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Covid Screening Updatehttp://inn.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/560Covid Screening Update<p>​Included in this notice is the latest link to the health unit's screening tool for Covid 19.<br></p><p><strong>Please take a close look at this information as it is what school staff will use to determine if your 'ill at school' child has to <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>remain at home for 24 hours or 14 days.</em></span></strong><br style="text-decoration:underline;"></p><p>If your child has any of the symptoms included under question 1, they will not be allowed back to school until they have received a negative Covid 19 test or they have self isolated for 14 days.<br></p><p>If you child has any one of the symptoms included under question 2, they will have to stay home for 24 hours (i.e. cannot return to school the next day)<br></p><p>If your child has two or more of the symptoms included under question 2, they will not be allowed back to school until they have received a negative Covid 19 test or they have self isolated for 14 days.<br></p><p><a href="https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/">SMDHU Covid 19 Screening</a><br></p>
School Cash for Online Forms and Paying Feeshttp://inn.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/555School Cash for Online Forms and Paying Fees<div><strong>Online Forms and Pay Fees</strong><br></div><div><br></div><div>The School Cash Online program is used by the SCDSB for online forms and to collect school funds.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Parents/guardians can select to receive email notification when a new item becomes available.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Items are personalized to each student.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Payment can be made by credit card, electronic cheque or using a visa/debit style card.<br></div><div><br></div><div>To create an online account, go to https://simcoecounty.schoolcashonline.com.<br></div><p><br></p>
Learn@Homehttp://inn.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/553Learn@Home<p>​Learn@home teachers received their class lists late on Friday.  <br></p><p>They worked over the weekend to prepare for today and will be contacting the students in their classrooms through the morning today.<br></p><p>If you have not heard anything by 1 pm today, please do not panic.  Call the school and let us know the situation and we will get you set up.<br></p><p>Mobilizing 275 teachers and more than 10 000 students is not a perfect situation so there will be glitches.  All students that have chosen to participate in Learn@Home will be placed in classrooms and be hooked up online with a teacher and classmates.<br></p><p>Thank you for your patience as we work through this unprecedented time.<br></p><p>Chris Russell<br></p>
STANDARD ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND PERMISSION FORM/STUDENT INFORMATION COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY APPROPRIATE USE AGREEMENT 2020-2021http://inn.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/552STANDARD ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND PERMISSION FORM/STUDENT INFORMATION COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY APPROPRIATE USE AGREEMENT 2020-2021<div>The 2020-2021 Standard Acknowledgment and Permission Form and Student Information Computing Technology Appropriate Use Agreement are required forms for all Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) students. The forms have been made available electronically through School Cash Online. School Cash Online is our preferred method for forms. If you are unable to submit these forms electronically, please contact the office for paper copies of the forms.<br></div><p><br></p>
September 2020 Return to School Informationhttp://inn.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/548September 2020 Return to School Information<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Innisfil Central P.S. Return to School - September 2020</strong></span></p><p> </p><p>Dear Innisfil Central Public School Parents and Students:</p><p> </p><p>To say that the past months have been unsettling is perhaps an understatement.  We have all had to adjust to a new way of being that has had an impact on every aspect of our lives.  As we prepare for our first day of school here at ICPS, it will not surprise anyone that our school day will not look the same as it has in the past.  As always, the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority as we transition into another school year.  School staff are working hard and will continue to do so throughout the year to mitigate the many challenges that we will face.  We have a wonderful school and school community, and as we always do, we will work together to support each other and our students through these challenging times.  </p><p> </p><p>What follows is a lengthy outline of just what school will look like when our students arrive next week.  Please read this information carefully and even keep a copy of it for future reference (this information is also posted on the school webpage).</p><p> </p><p><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL:</strong></span></p><p> </p><p>The Simcoe County DSB has planned a staggered return to school for all students in the board.  The staggered entry is outlined as follows:</p><p> </p><p>              <strong>TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8</strong><strong><sup>TH</sup></strong><strong> </strong>– students with surname A-G will attend</p><p> </p><p>              <strong>WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9</strong><strong><sup>TH</sup></strong><strong> </strong>– students with surname H-O will join A-G students</p><p> </p><p>              <strong>THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10</strong><strong><sup>TH</sup></strong><strong> </strong>– students with surname P-Z will join A-O students</p><ul><li><strong>JK students will also start today</strong><br><br><strong> </strong><br><br>School start time is 9:15 am</li></ul><ul><li>Students arriving on buses will be met by Mr. Russell at the front of the school as usual and go to the back of the school until the entry bell sounds</li><li>Students being dropped of by parents will follow the same process (please us the  lower parking lot as our buses use the top parking lot)<br><br> <br><br>Parents are not allowed to accompany their student to the back yard nor into the school. <strong> </strong><br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong>The school and school grounds are restricted to all parents and visitors – only staff and students are allowed on school grounds and/or into the school.</strong><br><br> <br><br><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>ENTRY INTO SCHOOL:</strong></span><br><br> <br><br>Students will not enter nor leave the school all at the same time as was the practise in previous years.  <br><br> <br><br>On the first day, teachers will meet their classes outside at the back tarmac area at 9:15, call out <br><br>class lists and then accompany their students into school.<br><br> <br><br>On every other day, students will be entering the school as a class with a maximum of 2 classes <br><br>entering at a time.  This will be done to minimize hallway congestion and maintain social <br><br>distancing.  Students will be shown a schedule of this new process by their classroom teacher<br><br> <br><br><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>HEALTH AND SAFETY:</strong></span><br><br> <br><br>We want to assure you that the health and well-being of our students and staff remains our top priority. We are in regular contact with our local health authority, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU), and we continue to take their direction on all matters related to COVID-19. Please visit the COVID 19 Return to School page on the SMDHU website at <a href="http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/">www.simcoemuskokahealth.org</a> for additional information.<br><br> <br><br><strong>Masks:</strong><br><br>Students in Grade 4 to 8 will be required to wear a face mask while inside the school building. Masks are not required for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3, but are encouraged. Families are encouraged to provide cloth masks for their children that cover the nose and mouth. The SCDSB will provide cloth masks to students who do not have them.<br><br> <br><br>All staff will be wearing medical grade masks at all times while in the school.<br><br> <br><br><strong>COVID-19 Self-Screening:</strong><br><br>Each morning, students are required to complete a self-screening assessment prior to attending school. The self-screening tool can be found here:<br><br> <br><br><a href="https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/">https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/</a><br><br> <br><br>Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home. We ask that parents/guardians report their child's absence as part of our Safe Arrival program. <br><br> <br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong>COVID-19 Symptoms While at School:</strong><br><br>If a student begins to show the symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, they will be guided to our gymnasium, which is our designated isolation area.  Students will be supervised in this area while parents are contacted for pick up.  Please make arrangements for this particular circumstance.<br><br>Parents/guardians are asked to provide multiple contacts who will be available to pick up their child(ren) in the event that they become ill while at school. Children who become ill while at school will not be able to travel on a bus home for the protection of the other riders.<br><br> <br><br><strong>Gym/Library:</strong><br><br>Both the Library and gymnasium will remain closed for the 2020-21 school year.<br><br> <br><br><strong>Lunch:</strong><br><br>Students will remain with their class and eat lunch in the classroom. When possible, lunch may take place outdoors. Students will not be able to leave the school property, so please remember to pack a lunch and a refillable water bottle. <br><br> <br><br>We are encouraging "boomerang lunches", where students bring all of their garbage/recyclables back home with them at the end of the day.<br><br> <br><br>The "Hot Lunch Program" is closed until further notice.<br><br> <br><br>Water fountains have been turned off and bagged in the school.  We do have a water bottle refill station which will remain open to student use.<br><br> <br><br><strong>Recess Breaks:</strong><br><br>Students will enter and exit the building by class with a minimum number of classes in the hallway at any point in time (to maintain social distancing).<br><br> <br><br>Once on the yard, students must stay with their class and are not allowed to leave their assigned area on the yard.  They may not interact with students from other classes.<br><br> <br><br>The Gaga Ball pit will be closed for the 2020-21 school year.<br><br> <br><br>At this time, the climber will be closed.<br><br> <br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong>Enhanced Health and Safety Protocols:</strong><br><br>Hand sanitizer will be provided in each classroom for student and teacher use. <br><br>Students will receive training on proper hand hygiene including instructions on hand washing and sanitizing.<br><br><strong>Enhanced Cleaning:</strong><br><br>Cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces and shared resources such as doorknobs, light switches, toilets, and faucet handles will occur at least twice a day. <br><br>Buses will be sanitized twice daily with frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces.<br><br> <br><br><strong>Physical Distancing:</strong><br><br>Directional arrows and signage have been installed to support physical distancing measures. <br><br>Designated entry and exit doors and staggered entry and exit times have been created.<br><br>Plexiglass guards have been installed in the school office.<br><br><strong>No Vistor Access to School:</strong><br><br>Following the direction from our local health authority, the SMDHU, all SCDSB schools will be closed to parents/guardians and visitors.<br><br> <br><br><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>REMOTE LEARNING:</strong></span><br><br> <br><br>Students who are participating in the remote learning program will be contacted by their teacher in the first two weeks of school and classes will begin on Monday, September 21.<br><br> <br><br>Please contact the school if you require access to a chrome book.<br><br> <br><br><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>If you have not completed the Board's survey (Coming to school or remote learning) please contact the school so that we can better plan for student arrival next week.</em></span><br><br> <br><br><span lang="EN-CA" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>SCHOOL SUPPLIES:</strong></span><br><br>Each student should bring a backpack and water bottle to school.  Students will receive a detailed list of recommended school supplies from their teachers the first week of school.  Keep in mind that we are not sharing items between students and having their own pens, pencils, crayons, papers, pencil crayons, duotangs, and binders would be a good idea.<br><br> <br><br> <br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>KEEP CONNECTED:</strong></span><br><strong> </strong>It's important to get accurate information about what's going on at your school and at the SCDSB. Here are some ways to do that:</li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Subscribe to our school's website by visiting the 'What's New' section at </strong><strong>http://inn.scdsb.on.ca</strong><strong>. You can sign up to receive emails about school news updates and information during emergency situations. It is easy to subscribe – visit our website and click the 'Subscribe' link at the very top of the page. Provide your email and click 'Subscribe'; a message will be sent to your inbox with a link to click to confirm that you want to subscribe. You can unsubscribe at any time using the link at the bottom of each email.</strong></li><li><strong>Sign up to receive SCDSB media releases by clicking the 'Subscribe' button at </strong><a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/"><strong>www.scdsb.on.ca</strong></a><strong>. </strong></li><li>Follow the SCDSB on Twitter (@SCDSB_Schools), Facebook (facebook.com/SCDSB) and Instagram (instagram.com/scdsb).</li></ul><p> </p><p>For school bus transportation information, visit the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium's website at <a href="http://www.main.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca/">main.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca</a>. Also, remember to bookmark the school bus information page at <a href="http://www.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca/">simcoecountyschoolbus.ca</a> for bus delay and cancellation information on inclement weather days.<br> <br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>PROCEDURES TO KEEP OUR SCHOOL SAFE:</strong></span><br><strong> </strong>We have a number of procedures in place to keep our school safe. You can help your child understand and feel safe by:</p><p> </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>talking to them about the situations below;</li><li>reminding them that emergencies are rare; and,</li><li>telling them it's important to follow staff instructions in these situations.</li></ul><p> </p><p>Parents/guardians should talk about the following emergency drills with their children:</p><p> </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Shelter in place</strong> is used when there is an environmental or weather-related situation, like a chemical spill outside the building, or a major storm. Activities continue inside the school. Students and staff are not allowed to leave the building. The ventilation system may be shut off temporarily.</li><li>A <strong>hold and secure</strong> is used when there is a situation in the community, not related to the school, like a bank robbery nearby. Activities continue, but all exterior doors are locked. No one is allowed to enter or exit the school. </li><li>A <strong>lockdown </strong>is used when there is a major incident or a threat of violence related to the school. Students and staff move to secure areas, away from doors and windows. Interior doors are locked, lights are shut off and blinds are drawn. Students and staff remain quiet. We practice lockdown drills at least two times per year. In the unlikely event of an actual lockdown situation, police ask that parents/guardians do not go to the school. Information will be communicated through the school board social media sites (<a href="http://www.facebook.com/SCDSB">www.facebook.com/SCDSB</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/SCDSB_Schools">www.twitter.com/SCDSB_Schools</a>) and website (<a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/">www.scdsb.on.ca</a>), through local police and local media. </li><li>All schools have <strong>evacuation plans</strong> in case of gas leaks, bomb threats or fire incidents that would require everyone to leave the school. We hold drills to practice our evacuation plan. In a real evacuation, students and staff may go to the evacuation site (Kilarney Beach P.S.), depending on the situation. Parents/guardians will be informed about pick-up procedures by the school, school board and local media. </li></ul><p> </p><p>When parents/guardians are at school during a drill or emergency event, they must follow direction from school staff, police, fire and/or emergency personnel. Parents/guardians may not have immediate access to their children during drills or emergencies. They may need to wait until the situation is resolved and school staff and/or emergency personnel release students into parent/guardian care.</p><p> </p><p>It's important for you to know we'll always take whatever precautions are necessary to keep our school and students safe. </p><p> </p><p>Please note the following:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Elementary school main doors are locked during the school day. Visitors must use the <strong>intercom system</strong> and wait for assistance. <strong>Staff may not be available to answer the door immediately, so please be patient.</strong> </li><li>Staff must complete a <strong>criminal record check</strong> before having contact with students.  </li><li>We ask parents/guardians to contact us when their child will be absent from school as part of our <strong>Safe Arrival </strong>program. When we don't hear from a parent/guardian and a student is absent, we will call home to find out the reason for the absence.</li><li>At least two staff members in every school are trained in <strong>first aid and CPR</strong>. All SCDSB schools have<strong> Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)</strong>.</li></ul><p><strong> </strong></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>STUDENT DRESS CODE:</strong></span><br> Students are expected to respect the guidelines when dressing for school. Our school is a safe space. We work to be equitable and inclusive, and understand that students may choose to express themselves through their clothing choices. Student clothing cannot pose a safety concern or conceal identity. Exceptions are granted to students who wear head coverings or other garments/objects for the purposes of religious observance, medical or sensory needs, or other reasons protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code.</p><p> </p><p>The SCDSB dress code is available in the student agenda and online at <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/elementary/dress_code">www.scdsb.on.ca/elementary/dress_code</a>. If you have questions about the dress code, you can contact your school principal.<br> <br></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>SCHOOL BUS:</strong></span><strong> </strong><br>The Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium's Bus Tag program supports safety for JK/SK and other school-identified students. The program helps match students to their assigned afternoon school bus and identifies that they must be met by a parent/guardian at their afternoon bus stop. </p><p>The program provides a colour coded bus tag with the assigned p.m. route number, to be attached to the student's backpack, and a colour-coded route card with route number in the windows of the school bus that the bus tag is matched to. The program can also provide tags for students who are walkers and/or who remain at an on-site childcare centre to make sure they don't get on a bus in error. </p><p>For more information, visit main.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca and click on the 'Safety' tab.</p><p> </p><p>Students in Grades 4-8 must wear a mask while taking school transportation.  Masks are not required from K to grade 3, but are encouraged.</p><p> </p><p>All busing expectations and protocols are posted on the SCTC website: <a href="https://simcoecountyschoolbus.ca/">https://simcoecountyschoolbus.ca/</a></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Regards,</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">C. Russell</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Principal</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><br></p>
Next Week is School Bus Driver Appreciation Weekhttp://inn.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/562Next Week is School Bus Driver Appreciation Week<p>​<strong><span style="font-size:10pt;line-height:115%;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">School Bus Safety Week and School Bus Driver Appreciation Day<br> </span></strong><span style="font-size:10pt;line-height:115%;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">School Bus Safety Week takes place October 19 to 23, 2020. Please visit the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC) website at <a href="http://main.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca/">main.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca/</a> for information on school bus safety and links to school bus safety resources. October 21, 2020 is School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in the province of Ontario. It’s a great opportunity for the school community to thank our bus drivers for all their hard work transporting students to and from school safely. <br> <br> </span><br></p>
Information on the New Math Curriuclum for Parentshttp://inn.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/563Information on the New Math Curriuclum for Parents<p>​</p><p><strong>Learn about the new math curriculum in the Parents' Guide to Mathematics</strong><br> Are you curious about the new Ontario mathematics curriculum, and how you can support your child's growth as a mathematician? Visit the Parents' Guide to Mathematics at <a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/new-math-curriculum-grades-1-8">ontario.ca/page/new-math-curriculum-grades-1-8</a>, where you can find a summary of the knowledge and skills your child will be learning as they progress through the grades, information about how you can support your child's learning and how the curriculum was developed. </p><p>You can make a difference and support your child's learning by making math a regular part of your day-to-day life at home. You can help your children make connections between what they learn in school and everyday experiences at home and in the community. </p><p>You can:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>find ways to incorporate math at home</li><li>inspire a love of learning and better understanding of math</li><li>talk with your child about their math schoolwork</li><li>show an interest in what they are learning in class</li><li>help make learning fun by finding real world applications of what they are learning together</li></ul><p>For more ways to support your child's math learning at home, please visit <a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/support-your-childs-math-learning">ontario.ca/page/support-your-childs-math-learning</a>.<br></p><p><br></p>
Have you met SORA?http://inn.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/564Have you met SORA?<p>​</p><p><strong>Have you met Sora?</strong></p><p>Our digital ebook/audiobook collection contains over 4,000 titles waiting to be checked out by our SCDSB students. Students simply download the app, use their SCDSB login and start reading for free on their phone or tablet. The collection can be accessed at: <a href="https://meet.soraapp.com/">meet.soraapp.com</a>. <br></p><p><br></p>
Bus Cancellation Informationhttp://inn.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/565Bus Cancellation Information<p>​</p><p> </p><p><strong>Inclement weather and bus cancellation information reminder </strong></p><p>All information regarding cancelled buses in Simcoe County is posted on the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC)'s bus information website at <a href="file://adminvs01/diroff/Communications/Communications%20Department/School%20Newsletter%20Items/2020-2021/October/www.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca">www.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca</a>. </p><p>Our school is in the <strong>CENTRAL</strong> zone. When buses are cancelled, schools remain open for student learning, unless otherwise noted. It is always a family decision whether or not it is safe for their child(ren) to leave for school under severe weather conditions.</p><p>The Consortium and bus operators try to make the decision to cancel school buses before 6 a.m. and make every effort to post announcements before 7 a.m. Inclement weather cancellations are effective for the whole day and buses cancelled in the morning will not run at the end of the day. You can follow the Consortium on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/SCSTC_SchoolBus?ref_src=twsrc%5egoogle%7ctwcamp%5eserp%7ctwgr%5eauthor">@SCSTC_SchoolBus</a> for bus cancellations and other information. You can also subscribe to receive bus delay notifications here: <a href="https://scstc.ca/Subscriptions/Login.aspx">https://scstc.ca/Subscriptions/Login.aspx</a></p><p><br><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>
Virtual School Council Meeting - Monday October 5 http://inn.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/561Virtual School Council Meeting - Monday October 5 <p>​If you would like to attend our first School Council Meeting, please email crussell@scdsb.on.ca so that you can be added to our attendee list.<br></p><p>A Zoom meeting invite will be sent out by 3 pm on Monday October 5.  <br></p><p>Looking forward to seeing you there.<br></p>