Good afternoon Lakeview Lion Families!
We hope you are enjoying a restful summer! What an interesting school start up!
You will be receiving more detailed information as we continue to work though the start up process but we wanted to share a few items now so you can start preparing for our return. I also want to encourage you to check our RBE website, School website, Twitter feed and SCC Facebook page for the most current information as things are literally changing every few days. The local news is also a good place to check for updates.
With a population of around 325 students the average class will have 28 students. Some students will be seated in desks, in pairs, facing forward, but we will not be able to maintain a 2 metre distance between students in most classrooms. Students in grades 4-8 and all staff will therefore wear masks (please purchase more than one) and students in grades K-3 will be encouraged to do so as well. Please have students practice wearing a mask before the start of school.
Students will remain in their classroom groups – or cohorts – for the day. Specialist teachers, learning resource teachers, administration, educational assistants, etc., will interact with the cohort in their space to avoid having the students move about. Students will also eat in their room with the same cohort. We encourage as many students as possible to go home for lunch. The library and gyms will be closed to start the school year.
Students will not work in the hallways or breakout rooms as we are accustomed to doing. All soft and supplementary furniture has been stored to allow our facility staff the time to do a thorough cleaning every night and reduce the temptation to mix groups.
We have 2 entry/exit doors for our students. Classes will be called in one by one from the playground to avoid congestion in the boot room. They will meet their teacher at the entry/exit door, and he/she will walk them back to class. Parents will not be allowed on the playground during school hours. Parents will not be allowed in the school unless it is an emergent situation. We encourage phoning the school or emailing the teacher to communicate. Families with primary children are encouraged to start practicing now where you will meet your child at the end of the day if walking. Please avoid the front of the school as that area is for cabs and busses.
Recesses have been moved in order to limit the coming and going from classrooms but will be used primarily to stagger entering and exiting the building. Our new hours are:
8:53-9:08 – Morning recess
9:08 – 11:45 – Morning classes
11:45 – 12:45 – Lunch and 1 recess (staggered)
12:45 – 3:22 – Afternoon classes
3:22 – 3:37 – Afternoon recess
We ask that students not coming by bus come as close to 9:05 as possible to avoid overcrowding. The same applies at 3:22. Students who have their parents’ permission will be free to make their way home rather than stay for recess at the end of the day.
Students transported by bus will receive their new schedules from the transportation office. Masks will be mandatory for all students riding the bus.
You will be contacted by your classroom teacher prior to the beginning of school by email or a phone call as we can not host a Bring Your Backpack Night this year. They will introduce themselves, share the routine for day 1, and answer questions you may have.
Grades 1-8- The first day of school is September 8th, however the school start up will be staggered. This means that not all students will start and attend school at the same time during the first week. Students with the last name A-K will come on the 8th and 10th. Students with the last name L-Z will come on the 9th and 11th. Families with different last names in the same family unit can come in the L-Z group. The reason for the staggered start is to help students and staff transition to learning safely. During these first four days, there will be fewer students in class and teachers and other staff will be able to work more closely with students to help them adjust to safety guidelines and to learn about how their school days will be different. Regular schedule resumes the week of September 14th.
Kindergarten A and B will start as they normally would, as those class sizes are manageable.
All students will be encouraged to wash their hands regularly. Soap and paper towels will be supplied in all classrooms. Bottles of hand sanitizer will be provided to teachers and students for use in the classroom. If students bring sanitizer please ensure it is scent free! During instructional rotations, hand sanitizer will be used after each rotation (as students move to their next task).
If you are interested in remote learning please go to https://www.reginapublicschools.ca/eschool. This is not the same as the supplemental learning we provided in March-June but rather the full curriculum with on-going assessment. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
I am attaching Lakeview’s detailed Safe School Plan. I encourage you to peruse it at your earliest convenience.
Much more information to come but we wanted to give you an initial picture so you can decide what is best for your child this fall. As before, we commit ourselves to making Lakeview a great place to be and learn! Be Kind and Be Awesome!
We look forward to connecting with you soon!
Ms. Hainstock and Ms. Sotropa