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Virtual Kindergarten Orientation! Kindergarten Orientation!<p>​<span>Please visit the below links for kindergarten information and resouces.</span></p><p><a href="">Kindergarten Virtual Orientation</a></p><p><a href="">Kindergarten Slides</a><br></p>
GBDSS Virtual Grade 8 Nights Virtual Grade 8 Nights <p>​<span id="part1"><span><span id="part1"><span><span><em><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"calibri", sans-serif;color:#1f497d;"><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/GBDSS%20Virtual%20Grade%208%20Nights%20Flyer.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" /></a></span></em></span></span></span></span></span><span><em><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"calibri", sans-serif;color:#1f497d;">G</span></em></span><span id="part1"><span><span><em><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"calibri", sans-serif;color:#1f497d;"></span></em></span></span></span><span><em><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"calibri", sans-serif;color:#1f497d;">eorgian Bay District Secondary School is excited to welcome future bears to the Bear Den.  Please review the attached flyer for details on their grade 8 virtual information sessions next week. If you have any questions, please call GBDSS at <a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/GBDSS%20Virtual%20Grade%208%20Nights%20Flyer.pdf">GBDSS Virtual Grade 8 Nights Flyer.pdf</a>705-526-7817. </span></em></span></p>
​Important Information Regarding Permisions for 2021-2022​Important Information Regarding Permisions for 2021-2022 <p>​<span aria-hidden="true"></span>STANDARD ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND PERMISSION FORM/STUDENT INFORMATION COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY APPROPRIATE USE AGREEMENT 2021-2022<br></p><p>The 2021-2022 Standard Acknowledgment and Permission Form and Student Information Computing Technology Appropriate Use Agreement are required forms for all Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) students.  The forms have been made available electronically through School Cash Online. School Cash Online is our preferred method for forms. If you are unable to submit these forms electronically, please contact the office for paper copies of the forms. </p><p>STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE 2021-2022 </p><p>Student injuries at school during school events, extra-curricular activities (e.g. athletics, clubs, etc.) and out-of-province/out-of-country trips are not covered by the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) or its insurance company. While every precaution is taken to provide a safe learning environment, accidents can and do happen. </p><p>A variety of plans and benefits at reasonable annual prices can be found through either:</p><p>StudyInsured at or by calling 1-833-560- 0527.</p><p> Insure my Kids at or by calling 1-800-463-5437. </p><p>Participation in extra-curricular activities (e.g. athletics, clubs, etc.) and/or out-ofprovince/out-of-country trips require the purchase of this insurance, or other extended health and dental coverage. </p><p>Student accident insurance packages will be sent home with students<br></p>
Closure of outdoor recreational amenities of outdoor recreational amenities<p>In accordance with the provincial direction in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the use of outdoor recreational amenities, including basketball courts, baseball diamonds and soccer fields, is not permitted. In addition, permits for the use of these amenities will not be scheduled until further notice. The use of playgrounds is permitted provided that public health measures, including physical distancing and limits on outdoor gatherings, are followed. <br><br>Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time. <br></p>
Changes to the Provincial COVID-19 School Screening Tool to the Provincial COVID-19 School Screening Tool<p>Dear Huron Park PS Families, </p><p>Each day, families are asked to ensure that their child(ren) complete the COVID-19 school screening tool prior to coming to school. </p><p>In an effort to strengthen health and safety measures and help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the criteria in the provincial COVID-19 school screening tool has been updated by the Chief Medical Officer of Health. </p><p>The updated provincial direction states that students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 (as indicated in the screening tool), even those with only one symptom, must stay home until:</p><ul><li>They receive a negative COVID-19 test result;</li><li>They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional; or,</li><li>It has been 10 days since their symptom onset and they are feeling better. </li></ul><p>In addition, all asymptomatic household contacts of symptomatic individuals are required to quarantine until the symptomatic household member receives a negative COVID-19 test result or receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional. </p><p>If the symptomatic individual tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional, the symptomatic individual must isolate (including from household members) for 10 days from symptom onset, and all household contacts must isolate until 14 days from their last contact with the symptomatic individual. </p><p>The updated COVID-19 school screening tool is available on the Ontario government's website here: <a href=""></a>.</p><p>Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.<br></p><p>​</p>
School Cash Online - Info for Parents Cash Online - Info for Parents<p>​Online Forms and Pay Fees </p><p>The School Cash Online program is used by the SCDSB for online forms and to collect school funds. Parents/guardians can select to receive email notification when a new item becomes available. Items are personalized to each student. Payment can be made by credit card, electronic cheque or using a visa/debit style card. To create an online account, go to<br></p>
HP School Council Meetings School Council Meetings<p>​HP School Council meetings will be held virtually via Google Meet this school. Our first meeting will be Tuesday, November 3rd at 6:00pm. Peiople intersted in participating in the virtual meeting will need to request an invitation to the Google Meet prior to 4:00pm on Tuesday, November 3rd. Requests can be made by calling the school offcie and providing an up-to-date e-mail address, or sending a request to <br></p>
SMDHU Information for Parents and Guardians 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) 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=""></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=""></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 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=""></a>. </li><li>Follow the SCDSB on Twitter (@SCDSB_Schools), Facebook ( and Instagram ( </li></ul><p>For school bus transportation information, visit the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium's website at <a href=""></a>. Also, remember to bookmark the school bus information page at <a href=""></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=""></a> and <a href=""></a>) and website (<a href=""></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=""></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 and click on the 'Safety' tab.<br> <br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>
Information for HP Students and Parents/Guardians 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=""></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>