the location where their bus will board. FDK students will exit via the front door and proceed to their bus loading area.</p><p>Students attending the YMCA Before and After Care programme will be dismissed at 3:10pm and will proceed directly to the designated location to meet the YMCA staff. These students will move within the school to arrive at the designated location.</p><p>All student walkers will be dismissed at 3:20pm and will directly exit the building via the assigned exit (same entrance/exit used all day) and proceed directly home. </p><p><strong>Elementary school start date (Kindergarten to Grade 8):</strong></p><ul><li>Students with surnames A-G will attend Tuesday, September 8, 2020</li><li>Students with surnames H-O will join students with the surnames A-G in attending Wednesday, September 9, 2020</li><li>All elementary students will attend Thursday, September 10, 2020</li><li>Junior Kindergarten students will begin attendance on Thursday, September 10, 2020 as previously planned and communicated with parents/guardians</li></ul><p>All students in county class programs (social skills, developmental skills, life skills and autism spectrum disorder) will begin on Tuesday, September 8, and will attend every day. </p><p>The staggered entry plan for elementary students ensures that families are able to send all children in their household to school on the same day.</p><p><strong>Lunch</strong></p><p>Students will remain with their class and eat lunch in the classroom. When possible, lunch may take place outdoors. Students will not be able to leave the school property, so please remember to pack a lunch and a refillable water bottle. </p><p><strong>Remote learning</strong></p><p>Students who are participating in the remote learning program will be contacted by their teacher in the first two weeks of school and classes will begin on Monday, September 21.</p><p>We are truly looking forward to resuming our work with students in person. The safety and wellbeing of our students, school families and staff is of paramount importance and it is essential that everyone follows the guidelines and protocols put in place to provide the safest environment possible in these challenging times. </p><p> </p><p>Yours truly,</p><p>J. Nicholson              B. Lash </p><p>Principal                    Vice-Principal<br></p><p><br></p>
HP KISS & RIDE AND PARKING LOT PROCEDUREShttp://hur.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/143HP KISS & RIDE AND PARKING LOT PROCEDURES<h4>We will continue with our Kiss & Ride procedure here at Huron Park PS. We ask that parents who wish to simply drop-off their children enter the Kiss & Ride via Wellington Street and drive to the designated drop-off point marked by the pylons and staff member who will assist your child when you stop. Please, do not stop and drop-off your child at the west gate of the school yard, as that backs-up traffic onto Wellington Street and negatively impacts our neighbours. The east school parking lot will continue to be closed from 3:00-3:30pm each school day; traffic will not be allowed in, or out of the parking lot during that time. <br></h4>
Pay for field trips, lunch days, etc. with SchoolCash Onlinehttp://hur.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/31Pay for field trips, lunch days, etc. with SchoolCash Online<p>​The SchoolCash Online program is now available at all schools, offering parents the option to pay online for field trips, lunch days and other items. The program is intended to reduce paper, eliminate the need for students to travel with money, and for money to be counted and stored at schools.  Payment by credit card has now also been added.<br><br>Parents who sign up will receive a notification when a new item becomes available for purchase. Items are personalized to each student.  Parents will use a secure online account to process payments, and can either make a one-time payment for each item as it occurs, or load money to carry a balance in the online account to make payments in the future.<br><br>To create an online account, go to <a href="https://simcoecounty.schoolcashonline.com/" target="_blank">https://simcoecounty.schoolcashonline.com</a>. Please contact the school office with any questions.</p>