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Welcome Greely Road Families to the 2020/2021 School Year

Welcome Greely Road Families to the 2020/2021 School Year

Dear Greely Road Families,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at Greely Road School. We are very excited to get the year started with the amazing team of students, staff and community members that make Greely Road the wonderful school it is. 

As we enter the new year, the school is already coming alive. Our custodians have been working very hard to ensure your children have a clean and safe environment to return to and our staff has started to come back a little early as they are working hard to get the school ready for the students.

We all know that this year will be a different experience than in past years due to Covid-19 and below you will see new measures in place set by the school division and the government. But the warm, caring, learning environment you expect from Greely Road will still be here. 

As part of the Greely Road community I look very much forward to helping our students, families, and have the best of school years. If you have any questions at all feel free to contact me by phone or e-mailing me at christopher.organ@fmpsd.ab.ca

Yours in learning,

Chris Organ

Covid Measures for 2020-2021

While many of the measures below would not be in place during a normal school year, all of these measures have been set by the district and the government to ensure the health and safety of our Greely Road students and families. FMPSD will also be sending a detailed document of rules and regulations, what is below are some key points I felt worth highlighting. 

Hopefully, as the world combats Covid-19 and things get better we will be able to revisit and adjust as needed. 

The full FMPSD re-entry plan can be found by clicking here.

Screening for illness:

  • Before coming to school each day all students and staff must complete the Government of Alberta’s Covid-19 Screening Questionnaire whether they can attend school or must stay home.
  • If the answer is yes to any of the questions, staff and students must stay home and use the Covid-19 Self Assessment Tool to determine whether a Covid-19 test is required.
  • Screening Questionnaires do not need to be submitted to the school.
  • Students and staff exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and who are directed to test for COVID-19 as per the Alberta Health Services Self-Assessment Tool must stay home until they test negative for COVID-19. Students will be supported by their school to learn at home until they return to school.

If Your Child Presents Illness at School:

  • Students who develop symptoms at school will be asked to wear a non-medical mask and be isolated in a separate room or kept at least two meters away from others.
  • Parents will be contacted to pick up their children immediately.
 

If Your Child Has a Pre-Existing Condition:

  • People who have health issues (ie. allergies or chronic cough unrelated to CoVID-19) and are exhibiting COVID-19  like symptoms must be tested once, according to the Alberta Health Services Guidance document; this will establish a baseline for people.
  • If symptoms change or worsen, the person will need to leave the school, follow illness protocols and be tested and cleared before returning to school.

Entering the Building 

  • All those entering the school building will be required to sanitize their hands immediately and will be required to wear a mask.
  • Students will be lined up by class at a designated door when entering the building. Grade k/ECDP will use the main doors along with grade 1 and 2. The side door will be used for grades 3-4and 5-6. For the first week of school students will line up at the front door in designated areas, due to construction. 
 

Masks and PPE

  • Students from grades 4-6  will be required to wear masks in all shared and common areas such as hallways and on buses.
  • Mask wearing for ECDP-Grade three students will be optional.
  • Teachers and staff will be required to wear a mask while in close proximity of the students
 

Access to the Building

  • Currently parent volunteers are not permitted in the school building. However, we are optimistic that we will find ways to work with parent volunteers later in the school year as things improve.
  • We will always encourage strong communication between Greely Road and our families. During Covid we encourage contact with Greely Road through e-mail and over the phone. 
  • Families who need to go into the school must book an appointment in advance. Family members with a scheduled appointment will need to use the Government of Alberta Covid Screening Questionnaire before going to the school to determine if it is safe for them to attend.
  • The office will not be able to accommodate food delivery services such as skip the dishes. 
  • If you need to pick up your child we ask that you call the front office and wait outside the front doors or the office where a staff member help deliver your child to you. 

 Lunches

Due to Alberta Health Guidelines, there are some changes regarding lunches.

  • We ask that all parents pack a lunch and snacks for their children. 
  • The school cannot and will not accept food delivery from Skip the Dishes or other food delivery services.
  • If by chance a child forgets their lunch and you are dropping off lunch, the following steps will need to be followed:
    • Upon arrival, call the front office.
    • A staff member will walk your child to the front door where you can hand the lunch off to your child.
    • Please do not enter the building.
  • The office is unable to provide a microwave for children to heat up their lunches. We encourage the use of thermoses. If your child has a medical condition such as Cystic Fibrosis, where hot food is a medical requirement, please notify your child's teacher.
    • We cannot accommodate food preferences, the microwave will only be for medical needs. 

Gatherings and Afterschool Programs

  • Gatherings that bring multiple cohorts of students together are not permitted at this time. This includes performances such as concerts, book fairs, guest speakers, school dances, in-person meetings such as meet the teacher events and group fundraisers like a bike-a-thons. Virtual assemblies may be held within the school community.
  • After school clubs and activities are on hold until further notice. 

Staggered Start:

As you may have heard, the start of the school year is staggered to allow us to educate the children of safe COVID practices while minimizing contact with other classes.  Both school boards will be starting the year with a staggered entry. 

 

This staggered entry schedule will see only certain grades in a school each day during the first week. All students will in 1-6  return to school together on September 8th. Due to our combined class format at Greely Road there is a slight difference in regards to grade 1/2.

 

Please note that the first day dates for Kindergarten and ECDP. 

Grades 1-6

 

Dates

Grades in Attendance

Tuesday September 1st

Grade 1/2

Wednesday September 2nd 

Grade 3/4

Thursday September 3rd

Grade 5/6

Regular Scheduled Classes Begin on on 8th of September

 

Kindergarten

 

First Day For Kindergarten

Thursday September 3rd AM

 

ECDP

 

First Day For ECDP

Wednesday September 9th AM