Good afternoon Hawks!

The excitement continues to build as we inch closer and closer to the beginning of the school year!  We are just over a week away now and before you know it, our building will be filled with smiles, laughter, and learning!

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I want to briefly explain to you today about the change in morning routines at Haller.  It is so important that all families understand the flow in the morning so that you feel comfortable when dropping your children off.

 

 If your child is in grades 1-8 and you walk or drive to school, when you drop your child off in the morning we would ask that you say goodbye on the front pathways and then send your child to the backyard. Please do not go with them. We cannot have parents on the yard at all during this global pandemic.    Just another reminder that the school parking lot is closed in the mornings from 8:00am – 9:00am and again from 3:00pm – 4:00pm. We ask that you do not use our staff parking lot. If it is absolutely necessary to drive your child to school, we ask that you park on a neighbouring street.  There is ample parking on Shea Crescent on both sides (avoid the bus loading zone as you will be ticketed) and along Laurentian Drive, and walk toward your designated entrance maintaining distance from others. As previously mentioned, families are asked not to linger and to leave school property as soon as they can.  If you require access to the school parking lot during the day, please request a Visitor Parking Pass from the office.

If your child will be riding the bus, remember that masks are mandatory and so is assigned seating.  Students who are unable to follow these safety protocols will receive reminders and we will follow up with parents to update the progress.  Staff will be on site to greet and direct children to the backyard, and into their zones.

Once the bell rings, there will be a pylon for each classroom outside to mark their meeting spot.  Students are to go to the pylon and a staff member will be there to greet everyone and assist where needed.  When students gather at the pylon, we want them to be at least 6 feet away from each other.  The classroom teacher will then escort them to the door that they use to come inside.

 

If your child is in JK/SK you may walk them up to the FDK gate, and say your goodbyes promptly,  leaving the playground as quickly as possible remembering to observe all safety protocols about masks and distancing.  There are always several staff members who will welcome your child and ease that transition.  Parents are not permitted to enter the building.

 

 

If your child is in extended day in the morning, we would ask that you bring them to the FDK gate as per usual and a staff member will be there to welcome you.  You will be buzzed in and immediately inside the door will be a table with the attendance booklet.  Sign your child in and they will be met by an adult to take them to the classroom.  The end of day procedure will be the same.

Thank you in advance for your help with these routines.  We really need parents to understand that although we would love to have everyone in the building to share in the many amazing things that happen here each day, during the global pandemic we must put these measures in place.

 

**What happens if a child seems or feels unwell while at school?

 

Our staff care about your children.  They want them to be here and to be learning.  We will be vigilant throughout the day to monitor & report any student who shows symptoms of being unwell.  The student will be sent to the office and supervised in our ‘isolation’ room.  We will notify a parent and will likely ask that you come to the school immediately to pick up your child.

 

If symptoms typically associated with COVID seem to be present, we will call you immediately and encourage you to contact public health, take your child for a COVID-19 test and follow all public health directives.  Your child will be able to return to school once these steps have been followed.  For the safety of everyone at Monsignor Haller, and so that we can all continue to learn at school we are asking that you do not send your child to school when they are sick.  This includes a cough, runny nose, low grade fever, upset tummy, etc. We are not medical professionals and we cannot determine the difference between a common cold and COVID-19.  Please understand that we are all in this together and we need your help to keep everyone safe.

 

Thank you Hawks!  Have a great weekend!