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Dear Willway Families,

Please review the information below to prepare your family and child for what to expect when they return to the school site in June. To ensure our community safety and to create a welcoming environment, please read this carefully.

Please ensure your child has viewed this video https://youtu.be/3PmVJQUCm4E
and has had ample practice with the handwashing protocol. Handwashing will happen at least 8 times per day.

School Information
• Part time, voluntary return to in class instruction will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Remote learning will continue for at home learners.
• There will be students who are not with their classroom teacher.
• We must know in advance if your child is coming to school. We cannot accept students without prior arrangement.
• Drop off time is 8:40. Your child will line up and wait for their teacher on a marked teal star that is painted on the pavement. We will greet your child outside of the building on Tuesday, June 2nd and direct them to their assigned lineup. Student pick up time is 2:40. Your child will be brought out of the building by their teacher at this time.
• Parents will not be able to enter the school, classrooms, or modulars. Please talk to your child about this in advance.
• If your child is sick with cold/flu like symptoms they must stay home.
• If your child becomes sick at school, they will be isolated and you will be contacted for immediate pick up. They cannot return until their symptoms are gone and they have a doctor’s note.

The Classroom
• Classrooms will be different than usual.
• There will not be shared supplies or materials.
• Students will line up outside classroom doors using line up markers.
• Students and staff will wash their hands every time they enter and exit the classroom.
• No toys can be brought to school.
• Students will be physically distanced in class to help ensure no physical contact.
• All food needs to be brought in and out each day including the garbage. Please make sure your child can open all containers as we are unable to support them with this.
• Water bottles only, no juice please. Water fountains are closed.
• We will go outside for learning activities as much as possible. Please be prepared for the weather.

* If your child is going to stop or start coming to school please let us know, by calling the office at 250-478-1213, so we can be prepared.

Thank you for taking the time to read these points. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Return to School: How can you help us keep our schools, classrooms and community healthy?

As we open schools to voluntary return for students, it is important for you to know that your child’s health and safety is our primary concern.   Below are key considerations that we will need students/families to be aware of and observe while participating in our phase two return:

If your Child is Ill:

If a student is ill, with any common cold, influenza or COVID-19 like symptoms, parents/guardians must keep their child at home until they have been assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, AND their symptoms have resolved.

If you are unsure of your student’s status or if they have symptoms contact 811 for guidance. 

If your child becomes ill while in School:

  • As per guidance from health authorities, any child exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be moved to a special isolation

room, where they will be supervised and supported by staff until they are picked up.

  • Parents /Guardians will be notified and advised to pick-up their child as soon as possible. Please ensure that the

school has your up to date contact information, including emergency contact information, to ensure timely pickup.

Be Accessible at all times: Please keep your phones on and yourself accessible if you are sending your child to school. If your child is unwell we will ask you to pick up your child/children.

Conduct Daily Self-Assessments:

 Parents/guardians must assess their child daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease before sending them to school.  If a student is ill, with any common cold, influenza or COVID-19 like symptoms, parents/guardians must keep their child at home until they have been assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, AND their symptoms have resolved.

A student may not receive in-person instruction if another person in their home has symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease, even though they remain asymptomatic.  This will help keep our schools and community safer.

Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures

Parents/Guardians must remain outside of the school when dropping off /picking up students. Parents/ Guardians must not enter the school.

Administration will develop drop off/pick up times and if the schedule needs to be modified based on student attendance this will be communicated to Parents/Guardians.

For K-5 students the expectation to physically distance is shifting to that of minimizing/avoiding physical contact. However, physical distancing of 2 meters must be maintained by middle school students, secondary students and adults.

In addition to the Daily Self-Assessment for Illness, Parents/Guardians of Learners with Diverse Needs, as required, will communicate with staff via email prior to arrival to communicate any additional information that may be needed regarding supporting their child. Please consult with case manager and administration if support is needed.

Access Control

Parent/guardians and visitors must not enter the school/site. Only School District No. 62 staff may enter.

Access to SD 62 sites by non-school district personnel is not permitted unless deemed necessary by administration or site-manger.  Communication should occur via the phone, virtual meeting, or email.  If access is required, it must be by pre-approval from administration or site-manager and by appointment only.

Food and School Supplies

Handwashing

 Handwashing is required for students:

  • Before leaving home, on arrival at school, and before leaving school
  • After using the toilet
  • Before and after any transitions within the school setting (e.g. to another classroom, indoor-outdoor transitions, moving to on-site childcare, etc.)
  • After sneezing or coughing
  • After breaks and sporting activities
  • Before and after eating any food, including snacks
  • Before touching face (nose, eyes or mouth)
  • Whenever hands are visibly dirty

To help maintain a healthy learning environment, we are continuing to ask students and families to practice good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette (Coughing and sneezing into your sleeve). Please review with your child on a regular basis

Thank you

 

 

 

 

 
 

Hello Willway Families,

We are currently in the planning process for our in-school instruction that begins the week of June 1st.  We wanted to outline a little of what this “new school” will look like for our students.

  • Attendance is voluntary
  • Students will attend for 2 full days per week (these days are yet to be determined)
  • Although physical distancing is a priority, students will also be required to engage in hand washing regularly throughout the day
  • Students are to pack-in/pack-out all food, garbage and supplies
  • Students will line up at set markers at the start and end of the day to ensure we maintain social distancing
  • As teachers return to in-class learning opportunities, the remote programming will look different as teachers find a balance between in-class and remote learning
  • All classrooms will be minimalist in set up with desks spread apart to support social distancing
  • Depending on student numbers, children may not be in their regular classroom or with their own teacher
  • Varied recess and lunch times may be introduced to support enough space for social distance play
  • Any child displaying cold/flu/respiratory symptoms will not be permitted to the school for ten days or until they are symptom free whichever is longer

Detailed plans and scheduling will be out to parents as soon as we are able.  

Next week – May 25-29

To accommodate the measures required prior to students safely returning to the building, remote learning will be limited to three days this week. Willway teachers have been working very hard and still have a significant amount of work to do to prepare their classrooms and programs for the return of any students. There will be one class meeting and limited office hours. Teachers will let you know when they are hosting their meeting.

School Supply pick up is next week. Our Cupe and Administration staff will be at the school longer days to support the students in the ESW childcare program.  If you are unable to come during the allotted times, please contact Ms. Laidlaw to arrange an alternate time between 7:30 and 8:00 am or between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. See the schedule below. 

Tuesday, May 26th

9-10:30 am – Parents of students with last name starting with A-K can pick up

1:00-2:30 pm – Parents of students with last name starting with L-Z can pick up

Wednesday, May 27th

9-10:30am- Parents of students with last name starting with L-Z can pick up

1:00-2:30pm – Parents of students with last name starting with A-K can pick up

Thursday, May 28th

9-10:30am -Parents of students with last names starting with A-K can pick up

1:00-2:30pm – Parents of students with last names starting with L-Z can pick up

We ask that only one person comes from each family to pick up supplies at our school . Please line up outside the gym doors on the basketball court. Arrive and walk down the left side of the building and exit around the right side of the building. 

If you have classroom books or library books at home there will be recycling bins outside along the outer gym wall to place them in by Division. There will be no entry to the school, as we will be adhering to safe social distancing protocols at all times.

When you get to the front of the line your child’s supplies will be retrieved and will be placed outside for you. We can only distribute supplies to adult family members at this time. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

 
 

School Supply Pick Up 

We are starting to get used to one thing that is constant… change! Our school supply pick up dates are now May 26-28th. This is earlier than originally planned as we will be having some students rejoin Willway on site on a voluntary basis starting on June 1st.  We need to have all supplies sent home before students return to the building. Students who are coming to school will be bringing everything they need with them every day. It will be a “pack in, pack out” system to keep everyone as safe as possible.  

Tuesday, May 26th

9-10:30 am – Parents of students with last name starting with A-K can pick up

1:00-2:30 pm – Parents of students with last name starting with L-Z can pick up

Wednesday, May 27th

9-10:30am- Parents of students with last name starting with L-Z can pick up

1:00-2:30pm – Parents of students with last name starting with A-K can pick up

Thursday, May 28th

9-10:00am -Parents of students with last names starting with A-K can pick up

1:00-2:30pm – Parents of students with last names starting with L-Z can pick up

We ask that only one person comes from each family to pick up supplies at our school . Please line up outside the gym doors on the basketball court. Arrive and walk down the left side of the building and exit around the right side of the building. 

If you have classroom books or library books at home there will be recycling bins outside along the outer gym wall to place them in by Division. There will be no entry to the school, as we will be adhering to safe social distancing protocols at all times.

When you get to the front of the line your child’s supplies will be retrieved and will be placed outside for you. We can only distribute supplies to adult family members at this time. 

If you cannot make any of these times listed, you may contact Mrs. Broughton abroughton@sd62.bc.ca  to make alternative arrangements.

Professional Development Day

Don’t forget that tomorrow (May 15th) is a professional development day.  Remote learning will not be in session.

 

Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate this together.

 
 
 
 

We hope you are doing alright during these challenging times. It’s definitely not the way we  envisioned starting May.  We are used to a spring buzz about the school and a level of excitement in the children.  Instead,  the hallways are quiet and classrooms are empty.  We miss   students, staff, and parents of our Willway community so much!

Drive by Parade- Friday, May 8th 1:00pm

We want to see the smiling faces of the kids once again! On Friday, May 8th at 1:00 pm Willway staff will be lining Mt. Wells Drive (socially distanced from each other!) to give a wave, share a smile and hopefully lift spirits.  We hope you will drive by so we can see you and your family! Please start from the Humpback Road intersection and drive down Mt. Wells towards Sooke Lake Road. We will be lined up on the school side of the street.  Staff will be there from 1-1:30.

 

School Supply Pick-up- Date changing…

If in-class instruction does not resume this spring, school supplies will be ready to pick up the last week of May. More information on the process of getting your child’s items will be coming out at the end of the month. All items belonging to students will be bagged by staff and labeled and prepared for a scheduled pick up time to ensure we get the supplies to families in a safe manner. We will also be asking for families to return any library books and classroom books at that time. 

Grade 5 Leaving Celebration-June 23rd 

As with all graduation celebrations this year, our grade 5 Willway grad will look different. However, our creative team is working on plans to have a virtual ceremony which we will still host on June 23rd at 11:00am. We feel it is important to recognize our Grade 5s as the transition from elementary school to middle school is significant. Our grade 5s have become learners and leaders and we are so proud of them. They are moving into a new phase of their educational journeys and it is important to honour them as they leave us.

We hope you are able to drive by the school on Friday.  Together we are stronger.

 
 

This is just a reminder that Monday is a Non-Instructional Day. Teachers will be virtually engaged in professional development learning on Monday. The virtual school week will be Tuesday to Friday next week.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Willway Staff

 
 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope things are becoming slightly smoother as we work through this uncharted territory of remote learning together. Thank you for your kind, supportive feedback and encouragement as we work to learn new platforms and figure out how to transform what we were so comfortable doing with kids in classrooms into  a virtual space. We miss your kids! We miss their laughs, learning, chatter and creative ideas. Please know that all staff are working tireless hours to make the best of this new situation. 

It has been made abundantly clear to us that mental and emotional health during this time is what is the most important area to focus on not only for ourselves as adults but for our children. The learning opportunities provided by our teachers not only have an academic lens but one of whole body learning and health. Play is still the most important tool for our students to learn through and we are working hard to incorporate that as much as possible. 

Please be kind to yourselves and do not feel that every task needs to be completed. We know some families would like more options and other families less. It is really important that you do what is right for your family and still keep a connection for your child with their class as best as you can. Read stories to your kids, bake, play card games, and go for walks in the sun. Some of the best learning opportunities that we as parents can provide come from everyday activities. 

I look forward to seeing the students “virtually” for now but am eager for the day we can see them in person again. I am grateful for the team of adults working together to support our Willway students. Willway is truly an incredible team to be a part of. 

If you need anything or have questions please reach out to myself or your child’s teacher.

Sincerely,

Ms. Kendra Laidlaw

 
 

Hello Willway Families,

 

As we work towards setting up remote classroom learning, teachers have been looking into various educational platforms and apps.   Please take the time to complete the online consent form named Online Learning Platforms Consent.  For your convenience please click on this link: https://consent.sd62.bc.ca 

Once your online consent is received, teachers will be able to include your child in the online learning tools chosen for the classroom.

 

We appreciate your support as we navigate these waters together.

 

Respectfully,

 

Willway Staff

 
 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are missing our students here at Willway! Staff have been working tirelessly this week to check in with families, find and learn platforms that will work to deliver virtual learning and map out how to engage with students remotely in alignment with the Ministry of Education’s Continuity of Learning Guidelines. It has been fantastic hearing from parents via email or phone about the students.  We look forward to reconnecting with them soon. 

If you are needing to pick up medication or specialized equipment for your child that is currently at our school, please email Ms. Laidlaw at klaidlaw@sd62.bc.ca to set up an appointment. We have a pick-up and drop-off system in place for returning these essential items. The district is asking that if you need to come pick up something, students are not brought with you.

Some frequently asked questions are below:

When will virtual learning begin for my child?

As per the Ministry’s guidelines,  students will be engaged in their new learning platforms by April 14th. Willway teachers are currently working and learning collaboratively, albeit remotely, to make sure learning is consistent and manageable for families.

How many hours of work will my child be responsible for completing each week?

5 hours *SD62 Continuity of Learning Guidelines

What if my child doesn’t have a username and password for the Google Classroom?

All Willway students will have usernames and passwords to access their Google Classroom by the end of next week. We are in the process of creating accounts and will send them out to families sometime next week. At that time, you will receive a document that walks you through logging into the google classroom so that you are set up and ready to go by the 14th.   

Is my child required to participate in school activities even though they are not physically at school?

Yes, it is advisable that your child communicates with their teacher(s) and class in order to ensure connection, engagement and accurate assessment.

We are keen to get back to doing what we love, but there is value in being able to take some time to make sure we are making considered, thoughtful and meaningful decisions.

If you need activities to keep busy over the next week please visit the Ministry of Education’s website https://www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/

Respectfully,

Ms. Laidlaw and Ms. Henson

 
 
 
 
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