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Parent Update: Sept. 7

Good afternoon to all our St. Anne families,

Our staff are looking forward to welcoming our students back to instruction and remain committed to providing a quality Catholic education that is flexible and engaging. Whether you are returning in-person to our school, or whether you will be joining the remote learning opportunity, we are anxious to begin this new school year.

For our in-school learners, the health and well-being of our students, families and staff is our first priority. Our school board is working very closely with Halton Region Public Health to ensure health and safety protocols are in place and followed so that our students and staff can enjoy a safe and healthy learning environment this year. Before beginning the year, I strongly recommend you visit the “Reopening of Schools” page on the Halton Region website, which contains various answers to many questions, along with some guidance on how schools will look this year. Click on the link below for direct access:   

https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Reopening-of-Schools

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort. Working together we will ensure everyone can be safe and healthy in the classroom, at home, and in our community. The staff at St. Anne thank you for all you are doing to keep everyone safe!

For specific information about the return to school this week, here are a few important reminders and information:

Class Placement Information:

I have heard that Class Placements are open, and can be accessed through www.hcdsb.org by clicking on SCHOOLS across the top, then SCHOOL LISTING on the drop down menu. From there, scroll down to find our school and click on the “Class Placement” link beside the St. Anne school name. You will need your child’s OEN# for this information. Please remember that due to the reorganizations of classes, parent requests will not be taken into consideration as per directed by the HCDSB at this time.

Delayed and Staggered Start for In-Class Learners (students coming to school):

There is NO school for students on Tuesday September 8, 2020. Below is a chart outlining your one day to attend school next week:

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.

On your specific day this week only for morning entry, teachers will meet students in “Zones” spaced out on our back playground before the start of school. Specific Zone areas will be marked on the pavement. For your “Zone #” for this first week morning drop off only, please see below:

ZONE 1: Mrs. Comin (Gr. 3) Miss Longo (Gr. 3) Miss Quintal (Gr. 7)ZONE 2: Mrs. Guinto (Gr. 2) Mrs. Forbes (Gr. 3) Miss Esteves (Gr. 7)ZONE 3: Mrs. Mallett (Gr. 1) Mrs. Leyland (Gr. 4) Mr. Sneyd (Gr. 8)
ZONE 4:
Mrs. Jarvis (Gr. 1) Mrs. von Boetticher (Gr. 3) Mrs. Driscoll (Gr. 4/5)
ZONE 5:
Mrs. Carbone (Gr. 2)
Mrs. Zutt (Gr. 2) Mr. Driscoll (Gr. 6)
ZONE 6:
Ms. Bolzan (Gr. 1)
Mr. Osadciw (Gr. 6)
Mr. Walmsley (Gr. 8)
ZONE 7: Mrs. Maher (Gr. 1) Mrs. Martin (Gr. 6) Mr. Campanelli (Gr. 7/8)ZONE 8: Mrs. Lupo (Gr. 2) Mrs. Forsyth (Gr. 3) Mrs. Gamble (Gr. 4)EMPTY ZONE (Behind Portables): Ms. Memmolo (Gr. 4) Mrs. MaGarrey (Gr. 5) Mrs. Stribbell (Gr. 5)

This drop off “Zone” will be for this week only, the week of September 9th – 11th.

All future drop off/pick up areas will be communicated by your teachers this week, and will be confirmed by a school communication. Following the guidelines from Halton Public Health, we ask that only one parent accompany students to school on these days this week to help keep our numbers down. In instances where we cannot remain physically distanced, masks will need to be worn.  

Kindergarten Students:

Parents of children attending Kindergarten (Year 1 and 2) have received communication from their classroom teachers with information about the staggered entry process for Kindergarten students and scheduled virtual meetings. Year 1 (JK) and 2 (SK) 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 altogether on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

The mental well-being of our students is as important as their physical health, and we will continue to build and strengthen mentally healthy classrooms, both in our schools and in our remote learning spaces. Working together, we will ensure a safe, healthy and happy return to school for all. 

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,

Mr. B. Melanson

Principal

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