Important Updates for Back to School

Dear students and parents,

As we begin the 2020 – 2021 school year, we would like to welcome all new and returning students and staff.  Our staff is so excited to see all of our students on September 8th and we are eager to get our school year started.  This school year will see many changes in the movement and interactions during the school day, but one thing that has not changed is our commitment to providing a learning environment that is safe, nurturing, creative, and supportive.  We understand that you may be experiencing a level of anxiousness with the new protocols we have put into place, but we are here to help and support you during this time of change.

One change in our daily routine is the morning drop off and school entrance. In the morning, parents will be dropping off their child(ren) at the front corner of the school.  Students will exit the vehicle and parents you are to exit through the roadway in front of the school and out the front driveway.  Parents you must remain in your vehicle.  Students in grades K-3 will enter the school at the back door and students in grade 4-8 will enter through the side door.  This will allow students the ability to enter their cohort zones directly.

At the end of the day we will have a staggered dismissal.  All students will be dismissed from their cohort entrance, but unlike the morning routine, parents will be able to park in the back parking lot to pick up their child(ren).  Bus students will be dismissed at 3:00, students being driven will be dismissed at 3:05 and walkers will be dismissed at 3:10.  Similar to the drop off protocols, parents will be unable to exit their vehicle.

The Public Schools Branch has hired a cleaner to clean common areas and surfaces throughout the day.  This will be in conjunction with the regular cleaning that already happens.  As announced on Friday, the CPHO and the Department of Education now require that all students travelling on a bus must wear a mask.  Also, students and staff in grades 7 and 8 are now required to wear a mask while transitioning from class to class or during emergency procedures.  It is strongly recommended that students in grades K to 6 wear a mask during transition times and emergency procedures.  All students will need a mask with them during the school day.

 

If you have not already read our operational plans, here is the link:

Click to access georgetown_elementary_planning_template.pdf

We encourage you to read our plan and contact us to discuss any questions or concerns.

If there are more general questions you may have, this link has been created to help assist you with the answers. We encourage you to consider this as well:
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/back-to-school-faqs

We appreciate your support and look forward to working together.  Please call the school if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Sheryll O’Hanley

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