On behalf of the staff at Georges Vanier Catholic Elementary School, I am happy to welcome you to the 2020/21 school year!
We welcome everyone to our school community. We respect and value all members of our community - students, staff, parents, volunteers, parish, and community partners. We are committed to building and sustaining a positive school climate.
We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child's education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children's success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child's learning by ensuring that he/she:
- Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day's learning experience
- Completes all homework assignments given by teachers
- Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
- Practice math regularly in real life situations (measuring, counting, estimating, etc.)
- Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life
- Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
Please consider joining our school volunteer program as our students can greatly benefit from your involvement and contributions to the school's program and its operations. We seek volunteers to help us with the following activities:
- Catholic Schools Council (Our First CSC meeting will be held virtually on September 30th @ 6:30 PM) to receive an invite email email@example.com
- Breakfast Club (Currently TBD)
- Lunch Time Supervision (Daily 12:00 – 1:30)
- Class Trips (Currently TBD)
(Reminder to begin the Police Check process early – Checks are valid for 3 Calendar Years)School Start Up Reminders
ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL
If your child is going to be late or absent, parents are requested to notify the school, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone. When reporting prolonged absences (3 days or more), parents are required to provide a note explaining the absence and give an anticipated date of return.
Once students arrive at school, they are expected to remain on school property, including lunch. (PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO LEAVING SCHOOL PROPERTY DURING THIS COVID-19 REOPENING). Any change to routines should be accompanied by a note.
STUDENT AND STAFF SCREENING FOR COVID-19
All students and staff must self-screen every day before attending school. Local public health units are currently developing the protocol and will be shared with families prior to return to school. We will provide families and staff with a checklist to perform daily screening of their student before arriving at school.
If a student or staff member is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home from school and should seek testing and appropriate medical attention.
Please check our local public health unit for a list of symptoms: Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Renfrew County District Health Unit
STUDENTS WHO ARE ILL PRIOR TO START OF THE SCHOOL DAY
Parents/guardians are asked to keep their child at home if they are displaying any signs of illness. The child's symptoms, including fever, should be monitored, and they should remain home until they are symptom free. Please seek appropriate medical attention.
STUDENTS WHO BECOME ILL DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
If a student becomes ill at school the parents/guardians will be contacted immediately. The student will be isolated with supervision in a designated health room/area until pick-up can be arranged. Students can return to school once they are no longer symptom free.
Please ensure updated medical and emergency contact information is provided to your school.
VISITORS, VOLUNTEERS, PARENT / GUARDIAN ACCESS
Visitors will be by appointment only and will go through administrators (e.g. essential workers, required transition meetings, suspension meetings
Visitors must self-screen and are required to wear a mask while on school premises.
ARRIVAL BY BUS (BUS LOOP – YARD GATE ENTRY)
Upon arrival at school, buses will be parked in the bus loop. Only ONE bus will off-load at a time.
STUDENTS IN KINDERGARTEN
Kindergarten students will be met at the bus and escorted to their classroom by staff
STUDENTS IN GRADES 1-8
Once students are off the bus they will make their way to their class lines (See Map Below) The map below indicates the approximate location for each of the lines. Students will wait (socially distanced). The teacher will meet their class at this location and will provide students with hand sanitizer to disinfect their hands. Teachers will supervise entry via their designated entrance/exit. Classes will proceed directly into their classroom.
ARRIVAL VIA DROP OFF
Parents are asked to remain in their vehicle. Students will exit from the passenger side of the vehicle and enter immediately into the primary yard (West Side Gate near Parking lot) and proceed to their class line. Parents will then pull away, so that the next parent can pull forward, and so on.
Kindergarten students will be met by staff and will be escorted directly to their classroom
Any students arriving after 9:15 will remain in the car with parent (parked in the lot), until buses have safely left the school parking lot. Students will then proceed to the front entrance, press the bell for entry and go directly to class upon buzz in entry.
END OF THE DAY DISMISSAL BY BUS
Students will line up in their designated BUS area with staff. One bus at a time will board the bus.
Students who ride one of the late buses will be asked to remain in their designated bus area until all buses are loaded.
Students will wait (socially distanced).
END OF THE DAY DISMISSAL / PICK UP
Students who are being picked up at the end of the day will make their way to the Primary gate (West Side Gate near Parking lot). They will stand as individuals or families, socially distant from other students.
To ensure the safety of our students and families we are implementing some new procedures
- THERE IS NO PARKING IN LANEWAYS – CARS MUST BE PARKED IN DESIGNATED PARKING SPOTS (IF NO SPOTS ARE AVAILABLE PARENTS MUST USE SIDE STREETS
- PARENTS ARE REMINDED TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE ON SCHOOL PROPERTY DURING PICK UP
- WHEN YOU ARE UNABLE TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED
HEALTH & SAFETY
Schools will provide two-metre spacing as much as possible and try to reduce face-to-face interaction. Because physical distancing is not possible in most schools, masks are mandatory for staff and students.
Grades K to 8 will be required to wear masks while indoors at school, this includes classrooms and common areas such as hallways.
Families will be encouraged to provide their students with masks. Should students forget or damage their mask, schools will be equipped with masks to supply to students in need (Please note our supply is limited)
Any students who are exempt from wearing masks, families need to contact the school principal. Students and staff may lift their mask to take a sip of water. The mask does not need to be fully removed. Masks will be removed to eat snacks and lunch. Lanyards, for the purpose of holding on to masks will not be permitted due to the increased risk of choking.
HAND SANITIZER AND HAND WASHING
Hand sanitizer will be placed at the front entrance of every school and in every classroom. Should hand sanitizing supplies become limited, hand sanitizer will be placed at the front entrance of every school and in every classroom where other hand washing facilities are not readily available. Classrooms with running water will continue to be supplied with hand soap and paper towels.
PERSONAL BELONGINGS AND BACKPACKS
Personal belongings brought to school should be minimized. All personal belongings will remain with the student.
Backpacks are permitted, although backpack items should be limited as they will remain at the student's desk. Backpacks will travel to and from school daily.
As protocols are learned and practiced, kindergarten students and primary classes may use designated cubbies or labeled hooks for personal belongings while adhering to physical distancing. Indoor shoes are permitted.
All students are permitted to bring their own technological device to school, if possible. This allows for less sharing of technological devices among students. All schools have wifi.
At Georges Vanier we understand the importance technology has in today's environment and it is our goal to teach students ethical practices when it comes to the use of technology. Having said that students are permitted only to use technology in classrooms as directed by the classroom teacher. Students are not to use their technology on the school yard, in the halls or in the bathroom due to privacy and safety concerns. This will also stay in line with our promotion of Health Active Living during recess times and foster social development.
Valuable items are brought to school at the owner's risk and should be kept away. The school is not responsible for items that go missing or are damaged during the course of the day.
Students have access to a school phone and with a teacher's permission they may call home. Parents are requested to contact their child through the office during the instructional day and not via personal devices.
LUNCH HOUR AND STUDENT NUTRITION PROGRAMS
GEORGES VANIER WILL HAVE STAGGERED LUNCHES THIS YEAR BETWEEN 12:10 – 1:20
- All students are required to bring their own lunch and snacks to school. Students will not share lunch or snacks with other students.
- Staff and students will perform proper hand hygiene before and after eating.
- Elementary students will remain in their classrooms at their designated desks during the lunch break. Supervisors will circulate between classrooms ensuring student safety and well-being.
- The milk program and pizza/sub days will not take place at this time.
- The Food for Learning program will not be running at its previous capacity, students should bring a packed lunch and snacks each day. Further details will be provided when additional information becomes available.
In order to limit need for movement within the classroom during Nutrition Break times, we will be implementing a Boomerang Lunch at Georges Vanier this year.
This means that any unfinished lunch items, packing, etc. will be returned to the student's lunch bag and taken home at the end of each day (we will not be throwing out unfinished items, or recycling any packaging).
The use of sealable, reusable containers is highly recommended, to save mess in student lunch pails and inadvertent spills.
WATER FOUNTAINS AND BOTTLE FILLING
Students should bring a filled water bottle every day. Students will have access to the water bottle filling stations.
Drinking water fountains will not be available.
RECESS AND OUTDOOR SPACE
Recess breaks will be staggered in accordance with the overall size of our outdoor space and the availability of supervisors, while making sure staff and students have the proper opportunities to adhere to physical distance guidelines.
Play structures will be accessible only when students use hand sanitizer on exit/entry to playgrounds and provided by the classroom teacher.
Students are not required to wear masks while outside for recess or breaks.
Georges Vanier Catholic Elementary School
100 Tracey St E, Belleville ON K8P 5B6
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