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St. Paul Drop Off & Pickup Procedures Beginning September 8, 2020

August 28, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please make note of the following information with respect to our new school drop off and pick up procedures that will be in place to enhance student safety, beginning September 8, 2020. You were previously advised of these changes at the end of June (a letter went home with report cards). The new procedures reflect consultations with St. Paul staff, School Council, the Manager of Planning for WCDSB, Student Transportation Services and the YMCA childcare. We encourage students in Gr. 4 – 8 who live within 1.6 km of the school (0.8 km for JK – Gr. 3 students) to walk to school.  Those who live further than 1.6 km (0.8 km JK – Gr. 3) are eligible for bus transportation.

Drop Off (8:05-8:20 a.m.) Parents who choose to drive their children to school are asked to either:  A. park on one of the side streets and walk (e.g. Cyprus Dr.), or have your children walk on their own, the remainder of the way to school, using the crosswalk in front of the school.  OR B. drop your children off in front of the school on either side of Birchcliff in the designated areas or via one of the city walkways identified on the map below (e.g. Uplands Dr., Cloverdale Cres).  In order to keep traffic moving and keep the bus zone free from traffic, parents who choose to stop along Birchcliff may not get out of their vehicles and children may only exit the vehicle from the passenger side. There is no access to the school parking lot between 8:05 – 8:20 am.

Pick Up (2:50-3:00) There is no access to the school parking lot between 2:50 – 3:00 pm for parents choosing to pick up children at the end of the school day. Please do not enter the school parking lot prior to 2:50 pm to pickup your child.  At the end of the school day, parents are required to park on a side street and have their children cross safely at the cross walk in front of the school or use any of the procedures outlined above for drop off.

In support of our new drop off and pick up procedures we will be implementing the following initiatives;

  • Staff will monitor access to the school parking lot at the driveway entrance during drop off and pick up times.
  • In September, we will recruit and formally train students as crossing guards for the walkway in front of the school in partnership with Student Transportation Services.
  • In partnership with Student Transportation Services and the Canadian Cancer Society we will look to begin a Walking school bus program. Each day, a volunteer parent/guardian and trained students will meet students at the Giant Tiger Plaza and walk to/from school together along Greenbrook to the cross walk at Birchcliff (8:05 am pick up & 3:00 pm drop off) – We need parent volunteers. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering with our Walking School Bus program.
  • As part of the safe arrival and dismissal procedures for Kindergarten students, all kindergarten students will be walked to the Kindergarten yard by their parent, sibling or caregiver (please observe social distancing protocols). Supervision begins there at 8:05 am. For dismissal, parents or caregivers will pick up the Kindergarten students at the designated area determined by the Educator Team for that class.

    The City of Kitchener works closely with all schools to ensure the streets around them are safe for students, parents and others in the community.  Please keep these City of Kitchener bylaws in mind if you choose to drive your children to school.

Parking is not permitted:

  • Within 1.5 metres of a driveway
  • Within 3 metres of a fire hydrant
  • Within 9 metres of an intersection
  • In a bike lane
  • In a school bus loading zone

Note: Please also be aware of all the no parking/no stopping areas around our school.

Each year, the city receives complaints about drivers in school zones. Here are some of the practices to avoid:

  • Stopping or Parking in a restricted zone
  • Blocking a driveway when you park your car
  • Travelling too quickly
  • Making U-turns
  • Parking in a driveway without the homeowner’s permission

Please be respectful of residents who live on streets around our school. By-law Enforcement staff regularly patrol school areas to help keep everyone safe by watching for infractions. By working together, we can ensure St. Paul continues to be a safe, nurturing, and engaging school where your children will meet with success. Thank you in advance for your understanding, cooperation and support.

Please feel free to contact us at the school should you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Mr. F. Krauss
Principal 

St. Paul's Parking Map

 

 

Letter from WCDSB Director of Education Regarding School Re-Opening

August 27, 2020

Hello Panther Community,

We continue to prepare for your safe arrival on September 8, and we will share school specific plans and details with you as they become available. Kindergarten class lists are being finalized and as soon as they are available to teachers, kindergarten visits will be scheduled beginning the week of September 8.

Please take some time to read the Letter to WCDSB School Re-Opening August 27th from the Director of Education.

Staggered Start:

We know that there will be many new routines for our students to learn. And we are continuing to work hard to prepare our schools and to prepare our staff to welcome our students. We feel it is prudent and critical to a successful start to stagger the start of school for our students. We are also challenged to fully schedule and staff our virtual school(s). To that end, the following is the start up schedule for September:

 

 

Please Complete Back to School Survey

August 2020

Hello Panthers,

We are requesting  that all parents complete the parent survey by August 10 and indicate their intent to return to school or not.

Below are some additional details regarding the start of our school year on September 8.

Dear parents and guardians,

The staff of St. Paul is very excited to begin the new school year in September and to see all our wonderful students returning to full day classes. As we approach the new school year, we understand that there may be some concerns by parents who are not sure what the return to classes may look like as well as the concern for their child’s/ children’s wellbeing. 

The staff of St. Paul will do all we can to keep our students safe and healthy while providing them with the best possible in-class learning experience. We will follow all recommendations and protocols outlined by the Ministry of Education and public health. 

Our school hours will remain the same. 15 minutes prior to the entry bell, yard supervisors will ensure that social distancing will be maintained. When the bell rings, students will go to their class’s designated location on the yard and be required to social distance while in line. Classes will be assigned an entry point and will be escorted in one class at a time to avoid ‘bottlenecks’ as they enter the school. Hand sanitizer will be provided for students as they enter the classroom.  As outlined in the protocols, students from grades 4 to 8 will be required to wear masks. Although not required, parents with students in JK to grade 3 may encourage their child to wear a mask. 

In grades 1 to 8, desks will be set up in rows to provide distance between students. They will eat their lunch at their own desk and will help ensure that surfaces are kept clean and sanitized throughout the day. Each class will adopt a sign in and out procedure for students who need to use the washrooms or go to the main office in order to minimize students in common areas of the school. Chromebooks will be wiped down after each use and students may choose to bring their own device for learning purposes. Every student will be provided with learning kits/bags that will be packed by staff with basic school supplies, based on grade level. Parents will be provided with a list of additional items to include in the bag if they wish to do so. These kits/bags will help minimize the sharing of items between students.

In FDK classes, tables will be staggered and student occupancy at the tables will be minimized. Students will use their individual cubbies to ensure that their items are kept individualized. Staff will ensure that washroom facilities are kept clean and sanitized. Items that cannot be sanitized safely by wiping down, such as plush items, play-doh, etc., will be removed from the classroom. When dropping off students in the FDK yard, parents will be encouraged to maintain social distance as they say goodbye to their child.

Outdoor learning will be encouraged whenever possible to deliver lessons and for other learning activities. Our outdoor play structure will be closed until further notice. As well, there will be no community use of schools (i.e. external soccer groups, etc.) using our facilities. 

Visitors and volunteers are discouraged at this time. Any parent/guardian – staff communication will occur by phone. Should a parent need to drop off or pick up a child at the front door, masks must be worn. We may not need to stagger recesses and lunch breaks as our school yard is large enough to maintain our zones per division. As per public health information, recesses pose low risks as the students are outdoors and active. 

All students will receive information and orientation from staff regarding our protocols. Frequent reviews throughout the day will take place as students will need reminders to get into our new routines. Signage, both written and pictorial will be placed throughout the school to remind students of our protocols. 

All staff will be required to engage in a daily self-assessment before coming to work to ensure that they are well and ready to perform their full duties. All students, with assistance from a parent/guardian, are asked to perform a daily self-assessment before heading off to school. Should the self-assessment indicate the possibility of having the virus, protocols set out by public health are to be followed. The self-assessment information can be found at the following link, https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/.

Staff will be vigilant throughout the day with students and report any student who shows symptoms of being unwell. The student will be sent down to the office and supervised in the front hallway. The child’s parents will be notified to come to the school to pick up their child. The parent will then be encouraged to contact public health, have the child tested, and follow public health directives. The child will be able to return to school once we get the all clear.

Understanding that some parents may not feel quite comfortable sending their child to school on September 8th, they can opt to keep the child home to start the school year. All parents must fill in the parent survey at https://wcdsb.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2h6XP3kmUlK6ACx and indicate their intent; return to school or not. The survey may require your child’s OEN number which can be found on the June report card. If you can’t find the OEN, please make sure to correctly enter in the student name, grade and date of birth. If the child will not return to school, work will be provided, similar to the distance learning that took place in the spring, from an assigned teacher. Students will be permitted to transition back to the classroom after a 4-week interval in order to honour and complete the learning cycle and the work that was assigned. 

We look forward to seeing all our students return to us on September 8th. We will do all we can to provide a safe and healthy re-entry for them at St. Paul. We will share further details, or any changes needed should new information come from the Ministry or Public health. 

Kind Regards, 

Ferdinand Krauss

Principal, St. Paul

Plan for Re-opening Schools: Message from the Director of Education

Hello Panthers,

Please see the Plan for Re-opening Schools: Message from the Director of Education.

We need EVERY family to complete the survey for EACH child, as that is how we will prepare properly for the fall.  Please complete this SURVEY. The survey closes Monday August 10th.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we prepare for our return to school in September we are recommending that if your child is medically fragile, immune compromised or has chronic or persistent health conditions that you speak with your health care provider(s) to determine what mode of delivery is most appropriate for your child and what, if any, accommodations for your child’s health needs might be required.

Whether your child’s return to school is conventional or adapted, it is important that your child’s health care provider(s) is consulted to ensure your child’s physical health needs are considered as we plan for a return to school during the COVID Pandemic.

 

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