Bondar Update (September 11, 2020)

Bondar Update (September 11, 2020)
Posted on 09/11/2020

Dear Bondarians,


As we continue to finalize our plans for our In Person learners we would like to remind our families of our staggered school start dates.  For everyone’s safety, only students and staff will be permitted on school property.

Staggered Start Dates:

  • Thursday September 10 / Friday September 11 - Year 1 Kinder Intake meetings (virtual/phone)

  • Tuesday September 15th - Grade 1 - 3 & DDP students

  • Wednesday September 16th - Grade 1- 6 & Year 1 Kinder & Year 2 Kinder EDP students

  • Thursday September 17th - Grade 1-8 & all Kinders

Arrival Information for coming to School:

Our school set up will look different this year as we are working hard to ensure that our school community stays safe, healthy, and learning during our school days.  For everyone’s safety, only students and staff will be permitted on school property.  When arriving at our school property we will have different drop off zones for our students.  Parents/families will be able to access each drop off zone along the community path, between Bondar and St. Marguerite d’Youville, that surrounds our school or sidewalks.  We respectfully request that parents walk with their child to their drop off zone, and say their “have a good day” from the pathway.  

Our school buses will be the only vehicles accessing the driveway loop this year.  This is to keep traffic at a minimum and assist us with safe arrival and drop off.  We have active transportation signs along the school property for families to plan their walking route and get some fresh air before starting into the learning for the day.  If you choose to drive your child to school, there are a couple of options;

  1. park in the neighbourhood and walk to school property

  2. access to parking at the Gloucester Presbyterian Church and walk your child to their designated drop off zone from there.   

Keeping our Kids Healthy:

Walking to school, and getting exercise on the way to school is important this year more than ever.  When students arrive at school property they will be expected to line up and wait for the bell.  Using the extra time in the morning to walk to school to discuss the plan for the day and catching up, will benefit your child in many ways.  Planning your arrival closer to our bell time will help to decrease the amount of standing/waiting time for your child. 

Ottawa Public Health has developed a website to help parents with frequently asked questions about keeping kids healthy for school.

Parents/guardians will be asked to screen their child daily for any symptoms of cold, flu, or other symptoms that may be associated with COVID-19, prior to sending them to school using the  COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

On Monday we will send another email with further information on first day of school procedures.

We look forward to welcoming your child(ren), and are grateful for your support.

Kind regards,

Deb Woods / Jeff Griesbach

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