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October 05
OCT 6-8 Operational Days

Dear HES Parents and Guardians,

Please see the letter below from the Superintendent stating that HES students will continue to learn from home, Wednesday, October 6th, Thursday October 7th, and Friday, October 8th. These will be Operational Days for Hillsborough Elementary.

I know this may not be easy and I appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work through this situation, taking the time needed to have safety for everyone.

Teacher will or have already sent information about home learning by email. If you have questions about this, please contact your child’s teacher.

Please remember to follow NB emergency directives and if you have symptoms, get tested.

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/covid-19/about-covid-19/testing-tracing.html



October 5, 2021 

Dear Hillsborough, Elementary Families: 

Wednesday, October 6 th, Thursday October 7th , and Friday, October 8 th will be Operational Days for Hillsborough Elementary with students continuing to learn at home. 

We understand you may feel anxious over the coming days. Public Health will work with the school, and you will receive an email with a letter from the school if your child has been in close contact with the confirmed case and will tell you if your child needs to self-isolate. If you do not receive an email, your child should closely self-monitor for symptoms this week and get tested should any develop. It is natural to want to know if your child may have been exposed to the virus. Public Health officials will inform those who are at risk of the next steps, but to protect the privacy of students and school personnel, other details including names, will not be released. 

Children and young people look to the adults in their lives to guide them on how to react to worrying and stressful events. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about any anxieties and remind them to treat one another with kindness and respect, in person and on social media. If your child is showing any symptoms of COVID-19, you should: 

1. Register them online for a test by clicking “Get tested” on the GNB corona virus website (www.gnb.ca/coronavirus), or 

2. Contact Tele-Care 811, or 

3. Contact your primary care provider. Thank you for your cooperation and support. 

Sincerely​

Pam Wilson

Acting-Superintendent ASD-E


 

October 04
School Operational Day - Tues. Oct 5th

​October 4, 2021 

Dear Hillsborough Elementary School Families:

Re: POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE AT HILLSBOROUGH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

This is to inform you that Public Health has confirmed a positive COVID-19 case at

Hillsborough Elementary School. Tuesday, October 5th will be an Operational Day with 

students learning from home. Having this Operational Day tomorrow will allow Public 

Health time to confirm those who have been identified as a close contact.

We understand you may feel anxious over the coming days. Public Health will work with 

the school, and you will receive an email with a letter from the school if your child has 

been in close contact with the confirmed case and will tell you if your child needs to 

self-isolate. If you do not receive an email, your child should closely self-monitor for 

symptoms this week and get tested should any develop.

It is natural to want to know if your child may have been exposed to the virus. Public

Health officials will inform those who are at risk of the next steps, but to protect the

privacy of students and school personnel, other details including names, will not be

released.

Children and young people look to the adults in their lives to guide them on how to react

to worrying and stressful events. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about 

any anxieties and remind them to treat one another with kindness and respect, in person 

and on social media.

If your child is showing any symptoms of COVID-19, you should:

1. Register them online for a test by clicking “Get tested” on the GNB corona virus

website (www.gnb.ca/coronavirus), or

2. Contact Tele-Care 811, or

3. Contact your primary care provider.

Thank you for your cooperation and support.

Sincerely,

Pamela Wilson

Acting-Superintendent

ASD-E​

October 02
Confirmed Covid 19 case

​October 2, 2021 

Dear Hillsborough Elementary School Families:

Re: POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE AT HILLSBOROUGH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 

This is to inform you that Public Health has confirmed a positive COVID-19 case at Hillsborough Elementary School. We understand you may feel anxious over the coming days. Public Health will work with the school, and you will receive an email with a letter from the school if your child has been in close contact with the confirmed case and will tell you if your child needs to self-isolate. If you do not receive an email, your child should closely self-monitor for symptoms this week and get tested should any develop. 

It is natural to want to know if your child may have been exposed to the virus. Public Health officials will inform those who are at risk of the next steps, but to protect the privacy of students and school personnel, other details including names, will not be released. 

Children and young people look to the adults in their lives to guide them on how to react to worrying and stressful events. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about any anxieties and remind them to treat one another with kindness and respect, in person and on social media. If your child is showing any symptoms of COVID-19, you should: 

1. Register them online for a test by clicking “Get tested” on the GNB corona virus website (www.gnb.ca/coronavirus), or

2. Contact Tele-Care 811, or 3. Contact your primary care provider. 

Thank you for your cooperation and support. 

Sincerely,

Pamela Wilson

Acting-Superintendent ASD-E​

October 01
October Newsletter

​                                                     Hillsborough Elementary Newsletter

October 2021

Monday, October 11th – Thanksgiving – Schools Closed 

October 12th-15th - Kindergarten Registration for students entering Kindergarten in September 2022 (Age 5 by Dec. 31/22) – Please go to the Anglophone East Website under “Resources”, then choose “Register”. After completing the registration form, you will be contacted by the school for an in-person appointment.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

This week marked a historical day for Canada as we participated in the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.  Students have been learning about Indigenous People and how they have been mistreated. Age-appropriate information was shared; the emphasis being that “EVERY CHILD MATTERS”.  

 Yesterday, many staff and students wore something orange to show that we are united together in a spirit of reconciliation and hope because: EVERY CHILD MATTERSA tree was also planted on the school grounds to commemorate this day and students displayed orange ribbons on the trees in front of the school.

 

A “Meet the Teacher” event usually takes place during the first month of school.  A face-to -face gathering will not be happening again this year. Instead, teachers are sending home information about classroom learning expectations, along with other information specific to their classes.  We are currently preparing a video to provide a visual introduction of the teachers. A link for this video will be shared with you soon.  As always, you can call the school or write a note to your child’s teacher if you would like to speak to him/her. 

 

The PSSC (Parent School Support Committee) is looking for new members. The PSSC is a school community group that has an advisory relationship with the school principal. They meet 4-5 times a year. If you would like to know more about this role or would like to be a part of this committee, please contact the school.

 

Safety is always a priority in schools! Please note:

We continue to follow the provincial directives related to Covid 19.  Updates can be found on the district and school website.  Please be sure students are well when they come to school. Those who have two or more symptoms of COVID-19, cannot be at school.

·         For the safety and security of the students, doors are locked throughout the school day (except during early morning arrival 8:15-8:40 when they are supervised.) Students should not arrive before 8:15.

·         Access to the building is limited. Appointments are needed to enter.

·         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, visitors will wait outside the front door for the student to come or the items to be brought to them.

·         Meetings with the teacher will be done by phone or skype whenever possible.

·         If a face to face meeting is required, this will be scheduled, and covid protocols will be in place.

 

  • As part of the school’s emergency plans, this past month we have practiced fire drills and lockdown procedures.  A lockdown is used if there is the possibility of danger to students and staff.  This is done by moving students to a safe location in the building. It is presented in a way that does not promote fear, but rather a sense of security. During a lockdown, students will move to a safe place, close together with their teacher in the classroom. Students wait quietly in this place for any needed direction. Please see the reverse side of this newsletter for more information about lockdowns. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

·         Please remember to use the district Safe Arrival system when your child is absent from school.  You can call the school (734-3700) and follow the prompts to report the absence (You can also use the Web and Mobile Web: go.schoolmessenger.ca  or the Interactive Toll-free Phone -1-833-202-4304). Please contact the school if you have questions.

Allergy Alert – Please remember, HES is a nut free school.  Thank you for helping ensure our students are safe by not sending food with nut products.

     Looking ahead

Nov. 11th – Schools closed for Remembrance Day

Nov. 19th  – Schools closed for students (Staff professional learning)

Susan Wilmot

 Principal HES

 

 

 

 

Notice to Parents – School Safety and Security

This information has been provided through the RCMP in collaboration with the school district.

 

 

Staff and students are familiar with lockdowns, but we wish to increase your knowledge of our procedures.

 

It is important to understand that school staff will implement a lockdown and call police if/and when there is any reason to believe that imminent danger to students and staff may exist. At this stage, everyone in the school will move to a secure location, safe from harm. Police will respond to the school and no one will enter or leave, until the situation is resolved.

 

The first instinct of parents/guardians is to either phone the school directly or your child, or to go directly to the school.  You are asked not to do any of these, but instead to understand and follow the procedures outlined in this letter.

 

Roadways need to be kept clear for responding emergency vehicles, and parents and others attempting to drive to the school can slow police and other emergency responders from getting to and securing the area as quickly as possible.  Therefore, if you hear that a lockdown is occurring at your child’s school, do not go to the school. Instead, please wait for messages from the school or the district.  In some instances a staging area could be used.  This area/location would be communicated to parents and parents could go there to receive information provided by the police or school representatives. This location is selected as being far enough from the school to maximize your safety and that of others.

 

Please be assured that every effort will be made to keep you informed. Experience has shown that incorrect information often circulates during an event when it does not come directly from the police or school representatives.  Please note that, for safety reasons, some situations may require that some information be withheld until the situation is resolved. (In lockdown situations you may also contact the school district by calling 856-3222.)

 

Aside from lockdown procedures, your child’s school may also implement a precautionary “Hold & Secure” if there is an unrelated emergency situation occurring outside the building or in the neighbourhood that could potentially present a danger to the school. In this situation all doors to the school are locked and monitored. Classes will generally continue but no one will be allowed to enter or leave the building until the situation is resolved. We also ask that you do NOT go to the school unless asked to do so by school staff.

 

We encourage you to discuss school safety with your child and to address any concerns they may have. If you have any questions about this or any other issue related to the safety and security of the school please contact the school at 734-3700.

 

 

September 21
Additional Directives - Sept. 20, 2021

The following directives took effect Monday, Sept 20th.

Please note, HES has limited contacts on the playgrounds by grouping grades K-2 together and grades 3-5 together.   

Physical Education classes will take place outside so no masks are required.  If the gym must be used because of weather, activities will be low impact movement and games.

Teachers are providing outside breaks for students to allow masks to be removed.

Please contact the school if you have any questions.

 

 Date:

September 17, 2021

To:

All School and District Office Staff

From:

George Daley, Deputy Minister


 

Subject:

Changes to the Healthy and Safe Schools Guidelines

 The purpose of this memo is to inform you that the Healthy and Safe Schools guidelines will be modified as of Monday, September 20, 2021.

 

 The number of cases of COVID-19 and the transmission in our communities has had a significant impact on the operation of our schools. We have a duty to ensure the safety of all students, especially our students under the age of 12 who are not yet eligible to receive protection through COVID-19 vaccines. For this reason, we will make the following changes to our plan:


               Kindergarten-Grade 8 classrooms will be returning to class groupings whenever possible; but the number of students in a class will not be reduced. Contact between classes will be restricted to common areas, cafeterias and outdoors.

               • Only bubble-friendly field trips that take place outdoors will be permitted.

               • Schools are also asked to find ways to keep distance between the class groupings in common areas such as hallways, cafeterias and others as much as possible. For example, changing schedules for lunch to have less people in the cafeteria, at outdoor recess or other recesses between classes for students in Grades 6 to 8 in order to minimize the number of students in the hallways.

               • Physical education classes will be taught outdoors if the weather permits. If the physical education class is taught indoors, students must wear masks. Fully vaccinated teachers may remove their mask for instructional purposes but must wear them if engaged in physical activity.

               • Assemblies of any size are no longer permitted.

               • Community use of schools will continue to be restricted to youth activities. Students 12 years of age or older, unless they have a medical exemption, will need to be vaccinated. All adults accompanying these kids will be vaccinated.

In addition, effective Wednesday, September 22, 2021, students who are eligible to be vaccinated (born in 2009 and earlier, or those with a medical exemption) must be vaccinated to participate in indoor or outdoor extracurricular and intramural activities.

To reduce the risk of transmission on the bus, we are asking parents who are able to do so, to please drive their child to school and help reduce the number of students on the bus to encourage greater physical distancing.

As always, our plans are living documents that are constantly re-evaluated. These changes to the plan will be reviewed regularly through the coming weeks and we remain committed to continue keeping you informed through the coming year.

Everyone has a role to play in keeping our schools healthy, safe and open.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to learn from best practices and adapt to evolving situations

September 14
Mask wearing directives Sept 14, 2021

​September 13, 2021

Additional Guidance to All Schools: Wearing Masks to School

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that a supplementary Public Health directive will be implemented tomorrow in all public schools in the province for at least the next two weeks (September 14 to 24 inclusive). If this measure needs to be extended, you will be informed before September 24. This directive is being put in place because of the increase in COVID-19 activity in the province, and as a measure to prevent transmission, especially with unvaccinated youth.

We understand that this may be a difficult time for you and your child, but we must continue to work together to protect everyone's health and safety from COVID-19.

The additional Public Health guideline is as follows:

• Students must wear a cloth mask or disposable mask all day at school, in common areas AND in classrooms. The mask may be removed for eating, or drinking, and during physical activity only.

• Fully vaccinated staff (must have been ≥14 days since the administration of the second dose of an approved two-dose COVID-19 vaccine OR since the administration of an approved single-dose vaccine) may remove their masks in the classroom to teach, but must continue to wear the mask in common areas.

All public schools in the province must follow these guidelines.

As a reminder, if you or your child experiences symptoms of COVID-19, you should:

1. Register online for a test by clicking on "Get Tested" on the Government of New Brunswick’s website - coronavirus (www.gnb.ca/coronavirus); or

2. Contact Tele-Care 811; or

3. Contact your health care provider.

Thank you for your cooperation. Please know that the school remains safe due to strict health protocols.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Dr. Cristin Muecke, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Medical Officer of Health

Department of Health

George Daley

Deputy Minister

Department of Education and

Early Childhood Development​

September 09
September Newsletter

 

 
 
                                                     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.

 

August 30
Email sent on Aug. 30th, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are looking forward to seeing the students return next week, and also looking forward to welcoming our new students!  The staff is busy preparing for their arrival.  Start-up information can be found on the school’s website.

There will be a staggered start for all students, with students in grades K-5 with the last name starting with A-L attending on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021.

Students in grades K-5 with the last name starting with M-Z attending on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021.

All grades K-5 students will attend on Thursday, September 9th and every day after.

(Kindergarten students DO NOT have a different schedule this year.)

Information about bussing times is available on the Anglophone East Website.

Start time will remain the same:

8:15  Supervision begins and doors are open for bus arrival and student entry

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

8:40 Second Bell – classes to begin

12:00-1:00 Lunch and recess play

2:00   K-2 dismissal

3:00   3-5 dismissal

 

With respect to school safety plans this year, families have received communication from ASD-E with the Healthy and Safe Schools Guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year.  A link can be found on the school’s website as well as below.

2021-22-guidelines.pdf (gnb.ca)

Please note, again this year, students will need a clean water bottle each day as well as clean masks to wear in common areas and on buses.  Bubbled classes are not required this year however contacts will be limited where possible. Visitors/parents are limited in the school and by appointment only. Visitor/parents must wear masks inside the school. We will continue to promote kindness and respect for everyone.  If you have any questions, please call the school at 734-3700. 

Thank you,

Susan Wilmot | Principal | Hillsborough Elementary School

31 School Lane, Hillsborough, New Brunswick, E4H 3B8 | T. (506)734-3700 | F. (506)734-3719 |

susan.wilmot@nbed.nb.ca​

June 04
June Newsletter

                                    Hillsborough Elementary Newsletter                    

June, 2021
734-3700


 

Tuesday, June 1st – Orange Shirt Day, again

 

Monday, June 7th - Kindergarten Orientation (for students starting Kindergarten in Sept. 2021)

                               (Current Kindergarten students do not come to school.)

Friday, June 18th  – Last day for cafeteria orders

Friday, June 25th    – Last day (full day) for students and final report cards

                                        (A  2021-2022 school calendar will be included with June report cards.)

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This is the final monthly newsletter for the 2020-2021 school year.  It has been a year like no other!  I am thankful that I live in New Brunswick and thankful our students have been able to be in school all year. I want to thank you for your support and efforts that continue to keep our community a safe place. We all look forward to seeing the end to the current pandemic and returning to the life we knew before covid.  

 

Tuesday, June 1st (and May 31st), staff and students in NB are invited to wear “orange”.  This is a way to acknowledge First Nation People’s experiences in Residential Schools in Canada.  Although Orange Shirt Day falls in September every year, on Tuesday we will wear orange again to support survivors and to recognize that every child matters.

 

Some preparations have started for the next school year including plans for bussing. Bus information is available in mid-August.  If you know that alternate bus routes will be needed for your child (ie another bus stop needed besides your home address), please contact the school for an alternate conveyance form and return to the school before the end of the school year. These will be processed over the summer. Also, we often receive questions about what classrooms students will be in next year.  At this time, we are unable to confirm the specific classrooms and teachers for students. Changes continue to take place even over the summer. Class lists with homeroom teachers will be posted on the first day of school.   

 

 Finally, with summer just around the corner, we want to encourage students to keep up their literacy and numeracy skills over the summer. A good way to do this is to connect with our local library.  We also want to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer. We look forward to seeing our returning students in September and wish our grade 5 students the very best as they leave us at HES and move on to middle school.

Susan Wilmot

Principal

 

May 07
May Newsletter

             Hillsborough Elementary Newsletter                    
May, 2021
734-3700

Please see our website at http://hillsboroughelementary.nbed.nb.ca/

 

Friday, May 7th  – NBTA Council DayNo school for students

 

Friday, May 21st  – NBTA Branch DayNo school for students

 

Monday, May 24th    – Victoria DaySchools closed

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It is hard to believe that it is already the month of May!  We are happy that we have been able to remain in school all this time. I want to thank our students, staff, and community for following Public Health directives and the school’s Covid operational plan which allowed this to happen.

 

With the nicer weather and more daylight hours, it is important to keep routines in place, including completing homework and bedtimes.  This will help students be more successful at school as they complete daily learning tasks.

 

As part of the guidance plan at our school, students have been learning about resiliency.  Resiliency is the ability to cope when things go wrong. It means you can bounce back after difficult times. This is an important skill in life.  Strategies can be used to help us be more resilient.  One strategy, students have learned, is to talk to a safe adult when you are experiencing a difficult situation. See below for more ways to build resiliency.

 

This month, students received information about school clothing that can be purchased. Clothing orders are due Tuesday, May 11th.  Clothing is expected approximately two weeks after this date.  Thank you to the Home and School for coordinating this opportunity.   The Home and School would also like to thank those who have purchased 50/50 squares.  There are still a few squares left.  Please contact the school or Nancy Hill at nancyhill1008@gmail.com to purchase a square (or to purchase another square).

 

Thank you.

Susan Wilmot  (Principal)

 

 What is resilience?    Resilience is the ability to cope when things go wrong.

 

Resilience can also be described as:

  • Bouncing back after difficult times
  • Dealing with challenges and still holding your head up
  • Giving things a go or trying your best
  • Being strong on the inside
  • Being able to cope with what life throws at you and shrug it off

Some things that can help develop resilience are:

·         Having a positive attitude

·         Finding good friends

·         Feeling good about yourself

·         Feeling like you belong

·         Having a supportive family

·         Helping others or “giving back”

·         Being able to solve problems

·         Good communication with people around you

 

Information from kidshelpline.com


April 05
April Newsletter

​                                          Hillsborough Elementary Newsletter                    

April, 2021
734-3700
 

Hillsborough Elementary is a community of diverse learners creatively engaged

in fostering a love of life, learning and community.

Please see our website at http://hillsboroughelementary.nbed.nb.ca/ 

                                

Friday, April 2nd  – Good Friday – Schools closed

 

Monday, April 5th  – Easter Monday – Schools closed

 

Tuesday, April 13th  – Home and School Meeting 6:30pm at the school

 

Wednesday, April 14th –  Parent/Teacher interviews - No school for students

 

Friday, April 23rd Popcorn for all students from the Home & School Association

 

 

Looking ahead to May

Friday, May 7thCouncil Day – No school for students

 

Friday, May 21st  – NBTA Branch Day – No school for students 

 

Monday, May 24th  - Victoria Day -    No school for students  

         

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today, students made a positive difference for our neighbours at Fundy Manor.  Classes walked to the manor and paraded past the windows to wave, smile, and share Easter signs and cards.  It made everyone happy…seniors, students, and staff.

 

This week, students received their report cards for second term. Please review the report with your child to encourage and celebrate his/her learning.  Parent- teacher interviews will take place Wednesday, April 14th as well as other times provided by your child’s teacher.  Teachers will be contacting you by email to communicate details about booking appointments. Interviews will, again be conducted by phone. We look forward to talking with parents/guardians about student learning.

 

Our Home and School Association will be meeting on Tuesday, April 13th at 6:30pm.  They are working on some fundraising plans.  All are welcome to attend. Watch for more information, coming soon!

 

One final note, spring is upon us and our playground is already wet and muddy!  Please ensure students are dressed for outdoor play (rubber boots/splash pants). Some extra clothes, in your child’s backpack, are a good idea.  Students look forward to this part of their day.  It is much more enjoyable when they are dry and warm.

 

Wishing you happy Easter holiday!

Susan Wilmot – Principal​

March 08
March Newsletter

​                                                Hillsborough Elementary Newsletter                    

March 2021
734-3700
 

 

Cafeteria – Closed – a re-opening date has not been determined. This will be

                    communicated as soon as it is known.

 

Friday, March 19thProfessional Learning for K-8 staff – No school for students

 

Tuesday, March 23rd - 6:30pm Home and School Meeting  (7:30 PSSC)

 

Wednesday, March 31st  – Second report cards for K-8 students

 

Looking ahead…

 

Friday, April 2nd -Good Friday & Monday, April 5th -Easter Monday (Schools Closed)

 

Wednesday, April 14th -Parent/teacher interviews (more information will be sent home)

                                       No school for students

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome back from March Break!  We are happy to see our province move to the “Yellow” alert level. At school, this means we will return to the school’s initial operational plan that allows students to remove masks while they are in their class bubbles (inside and outside). They will still wear masks while they are in common areas (hallways, washrooms).  Please continue to send clean masks everyday as well as a clean water bottle. The school’s operational plan can be viewed on the school’s website.

 

There is still lots of winter play outside, so please be sure students come prepared with snow pants, hats and mittens. Extra mittens are a good idea as often they get wet.  Having your child’s name on all outdoor clothing helps avoid mix-ups.

 

During the next few weeks, teachers will be assessing students in preparation for the report cards that will be going home on March 31st.  Parent – teacher interviews will take place Wednesday, April 14th (and the evening before).   Please watch for information about setting up an appointment. Interviews will, again be done as phone interviews.

 

Susan Wilmot

Principal​

March 08
HES Operational plan in "Yellow"

​                                     Hillsborough Elementary School

Operational Plan

The following plan is based on the provincial Back to School Plans:

 

Return to School: Direction for School Districts and Schools

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/ed/pdf/ReturnSchool_Districts.pdf

 

Return to School: Guide for Parents and the Public

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/ed/pdf/return-to-school-guide.pdf

 

The plan will require cooperation and patience as we all learn new procedures and guidelines to ensure a safe and positive learning environment.

 

This plan will be monitored and is subject to change after we see how the plan works with staff and students.

 

Provincial Alert Levels (Orange and Red) are included at the end of this document.

 

 

Before Coming to School

 

Passive screening is required before staff, students and others are permitted in the school building. They should check their temperature prior to leaving for school and practice self monitoring. Parents are responsible for reviewing the screening questions (noted at the end of this document) with their children prior to leaving for school and only sending their child to school when they are well. Those who have two or more symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home and contact 811 to determine whether COVID-19 testing is required. If COVID-19 testing is required, individuals must follow Public Health advice for returning to school.

 

If a student feels unwell at school, they will be asked to wear their mask in a designated area (room 125) to await pick-up.  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 that your contact information is up to date the first week of classes.  Any changes in your contact information during the school year should be reported to the school.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school, public health will direct the school community on how to proceed.

 

 

Students will need to bring a water bottle, clearly marked with their name (and take home for cleaning). Only water bottle fillers will be available in the school. Regular fountain spouts will not be available.

 

Students will also bring 2 community masks to school. Although students must have access to their own mask at school, the use of masks by students and staff inside the classroom is not required.  However, masks will be encouraged in common areas when physical distancing is difficult to maintain.  Masks will be used as a precaution if someone begins to exhibit symptoms of illness at school.  Students will wait in a designated area (rm 125) until picked up by a parent.

 

Hours of Operation

As it presently stands,  hours of operation will remain the same.  First bell at 8:35 with classes beginning at 8:40.  Grades K-2 will finish at 2pm and grades 3-5 will finish at 3pm however will begin a staggered dismissal at 2:50pm to reduce numbers in the parking lot and loading buses.

 

 

Busing and Morning Arrival

 

The Transportation Department at Anglophone East establishes bus runs and decides who is eligible for pick-up and drops offs.   Busing details are now available on the Anglophone East website or you can call the school (734-3700).

 

Bus arrival is usually staggered. Bus students will enter from the back of the building under the catwalk and go directly to their homeroom, respecting physical distancing and following the directional arrows. A staff member will be there to help with physical distancing and encouraging the use of masks when distancing is not possible.

 

For those in need of breakfast, grab and go items will be available in the classrooms.

 

All bus students will maintain a minimum of one meter apart and be limited to one student per seat unless from the same family.  Students in Grades K-5 are not required to wear a mask on the bus.  Students in Grades 6 -12 will wear a community face mask when entering and exiting the bus.  Additional information on busing can be found in the government’s “Return to School Guide for Parents and the Public”.  The district transportation plan can be seen at:

http://web1.nbed.nb.ca/sites/ASD-E/Documents/Transportation%20Operational%20School%20Plans.pdf

 

Students getting dropped off or walking can arrive at 8:10 or after when supervision begins. These students will enter through the doors at the end beside the parking lot. Physical distancing is required. Dropoff should be a quick transition to avoid a long line up of cars. Students will go directly to their classes following the directional arrows.

 

 

Access to inside the school is limited to only students and staff to lessen the risk of exposure and facilitate the contact tracing process.  

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Distancing and Classes

 

Directional arrows and appropriate signage are in place to promote physical distancing in common areas. 

 

Each class will be its own bubble. Within the bubble, physical distancing is not required. However, each class will distance (2m) from other classes at all times.

 

Students will still have recess and lunch breaks with their own class.  They will take part in speciality subjects with their own class.

 

Effort has been made to limit the number of staff with each class.  However, students will still see different teachers/staff.  Again, this will help with contact tracing, if needed.

 

Classroom teachers with each bubble are not required to wear a mask.  Teachers who teach multiple classes are required to distance (2M) or wear a mask within the class.  (The latter includes supply teachers/EAs in the building.) Staff will also wear a mask in common areas.

 

Grades K-2 will remain on the first floor and staying centralized to their own classroom.

 

Grades 2/3, 3, 4, 5 will remain on the second floor for most classes staying centralized to their main classrooms. They will be able to move between classrooms for some specialties (ex. Phys. Ed) practicing social distance.

 

Shared spaces must be cleaned between uses  ie. Chairs wiped, ipads, keyboards, balls etc. Students will assist teachers with this task.

 

Approved cleaning products will be available in all classrooms as well as paper towels.

 

 

Recess and Lunch

 

Recess times have been adjusted to accommodate four classes outside at a time (K-2, 2/3-5).  Classroom bubbles will be maintained by designating four distinct play areas marked on the playground.  Player areas will be rotated weekly. At the end of recess, they will line up in designated areas to maintain distancing. 

 

There will be two recess times

10:00-10:15  k-2         

10:15-10:30  2/3-5

 

Staff will follow the duty schedule. Duty will also include the lining up and dismissal of each class to ensure classes are physically distanced.

 

 

Students will exit to playground through the front door by the office, when directed by the teacher.

Students will re-enter from the playground through the door by the parking lot when directed by the teacher.

 

Classes will enter with their own class, the furthest from the door, going first, followed by the others.  This will avoid passing other classes in the hallways.

 

Lunch time will be divided into two eating times (k-2 and 2/3-5)  While one group eats in their classrooms, the other group will be outside for recess and then they will switch using the same system outlined above. 

 

12:00-12:30  Grades k-2 outside    Grades 3-5 eating lunch in classrooms

Teacher will line classes up and dismiss using the out door and respecting distancing between classes.

 

12:30-1:00pm K-2 re-enters building using system outlined above and eats lunch in their classrooms.     2/3-5 outside

 

Cafeteria – TBD  (Information has not been received from Chartwells)

 

If cafeteria services are provided, students will place orders in a bag in each individual classroom by the door.   These will be picked up by an EA and delivered to the cafeteria.

 

Orders will be delivered to the classes on trays with individual orders at lunch time.

 

Grab and go items will be available for students who do not have a lunch.

 

 

HALLWAY/STAIRWAY TRAFFIC

 

Students and staff will walk on the far-right side.  There will be directional arrows on the floor.

 

Stairs will be one way.  The stairs by the office will be DOWN only,

                                           The stairs by the parking lot doors will be UP only.

The bus hallway stairs will be used for bus times  or gym use only – Morning arrival (up)  Afternoon dismissal (down).  The gym teachers will use these stairs to transport classes to and from their classes throughout the day.

 

ELEVATOR – to be used by one person only at any one time unless a student needs the elevator then a staff member will accompany the student.  Masks are to be worn when two people occupy the elevator.

 

 

 

WASHROOM USE

 

Only one student will be permitted in the main hallway washrooms at one time. Only one student will be permitted out of the class at one time.

 

While in the washroom, physical distancing is required.  While waiting outside the washroom, use spaces on the floor to distance from others.

 

Masks are encouraged when going to the washroom when unable to physical distance.

 

Teachers may take a class bubble to the washroom and ensure other students are not in the washrooms so that more than one student from the same class bubble may be in the washroom at the same time.

 

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.

 

Bus students will be dismissed through the bus doors under the catwalk.

 

At 2:50 student dismissal will begin for grades 3-5.  Students will be dismissed by class.  Walking students or those being picked up will use the end door by the parking lot.  (During 3-5 dismissal this door will be used as an exit.)

 

All teachers will dismiss their own classes and will ensure classes are distanced during dismissal.

 

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are asked to promote physical distancing outside of the building.

 

 

In case of fire staff and students will follow the usual fire procedures  (using the closest exit as posted, leaving immediately (not taking time to get masks), single file with their class and meeting in their safe place with their teacher)  Distancing may not be in place and they may not have masks when this happens. 

 

BUILDING ACCESS

 

Access to the building is limited to the public. Appointments are needed to enter.

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.

 

Meetings with the teacher will be done by phone or skype whenever possible.

 

If a face to face meeting is required, this will be scheduled, and physical distancing will be respected.

 

Anyone entering the building must sign in at the office and include the time and contact information.  (This includes all visitors and district staff, but not school staff)

 

Visiting staff must keep a log of places and students they interact with. They must also maintain a 2m distance or wear a mask.

 

 

STAFF and COMMON SPACES

 

Schedules will limit the number of teachers and EAs with each class.

Staff will respect 2m distance from other staff.

Staff room has a limit of five people at any one time.

Photocopy room has a limit of 2 people.

The main office has a limit of one person besides the admin assistant.

 

Commonly used items such as copier must be cleaned after each use.

 

 

HAND WASHING and CLEANING

Custodial staff will be cleaning high traffic areas such as washrooms, handrails and doorknobs as per the Cleaning and Disinfection Standards (Appendix G) in the Return to school Plan September 2020 document.  (Listed at the beginning of this document)

 

Hand sanitation stations will be in each class and entrances to the school. Students and school personnel are required to wash or sanitize their hands when they arrive,  before they enter/exit any room/gym.  They also must wash/sanitize before and after playground use.

 

Teachers will incorporate handwashing schedules into the school day. 

 

Although teachers will be mindful of communal materials, sharing of some classroom materials will still occur. For example, computers and iPads may still be used between students from the same homeroom.  An effort will be made to clean items regularly.

 

Additional details on cleaning can be found in the government’s Back to School Plans listed at the beginning of this document.

 

Covid cleaning supplies inventory will be monitored by the principal and head custodian.

 

 

Covid 19 Screening Questions:

 

1.      Do you have any of following symptoms:

 • Fever/feverish • Sore throat • Headache • Runny nose • New cough or worsening chronic cough • New onset fatigue or muscle ache • Diarrhea • Loss of taste or smell • In children, purple markings on fingers or toes

 

If you answered YES, and have ONLY ONE symptom, you may phone 811 to discuss COVID-19 testing, but you do not need to self-isolate. As a precaution, please self-monitor for onset of additional symptoms that may develop. If you answered YES, and have 2 OR MORE of the symptoms, then self isolate at home and call 811.

 

2.       If you answer YES to ANY of the following below, then you must stay home and self-isolate for 14 days.

 

 a) Have you had close contact within the last 14 days with a confirmed case of COVID-19?

 b) You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days?

 c) Have you returned from travel outside of Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia within the last 14 days (IF for work purposes, you are not required to self-isolate upon return, but should self-monitor for symptoms)?

d) Have you been told by Public Health told by public health that you may have been exposed to Covid 19.

 

 

 

 

Appendix A

 

SISTEMA

 

 

Sistema will begin in October.  Instructors and students will follow Back to School Plan and HES Operational Plan.

 

Rooms:  Computer Room and Gym  (One instructor in each room)  11:30-12:15

 

Instructors will sanitize their hands and  sign in upon arrival and sign out when leaving. Instructors will wear a mask at all times.

Instructors and/or students will clean music stands after student use.

Instructors will assist students with tuning violins by using gloves or paper towels to touch the violins, so their hands do not touch individual violins.

 

Students will attend on a rotational basis (see schedule below) so that bubbles are maintained.

Classes with only a few students in Sistema can join another class with only a few students providing 2m distancing is maintained between the classes.

 

Students will sanitize their hands upon arrival to the Sistema class. 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Computer - Pedro

Grade 5

Grade 5

Grade 3

Grade 5

Grade 5

Gym- Sarah

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 4

Grade 4

Grade 3

 ​

February 03
February Newsletter

                                      Hillsborough Elementary Newsletter                    

February, 2021
734-3700

 

Hillsborough Elementary is a community of diverse learners creatively engaged

in fostering a love of life, learning and community.

Please see our website at http://hillsboroughelementary.nbed.nb.ca/ 

 

          

                   Monday, February 15thNew Brunswick Family Day – All Schools Closed

 

                   Home and School Meeting - TBA

 

 

                  Looking ahead – March Break is March 1st -5th

 

                    Friday, March 19thProfessional Learning for K-8 staff – schools closed

               

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

HES continues to operate under the school’s operational plan that follows the NB Government’s” Return to School Plan”.  These plans continue to be updated as changes occur in our regional/province.  Currently, the school is operating at the red alert level.  Requirements for this level are listed on the back of this newsletter.  The school’s operational plan and links to the NB Government plans related to schools and Coid 19 can be found on the school’s website.

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

 

Thank you for your continued support. We encourage all families to be diligent with wearing masks, hand-washing, and social distancing. These actions can make a major impact on keeping our schools and communities safe.

This month students and families are being challenged to eat a healthy snack each day.  This challenge is in preparation for March….which is Nutrition Month.  Students are encouraged to bring and eat a healthy snack at morning recess (the school will also have some available).  A count will be taken daily and a school total will be displayed so students can see it grow.

 

Here are some healthy snacking ideas to help your child thrive at school.  (nourishns.ca)
Many commercial, pre-packaged snack foods tend to be high in sugar, fat and calories. Try these quick healthy snack ideas for a change:
• Fruit kabob with a yogurt dip
• Veggies with hummus: Slice carrots and cucumber
• Low-fat cheese with whole grain crackers
• Ants on a Log: Add hummus to celery sticks and place raisins on top
• Mini pitas with tzatziki dip.
• Sliced fruit with low-fat cheese
• Roasted chick-peas

 

Susan Wilmot

Principal

 

 

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

 

                                                     Red Level Guidelines for Schools  (Jan. 20, 2021)

The following details the changes in directives that will take place in a school in a region that has been placed in red alert level. This document supplements the Return to school: Direction for school districts and schools. 

Public schools will remain open during a red alert level. In the event that a parent chooses not to send their child to school, the parent is responsible for their child's education. Teachers are not required to support learning but support to the families will be encouraged and appreciated.

Screening - There will be active screening prior to entry into the school building for all school personnel.

Parents must screen their children EVERY DAY before sending them to school and must keep them home if they have ONE symptom or more.

Students and school personnel are not permitted inside the school building if they have ONE symptom or more.

If a school personnel or a student has ONE symptom they MUST self-isolate and register for a test online by clicking ‘Get tested’ on the GNB Coronavirus website, calling Tele-Care 811 or by contacting your primary health-care provider. 

Mask use - Students in Grades K-12 are required to wear a mask on a school bus, even when sitting alone or with a member of the same household.

Students in Grades K-8 are required to wear a mask at all times at school, including outside. Exceptions are when students are sitting at a desk working silently or eating. Students will be required to wear a mask during physical education class.

Students in grades 9-12 are required to wear a mask at all times at school, including outside. Exceptions are when students are eating. Students will be required to wear a mask during physical education class.

School personnel are required to wear a mask at all times at school, including outside. Exceptions are when they are eating or sitting alone in their closed office or classroom. Positive Case

If there is a confirmed case in a school, the school will be closed to students for 3 consecutive days, including weekends, to allow for contact tracing and cleaning. 

Students will not be permitted to attend an early learning and childcare facility during these 3 days.

During these three days, teachers will support students' learning at home by various means (online teaching, materials, contact by various means, etc.).

All school personnel will be required to get COVID-19 testing.

Extra-curricular activities

After-school clubs and sports are cancelled. Music Education and Activities The use of wind instruments and singing are not permitted in a Red alert level.

Extra-curricular music activities, such as SISTEMA, theatre, choir and band, are not permitted.

Physical Education and Sports Activities

Only activities that are conducive to physical distancing, such as yoga, dancing and moderate walking, are permitted in high school. Masks must always be worn.

Activities that are conducive to physical distancing, such as yoga, dancing and moderate walking are strongly recommended for K-8. Masks must always be worn.

Interscholastic, extra-curricular and intramural sport activities will not be permitted in Red alert level.

January 21
HES Operational Plan with "RED" directives

                                  Hillsborough Elementary School

Operational Plan

September 2020

(Updated Jan 20, 2021)

The following plan is based on the provincial Back to School Plans:

Return to School: Direction for School Districts and Schools

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/ed/pdf/ReturnSchool_Districts.pdf

 

Return to School: Guide for Parents and the Public

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/ed/pdf/return-to-school-guide.pdf

The plan will require cooperation and patience as we all learn new procedures and guidelines to ensure a safe and positive learning environment.

This plan will be monitored and is subject to change after we see how the plan works with staff and students.

 

Provincial Alert Levels (Orange and Red) are included at the end of this document.

 

Before Coming to School

Passive screening is required before staff, students and others are permitted in the school building. They should check their temperature prior to leaving for school and practice self monitoring. Parents are responsible for reviewing the screening questions (noted at the end of this document) with their children prior to leaving for school and only sending their child to school when they are well. Those who have two or more symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home and contact 811 to determine whether COVID-19 testing is required. If COVID-19 testing is required, individuals must follow Public Health advice for returning to school.

 

If a student feels unwell at school, they will be asked to wear their mask in a designated area (room 125) to await pick-up.  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 that your contact information is up to date the first week of classes.  Any changes in your contact information during the school year should be reported to the school.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school, public health will direct the school community on how to proceed.

Students will need to bring a water bottle, clearly marked with their name (and take home for cleaning). Only water bottle fillers will be available in the school. Regular fountain spouts will not be available. 

Students will also bring 2 community masks to school. Although students must have access to their own mask at school, the use of masks by students and staff inside the classroom is not required.  However, masks will be encouraged in common areas when physical distancing is difficult to maintain.  Masks will be used as a precaution if someone begins to exhibit symptoms of illness at school.  Students will wait in a designated area (rm 125) until picked up by a parent.


Hours of Operation

As it presently stands,  hours of operation will remain the same.  First bell at 8:35 with classes beginning at 8:40.  Grades K-2 will finish at 2pm and grades 3-5 will finish at 3pm however will begin a staggered dismissal at 2:50pm to reduce numbers in the parking lot and loading buses.

 

 Busing and Morning Arrival

The Transportation Department at Anglophone East establishes bus runs and decides who is eligible for pick-up and drops offs.   Busing details are now available on the Anglophone East website or you can call the school (734-3700).

Bus arrival is usually staggered. Bus students will enter from the back of the building under the catwalk and go directly to their homeroom, respecting physical distancing and following the directional arrows. A staff member will be there to help with physical distancing and encouraging the use of masks when distancing is not possible.

For those in need of breakfast, grab and go items will be available in the classrooms.

All bus students will maintain a minimum of one meter apart and be limited to one student per seat unless from the same family.  Students in Grades K-5 are not required to wear a mask on the bus.  Students in Grades 6 -12 will wear a community face mask when entering and exiting the bus.  Additional information on busing can be found in the government’s “Return to School Guide for Parents and the Public”.  The district transportation plan can be seen at:

http://web1.nbed.nb.ca/sites/ASD-E/Documents/Transportation%20Operational%20School%20Plans.pdf

Students getting dropped off or walking can arrive at 8:10 or after when supervision begins. These students will enter through the doors at the end beside the parking lot. Physical distancing is required. Dropoff should be a quick transition to avoid a long line up of cars. Students will go directly to their classes following the directional arrows. 

Access to inside the school is limited to only students and staff to lessen the risk of exposure and facilitate the contact tracing process.  


Physical Distancing and Classes

Directional arrows and appropriate signage are in place to promote physical distancing in common areas. 

Each class will be its own bubble. Within the bubble, physical distancing is not required. However, each class will distance (2m) from other classes at all times.

Students will still have recess and lunch breaks with their own class.  They will take part in speciality subjects with their own class.

Effort has been made to limit the number of staff with each class.  However, students will still see different teachers/staff.  Again, this will help with contact tracing, if needed.

Classroom teachers with each bubble are not required to wear a mask.  Teachers who teach multiple classes are required to distance (2M) or wear a mask within the class.  (The latter includes supply teachers/EAs in the building.) Staff will also wear a mask in common areas.

Grades K-2 will remain on the first floor and staying centralized to their own classroom.

Grades 2/3, 3, 4, 5 will remain on the second floor for most classes staying centralized to their main classrooms. They will be able to move between classrooms for some specialties (ex. Phys. Ed) practicing social distance.

Shared spaces must be cleaned between uses  ie. Chairs wiped, ipads, keyboards, balls etc. Students will assist teachers with this task.

Approved cleaning products will be available in all classrooms as well as paper towels.

 

Recess and Lunch

Recess times have been adjusted to accommodate four classes outside at a time (K-2, 2/3-5).  Classroom bubbles will be maintained by designating four distinct play areas marked on the playground.  Player areas will be rotated weekly. At the end of recess, they will line up in designated areas to maintain distancing. 

There will be two recess times

10:00-10:15  k-2         

10:15-10:30  2/3-5

Staff will follow the duty schedule. Duty will also include the lining up and dismissal of each class to ensure classes are physically distanced.

 

Students will exit to playground through the front door by the office, when directed by the teacher.

Students will re-enter from the playground through the door by the parking lot when directed by the teacher.

Classes will enter with their own class, the furthest from the door, going first, followed by the others.  This will avoid passing other classes in the hallways.

Lunch time will be divided into two eating times (k-2 and 2/3-5)  While one group eats in their classrooms, the other group will be outside for recess and then they will switch using the same system outlined above. 

12:00-12:30  Grades k-2 outside    Grades 3-5 eating lunch in classrooms

Teacher will line classes up and dismiss using the out door and respecting distancing between classes.

12:30-1:00pm K-2 re-enters building using system outlined above and eats lunch in their classrooms.     2/3-5 outside

Cafeteria – TBD  (Information has not been received from Chartwells)

If cafeteria services are provided, students will place orders in a bag in each individual classroom by the door.   These will be picked up by an EA and delivered to the cafeteria.

Orders will be delivered to the classes on trays with individual orders at lunch time.

Grab and go items will be available for students who do not have a lunch.


HALLWAY/STAIRWAY TRAFFIC

Students and staff will walk on the far-right side.  There will be directional arrows on the floor.

Stairs will be one way.  The stairs by the office will be DOWN only,

                                           The stairs by the parking lot doors will be UP only.

The bus hallway stairs will be used for bus times  or gym use only – Morning arrival (up)  Afternoon dismissal (down).  The gym teachers will use these stairs to transport classes to and from their classes throughout the day.

ELEVATOR – to be used by one person only at any one time unless a student needs the elevator then a staff member will accompany the student.  Masks are to be worn when two people occupy the elevator.

 

WASHROOM USE

Only one student will be permitted in the main hallway washrooms at one time. Only one student will be permitted out of the class at one time.

While in the washroom, physical distancing is required.  While waiting outside the washroom, use spaces on the floor to distance from others.

Masks are encouraged when going to the washroom when unable to physical distance.

Teachers may take a class bubble to the washroom and ensure other students are not in the washrooms so that more than one student from the same class bubble may be in the washroom at the same time.

 

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.

Bus students will be dismissed through the bus doors under the catwalk.

At 2:50 student dismissal will begin for grades 3-5.  Students will be dismissed by class.  Walking students or those being picked up will use the end door by the parking lot.  (During 3-5 dismissal this door will be used as an exit.)

All teachers will dismiss their own classes and will ensure classes are distanced during dismissal.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are asked to promote physical distancing outside of the building.

 

In case of fire staff and students will follow the usual fire procedures  (using the closest exit as posted, leaving immediately (not taking time to get masks), single file with their class and meeting in their safe place with their teacher)  Distancing may not be in place and they may not have masks when this happens. 

 

BUILDING ACCESS

Access to the building is limited to the public. Appointments are needed to enter.

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.

Meetings with the teacher will be done by phone or skype whenever possible.

If a face to face meeting is required, this will be scheduled, and physical distancing will be respected.

Anyone entering the building must sign in at the office and include the time and contact information.  (This includes all visitors and district staff, but not school staff)

Visiting staff must keep a log of places and students they interact with. They must also maintain a 2m distance or wear a mask.

STAFF and COMMON SPACES

Schedules will limit the number of teachers and EAs with each class.

Staff will respect 2m distance from other staff.

Staff room has a limit of seven people at any one time.

Photocopy room has a limit of 2 people.

The main office has a limit of one person besides the admin assistant.

Commonly used items such as copier must be cleaned after each use


HAND WASHING and CLEANING

Custodial staff will be cleaning high traffic areas such as washrooms, handrails and doorknobs as per the Cleaning and Disinfection Standards (Appendix G) in the Return to school Plan September 2020 document.  (Listed at the beginning of this document)

Hand sanitation stations will be in each class and entrances to the school. Students and school personnel are required to wash or sanitize their hands when they arrive,  before they enter/exit any room/gym.  They also must wash/sanitize before and after playground use.

Teachers will incorporate handwashing schedules into the school day. 

Although teachers will be mindful of communal materials, sharing of some classroom materials will still occur. For example, computers and iPads may still be used between students from the same homeroom.  An effort will be made to clean items regularly.

 

Additional details on cleaning can be found in the government’s Back to School Plans listed at the beginning of this document.

Covid cleaning supplies inventory will be monitored by the principal and head custodian.

Covid 19 Screening Questions:

 

1.      Do you have any of following symptoms:

 • Fever/feverish • Sore throat • Headache • Runny nose • New cough or worsening chronic cough • New onset fatigue or muscle ache • Diarrhea • Loss of taste or smell • In children, purple markings on fingers or toes

If you answered YES, and have ONLY ONE symptom, you may phone 811 to discuss COVID-19 testing, but you do not need to self-isolate. As a precaution, please self-monitor for onset of additional symptoms that may develop. If you answered YES, and have 2 OR MORE of the symptoms, then self isolate at home and call 811.

2.       If you answer YES to ANY of the following below, then you must stay home and self-isolate for 14 days.

 

 a) Have you had close contact within the last 14 days with a confirmed case of COVID-19?

 b) You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days?

 c) Have you returned from travel outside of Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia within the last 14 days (IF for work purposes, you are not required to self-isolate upon return, but should self-monitor for symptoms)?

d) Have you been told by Public Health told by public health that you may have been exposed to Covid 19.

 

Appendix A

SISTEMA

Sistema will begin in October.  Instructors and students will follow Back to School Plan and HES Operational Plan.

Rooms:  Computer Room and Gym  (One instructor in each room)  11:30-12:15

Instructors will sanitize their hands and  sign in upon arrival and sign out when leaving. Instructors will wear a mask at all times.

Instructors and/or students will clean music stands after student use.

Instructors will assist students with tuning violins by using gloves or paper towels to touch the violins, so their hands do not touch individual violins.

 

Students will attend on a rotational basis (see schedule below) so that bubbles are maintained.

Classes with only a few students in Sistema can join another class with only a few students providing 2m distancing is maintained between the classes.

Students will sanitize their hands upon arrival to the Sistema class. 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Computer - Pedro

Grade 5

Grade 5

Grade 3

Grade 5

Grade 5

Gym- Sarah

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 4

Grade 4

Grade 3

 

 

Appendix B

 

Orange Level Guidelines for Schools

 

The following details the changes in directives that will take place in a school or in an early learning and childcare facility when a region or the province has been placed in an orange level.  This document supplements the Return to school: Direction for school districts and schools as well as the Guidance to Early Learning and Childcare Facilities and Summer Camps.

Travel between orange and yellow zones

Everyone travelling between Orange and Yellow zones must self monitor and wear a mask for 14 days and must follow directives in accordance with the Mandatory Order as if they were in the orange phase. This applies to travelling professionals, supply teachers, all school personnel and students, and all employees of early learning and childcare facilities/homes and all children attending early learning and childcare facilities and homes.

This only applies to the individual who has travelled and does not apply to other members of the same household. It is recommended that members of the household self monitor and get tested if they develop symptoms of COVID-19.

Public Schools

Mask use

·         Students in Grades K-12 are required to wear a mask on a school bus, even when sitting alone or with a member of the same household.

·          •Students in Grades K-8 are required to wear a mask at all times at school, including outside. Exceptions are when students are sitting at a desk working silently, eating, or engaged in sports activities during physical education class. 

·         Students in Grades 9-12 are required to wear a mask at all times at school, including outside. Exceptions are when students are eating, engaged in sports activities or during physical education class.

·         School personnel are required to wear a mask at all times at school, including outside. Exceptions are when they are eating or sitting alone in their closed office or classroom.

·         All students in Grades K-12 are required to wear a mask on a school bus, even when sitting with a sibling or alone.

Music Education and Activities

·         The use of wind instruments and singing are not permitted in an Orange Alert Level. Extra-curricular music activities, such as SISTEMA, theatre, choir and band, are not permitted. Physical Education and Sports Activities 

·         Activities that are conducive to physical distancing, such as yoga, dancing and moderate walking, are recommended. •

·         Interscholastic, extra-curricular and intramural sport activities will be limited to practices and/or skills and drills within a single team.

 

Appendix C

 

Red Level Guidelines for Schools  (Jan. 20, 2021)

The following details the changes in directives that will take place in a school or early learning and childcare facility in a region that has been placed in red alert level.

This document supplements the Return to school: Direction for school districts and schools as well as the COVID-19 Guidance for Early Learning and Childcare Facilities.

Travel to a Red Level Zone

All travel between Yellow or Orange alert zones and Red alert zones will be limited in accordance with the Mandatory Order. Individuals who live or have travelled to a Red alert zone must follow government guidelines which can be found on the Government of New Brunswick’s web site.

 

Common areas and staff rooms

During the Red level, meeting rooms, kitchens, break rooms and other common areas will not be used for in-person gatherings wherever possible. Employees can use kitchen areas to make their coffer or tea, warm up their meal etc. but must go back to their personal workspace to eat. For employees who do not have a personal workspace, they may use the kitchen, an empty classroom or cafeteria to eat their meals as long as the 2-metre distancing and facemask rules are followed.

 

 Meetings

Please conduct all your meetings and interactions by phone or virtual meeting tools whenever possible.


Public Schools

Public schools will remain open during a red alert level. In the event that a parent chooses not to send their child to school, the parent is responsible for their child's education. Teachers are not required to support learning but support to the families will be encouraged and appreciated.


Screening

There will be active screening prior to entry into the school building for all school personnel.

Parents must screen their children EVERY DAY before sending them to school and must keep them home if they have ONE symptom or more.

Students and school personnel are not permitted inside the school building if they have ONE symptom or more.

If a school personnel or a student has ONE symptom they MUST self-isolate and register for a test online by clicking ‘Get tested’ on the GNB Coronavirus website, calling Tele-Care 811 or by contacting your primary health-care provider.

 

Mask use

Students in Grades K-12 are required to wear a mask on a school bus, even when sitting alone or with a member of the same household.

Students in Grades K-8 are required to wear a mask at all times at school, including outside. Exceptions are when students are sitting at a desk working silently or eating. Students will be required to wear a mask during physical education class.

Students in grades 9-12 are required to wear a mask at all times at school, including outside. Exceptions are when students are eating. Students will be required to wear a mask during physical education class.

School personnel are required to wear a mask at all times at school, including outside. Exceptions are when they are eating or sitting alone in their closed office or classroom. Positive Case

If there is a confirmed case in a school, the school will be closed to students for 3 consecutive days, including weekends, to allow for contact tracing and cleaning. 

Students will not be permitted to attend an early learning and childcare facility during these 3 days.

During these three days, teachers will support students' learning at home by various means (online teaching, materials, contact by various means, etc.).

All school personnel will be required to get COVID-19 testing.

 

Extra-curricular activities

After-school clubs and sports are cancelled. Music Education and Activities The use of wind instruments and singing are not permitted in a Red alert level.

Extra-curricular music activities, such as SISTEMA, theatre, choir and band, are not permitted.

Physical Education and Sports Activities

Only activities that are conducive to physical distancing, such as yoga, dancing and moderate walking, are permitted in high school. Masks must always be worn.

Activities that are conducive to physical distancing, such as yoga, dancing and moderate walking are strongly recommended for K-8. Masks must always be worn.

Interscholastic, extra-curricular and intramural sport activities will not be permitted in Red alert level.

 

Immunocompromised students and staff

Students and school personnel who are immunocompromised should contact their health care provider for direction. Distance learning plans will be put in place.

The IWK has defined immunocompromised as being a person who:

- is having chemotherapy currently or have within the last 6 months

- is having radiation therapy o

- has received a bone marrow transplant in the last year or Graft Versus Host Disease

- is a recipient of a solid organ transplant

- has sickle cell disease o has a spleen that does not work

- has a genetic cause for immune dysfunction

- has HIV/AIDS o is taking immunosuppressive medication

- has other history of immune suppression, as defined by a Physician.


Specific Screening procedure for Hillsborough Elementary School when in the red alert level:

1.      All staff must be screened when they enter the school.

2.      Morning arrival station will be inside the parking lot doors (7:45-8:40 – S wilmot to conduct the screening). After this time, the main entrance is to be used (regular school hours) and A Boutilier will conduct the screening.

Screening includes – hand sanitizing

-Answering provincial screening questions   (see link for questions:  https://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/h-s/pdf/RED-phase-screening-19.pdf

               -Name, time of arrival, sanitizing and question answers are recorded.

 

3.      If the employee/visitor answers YES to any of the screening questions, the screener is to advise employee/visitor that they are unable to enter the building.  If they have one symptom, they are to return home and self-isolate and if it's two or more, contact 811.

January 07
HES Operational Plan with "Orange" directives

​                                      Hillsborough Elementary School

Operational Plan

September 2020

Updated Jan. 7, 2021

 

The following plan is based on the provincial Back to School Plans:

 

Return to School: Direction for School Districts and Schools

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/ed/pdf/ReturnSchool_Districts.pdf

 

Return to School: Guide for Parents and the Public

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/ed/pdf/return-to-school-guide.pdf

 

The plan will require cooperation and patience as we all learn new procedures and guidelines to ensure a safe and positive learning environment.

 

This plan will be monitored and is subject to change after we see how the plan works with staff and students.


Before Coming to School

 

Passive screening is required before staff, students and others are permitted in the school building. They should check their temperature prior to leaving for school and practice self monitoring. Parents are responsible for reviewing the screening questions (noted at the end of this document) with their children prior to leaving for school and only sending their child to school when they are well. Those who have two or more symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home and contact 811 to determine whether COVID-19 testing is required. If COVID-19 testing is required, individuals must follow Public Health advice for returning to school.

 

If a student feels unwell at school, they will be asked to wear their mask in a designated area (room 125) to await pick-up.  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 that your contact information is up to date the first week of classes.  Any changes in your contact information during the school year should be reported to the school.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school, public health will direct the school community on how to proceed.

 

 

Students will need to bring a water bottle, clearly marked with their name (and take home for cleaning). Only water bottle fillers will be available in the school. Regular fountain spouts will not be available.

 

Students will also bring 1-2 community masks to school. Although students must have access to their own mask at school, the use of masks by students and staff inside the classroom is not required.  However, masks will be encouraged in common areas when physical distancing is difficult to maintain.  Masks will be used as a precaution if someone begins to exhibit symptoms of illness at school.  Students will wait in a designated area (rm 125) until picked up by a parent.

 

Hours of Operation

As it presently stands,  hours of operation will remain the same.  First bell at 8:35 with classes beginning at 8:40.  Grades K-2 will finish at 2pm and grades 3-5 will finish at 3pm however will begin a staggered dismissal at 2:50pm to reduce numbers in the parking lot and loading buses.

 

 

Busing and Morning Arrival

 

The Transportation Department at Anglophone East establishes bus runs and decides who is eligible for pick-up and drops offs.   Busing details are now available on the Anglophone East website or you can call the school (734-3700).

 

Bus arrival is usually staggered. Bus students will enter from the back of the building under the catwalk and go directly to their homeroom, respecting physical distancing and following the directional arrows. A staff member will be there to help with physical distancing and encouraging the use of masks when distancing is not possible.

 

For those in need of breakfast, grab and go items will be available in the classrooms.

 

All bus students will maintain a minimum of one meter apart and be limited to one student per seat unless from the same family.  Students in Grades K-5 are not required to wear a mask on the bus.  Students in Grades 6 -12 will wear a community face mask when entering and exiting the bus.  Additional information on busing can be found in the government’s “Return to School Guide for Parents and the Public”.  The district transportation plan can be seen at:

http://web1.nbed.nb.ca/sites/ASD-E/Documents/Transportation%20Operational%20School%20Plans.pdf

 

Students getting dropped off or walking can arrive at 8:10 or after when supervision begins. These students will enter through the doors at the end beside the parking lot. Physical distancing is required. Dropoff should be a quick transition to avoid a long line up of cars. Students will go directly to their classes following the directional arrows.

 

 

Access to inside the school is limited to only students and staff to lessen the risk of exposure and facilitate the contact tracing process.  

 

Physical Distancing and Classes

 

Directional arrows and appropriate signage are in place to promote physical distancing in common areas. 

 

Each class will be its own bubble. Within the bubble, physical distancing is not required. However, each class will distance (2m) from other classes at all times.

 

Students will still have recess and lunch breaks with their own class.  They will take part in speciality subjects with their own class.

 

Effort has been made to limit the number of staff with each class.  However, students will still see different teachers/staff.  Again, this will help with contact tracing, if needed.

 

Classroom teachers with each bubble are not required to wear a mask.  Teachers who teach multiple classes are required to distance (2M) or wear a mask within the class.  (The latter includes supply teachers in the building.) Staff will also wear a mask in common areas.

 

Grades K-2 will remain on the first floor and staying centralized to their own classroom.

 

Grades 2/3, 3, 4, 5 will remain on the second floor for most classes staying centralized to their main classrooms. They will be able to move between classrooms for some specialties (ex. Phys. Ed) practicing social distance.

 

Shared spaces must be cleaned between uses  ie. Chairs wiped, ipads, keyboards, balls etc. Students will assist teachers with this task.

 

Approved cleaning products will be available in all classrooms as well as paper towels.

 

 

Recess and Lunch

 

Recess times have been adjusted to accommodate four classes outside at a time (K-2, 2/3-5).  Classroom bubbles will be maintained by designating four distinct play areas marked on the playground.  Player areas will be rotated weekly. At the end of recess, they will line up in designated areas to maintain distancing. 

 

There will be two recess times

10:00-10:15  k-2         

10:15-10:30  2/3-5

 

Staff will follow the duty schedule. Duty will also include the lining up and dismissal of each class to ensure classes are physically distanced.

 

 

Students will exit to playground through the front door by the office, when directed by the teacher.

Students will re-enter from the playground through the door by the parking lot when directed by the teacher.

 

Classes will enter with their own class, the furthest from the door, going first, followed by the others.  This will avoid passing other classes in the hallways.

 

Lunch time will be divided into two eating times (k-2 and 2/3-5)  While one group eats in their classrooms, the other group will be outside for recess and then they will switch using the same system outlined above. 

 

12:00-12:30  Grades k-2 outside    Grades 3-5 eating lunch in classrooms

Teacher will line classes up and dismiss using the out door and respecting distancing between classes.

 

12:30-1:00pm K-2 re-enters building using system outlined above and eats lunch in their classrooms.     2/3-5 outside

 

Cafeteria – TBD  (Information has not been received from Chartwells)

 

If cafeteria services are provided, students will place orders in a bag in each individual classroom by the door.   These will be picked up by an EA and delivered to the cafeteria.

 

Orders will be delivered to the classes on trays with individual orders at lunch time.

 

Grab and go items will be available for students who do not have a lunch.

 

HALLWAY/STAIRWAY TRAFFIC

 

Students and staff will walk on the far-right side.  There will be directional arrows on the floor.

 

Stairs will be one way.  The stairs by the office will be DOWN only,

                                           The stairs by the parking lot doors will be UP only.

The bus hallway stairs will be used for bus times  or gym use only – Morning arrival (up)  Afternoon dismissal (down).  The gym teachers will use these stairs to transport classes to and from their classes throughout the day.

 

ELEVATOR – to be used by one person only at any one time unless a student needs the elevator then a staff member will accompany the student.  Masks are to be worn when two people occupy the elevator.

 

WASHROOM USE

 

Only one student will be permitted in the main hallway washrooms at one time. Only one student will be permitted out of the class at one time.

 

While in the washroom, physical distancing is required.  While waiting outside the washroom, use spaces on the floor to distance from others.

 

Masks are encouraged when going to the washroom when unable to physical distance.

 

Teachers may take a class bubble to the washroom and ensure other students are not in the washrooms so that more than one student from the same class bubble may be in the washroom at the same time.

 

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.

 

Bus students will be dismissed through the bus doors under the catwalk.

 

At 2:50 student dismissal will begin for grades 3-5.  Students will be dismissed by class.  Walking students or those being picked up will use the end door by the parking lot.  (During 3-5 dismissal this door will be used as an exit.)

 

All teachers will dismiss their own classes and will ensure classes are distanced during dismissal.

 

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are asked to promote physical distancing outside of the building.

 

 

In case of fire staff and students will follow the usual fire procedures  (using the closest exit as posted, leaving immediately (not taking time to get masks), single file with their class and meeting in their safe place with their teacher)  Distancing may not be in place and they may not have masks when this happens. 

 

BUILDING ACCESS

 

Access to the building is limited to the public. Appointments are needed to enter.

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.

 

Meetings with the teacher will be done by phone or skype whenever possible.

 

If a face to face meeting is required, this will be scheduled, and physical distancing will be respected.

 

Anyone entering the building must sign in at the office and include the time and contact information.  (This includes all visitors and district staff, but not school staff)

 

Visiting staff must keep a log of places and students they interact with. They must also maintain a 2m distance or wear a mask.


STAFF and COMMON SPACES

Schedules will limit the number of teachers and EAs with each class.

Staff will respect 2m distance from other staff.

Staff room has a limit of five people at any one time.

Photocopy room has a limit of 2 people.

The main office has a limit of one person besides the admin assistant.

 

Commonly used items such as copier must be cleaned after each use.


HAND WASHING and CLEANING

Custodial staff will be cleaning high traffic areas such as washrooms, handrails and doorknobs as per the Cleaning and Disinfection Standards (Appendix G) in the Return to school Plan September 2020 document.  (Listed at the beginning of this document)

 

Hand sanitation stations will be in each class and entrances to the school. Students and school personnel are required to wash or sanitize their hands when they arrive,  before they enter/exit any room/gym.  They also must wash/sanitize before and after playground use.

 

Teachers will incorporate handwashing schedules into the school day. 

 

Although teachers will be mindful of communal materials, sharing of some classroom materials will still occur. For example, computers and iPads may still be used between students from the same homeroom.  An effort will be made to clean items regularly.

 

Additional details on cleaning can be found in the government’s Back to School Plans listed at the beginning of this document.

 

Covid cleaning supplies inventory will be monitored by the principal and head custodian.

 

Covid 19 Screening Questions:

 

1.      Do you have any of following symptoms:

 • Fever/feverish • Sore throat • Headache • Runny nose • New cough or worsening chronic cough • New onset fatigue or muscle ache • Diarrhea • Loss of taste or smell • In children, purple markings on fingers or toes

 

If you answered YES, and have ONLY ONE symptom, you may phone 811 to discuss COVID-19 testing, but you do not need to self-isolate. As a precaution, please self-monitor for onset of additional symptoms that may develop. If you answered YES, and have 2 OR MORE of the symptoms, then self isolate at home and call 811.

 

2.       If you answer YES to ANY of the following below, then you must stay home and self-isolate for 14 days.

 

 a) Have you had close contact within the last 14 days with a confirmed case of COVID-19?

 b) You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days?

 c) Have you returned from travel outside of Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia within the last 14 days (IF for work purposes, you are not required to self-isolate upon return, but should self-monitor for symptoms)?

d) Have you been told by Public Health told by public health that you may have been exposed to Covid 19.

 

Appendix A

 SiSTEMA

Sistema will begin in October.  Instructors and students will follow Back to School Plan and HES Operational Plan.

 

Rooms:  Computer Room and Gym  (One instructor in each room)  11:30-12:15

 

Instructors will sanitize their hands and  sign in upon arrival and sign out when leaving. Instructors will wear a mask at all times.

Instructors and/or students will clean music stands after student use.

Instructors will assist students with tuning violins by using gloves or paper towels to touch the violins, so their hands do not touch individual violins.

 

Students will attend on a rotational basis (see schedule below) so that bubbles are maintained.

Classes with only a few students in Sistema can join another class with only a few students providing 2m distancing is maintained between the classes.

 

Students will sanitize their hands upon arrival to the Sistema class. 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Computer - Pedro

Grade 5

Grade 5

Grade 3

Grade 5

Grade 5

Gym- Sarah

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 4

Grade 4

Grade 3


Appendix B

 

Orange Level Guidelines for Schools

 

The following details the changes in directives that will take place in a school or in an early learning and childcare facility when a region or the province has been placed in an orange level.  This document supplements the Return to school: Direction for school districts and schools as well as the Guidance to Early Learning and Childcare Facilities and Summer Camps.

Travel between orange and yellow zones

Everyone travelling between Orange and Yellow zones must self monitor and wear a mask for 14 days and must follow directives in accordance with the Mandatory Order as if they were in the orange phase. This applies to travelling professionals, supply teachers, all school personnel and students, and all employees of early learning and childcare facilities/homes and all children attending early learning and childcare facilities and homes.

This only applies to the individual who has travelled and does not apply to other members of the same household. It is recommended that members of the household self monitor and get tested if they develop symptoms of COVID-19.

Public Schools

Mask use

·         Students in Grades K-12 are required to wear a mask on a school bus, even when sitting alone or with a member of the same household.

·          •Students in Grades K-8 are required to wear a mask at all times at school, including outside. Exceptions are when students are sitting at a desk working silently, eating, or engaged in sports activities during physical education class. 

·         Students in Grades 9-12 are required to wear a mask at all times at school, including outside. Exceptions are when students are eating, engaged in sports activities or during physical education class.

·         School personnel are required to wear a mask at all times at school, including outside. Exceptions are when they are eating or sitting alone in their closed office or classroom.

·         All students in Grades K-12 are required to wear a mask on a school bus, even when sitting with a sibling or alone.

Music Education and Activities

·         The use of wind instruments and singing are not permitted in an Orange Alert Level. Extra-curricular music activities, such as SISTEMA, theatre, choir and band, are not permitted. Physical Education and Sports Activities 

·         Activities that are conducive to physical distancing, such as yoga, dancing and moderate walking, are recommended. 

·         Interscholastic, extra-curricular and intramural sport activities will be limited to practices and/or skills and drills within a single team.


 ​

January 06
January Newsletter

Hillsborough Elementary Newsletter                    MC900162902[1]

January, 2021
734-3700

 

Hillsborough Elementary is a community of diverse learners creatively engaged

in fostering a love of life, learning and community.

Please see our website at http://hillsboroughelementary.nbed.nb.ca/

 

 

 

January 4th – 8th – No Cafeteria Services

 

Monday, January 11th – Cafeteria re-opens

 

Tuesday, January 12th  -  6:30pm -   Home and School Meeting

 

 

Looking ahead – February 15th – Provincial Family Day – All schools will be closed


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome back and Happy New Year to everyone!  We are happy to be back with the students this new year. The year ended with some Christmas activities with the students.  A big thank you to the Home and School members who provided Christmas/craft materials for all classes to make Christmas presents to wrap for their families. This was enjoyed by all the students.

 

January will see colder days…and snow!  It is important that children are dressed for outdoor play.  Extra mittens are encouraged.  We are happy to accept mitten donations. We always have students looking for mittens!  Students’ names should be on all outerwear.  (We have a lot of black snow pants at school that can get mixed up.)  Also, a reminder that students need to bring clean masks and water bottles every day!  Thank you.

 

Please remember that morning supervision begins at 8:10am. Students should not arrive before this

time.  The first bell rings at 8:35 and the second bell at 8:40 when classes begin. Please have students at

school before 8:40 so they do not miss any learning. Thank you.

 

Susan Wilmot

Principal

 

 

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

 ​

December 17
Christmas Video and Breakfast

          

               A Note From Hillsborough Elementary School        

Phone: 734-3700


 

Students have received a notice to invite families to view Hillsborough Elementary School’s first Christmas concert video.  A private youtube link is included in the notice. 


The notice is also being emailed to our HES families to make it easier to access.

You are welcome to share this with friends and family; however, we ask that it not be posted on social media.  Thank you

This is a first attempt to make a concert video.  With covid (yellow and orange) restrictions, there have been several adjustments made to complete this in time for Christmas.

 

Another note…

It has become a tradition for students and staff to have a pancake breakfast in the gym on the last morning of school before Christmas.  We will not be gathering in the gym this year; however, the staff will make pancakes and sausage for the students tomorrow (Friday). Individual plates will be delivered to each class.  We hope students will enjoy breakfast with their classmates.


Merry Christmas!


December 02
December Newsletter

Hillsborough Elementary Newsletter         

December 2020
734-3700

Please see our website at http://hillsboroughelementary.nbed.nb.ca/

 

 

Tuesday, Dec. 1st- Students receive first term report cards

 

Thursday, Dec. 3rd (6pm-8pm) and Friday, Dec. 4th (9am-11am) – Parent/Teacher Interviews

 

This year interviews will be done by phone.  Parents are asked to call the school to make an appointment (unless your child’s teacher has communicated with you about an appointment time).

Friday, Dec. 4th - Schools are closed to students for interviews and staff development

The week of Dec. 14th – Recording of a Christmas presentation will be shared  (see details below)

 

Friday, Dec. 18th  – Last day of school before Christmas holidays  (Full Day)

 

Monday, Jan. 4th – Students return from Christmas holidays

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

December is upon us along with plans for Christmas activities. Events will look different this year.  The month begins with report cards and Parent/Teacher interviews.  Interviews will be done by phone. Please be sure you have an appointment. Communicating about your child’s progress is an important part of supporting student learning.

 

This week is also The Dots for Kids Day-Ring a Bell Campaign. During this first week of December students will be

taking part in activities to learn about the importance of mental health.  See below for more information from our Guidance Counselor, Ms. Bamford.  


People have been asking about the Christmas concert. This year, we are not able to have a large gathering for a Christmas concert, however we are still preparing a presentation with the students.  The presentation will be pre-recorded and made available to you the week of December 14th.  A permission form will be sent home to ensure students can be in the video that will be shared on our website.  This also leads to another event that is a tradition at HES…the Christmas shopping event.  Unfortunately, this event will not be happening this year because of the many concerns it raises under the guidelines around Covid 19.  As an alternative, the Home and School Association has planned another classroom event.  They will be providing purchased craft items for each class so that students can make Christmas gifts for their families.  Students will also have the opportunity to wrap these gifts in their classrooms.  Thank you to our Home and School Association for making this possible.  We look forward to shopping again in the future.

 

Home and School information can be found on Facebook by searching for Hillsborough Home and School Association. Please consider becoming a member. Contact the school if you would like a membership form.

A fundraising event is coming soon…..watch for this information!

Again, this year Anglophone East will support local food banks with their “Fill the Bus” campaign.  This event, too will look different. Students will not bring food items to school. Financial donations can be made instead to support this important cause. Please see below for details. 

As this will be the last newsletter before the Christmas holidays, the staff here at Hillsborough Elementary School want to wish you a safe and joyous Christmas holiday and we look forward to your return in January of 2021!

Susan Wilmot (Principal)    



   A message from our Guidance Councellor,Ms. Bamford........  

 Dear Parents and Guardians,

During the week of November 30th- December 4th, 2020, students in grades k- 5 will be participating in an awareness education campaign for mental health.  The Dots for Kids Day-Ring a Bell Campaign is a unique opportunity for students to learn about the importance of mental health.  Activities completed at school will lead up to a province-wide event on Friday, December 4th, when bells will be ringing for one minute in support of kids’ mental health. We will ring a bell on Thursday as students will not be at school on Friday.  *Please visit http://www.partnersforyouth.ca/dotsnb/ring-a-bell/  for more information. 

This initiative compliments our school wide focus on mental fitness as a means of supporting all learners.  Since September, students have been reviewing the Zones of Regulation in terms of self-awareness (feelings) and self-regulation (coping strategies).  Each student has created a personal plan of what strategies they think might help them in each of the different zones.  This document is located in their You and Your World or Health duo-tangs. 

If you would like to support your child by using the zones at home, here is a brief overview of the Zones of Regulation:

Blue Zone

(low energy)

Green Zone

(just right energy)

Yellow Zone

(a bit of energy)

Red Zone

(too much energy)

Sad

Hurt

Disappointed

Tired

Sick

Ready to learn

Calm

Happy

Focused

Silly

Frustrated

Nervous/worried

Scared

Excited

Angry

Out of control

Terrified

Elated

*The Zones of Regulation by Leah M. Kuypers, 2011

We’ve also been promoting mental health and self-regulation through exercise (outdoor play, physical education, stationary bikes) and some classes have been incorporating brain breaks and mindfulness techniques during the school day.   

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the school. 

~ J. Bamford, School Counselor

 

The ”Fill The Bus” Virtual Campaign is ready to go!  All money raised will be going to support our many school food programs.  To make a donation, you can go to the Anglophone East Website and click on the banner as seen above or use the link…. https://angloeast.schoolcashonline.com/  

For donations to count towards a specific school’s total, there is a drop-down box where you can choose your child’s school.  School totals will be tracked by Anglophone East.

 Also……donations of $25 or more will be eligible for a tax receipt.   Thank you for your participation. 


November 04
Transition to Kindergarten Event - Nov. 4th

​                                                    

              On Our Way to Kindergarten Event

                              Nov 4th, 2020

Welcome to our first on-line video session for the Transition to Kindergarten program.

 

A video has been prepared for parents of students who will begin school in September 2021. (Born in 2016)

 

The video link has been sent to you by the email provided in the online registration form.  Please check your email for the link.

 

If you have any questions, please contact us at the school (734-3700). We will be happy to get back to you to talk about Kindergarten!

Thank you and have a great day!!!​

November 04
November Newsletter

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Text Box:                                              Hillsborough Elementary Newsletter             

November 2020

734-3700

Tuesday, Nov. 3rd  –  Picture Day!   Smile!! 

Wednesday, Nov. 4th – On our way to K: Information (online) for parents of Kindergarten students starting school in September 2021 (born in 2016)

Wednesday, Nov. 11thSchools Closed for Remembrance Day

Friday, Nov.20th-School Closed to students – Staff professional learning


Looking ahead:

Tuesday, Dec.1st - First Report Cards go home

Friday, Dec.4th-School closed to students-Parent/Teacher Interviews                 

 Dear Parents/Guardians,

November is upon us already! Many staff and students enjoyed dressing up last Thursday and participating in some connecting activities related to Halloween. We hope students talked about these activities at home.  We expect that many students participated in Halloween activities on the weekend that included lots of treats. We ask that treats be limited to 2 each day for lunches. These can be enjoyed at lunch time so that healthy morning snacks can still be a part of the students’ day. Thank you.

 

We usually have a Remembrance Day ceremony in November that includes the community. This year will be different. We will still “Remember” with the students but will not be inviting the community this year.  We look forward to including the community again in the future.

 

Finally, we have had some cold days. Please be sure students are dressed for outdoor play, including mittens and a hat each day.  Also, a reminder that students should bring a clean mask and water bottle everyday.  Although student do not have to wear masks in their classroom bubbles, they are encouraged to wear them in common areas (hallways/bathrooms).  Thank you

Susan Wilmot

Principal HES​

October 05
October Newsletter

October Newsletter 2020

 

          Monday, October 12th – Thanksgiving – Schools Closed 

October 13th-16th - Kindergarten Registration for students entering Kindergarten in September 2021 (Age 5 by Dec. 31/21) – Please call the school 

                        October 16th–Picture Day

 

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

We are already into the second month of the school year. We continue to follow the provincial guidelines related to Covid 19.  Students have settled into the new routines and are learning. Thank you for your support with the many changes that have been required. Please continue to follow the screening procedures before students come to school each day, to ensure they are well. Those who have two or more symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home.  (For more information about the school’s operational plan, please see the school’s website.)

 

A “Meet the Teacher” event usually takes place during the first month of school.  A face-to -face gathering will not be happening this year. Instead, teachers are sending home information about classroom learning expectations, along with other information specific to their classes.  We have also prepared a video to introduce the teachers. A link for this video will be shared with you next week.  As always, you can call the school or write a note to the child’s teacher if you would like to speak to him/her. 

 

The PSSC (Parent School Support Committee) is always looking for new members. The PSSC is a school community group that has an advisory relationship with the school principal. They meet approximately 5 times a year. If you would like to know more about this role or would like to be a part of this committee, please contact the school.

 

Cafeteria services are still not available at HES.  We are unsure if the service providers (Chartwells) will be able to provide services to both schools with all the new requirements. This will be re-visited in a few weeks once the cafeteria opens at CRHS.

 

Safety is always a priority in schools! Please note:

 

·         For the safety and security of the students, doors are locked throughout the school day (except during early morning arrival 8:10-8:40 when they are supervised.) Students should not arrive before 8:10.

A quick goodbye helps your child get right to school routines and encourages the independence children need!

·         Access to the building is limited. Appointments are needed to enter.

·         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, visitors will wait outside the door for the student to come or the items to be brought to them.

·         Meetings with the teacher will be done by phone or skype whenever possible.

·         If a face to face meeting is required, this will be scheduled, and physical distancing will be respected.

 

  • As part of the school’s emergency plans, this past month we have practiced fire drills and lockdown procedures.  A lockdown is used if there is the possibility of danger to students and staff.  This is done by moving students to a safe location in the building. It is presented in a way that does not promote fear, but rather a sense of security. During a lockdown, students will move to a safe place, close together with their teacher in the classroom. Students wait quietly in this place for any needed direction. Please see the end of this of this newsletter for more information about lockdowns. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

 

  • Please remember to use the district Safe Arrival system when your child is absent from school.  You can call the school (734-3700) and follow the prompts to report the absence.  If you are experiencing difficulties with this process, please call the school office so we can assist.

 

Allergy Alert – Please remember, HES is a nut free school.  Thank you for helping ensure our students are safe by not sending food with nut products.


Looking ahead

Nov. 11th – Schools closed for Remembrance Day

Nov. 20th  – Schools closed for students (Staff professional learning)

 


 

Notice to Parents – School Safety and Security

This information has been provided through the RCMP in collaboration with the school district.

 

 

Staff and students are familiar with lockdowns, but we wish to increase your knowledge of our procedures.

 

It is important to understand that school staff will implement a lockdown and call police if/and when there is any reason to believe that imminent danger to students and staff may exist. At this stage, everyone in the school will move to a secure location, safe from harm. Police will respond to the school and no one will enter or leave, until the situation is resolved.

 

The first instinct of parents/guardians is to either phone the school directly or your child, or to go directly to the school.  You are asked not to do any of these, but instead to understand and follow the procedures outlined in this letter.

 

Roadways need to be kept clear for responding emergency vehicles, and parents and others attempting to drive to the school can slow police and other emergency responders from getting to and securing the area as quickly as possible.  Therefore, if you hear that a lockdown is occurring at your child’s school, do not go to the school. Instead, please wait for messages from the school or the district.  In some instances a staging area could be used.  This area/location would be communicated to parents and parents could go there to receive information provided by the police or school representatives. This location is selected as being far enough from the school to maximize your safety and that of others.

 

Please be assured that every effort will be made to keep you informed. Experience has shown that incorrect information often circulates during an event when it does not come directly from the police or school representatives.  Please note that, for safety reasons, some situations may require that some information be withheld until the situation is resolved. (In lockdown situations you may also contact the school district by calling 856-3222.)

 

Aside from lockdown procedures, your child’s school may also implement a precautionary “Hold & Secure” if there is an unrelated emergency situation occurring outside the building or in the neighbourhood that could potentially present a danger to the school. In this situation all doors to the school are locked and monitored. Classes will generally continue but no one will be allowed to enter or leave the building until the situation is resolved. We also ask that you do NOT go to the school unless asked to do so by school staff.

 

We encourage you to discuss school safety with your child and to address any concerns they may have. If you have any questions about this or any other issue related to the safety and security of the school please contact the school at 734-3700.

 

 

September 11
September Newsletter

September Newsletter

  2020


Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

Welcome back after a very long time! And a special welcome to all who are new to Hillsborough Elementary School.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we start school during a global pandemic.  There are many new ways of doing things at school and we will keep you informed. To begin, the school has an operational plan that is based on the provincial Return to School Plan. Our school plan can be seen on the school website. If you would like a hard copy, please contact the school (734-3700). Some of the highlights of this plan are listed below.  A school newsletter is sent home monthly to provide important information. Our website, as well as talk mail messages 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.

 


Staff


Principal Mrs. S Wilmot

Resource – Mrs. M Judson

Guidance – Ms. J Bamford

Music and French– Ms. L Steeves

French (K-3) – Ms. J Bueno

Kindergarten – Mr. R Thorne

Kindergarten & Gr. 1 –Mrs. G Trail

Gr. 1 – Mrs. C Weber

Gr. 2 – Mrs. K Carter

Gr. 2/3 – Mrs. J Ham

Gr. 3 – Ms. K Ryder

Gr. 4 - Mrs. L Williams

Gr. 5 – Mrs. K Rushton

Admin Assistant – Mrs. A Boutilier

Custodians – Mr. B Paige & Mr. C Jonah

School Hours

8:10  Supervision begins and doors are open for bus arrival and student entry (For student safety, students

should not arrive before 8:10 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

10:00-10:15 Outdoor Recess K-2

10:15-10:30  Outdoor Recess  2/3-5

 

12:00-12:30  Lunch in classrooms- 2/3-5

                        Outdoor recess- k-2

12:30-1:00 Lunch in classrooms - k-2

                     Outdoor recess-  2/3-5

2:00   K-2 dismissal

2:50-3:00   3-5 dismissal  (Staggered 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 (School Cash On-line) given above. The fee for all students is $30. The Home and School Association has covered the cost of agendas. Thank you.

·         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 the toll-free, interactive telephone system.
1-833-202-4304

Please contact the school if you have questions or visit the Anglophone East Website for more information.

 

Our school guidance counsellor for K-5 is Ms. Bamford. She will be at the school Thursdays and Fridays.  As per our 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 (734-3700).

 

 

All student information and signature sheets are on-line.  Forms are accessed on the Anglophone East website under “School Cash”(except for the student data collection form). Please see the district website for directions.

 

Cafeteria Services have not yet been confirmed.  This will be communicated as soon as we have this information.

 

Hillsborough Elementary School- Operational Plan Highlights

 

Each day students should be screened at home, including checking their temperature prior to leaving for school. Parents are responsible for reviewing the screening questions (noted in the document) and only sending their child to school when they are well. Those who have two or more symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home and contact 811 to determine whether COVID-19 testing is required. If COVID-19 testing is required, individuals must follow Public Health advice for returning to school.

 

Students will need to bring a water bottle, clearly marked with their name (and take home for cleaning). Only water bottle fillers will be available in the school. Regular fountain spouts will not be available.

 

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 encouraged in common areas when physical distancing is difficult to maintain.  Masks will be used as a precaution if someone begins to exhibit symptoms of illness at school.  Students 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. 

 

Bussing - All bus students will maintain a minimum of one meter apart while on the bus (and waiting for the bus) and be limited to one student per seat (K-5) unless from the same family.  Students in Grades K-5 are not required to wear a mask on the bus. 

 

Students getting dropped off or walking can arrive at 8:10 or after. These students will enter through the doors at the end beside the parking lot. Physical distancing is required. Dropoff should be a quick transition to avoid a long line up of cars. Students will go directly to their classes following the directional arrows.

 

Access to inside the school is limited to only students and staff to lessen the risk of exposure and facilitate the contact tracing process.  

 

Each class will be its own bubble. Within the bubble, physical distancing is not required. However, each class will distance (2m) from other classes at all times.

Students will still have recess and lunch breaks with their own class.  They will take part in speciality subjects with their own class.  Effort has been made to limit the number of staff with each class. This will help with contact tracing, if needed.

 

Recess times have been adjusted to accommodate four classes outside at a time (K-2, 2/3-5).  Classroom bubbles will be maintained by designating four distinct play areas marked on the playground.

 

Lunch time is divided into two eating times (k-2 and 2/3-5).  While one group eats in their classrooms, the other group will be outside for recess and then they will switch.

 

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.

 

Building Access is limited to the public. Appointments are needed to enter.

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.

 

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

 

Hand sanitation stations are in each class. Students and school personnel are required to wash or sanitize their hands when they arrive,  before they enter/exit any room/gym.  They also must wash/sanitize before and after playground use. Teachers will incorporate handwashing schedules into the school day. 

 

Although teachers will be mindful of communal materials, sharing of some classroom materials will still occur. For example, computers and iPads may still be used between students from the same homeroom. 

 

Shared spaces (used by more than one class) must be cleaned between uses  ie. Chairs wiped, ipads, keyboards, balls etc. Students will assist teachers with this task. Approved cleaning products are available in all classrooms as well as paper towels. 

September 03
HES Operational Plan

​                                       Hillsborough Elementary School

Operational Plan

September 2020

The following plan is based on the provincial Back to School Plans:

Return to School: Direction for School Districts and Schools

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/ed/pdf/ReturnSchool_Districts.pdf

 

Return to School: Guide for Parents and the Public

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/ed/pdf/return-to-school-guide.pdf

The plan will require cooperation and patience as we all learn new procedures and guidelines to ensure a safe and positive learning environment.

This plan will be monitored and is subject to change after we see how the plan works with staff and students.

Before Coming to School

Passive screening is required before staff, students and others are permitted in the school building. They should check their temperature prior to leaving for school and practice self monitoring. Parents are responsible for reviewing the screening questions (noted at the end of this document) with their children prior to leaving for school and only sending their child to school when they are well. Those who have two or more symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home and contact 811 to determine whether COVID-19 testing is required. If COVID-19 testing is required, individuals must follow Public Health advice for returning to school.

 

If a student feels unwell at school, they will be asked to wear their mask in a designated area (room 125) to await pick-up.  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 that your contact information is up to date the first week of classes.  Any changes in your contact information during the school year should be reported to the school.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school, public health will direct the school community on how to proceed.

Students will need to bring a water bottle, clearly marked with their name (and take home for cleaning). Only water bottle fillers will be available in the school. Regular fountain spouts will not be available.

Students will also bring 1-2 community masks to school. Although students must have access to their own mask at school, the use of masks by students and staff inside the classroom is not required.  However, masks will be encouraged in common areas when physical distancing is difficult to maintain.  Masks will be used as a precaution if someone begins to exhibit symptoms of illness at school.  In this situation, students will wait in a designated area (rm 125) until picked up by a parent.

 

Hours of Operation

As it presently stands,  hours of operation will remain the same.  First bell at 8:35 with classes beginning at 8:40.  Grades K-2 will finish at 2pm and grades 3-5 will finish at 3pm however will begin a staggered dismissal at 2:50pm to reduce numbers in the parking lot and loading buses.


Busing and Morning Arrival

The Transportation Department at Anglophone East establishes bus runs and decides who is eligible for pick-up and drops offs.   Busing details are now available on the Anglophone East website or you can call the school (734-3700).

Bus arrival is usually staggered. Bus students will enter from the back of the building under the catwalk and go directly to their homeroom, respecting physical distancing and following the directional arrows. A staff member will be there to help with physical distancing and encouraging the use of masks when distancing is not possible.

For those in need of breakfast, grab and go items will be available in the classrooms.

All bus students will maintain a minimum of one meter apart and be limited to one student per seat unless from the same family.  Students in Grades K-5 are not required to wear a mask on the bus.  Students in Grades 6 -12 will wear a community face mask when entering and exiting the bus.  Additional information on busing can be found in the government’s “Return to School Guide for Parents and the Public”.  The district transportation plan can be seen at:

http://web1.nbed.nb.ca/sites/ASD-E/Documents/Transportation%20Operational%20School%20Plans.pdf

Students getting dropped off or walking can arrive at 8:10 or after when supervision begins. These students will enter through the doors at the end beside the parking lot. Physical distancing is required. Dropoff should be a quick transition to avoid a long line up of cars. Students will go directly to their classes following the directional arrows.

Access to inside the school is limited to students and staff to lessen the risk of exposure and facilitate the contact tracing process.  

 

Physical Distancing and Classes

Directional arrows and appropriate signage are in place to promote physical distancing in common areas. 

Each class will be its own bubble. Within the bubble, physical distancing is not required. However, each class will distance (2m) from other classes at all times.

Students will still have recess and lunch breaks with their own class.  They will take part in speciality subjects with their own class.

Effort has been made to limit the number of staff with each class.  However, students will still see different teachers/staff.  Again, this will help with contact tracing, if needed.

Classroom teachers with each bubble are not required to wear a mask.  Teachers who teach multiple classes are required to distance (2M) or wear a mask within the class.  (The latter includes supply teachers in the building.) Staff will also wear a mask in common areas.

Grades K-2 will remain on the first floor and staying centralized to their own classroom.

Grades 2/3, 3, 4, 5 will remain on the second floor for most classes staying centralized to their main classrooms. They will be able to move between classrooms for some specialties (ex. Phys. Ed) practicing social distance.

Shared spaces must be cleaned between uses  ie. Chairs wiped, ipads, keyboards, balls etc. Students will assist teachers with this task.

 

Approved cleaning products will be available in all classrooms as well as paper towels.

 

Recess and Lunch

Recess times have been adjusted to accommodate four classes outside at a time (K-2, 2/3-5).  Classroom bubbles will be maintained by designating four distinct play areas marked on the playground.  Player areas will be rotated weekly. At the end of recess, they will line up in designated areas to maintain distancing. 

There will be two recess times

10:00-10:15  k-2         

10:15-10:30  2/3-5

Staff will follow the duty schedule. Duty will also include the lining up and dismissal of each class to ensure classes are physically distanced.

 

Students will exit to playground through the front door by the office, when directed by the teacher.

Students will re-enter from the playground through the door by the parking lot when directed by the teacher.

Classes will enter with their own class, the furthest from the door, going first, followed by the others.  This will avoid passing other classes in the hallways.

 

Lunch time will be divided into two eating times (k-2 and 3-5)  While one group eats in their classrooms, the other group will be outside for recess and then they will switch using the same system outlined above. 

12:00-12:30  Grades k-2 outside    Grades 3-5 eating lunch in classrooms

Teacher will line classes up and dismiss using the out door and respecting distancing between classes.

12:30-1:00pm K-2 re-enters building using system outlined above and eats lunch in their classrooms.    

3-5 outside

 

Cafeteria – TBD  (Information will be communcated when received)

If cafeteria services are provided, students will place orders in a bag in each individual classroom by the door.   These will be picked up by an EA and delivered to the cafeteria.

Orders will be delivered to the classes on trays with individual orders at lunch time.

Grab and go items will be available for students who do not have a lunch.

 

HALLWAY/STAIRWAY TRAFFIC

Students and staff will walk on the far-right side.  There will be directional arrows on the floor.

Stairs will be one way.  The stairs by the office will be DOWN only,

                                   The stairs by the parking lot doors will be UP only.

The bus hallway stairs will be used for bus times  or gym use only – Morning arrival (up)  Afternoon dismissal (down).  The gym teachers will use these stairs to transport classes to and from their classes throughout the day.

 

ELEVATOR – to be used by one person only at any one time unless a student needs the elevator then a staff member will accompany the student.  Masks are to be worn when two people occupy the elevator.

 

WASHROOM USE 

Only one student will be permitted in the main hallway washrooms at one time. Only one student will be permitted out of the class at one time.

While in the washroom, physical distancing is required.  While waiting outside the washroom, use spaces on the floor to distance from others.

Masks are encouraged when going to the washroom when unable to physical distance.

Teachers may take a class bubble to the washroom and ensure other students are not in the washrooms so that more than one student from the same class bubble may be in the washroom at the same time.

 

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.

Bus students will be dismissed through the bus doors under the catwalk.

 At 3pm students will be dismissed by class.  Walking students or those being picked up will use the end door by the parking lot.  (After 3pm this door will be used as an exit.) A staggered dismissal will begin at 2:50pm to reduce numbers in the parking lot and loading buses.

​All teachers will dismiss their own classes and will ensure classes are distanced during dismissal.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are asked to promote physical distancing outside of the building.

 

In case of fire staff and students will follow the usual fire procedures  (using the closest exit as posted, leaving immediately (not taking time to get masks), single file with their class and meeting in their safe place with their teacher)  Distancing may not be in place and they may not have masks when this happens. 

 

BUILDING ACCESS

 

Access to the building is limited to the public. Appointments are needed to enter.

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.

Meetings with the teacher will be done by phone or skype whenever possible.

If a face to face meeting is required, this will be scheduled, and physical distancing will be respected.

Anyone entering the building must sign in at the office and include the time and contact information.  (This includes all visitors and district staff, but not school staff)

Visiting staff must keep a log of places and students they interact with. They must also maintain a 2m distance or wear a mask.

 

STAFF and COMMON SPACES

Schedules will limit the number of teachers and EAs with each class.

Staff will respect 2m distance from other staff.

Staff room has a limit of five people at any one time.

Photocopy room has a limit of 2 people.

The main office has a limit of one person besides the admin assistant.

Commonly used items such as copier must be cleaned after each use.

 

HAND WASHING and CLEANING

Custodial staff will be cleaning high traffic areas such as washrooms, handrails and doorknobs as per the Cleaning and Disinfection Standards (Appendix G) in the Return to school Plan September 2020 document.  (Listed at the beginning of this document)

Hand sanitation stations will be in each class and entrances to the school. Students and school personnel are required to wash or sanitize their hands when they arrive,  before they enter/exit any room/gym.  They also must wash/sanitize before and after playground use.

Teachers will incorporate handwashing schedules into the school day. 

Although teachers will be mindful of communal materials, sharing of some classroom materials will still occur. For example, computers and iPads may still be used between students from the same homeroom.  Items will be cleaned  regularly.

Additional details on cleaning can be found in the government’s Back to School Plans listed at the beginning of this document.

Covid cleaning supplies inventory will be monitored by the principal and head custodian.

 

 

Covid 19 Screening Questions:

 

1.      Do you have any of following symptoms:

 • Fever/feverish • Sore throat • Headache • Runny nose • New cough or worsening chronic cough • New onset fatigue or muscle ache • Diarrhea • Loss of taste or smell • In children, purple markings on fingers or toes

 

If you answered YES, and have ONLY ONE symptom, you may phone 811 to discuss COVID-19 testing, but you do not need to self-isolate. As a precaution, please self-monitor for onset of additional symptoms that may develop. If you answered YES, and have 2 OR MORE of the symptoms, then self isolate at home and call 811.

 

2.       If you answer YES to ANY of the following below, then you must stay home and self-isolate for 14 days.

 

 a) Have you had close contact within the last 14 days with a confirmed case of COVID-19?

 b) You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days?

 c) Have you returned from travel outside of Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia within the last 14 days (IF for work purposes, you are not required to self-isolate upon return, but should self-monitor for symptoms)?

d) Have you been told by Public Health told by public health that you may have been exposed to Covid 19.

                          

April 29
Pickup Plan for Student Belongings

HES plan for picking up student belongings

 Anglophone East recently received approval and procedures for student items to be retrieved from schools.

This week teachers are gathering student items and will have them ready next week for pick up.

A schedule has been prepared (see below) so that parents can go to the school at designated times on Wednesday from 3pm -6pm and Thursday 3pm -6pm.

It will be important that the directives from the Chief Medical Officer are followed during pick up.

·        -  Maintain physical distancing (2m)  inside and outside the building

·         - Face Masks are recommended but not required

Please come at the time outlined.  The numbers have been counted to make this as efficient as possible.

Procedure:

1.      1.  Arrive at your designated time and day  (Check the day  designated for your child’s class, then the time based on the student’s last name) 

2.      2.  Enter through the front doors by the office.  Use hand sanitizer when entering.

3.      3.  Collect items from the hallway outside your child’s classroom.

4.       4. Continue down hallway and exit through the doors beside the parking lot.

 

Note – Only one parent is to accompany a student. (Or a parent may come without the student.) If there is more than one student in a family, they may come together with a parent. Choose one of your children’s designated times to come.

If you also have a student at CRHS, you can wait and come on Friday morning when CRHS has designated times.  You may come to HES after you finish at your designated time at CRHS.

The following questions will be asked before entering the building:

(You must be able to answer, “no” to all three questions to enter.)

·         1. Have you travelled outside the province?

·         2. Do you have any symptoms of COVID-19?

·         3. Have you been in contact with an infected person?

 

Wednesday, May 6th:

 

K/1Tingley, 1Weber, 3Trail, 4Williams

 

Thursday, May 7th:

 

KThorne, 2Carter, 2/3Ham, 5Ryder, 5Rushton

 

Student last names beginning with the following letter:

Please come on your assigned day.

 

3:00-3:15    A-B

3:20-3:35    C-E

3:40-3:55     F-H

4:00-4:15     I-L

4:20-4:35     M-O

4:40-4:55     --------

5:00-5:15     P-R

5:20-5:35      S

5:40-5:55      T-Z

 

 

NOTE: Friday morning 9am-11am time is available at HES for families who have students at CRHS as well. You may wait and come at this time.

 

If you have any questions, please call the school (734-3700) and leave a message. Messages are checked daily and we will call back. Thank you​

April 14
Home Learning-Week of April 13

                                                            Home Learning – Week of April 13th

Teachers have been contacting families this past week.  They have communicated with most but have not yet gotten to everyone.  If you see a call, from an unknown number, please answer as this may be your child’s teacher calling.  Thank you.

 1.Teachers are connecting with parents to check-in and talk about possible learning plans at home. They will make a plan for communication in the coming weeks.

 2. Possible learning activities will be shared by the teachers.  You are also welcome to use the district website where more resources are posted.

https://secure1.nbed.nb.ca/sites/ASD-E/SitePages/LearningAtHome.aspx

 

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Some teachers will be suggesting an online math program called DREAMBOX. More information about using this resource can be found under documents on this site or you can use this link:

 

https://secure1.nbed.nb.ca/sites/ASD-E/schools/hillsboroughelementary/School%20Documents/Dreambox%20setup.pdf

 

You are also welcome to continue using the FLORA modules for French activities.  No password is needed.  Directions for this resource can also be found under documents on this site or you can use this link:

 

https://flora.nbed.nb.ca/

 

Thank you for being so welcoming to your child’s teacher.  We look forward to working with you. If you have any questions, you can call the school and leave a message (734-3700). Messages will be checked daily.

 ​

April 07
Home Learning - Week of Apr. 6

​HOME LEARNING

The Minister of Education has introduced a plan to help students learn from home.  It is suggested, where possible that elementary students spend approximately an hour a day engaged in learning activities.  Parents are asked to play a key role in their child’s learning.  It is understood that in our current circumstances, some families may not be able to support the suggestions given.

Home learning options will be made available on-line.

K-2 students will spend an average of an hour a day where possible, focused on literacy and numeracy. Physical activity and free play will also be part of their mental health and skill development.

Grades 3-5 will spend an average of an hour a day where possible, focused on literacy, numeracy and science. In addition, a half hour of reading and a half hour of physical activity is recommended.

 

Week of April 6th at HES 

1.      1.  Teachers are contacting parents this week to talk about current possibilities for learning at home, including internet and device availability.

2.       2. Teachers will make a plan for communicating with our families.

3.       3. To begin, learning options can be found on the Anglophone East Website (See top banner).

    http://web1.nbed.nb.ca/sites/ASD-E/SitePages/LearningAtHome.aspx

Families can choose learning activities for students. Teachers will be following up to make suggestions and answer questions.  Note: If online learning is not available for families, teachers will assist with other options.

4.       4. If you have questions, you can still call the school number 734-3700 and leave a message.  These messages will be checked daily and we will get back to you.

We realize that this is new for everyone and our plans will continue to grow in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience and support. We look forward to connecting with you about learning.​ 


April 03
Mental Health Support
Mental Health Supports in Anglophone District East

Child and Youth Teams - If you are an existing client or experience moderate to severe mental health and/or addiction concerns Available 8am – 4pm Monday - Friday    Phone: 869--6095


School Counsellors - If you would like strategies and tools you can use at home to support positive mental health and wellbeing. Available 8am – 4pm Monday - Friday   Phone: 871-2872  Email: SchoolCounsellingTeam1@nbed.nb.ca

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or text HELLO to 686868 or kidshelpphone.ca     Chimo: 1-800-667-5005

If this is an emergency, call the Mobile Crisis Unit 866-771-7760 Sunday to Sunday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. or call 911​
March 26
A Video For Our Students!

A VIDEO FOR OUR STUDENTS

https://youtu.be/WvC2ZtM2xKw

 

We miss you…see our challenge to find things you are grateful for!

Use #HESGRATEFULNESS to share.

 

Keep reading everyone and practice your math facts😊

We hope to see you soon!

 

HES Staff

 

March 14
Closure Notice

​Memo from Minister Cardy  (Department of Education and Early Childhood)
 
Dear Parents and Guardians, 
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 all schools across the province will be closed for two weeks. This decision was made by the all-party cabinet committee in response to COVID-19.  This closure will be reassessed on an ongoing basis.     
 
Please note, early learning and childcare facilities, including those located in schools, are not being asked to close at this time.  
 
We recognize that you have been receiving lots of information from various sources.  We will continue to send you updated information as it becomes available. The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving and the most recent information is available at www.gnb.ca/coronavirus.
 
For school and early learning and childcare facilities questions, you may call the 1-844-288-3888.
 
The directive that all individuals who have travelled on or after March 9th still applies and travellers are to avoid early learning and childcare centres for a period of 14 days. 
 
Dominic Cardy Minister

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