Welcome back to our face-to-face and remote learning families. The first day of school is Thursday, September 9th 2021.
The Health and safety of our students and staff is of utmost importance to us. We will continue to follow the direction of York Region Public Health, York Region District School Board and the Ministry of Education.
You should have received your child’s placement last week. We have also emailed a slide deck that contains detailed information about our procedures for the first days of school, recess and lunch, as well as health and safety measures. We ask that you take time as a family to review this information ahead of your child’s first day of school. Some items have been highlighted below.
First Day of School Procedure
The first day of school procedure will be similar to last year. Teacher supervision begins at 8:15 am. Staff on duty will be wearing orange vests. Students should not arrive prior to 8:15 am as there is no supervision at this time.
Grades Year 2 (SK)-8
Once the entry bell rings at 8:25 am, students will be greeted by their classroom teacher in the yard and led into the school. All students will need to have a mask on prior to entering the school.
Year 2 – Kindergarten area
Grades 1-2 – North end of Primary wing
Grades 3, 4, 5 – Junior doors (large tarmac)
Grade 6 – Outside portables 1 and 2
Grade 8 – Intermediate doors (east side of the tarmac
Kindergarten JK (Year 1)
Year 1 (JK) students will have a staggered entry. Year 1 students will either be attending half day (after lunch – 1:20 pm) on September 9th or half day on September 10th (see below for your date).
Last Name A-L: September 9th at 1:20pm
Last Name M-Z: September 10th at 1:20pm
Year 1 students will be greeted by their teacher in the kindergarten area to the west side of the school. All Year 1 students will attend full day starting on Monday September 13, 2021.
Health & Safety Measures
We will continue to follow the following safety measures that were implemented last year and continue to follow the direction of York Region Public Health, York Region District School Board and the Ministry of Education. Please refer to the parent handbook emailed to families for further details.
Students are required to wear properly fitting masks in the hallways, during classes and on school transportation.
Please provide at least three, 3-layered masks for your child(ren) to wear at school.
Parents/Guardians of Elementary students are required to complete the on-line self-assessment COVID-19 School and Child-Care Screening Tool (please click on Check for Symptoms Daily), prior to your child entering the school.
Upon completion of the self-assessment, Parents/Guardians will complete the response to the question: “Have you completed the self-screening tool?” in the Confirmation Form, using your child’s GAPPS account login information. Information on how to access your child’s GAPPS account is available on the Board’s website. If you do not have a student number/username, one will be provided by your child’s teacher.
Any students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool (not related to a COVID-19 vaccine) or answer yes to any of the screening questions, must not enter any school and follow the guidance in the screening tool.
Message from Our Trustee, September 2021
We have many reasons to feel optimistic as we begin the 2021-22 school year. Schools are reopening to in-person learning, vaccination rates continue to increase, and our students can start to resume some of their favourite school activities.
As we return to school, our reopening plan continues to prioritize the health and safety of students, families and staff members. We are working with public health to ensure we are taking all appropriate measures. For more information on the plan, including health and safety measures, please visit www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening. You can also find additional information from York Region Public Health at www.york.ca/safeatschool.
The pandemic and last year’s school closures affected students and families in many different ways. This has been a challenging time. Our caring, skilled and dedicated staff members are prepared to prioritize the mental health and well-being of students as they transition back to school, as well as supporting their academic learning and growth. If you are worried about your child, please speak to your child’s teacher or principal. You may also find some of the learning and well-being resources on our website helpful.
Whether your child will be attending school in person or online, we know how important it is that they feel safe, respected and valued. We want every student to feel supported, to take pride in their identities and to know that they matter. Any form of hate or discrimination in our schools is not acceptable. This school year, we will continue to implement the Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy launched in March to address anti-Black racism in schools. We also remain committed as a school board to honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. As an education system, it is imperative that we create learning environments that enable all of our students to feel valued and to be successful.
As your school board trustee, it is my role to advocate for quality public education in York Region, and to ensure that our students remain at the centre of all of our decision making. The Board of Trustees makes policy and budget decisions, and communicates with the public, among other responsibilities. We are also responsible for setting direction for the school board, through our Multi-Year Strategic Plan. This plan sets out four priorities: Foster Well-Being and Mental Health, Build Collaborative Relationships, Champion Equity and Inclusivity, and Empower Ethical Leadership.
The relationship that we have with families is so important, and I will continue to keep you informed of our work and priorities. You can also find the message from the Chair of the Board on the Board’s website. You are welcome to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
There are also many other ways you can stay connected with what’s happening in the school board. Visit our newsroom. Listen to our podcast. Follow us on Twitter @YRDSB and on Instagram @yrdsb.schools. Watch the latest videos, including news, features and profiles about our schools, students and staff members on our YouTube channel YRDSBMedia.
As we begin another school year, I am so pleased to welcome all of our new and returning families. I hope you have a great start to the school year and wish you a happy, healthy and successful year ahead.
Trustee – Markham Wards 2, 3 and 6
Upcoming Faith Days
For faith observances this month please see the YRDSB Multifaith Calendar located on the new revised YRDSB School Calendar page.
All communication from the school comes via:
- School Website http://www.yrdsb.ca/schools/parkview.ps/Pages/default.aspx
- School Twitter Account @parkviewPS1
- School Blog https://parkviewpulse.org/
- Electronic Communication via email
We would like to remind all of our families that our goal is to work together to support the well-being of all our students. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to working in partnership with our Parkview Community.
Please visit our School Website for all up-to-date school information.