Welcome Back Gledhill!

For those families joining in-school learning at Gledhill, we look forward to welcoming your children to school beginning September 15th! 

This year is obviously going to look different as the health and safety of our students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic is prioritized. Physical distancing measures, traffic flow measures, increased signage, enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices have been put into place to keep everyone in our Gledhill Community safe. 

If you haven’t already heard from your child’s teacher you can expect to hear from them on Monday, Sept 14th. 

Here are a few ways you can help to set your child – and our school – up for success as we begin this journey together: 

Prepare a back-up child care plan! If your child is denied entry into the school due to symptoms or exhibits symptoms during the school day they will need to be picked up as soon as possible. It is of utmost importance that your child stay home if they are ill. If your child becomes ill while at school, the parent/caregiver will be contacted. Please pick your child up as soon as possible. This is key to preventing an outbreak at Gledhill. 

Come prepared with your daily screening self-assessment. A parent/guardian can sign the TDSB Student Health Pass daily and the student/adult will show it to staff at the entry door OR a parent/guardian completing can complete the daily assessment on the TDSB Health Screening App, and the student can present their name to a screener who can verify their entry status. Coming prepared with this every day will make the morning process easier for everyone. Learn more about the self-assessment and verification process at www.tdsb.on.ca/healthscreening

Help us reduce crowding and put good routines in place by only having one family member/caregiver drop children off to their teacher in the morning. Please do not linger at drop off once your child has met their teacher. Parents/caregivers will not be allowed to enter the school with their children. 

Be on time. School begins at 8:40am. Although new protocols may mean extended time outdoors before entry, the instructional day begins at 8:40. Everyone’s cooperation to be on time will assist in smooth processes for all. 

Pack a litter free lunch that students can manage independently [e.g. opening items, no need to warm food etc.]. Please note that all lunch garbage will be returned home at the end of each day. 

Send a water bottle (or 2!) that comes to school filled and returns home each night to be cleaned. Gledhill has 1 water filling station on the lower level, and the 

School Council has purchased Brita water dispensers with filters for all classrooms for refilling if necessary. 

Be sure your child is prepared for outdoor learning and play each day (e.g. hat, sunscreen, dressed for the weather). Your child’s teacher will communicate any specific plans/needs for outdoor time. 

Send students to school with everything they need for the day. Any forgotten items will be dropped at our front entrance, using a contactless delivery process. Please send lunch with your child in the morning to avoid dropping off items at lunch time. 

Discuss with your child how to manage their masks/mask changes during the day. Anyone entering the building requires a mask. The school will have masks available for those who arrive without one or who need a replacement during the day. 

Remind your child about the importance of practicing good hand washing and hygiene throughout their day. 

At the end of the school day, please clear the meeting space as quickly as possible to reduce crowding. 

Remember to model physical distancing when chatting with other adults. 

And finally – Pack your positivity and your patience! This is new terrain for everyone, and there will be a learning curve. Everyone will appreciate your (and your child’s) support, cooperation, and patience while we work through this challenging time together. 

Have a wonderful first week back! 

Sincerely, 

The Gledhill School Council

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