Returning to School Update

 

Good afternoon Plainsview Storm Families! 

I hope you are enjoying a restful summer and remain healthy.  What a reality we are currently living!  

I wanted to share a few items now so you can start preparing for our return. I also want to encourage you to check our website (plainsview.rbe.sk.ca) and Twitter feed (@PlainsviewSch) for the most current information as things are literally changing every few days. The local news is also a good place to check for updates.  

With an expected population of around 500 the average class will have 26-28 students. As physical distancing in the classroom can be difficult, students in grades 4-8 and all staff will therefore wear non-medical masks (please purchase more than one) and students in grades K-3 will be encouraged to do so as well. Pairs of students will also share lockers (K-3) but only for coats and shoes.  

Students will remain in their classroom groups – or cohorts – for the day. Specialist teachers, administration, educational assistants, etc., will interact with the cohort in their space to avoid having the students move about. Students will also eat in their room with the same cohort. The library and gym will be closed to start the year. 

Students will not work in the hallways or breakout rooms as we are accustomed to doing. All soft and supplementary furniture has been stored to allow our facility staff the time to do a thorough cleaning every night and reduce the temptation to mix groups.  

We are increasing from 2 boot rooms to 4 entry/exit points. Teachers will pick up their classes from their designated doors and will be dismissed from the same location. Parents will not be allowed on the playground during school hours. Parents with primary children are encouraged to start practicing now where you will meet your child at the end of the day if they are walking or they are being picked up. 

For student safety, the staff parking lot is not to be used as a drop-off and pick up area. 

Recesses have been moved in order to limit the coming and going from classrooms but will be used primarily to stagger entering and exiting the building. A split recess will occur during lunch. Our new hours are:

8:53-9:08 – Morning recess

9:08 – 11:45 – Morning classes

11:45 – 12:45 – Lunch and 1 recess (staggered) - Recess 1 (half of the school) (11:45-12:00) Recess 2 (Remaining half of school) (12:30-12:45) 

12:45 – 3:22 – Afternoon classes

3:22 – 3:37 – Afternoon recess/Dismissal 

We ask that students not coming by bus come as close to 9:08 as possible to avoid overcrowding. The same applies at the end of the day (3:22). Students who have their parents’ permission will be free to make their way home rather than stay for recess.  

Students transported by bus will receive their schedules from Regina Public Schools Transportation. Masks will be mandatory for all students riding the bus.    

You will be contacted by your classroom teacher prior to the beginning of school as we can not host a Meet the Teacher night. They will introduce themselves, share the routine for day 1, and answer questions. 

If you are interested in remote learning please go to https://www.reginapublicschools.ca/eschoolThis is not the same as the supplemental learning we provided in March-June but rather the full curriculum with on-going assessment. 

Much more information to come but wanted to give you an initial picture so you can decide what is best for your child this fall.  As before, we commit ourselves to make Plainsview a great place to be and learn but will need your help and patience.

Take care,

Curtis and Sarah