I know many of us would have hoped for some different news this week. I feel like I've spent a lot of time waiting for news, then waiting for more when only half of it comes. Unfortunately, I don't have any information to share with parents beyond what has already been sent to you by the LKDSB and posted to our website. I do want to acknowledge again that we know this is difficult for everyone. We truly appreciate all the efforts happening in the homes of students and staff to keep connections open and learning happening. We have a tremendous community and are lucky to have strong connections.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to your classroom teachers or myself if we can support in anyway.
It is very important based on the length of time spent at home between last year and this year that students are engaged and participating as much as they can manage. Opting out is not a choice at the point as in some cases students have missed significant amounts of learning since last March and while we open that the end is in sight, we truly cannot continue to wait on that hope.
We recognize many students are not able to be online for any length of time and that is more than understandable, however daily check-ins with teachers and working offline on items provided even if you are not participating in virtual meetings. If this is something you are struggling please reach out to me and I will work to figure out how we can help you.
We are now also beginning the work of high school transitions and meetings, if this applies to your child you will be hearing from Mrs. Rickman in the coming weeks.
Also keeping Mrs. Rickman and Mrs. Doom and Ms. Cobb busy is planning for a new style of Kindergarten Registration. This year meetings will be virtual and include a virtual tour for new students and their families. While this isn't the same fun that we usually look forward to we are still very excited to meet all of our new students. If you know families with children who will be school age next year (or did not attend JK and are ready for SK) please be sure to direct them to the LKDSB website to begin the registration process. On our Dawn Euphemia website is a link to sign up for the virtual meeting.
Regarding the current remote learning time line, we have been notified that learning from home will continue through Feb 10th. If we are to return on the 11th we will share whatever information we can regarding any changes in practice prior to return. What we can share with you currently is that students in Grades 1-3 will now be required to wear masks in school. I know almost all our students in these grades currently wear a mask on the bus voluntarily so this experience will be helpful with the transition to wearing them in class.
Finally, we do have a School Council meeting scheduled for Monday, January 25th at 6:30. This is a virtual meeting and the meeting link is emailed the day of the meeting to those who are interested in participating. While we have a brief agenda at this time as we continue in limbo I have kept the meeting date as I believe it is important just to have the opportunity to connect. If you did not previously express interest but would like to be included, please complete the form at this link. If you completed this previously, doing so again is not necessary. Indication of Interest - School Council
Attendance: Effective December 2, Lambton Kent District School Board will be implementing an automated attendance messaging system for Dawn-Euphemia school. The system will notify parents/guardians if your child has been marked absent and the school has not been notified of the reason for the absence. To follow-up, we will contact the parent/guardian phone numbers and email addresses that we have on file and ask that you call the school to confirm the absence and provide the reason. You can help by ensuring that the school has your most updated contact information and by notifying the school office in advance if your child will be late or absent. Please note: School voicemail messages are checked regularly.
Engagement: The circumstances of the current pandemic have necessitated a number of changes in nearly all areas of life. Schools in particular have needed to implement numerous practices to reduce risks as much as possible. Staff have worked tirelessly to find ways to incorporate what we can of previous routines and activities to help students and staff work through some difficult adjustments. We realize this is also the case in the home for many and can make outside activities extra difficult. We had limited response to our invitation for a formal school council meeting earlier this year but understand with the many directions families are being pulled and a number of the activities typically being supported by council that there are other current priorities. We would like to offer the opportunity to participate in a virtual council meeting if there proves to be sufficient interest. If you believe you would like to serve on the council at this time please complete the Indication of Interest form at https://forms.gle/oC9gCmisgyniFQCi8 prior to Friday, Dec 4th. If you are receiving this message as a school messenger phone call you can locate the link on the school website posted with this message on the Newsletters page under DE Current Info 2020.
LKDSB Strategic Priorities 2020/21-2025/26 and Operational Plan
The Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) has launched its new Strategic Priorities for 2020/21-2025/26 and Senior Administration has released its Operational Plan for the 2020-2021 school year. The Operational Plan will guide decision-making and actions of all LKDSB staff to meet the goals established in alignment with the four strategic priorities:
- Student Achievement & Well-Being: Advance high standards for innovative and responsive learning;
- Inclusive Diversity: Champion anti-oppressive education;
- Sustainable Stewardship: Optimize human, financial and physical resources; and
- Trusting Relationships: Strengthen relationships based on respectful collaboration.
The LKDSB remains committed to “Fostering Success for Every Student Every Day." Click on the links to learn more about the Strategic Priorities 2020/21-2025/26 and Operational Plan for the 2020-2021 school year.
Elementary Parents/Guardians of Kindergarten to Grade 8 Students Attending In-Class Learning
Sept 4, 2020
Dear Dawn-Euphemia Parents/Guardians,
The staff of Dawn-Euphemia School are so very much looking forward to welcoming you and your child(ren) back to school for a safe start to the 2020-2021 school year.
In order to support the successful transition back to school and assist students with learning school health and safety procedures and risk mitigation strategies, students will have a staggered entry.
- Students in SK – Grade 8: Half of the student body (Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8) will attend school on Thursday, September 10 for one day. On Friday, September 11, the remaining students (those who did not attend the previous day) will attend school. On Monday, September 14, all Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8 students will attend school.
- Students in JK: Half of the Junior Kindergarten students will attend school on Tuesday, September 15 for one day. On Wednesday, September 16, the remaining students (those who did not attend the previous day) will attend school. On Thursday, September 17, all Junior Kindergarten students will attend school.
- There have being some organization changes based on school numbers. Classes communicated in June remain the same with the exception of the Grade 2/3 class. This has also result in some staffing changes. Please find the current class organization and staff assignments below.
|FDK||L. Rickman, J. Doom, S. Cobb|
|Grade 1/2||K. Anderson|
|Grade 3/4||T. VanMiddelkoop|
|Grade 5/6||K. Vink|
|Grade 7/8||B. Clark|
|Phys Ed||LTO To be announced|
|Student Support||L. Rickman, C. Elliott, N. Walker|
The school will be contacting parents/guardians on Friday, September 4 to inform you of your child(ren)'s first day of school.
We understand that many of the school procedures for the 2020-2021 school year will be new to students; however, we are committed to supporting safe and welcoming transitions to school for our students and families. In addition to supporting student learning, staff will help students become familiar with school and health and safety routines to reduce the opportunities for transmission of COVID-19.
The plan is a multi-layered approach with various safety measures to mitigate opportunities for the transmission of COVID-19. The implementation is a shared responsibility between Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) staff, local Public Health, family households, students and Chatham-Kent Lambton Administrative School Services (CLASS). By collectively implementing the plan, our schools will be safe for our students and staff.
Refer to the School Safety Protocols and the Daily Screening Questionnaire for Parents/Guardians/Students Before Attending School for more information.
School Arrival Procedure
Students will arrive on their bus as per usual. At 8:45 students will be released from their buses in a staggered format to create appropriate physical distancing and proceed directly to their entrance door and enter their classroom. Students in Grades 4-8 must be wearing masks to enter the school, unless otherwise exempted. Students in JK- Grade 3 are encouraged to wear masks when entering the school.
Your child will enter the school and exit the school through a designated entrance/exit door. Your child's entrance/exit door will be designated by class assignment and we have been able to utilize our additional entrance. Grade 7/8 students will enter at the door closest to the bus drop off point (proceeding down the hallway that passes the office). Grade 5/6 students will enter through their regular door that enters the building nearest the washrooms. Grade 1/2 students will enter the cloak room door. Grade 3/4 students and FDK students will enter the primary doors. Grade 3/4 students will be able to use the cubbies in that entrance and FDK students will have cubbies inside of Room 4 this year.
Parents/Guardians: Please share school arrival/dismissal information with emergency contacts for your child so they are aware of the new protocols.
Please note: To maintain cohorts and contact tracing, parents/guardians WILL NOT be permitted to enter schools at this time, except in case of an emergency or a pre-arranged appointment time. Parents/guardians of students requiring extra support to get to class safely school contact the school administrator.
Cleaning protocols will align with the Ministry of Education School Reopening Guidelines and will focus on cleaning high touch surfaces (washrooms, eating areas, doorknobs, light switches etc.). Risk mitigation strategies will also be in place to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 (e.g. physical distancing where possible, masks and PPE. Hand hygiene etiquette by students and staff throughout the day will also support the maintenance of a clean and safe school environment.
Parents/guardians and all non-essential visitors will not be permitted to enter schools at this time, except in the case of an emergency or if a pre-arranged appointment time has been made with the office.
Communication between parents/guardians and teaching staff or administration will be through phone calls, email and classroom digital platforms. Please check these platforms and the website regularly for updates.
Parents/guardians are required to assess their children daily and report whether they are experiencing any signs of illness and are expected to keep them home if they are. Parents/guardians should refer to the Daily Screening Questionnaire for Parents/Guardians/Students Before Attending School to perform daily screening of their children before arriving at school.
Note: Refer to the School Safety Protocols and the Daily Screening Questionnaire for Parents/Guardians/Students Before Attending School for more information.
All students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must not attend school and should seek appropriate medical attention as required, including getting tested at a COVID-19 testing centre.
Students in Grades 4 to 8 will be required to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including in hallways and during classes. Outdoor times like recess can be used as opportunities to provide students with breaks from wearing masks as long as the students are organized to remain within their cohorts. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 are encouraged to wear masks in indoor spaces.
CLASS is planning service for all eligible students; there is no need to register for busing. Go to https://cklass.ca/services/student-transportation/address-eligibility/ in order to confirm your eligibility for transportation. Students will be assigned a bus seat, be required to wear masks and will sit with their siblings or classroom cohort. Additional information is available on the CLASS Student Transportation website: https://cklass.ca/services/student-transportation/
Download the MySBI app for school bus updates during the school year, including school bus delays and weather cancellations.
Student Pick Up or Drop Off
If a student must be picked up or dropped off they will need to enter and exit the school on their own. As pick up can be a very busy and congested time it is important that buses are utilized whenever possible. If you are picking up your child you will need to wait outside of the school, at the main entrance, appropriately physically distanced from any others outside as well. Staff will ensure they have identified a parent/guardian before releasing a child from the building. Children will not be released to a waiting vehicle as you will need to be present to meet them on the sidewalk to escort them safely when there may be other moving vehicles.
Personal Student Items
Each student will be designated a location for their materials (coat, backpack, etc.) and any personal items (e.g., backpack, clothing, water bottles, food, etc.) should be labeled.
Lunch and Food Services
Students will not be permitted to leave school property during lunch and will be required to bring their lunch and snacks to school daily. Students will eat their lunch with their class in a designated area. Students will not be allowed to share any food.
Students should bring labelled refillable water bottles. Drinking fountains will be closed, but refillable water stations will be open. If you do not have a refillable water bottle, please contact the school.
School Cash Online
School Cash Online will be used for families to purchase items like lunches, field trips, spirit wear, etc., in the event we return to offering such items. Using School Cash Online will support safety measures like physical distancing and no handling of cash. More information will be sent home to families later in the year as we progress to processing funds again. Visit the school website https://www.lkdsb.net/school/dawneuphemia to learn more about School Cash Online (click on the orange School Cash Online button).
Recess and Playgrounds
Elementary students will have the opportunity to enjoy recess. At this time, Medical Officers of Health have advised that outdoor activity has reduced risk and that playground equipment may be used. Classes will be assigned specific areas of the playground/schoolyard at recess. Students will practice hand hygiene before and after the break.
Classes will resume according to a conventional in-person model. When specialist teachers provide instruction to a class (such as French, Physical Education, Arts, etc.), students will remain in their classrooms, and teachers will move between rooms. Minimizing student movement will reduce congestion and student-to-student interaction between classrooms.
For additional information about programming, read the Reopening Our Schools plan section on Programming: Elementary.
Moving Between Learn at Home and Face-to-Face Instruction
Parents/guardians will have limited opportunities within the school year to switch their child's school experience between face-to-face instruction and Learn at Home instruction (or vice versa). Families must notify the school in advance and there may be a waiting period prior to their child's admission to school, depending on scheduling and availability of classroom space. Families wishing to transfer between Face-to-Face Learning to Learn at Home or transfer from Learn at Home to Face-to-Face instruction must contact their principal according to the following timelines:
- Fall date: Families notify school by October 22. Student begins new program type on November 16.
- Winter date: Families notify school by January 12. Student begins new program type on February 3.
- Spring date: Families notify school by March 30. Student begins new program type on April 20.
Students moving between program delivery choice (i.e. Face-to-Face learning or Learn at Home) should anticipate changes in teacher(s). If space is available, the LKDSB will attempt to accommodate all requests sooner than the dates above; however, this will vary from school-to-school and grade-by-grade and may not be possible. Transportation delays may also occur.
Special Education Staff Support
Teachers, Educational Assistants and other special education support staff essential for daily academic programming in the classroom will use personal protective equipment when physical distancing is not possible. Information about Special Education staff support is available in the Reopening Our Schools plan. Should you have any specific questions about your child, please follow-up with the school.
Individual Education Plan
Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Plan of Care for students will be reviewed and updated in consultation with families and school staff as we begin the 2020-2021 school year. Parents and guardians can expect to receive an updated IEP and/or Plan of Care. If parents and/or guardians have any questions or concerns, please contact our Resource Teacher Mrs. Leslie Rickman.
Families are encouraged to contact the school to discuss any concerns regarding their child's transition to school. For additional resources, please access information at: https://www.lkdsb.net/Board/Community/MentalHealth/
Reopening Our Schools Plan
For additional information about the LKDSB's Reopening Our Schools Plan, please visit the LKDSB website. Please communicate any relevant information with your child's emergency contacts.
We look forward to a safe and welcoming start to the 2020-2021 school year. Should you have any specific questions about your child, please contact the school at 519-692-4035 to speak to their classroom teacher.