Dear Yennadon Families,
For those of you who have completed the online survey and elected part-time in-school instruction for your children, this will provide you with the information you will need to support them with a positive start. For those of you who have elected to continue with online learning, the themes and objectives will be the same, so the educational experience of all students will be consistent.
Yennadon will open for partial attendance on limited days as part of the school district’s implementation of Stage 3 of the K-12 Education Restart Plan. Our implementation of Stage 3 will be guided by the Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings document prepared by the Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control. This document will guide us in best ensuring the health and safety of staff and students.
We ask that you take the time to review the Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings document carefully and review the following sections with your child(ren):
- staying home when not well
- hand hygiene/washing
- cough/sneeze etiquette
- sharing of toys/items
- minimizing physical contact/physical distancing.
Staff supervising your child(ren) will, of course, provide this same instruction and on-going reinforcement, adhering to all safety measures.
In the section that follows, you will find information about the daily/weekly schedule, details about drop-off and pick-up, required daily health screening, the reporting of absences, guidance on what your child(ren) should bring with them to school, as well as the safety protocols in place at Yennadon during this unique time.
- Mondays: students enrolled in grade 6/7 classes opting for part-time in-class instruction will attend this day from 8:30 am to 2:20 pm. Other grades will NOT attend.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays: students enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 5 classes opting for part-time in-class instruction will attend these two days from 8:30 am to 2:20 pm. If a second group needs to be added to a class, it will run on Wednesdays and Fridays and you will be separately informed.
- Monday to Friday: Kindergarten to Grade 7 aged children of Essential Service Workers (ESWs) that have been registered with the school will attend Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 2:20 pm. On days that children of ESWs are not with their class group, responsibility for supervision and support of learning will be shared by prep teachers, administration, and education assistants in the Multipurpose Room/Stage.
- Each Friday until June 19th, families who selected continued remote learning for their children may email the school principal at email@example.com that their children would like to begin participating with in-class instruction. Please note that to permit this fluidity, groups may need to be re-organized weekly and days of in-class instruction may need to be adjusted.
In support of minimizing physical contact/physical distancing advice from public health, students will be met at their usual line-up location at 8:30 am and led in a controlled manner into classrooms. At 2:20 pm, students will be picked up from the same location for dismissal to parents. If your child will be picked up by someone other than a parent, please be sure to provide the school office with appropriate details. All adults must practice physical distancing during the busy drop-off and pick-up times when they are on school property, especially if you are waiting with your children. Parents are asked to leave as soon as their child has been admitted to the building as this is not a time for meeting or socializing.
ESW students attending on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be admitted through and picked up from the front doors of the school.
Consistent with recommendations from public health, entry into the school building will be limited to students and staff. Should you require assistance, please call the office (604) 463-8871 between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:30 pm. If you need to share information with your child’s teacher, please email them. If you are sharing information that is important for your child’s day, please send your email by 8:00 am to ensure that the teacher will be able to read it before the school day begins.
Required Daily Health Screening:
You must assess your child(ren) every morning before sending them to school. All students who have any of the following symptoms must stay at home and parents should follow up with their health care provider or call 811:
- common cold symptoms
- influenza (flu) symptoms
- COVID-like symptoms
- symptoms of any other infectious respiratory disease
If any family member or close contact of your child(ren) is showing COVID-like symptoms or has been confirmed to have contracted COVID-19, your child must stay home and you should contact your health care provider or call 811.
If your child becomes ill while at school, we will follow the advice set out in Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings and contact you to come to the school right away to pick up your child.
If your child is scheduled to attend in-class instruction or ESW care and is not attending due to illness or any other reason, please contact the school at (604) 463-8871 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to report the absence. Attendance will be taken by staff each morning and we will follow up with parents on all absences not already reported to the school.
Arriving late for school in our current context will be extremely challenging to manage; as such, we ask that you ensure your child arrives promptly for 8:30am at their designated entry location. If there is an exceptional circumstance and your child must be late, please call the office and wait with your child at the main doors until they can be conducted safely to their class. All doors, including the main entrance, will be locked for the duration of the day once students are inside.
What Should Your Child Bring to School?
Please ensure that your child brings to school only the following items in their bag:
- a morning and afternoon snack and a lunch
- personal water bottle (school drinking water fountains have been shut off)
Please also ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather as we will be incorporating much-increased time outside on the school grounds both during supervised breaks and as part of educational programming. Parents are asked to ensure that children are not bringing personal toys to school at this time.
Shape of the Day/Playgrounds:
While in-class days will start at 8:30 am and end at 2:20 pm, recess and lunch breaks may be staggered to permit space for students to play outside during break times. Both school and municipal playgrounds will be re-opened effective June 1. Students will be permitted to utilize the playgrounds under supervision of staff followed by hand washing with soap.
Again, we look forward to welcoming your children to school next week. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Mrs. L. Lawrance, Principal