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Hastings eNews - September 25, 2020

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Hello Hastings school community, 

Here’s what’s been happening at Hastings these past first two weeks of school and a look at what’s coming up next week. Please read all the following information carefully. 

Please continue to visit the VSB website, the Hastings school website and the Hastings PAC website for information regarding district, school and PAC events.   

Health and Safety

The health and safety of staff, students and the community continues to be our first priority. Staff will continue to encourage frequent handwashing, maximizing of physical distance, minimizing of physical contact and ensure additional cleaning measures are in place. Entry into the school will continue to be limited to staff and students only. Non staff and students may be admitted in exceptional circumstances at the invitation of the school administration. All visitors must please call 604-713-5507 upon arrival BEFORE entering the school. 

In addition, all students have been issued 2 reusable masks. Wearing a mask is optional for k-5 students. Grade 6/7 students and staff are required to wear a mask where physical distancing cannot be maintained or in high density/high traffic areas. Grade 6/7 students must have a mask with them at school. 

Daily Health Assessment

Families, please ensure you’re conducting a daily health assessment of your child(ren) before sending them to school each day. A revised copy of the Daily Health Assessment - Student checklist is attached for your reference. 

Reporting Student Absences

Please call 604-713-5159 extension 35 before 9:00 am or as soon as you know your child will be absent to report all student absences. 

Please Ensure Your Child Arrives at School On Time

Our welcome bell rings at 8:55 am and teachers will be at their class’s designated drop off/pick up location from a little before 8:55 am to a little after 9:00 am to welcome their students. Please ensure your child arrives at school on time so they can enter the school safely with their teacher and the rest of their class. Students who arrive after their class has left, must report to the office before going to class. Parents accompanying late students, please call 604-713-5507 before entering the school. 

Please Ensure Your Child is Dressed Appropriately for the Weather

In order to maintain our Covid-19 safety protocols, maximizing physical distance and minimizing physical contact, all students must remain outside the school before the start of the school day and all students must go outside during recess and outdoor playtime.

Please ensure your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the weather. Suggestions for appropriate rainwear include waterproof boots, a raincoat with a hood, rain pants and an umbrella. As the weather gets colder, gloves, toques and warmer layers to go underneath a water-resistant coat are advised. For younger students who may find it difficult to resist splashing in muddy puddles, families may want to send a change of socks or a full change of clothes. 

Please speak with your children about the importance of remaining warm and dry and healthy when outdoors during these unprecedented times. 

If your family needs help acquiring rain/winter clothing for your children, please contact your child's teacher or the school office. 

Food4school Lunch Program and Quick-Pick Breakfast Snacks

Hastings is one of the VSB schools that will be offering the Food4school lunch program for students who are hungry at school and experience food insecurity from home.

  • There are no fees collected from families for the Food4school program.
  • Food4school is intended for children who are not provided with food from home and cannot pay for food at school.
  • Funding is provided by the Provincial CommunityLINK grant. 

Two lunch programs are available:

  • Daily Take-Away Lunch (individually packed fresh foods to be eaten same-day)
  • Weekly Student Lunch Kit (student-friendly groceries for 5 lunches to be picked up from the school covered area Tuesdays between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm to be prepared at home)
  • Students may register for one program only. 

If you would like to register your child(ren) for one of the lunch programs, please complete the attached F4S Registration Form and return it to your child’s teacher. Please complete a form for each of your children. 

Hastings will also offer Quick-Pick breakfast snacks for students who are hungry at school and experience food insecurity from home. Breakfast snacks will be available before school in the covered area. 

Pay School and Agenda Fees Online

This year’s general school supply fee is $35 per student and agendas for the classes that are using them cost $5 per student. These fees are now payable on School Cash Online. Families will need to register for School Cash Online before they can pay fees. Please visit the Fees page of our school website for more information.  

As a reminder, the Vancouver School Board will not deny a child access to the school supplies required for his or her educational program because of financial hardship. Nor will any child be excluded from activities where a fee is charged. If at any time there is a financial challenge, please contact the school principal. All requests will be treated confidentially. 

Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation and VSB Acceptable Use of Technology Policy

New families and anyone who isn’t sure you’ve already done so, please visit myforms.vsb.bc.ca to complete a Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation consent form and to read and acknowledge VSB’s Acceptable Use of Technology Policy (AUP). All students and staff must acknowledge the AUP. 

Student Information Verification Package

All students should have brought home a student information verification package this week, including an information verification form, a media consent form, a yellow reunification form and an Informed Consent for Local Community Activities form. Please complete and return these forms to your child’s teacher as soon as possible. 

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 28 to Friday, October 2

  • Bike to School Week - Students and staff are encouraged to bike or find other active transportation ways of getting to school.

Tuesday, September 29

  • PAC General Meeting, 7:00 pm online. Please visit PAC website for more information. 
  • If you would like to receive regular email updates from the PAC, please email info@hastingspac.ca to be added to the mailing list. Note that your address will not be shared and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Wednesday, September 30

  • Orange Shirt Day - Students and staff are encouraged to wear orange in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to Indigenous children’s sense of self-esteem and well-being, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters.

Monday, October 12

  • Thanksgiving Day - No school

Tuesday, October 13

  • First opportunity for Learn from Home Transition Option 4 students to return to in-person instruction. Please contact the school at least a week in advance to inform us of your decision to return.

Wednesday, October 21 & Thursday, October 22

  • Early Dismissal - All students will be dismissed at 2:00 pm to allow for Communicating Student Learning conferences.

Friday, October 23

  • Province Wide Pro D Day - No school for students

Wednesday, October 28

  • PAC Annual General Meeting, 7:00 pm online. Please visit PAC website for more information. 
  • If you would like to receive regular email updates from the PAC, please email info@hastingspac.ca to be added to the mailing list. Note that your address will not be shared and you can unsubscribe at any time. 

Have a wonderful week! 

Vital Peeters and Susan Dent

Hastings Administration

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