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September 2020 Back To School Information

Messages related to back to school that were emailed home by our Principal  will also be posted here. If you are not receiving our emails, please email our school so we may update your contact information. *Note: and accounts are not recommended. Thank you!

August 31, 2020

Dear Taylor Park Parents and Guardians:

Welcome to Taylor Park! We are looking forward to welcoming all students back and meeting our new students and families. For families in Kindergarten, you will be receiving a subsequent communication regarding gradual entry over the coming days. As a community of learners, we are committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our members. Our District is taking direction from Fraser Health Authority and are in regular contact with them, as well as the Ministries of Health and Education. As we prepare to welcome students back to our school in September, our priority is to maintain a healthy and safe environment for all.

Over the next week, we will be working to finalize your child’s classroom and learning group placement. More information regarding drop off and pick up procedures, as well as our staggered start and dismissal times, entrance protocols, and your child’s learning group will be communicated before your child’s orientation on September 10th. As we diligently work to have our school ready for your child’s return, we would like to take this opportunity to share the following information.

Learning Groups
Upon returning to school, your child will be placed in a learning group with age like peers to promote social interaction and learning. Your child’s learning group may encompass one or two classes, up to a maximum of 60 students and staff. Your child may occasionally interact with students and staff from other learning cohorts, but in this event the students will be expected to maintain their physical distance. Learning groups provide a range of benefits for students including:
Learning – allow full-time attendance in school
Social – increase peer interaction, avoid isolation
Emotional – increase peer support and connection
Psychological – decrease mental health impacts

Orientation Week
September 8-11 is our orientation week. On September 8 and 9, staff will be returning to school to complete preparations for a safe return to school for all children. Your child(ren) will be provided an in-class ninety (90) minute orientation time on Thursday, September 10th from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. For safety reasons, we will have a staggered drop-off and pick-up. Parents of students with a last name starting with the letter A-L should be dropped off from 9:00 – 9:10 am and picked up at 10:20-10:30. Students with a last name starting with the letters M-Z should drop off students from 9:10 – 9:20 and pick up from 10:30-10:40. You may need to arrange for childcare options for those dates, as classes will only be in session for about ninety minutes.

Parent Survey – COMPLETE BY SEPTEMBER 1 @ 11PM
The Burnaby School District is requiring ALL parents to complete a return to school declaration of intent to indicate your plans for September. The survey is open until Tuesday, September 1 at 11:00 PM. The link for the survey can be found on the District website.

Taylor Park Parent Meeting Reminder – Tuesday, September 1st at 4 pm via Zoom
We will be hosting a parent information meeting regarding our return to school plans on Tuesday, September 1st at 4 pm. Meeting ID and password were included in the email. If you did not receive the email, please contact the school at info by 3:30PM.

The health and safety of our students and staff is our paramount concern as we return to school. Some important items to keep in mind:
• We will be implementing twice daily cleaning of frequently touched surfaces throughout the building.
• Regular hand-washing/sanitizing routines will be established for all staff/students.
• Parents and caregivers must assess their child daily for symptoms of illness before sending them to school and notify the school if they are remaining home.
• Students who become ill, or exhibit symptoms throughout the day, will be isolated from others with parents being contacted to pick up their child.
• To facilitate physical distancing, only essential staff and students will be allowed to enter the school.
• All students will be provided with two masks, with students in grades 6-7 expected to wear them in common areas (i.e. Hallways, etc.)
• All students bring their own supplies and refrain from sharing them with others.
• Students are asked to bring their own food and are not permitted to share food in compliance with health and safety protocols.
• Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle

We hope this information provided is helpful to you in your family. We will provide you with further details as stated above by Wednesday, September 9. We look forward to welcoming your child(ren) back!

Mr. Hal Wall