Please see the Public Health Checklist for Families to use each day before school. Do not send your child to school if they have symptoms of COVID. Please also practise hand washing and mask donning and doffing at home.
Students in Grades 4 to 12 are required to wear a mask and students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 are strongly encouraged to wear a mask. The processes in this post are based on the following principles:
Safe storage of the masks, including protection of the inner layer to avoid contamination.
Maintaining a physical distance of two metres when not wearing a mask.
Incorporating appropriate mask breaks during the day.
Parents and students should remember:
Provide multiple snug and comfortable masks (at least 3) for your child, so they have back-ups ready.
We suggest separate bags to store clean and dirty masks and a pouch or fanny pack to hold them. Wash cloth masks daily.
Opportunities for Mask Breaks:
York Region Public Health recommends that students be provided time during the school day to remove their masks to reduce mask fatigue. Teachers may consider additional times to provide students a break from mask wearing such as:
Indoor gym classes where 2m physical distance can be maintained
Other instructional times when staff may wish to take their students outside. Please note that for community walks students/staff will still be required to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing at this time.
Teachers will monitor their students to determine the frequency of mask breaks.
Mask Removal for Recess
We have worked with York Region Public Health, and our regional hospital partners to develop a process that focuses on student and staff safety within the school setting. The process can be followed for both morning and lunch recess to provide students a mask-free time while remaining physically distant at two meters while outdoors.
Recess Mask Protocol:
Students are permitted to wear their mask outside for recess if they prefer. Students are asked to bring their own storage source (e.g., fanny pack, split pack, cloth bag or pouch) to store their mask during outdoor recess. Students will be reminded not to frequently take their mask on and off, in order to minimize risk of cross contamination from improper storage and poor hand hygiene.
Students come to schools with their masks on, which remain on until recess.
Students enter in a physically-distanced manner.
Students sanitize hands while in the classroom.
Students who are not wearing their mask outside are to take off their mask, fold it in half so that the outer surface is inwards (so that the outer surface which is contaminated is not contacting anything during storage) and store appropriately in the classroom (e.g., in a student owned pouch or on a paper towel on their desk).
Staff manage the safe and orderly student exit from school in a predetermined, physically-distanced way (by hallway, grade, separate doors, etc.). We have divided the school into 2 groups over 2 different recesses to keep them distanced in cohorts.
Students are to play with only students from their cohort and must maintain two meters physical distancing.
Students should be discouraged from entering the school during recess (e.g., washroom, drink). In emergency situations students may seek the approval of staff to enter the building, and ensure physical distancing.
Return from Recess
Students replicate the process from before recess in reverse order and proceed directly to their classroom. They should not be stopping to use the washroom, get a drink or return items to their coat hooks before donning their mask.
When back inside the classroom students wash or sanitize hands and put on their mask
Please read this post and the attached image very carefully.
The attached image provides information for where all students will be entering and exiting the building at the start and end of each day. This is in an effort to keep close to our cohorts and to limit crowding. Doors open at 8:40 a.m. each morning and students can enter thier door at this time. No parents are to enter the school.
If everyone respects the rules and cooperates, we should be able to make this work smoothly. We recognize that the drop off loop is tight and that Mistysugar is narrow, so we encourage you to park on side streets and access school property through one of the 4 other access points. Not only does this help you get to where you need to go, but keeps our space open should anyone require an emergency vehicle if necessary.
Staff will be at the doors to let students in. Masks must be worn when entering the building for all students in Grades 4-8 and we are asking for all students to wear masks if they can.
There will be no parents allowed in the building without a pre-arranged appointment with the Principal/Vice-Principal. There will also be no lunch drop offs. Please send your child(ren) to school with food for the day and a re-useable water bottle. Any early sign-outs must be arranged with the office, with ample notice where possible.
Late arrivals must line up at the PURPLE doors and wait to be let in. Parents cannot enter with students. Please try to avoid late arrivals as the process to enter at that point will be timely and much instruction time will be lost.
Use Edsby to report your child(ren)’s absences and include relevant information for the reasons for absence.
Please use the Public Health Screening information each day before sending your child(ren) to school
There is NO parking available on school property. Please park on side streets and walk your child(ren) to school property. We are asking parents, where possible, to stay off school property. If you need to walk your child to thier line (or entrance on days beyond the first day) you must maintain social distancing. If you access the drop off loop, you are not permitted to exit your vehicle. Please just pull to the curb and let your child out.
ON THURSDAY: We will begin to welcome students in Grades 1-8 with Surnames A-K and all Year 2 Kindergarten students at 8:40 a.m. in the morning.
ON FRIDAY: We will begin to welcome students in Grades 1-8 with Surnames L-Z and all Year 2 Kindergarten students at 8:40 a.m. in the morning.
Staff will be wearing their Staff shirts, please speak to someone if you need support. Students must be wearing thier masks. We ask that parents do not stay on school property once your child(ren) have found thier lines. This is in an effort to keep well spaced. In addition, although we have historically enjoyed meeting the teacher on day one and chatting – we ask that you do not attempt to do it this year. Please call or email the teacher and set up a separate time to meet. We do need to keep the school yard less congested, please.
Year 2 Kindergarten Students will enter the fenced Kindergarten Yards – no parents allowed in the fenced yards. Staff members will be there to welcome your child. Goldberg/Andaluz & Kerzner/Ali are in the south yard. Gitlin & Park/Baranji are in the west yard.
Grade 1-3 teachers will be spread out on the Tarmac with signs and students are to get in socially distanced lines to wave goodbye to parents
Grade 4-8 teachers will be spread out on the Tarmac with signs. Students are to get in socially distanced lines and prepare to enter the building
At 8:55 a.m., we will begin bringing our students in to the building to begin the day. Dismissal is at 3:15 p.m. and information with where to pick up your child is included in the next Blog post.