McLeod Elementary

September 2020 Newsletter.

Correction: School Pictures on October 27th, not October 17th. 

StrongStart Announcement now included. 

The McLeod StrongStart program will commence at the end of September. Please contact bryz@sd59.bc.ca for details. 

welcome back

September 8, 2020

Dear Students from Christy Fennell, SD59 Superintendent
(Parents/Caregivers please direct your child to read this or read it to them.  Thank you.)
 
Welcome Back!
 
We have finally arrived at our first week back to school.  For some of you this is your first time back since before Spring Break.  We are excited to see you and we have missed you.  We can’t wait to show you our new way of doing things.  You probably already know that your school will look different on the inside and some daily routines will change. You may have specific entrances to go to, different breaks and lunch times, and you may be told that you have to stay in a certain area while using the playground.  Even though things will be different, I know that you will adapt to these changes and still have fun while at school.  Plus, you may even find that you like some of these new rules, because with less students on the playground, you might even get more time to spend on your favourite equipment or playing your favourite games.

Read the full letter below.

September 4, 2020

 

When Child is Sick

 

All schools will follow the same process when a child becomes ill while at school:

  1. The child will be separated from the class and moved to a supervised area away from other students and staff.  
  2. The child's parent/caregiver will be called immediately and asked to pick them up as soon as possible.
  3. The students will be provided with a mask and will remain in the isolated area until they are picked up.
  4. Spaces the student recently used will be cleaned/disinfected.
  5. Parents/caregivers will be given a letter outlining that they must keep the child at home until they have been assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, AND their symptoms have resolved.  An example of the letter is provided in the link below.
  6. The school will call the parent/caregiver later in the day to follow up on the child's progress.

 

Sample Letter to Parent

 

 

September 4th, 2020

On September 10th students will be returning to classrooms for in-class instruction.  Schools have been reaching out by phone, e-mail, and posting information on their social media and school websites that outlines what returning to school will look like. 

For parents who still have concerns about returning to in-class instruction,  please connect with your principal who can guide you through the process of what options and support the District can put in place for your child.  The District and our schools are working hard to be flexible, address concerns, and provide supports that meet the needs of all students and parents in School District 59.  

If you have considered options outside of our district or homeschooling, please contact your school principal or Director of Instruction Paul Chisholm, to discuss your concerns prior to making your final decision.  We can provide you with information about what the District will be offering to parents and children who have concerns about returning to face-to-face instruction.  

Please check the SCHOOL DIRECTORY for your school's contact number, or contact Director of instruction, Paul Chisholm at 250-782-8571.

September 8/9- Staff Orientation Days

September 10- Traditional first day for grades 1-7. School starts two hours late and ends one hour early (10:53am to 1:38pm). Kindergarten students orientation day (Kindergarten students- parents please call Mr. McKechnie/Mrs. Doornbos to set up a time if you have not already 250 843 7374 for a quick K orientation and meeting with the teacher. Appointments will be set 15 minutes at a time. 

September 11- First full day grades 1-7. Kindergarten group 1 will attend. 

September 14- Full day grades 1-7. Kindergarten group 2 attends. Group 1 does not attend this day. 

September 15- FULL DAY ALL STUDENTS! :)

If questions, please call Mr. McKechnie at 250 843 7374 or email at jmckechnie@sd59.bc.ca

August 26, 2020 

Dear Parents/Caregivers: 

School District 59 (PRS) is excited to be welcoming students back to Stage 2. Since March families have been dealing with constant change to the education model. Once again, we are asking that you work with us in this new change. Teachers and principals are working together to develop plans for their school that meet the needs of all learners. Quality education and safety are our top priorities. Our goal is to maximize face to face instruction because that is the best model for students to thrive. 

The School District 59 Restart Plan for K-12 Education in Stage 2 has been approved by the Ministry of Education. Here is an overview of the most important things for you to know. More detail is provided in the links at the end of this document. Next week, schools will publish individualized school plans on their website. The last week has been focused on creating learning groups/cohorts, decreasing the amount of people that students and teachers come in contact with, in a day, and decreasing the amount of transitions students and teachers have in the school. 

Click here to read the full document. 

SD59 Stage 2 Documents (Updated September 3, 2020):

We are all doing our part to maintain safety during the COVID-19 pandemic and are looking forward to students being back in school.  It is very important that all drivers have an up-to-date passenger list at all times; therefore, if your child will not be riding the bus, we ask that you contact the Transportation Department at 250-782-2106 to advise.

Please complete a health assessment on your child each day prior to accessing bus service.  The Daily Health Check List is attached.  Children who are sick must stay home. Children who develop symptoms while at school will not be permitted to return home on a school bus and should be picked up by a parent or guardian.  We are not able to transport students who are ill or showing symptoms.

School Supplies

Parents are reminded that school supplies can be provided for students for a fee of $40, payable at the office. 

Erase Bullying

Erase is all about building safe and caring school communities. This includes empowering students, parents, educators and the community partners who support them to get help with challenges, report concerns to schools, and learn about complex issues facing students.

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