Message from Mrs Eddy on the Return to School

Message from Mrs. Eddy on Return to School Monday
Posted on 01/14/2022

As we prepare to have students return to school, there are some protocols we need to remind families of. There is a lot of information included here, and as you know things continue to evolve and change. We will do our best to keep you updated in a timely manner. We realize there is a lot of information included here, but we do ask you to read through it thoroughly, as it is very important and we need your help in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our students as safe as possible.

DAILY SCREENING 

Upon returning to school on Monday, schools and school boards have been directed to once again implement daily on-site confirmation of self-screening for all students. It is a requirement that all elementary students learning in person confirm or have a parent/guardian confirm each day that they have completed COVID-19 screening prior to, or upon arrival at school.  

Beginning January 17th, elementary students and/or parents/guardians are required to confirm they have conducted a COVID-19 screening each day to determine if they should attend school.  We will use the same processes we used in September. 

Kindergarten: Students will be given a small card attached to their backpacks. Parents are asked to initial by the correct date that they have completed the screening. Please use the card that was sent home before the break on Monday. We will give students a new card on Monday with the correct dates.

Grade 1-3: a page will be added to the front of the agenda. Parents are asked to initial by the correct date that they have completed the screening. Please use the sheet that was sent home before the break for MOnday. We will give students a new sheet on Monday with the correct dates.

Grades 4-8: Teachers will ask students to confirm they have done the screening when they complete attendance. If a student has not completed the screener, they will be given a hard copy to go through. They will then let the teacher know they have completed it. 

ILLNESS AND ATTENDANCE

We recognize that keeping your child home when they have symptoms of COVID-19 is challenging, but it is imperative that we adhere to the isolation guidelines set out by the Ministry and OPH. If your child is absent from school due to illness or a household contact, please notify the school via alcabsence@ocdsb.ca. Please include the details on the absence so we are able to report accurate information to OPH if necessary. ISOLATION GUIDELINES

IF Monday is a Snow Day and busses are cancelled, just a reminder that you are to pickup and drop off in the designated zones along the yard between9:15am-3:45pm.  IF your child is a walker and you choose to keep your child home. You are required to contact the school attendance email to inform us that your child will not be coming to school.

TECHNOLOGY

Thank you so much for caring for the OCDSB technology that your child borrowed during the remote learning period.. We are so pleased that your child(ren) were able to remain connected and engaged with their teachers and classmates through the use of these devices.

As part of our ongoing effort to ensure that all students have equitable access to digital tools to support their learning, we are asking that all students who borrowed devices to please return the device to the school by Wednesday January 19, 2022.

It is important that all devices be returned to the school so that we can accurately inventory, repair and update all chromebooks and other technology devices. Our Learning Technology Specialists are ready to clean, repair, reset, and prepare the devices so that our students can continue to use these valuable learning tools.

ACCESS TO LEARNING FROM HOME

We recognize that some families may choose to keep their children home and we do know we will have many students who need to access learning from home because they, or someone in their household has symptoms of COVID-19. All teachers have been asked to ensure that their Google Classrooms stay maintained with up to date learning activities. Students learning from home will have access to those learning experiences. They can submit work to their teachers, and teachers will assess that learning. There may be some instances where teachers are able to provide synchronous learning opportunities for those learners at home, however there is no expectation that these must be provided. Should those opportunities become available, teachers have been asked to post links and times on Google Classroom for students. Please keep in mind that planning and assessing learning for students in person and at home adds an additional layer of demand and stress to teachers in an already stressful time. 

If your family has opted to remain learning remotely for the foreseeable future, please email alcabsence@ocdsb.ca on Monday indicating the anticipated duration of your child’s absence from in person learning. If students are accessing synchronous learning, they will be considered present for the purposes of attendance.

VENTILATION UPDATE

We have received many questions about the ventilation systems at ALC. While we do not have specific metrics to share, there is board wide and school specific information available on the OCDSB website.

MASKS

We will be receiving 3-ply masks for students. We will be sending those home when we receive them. These masks can be washed and reused. While the use of a mask is mandatory, the use of the ones provided by the OCDSB IS voluntary. Students may still wear a mask they bring from home.

POTENTIAL CLASS CLOSURES

You may be aware that we have been facing staffing shortages for some time, and we anticipate that the new isolation guidelines and prevalence of COVID-19 in our community will further impact our staffing. This means that we could potentially be faced with moving classes to remote learning and asynchronous learning when we are unable to find adequate staff to be in classrooms at school. Our priority is always student safety, and this decision will not be made lightly. We will inform families using various channels, the night before if we will need to move a class to remote learning. 

OSTA AND BUS/VAN UPDATE 

Please visit the OSTA website for important information regarding bus transportation and the potential impact of COVID-19. 

http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/transportation-update-jan-2022/

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