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I can’t believe that we are at the end of June! What an unexpected year. As we head in to our summer break we want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigated uncharted waters this spring. I have joked with the staff that we survived three “Septembers” this year as we had one actual September, a new one after spring break and then yet another with the voluntary return to school. It has been incredible watching the teachers, support staff and students learn to adapt to these various stages.

We do not know what September will look like but are preparing as a district for both a hybrid model of learning and other options depending on what stage we are in.  Until a vaccine is found and administered it seems like this is the “new” normal that we will be moving back and forth between. We have learned some great things during the past few months and will continue to adapt as we journey through the pandemic life of COVID-19.

It has not been the same “June” as past years and it will not be the same start up in the fall but as we learn what it will look like we will make sure you are informed as well. Hopefully this information will be available by the end of August. The school district will communicate out what it will look like as get closer to September.

Some June highlights for us at Willway have been the voluntary return of some students on Tuesdays and Thursdays, an outdoor celebration of our Grade five’s leaving us this year and assembling the year end slideshow that will be emailed out to families. We hope you enjoy it.

We wish you and your family a wonderful, healthy summer full of local adventures!

Enjoy our staff year end video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cekBv2VVLAU

Sincerely,

Team Willway

 
 
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Thank you card -click here!  Willway staff wants to thank you (parents)  for being an amazing support to us and the students this year. Please click on the card to see our Kudoboard.

 
 

Report Cards will be available for pick up outside the front of the school tomorrow, (Wed. June 24th) from 9:00am to 2:00pm. If your child is learning onsite they will be sent home with them today.

 
 

Report Cards will be available for pick up outside the front of the school on Wednesday, June 24th from 9:00am to 2:00pm. If your child is learning onsite they will be sent home with them next week.

 
 

Welcome to Willway Slideshow

Click on the above text to see a slideshow and video for Kindergarten orientation. All families might want to view the video created by Mrs. Sketchley!

 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
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