Monday Morning Minutes September 14th, 2020

Monday Morning Minutes September 14th, 2020
Posted on 09/14/2020

Dear ALC Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the official first week of the 2020-21 school year.  This year is shaping up to be like no other to date, with a variety of new protocols and procedures being put in place to help ensure the health and safety of our students and staff as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unfortunately, the school day will not be business as usual.  Some of the biggest changes include: staggered dismissal times of 3:30 and 3:45 pm, the fact that students will remain in their homerooms all day and teachers will move rooms, student desks are all separated and placed in rows and carpet areas have been removed from Gr 1-8 classrooms.  Clubs and teams are on hold, as are class visits to the library.  Staff will be wearing masks and face shields throughout the day. 

Families will be required to complete the COVID-19 self-assessment found here 
every morning to determine if their children can attend school that day. All phys ed classes will be held outside in all weather and with modified activities and each homeroom will have a zone of the playground to use at recess.  From the parent perspective, the most significant change is that access to the school and yard is limited to ALC staff and students only.  All of these changes have been made with the health and safety of your children in mind and we thank you in advance for following the new procedures.

We are also asking for your help in preparing your child(ren) for the many changes to their previous experience at school.  As your children adjust to the new protocols and routines, please remind them that the changes are being made to keep us all safe.  To help you with that conversation, we have prepared a special ALC slideshow for your family to review what some of those changes look like.  Please go to the school website after 9:30 am today to access the slideshow.

ALC Staffing Update

We would like to welcome several new faces to the ALC staff including:

- Mme Lesley McMullen who will be starting the school year as the Kinder B Green homeroom teacher;

- Mr Mark Welsh, who will be starting the year as the Kinder C Pink French and Primary Core French teacher;

- Mrs. Bonnie Scheel (Kinder A Blue PM RECE) and Mrs Ariel Wehrmann (Kinder C Pink PM RECE); and

- Mrs Katie Swanek who will be teaching Math to EFI1B and then teaching the rest of the day with the Remote School.

Two of our Early Childhood Educators are on leave this year:  Mrs Jing Zhao and Ms. Shalu Mehta, as is Mrs. Otchere, to whom we would like to extend our congratulations and best wishes on the very recent birth of her baby boy.  

Morning Drop off and After School Pick up

We are anticipating a significant increase in traffic around the school this fall as many families will be driving their children to and from ALC. To help support safer school zones and make everyone’s trip to and from school a success, we are asking all ALC families who plan to drive to and/or from school this fall to please park 5 to 10 minutes away from the school and walk the rest of the way.  OSTA has created multiple resources and tools, like walking route maps, for parents and children to download and use and can be found here:

Walk-a-Block maps are designed to encourage parents who drive their children to school, to park 5 to 10 minutes away from the school and walk the rest of the way. The maps identify 400 and 800 metre radiuses around the school. They also identify neighbourhood street names, pathways and potential quiet places to park. 

Student access to ALC in the morning is as follows

Grade 1-3 walker/drivers - are to enter the back field through the break in the wooden fence to the north of the skating hut

Grade 4-8 walker/drivers - are to enter the back field at the far north end by the back basketball court

Kindergarten students must be handed over directly to the staff member on duty at the Kindergarten gate near the Crossingbridge park sign.

Bus students will disembark at the bus loop upon arrival and make their way directly to their class lineup area.  Staff will bring Kinder bus students into the gated Kinder yard.

morning only Kiss and Ride is also available at the front of the building to those Gr 1-8 students who arrive with enough time to then walk from the front of the building around to the back field area by 9:15 am.

Please see the attached ALC Parent Handbook for details on late arrival and early pick up procedures:

ALC parent handbook Sept 2020 (2).pdf

As part of our COVID-19 safety protocols, parents will not be permitted to enter the school or the back field area and must remain behind the fence or on the path by Crossingbridge park.

Afternoon Dismissal and Pick up

Due to the large number of families who are planning on driving instead of using the bus, and to help ensure social distancing protocols, we will be staggering student dismissal at the end of the day into two groups:

At 3:30 pm daily, all Kinder walkers will be released to their parents at the Kindergarten gate and Gr 1-8 walkers/drivers with last names A through N will be released at their back field entrance/exit area.

At 3:45 daily, all remaining students including Kinder through Grade 8 students in EDP and taking the bus, as well as Grade 1-8 walkers/drivers with last names O through Z will be released at their back field entrance/exit area. 

**Parents will not be permitted to enter the school or the back field area at dismissal time and must remain behind the fence or on the path by Crossing Bridge park. 

Families in the 3:30 dismissal time are asked to vacate the path area behind the wooden fence on Hobin as quickly as possible in order to make room for the 3:45 group. NO students will exit through the front doors of the building at the end of the day.  The map detailing the exact locations for student drop off and pick up will be sent out either later today or early Tuesday.
 The Map:  doc13245720200914093344.pdf

Student Absences - Call or Email Us

If your child is going to be late or absent, please email the main office at  or call the main school number at 613-831-3434 and press 1 for the absence line.  Our attendance line is open 24/7.  Please be sure to include your child’s first and last name, their homeroom teacher's name and grade, and the reason for their absence.

Life-Threatening Medical Condition Paperwork

New and returning students with life-threatening medical conditions are required to have the appropriate paperwork completed and delivered to the main office. The following OCDSB medical information forms are available by clicking the link. Please download the appropriate form(s) below and fill them out.  Any questions can be directed to our Office Administrator, Mrs Norton, at

Self-Administration of Oral Medication Authorization

   OCDSB 285 - Self Admin Oral Med Authorization.pdf

Administration of Oral Medication Authorization

   OCDSB 286 - Admin Oral Med Authorization.pdf

Emergency Use of Auto-Injector (EpiPen) Authorization

   OCDSB 405 - Use of EpiPen.pdf

Serious Medical Conditions Protocol Registration

   OCDSB 802 Serious Medical Conditions Protocol.pdf

Diabetes Emergency Treatment Protocol Registration

   OCDSB 902 Diabetes Emergency Treatment Protocol Registration.pdf

Severe, Life Threatening Allergy Protocol Registration

   OCDSB 616 - Severe Life-Threat Allergy Proto Reg.pdf

Life Threatening Medical Condition

   Life-Threatening Medical Condition Registration.pdf  

 Social Networking and Online Safety Webinar for Students with Paul Davis

Social networking and online safety are more important than ever.  This week, the Board has scheduled a series of webinars for students with social media expert and IT professional Paul Davis.  The sessions for students in grades 4 to 12, are structured by grade, are free and available to anyone who wants to register. The sessions were intentionally scheduled this week, during the progressive entry period, to provide some scheduled learning opportunities for students who are not yet in school. 

Content by Grade

The content is age-appropriate:

·         Students in Grades 4 to 6 will receive information on rules and guidelines for safe internet use, and responsibilities to keep in mind when online.

·         Grades 7 to 8 will discuss internet facts vs. fiction, myths on technology, and important information on privacy.

·         Grades 9 to 12 will discuss the specifics on technology, internet safety and myths, and cyber perspective.

Webinar Schedule:

The sessions will be held from September 14th to the 23rd.

Elementary In-Person Sessions

Grade & Time:

September 14th, 2020

Grades 4 to 6 - 9:00 a.m.

Grades 7 to 8 - 11:00 a.m.

Grades 7 to 8 - 2:00 p.m.

September 17th, 2020

Grades 4 to 6 - 2:00 p.m.

Secondary In-Person Sessions

Grade & Time:

September 22nd, 2020

Cohort A - 11:00 a.m.

September 23rd, 2020

Cohort B - 11:00 a.m.

Ottawa Carleton Virtual Class Sessions

Grade & Time:

September 15th, 2020

Grades 4 to 6 - 9:00 a.m.

Grades 7 to 8 - 11:00 a.m.

Grades 9 to 12 - 2:00 p.m.

September 16th, 2020

Grades 4 to 6 - 9:00 a.m.

Grades 7 to 8 - 11:00 a.m.

Grades 9 to 12 - 1:00 p.m.

September 17th, 2020

Grades 4 to 6 - 9:00 a.m.

Grades 7 to 8 - 11:00 a.m. 

Grades 9 to 12 - 2:00 p.m.

complete schedule can also be found on the OCDSB websiteThese are free sessions and are available to students and parents. No registration is required. To view the webinar, students simply need to click the link below and enter the webinar ID and passcode.

Link to webinar

Webinar ID: 988 0103 4868

Passcode: 432653

Parent participation with students is encouraged for the grades 4-6 sessions and 7/8 sessions. 

Class placement emails coming today

And finally, as per past practice, families will receive an email later this morning indicating their Grade 1 - 8 child’s division and homeroom teacher name prior to their first day of school.  We will also be including details about where the child is to meet their teacher.  Teachers will then be reaching out directly to families later today and Tuesday.

The revised ALC Parent Handbook will also be sent out to all ALC families later today or tomorrow.  Our apologies but we were having difficulties adding both the yard map for student access and the handbook to today's MMM so they will be sent in a separate email.

We are very much looking forward to having all of our ALC ducks back in the pond with us later this week!

Important Dates and Events:

Weds, Sept 16 - All Gr 1-3 students attend school

Thurs, Sept 17 - All Gr 1-6 students attend school as do all Year 1 Kindergarten (JK), and students in year 2 Kindergarten (SK) that are enrolled in the Extended Day Program (EDP)

Fri, Sept 18 - All ALC Kinder to Grade 8 students attend school

Kind regards,


Elizabeth Rainer and Sandra Hutt

ALC Principal and Vice Principal

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