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Dear Wishart Families,

Yesterday we welcomed students back to our school. Last week, our District and staff team revisited our COVID 19 Health and Safety protocols and planned for continuity of learning, in the event we need to shift to at home learning. Please see the district email that was sent out by our superintendent on Friday, January 7th for more information regarding these potential closures.  In the near future, each classroom teacher will be reaching out to their families regarding what Temporary-At-Home-Learning could look like for their class of students.

A reminder to all families:

  • Please make sure you do a daily health check for your child each day and if they have any symptoms, including cold and flu symptoms, that they are kept home until the symptoms are resolved. If children are at school and become sick, we will be calling home and requesting a pick-up. Click here for the BC K-12 Health Check App.
  • Please send your child with a mask to school and remind them to wear it properly, including sealing around the nose and mouth. Please send extra masks so they have a change in case of water damage/dirt.
  • Pick-up and drop-off areas have not changed as we have designated doors for students to enter and exit the school:
    • To avoid congestion, we ask parents to wait behind the coned-off areas
    • Please respect this space for the health and safety for students and staff
  • When picking up and dropping off your child please avoid congregating in groups.  Please drop your child off as close to the bell as possible, and then we ask parents and family members to leave the school grounds.  At this time, our playground is still open before and after school for children to play.
  • Please make an appointment if you would like to meet with staff; please phone the school (250 478 9528) prior to entering the building.
  • If your child is late arriving to school, please take them to the front of the building and call the school to let us know that they are here. Please wait until they are let into the school.
  • If your child is going to be away due to illness, please let their teacher and/or Nikkie know (nolsten@sd62.bc.ca)

Enhanced Safety Protocols During School
We continue to review and revise our in-school safety measures including:

  • Reminding students to always wear their masks indoors, including when they enter the building from outside play time. It would be helpful if your child has a lanyard or clean pocket/container they can put their mask in when they go out to play.  We will be reviewing how to properly wear and then remove masks.
  • Reviewing handwashing and hand sanitizing processes
  • Reducing student traffic in the hallways, and when entering and exiting the building by individual classes and not in groups.
  • Reminding students to keep their hands to themselves when playing and not to touch other students.
  • Postponing Hot Lunch – PAC popcorn only for now
  • January PAC meeting will be held on January 19, 2022 at 6:45 pm. The meeting will be on-line via MS TEAMS. Please email wishartpac@gmail.com if you would like to attend and a link will be sent to you.

Although this is not the start to 2022 that we had anticipated, we are excited to have students back. Please know that our schools are safe places, thanks to the collaborative work of our families, staff and students.  Thank you for your help in keeping our school community safe!

Sincerely,

Mrs. McArthur