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DSBN Elementary In-person Learning
Family Information 2021-22

Hello DSBN Elementary Students and Families

We are pleased to welcome you back to in-person learning this school year.

Although things will look a little different again this fall, we know with everyone's positive support, together we will create an inviting, engaging and safe learning environment for our students.

We understand that the start of a new school year brings excitement and questions. Please review this information with your child(ren) to set them up for a successful start to the 2021/2022 school year. As well, in the upcoming days supportive mental health resources will be available for parents and students at https://www.dsbn.org/programs-services/well-being/home.

Return to School Details

Please refer to your school’s website for bell times and school specific information. The general guidelines below apply to all elementary schools within the DSBN.

Transportation

  • For updated school bus rules and protocols, visit nsts.ca
  • NSTS (Niagara Student Transportation Services) is following Ministry of Education and local public health guidelines for student transportation
  • For questions about transportation, visit nsts.ca , email [email protected] or call 905-357-6787

Athletics, Clubs and Extracurriculars

  • Some extra-curricular activities will be running with additional health and safety measures and/or modifications as required
  • More specific details will be provided by your school

Nutrition Programs

  • In collaboration with community partners and adhering to public health guidelines, school based nutrition programs will be offered this school year.
  • Special lunch days, such as pizza and sub days, will be possible this year. These will be introduced when schools are ready.

Keeping our Schools Safe Together

Screening

  • All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. The updated link to the Daily Covid-19 Self Screening will be found on both the DSBN and school websites.
  • Anyone experiencing symptoms must not attend school and seek appropriate medical attention

Masks

  • Wearing masks has been mandated for all grade 1 through 8 students and all staff by the Ministry of Education. Kindergarten students are strongly encouraged to wear masks.
  • Students will wear masks outside if physical distancing cannot be maintained. There will be opportunities for masking breaks during the school day. If your child has a medical condition that limits their ability to wear a mask regularly throughout the day, please contact your principal to collaborate on a modified plan.

Physical Distancing and Congregating

  • As much as possible, students and staff are required to maintain physical distancing
  • This will be achieved through directional signage, education and encouragement, making changes to classroom set-ups, hallway flow, etc.

Signage

  • Students and staff will follow the health and safety signage posted throughout their school

Hand Hygiene Practices

  • Reminders and opportunities to wash hands regularly
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom and at all entrances

Entry and Exit

  • Entry and exit to schools will be staggered to support physical distancing throughout the day

Lunch

  • Individual schools will communicate lunch time plans
  • Schools may schedule staggered lunches to accommodate students safely

Water Fountains and Water Filling Stations

  • Water fountains will be closed
  • Please bring a refillable water container daily as water filling stations are open

How to Stay Informed

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Niagara Region Public Health

A critical factor in the planning process involves increasing the vaccination rates among students, 12 years and older.

Youth are welcome to walk into any Niagara Region Public Health COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can also book an appointment online through the provincial portal at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine or call the booking system at 1-833-943-3900. A full schedule of clinics dates and locations are listed on the Niagara Region’s website . Youth may also find a pharmacy in their neighbourhood administering Pfizer by visiting vaccine-locations .

Public health professionals are available to answer any questions through the COVID-19 Info-line Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

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