Technology for Virtual Learning

Hello Families,

By now you have received the below communication from YRDSB regarding the extension to the online learning period. It is disappointing that we will not get to see the students in the building on Monday, however, I have been able to visit most of the Google Classrooms and it has been fantastic to see their level of participation.

If you require the use of a Chromebook during the virtual learning period please complete the following Google Form:

https://forms.gle/xbhUMrKCcGctUrw47

We will be available at school today until 4:00 pm, and on Monday from 9:00 – 4:00 for device pick-up. To receive the device either call the school from the drop-off loop and we will deliver it to your vehicle, or ring the bell by the office and we will bring to the door.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, or any other matter, please do not hesitate to reach out by calling the school or emailing me at brett.mclean@yrdsb.ca.

Sincerly,

Brett McLean, Vice-Principal

Bakersfield Public School

Dear families,

We have received notice from the Ontario Ministry of Education that the closure of all Ontario schools will be extended as outlined below. During this period, all students will continue to participate in online learning. This is in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Elementary Schools

All elementary schools will be closed to students until January 25, 2021. All students will participate in online learning during this time. Elementary schools are expected to reopen to students for in-person learning on January 25, 2021. 

Secondary Schools

All secondary schools will continue to be closed to students and reopen January 25, 2021 as previously announced. Students will continue to participate in online learning during this time. 

Before and after care programs will not operate while schools are closed to students. For child care programs, please check with your child care provider. 

Special Education Elementary 

During the last several months, beginning with an online summer program for students with Developmental Disabilities and students with Autism, Principals, Teachers and Educational Assistants have been providing meaningful and engaging online learning opportunities to students with special education needs.  Thousands of students with special education needs have been enrolled in our elementary and secondary virtual schools since school began this year and many more are currently waiting for virtual school placement for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year.  We are currently accommodating hundreds of students with community class placements in online learning programs and achieving excellent outcomes. 

Most students with special education needs will be learning remotely during this period. In order to reduce the spread of COVID19, in-person learning should be reserved for a small group of students that cannot be accommodated through remote learning. We are working towards providing in-person learning opportunities for students whose significant needs cannot be accommodated with online learning. School teams will contact families on January 11, 2021 to offer in-person learning to those students whose needs cannot be accommodated online. Asynchronous learning opportunities will continue to be offered during this planning period.  Transportation details for those students requiring face-to-face learning and additional information regarding special education will be communicated separately. 

Resources for Families

Families looking for assistance in navigating online tools can find resources available on the Board website. Families looking for virtual school IT support are encouraged to visit our Virtual School IT Support page for FAQs and a student tech help form. The provincial government has also established financial support for families during this temporary remote learning period through its Support for Learners program. 

You may be concerned about your child’s emotional well-being. You can find tips on how to speak to your child about COVID-19 on our website as well as mental health supports.  

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience. We will continue to share updates and information with you as it becomes available.  You can also follow the Board’s Twitter feed: @YRDSB, or for information about YRDSB’s reopening plan, visit: www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening.  

Kindergarten Registration for Bakersfield Public School

Kindergarten registration for September 2021 begins Friday, January 15 for the 2021-22 school year. Children who turn four or five years old during 2021, live within the school boundary and whose parents/guardians are public school tax supporters will be eligible to register for Kindergarten.

There are several ways you can register for Kindergarten:

  • Online -Families can access the online Kindergarten registration information at www.yrdsb.ca/kindergarten. It is recommended that families use a laptop or a desktop, rather than a mobile device to complete this registration. 
  • By email – Families can download the Elementary School Registration Form at www.yrdsb.ca/Kindergarten and email the completed form to our school at bakersfield.ps@yrdsb.ca.
  • By phone – Families can request support from Krysten Cameron or Brett McLean to complete the registration form on their behalf by collecting the required information by phone. Families can request an interpreter, if needed, during this phone conversation. Our phone number at Bakersfield is 905-731-8227.
  • By mail or appointment. You can mail completed applications to the school, or request an appointment to drop-off your completed paper application form. Families are asked to follow all school COVID-19 protocols while on site. All permitted visitors must wear a mask.

Please note, at this time, under our health and safety protocols, we cannot accept walk-in registrations.

Once you have completed your application, the school will contact you to make an appointment to review and verify the required documents.

Our Kindergarten programs are caring and welcoming where children learn through exploration, play and inquiry. You can learn more at www.yrdsb.ca/Kindergarten.

We look forward to welcoming our new students and families to the school.

Sincerely,

Krysten Cameron, Principal

Brett McLean, Vice-Principal

NOTIFICATION OF COVID-19 MONITORING PERIOD OVER AT BAKERSFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOL

We hope that your new year is off to a great start. While we are disappointed that we cannot greet the students in person today, our staff has been working hard to make this a smooth and productive learning experience for them.

Please see the letter below from Public Health stating that our Monitoring period for Covid-19 is over!

January 4, 2020

Please note Public Health investigates all COVID-19 cases related to Schools, Before and After School Care and School Buses. If you have been associated with cases in more than one of these environments (e.g. School and Before & After School Care), please remain in isolation until the latest date identified on any communication you have received from York Region Public Health.

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of Student(s) Attending Bakersfield Public School:

York Region Public Health has declared the monitoring period of COVID-19 at Bakersfield Public School over.

School monitoring periods are declared over after 14 days if there has been no evidence of transmission related to the initial exposure in the school, and if there are no further cases in students and/or staff (or other visitors) in the school.

Bakersfield Public School has worked diligently to implement strict public health measures within the school environment. The following public health measures were reviewed and strengthened during the monitoring period to prevent further transmission of COVID-19:

  • Screening children and staff
  • Staying home when sick
  • Cohorting (grouping and separation) students and staff
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces and shared toys and equipment
  • Using personal protective equipment for staff (e.g., masking, eye protection)
  • Reinforcing the proper wearing and handling of face coverings amongst students
  • Ensuring proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Posting signage of appropriate public health measures (e.g., hand hygiene, coughing and sneezing etiquette)
  • Maintaining physical distancing
  • Ensuring any individual staff or student that was in close contact with the case is excluded from school

York Region Public Health reminds all students/staff who attend a school with a closed monitoring period to always self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and if symptoms develop visit a COVID-19 Assessment Centre at any hospital in York Region.

Common symptoms can include:

  • Fever (37.8ºC/100ºF or greater)
  • Cough (new or worsening)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat or difficulty swallowing
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Decrease or loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea and/or abdominal pain

Other symptoms may include:

  • Tiredness, feeling unwell, or muscle aches
  • Worsening of chronic conditions
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Croup
  • Pink eye
  • Increased tiredness/fatigue
  • Difficulty feeding in infants

For more information

Should you have any questions or concerns, please visit york.ca/covid19 or contact York Region Public Health at 1-877-464-9675.

Resources:

If COVID-19 Is Detected In A School, What Does Public Health Do?

Check Your Child Daily For Symptoms of COVID-19