We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Our staff continue to work tireless in order to support student learning and well being. We are proud of our panthers for continuing to put their best efforts forward during virtual learning. Thank you to our families for your continued support over the year. As you read this, please be sure to scroll all the way through this post as there is new information included throughout.
Are You Moving?
As we begin to tentatively plan for the year ahead, it is important that you notify the school if you are moving or planning to have your children attend another school in September 2021. You can email the office at Parkview.email@example.com with this information
Please continue to report your child’s absence using Inform. The office will continue to follow up on absences during online learning.
As a school team we are committed to supporting our students, please email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org or your child’s teacher if you have questions or require support. It is important that we all stay home and continue to follow Public Health guidelines in order to curb the spread of COVID 19 in order to protect one another. It has been a challenging year and we thank you for your continued support and flexibility.
Equity & Inclusion At Parkview, we are deeply committed to equity and inclusive education. It is important that as a community we continue to support our children with navigating through events that they see, hear, or feel especially when events are traumatic in a safe and inclusive manner. It is through our shared commitment to equity that we will be able to make the world a better place. Families, these tips to speak with children may be helpful. http://ow.ly/dDAD30rrzMr.
Here are some resources for families if you are looking for ways to speak about race:
Support With Technology & Resources for Families
Families looking for assistance in navigating online tools can find resources available on the Board website . Families looking for virtual school IT support are encouraged to visit our Virtual School IT Support page for FAQs and a student tech help form.
Appropriate and Safe use of Digital Tools during Virtual Learning
When participating in “real time” synchronous teaching and learning, students and families are agreeing to the following:
·Adhere to all rules of conduct and behaviour for the regular classroom, as they also apply to the virtual classroom; and,
·Participation in synchronous sessions is limited to students only. Parents/Guardians may assist and support their child logging into or accessing learning platforms or digital tools. In all cases, parents/guardians are reminded of the importance of student independence in learning.
Parents/Guardians and students are to refrain from:
·Recording any aspect of a Google Meet or Zoom session (including pictures, voices or video) using internal or external recording devices;
·Distributing/posting any recorded, copied or distributed materials in any way, including to all social media platforms;
·Taking photos or screenshots of anything other than when given explicit permission or direction by the teacher to do so (e.g., a visual used for instructional purposes that won’t be re-posted later);
·Editing or manipulating materials in any way; and,
·Sharing/distributing links to Google Meet and Zoom sessions provided by the teacher.
Failure to comply with these expectations rules may involve student discipline which could include suspension or expulsion.
Parents/Guardians and students need to be aware that:
·Portions of synchronous sessions may be recorded by the teacher;
·Recordings that are made for learning purposes (e.g., the ability for students to access learning material at a later date) will be posted/accessible within the digital classroom and may include student voices, but no student pictures, names or other personal identifiers;
·Where teachers record a segment of a synchronous learning session for individual assessment purposes, or for classroom management purposes, the recording will not be shared, posted or accessible to students;
·All one-to-one synchronous interactions (video and/or audio) between a teacher and a student will be recorded, but not shared/posted or accessible to students; and,
·At times, transcripts of closed-captioned notes are needed to support students with Individual Education Plans. In these instances:
·There is a written record of what was said during a lesson or class discussion;
·There is no personal identifiable information captured (i.e., no student pictures ornames or other personal identifiers);
·The transcript is not posted to the learning platform, but shared only with the student(s) who requires it; and
·These notes are used by the student who requires them in accordance with their Individual Education Plan and are used for concept attainment and Executive Functioning purposes only.
Just a friendly reminder that registration is open for any new Kindergarten age student who would be starting here in September 2021. All Kindergarten JK students must be born in 2017 in order to be eligible for registration. Kindergarten registration will be available through Edsby or if you prefer, registration forms can be found on our Board Website.
Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit
Learn about funding for students, children and youth to help offset costs during the 2020-2021 school year. Please use this link for more information. Applications open on May 3rd, 2021.
This Is Our Shot Vaccine Question Session
Thank you to our families who attended the session on April 28th, 2021 around vaccine questions.
Updates from York Region & York Public Health
Vaccine Eligibility Updates
York Region Public Health continues to advance the COVID-19 mass immunization plan to ensure vaccines are distributed to existing and new eligible groups as quickly and efficiently as possible under the provincial vaccine distribution plan. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and the vaccine program in York Region, please visit york.ca/COVID19VaccineInfo
The Government of Ontario announced additional public health measures. The stay-at-home order will be extended to May 21, 2021
On April 19, 2021, York Region announced expansion of vaccine eligibility. Use this link for more information regarding vaccine eligibility. Clinics appointments are not available for any other age or priority group at this time; please do not try to book an appointment if you do not meet the eligibility requirements.
Vaccines are by appointment only for eligible individuals and may be made by an individual or their caregiver; walk-in appointments are not available
To learn more about clinic locations and to book an appointment, please visit york.ca/COVID19Vaccine or call 1-877-464-9675
To better serve the growing number of eligibility groups invited to receive a vaccine, enhancements were made to york.ca/COVID19Vaccine to enable search by eligibility criteria.
ActiveNet Step-By-Step Booking Guide: How to create an ActiveNet account and register for a vaccine appointment at York Region Public Health vaccine clinics
Before you attend a COVID-19 vaccine clinic, it’s important you prepare for your COVID-19 vaccine
Even as vaccinations begin in Ontario, we must continue to follow public health measures to keep everyone safe and healthy: avoid social gatherings, stay home if unwell, practice physical distancing, wear a mask when required and wash your hands frequently
Transportation options to York Region Vaccine Clinics
York Region Transit (YRT) – YRT offers residents the following safe and reliable transit services:
o Local and rapid transit services in all nine York Region municipalities. To learn more and to plan your trip, visit yrt.ca or call 1-866-668-3978
o Mobility On-Request (MOR) – allows you to request transit when and where you need it, within select service areas. To learn more visit yrt.ca/MOR or call 1-844-744-1119
o A dedicated MOR service for seniors 65+ is also available; MOR will take you to the closest vaccination clinic from your home. For more information, visit yrt.ca/MOR65 or call 1-866-744-1119
o Mobility On-Request Paratransit – door-to-door, shared ride, accessible public transit service for people with disabilities. To use this service, you must meet specific eligibility criteria. For more information, visit yrt.ca/MORParatransit or call 1-866-744-1119
o If you are unsure which YRT service is right for you, please call the Contact Centre at 1-866-668-3978
Community Ride Programs – There are also other transportation services offered by community organizations that you may be eligible for. For a complete list of community transportation options, call 211 or visit 211central.ca.
o CHATS – Provides local and long-distance drives for seniors For more information, call 1-877-452-4287 or visit chats.on.ca
o Carefirst – Transportation services for seniors For more information, call 416-502-2323 or visit carefirstontario.ca
o Routes – Transportation services for residents who cannot travel by conventional transit or taxi because of their financial, physical or mental challenges. For more information, call 905-722-4616 or visit routescc.org
o PinkCars – Volunteersthat will help arrange transportation and online vaccine booking appointments for those who need it For more information visit PinkCars.ca
Questions About Vaccines? Here are some resources:
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OSIE Presents Drawing Joy
Parents for Children’s Mental Health
Students in grades 7 – 12 and their parents/guardians are invited to attend the Career Discovery Expo: Dream Big York on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 6:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. ET.
To register, please visit: dreambigyork.eventbrite.ca
From Hong Fook
To register for the session below click here.
Mental Health Awareness Week
The first full week of May is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. This important week is about:
- Increasing awareness of signs of child and youth mental health problems
- Decreasing stigma
- Understanding help is available and it works
For more information on Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week please visit CMHA Mental Health Week
Canadian Jewish Heritage Month
Upcoming Faith Days
For faith observances in May, please see the YRDSB Multifaith Calendar located on the new revised YRDSB School Calendar page.