Dear ASD-S Families,
There has been a lot of information shared from the
province’s Return to School plan in the last couple of weeks, and we wanted to
share a few key reminders to help families as you prepare for the start of
Return to School
- Every student is expected to have a clean community mask
with them every day.
- Masks must be washed frequently and should be labeled with
the child’s name.
- Students in K-5 should wear them in common areas when they
are outside of their class bubbles inside the building (e.g. going to the
washroom, visiting the resource teacher, etc. )
- Students in grades 6-12 must use masks in common areas outside of
their classes, such as in the hallways, lockers, lobbies, and stairwells.
- Students should also have masks on as they approach and
board the school buses.
- Students in 6-12 will need to wear masks on the buses.
- Students are more likely to be comfortable wearing a mask if
they see members of their family wearing a mask at appropriate times, too.
- If you
are providing your child with their own hand sanitizer, please make sure it is free
of added scents.
- Water fountains will be replaced in September with bottle
filling stations. Please provide your child with a reusable water
bottle, labelled with their name and clean it regularly.
- Schools with cafeterias will not have service right away. Cafeterias will re-open through the
months of September to November. Please plan to pack your child a lunch
until you have confirmed their cafeteria service has resumed.
- In schools with no cafeterias, we will work to continue
breakfast/lunch programs following guidelines from Public Health, however
please plan on providing your child breakfast and lunch until you confirm these
services are in place.
- Be sure to have a plan in place for picking up your child in
the event that they become unwell at school.
- Please review this
document prepared by our Healthy Learner Nurses for an overview of what
is new and what you should know about COVID-19.
- Schools have released their staggered entry schedules.
Please contact your school if you have not received the dates for your
child(ren)’s first day back.
- Administrative staff have returned to schools. If you need
to update your contact information, please reach out to your child(ren)’s
school so you can be sure to receive the latest information.
- Teaching staff will be returning to schools on August 31 to
begin prepping learning areas and prepare for the start of the new year.
- School Operational Plans will be released to parents on
September 3. These may be emailed to
families from your child(ren)’s school or posted to their websites.
- Be sure to double check BusPlanner
prior to the first day of school to verify your child(ren)’s busing details.
For those who have had issues logging on, or who identified incorrect
information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Be positive about returning. Yes, there will be some new
processes and routines, but it is also exciting to have students back with
their friends and teachers.
- Students have been out of the school routine for many months
and it is natural that they may have some anxiety about returning. Some
students will benefit from practicing their morning routine before the first
day of school, including following their route to school and walking around the
- Know that your child may want to talk about their concerns,
fears, and questions. Let them talk about their feelings and reassure them with
honest, age appropriate information.
- Be aware that children will model their family’s attitudes
about returning. Modelling calmness and excitement to return may go a long way
in reducing a child’s nerves.
- When your children asks what will be different about school,
answer honestly and with what information you do know. Let your child know that
time will be taken to ensure they feel comfortable with the changes at school,
and that new rules and procedures will be well explained. We’ve staggered the
start dates for all grades to help ease everyone back.
- A week or so before the first day back, restore school night
bedtimes and morning wake-up routines so that your child doesn’t have to adjust
to too many changes simultaneously. This is equally important in the older
grades, as sleep schedules can become very out of sync.
- More information about talking to your child about COVID-19
can be found on the ASD-S website.
School Operational Plans will be released on September 3,
2020. These documents will answer many questions about your child’s Return to
School. Please continue to watch for emails, or monitor our website, Twitter and
Facebook for updated information. We know detailed and timely communication is
important as we head back to school.
Thank you for your patience and your support as we work through the
re-opening of our schools. The health
and safety of your children is our priority.