Letter to all families August 25th 2020

Henry Braun

Henry Braun School

710 Graham Rd, Regina, SK S4N 6Y3

Phone: (306) 791-8548 Ÿ E-mail: henrybraun@rbe.sk.ca

Hello Bobcat Families!

We hope you are enjoying a restful summer! We are busy getting everything ready for staff, who start August 27th and for our students who return September 8th!

 

You will be receiving more personalized information from your classroom teacher within the upcoming week. We also want to encourage you to check our RBE website, School website, Twitter feed and SCC Facebook page for the most current information as things are literally changing every few days. The local news is also a good place to check for updates. 

 

With an expected population of around 420 students the average class will be approximately 27 students. Most students will be seated in desks, or singular tables, facing forward, but we will not be able to maintain a 2-metre distance between students in majority of classrooms. Students in grades 4-8 and all staff will therefore wear masks (please purchase more than one) and students in grades K-3 will be encouraged to do so as well. Our Braun Awesome SCC has pre-ordered student masks and will be selling them for $10/mask, more information to follow (image at bottom of last page). Please have students practice wearing a mask before the start of school. Here is a link showing the proper way to wear and store masks. Backpacks will be placed on the back of student chairs, so they have everything they need close by.  Students should come ready for the day with everything they need in their backpacks, including filled water bottles. Some grades will be able to use a locker (one per student) to store their indoor shoes and jackets.

 

Students will remain in their classroom groups – or cohorts – every day. Specialist teachers, learning resource teachers, administration, educational assistants, etc., will interact with the cohort in their space to avoid having the students move about. Students will also eat in their room with the same cohort. We encourage as many students as possible to go home for lunch. The library and gym will be closed for September.

 

Students will not work in the hallways or breakout rooms and all soft and supplementary furniture has been stored to allow our facility staff the time to do a thorough cleaning every night and reduce the temptation to mix groups. 

 

We are very fortunate at Braun to have 6 entry/exit points. Students will be able to use the boot racks in their designated entrances. Students will meet their teachers/supervisors in designated spots on the playground and be dismissed from the same location. Parents will not be allowed on the playground during school hours. Parents will not be allowed in the school unless it is an emergent situation. We encourage phoning the school or emailing the teacher to communicate. Families with primary aged children are encouraged to start practicing now where you will meet your child at the end of the day if walking.  Please avoid the front of the school for our children’s safety. Students that are late will come in the front doors.

 

Recesses have been moved in order to limit the coming and going from classrooms but will be used primarily to stagger entering and exiting the building.  Our new hours are:

 

8:53-9:08 – Morning recess

9:08 – 11:45 – Morning classes

11:45 – 12:45 – Lunch and 1 recess (staggered)

12:45 – 3:22 – Afternoon classes

3:22 – 3:37 – Afternoon recess

 

We ask that students come as close to 9:05 as possible to avoid overcrowding on our playground. The same applies at 3:22. Students who have their parents’ permission will be free to make their way home rather than stay for recess at the end of the day. Note to be sent home the first week of staggered start.

 

You will be contacted by your classroom teacher prior to the beginning of school by August 31st via email or phone. They will introduce themselves, share the routine for day 1, and answer questions you may have, confirm lunchroom, etc. We will not be switching students into different classrooms at this point, we will confirm who is attending the week of September 8th and if your child is being switched classrooms you will be notified by Friday, September 11th.

Grades 1-8 -The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8th, however the school start up will be staggered. This means that not all students will start and attend school at the same time during the first week. Students with the last name A-K will come on the 8th and 10th.  Students with the last name L-Z will come on the 9th and 11th.  Families with different last names in the same family unit can come in the L-Z group. The reason for the staggered start is to help students and staff transition to learning safely. During these first four days, there will be fewer students in class and teachers and other staff will be able to work more closely with students to help them adjust to safety guidelines and to learn about how their school days will be different. Regular schedule resumes the week of September 14th. Please note, Kindergarten parents you will receive a Kindergarten back to school letter with details by Friday, August 28th.

All students will be encouraged to wash their hands regularly. Soap and paper towels will be supplied in all classrooms, as we have sinks in every teaching space. Bottles of hand sanitizer will be provided to teachers and students for use in the classroom. If students bring sanitizer, please ensure it is scent free! Every staff member who enters and exits classroom will also use sanitizer.

We know there has been a lot of questions pertaining to if a child is ill at school. Please note that the child will be removed from the classroom and placed in our designated space (Arts Ed Room) where they will be supervised until a parent/caregiver arrives. As a school division we are following all Saskatchewan Health Authority back to school protocols, please click link for more information, including a sick child at school.  SHA’s information is found on their website and is continually being updated. Important to note, at the start of the school year, a demographic sheet will be sent home with your child(ren), please update and add contacts if you would like too and return to school or email back as quickly as possible so we can update our information in PowerSchool.

If you are interested in remote learning for Term 1 (September to January 30th), please go to https://www.reginapublicschools.ca/eschoolThis is not the same as the supplemental learning we provided in March-June but rather the full curriculum with on-going assessment.  Please contact eschool@rbe.sk.ca if you have any questions.

 

You will get more information from your classroom teacher in days to come, but we wanted to give you an initial picture so you can decide what is best for your child this fall. As before, we commit ourselves to making Henry Braun a great place to be and learn! Choose Kind, Be Awesome!

 

We look forward to connecting with you soon!

 

 

Mrs. Haus and Mr. Whitfield