Hi Hawks!

We will be pushing information out to you starting this week and we ask that you read it carefully.  Please know that as things change, we will attempt to provide you with the most updated information that we have.

 

First of all, let me start by saying that we are very excited at the prospect of seeing all of you back at school in just a couple of weeks!  We have been working hard to ensure that we can provide the safest environment possible for all our staff and students.

 

Preparing for school:  Please DO NOT go out to purchase school supplies.  We will have individual kits coming to Monsignor Haller for each student in addition to the regular supplies that we order each year.  If you are getting something to bring to school, please purchase a good pair of indoor shoes and a mask.  The rest of the materials will be specific to the classroom that you are in and we do not want anyone spending their hard-earned money on supplies that will not be used.

 

Remote Learning:  Many students have selected to engage in remote learning.  Please know that this is not associated with our school specifically, but instead with the WCDSB.  It will commence on September 14, 2020.  If you have chosen to learn remotely, you will be receiving a letter shortly with additional details. Please know that you can choose to learn remotely or return to school at various times throughout the year.  More information regarding these specific dates and methods of choice will come in the next few weeks so please stay tuned!

 

Processes at school to keep your children safe:

 

We continue to look at many processes to keep your children as safe as possible.  We will continue to follow the advice from Public Health and follow the big 3:

 

Social Distancing:

 

We will be keeping our students as far apart as possible from each other, but also requiring masks to be worn.  Our goal in the classroom and throughout the school is 1 meter and a mask.  When students are outside, we are asking students to remain 2 meters from each other, and masks are not mandatory outside.  Distance from others is extremely important.  Please speak to your children about keeping their distance and have them practice now.

 

Hand Washing and Sanitizing:

 

We have sanitizer in each classroom and throughout the school.  We are encouraging students and staff to wash hands frequently and sanitize often.  We also want to encourage them to be very aware of “touchpoints” throughout the day, and if they find they are touching a lot of surfaces, sanitize afterward.

 

Wearing Masks:

 

*NEW All students in JK-8 are required to wear a mask.  Please know that this is an effort to keep everyone safe.  We would ask that you help us and acquire a mask for your children now and practice wearing it with them.  It takes some getting used to, but they will get used to it.  Students are to wear their mask at all times when they are in the building and cannot maintain safe social distance.  They will be provided breaks from their masks when outside.

 

All staff will be required to wear a mask when working with students.  We have received medical-grade masks for our staff and we will be wearing them to help keep your kids safe.  Although you can’t see our faces, trust me, we are all smiling under the mask!

 

Staggered Entry:
Kindergarten: 
We will be welcoming our Year 1 students and a parent as per usual on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.  If you are a parent of a Year 1 student or a “new to Haller” Year 2 student, you will receive your visit time in the next couple days.  We are so excited to see you all and hope you feel the same!
Year 2 students will start on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, and they will have the opportunity to be re-introduced to their classrooms for the first time on that day.
On Thursday, September 10, 2020, all of the Year 2 students and ½ of the Year 1 students will attend.  On Friday, September 11, 2020, all of the Year 2’s will attend with the other ½ of the Year 1 students.  Your classroom teachers will provide you with the information during your visit.

 

Grades 1 and 2 students will start in September on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, and attend each day from then on.

 

Grades 3 and 4 students will start on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, and attend each day following.

 

Grades 5 and 6 students will start on Thursday, September 10, 2020, and attend each day following.

 

Grades 7 and 8 students will start on Friday, September 11, 2020, and attend from then on.

 

If you have any questions regarding this schedule, please contact the office.  Once again, please know that we are so excited about seeing all of you in a couple weeks.  Realizing that this could be causing some stress and anxiety for some, we would encourage you to take a deep breath, know that we are here for you, and tell yourself “we got this!”

See you soon,

Tanya Hunter