Good afternoon Strathmore High School Families,
We are excited to welcome back our students to the start of the 2020-2021 school year! As a school we have been working hard to get ready for what is certain to be a unique restart. We believe it is important to inform you of some of the changes that we are planning to implement to keep our students and staff safe when school reopens.
This year we will be implementing a staggered start. This means that students with last names beginning with the letters A - K will come to school on Tuesday, September 1; Thursday, September 3 and Tuesday, September 8. Meanwhile, students with last names beginning with the letters L - Z will attend school on Wednesday, September 2; Friday, September 4 and Wednesday, September 9. All students will attend school beginning on Thursday, September 10.
We planned this staggered start to allow for our staff to implement our protocols and procedures on a reduced scale. As well as to give students time to adjust to the new changes and expectations that will be in place. We are also aware that some of these procedures and protocols will need to change as the school year progresses.
Philosophy of Protocols
Our main goal through all of the protocols that you will read below is student and staff safety and well-being. All of the changes that we will implement are based on that premise. The overarching theme is an effort to minimize the volume of students in the common areas.
Daily Health Screening
It will be vital that each student and staff member attending the school will complete an individual health screening on a daily basis. All of our protocols will be meaningless if the individual health screening procedures are not followed. The Health Screening document is attached to this letter and posted at all entrances. This is the current link for Daily Health Screening: http://www.ghsd75.ca/view.php?
Student Entry Doors
We have multiple entrances into the school and in order to disperse students during the morning arrival we would ask students to adhere to the following guidelines for entering the building. For students who are driving or being dropped off, grade 10’s use the main entrance, grade 11’s use the west parking lot and entrance nearest Brent Blvd, grade 12’s please use the west parking lot and entrance nearest the outdoor basketball court. Students arriving on foot can use the entrance by the pool or their designated grade entrance.
With all of the current issues and expectations at our nearby community facilities we believe it would be best to have all students who drive to school, park in our student parking lot. This is the lot on the west side of the building and is accessible off Brent Blvd, please do not use the arena or civic centre parking lots at this time.
Start of Day Routines
As students arrive at school, we will be welcoming all students directly into the building and into their classrooms. To limit the number of students in the hallway, lockers will not be assigned for the first six days and then upon request only. Students arriving by school bus will head to their assigned entry doors and then into their classrooms. We ask that all students enter the building and move to their designated classroom as per their schedule. On September first and second, students will begin their day in Learning Strategies; after the first two days, we will follow the regular day schedule. Please see attached the first day of school schedule.
This year we will be re-shuffling our TA classes to be based on grade to reduce the number of students in a cohort. Most students will be assigned to a new TA teacher so it is important that students check their schedules to make sure they know who their new TA teacher will be.
Transition between Class Changes
In order to reduce the number of students in the hallway, we have moved to a staggered transition between classes. Grade 11 students will have the first 2 minutes in the hallway by themselves to move towards their next classroom, grade 10 students will then have the next 2 minutes, and grade 12 students will have the last 2 minutes.
We will be modifying our lunch break to also be a staggered break. Grade 11’s will have the first 20 minutes by themselves, starting at 11:45 and ending at 12:25, Grade 10’s will start lunch at 12:05 and ending at 12:45, and the grade 12’s will start lunch at 12:25 and end at 1:05. Students who are staying at school for lunch will be asked to eat their lunch in the classroom that they have for the repeat block (the class before and after lunch) that day or to eat outside. The cafeteria area will only be used by students who have an option class that requires that space for eating. Students can leave the building for lunch. Students will be asked to be observant of the physical distancing lines that have been established for ordering at the cafeteria and seating in that area. We believe the staggered lunch break will minimize wait times and congestion at the cafeteria. Starting in September the monthly menu will be posted on the school website.
End of Day Dismissal
To try and allow for student distancing throughout the end of day routines we have set up a different model for releasing the students. At 3:16 we will be releasing all students who are in a grade 12 class, 3:18 will be grade 10 classes and 3:20 will be grade 11 classes. Parents who are dropping off and picking students up, we would like to encourage you to arrange to do so on the north side of the school, by the staff parking area. Students who are being picked up will be permitted to use the staff entrance to access the back parking lot, this will hopefully alleviate traffic in the front of the school.
We are requesting where possible that students arrive at school no earlier than 8:25, all students will be asked to move directly to their period one classroom upon arrival each day.
We will be providing school tours for any students who are coming into grade 10 or who are new to the school this year. The tours will take place on August 28 (Friday) and August 31 (Monday) from 9am to 11am, no appointment is necessary for the tour please just come to the school’s front entrance and you will be set up for the tour. Students coming for a tour it would be beneficial to know who your teachers are so tour guides can show you exactly where your classes will be.
While there will be more details that we will share with the students when they arrive at the school next week, we hope that this helps you as parents understand the level of planning that we have put into keeping your children safe during their time at school. Please remember that if you have any questions or concerns regarding any aspect of the school opening please contact the school office at (403) 934-3135, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for entrusting us with your children during this unique time in our history. We are excited to welcome students back in the building again on a daily basis.