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September 4, 2020

Dear Sooke Elementary families,

We are looking forward to seeing students for their short visits next week. If you have chosen the Remote Learning or Homeschool option, I apologize for continuing to send you messages. If you would like to be temporarily removed from the email list please contact our school secretary 250-642-5431 or nwass@sd62.bc.ca

For those families who have children returning to in-class learning, this is a reminder that your child is scheduled to a visit by grade and will receive an email from their teacher the day before their visit. They will be given their teacher’s name and where to meet that day. The visit is for safety orientation and to meet their teacher and classmates. Full days of school begin on Monday, September 14.

Grade 5 –  9:00-9:45 am Thursday, Sept. 10                              Grade 2 – 9:00-9:45 am Friday, Sept. 11

Grade 4 – 10:00-10:45 am Thursday, Sept. 10                          Grade 1 – 10:00-10:45 am Friday, Sept. 11

Grade 3 –  11:00-11:45 am Thursday, Sept. 10

Kindergarten students schedule is:

Kindergarten parents will receive a separate email early next week from teachers. Their visit schedule is:

Friday September 11 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Monday and Tuesday, September 14 and 15 from 8:50am to 10:50 am

Wednesday September 16 is the first full day of school for kindergarten students.

  • A reminder that schools are open for staff and students; parents will be asked to call to make appointments before coming into the school.
  • Parents are asked to drop students and not remain on the school grounds to reduce risk of exposures.
  • The bus routes will begin on September 14.  The district has asked that if you can avoid using the bus to please do so.
  • Lunch program will resume in September.  A date has not been announced yet.

More information will come from your child’s teacher early next week.

Parents who have chosen the remote learning option will have a teacher assigned to begin teaching by September 21st.

Parents can change their mind on their choice of learning up to the end of September. After that time, there will be ‘windows’ of time to change (for example: Remembrance Day, Christmas, Spring break).

We continue to follow the guidelines of our PHO and a parent Handbook for Health and Safety will be available to parents soon. An important piece of the Health & Safety guidelines is the Daily Health Check which parents will be asked to sign once as an acknowledgement that you are monitoring your child’s health in order to recognize any symptoms promptly.

None of us should be coming to school when we are feeling ill. We have safety in mind for all our families and staff.

Thank you for your continued patience. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions.

 

 
 

Dear Sooke Elementary School families,

By now, you should have received a message from Scott Stinson, the district Superintendent, regarding the return to school plans.  There will be more information and changes in the coming days but I wanted you to hear about some of our plans and safety protocols.

  • Students in grade 1 to 5 will be given a time for Thursday or Friday (September 10 or 11) to report to school to meet this year’s teacher.  We are not spending time with last year’s teacher as we have done in the past.  These brief forty-five minute visits will be to review safety protocols and teach students about the new cohorts and playground zones as well as the expectations for travelling around the school.  It is also an important time for them to see friends.  Our current schedule is as follows:
    • Grade 5 students:  Thursday, September 10 –  9:00 am – 9:45
    • Grade 4 students:  Thursday, September 10 –  10:00 am – 10:45
    • Grade 3 students:  Thursday, September 10 – 11:00 – 11:45
    • Grade 2 students:  Friday, September 11 –  9:00 – 9:45
    • Grade 1 students:  Friday, September 11 – 10:00 – 10:45

Your child’s teacher will be contacting you by email the night before classes begin (September 8 or 9) to tell you where their class will line up. Please drop your child and return promptly at their dismissal time to help with congestion and safety.

Busses will be running starting on September 14 so there is no bus available for these visits.

  • Monday, September 14 will be the first full day for students Grades 1 to 5.
  • Students will be placed in cohorts composed of two classes.  These cohorts will be together for outside learning and playtimes.  The cohort may come together for other learning times.
  • Drop off and pick up times will be our regular school times: 8:50 and 2:50
  • Each cohort will be given specific places for drop off and pick up time.  This will be explained at the safety visit and will also be sent home from classroom teachers.
  • We are reminding families that our school grounds must be drop/pick up and go as much as possible.  This is the best way to help keep everyone healthy at this time.
  • Our plan includes the playground divided into 5 zones.  Four cohorts will be out at a time (maximum).  We will have two recess times (10:00 to 10:20 and 10:25-10:35).
  • Cohorts will stay in the same play area outside that day.  Lunch time is in two sessions as well with some buffer time for moving students in and out of the school.
  • Classes with exterior doors will use them exclusively for entering and exiting the building.  Those classes who don’t have an exterior door will be divided between two doors (three classes using each door).
  • Within their cohort, students will not have to maintain physical distance but with any other group they would.  We are awaiting a decision regarding supplies.  Please do not send any supplies.  Our teachers would still like to have supplies in ‘bulk’ purchased this year as we have done in the past few years.  We may have to them divide those into individual bundles for students if that is the directive of the Ministry of Health.  We are still awaiting that decision.

Kindergarten parents will receive a separate email regarding the gradual entry with all kindergarten students visiting on Friday afternoon at 1:00 pm and then Monday and Tuesday, September 14 and 15 from 8:50 to 10:50.  Wednesday September 16 is the first full day of school for kindergarten students.

  • A reminder that schools are open for staff and students; parents will be asked to call to make appointments before coming into the school.
  • The bus routes will begin on September 14.  The district has asked that if you can avoid using the bus to please do so.
  • Lunch program will resume in September.  A date has not been announced yet.

At Sooke Elementary, we are finalizing plans and will be able to give you more information if anything changes next week.  You will be receiving another survey from the district early next week to help us determine our next plans regarding choice between ‘in class’ and ‘remote’ learning.

Thank you for your continued and patience with all these changes!

Sincerely,

Mrs. D. Stoutley

 
 

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In this ever-changing situation, the Sooke School District is committed to providing you with as much clarity as we can. Please use the link below.

https://www.sd62.bc.ca/covid-19

 

 

 
 

Please go to the Sooke School District #62 for all updates and information.

https://www.sd62.bc.ca/

 
 

January 16, 2020 – Schools are open – NO BUS SERVICE

 
 

Schools in SD62 are closed.

 
 

 
 

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