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Gradual Return to School for Elementary Students

To help ease the transition for our students, and ensure a safe and healthy return for all, the first day of school will be delayed, and we will be implementing a gradual (staggered) return to class for our elementary students, beginning Wednesday, September 9th.

All students in Grades 1-8 will begin instruction on Monday, September 14th.

View the Sample September Schedule for ALL Elementary Students HERE.

Why Are We Implementing a Gradual Return to School for Elementary Students?  

A gradual return to school for our elementary students will help alleviate some of the anxiety in students and staff, by:  

  • Allowing staff an opportunity to rehearse the new health and safety protocols and adapt their practices to ensure an organized transition for students. 
  • Providing a calm environment to help students learn the new health and safety routines at school and practice our entry and dismissal procedures in smaller groups. 

What Will This Look Like? 

Grades 1-8

We will be easing into the new school year by bringing students into school in smaller groups, on September 9, 10 and 11th. The following schedule will apply for all elementary schools: 

Wednesday, September 9th        Only students in Grades 1 – 8 with surnames beginning with the letters A-F will come to school
Thursday, September 10th          Only students in Grades 1 – 8 with surnames beginning with the letters G- N will come to school
Friday, September 11th               Only students in Grades 1 – 8 with surnames beginning with the letters O-Z will come to school
Monday, September 14th            ALL students in Grades 1 – 8 attending in-class instruction will come to school. Remote learning will begin for students learning from home.

Kindergarten Students

Parents of children attending Kindergarten (Year 1 and 2) will receive updated communication directly from their school with information about the staggered entry process for Kindergarten students. Year 1 and 2 orientation will take place on Tuesday, September 8th, and Wednesday, September 9th. Year 2 students will begin on Thursday, September 10th. Year 1 staggered entry will take place on Friday, September 11th, and Monday, September 14th, and will be further communicated to parents by the Kindergarten educator team. 

All Kindergarten students will begin instruction with their full class on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

Special Education 

Students in the self-contained Community Living, Essential Skills, and Structured Teaching special education classes in our elementary schools will begin in-class instruction on Wednesday, September 9 and attend school daily thereafter. 

At the elementary level, students with special education needs who are not in self-contained classes will attend school on the designated alpha day with their peers. If the student would benefit from daily attendance, and/or further time to support transitions, they may attend on additional days in consultation with their school.

Updates and Additional Information 

We will continue to share information and updates with parents directly via email, as well as post updates on our Return to School Plan website and through our social media channels: 

We will also keep updating the FAQs on our website for more information about the return to school.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support. 

Gligoric, JulianaGradual Return to School for Elementary Students