2020-2021 Re-Entry

2020-2021 Re-Entry Details

The start of the school year is always full of curiosity, excitement, and anxiety. I’m sure this year anxiety probably tops the list. All of you are, most likely, wondering what school is going to look like at Fultonvale, and how we will be keeping everyone as safe as possible. We recognize that the decision to send your children back to school or keep them home was difficult, and that the decision you’ve made is what you feel is in the best interest of your children. School is going to look different but we still operate with the same core values. We care, we educate, we take care of kids, and most importantly we do our absolute best to keep everyone safe.

Please know that the Fultonvale staff will be ready to welcome everyone back and we are asking everyone to follow all guidelines, processes, and protocols.

Parents and guardians will play a crucial role in ensuring everyone’s safety. Following all of our policies and procedures will help to minimize any potential outbreak at the school. Some key elements of your role will be:

  • Doing the pre-screen with your child(ren) every morning
  • Keeping your child(ren) home if they show any signs or symptoms of illness
  • Sending everything your child needs with them to school each day
    • Supplies, lunch, masks, etc...
  • Having up-to-date Emergency Contacts on file who are available to pick up your children within an hour if you cannot
  • Practicing social distancing, mask use, proper hand washing, and respiratory etiquette with your children before school starts

We understand that you want to help your child(ren) as much as possible, however to ensure we follow all guidelines we are asking that no parents/guardians walk their child to their designated line up (more details below on lining up). 

The following information details our plan to bring students back to Fultonvale as safe as possible. Please read carefully and communicate with your child(ren) so they are as prepared as possible prior to their first day of school.

There are lots of new processes which means it may take some time to get used to but, in time, they will become normal and much easier to follow. We ask for patience as we work through welcoming students back.

Please continue to check out the most current version of the Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS)  Re-entry Plan. Also, the EIPS Parent FAQ document is a resource to ensure that you have the most up to date information about the general re-entry plan in EIPS.

As always, Fultonvale staff are ready to take care of  your child(ren) as best we can and we look forward to the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Masks

All students in Kindergarten through Grade 9 must wear masks on school property at all times when social distancing isn’t possible. At Fultonvale this will include almost all situations. We would ask that you send two clean masks to school every day with your child. You may want to put clean, unworn masks in a ziploc bag or a container before use. Lanyards can be used for students to keep their masks on, but they must have the breakaway feature. Government provided masks for students will be issued when they are delivered to the school. Also, labelling your child’s masks is a good idea.

Viewing of Timetables and Homeroom Classes

These will be available beginning on Friday, August 28 on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. To access visit the PowerSchool Portal and navigate to the ‘My Schedule’ link in the left hand menu. This is where you will learn which homeroom class your child(ren) has been assigned to. At this time of year changing homeroom classes can be challenging and, as a result, these changes will be limited. 

Jr. High Option Changes

Jr. High students can submit changes for option classes, with parental/guardian permission, on Friday, September 11. Although we will do our best to make changes it is typically not possible to accommodate all.

Change in Dates - Out-of-School and In-School Learning Dates

EIPS has changed the dates for transitioning from Out-of-School to In-School learning and are now aligned with the November break, Christmas break and spring break:

  • November 16, 2020
  • January 6, 2021
  • April 6, 2021

Office Open

Our office has opened and we are available from 7:45 - 2:15 daily. As a reminder, only essential visitors are allowed in the school and we are not giving any school tours. If you are planning on coming to the school please call us first as we have strict guidelines and protocols we have to follow. 

New Students 

Welcome to the Fultonvale family! We understand this is particularly challenging for you but please know that our staff and community welcome you with open arms. We will make the transition as smooth as possible. 

First Week Information

Fultonvale will reopen to students on Sept. 1, 2020. Unlike previous years, students are returning using a staggered entry—meaning only certain grades start back on September 1. The next day, another grade group comes to the school, and so on. The staggered entry allows students, staff, and families to ease into the new experience of attending school. It also helps schools explain to students the new routine and health and safety measures before a full restart takes place.

  • Kindergarten Schedule
    • Between September 1-4, children attend school in small groups of 10 children or less. The staggered entry allows children and families to ease into school, which is particularly important this year. It also allows teachers to explain the new routine and health and safety measures before a full restart takes place.
    • Fultonvale Kindergarten had already planned a staggered entry. We will be following the same schedule families received in June. Please contact the office if  you’re unsure of your scheduled time.
  • Grades 1-9 Schedule
    • Sept. 1, 2020 - Grades 5, 6 and 9 for a full day
    • Sept. 2, 2020 - Grades 3, 4 and 8 for a full day 
    • Sept. 3, 2020 - Grades 1, 2 and 7 for a full day
    • Sept. 4, 2020 - All students for a full dau
  • Entrances and Exits 
    • Please see the Entrances and Exits Map for where your child(ren) will both enter and exit the building. 
    • K-6
      • Masks are required as socially distancing may not be possible.
      • Students will line up and will socially distance as much as possible. 
      • For the first week staff will be outside helping students find the correct line, remind about masks, and help students socially distance when possible.
      • Parents/guardians are not permitted to be in the line up with their child(ren). 
      • Students will remain outside, in their line, until a staff member brings them into the school.
      • Students will hand sanitize when entering the building.
      • Students will walk, in a single file line, to their classroom where they will then re-sanitize before entering the classroom.
    • 7-9
      • Masks are required as socially distancing may not be possible.
      • For the first week students will line up and will socially distance as much as possible.
      • For the first week staff will be outside helping students find the correct line, remind about masks, and help students socially distance when possible.
      • Parents/guardians are not permitted to be in the line up with their child(ren). 
      • Students will remain outside, in their line, until a staff member brings them into the school.
      • Students will hand sanitize when entering the building.
      • Students will walk, in a single file line, to their classroom where they will then re-sanitize before entering the classroom.
      • Beginning the second week, Jr. High students will be able to enter their designated door 15 minutes prior to the first bell but will be asked to go directly to their locker and then their first classroom.
    • Students Who Are Late
      • If students arrive after their class has been brought into the school they are to enter through the main entrance and check-in at the office prior to proceeding to their classroom.

Hallway Traffic Flow

  • Please see the Hallway Traffic Flow Map. Due to the layout of the school the majority of hallways will allow two-way traffic. 
  • Students and staff will be asked to walk on the right hand side of the hallway when possible. 
  • All hallways will be marked with signage to remind students and staff of traffic flow.

Student Drop-Off

  • Please see the Student Drop-Off Map.
  • All parents/guardians are asked to follow this traffic flow to ensure we are being as safe as possible. 
  • We are anticipating an increase in parents/guardians driving their child(ren) to school which will mean an increase in traffic. 
  • There may be line-ups, especially on Friday, September 4, and the following week as we all adjust.
  • Please keep a close eye on the crosswalk and keep pedestrians safe.
  • For the first week staff will be outside directing traffic. Please keep them safe!
  • Signage has been purchased to help guide traffic and we are hopeful it will arrive in time for the beginning of the school year.
  • The safety of our students and staff is paramount, please do your part.

Bathrooms

  • All bathrooms will have posted occupancy limits and staff will work with students so they understand what to do and where to line up if bathrooms are full.

Visitors & Volunteers

At this time, non-essential visitors, volunteers or parents are not permitted in the school without an appointment. To make an appointment, contact the school directly. Appointments should be made only when essential, including dropping off items for your child. If permission is granted and an appointment is made, the visitor or parent must complete the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire. If any of the answers to the questions are “YES,” do not enter the school. Similarly, if you’re feeling unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms, do not enter the school. After entering, sanitize your hands, sign the visitor log at the main office and wait for further instruction from school administration. Wearing a non-medical mask or face-covering is mandatory. 

Daily Supplies

Before sending your child to school, please ensure they have all supplies they will need, particularly their lunch, water bottle, and masks. Because we cannot have communal school supplies this year, students will be storing all of their supplies in their desks or in bins that the school will purchase. Teachers will contact you when supplies start to get low. You may want to consider having some extra supplies (especially pencils) on hand at home. Our School Supply Lists can be found on our school website. We have also added in the recommended school supplies from the EIPS School Re-Entry Plan (page 13), specifically tissues, masks and a labeled water bottle. Please do not send personal hand sanitizer to school with your children.

Lunch

Please send lunch items that students can open easily by themselves to minimize the need for close contact between students and staff. Microwaves will not be available this year. There will be no recycling program for the first part of the year, so students will be directed to take any recyclable containers home with them. We have also put the milk program on hold until further notice. The hot lunch program has been postponed and the canteen will not be open until we are able to get comfortable with the new processes.

Please do not send any shared snacks for special days (ie: birthday snacks for the class). 

Intention to Attend In-School Classes

In July, the Government of Alberta announced that in-school classes will resume this fall. Schools will be open with the general expectation that all students attend in person—with measures in place to reduce health risks for students, staff and families.

While EIPS believes face-to-face instruction is the best approach to learning, and is encouraging all students to return to class, the Division knows that for various reasons, some families may choose to not send their children back to school in September. For students who do not feel safe at school due to pre-existing health issues or in the absence of a COVID-19 vaccine, the Division will offer an out-of-school learning option for the 2020-21 school year.

Both in-class and out-of-school learning will be supported by the Division and will allow students to stay connected to their school. However, it's important for families and students to be aware the out-of-school learning experience will be very different from both classroom teaching and from the alternative learning offered at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

What will out-of-school learning look like at Fultonvale?

  • The focus will be on core subjects only: language arts, mathematics, science and social studies—available in English and French.
  • Emphasis is on essential learning outcomes for continuity to the next grade level.
  • All out-of-school learning is directed by the parent or guardian using the new Divisionwide learning-management system, D2L Brightspace.
  • Lesson plans include video and written instructions, digital and print learning materials, and various resources.
  • Teachers will not be directly involved in student learning but will assess student work and provide assessment feedback.

The full details of EIPS’ re-entry plans are available in the EIPS School Re-Entry Plan: A guide for students, staff and families. If you have not yet read through this document, we encourage you to review it so you can make an informed decision about education for your child in the 2020-21 school year.

To ensure EIPS can plan accordingly, we require all families to inform us whether your child will return to in-school classes for the 2020-21 school year. After you have reviewed the Division’s re-entry plans, please complete the Intention to Attend In-School Classes form available through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Please note: This form must be completed for each student in your family.

Log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal

  • Once you have logged in, click “Forms” in the left-hand menu and select the Intention to Attend In-School Classes form from the list that appears.

The deadline for completing this form is Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.

Need help with the PowerSchool Parent Portal?

  • If you’re having trouble accessing or setting up your Parent Portal account, click the “PowerSchool Parent Portal Assistance Request” link on the PowerSchool Parent Portal login page to request help.
  • If your child is brand new to EIPS, you should have received a separate email from EIPS with the PowerSchool access ID and password you'll need to connect your child with your Parent Portal account.

If you have specific questions please reach out to Jeff Spady, Principal of Fultonvale Elementary Junior High by email at jeff.spady@eips.ca.  

 

Learn More

EIPS School Re-Entry Plan: A guide for students, staff and families 
PowerSchool Parent Portal 
Back to School 2020

What to Expect When Coming to School

Although school is going to look different than it has in the past what will remain the same is the high level of care, the inviting atmosphere, and the assurance that we will do whatever we can to ensure your child is taken care of.

There will be things that are different at Fultonvale, specifically: 

  • mandatory use of masks for all staff and students in kindergarten to Grade 12;
  • enhanced cleaning and hygiene protocols;
  • daily screening requirements;
  • strict stay-at-home guidelines for individuals who feel unwell or have symptoms related to COVID-19;
  • enforced public-health measures; 
  • cohort and physical distancing strategies;
  • designated entrance and exit doors for students;
  • staggered recess breaks;
  • hallways designated for specific flows of traffic.

The EIPS School Re-Entry Plan: A guide for students, staff and families outlines the details of school re-entry within EIPS. Any future updates to the plan will be made directly online, and you can always find the latest version on our Division website. We encourage all families to read through this plan to understand what the school experience will look like for the 2020-21 school year and make informed decisions for your family.

We’ll continue to share information as it becomes available. You can always find the latest updates about school re-entry planning on our Division website. Thank you for your co-operation throughout the coming month as we prepare for the return to school.

Learn more 
EIPS School Re-Entry Planning 
EIPS School Re-Entry Plan: A guide for students, staff and families 
Alberta Education: K-12 school re-entry 
EIPS Back to School 2020 

First Week Schedule

Fultonvale will reopen to students on Sept. 1, 2020. Unlike previous years, students are returning using a staggered entry—meaning only certain grades start back on September 1. The next day, another grade group comes to the school, and so on. The staggered entry allows students and families to ease into the new experience of attending school. It also helps schools explain to students the new routine and health and safety measures before a full restart takes place.


Kindergarten Schedule
• Between September 1-4, children attend school in small groups of 10 children or less.
• The staggered entry allows children and families to ease into school, which is particularly
important this year. It also allows teachers to explain the new routine and health and safety measures before a full restart takes place.
• All families will receive a staggered-entry schedule by Aug. 27, 2020.

Grades 1-9 Schedule
Sept. 1, 2020 - Grades 5, 6 and 9 for a full day
Sept. 2, 2020 - Grades 3, 4 and 8 for a full day 
Sept. 3, 2020 - Grades 1, 2 and 7 for a full day
Sept. 4, 2020 - All students for a full day


How to Prepare for Back to School: Practice, Practice, Practice

School is going to look different, so to prepare try practicing the following:
• Practice washing hands and using hand sanitizer.
• Practice proper mask use—putting it on, taking it off and keeping it on.
• Practice opening prepared foods such as snacks, containers, lunch boxes.
• Practice opening, closing and storing personal items—pencil cases, backpacks, jackets, shoes.
• Practice doing up clothing—zippers, buttons, tying shoelaces.
• Practice proper respiratory etiquette and strategies to support physical distancing.

Fultonvale Parent Re-Entry FAQ Document

A virtual Q and A session was held on Friday, August 14th with principal Jeff Spady. If you were not able to join the live session please see the Fultonvale parent Re-Entry FAQ document.