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Important Reminders re: Return to In-Person Learning Monday, February 8

February 04, 2021

​Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

As you are aware, Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) elementary and secondary schools will return to in-person learning on Monday, February 8, 2021.

LKDSB Virtual Learn at Home schools continue to operate on their regular schedule.

We want to remind students and families about important health and safety measures in place to support a safe operation of schools. Parents/guardians can expect that there will be time spent in class during the first days of the return to in-person learning to review the proper use of masks, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

Click here to download a return to in-person learning checklist.

The following health and safety protocols are in place for the return to in-person learning, as per the direction of the provincial government:

Elementary Students

Pre-Screening: Prior to attending school, all students, staff and visitors must complete and follow the directions of the daily COVID-19 School Screening assessment tool.

Masking: All students in Grades 1-8 are required to wear a mask at school and on buses. Cloth and non-medical masks are permitted for students. Students in Kindergarten are encouraged, but not required to wear a mask. Families are encouraged to provide extra masks for students, if possible.

Students are encouraged to practice wearing masks and learn what type of mask is most comfortable for them. Parents/guardians should provide masks for their children to wear to school (cloth and non-medical masks are permitted for students). The LKDSB will provide backup non-medical masks for students who do not have their own. Face coverings that provide a tight seal at the chin and nose and cover the mouth are permitted (a gaiter for example), whereas face coverings that do not provide a tight seal at the chin and nose and cover the mouth are not permitted (a bandanna for example).

For some students with special needs, or significant medical conditions, wearing a mask may be problematic. Families should work with their school to determine if their child may be exempt from wearing a mask.

Masking Outdoors: Students in Grades 1-8 are required to wear a mask outdoors during a supervised outdoor break unless they are two metres apart or participating in a vigorous activity. Students will be expected to wear a mask while moving between the classroom and outdoors.

Secondary Students
 
Pre-Screening: Prior to attending school, all students, staff and visitors must complete and follow the directions of the daily COVID-19 School Screening assessment tool.

At the start of the school day, secondary students will be required to verify completion of the self-screening assessment. This may be recorded verbally or through an online confirmation, as per the individual secondary school process.
 
Masking: All secondary students are required to wear a mask at school and on buses. Cloth and non-medical masks are permitted for students. Families are encouraged to provide extra masks for students, if possible.

Outdoor Masking: Secondary students are required to wear a mask outdoors during a supervised outdoor break unless they are two metres apart or participating in a vigorous activity. Students will be expected to wear a mask while moving between the classroom and outdoors.

Access to LKDSB Schools

At this time, only essential visitors are allowed to enter schools and must do so by making prearranged appointments. Prior to attending school, all visitors must complete and follow the directions of the daily COVID-19 School Screening assessment tool. Visitors will be required to verify completion of the self-screening assessment and confirm that it permits attendance at schools. Visitors must also wear a medical mask while on school premises.

To maintain student cohorts and to support contact tracing, parents/guardians will not be allowed to enter schools at this time, except in case of emergency or a pre-arranged appointment time. Communication between parents/guardians and teaching staff or administration will primarily be through phone calls or email. Examples of prearranged appointments could be for IPRC meetings and assessment debriefing and results sharing.

Resources to Support Return to In-Person Learning

To help students prepare to return to school, parents/guardians are encouraged to review the health and safety protocols in place to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19, such as reminders about masking, physical distancing, and proper hand hygiene, etc. Click on the video links below to review important reminders with students on the following topics:

The LKDSB continues to follow directions from the Ministry of Education, local and provincial public health officials. Additional information and resources are available on the LKDSB's Parent/Guardian Resources website. Information is also available on Chatham-Kent Public Health and Lambton Public Health websites.

The health and well-being of students and staff remain the top priorities for the LKDSB. Together, we will continue to support the safe operation of schools.

If you have a specific question or concern about your child, please contact your school directly as messages are checked regularly.

Please visit the LKDSB website (www.lkdsb.net) regularly for up-to-date information.

Sincerely,

John Howitt
Director of Education

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Dawn Euphemia Public School
4587 Bentpath Line, Dresden, ON, N0P 1M0
519-692-3888
Principal: Lucy Rizzetto
Bus Zones: 4, 5, 6BUS STATUS

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