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ThanksgivingOctober 12, 2020
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Parent Teacher Interview Parameters
– All staff and parents are required to wear non-medical masks, except when seated a minimum of 6-feet apart during the interview.
– Hand sanitizer should be provided and its use promoted at entrances, exits and other common areas throughout the school.
– For in-person interviews, only one parent/guardian per child should be in attendance. – No students or other children should be in attendance.
– If a parent/guardian is not able to attend in-person, alternative arrangements should be made.
– Parents should be asked to limit their time at the school to the interviews in order to minimize the number of people in the school at a given time.
– Student-led conferences should not be held at this time.
– Parents should be made aware of the layout and flow measures, so they are comfortable with where to go for the interviews.
– Parents are not required to sign in at the entrance but are expected to sign in with every teacher they meet. These sign-in sheets should be provided to the Principal immediately following PT Interviews.
– Reasonable steps should be taken to minimize the number of parents coming into the school at the same time.
– Reasonable steps should be taken to maintain physical distancing between parents from different households and between parents and teachers.
Parents and Guardians,
Island children and education staff have been back in school for one month. At this time, it is important to recognize the tremendous work our education system, parents, students and the Chief Public Health Office have put into ensuring this school year, while different, can be successful. The health and safety of our school community is our top priority and we have put measures in place to support a positive learning experience for all.
We are monitoring what is happening across our country with respect to cases of COVID within schools. Because of the guidance of our CPHO and the compliance of Islanders, we are in a good position but recognize that a second wave is possible. We need to continue to mitigate the risk of potential community spread. Now is not the time to be complacent. The measures our province has put in place can only be successful with the continued support of Islanders. We all must continue to follow these guidelines and adapt to our new normal.
Staying home when ill
Whether it is cold, flu, pink eye, coronavirus or other illness, students should stay home if they are ill so that illness is not spread through schools and workplaces.
A negative COVID test does not mean an individual is ready to go back to school.
If a student has tested negative for COVID-19 but still displays mild symptoms, please consider the following:
Students should not return to school or
• if they have on-going fever or chills
• if symptoms are not improving or there are new symptoms
Students could return to school or work:
if they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, e.g. Tylenol
• if they have a runny nose, congestion, or other mild symptoms they can return to school provided they are well enough to engage in learning or their job
• if mild symptoms are improving and there are no new symptoms
• if they continue to practice good hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette (e.g. cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue)
Improved access to testing and results
Health PEI has expanded access to COVID-19 testing with new drop-in, no-appointment screening clinics across the province for those with symptoms of COVID-19. This is in addition to the scheduled testing clinics still being offered in Charlottetown at 64 Park Street and in Summerside in Slemon Park.
The drop-in options are available in O’Leary, Summerside, Borden, Charlottetown and Three Rivers. Testing at these locations is offered on a first-come, first serve basis, with no referral necessary for symptomatic children and any symptomatic household members, as well as essential workers and any of their symptomatic household members. However, only people who meet criteria for testing will be swabbed.
Islanders do not have to call 8-1-1 to access these services.
Drop-in Testing Clinic Locations and Hours of Operation
O’Leary testing clinic (O’Leary Health Centre)
• Monday: 1-4 PM
• Wednesday and Friday: 8 AM – 12 PM
Summerside testing clinic (Slemon Park)
• Monday-Friday: 8 AM – 12 PM
• Saturday: 8 AM – 4 PM
• Sunday: 1 PM – 4 PM
Borden-Carleton (20 Dickie Rd)
• Monday & Wednesday: 8 AM – 12 PM
• Saturday: 8 AM – 11 AM
Charlottetown (64 Park Street)
• Monday to Saturday: 8am-4 pm
Montague (Montague Health Centre Parking lot)
• Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 AM-12 PM
The hours of the Drop-in Testing Clinics are subject to change so we would encourage individuals to check the website before visiting: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/information-about-covid-19-testing-pei
As well, Islanders who have tested for COVID-19 can now access their negative test results online within 72 hours.
Individuals must enter their PEI Health Card number information, date of birth and date of testing to access the results. Only negative test results are displayed online. The Chief Public Health Office (CPHO) will continue to contact individuals directly if they have tested positive for COVID-19.
Unless otherwise instructed, individuals are required to self-isolate until their COVID-19 test results are confirmed to be negative. Household members do not need to self-isolate with the person awaiting the test results, however, they should continue practicing public health measures like washing hands frequently, maintaining physical distancing and masking when in indoor public settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Cases within a school
Our response to a positive COVID-19 case within a school will be proactive.
The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning and Chief Public Health Office have developed an outbreak management process to ensure that roles and responsibilities are understood when there is a positive COVID-19 case identified in the school system.
Each school has identified a school-based COVID-19 Response Team who are organized and prepared to respond to a positive case of COVID-19 should one be identified in their school. The Education Authorities (Public Schools Branch and Commission scolaire de langue français) also have response teams that will work closely with the school to support a response.
School closures will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Chief Public Health Office in consultation with the Education Authority and school administration. The recommendation to close schools will be based on the risk to students, teachers and staff and the operational needs of the school while also considering and balancing the public health risks associated with COVID-19. A school closure could be anywhere from one to 28 days.
More information to help keep our school community safe can be found here. https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/keeping-everyone-safe
A reminder that Student Drop Off in the morning begins at 8:20.
Athena Consolidated School
Please read through the following important school-specific details of our school’s operational plan.
Our school will consist of 8 cohorts:
Cohort 1 – K, K/1 and 1A
Cohort 2 – 2A and 2/3
Cohort 3 – 3A and 4A
Cohort 4 – 4/5 and 5A
Cohort 5 – 6A
Cohort 6 — 7A and 7/8
Cohort 7 — 8A
Cohort 8 — 9A and 9B
• As buses arrive, they will be directed to unloaded one at a time
• Students will be directed to go straight to their classroom.
• Students will enter through their designated cohort door
• Cohort 1, 2 and 3 will enter through bus door (east side)
• Cohort 4 and 5 will enter through the elementary backdoor (south end)
• Cohort 6 and 7 will enter through the junior high backdoor (south end)
• Cohort 8 will enter through the junior high front door (north end)
• K to 6 drop off begins at 8:20am (no earlier)
• 7 to 9 drop off begins at 8:30am
• Students will be dropped off at the main entrance, in the front of the school
• A staff member will greet and direct students to their designated entrance
• Students will be greeted at each designated door by a staff member
• Parents will be asked to remain in their vehicle during drop off
• K to 6 walkers will arrive at 8:20am
• 7 to 9 walkers will arrive at 8:30am
• Students will enter through their designated door (see above for designated doors)
• At each designated door, a staff member will greet and direct students to their class
• Students will start loading buses at 2:50
• Student will be dismissed according to their cohort (starting with cohort 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8)
• The next cohort will not be dismissed until the cohort before is on the bus
• Parents will park in the front of the school
• Students who are being pick up will be dismissed after buses have been loaded and exited
• Students being picked up will exit through their cohort door and walk to the front of the school to meet parents
• Parents are asked to stay in their vehicle
• Walkers will be dismissed through their cohort door only after students being picked up have been dismissed
• Cohort 3, 4 and 5 will have recess from 10:15 to 10:30
• Cohort 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8 will have recess from 10:45 to 11:00
• Cohort 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8 will have lunch from 11:55- 12:20
• Cohort 3, 4 and 5 will have lunch from 12:20- 12:50
• Breakfast program will begin September 14th
• Our breakfast program is not meant to be a substitute for a home prepared breakfast
• To start, support staff will deliver a variety of breakfast items to each homeroom.
• Each classroom will be provided with a variety of snacks (for those students looking for a recess snack)
Cafeteria Service (Chartwells)
• Chartwells’ cafeteria service will be available to students in grades 1 to 9
• Cafeteria services will start on September 14th
• Students will eat in their homeroom classrooms
• Those buying a full lunch will have the opportunity to order through the cafeteria but will eat in their classroom
• Purchasing individual items will not be an option (cookies, chips, etc.)
• There will be no microwaves available to heat up lunches
School Supply List
• Located on our school webpage: https://athenaconsolidated.wordpress.com/
Visitor Zone Information
• Visitors’ zone is located in the main entrance of the school
• All visitors to the school are strongly encouraged to wear a mask
• Upon arrival, visitors must read the Declaration statement, sign in and sanitizer
• Visitors are not to go beyond the designated area clearly marked
• Visitors must ring the bell on the visitor’s table or call the school and the administrative assistant or an administrator will come greet you and inquire the purpose of your visit
• If there are more than one person in the visitors’ zone, you must social distance
• Visitors exiting the building must sign out and sanitize
Here is the link to our complete School Operational Plan
We have some exciting news to share with you all; the province’s new Healthy School Food Program will be rolling out this fall.
Healthy, nutritious food is important for student achievement. Working with the Government of Prince Edward Island, we want to ensure that nutritious lunches are available to as many students as possible.
The Healthy School Food Program will provide an opportunity for families to order healthy lunches five days a week. Meals will be prepared and delivered directly to schools at lunch time by local food service providers. Nut free, gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options will be available.
The new Healthy School Food Program will be Pay What You Can.
As of today, families can now prepare for the upcoming school year by registering for the program here: www.peischoolfood.ca.
Once you’ve registered, you will receive your login and password via email, along with a welcome information package between September 1 -7, 2020. This username and password will allow you to login into the ordering platform once it is active. Therefore, registration is required to participate.
The Healthy School Food Program will run alongside our school’s existing lunch program, which include Chartwells. If you choose to order food from the existing program, you will continue to order through our school cafeteria (Judy).
J Mc Aulay
Congratulations to Athena’s Mr. CJ Studer on winning the provincial PEISAA Merit Award!