As another week begins with the voluntary, part-time return to school, I would like to reflect on the first week back last week. It was a very busy and exciting week at Trudeau and there were beginning of school nerves and excitement on the part of staff, parents, and students but this time for a different reason. As children entered the school, parents wondered what their day would be like. Children noticed many different things about being in school during this unusual time.
For those children returning, some of the changes at Trudeau were easy to adjust to, more space on the playground and in the classroom, quieter spaces, more time with the teacher and a lot more outside time! Other changes were a little more challenging, no touching other children so no tag games on the playground, not everyone had returned, and no sharing of games, toys, or equipment. With these challenges came new opportunities to explore new games on the playground and make new connections with classmates that maybe had not been made before. Of course, last week, handwashing and sanitizing when entering or exiting the building and before and after eating took a large chunk of the day. Everyone soon realized that twenty seconds is much longer than it seems! This week we anticipate much of the same, but we will settle into our new routines as we do when we usually start in the fall. I expect the new way of being in school will start to feel more normal.
As a reminder to those families who have returned to in-class learning, please remember that parents must do a child health check before children come to school every day checking for symptoms of the common cold, influenza, COVID-19 or other infectious respiratory disease before sending your child to school. If your child is ill, they must remain home. If you are unsure of your child’s health condition or if they have COVID-19-like symptoms, contact 811 for guidance and/or consult with your family doctor prior to sending them back to school. To help maintain a healthy learning environment, staff, families, and students are asked to practice good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette (i.e. coughing and sneezing into your sleeve). Please review with your child the safety protocols on a regular basis.
I would also like to remind parents that, if your child is continuing remote learning, things will be a little different for them too. Please be patient as teachers and support workers may need to change their schedules and routines when connecting with you because they now also have children in class that will need their attention. This has been another shift for the staff and please be assured, they are doing their very best, as they always do, to support Trudeau families.
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