School Photos

Hey BPS!

For families that ordered school photos delivered to the school – they are here! We will send them home with students tomorrow – they look incredible!!!! If you didn’t order photos and were hoping for a retake day, we have had to move re-take day to MARCH 2nd.

We will remind families closer to the date…MARCH 2nd is photo re-take day. For all others, look for your photo orders to come home tomorrow. If you didn’t order but still would like to, contact Green Apple to place your order!

Welcome Back!

We made it!

Thank you for a relatively smooth arrival this morning, despite the snow and the added work of the online school screening tool. We are working with the City of Vaughan who has assured us they are prioritizing sidewalks and areas around the school. The sidewalks on Mistysugar are not very clear, as well as some of the surrounding streets, so we ask that you continue to be extra vigilant when travelling by car or walking to and from school. Thank you for your patience in the drop off loop- having bags ready to pass out to students to eliminate unecessary exiting of vehicles will help speed everything along…we know today there were extra bags as we bring back computers and indoor shoes etc.

Please return borrowed technology if you are back in person. We need these devices in class more than ever. As classes have hybrid learning happening, we need all the devices to help integrate programming. We are cleaning them and getting them back in to circulation as fast as possible.

Indoor shoes are a necessity for this time of year. Please make sure that you send shoes for your child(ren) to wear in class and in gym. For younger students it may be necessary to send an extra pair of socks/pants if they get wet while outside playing. We do go outside to play at recess for 20 minutes and at lunch for 30 minutes, as long as temperatures are above -20 with the windchill.

Thank you for your patience, partnership and positive attitudes! We are going to have a great finish to this week and be fully back in to the swing of things in no time.

As always, should you need to speak with us, please contact us at the school. Have a great day today!

K.Cameron

Reminders for RETURN TOMORROW!

Bakersfield Families,

Thank you for your patience as we work through the details of the new processes for returning to school in person next week.  We are excited to see the kids and be together again.  It is important that we continue to partner together to keep everyone happy and healthy.  The purpose of this communication is to answer questions that were raised and to provide an overview of some of the changes.  Please reach out to us if you have questions or concerns or are unsure of your next steps.  We are happy to speak with you or email with you. Thank you to those of you who have indicated that your child(ren) will be remaining at home for a period of time – we look forward to their return in the coming weeks.

****PLEASE RETURN BORROWED TECHNOLOGY ASAP*****

DAILY SCHOOL SCREENING:

This is a 2-step process (the same as early September) that must be completed daily.  The school will be following up if it isn’t completed.  We ask that you take the time to do it and save Ms. Brancato and Ms. Banaj time in following up as we would prefer they are working to support students and programs and not chasing absences and screening forms.

  • Step one: complete the ‘School Screening’ from the Provincial Government online, or print it off and review each question daily.  You can google ‘School Screening’ or here is the link: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
  • Step two: go to this link: https://covidscreening.yrdsb.ca/ Log in using your child’s Gapps login (the info they use each day for online learning – so write it down before they leave on Monday if you don’t know it).  One must be done for each child’s login.  We recognize that this is onerous, so consider bookmarking the link in your phone or on your computer and set a reminder to complete it each morning.  Grade 7 &8 students may complete this themselves.

MASKING:

Students in every grade from JK-8 are now required to wear a mask to school that is 3 layers.  We will no longer be providing disposable masks in the office, but do have a limited number of child sized 3 layer cloth masks in the event that your child needs one for any reason.  If your child brings one home from school, they can be washed and re-used again by your child.

SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT:

We know you will partner with us to keep everyone happy and healthy.  Please use the Covid Isolation Code in Edsby if your child is presumed to be home with COVID or the other appropriate illness codes as needed.  If you have questions as you work through the screening tool or isolation instructions, you may call and speak to us in the office.  Students that are sick at school will be brought to the health isolation room to be picked up.

  • Individuals with a positive RAT can return to work/school once symptoms have resolved and self- isolation is complete.
    • Individuals with a symptom not listed below or only one of the following symptoms should isolate until symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (48 hours for gastrointestinal symptoms)
      • Runny nose/nasal congestion
      • Headache
      • Extreme fatigue
      • Sore throat
      • Muscle aches/joint pain
      • GI symptoms

Household members do not need to self-isolate.

COHORTS

We will continue to maintain cohorts inside and outside

VENTILATION:

Portable HEPA air filters have been allocated as per Ministry direction (isolation room, KDN classrooms, special education classrooms and classrooms without HVAC systems). Rooms that are fully ventilated through air handling units do not require the use of a portable HEPA air purifier and we meet and exceed standard at Bakersfield.

We anticipate that with good communication and partnership between home and school that we will manage through what is to come and that students will be happy to be back at school! 

K. Cameron & B. McLean