September 2021 Newsletter
Message for JTT Families - September 19
It has been great to see our students back in our building over the first two weeks of school. They are settling in well, learning (and re-learning) our covid protocols to help keep them safe at school. We also need your assistance, as the adults, to help keep our kids safe at school and ask that you read through the reminders below and adhere to the protocols each day. Several of these protocols have not been followed by all of our parents so far this year, therefore we are sharing them with you again.
Thank you, and enjoy your week.
September 2021 Newsletter
We thank our parents and community for a smooth entry this morning on our first day back at school. As a reminder, we ask that parents do not congregate on school property and say their goodbyes to their children at the sidewalk or on the grass to keep our blacktop area less populated. If you are a parent of a Kindergarten student, you most certainly can walk your child to their door or pen area for drop off/pick up and we respectfully ask that you wear a mask while on property.
At the end of the day, grades 6 and 8 will come out of Door #7. Grades 5 and 7 will come out of Door #6, and Grades 1, 2 and 3 will come out of dorr #2, with portable students leaving directly from the portable. FDK students are dropped off and picked up at the same place each day. At dismissal, parents are asked to make a meeting spot off of school property, or on the grass area past the playground to ensure there is not congregating on the blacktop.
We thank you for your diligence as we continue to follow Covid protocols here at school. We look forward to a great year together. Please see below for more updates in our "welcome back" newsletter.
Mr. G. DonaldsonPrincipalJohn T Tuck PS
Volunteers in School
At this time, we are not accepting volunteers in the school. Once we start programs, such as Pizza Day, we will require volunteers. At this time, all volunteers will be required to fill out the Offence Declaration form if we have a Police Check/Offence Declartation form on file from 2019-20, otherwise a new Vulnerable Sector Screening is required. Volunteers will also be required to show proof of vaccination.
There is no requirement to purchase anything for your child for school supplies. However, we know that many kids enjoy a small set of pencil crayons and a couple of pencils that are “their own” to use during the day. Items that are brought to school must also be returned home each day so please keep that in mind with how much needs to go into the backpack. This is so that classrooms are clear of anything for easier cleaning and disinfecting.
While we appreciate the offer from many of you, the school is not able to accept disinfectant wipes, sanitizer or PPE donations, as the school board does not have the capacity to ensure their safety for use with children. You are welcome to send your own child with a small bottle of hand sanitizer in their backpack. We are accepting donations of tissue boxes for use and each child is welcome to bring a box in to their homeroom teacher.
Students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be required to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including entry from outside, in hallways, and during classes
Outdoor times like recess and learning outdoors will be used as opportunities to provide students with breaks from wearing masks.
When students are outside they will need a strategy for keeping their mask safe from getting lost or dirty as they will need to put it back on before entering the building (pocket, lanyard, etc.)
We suggest that each child comes to school with multiple masks in case one is lost throughout the day, or to change a mask for comfort
Students may never share masks with others
Hand sanitizer stations will be placed at all school designated entrances for student and staff use as they enter and exit the building. All classrooms and portables without a sink will have hand sanitizer supplied. Regular hand hygiene breaks will occur throughout the day for students (e.g., regular time intervals throughout the day, before/after eating food, after using washroom, before/after outdoor play). We ask that all parents partner in promotion of hand hygiene practices with your child(ren) outside of school
Students will be able to access lockers and cubbies this year, but will not be allowed to use a lock. This will ensure that there is less time accessing the locker areas.
Lost & Found
Please label your clothes and lunch bags so that they may be returned to you. Expensive or important items should not be brought to school, as the possibility of theft or damage exists. There will be no lost & found this year, as we can not have multiple touch points.
Supervision of the school playground begins at 9:05 a.m. Parents should be aware that students arriving before this time cannot be assured of the safety that such supervision provides. Please encourage your children to arrive before 9:15 a.m.
The Playground Equipment is closed as we do not have the ability to supervise it in a way that it is only accessed by one cohort at a time, so we ask that you do not allow your children on the playground equipment before (or after) school.
Upon arrival at school at 9:05 each day, students will have “Free Entry” and may not wait in lines on the blacktop. They will go directly to class and entry will be from 9:05am to 9:15am. No parents should be waiting on the blacktop. Only Grade 1 will meet in their designated spot on the second day.
We will be using Doors 2, 6 and 7 for free entry, and we will share which door your child(ren) should enter in our first day procedures (to come next week).
If a student is late, please sign in at the office. Students are deemed late if they do not make it to class before the playing of O’Canada at 9:20 a.m. Otherwise, students are not to use the front door as entry so that our staff can monitor those coming in and out of our building.
Students will exit the same door each day, and we ask that parents of our smaller children adhere to physical distancing and remain away from the doors and other parents waiting.
Schools will be closed to visitors; parents may not enter the building.
If a parent is deemed an “essential visitor”, they must have an appointment to enter the school and will be given a medical mask to wear while indoors.
Students will eat in their classroom at their desks, sitting down in their own chairs. Classes are supervised by a combination of paid lunch supervisors and teachers. The two nutrition breaks will be from 11:00 to 11:40 and from 1:20 to 2:00 and students will be inside for 20mins of the break. Students must eat in their own classroom and food will not be permitted outside. Students will be required to "boomerang" the contents of their lunch so that there is no need to get up from their own desk to throw things in the garbage or compost. On inclement weather days, students will need to come prepared with an individual activity to do.
Permission will be granted to those students whose parents have completed the "Permission to go home for Lunch" form, which will be sent home at the beginning of the year (additional forms can be sent home through the office). These students will sign out and in at the office on the days they go home. Students are not permitted to leave the school to go anywhere but their own home unless they are accompanied by their parent who signs them out at the office. Students are also not permitted to go to a friend’s house for lunch, or the plaza. It is expected that students go to their own home, or stay at school. No students are allowed to leave school at second break. Thank you for helping us to keep our students safe, and appropriately supervised. Please be reminded that our lunch break is only 40 minutes this year, and if a student wishes to go home, they need to be back on time.
Half the students will be outside for the first half of break and the other half will go out for the 2nd half of the break. This will allow students to have some space and freedom on the playground and be able to maintain a safe distance from their peers. They will be given “zones” to play in with their cohort/class to minimize contact across the school. While there may be more than one cohort in a zone, we will ask that students do their best to only play with peers in their cohort.
All drinking fountain faucets will be disabled.
Students are able to bring in a refillable water container, with a lid and their name on it.
Water bottle filling fixtures will remain and will be flushed daily as per Regulation 243/07.
Sinks that are designated for hand-washing only will remain as hand washing only fixtures and sign-posted accordingly.
Close contacts living in the same home (e.g, siblings) of the ill child must:
Remain at home, even if they are in another school
Wait for the results of the COVID-19 test for the ill child and follow the orders of Public Health; OR
In the absence of a COVID-19 test for the ill child, self-isolate for 10 days even if symptom-free or, if symptoms develop, 10 days from the onset of symptoms and 24 hours symptom-free prior to returning to school
Alternatively, if documentation from a primary care provider confirms the illness is not COVID-19, close contacts may return to school
Also, if the close contact is not sympotmatic and is fully vaccinated, they can return to school.
Physical Distancing in the Classroom
Classes will be built with the same number of students as in years past (e.g., 20 in Primary, Average of 25 in J/I). The desks have been set up and chairs will be spread apart by 1m as per the Ministry of Education guidelines and will remain set up this way. Students will be assigned a seat and while in the classroom they will be expected to stay in their seats. Seating plans can only change on a Monday, when there has been 2 days with no students in the classroom as per Public Health guidelines on contact tracing. Students will learn in their classroom and when weather permits, they will be learning outside so they can spread out more. They will have a homeroom teacher as well as one coverage teacher per day (e.g., French, Music and/or Phys Ed). There will be no rotary this year in any of our grades.
We thank you for taking the time to read through these protocols and reviewing them with your child(ren). We hope this helps with some questions you may have. Please recognize that some of these plans may change as we get more information. As always, please feel free to reach out to us through email or by phone if you have any further questions. For more information about the routines of our school, please visit our Code of Conduct on our school website, and for new FDK students, please review the New to FDK section on our Website,
For questions about Student Health or Transportation (Bussing), please contact our Vice-Principal, Mrs de Ridder (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For questions about School Operations or the Return to School Plan, please contact our Principal, Mr. Donaldson (email@example.com).