School Re-Entry Update

School Re-Entry Update
Posted on 08/24/2020
School Re-Entry Update

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. As a division and school staff we are working hard to put in place routines and procedures that will help our students, staff and community stay safe and healthy. To help our students learn the many new procedures, we will be implementing a staggered start to the school year. This means that each grade will have two school days during the first week of school (Aug 31st - Sept 4) Below is the schedule for each grade:

High Prairie Elementary Staggered Start

Aug 31
Sept 1
Sept 2
Sept 3
Sept 4 
 Grd 2
Grd 4
Grd 6
Grd 1
Grd 3
Grd 5 
Grd 4
Grd 6 

Kindergarten (Meeting with Parents-scheduled appointment via Google meet Teachers will be communicating this schedule)
 Grd 2
Grd 5

Kindergarten (Small group scheduled student orientation - Teachers will be communicating this schedule)
Grd 1
Grd 3 

This staggered start will provide your children with lots of adult support as they learn the new routines and procedures. Parents and other community members will not be permitted to walk through the school. If you would like to speak with personnel in the office, please phone the school (780-523-4531) and we will arrange a time to have an in person meeting. Throughout the school year and dropping your child off at school, please drop them off at the playground before the first bell rings (8:30am). Teachers will be escorting their class into the building from the playground. If your child is late, please phone the office, stay with your child at the flagpole entrance and a staff member will be there as soon as possible to lead your child into the building. Students from grades 4-6 are required to wear a mask in common areas in school, in class when they are required to face another person in close proximity, and on the bus. Kindergarten to grade 3 will be required to wear a mask only when they are required to face another person in close proximity.

Throughout the school, we have a variety of new procedures to help keep everyone safe. When the bell rings to come into the building, classes will line-up outside on the playground in a spot designated by each teacher. This will allow the classes to come into the school in a more controlled capacity so there is not overcrowding in the hallways. The school will split into three recess times in the morning and during lunch to avoid crowding on the playground and in the boot rooms. The school is divided into sections: grade k, 1, and 2 wing, grade k, 3, and 4 wing, and grade 5, 6 wing. Students will not be permitted to wander in a different wing that is not their own. Our French Teacher will come to each class rather than the students coming to the French classroom. This will cut down on students having to share a seating area with other students.

When you send your child to school each morning, please go through the screening process below.

Screening Questionnaire

1. Do you, or your child attending the program, have any of the below symptoms:
a. Fever
b. Cough
c. Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
d. Sore throat
e. Chills
f. Painful swallowing
g. Runny nose/nasal congestion
h. Feeling unwell / Fatigued
i. Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
j. Unexplained loss of appetite
k. Loss of sense of taste or smell
l. Muscle/joint aches
m. Headache
n. Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

2. Has the attendee travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?

3. Has the attendee had close contact* with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

4. Has the attendee had close contact with a symptomatic** close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

* Face-to-face contact within 2 metres. A health care worker in a occupational setting wearing the recommended personal protective equipment is not considered to be a close contact.
** ‘Ill/symptomatic’ means someone with COVID-19 symptoms on the list above

If you have answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, please DO NOT enter the school at this time. You should stay home and use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to determine whether you need to be tested for COVID-19.

If you have answered “No” to all the above questions, you may attend school.

With social distancing in place, we are asking all parents to pre-label your child’s school supplies. This will help limit the movement around the classroom on the first day. Please label everything such as binders, scribblers, duo tangs, pencil cases, shoes, pencils, rulers, erasers, pencil sharpeners, scissors. A great example of organizing your child’s supplies before the first day might look like having the pencil crayons and markers already out of the box and placed into one pencil case and all the pens, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, scissors, highlighters unwrapped and placed into the second pencil case. Doing this bit of labelling and organizing will help your child with some of the social distancing on the first day of school.

If you are choosing to keep your child at home this year and choose to stay with HPE, we, High Prairie School Division, look forward to providing you with at home learning. Please contact me via email before August 26th if you are considering this option and we will work together to support your child in having a successful school year.

I look forward to cultivating a strong partnership with you throughout the year to ensure the best learning environment for your child. We are going to have a wonderful year. See you on August 31st.


Kim Corless
High Prairie Elementary School

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