Information for First School Day, Tuesday, September 8th

The first day of school is now right around the corner. We are so excited to welcome all the students on Tuesday, September 8th. Just a reminder that students in grade 1-6 will have a regular school day. Students in Kindergarten will not be starting until 9:30 on the first day. Kindergarten parents can use the bus loop to drop students off on the first day of school.

Student Pre-Screening:

A pre-screening checklist will be sent home with students on the first of school. You can also access it by clicking on the follow link:
https://edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Screening-Student-Aug-28-2020.pdf
This pre-screening has to be done daily by parents for each child before they come to school.

Drop-off Procedures:

If you are dropping off your student for school, please be aware that there is potential that there could be a long line-up of parents waiting to drop off their children. We are asking for your cooperation and patience as we all work together to ensure the safety of our students. We will only be unloading a number of cars at a time. Parents must remain in their vehicle. Students can only exit the vehicle when a staff member signals that it is okay to do so. This year, drop-off will look a bit different. We will have the roadway and vehicles will be directed to pull up into the loop closest to the front door. Only when directed within this loop can students disembark from their vehicle. The first car within the loop will be directed to pull up to the end of the loop. There will be staff members out front directing parents and students. Please make sure that your child knows that they need to get out of the car quickly as there will be others waiting in line. Please have your child practice unbuckling their seatbelt. If they need help, a staff member will assist. Educational Assistants will be there to meet specific students who may need assistance.

Door Entrances for Students
Students in 6B and 6D will be located in the mobiles. These students are to go to the entrance closest to the bus loop to get into the mobiles.
Students in Grade 5, as well as 6A and 6C are to go around to the bus loop to enter the school through the grade 5/6 wing doors.
Students in Grade 3 and 4 will use a new entrance on the side of the 3/4 wing closest to the library. There are wooden stairs leading up to the doorway.

Students in Grade 2 are to go to the gym side of the school and enter through the gym doors.
Students in Grade 1B and 1C are to use the front doors to enter the school.
Students in KC, KD, and 1A are to enter the school using the Kindergarten door closest to the bus loop.
Students in KA and KB are to enter the school using the Kindergarten door closest to the K/1 playground.
End of the Day Pick-Up
At the end of the day, it is really important that parents do not congregate at the 5/6 doors to wait for their child. We have very strict procedures in place at school where we are keeping students separated and within their cohort. If parents are waiting out at the grade 5/6 door, there will be way too many people mixing and impossible to do contact tracing in the even of a positive case.  At the end of the day, teachers will be bringing all students out (except for Hangout students). They will ensure that their students going on the bus get on first. Students who are biking and walking will also be dismissed at this time. The teachers will then be walking students who are getting picked up to the front of the school.

Parents are asked to meet their child at the doors indicated above based on their class. Please remember that parents need to practice physical distancing, and it is strongly recommended that you wear a non-medical mask. Please make sure that you are standing at least 15 feet away from the door entrances. Please stay where you are standing, and your child will come to you.

Access to the School
Just a reminder that if parents need to pick up a student during the school day, you are asked to remain in your vehicle and call the school. We will send your child out to meet you. We really need to minimize parent access to the school unless it is an emergency situation. Parents who have children in the Hangout Program are also not permitted in the school. You will need to call the Hangout program to let them know your child has arrived, and also call the Hangout Program when you are there to pick up your child.

Labelling Student Belongings
Please label your child’s belongings, especially clothing and footwear.

Water Bottles/Lunch
Our water fountains are closed off due to Covid-19. Please make sure your child brings one or two water bottles to school each day. If your child needs a utensil for their lunch, please make sure you send it to school with them in their lunch bag. Just a reminder that the food program will not start until September 14th. Students will need to bring their snack and lunch with them.

Forms Package
A forms package will be going home on the first day. It is very important that you review it and send it back the next day.
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Back to School Information

Dear Families,

After almost six months apart, the West Royalty Elementary School staff is super excited to welcome students back to our building! The first day of school for all of our students is Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Our 1-6 students will be starting at the regular time. We are asking that our Kindergarten students not arrive until 9:30 a.m. (first day of school only).

COVID-19 has changed what our school and school day will look like, but it has not changed the quality of education, or the care and support that your child will receive here at West Royalty Elementary School. All parents and students will need to follow our school’s operational plan. Please make sure you review it prior to the first day of school. https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/publication/west-royalty-elementary-school-operational-plan

There will be many changes to routines in September. Among the changes are as follows:

  • All students who ride a school bus will be required to wear a mask. It is strongly recommended that all students (whether coming on a bus, car, bike or walking) wear a non-medical mask while they are coming into the building and until they get to their classroom.
  • It is strongly recommended that staff and students wear a mask when they are transitioning in the hallways and when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Our school will receive enhanced cleaning. We have two additional cleaning staff, each for 4 hour shifts, during the school day to help with cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Students will come directly into the school upon arrival in the morning (instead of early morning playground time) and proceed directly to their classrooms. 
  • If you haven’t paid the $40 school supply fee, you can still pay it by doing an e-transfer to mhcoles@edu.pe.ca.
  • Students will be engaged in increased hand washing/sanitizing throughout the school day.
  • Parents/guardians will not be permitted to enter the school except in exceptional circumstances.
    – Please make sure students have their lunches with them when they come to school.
    – If you need to pick up your child for an appointment during the school day, you will need to call the school office. We will send your child out to meet you. 
  • We will be running both our school food program, as well as the Provincial Food Program. These programs will not be up and running the first week of school (Sept 8-11). We are hoping they will be ready to go for September 14th. More information to follow on the food programs. Please make sure your child comes to school with their snack/lunch.
  • Students will each have their own school supplies to use. Sharing of other school related books and materials will be limited, and students will be required to wash their hands before using these shared resources.
  • Water fountains will be shut off. Students are asked to bring one or two water bottles with them for use during the school day.
  • Teachers are in the process of contacting parents of their students (either by phone or e-mail) to let  them know what classroom they are in. If you haven’t heard from your child’s teacher by noon on Friday, please contact the school office.

We have always had a large volume of parents dropping off students in the morning, and a fair number picking students up at the end of the day. We are anticipating that there may be an increase in volume of traffic both at drop off and pick-up times. We want to make sure that parents are very clear that the drop-off and pick-up process will look different this year, and it will likely not be a quick process (easily in the first couple of weeks). Please be prepared to wait in traffic.

We will send out more information by September 7th about drop-off and pick-up procedures for September 8th. 

For students who will be traveling to school by bus, please make sure you check the Bus Planner for up-to-date information about bus routes/pick-up/drop off times, etc.
https://psbbusing.princeedwardisland.ca/

We are doing some school tours on Thursday, September 8th for new students in grade 1-6. If you are new to our school community, and you would like to come in for a quick tour of the school, please call the school office to get an appointment time. We are asking that all visitors wear masks for these tours.

We all have a role to play in helping students feel safe and supported when they return to school. We are all in this together. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Sincerely,
Marilyn MacLean

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Dear PSB Families –

Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year!  We are excited to be returning to in-person learning in schools next week and look forward to seeing your children.  All schools have been working hard to prepare for the return to school and will provide you with specific details about your child’s school.

We would like to provide you with some information that applies to all 56 schools in the Public Schools Branch.

Back To School Website – All school operational plans can be found on the Back to School Website.  https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/back-school

Communication with Parents – Schools work hard to provide excellent communication and information to parents on a wide variety of school specific matters.  The PSB will provide parents with  system related information through the following.  Check us out!

PSB website (https://edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/)

PSB Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/publicschoolsbranch)

PSB Instagram (https://instagram.com/psbpei/)

PSB Twitter (https://twitter.com/PSBPEI)

 Pre-Screening your Children – Every morning we ask that you check-in with your child to see how they are feeling.  Your school will provide you with a pre-screening checklist that will help to decide if your child should come to school.  If your child is feeling unwell and is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that they stay home and suggest you call 811 or your healthcare provider for information.  The pre-screening checklists can also be found on the PSB website and PSB social media. https://edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/

At School – If you child feels unwell while at school, a staff person will call you and ask you to come pick up your child.  If the child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, the school will suggest you call 811 or your healthcare provider.  If your child is advised to get tested for COVID-19, your child must remain home until a negative result is found.  Others in the household do not need to self-isolate at this time.  If your child is not tested for COVID-19, they should still remain home until symptoms improve and they are feeling well.  We appreciate your support with these unexpected circumstances.

COVID-19 Positive Case in Schools – Schools and the PSB have developed a protocol in the event of a student or staff person testing positive for COVID-19.  This would include timely communication with those impacted, working collaboratively with CPHO to determine contact tracing and case-by-case decision making on if classes, cohorts or schools would need to remain home.

Contact Information – Please ensure your contact information is up-to-date at your school.  It is important that the school can reach you or a caregiver for your child when necessary.

Alternate Arrangements – Sometimes unpredictable events occur that require your child to go home from school early.  Please ensure alternate arrangements are made in the event that your child needs to go home when feeling unwell or in the event of an early school closure due to a power outage, inclement weather, etc..

Visitor’s in Schools – Schools remain welcoming environments to students, staff and visitors.  With our ongoing focus on student and staff safety, visitors in schools will be reduced and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  We encourage parents and other visitors to limit the number of visits to schools.

Meet the Staff Events – Many schools usually host mid-September “Meet the Staff” events to provide parents an opportunity to meet the staff at each school.  At this time, PSB schools will not be hosting in-person events.  If you have questions or concerns, we encourage parents to reach out to their child’s teacher.

Masks in Schools – Please visit the PSB Guidelines for Return to School 2020 to see the new masking guidelines.  https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/back-school  It will be important for us all to work together to help students understand the guidelines.  Please purchase a personal, non-medical mask for your child and talk to them about wearing it. Please watch these videos with your children before school!

Mask Video 1 – https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/wearing-masks-and-ppe-schools

Mask Video 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzXZcOObiyo

Before/After school activities – All before and after school activities have been “paused” during the school start up.  Schools will communicate further when this changes.

Helpful Videos – A few other videos that you may find helpful are below.  Please take some time to watch them with your children.

Back to School Info – https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/keeping-everyone-safe

Younger children – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOclshVIKss

Older children – https://youtu.be/jlnqaXoPm_o

Physical Distancing –

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/physical-distancing-schools

Thank you for your ongoing support with Back to School 2020!  See you soon!

Public Schools Branch

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Healthy School Food Program

Dear parents/guardians:

We have some exciting news to share with you all; the province’s new Healthy School Food Program will be rolling out this fall.

Healthy, nutritious food is important for student achievement. Working with the Government of Prince Edward Island, we want to ensure that nutritious lunches are available to as many students as possible.

The Healthy School Food Program will provide an opportunity for families to order healthy lunches five days a week. Meals will be prepared and delivered directly to schools at lunch time by local food service providers. Nut free, gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options will be available.

The new Healthy School Food Program will be Pay What You Can.

As of today, families can now prepare for the upcoming school year by registering for the program here: www.peischoolfood.ca.

Once you’ve registered, you will receive your login and password via email, along with a welcome information package between September 1 -7, 2020. This username and password will allow you to login into the ordering platform once it is active. Therefore, registration is required to participate.

If a family needs to reach a support staff, they can by email at peischoolfood@edu.pe.ca or by calling 902-438-4895.

The Healthy School Food Program will run alongside our school’s existing hotlunch program. If you choose to order food from the existing program, you will continue to order via the Hotlunch.net site: https://westroyalty.hotlunches.net

Stay tuned, as further details about the New Healthy School Food Program will be directed to your email (Don’t forget to check your junk mail)!

Sincerely,

Marilyn MacLean,

Principal

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2020-21 School Supply Fee

If you have not paid your $40 school supply fee and would like to do this rather than purchase your child’s school supplies, you can still do so.

Please send an E-transfer to Michele Coles at mhcoles@edu.pe.ca.  Please include your child’s name and grade level along with answer to the security question.

You can also pay in cash at the school office between the hours of 8:00 am – 3:30pm.

 

 

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