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

About Shaye Patras

I am a husband and father of two fantastic girls. I currently work as the Principal of Ecole Meridian Heights School in Parkland School Division in Alberta, Canada. I am excited to be continuing my administrative career in this learning community!
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4 Responses to The First Day(s) Are Done… What Now?

  1. aaron says:

    Hi there so this morning we were a bit early. We were told to find the sign for the teachers class. This may work for students in higher grades to read but for little ones I think this overwelbed them. Not sure if the classes for younger grades could have a picture to make it easier to know thats where they should play. I seen alot of confused kids today trying to find where they needed to play/hangout before bell.

    • Shaye Patras says:

      Hello Aaron,

      We are hopeful that as we continue to train the kids on their entry and exit doors as well as their playground locations that they will be able to manage the routine; however, if this does not end up being the case we will certainly explore the idea of pictures. Thank you for the suggestion.

      Have a wonderful weekend

      Shaye

  2. Ali Wilks says:

    Thank you SOO much for all the hard work all of the staff have done to make sure our kiddos are safe. We have no idea about the amount of work and worry that must have gone into this execution. I know that there will be some adjusting as we go. But, I wanted to make sure that you all know how much your dedication to this means to us as parents, and for the kids. Thank you for teaching, guiding, nurturing, inspiring and loving these young minds! 🙂

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