Welcome back!

Welcome Back!
Posted on 09/03/2021
Back to school

Welcome to another school year! We hope that you and your loved ones have had a safe and restful summer. We are excited to welcome our students back to in-person learning on September 9th.  We look forward to working with you, and all of our students this upcoming year.

Safety Measures in schools:

In case you missed some of the more recent updates regarding safety measures in our schools, here is some important information:

  • Daily screening: All students and staff must do a daily screening for COVID-19 symptoms before school and stay home and get tested if there are symptoms;
  • COVID Wise: Continued emphasis in schools on cohorting, social distancing, hand hygiene, directional signage in schools, enhanced cleaning practices;
  • Masks: Required for all staff and for students grade 1-12.

In-person elementary school days will be very similar to last year:

  • Cohorts: Students remain with one cohort the entire day
  • Lunch: Students to eat in classrooms
  • Recess: Students will take breaks within cohorts
  • Food programs: Breakfast programs will be first to resume; other food programs (ie Pizza Days) will be assessed after reopening

FPSA return to school handbook:

We have prepared the following student handbook, which outlines specific protocols in place at Fisher Park/Summit Alternative. We recommend that you review this slideshow with your child before September 9. Staff will review the guidelines with students as well.

FPSA Return to School Handbook

School supplies:

School supplies cannot be shared between students in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and other viruses. Supplies should be labeled and stored in a pencil case (or a resealable plastic bag) for student’s personal use. Parents are encouraged to check with their child and replenish supplies as needed. The school will have supplies available for students who do not bring their own. As we will be focussing on keeping all supplies with students at their desk, parents who choose to send supplies do not need to send all items at the same time, but rather use the items to replenish throughout the year. 

Grade 7 and grade 8

Pencil case or a resealable plastic bag 

12 pencils

2 erasers (preferably white)

2 highlighters

3 ballpoint pens

1 metric ruler (30cm, clear plastic)

1 pair of blunt scissors

2 glue sticks

Calculator

1 geometry set

2 packages of 3-hole lined refill paper

3 binders and binder dividers

School supplies are always a big part of back-to-school preparation. In order to reduce the risks of transmission, we continue to encourage students to bring as few items into the classroom as possible. Although some children will want to bring other items and toys from home, we are asking all families to keep these special items home. Here are a few tips for families:

  • School supplies are voluntary. The school will have supplies available for students. Some families prefer to purchase them, and if so, this voluntary supply list provides an idea of the kinds of supplies that are used by grade. 

  • School supplies cannot be shared between students in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. 

  • If a student brings supplies, they should be labeled and stored in a pencil case (or a resealable plastic bag) for personal use. 

  • Students will be keeping all supplies at their desk. If you choose to send supplies, keep them to a minimum and replenish them throughout the year

Masks

  • The Ministry of Education requires students in Grades 1 to 12 to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including in hallways and during classes.

  • All students are strongly encouraged to wear masks outdoors, especially when physical distancing cannot be safely maintained. 

  • Students will have an opportunity for “mask breaks'' when outdoors and physical distancing can be maintained. Please continue practicing mask-wearing with your child.  

A Backpack and lunch….During nutrition breaks 

  • Students should bring their own utensils and water bottles.

  • All empty food containers and garbage are to be taken back home with the student. Try to bring a waste-free lunch if possible.

Refillable water bottle

  • Please bring a full refillable water bottle to school each day. Water bottle refill stations will be available to students

  • Water drinking fountains will be closed.

Outdoor Learning, and Recess 

  • Start with one pair of shoes that are appropriate for indoor and outdoor use. Indoor shoes are advisable, but not a requirement at this time.  Indoor shoes will be necessary as the weather changes. 

  • As students will be spending time outdoors (opportunities for outdoor learning, physical education classes, and recess), students should be prepared for varying weather conditions (sunhat, jacket etc.).  On rainy days, boots and an extra pair of socks is also a good idea! 

Student transportation

Students who live further than 1.6 km from the school will receive a Presto pass from OC Transpo. These students will be provided with their Presto pass on the first day of school, so students will need to manage their own transportation on the morning of September 9th.  

As we shared during our orientation presentation in the Spring, we do not have any school bus transportation. All students who live closer than 1.6 km will need to be transported by parents, or walk/bike to school.

More information regarding student transportation is available here - 
http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/school-bus-routes/oc-transpo-public-transit-information/

Important information from Ottawa Public Health

This letter from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) to parents and guardians provides important information and answers to frequently asked questions about the return to school:

Attach.1-2021-2022 OPH Return to School Letter for Parents_EN.pdf 

Attach.1-2021-2022 OPH Return to School Letter for Parents_FR.pdf 

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