January Updates from Ecole Meridian Heights School

Well we’ve had a few weeks to get our feet back under us and our kids seem to be adjusting very well. Those who have continued in Option 2 (online learning) have progressed pretty seamlessly in the new year, and our students who returned to us for in-person learning are adjusting well to being back in our school. It is so wonderful to have our students back with us seeing the school filled with laughter and learning!

Dressing for the Weather

While we’ve enjoyed some fantastic weather so far this year, we can see the temperatures dropping near the end of this week. We will still be having outdoor recesses whenever possible so please support your child in dressing for the conditions. Toques, gloves and a warm coat will be very appreciated by the kids as the weather turns on us.

Lost and Found

If you find yourself making weekly trips to the store for new toques and gloves, perhaps a check of our lost and found will save you some time and money! With the covid protocols in place this year we’ve had to change how we manage our lost and found. This year all items are stored in the office, where students or parents are welcome to come find their valued possessions! To make it even easier, parents are encouraged to check our School Facebook Page as Mme Pirot posts pictures of these items frequently. Items are donated to a local charity at the end of the day every Monday.

Student Drop off and Pick Up

Thank you to all of our families who have helped us to reduce the congestion in our hallways by dropping your children off between 8:36 and 8:45. We will continue to take attendance promptly after 8:45 a.m.

For those families dropping students off, we thank you for not entering the school parking lot during the posted bus times from 8:10 – 8:31 and 2:50 – 3:20. Ensuring that traffic is minimized when our students and buses are in the parking lot is one more way we can work together to keep our kids safe.

Also please remember that supervision is in place inside and outside of the school after 8:15 a.m. Prior to that time, the school is not unlocked and supervision is not in place so please remain with your children should they be dropped off prior to 8:15 a.m. After school, supervision is in place from 3:06 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. Kids must be picked up by 3:20 p.m. as there is not supervision inside of the school after this time.

Should you have any questions about these times, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at the school. We appreciate your support in keeping our kids safe.

Upcoming School Council Meeting

Please consider attending our next School Council meeting on Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. This meeting will be held virtually. School Council is a great way to connect with school administration, other parents, our Trustee and to learn what is happening in our school community! Should you be interested in attending, please rsvp to our School Council Co-Chairs, Mr. Blaine Bretzlaff and Mrs. Crystal Harnum at meridianheightsscchair@psd70.ab.ca

Winter Walk Day

We are excited at Ecole Meridian Heights School to be participating in the Winter Walk Day on Wednesday, February 3rd. Your child’s class will be going outside for a walk at some point during that day, exploring our local community, getting some fresh air and exercise and reconnecting with our environment. Please support your child by ensuring he/she is dressed appropriately for the weather.

That’s it for now. Stay safe 🙂

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School

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Updates from Ecole Meridian Heights School

Online Learning for all Students Jan 4-8

Don’t forget, our provincial government recently announced that all students, K-9 will be learning in an online format upon our return from Christmas break from January 4th – 8th. Your child’s teacher will be sending information to you later this week with google meet times, schedules, class structure, passwords and logins…all of the information you will require to support your children.

We have learned a lot from the last time this happened and while we would all prefer to have our kids in the school, we want you to know that working together we can make the best out of this learning challenge. We have witnessed, over the past few weeks, how amazing our gr 7-9 teachers, students and parents are and how their learning has continued during our recent transition to online.

If you have any questions or concerns about this transition, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or any member of our Administrative team, Mr. Patras, Ms. Huisman or Mme Pirot.

Holiday Celebrations in School

Much like everything else during these Covid times, our Holiday activities in classrooms this year will look a little bit different. We made it work for Halloween and together we can do it again!

In order to provide the safest classroom environment possible, while still trying to provide a bit of Holiday cheer we are asking that parents be aware of, and follow, the protocols below.

– Please do not send in Christmas or Holiday cards or other items (e.g. Candy Canes, baked goods etc.) for your child to exchange with other students. We are asking this year that these exchanges not take place.

-We will not be having some of our usual Holiday meals and other class activities this year; however, parents are encouraged to send in treats and snacks for their own child to enjoy for the class activities on Friday. Please try to consider mixing in a few healthy choices where possible. Mandarin oranges are in season 🙂

-Teachers gifts – while there is, in no way any expectations around gifting towards staff, we know that some students want to thank their teachers and EA’s around the holiday season. We would ask you to consider donating to a local charity such as the foodbank or Kinsmen in place of these gifts. It’s a great opportunity to teach our kids about supporting their own community.

-In class activities – teachers will still be having in class holiday activities on Friday with their students, though the activities may look different. We will not be baking or sharing projects and materials for Xmas crafts and activities. Your child’s teacher will try to provide any necessary materials for individual students to do these activities and crafts. Where they are unable to do so, they may ask that you send in individual items such as a cookie to be decorated.

-Christmas Concert – while we are unable to host this in our typical way within the school gym, our amazing Music teachers, Mrs. Huedepohl and Mrs. Ausman are working with each class to record a performance. We will share this with our entire community as soon as we have finished.

Changes to your Powerschool Parent Portal

As you might be aware, starting on December 7th you will be able to access your Powerschool account and view not only your child’s attendance, but also his/her marks and assignments!

While teachers have been exploring this application during term 1, we still have much to learn and discover together with you. In the upcoming weeks you will receive information from your child’s teacher as assessments are posted. You can learn how to access this information in Powerschool in this short video.

As you can probably imagine, the use of this application will look quite different for a grade 9 student and a grade 2 student. As we consider the learning that takes place in a Jr. High classroom and the structure of many of these assignments, they likely lend themselves better to being posted with marks online.

When we look at assessment in our early years (K-4 classrooms), we recognize that much of the assessment is often not made up of paper and pencil tasks, but rather students performing skills and teachers engaged in purposeful observation and conferences with students. Those of you who had a chance to volunteer in your child’s Kindergarten class in previous years have probably seen this! Kids playing with the water table, play doh and sand…all at once!!!

Additionally, teachers will often conference with individual students to understand the progress they are making and the skills that students are exploring. While assessments such as these provide rich information for teachers as to what students know and can do and where to take the learning next, they do not necessarily lend themselves quite as readily to traditional marks and being posted online.

With all of this in mind, we recognize that this powerschool application will provide one more way in which we can work together to understand how our our kids are achieving. This new application provides one more tool for parents to stay connected with their child’s learning, however nothing replaces the conversations between teachers, students and parents so please do not hesitate to reach out at any time to speak to your child’s teachers.

That’s it for now, so on behalf of the staff of Ecole Meridian Heights School, we wish you a restful and safe Holiday Season.

Stay well,

Mr. S. Patras

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Important Updates from EMHS

Hello parents,

As you are likely aware, our provincial government recently announced additional measures to slow the spread of COVID 19 in our communities and province. While this will mean that we are going to be making some changes to how we deliver our programming in the upcoming weeks, working together, we know we can continue to provide a quality learning experience for our kids!

Grade 7-9 Students Starting Online Monday, November 30th

The first change that we are currently preparing for is transitioning our gr 7-9 students to online learning as of this Monday, November 30th. Rest assured that our school administration and staff are working hard to facilitate a smooth transition on Monday.

In the next day or two you will hear from your child’s homeroom teacher more information about how this transition will take place. You will be given the learning management system (e.g. Google Classroom; Class Dojo etc.), an initial schedule for learning, information about gmeets and work expectations, attendance and much more. We really appreciate your patience as we sort out these details for you and your children.

What to expect in this online learning

It is imperative that students and parents recognize how different this learning experience will be as compared to our emergency remote learning last spring. Some of the expectations in place are as follows:

  1. The online school day will model the in person school day in time frame. Students will be expected to be participating in gmeets or independent learning activities between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Students will NOT be required to be in gmeets for this entire time. Synchronous (gmeet) learning sessions combined with Asynchronous (independent work time) and “office hours” will form the majority of a student’s schedule.
  2. Programming will be provided for students for all core subject areas including English Language Arts, French Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science and Wellness.
  3. The expected hours of instruction will range between 16-20 hours/week to achieve the learning outcomes in all core subject areas.
  4. Students will be assessed on their understanding of the concepts explored during this time and learning will continue to be assessed in anticipation of the term 2 report card.
  5. Attendance will be taken at all gmeets and is expected. We understand that unexpected circumstances will arise which may result in a temporary absence from a class or classes. It is important that parents and students reach out to teachers to ensure they know what learning is being missed and how to access the material.

How you can begin to prepare for online learning for your child

  1. Please ensure that you have access to technology and WiFi for your child to complete his/her work. While phones can manage a few of the learning tasks, they are not the appropriate technology for the demands of this programming. A laptop or desktop that has internet connectivity, a camera and a microphone and an adequate processor is essential. If you are experiencing issues in this regard, please reach out to your child’s teacher to determine alternate plans.
  2. Create a functional workspace for your child. A table near a plug in, in a well lit area without distractions such as TV or other siblings (if possible) is ideal. Where this isn’t possible, just ensuring that your child can work somewhere with a table and chair to support good posture and engagement in lessons is helpful.
  3. Communicate regularly with both your child and his/her teacher. Reach out via email and ask your child’s teacher if he/she is completing assignments in a timely manner and to the best of his/her ability.
  4. Ensure your child’s teacher knows if he/she is struggling with the content. When kids are learning in person, teachers are excellent at recognizing the signs of struggle. It can be much more difficult to do so in an online learning environment. Please let us know as soon as you see difficulties so we can help.

Another important note:

Despite some of the rumors circulating out there, Christmas break HAS NOT been extended. We know that students in grades K-6 will also be joining online learning from January 4th – 8th, 2021. More information will be coming in the next few weeks for this transition.

Supports – We are in this together 🙂

Our amazing staff at EMHS. Right from our School Secretaries to Administration to our Awesome Teachers and our Fantastic Counselor, Mr. Kinney, everyone is here to help you and your child.

Please reach out to us at any time if you are struggling with the tech, learning or the emotional toll that this pandemic is having on us all. There are supports available that we are happy to connect you and your child with.

We’ve done this before, we can do it again working together.

Stay well,

Mr. S. Patras

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A Mid-November Check In

It’s hard to believe we’ve just passed fall break! If you were fortunate enough to have this time with your family I hope it provided you with the opportunity to rest, recover and relax, even for a short while. We’ve all certainly earned it!

Unfortunately with the increasing number of COVID 19 cases within our communities we are seeing the inevitable outcome, that many of us are classified as “close contacts” of a confirmed case of Covid 19. Please know that there is no judgment whatsoever from the school should you or your children find yourselves as a close contact of a confirmed Covid 19 case or should you or your child contract this virus.

Close Contacts of a Confirmed Covid 19 Case

Should your child be identified as a close contact of a confirmed Covid 19 case, you can find the necessary information/steps in this article on our school website. Scroll down to the section titled “Close Contacts of Confirmed Cases” and you will see it states:

Parent Notification of Covid 19 from the School

To this point, at Ecole Meridian Heights School we have been very fortunate to not have had an identified case of Covid 19 within our school. Should we encounter a case at the school, information regarding contacting close contacts and parents within our learning community can be found in this article.

Together we’ve supported our students safe and happy re-entry to school for the past 2 and a half months. Thank you for your efforts and cooperation.

Until next time

Mr. S. Patras

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November Updates from Ecole Meridian Heights School

Hello parents and guardians,

It’s hard to believe we’ve already had parent/student/teacher conferences, hosted Covid friendly Halloween parties in classrooms and we are preparing for Fall Break! Please take a moment to read on to learn what’s coming next at EMHS.

Teacher Supported At Home Learning and In Person Learning Updates

As you may be aware, November 16th is the next opportunity for students to transition from Teacher Supported At Home Learning back to in person learning at Ecole Meridian Heights School. We are excited to be able to welcome back more of our students.

If your child is currently learning in person at our school but you are considering having them transition to Teacher Supported At Home learning you must call or email our school office no later than Wednesday, November 4th. Any requests to transition to online learning after this date will not be accommodated until the following transition date after Christmas.

New Guidelines from AHS for Students Who are Sick/Displaying Symptoms

As you may be aware, Alberta Health Services has recently revised their symptom list and protocols for students who are displaying symptoms of Covid 19. All of these updates are outlined on our school website. Thank you for your diligence in screening your children daily at home prior to their arrival at school. Our efforts together are helping keep our kids safe.

You can learn more about the recent changes to the guidelines in the Stay at Home Guide created by Parkland School Division and the How Long to Stay at Home Guide from AHS.

Lost and Found

Just a reminder that our Lost and Found is taken to be donated at the end of the day every Monday. If your child is missing any items (we currently have one jacket, a few hoodies, many mitts, gloves and toques and one pair of running shoes) please ask them to come check at the office for their possessions.

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Despite the challenges presented by the various protocols in place for COVID 19, we recognize how important it is to acknowledge the sacrifices of so many of our Armed Forces through a Remembrance Day Ceremony for our students. While our ceremony will definitely look different this year, rest assured that we are working to create an online ceremony that will take place in all of our classrooms this Friday, November 6th.

That’s it for now. Stay well.

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School

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October Updates from EMHS

October has been a very busy month at Ecole Meridian Heights School, and there is still more to come!

Updated Covid Protocol for Students Walking or Being Dropped Off At School

For those students who are walking to school or being dropped off, we are now seeing enough flow to our students’ arrival that we can further compress this timeframe to allow our students into class more quickly. As such, effective as of Monday, October 26th, we are asking these students to arrive between 8:40 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. as attendance will be taken promptly after that.

Thank you for your continued flexibility and support as we navigate our way through these protocols and adjust accordingly.

Before and After School Arrivals

As the colder weather is beginning to arrive, we just want to remind our families that supervision begins at 8:15 a.m. and the doors to the school open that same time. for those students designated to be inside on that particular week (K-6 are inside and outside on alternating weeks). Prior to 8:15 a.m. students are not permitted in the school.

After school supervision runs from 3:00 – 3:20, after which any students who have not yet been picked up are expected to be with an older sibling outside or other arrangements need to be made by the family. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our School Administration.

Halloween Protocols

Much like everything else during these unusual times, while we are still excited to be able to celebrate Halloween with our students, it is going to look different this year so please read on.

Candy, cards and other food items – please do NOT send in candy and other items to be shared amongst students. Your child’s teacher will share with you a suggested “Halloween supply list” which will provide some ideas on food, treats and snacks for your own child. Unfortunately we will NOT be able to permit students to exchange candy and cards amongst each other this year

Lost and Found

With the colder days now having arrived, we are seeing more toques, mitts, gloves and scarves come our way. Please ask your child to check the lost and found in the office whenever they’ve misplaced an item as these are donated to a local charity each Monday. We will do our best to post pictures to Facebook but with the amount of items being collected it’s not always possible.

That’s it for now! Thank you for your continued support. We’ve had a great start and are looking forward to an awesome wrap up to November.

Until next time

Mr. S. Patras

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Picture Day, PTI’s, Orange Shirt Day and So Much More at EMHS!

As we wrap up September and are quickly approaching October there is much going on at Ecole Meridian Heights School! Please read on to learn more.

Orange Shirt Day – Wednesday, September 30th

Ecole Meridian Heights School will once again be supporting Orange Shirt day by encouraging all students and staff to wear an Orange Shirt on Wednesday. You can learn more of the story behind this initiative by watching this short Video from Phyllis Webstad.

Picture Day – Wednesday October 6th and Thursday, October 7th

We will be having our school pictures on Wednesday October 6th and Thursday, October 7th. For those students currently attending the school for in person learning, pictures will proceed similar to previous years, with additional protocols in place. Some of these protocols are social distancing, students in grades 4-9 wearing masks to the small gym, photographers wearing masks throughout, and fewer students at a time going for pictures. All students will have their photo taken on Wednesday, with Thursday being available for those students who are not in school on Wednesday.

For our students participating in the teacher supported online learning program, if you would like your child to have their picture taken at the school you must complete this form. Additional information such as scheduling, entering and exiting the school etc. will be provided later in the week. Pictures for our online learners will be taken on Thursday, October 7th.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences – Wednesday, October 14th and Thursday, October 15th

For our in person learners, our conferences will be held virtually this year in order to continue to minimize the number of guests within our school. Your child’s teacher will provide instructions on how to sign up for an online interview time later this week.

For our Teacher Supported At Home Learners, more information will be coming soon on when these interviews will be taking place. Please stay tuned 🙂

Ecole Meridian Heights School Code of Conduct

As you can imagine, supporting positive behavior for over 600 kids ranging in age from 5 to 14 requires a lot of teamwork and cooperation between staff, students and our parents. While teachers reviewed student expectations at the start of the year and continue to do so throughout the year as necessary, we would ask you to please review the Code of Conduct with your child at home. It contains information on our expectations around appropriate behavior during class, recess and before and after school as well as information on our dress code, technology policies and much more.

Should you have any questions about our Code of Conduct, please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of our administration.

Daily Self-Screening

Thank you so much for your efforts to continue to keep all of our students safe during these unusual times. Please continue to support us at the school by completing the Covid 19 Screening Questionnaire each day prior to sending your child to school.

That’s a lot to take in, so thank you so much for making the time to know what’s happening in our learning community.

Stay well,

Mr. S. Patras

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A few Updates from Ecole Meridian Heights School

As we roll through our 4th week of in person learning at Ecole Meridian Heights School there’s much to share. We have some important information on our COVID 19 protocols that we want to ensure our families are aware of.

COVID Protocols – Updates

Daily Screening

We appreciate our parents taking the time to complete the COVID 19 Daily Screening Questionnaire with each of their children. Ensuring our kids are arriving to us without symptoms allows us all to work together to keep all staff and students safe, and reduces the likelihood that parents will receive a call during the day to come pick up their child if he/she is presenting with symptoms. Thank you for continuing to ensure you complete this Questionnaire.

What to do if your child is sick…

Parkland School Division has done a wonderful job summarizing what to do if your child is sick in this short article. Please take a moment to give it a quick read.

Pre-existing Medical Conditions

In order to minimize the amount of time that your child needs to be away from school if he/she should show symptoms consistent with Covid 19, we encourage all families of students with pre-existing conditions (e.g. asthma, allergies etc.) to complete the Pre-existing Medical Conditions form. Having this on file with the associated documentation, including a Negative Covid Declaration form and a doctor’s note or other supporting information will often help to get your child back to school sooner if his/her symptoms are a result of the pre-existing condition.

Keep your eyes out for the next post which will touch on many of the events underway or coming soon at EMHS!

Stay well,

Mr. S. Patras

 

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Reflections and Revisions at Ecole Meridian Heights School

I hope that all of our families are taking some time to enjoy a well deserved break this weekend after a busy start! It’s been a school start like none ever before!!  It’s been wonderful to see our kids “smiling eyes” as many are wearing masks when I get to see them in classrooms and hallways.

While our current protocols such as staggered entry in the morning and staggered exit after schools, as well as our staggered recesses etc. have been effective in promoting physical distancing we are now at a place where we can refine some of our protocols so please read on.

Revised Entry Times for Students Walking To/From School and or Those Being Picked up/Dropped OfF

Our previous timeframe of 8:40 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. for students walking or being dropped off is now being shortened as we have not observed any issues with hallway congestion thus far. We are now asking students being dropped off or walking to arrive between 8:40 a.m. and 8:50. They will still be entering the school at the main, front door entrance during this timeframe. We will be taking attendance immediately following.

Students walking home after school and/or being picked up will also see a revised timeline as we have been able to load our buses quite efficiently at the end of the day. Students will now be released from their classrooms at approximately 3:06 when our final bell rings.  Should we require any additional changes to these times we will be certain to communicate them to you.

Process for Students Displaying Symptoms of Covid 19 While at Home

We are truly appreciative of the amazing level of cooperation and support we’ve had from our parents when students have been displaying symptoms of Covid 19 at school and home.  Working together we continue to minimize the risk for all of our school community.

It is imperative that our families continue to complete the Covid 19 Screening Questionnaire at home each day prior to arriving at school. We appreciate those of you who have proactively identified symptoms and kept your children home. We would ask that when you do so, you communicate your child’s symptoms and absence directly to our office either with an email to meridian@psd70.ab.ca or a phone call at 780-963-2289. Very clear directions on what to do if your child demonstrates symptoms at home can be found in this article “Feeling Sick? Here’s What to Do” on our school website. Additionally you would be directed to complete the Covid 19 Self-Assessment Tool. 

Prior to your child returning to school, you must contact the school and speak with an administrator or member of our office staff to confirm their eligibility to attend. At that time, if your child is eligible to return to school you will be required to complete the Declaration for Return to School.  If you are unsure of what is required, please do not hesitate to contact our school office.

Process for Students Displaying Symptoms of Covid 19 While at School

If a student is observed by a staff member (or self-reports) any symptom of Covid 19 they will be referred to the office and assessed. In the office they will be required to wear a mask (where possible) and will be isolated.  A member of our administration will speak to them to learn about any/all potential symptoms.

Parents will be called to pick their child up as soon as is possible. Parents will be directed to complete the online COVID 19 Self Assessment Additionally, depending on symptoms presenting, parents will be instructed to either have their child remain at home until the symptoms resolve, OR parents will be directed to have their child self-isolate for 10 days or until symptoms resolve (whichever is longer) or until they have received a negative Covid 19 test result. At that time, they are required to contact the school to arrange for the return of their child to school and to sign the Declaration for Return to School.

Pre-Existing Conditions

If a student has symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat or runny nose, that student MUST self-isolate for 10 days after the onset of symptoms and until the symptoms have resolved (whichever is longer) according to AHS
directives.

If your child has an underlying medical condition such as allergies, asthma or anxiety that
present symptoms similar to COVID-19, there are steps to follow to notify the school which will give us a process to follow so your child does not necessarily have to isolate for ten days.

Please complete this Pre-existing Medical Conditions Form  for your child and return it to the school.  I apologize for the duplication of efforts, but would ask that this form be completed for any students at Ecole Meridian Heights School who have pre-existing conditions even if those conditions have already been provided to the school through email or a phone call. This will allow us to centralize our information and ensure consistency and accuracy.

If a student with a pre-existing condition (and appropriate documentation has been submitted) displays symptoms, they will be sent to the office in most cases at which time their symptoms will be assessed. If these symptoms are in accordance with those on file for pre-existing conditions the student will be returned to class if they are healthy enough to do so. If symptoms escalate from the baseline, or new symptoms present, the same process as outlined above for students displaying symptoms of Covid 19 will be applied.

Thank you for indulging me in such a long email, and for your continued support.

Until next time,

Mr. S. Patras

 

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The First Day(s) Are Done… What Now?

Despite staggering our entry to school over the past two days, it was still a whirlwind of activity and energy! It was fantastic to see our kids in person once again, and they were so pleased to be with their classmates after a long absence. I can’t imagine how excited many of them will be for Wednesday when everyone returns for our first day together!

Walking and Drop Off Students

Thank you to all of our parents who were able to walk their kids to school or to drop them off after 8:40 a.m. and also thank you to all of you who were so gracious and allowed our staff to escort your kids to their classrooms.

Protocols

In addition to meeting their teachers, Educational Assistants and friends, students began to learn the many new protocols in place to keep them and our staff as safe as possible this year. Teachers supported them in learning appropriate handwashing and hand sanitizing (“hanitizing” as some of our little ones call it) techniques, when to wear masks (for those in gr 4-9), recess spaces and much more. While it will take some ongoing conversation and teaching, our kids were extremely receptive to the information. Thank you so much for the preparations that so many of you undertook at home!

Masks

All students in grades K-4 have been provided their government issued masks. Additionally, all students in grades 5-9 were encouraged to task their masks. If your child chose not to take his/her masks and you would like him/her to receive them please reach out directly to his/her teacher and we will ensure they are sent home. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact our school office.

Self Screening Questionnaire 

As a gentle reminder, please ensure that you are using the AHS Self Screening Questionnaire which can be found on our school website each day with your child. Your diligence in this important task is one more way that we can work together to keep our school safe.

Pre-existing Health Conditions

Thank you to those parents who have already reached out to confirm their children’s pre-existing medical conditions which may present with symptoms similar to COVID 19. If you have not yet shared this information with us I would ask you to please call the office a.s.a.p. Additionally, if your child has a pre-existing condition, it is strongly recommended that you have your child tested for COVID 19.

Student Pick Up/Walking Home After School

As mentioned in a previous post, students who are being picked up or are walking home after school are dismissed after all bussed students. This would mean that they will be exiting the building at approximately 3:15 p.m. We will continue to monitor this dismissal process and inform you of any changes to this time.

Additionally, in order to reduce congestion in front of the school, we are asking that any students waiting for friends find an alternate, pre-arranged meeting point away from the front of the school to meet. The baseball diamond, hockey rink and picnic tables are a few possible locations for this.

Finally, for those families who have an older sibling meeting a younger sibling to walk home together, please work with your children to establish a meeting point as they may be exiting the building from different doors. Siblings should not be moving through the school trying to find each other but rather outside at a predetermined location that they both know.

Thank you to all of our students, parents and staff for a fantastic start to the year. We are looking forward to seeing all of our kids tomorrow morning.

Mr. S. Patras

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