Wednesday, September 2, 2020
September 2, 2020
Dear HP Students and Parents/Guardians:
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.
As our students prepare for the first day of school, here are some important things you will need to know.
Health and Safety
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.
Each morning, students are required to complete a self-screening assessment prior to attending school. The self-screening tool can be found here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elementary school start date (Kindergarten to Grade 8):
- Students with surnames A-G will attend Tuesday, September 8, 2020
- Students with surnames H-O will join students with the surnames A-G in attending Wednesday, September 9, 2020
- All elementary students will attend Thursday, September 10, 2020
- Junior Kindergarten students will begin attendance on Thursday, September 10, 2020 as previously planned and communicated with parents/guardians
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
J. Nicholson B. Lash