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                                                     Hillsborough Elementary Newsletter

September  2021

734-3700

Website: Anglophone East School District | Hillsborough Elementary School (nbed.nb.ca)

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 Welcome back and a special welcome to all who are new to Hillsborough Elementary School! Here we are starting school again during a global pandemic. We will continue to make safety a priority for all students and staff.  Schools will follow the provincial Healthy and Safe Schools Guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year.  A link can be found on the school’s website or at the following:   2021-22-guidelines.pdf (gnb.ca). If you would like a hard copy, please contact the school (734-3700). Some highlights are listed on the back of this newsletter.

A school newsletter is sent home monthly to provide important information. Our website, as well as talk mail messages and e-mails will also be used to communicate information. In addition, teachers will send home messages specific to your child’s class. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school at the number provided above.

Below is a list of our current staff.  Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Stone on her retirement from HES as an educational assistant.  Mrs. Stone has had a long career as an educational assistant as well as school librarian in Anglophone East. We will miss her caring presence at HES. When you see her in the community, please be sure to congratulate her. 


Staff

Principal Mrs. S Wilmot

Resource – Mrs. M Judson

Guidance – Ms. J Bamford

Music and French– Ms. L Steeves

Kindergarten – Mr. R Thorne

Gr. 1 – Mrs. C Weber

Gr. 2 – Mrs. K Carter

Gr. 2/3 – Mrs. J Ham

Gr. 3 – Mrs. L Williams

Gr. 4 – Ms. K Ryder

Gr. 5 – Mrs. K Rushton

Admin Assistant – Mrs. A Boutilier

Custodians – Mr. B Paige & Mr. C Jonah

 

School Hours

8:15  Supervision begins and doors are open for bus arrival and student entry (For student safety, students

should not arrive before 8:15 as this is when supervision begins.)

8:35  First bell for students to prepare for classes to begin

8:40   Second bell for classes to begin

 

10:15-10:30  Outdoor Recess

 

12:00-12:30  Lunch in classrooms

12:30-1:00 Outdoor recess

 

2:00   K-2 dismissal

3:00   3-5 dismissal

Allergy Alert – HES is a nut free school as we have some students with allergies to nuts.  Thank you for helping ensure our students are safe by not sending food with nut products.

 

·         School supplies for students have been purchased by the school.  Payment can be made to your child’s teacher or on-line through the district website (Go to School Fees and Forms to access School Cash On-line). The fee for all students is $30.

·         Remember to use the Safe Arrival program to report your child’s absences. Student absences need to be reported in advance. If a student is not in class and the absence is not reported, then the system will contact parents at the beginning of each day to ensure the safety of the student. Schools will not accept absences reported to the school directly/through agendas or left on the school voicemail – all parents are required to use this system to report an absence.  You can call the school phone (734-3700) and an option will be given to report an absence through the system. You can also use:

A.    SchoolMessenger app (free)

B.    Web and Mobile Web: go.schoolmessenger.ca

C.    Interactive Toll-free Phone -Call toll-free 1-833-202-4304

Please contact the school if you have questions.

 

Our school guidance counsellor for K-5 is Ms. Bamford. She will be at the school Thursdays and Fridays again this year.  As per provincial mandate, all students will receive proactive whole class counselling lessons at various times during the school year.  School counselling support is also delivered in small groups and for individuals, both with parent/guardian consent.  If you would like to speak with Ms. Bamford, please feel free to contact the school.

 

 

All student information and signature sheets are on-line.  Forms are accessed on the Anglophone East website under “School Fees and Forms”(except for the student data collection form). Please go to these forms to complete the sign off (media release, bus etc.) Thank you. (Contact the school if you are unable to do this and require a paper copy.)

 

Breakfast program is again, available to all students in their classrooms.

Cafeteria Services will be available soon…..details will be sent with the cafeteria menu soon.

 

Healthy and Safe Schools Guidelines for the 2021-2022

 

(Some Highlights)

 

 

Bubbled classes are not required this year however contacts will be limited where possible.

 

Students will need to bring a water bottle, (and take home for cleaning) each day. Only water bottle fillers will be available in the school. Regular fountain spouts will not be available. (Please be sure the water bottle is clearly labelled with your child’s name.)

 

Students will also bring 1-2 community masks to school. The use of masks by students and staff inside the classroom is not required.  However, masks will be required in common areas and on the buses.

 

Students and staff with two or more symptoms will stay home and are to be tested.  Students and staff who feel well but have one symptom, will wear a mask at school.

 

If a student becomes ill as school, he/she will wait in a designated area until picked up by a parent.

It is imperative that the school can contact a parent/guardian for prompt pick-up of a student who is not well. Please make sure contact information is up to date. 

 

Buses will transport students at full capacity however students are required to wear a mask.

 

Visitors/parents are limited in the school and by appointment only. Visitor/parents must wear masks inside the school.  This will lessen the risk of exposure and facilitate the contact tracing process should it be required. Public entrance will continue to be the front doors by the office. Visitors will ring the bell and wait for direction.

 

-          For pick up of a student or items, the visitor will wait outside the door for the student to come or the item to be brought to them.

 

-          Dismissal - At 2pm students will be dismissed to parents from the front doors by the office. Parents will wait outside for the students to be released.

 

Meetings with the teacher will be done by phone or skype whenever possible. If a face-to-face meeting is needed, this will be scheduled, and masks will be required.

 

Hand sanitation stations are in each class. Students and school personnel will sanitize their hands when they enter classrooms.   Teachers will incorporate handwashing schedules into the school day. 

 

Shared spaces and materials (used by more than one class) will be cleaned regularly however additional covid cleaners will not be hired this year. Students may assist teachers with this task. Approved cleaning products are available in all classrooms.

 

Should there be a confirmed covid case in the school, Public Health will conduct a risk assessment and then give direction to the school, and this will be shared with the school community.  Responses may vary by school, as the level of risk may be different (see Guidelines). Families should be prepared for the possibility of students learning from home temporarily.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE OUTBREAK MANAGEMENT PROCESS CAN BE FOUND IN THE GUIDELINES.

 

 

In addition, all school personnel are required to either be fully vaccinated or be tested regularly as per the NB government policy for provincial employees.