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Blog: Monday, June 1st, 2020

A Message from our Principal

Dear Barrowtown Families,

The BC Premier and Education Minister, who are working closely with the provincial health authority, have indicated that it is safe to re-open schools starting June 1st on an optional and partial basis for all students. Teachers, staff and district workers have been working very hard to ensure a safe and clean school environment as we prepare for the return of some of our Barrowtown students.

Based on the feedback received from communication with parents and the district survey, we know which students will continue with online learning from home, and which students will return to school two consecutive days per week. As a reminder, district school buses will not be available for the month of June.

In most schools, the class arrangement will be to have up to half the usual number of students in Pod A on Mondays and Tuesdays, and for the other half of the group in Pod B on Thursdays and Fridays. Because we are a smaller school at Barrowtown, our student numbers work to have just one Pod. This means that at Barrowtown School, our returning students will be placed only in Pod A and will come to school only on Mondays and Tuesdays starting on June 1st. Our teachers will focus on online learning for our students who are learning at home on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

For our students in Pod A returning to school, we will have a staggered start time between 9:15 and 9:30 and a staggered dismissal time between 3:00 and 3:15 on Mondays and Tuesdays to help with the social distancing guidelines. We will be in contact with you either by phone or e-mail to let your family know when to drop off your child(ren) at the school and when to pick up your child(ren) at the end of the day. The children will enter the school through the following doors at their designated time:

· Kindergarten/Grade 1 -side door nearest Mrs. Crozier’s classroom

· Grade 2/3 -front office doors

· Grade 4/5 -side door nearest Miss Shackleford’s classroom

For the safety of our children and staff, it is important that parents/grandparents not enter the school building unless an appointment is made ahead of time with a teacher or with Ms. Alisa.

To minimize the risk at school, the following are examples of precautions taken:

· Check in. with staff at the start of the day and with students prior to them entering the school to see if they are feeling sick, have a fever or cough, or have difficulty breathing.

· Hand sanitizers placed at the main entrance and each end of the school.

· Emphasis on regular/frequent hand washing protocol.

· Students reminded to keep hands to self and avoid contact; Social distancing will be encouraged.

· Each classroom and washrooms cleaned throughout the day.

· Less than 25 students will be outside during recess and lunch; Playground climber and sandbox remains closed until further notice.

· Children will work in their own space (2 metres apart from others)

· Signage located around all entry points and classrooms reminding students of hand washing and social distancing

· Outside play activities will involve contactless games and physically distanced play (ie. Hula hoops, skipping ropes, chalk art, etc.); Play equipment will be cleaned after each use.

· Water fountains are closed off; Students are asked to bring their own filled water bottle.

· Lockers and hallway cubby space will not be used; Send only a lunch kit that includes a recess snack, water bottle and lunch

· School supplies will be provided by the classroom teachers.

Regular updates and additional information will be provided as needed. Please feel free to contact me or your child’s homeroom teacher if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Terry Jung

Principal

604-360-2565 (cell)

terry.jung@abbyschools.ca