STUDENTS NEW TO BUSSING

Do you have a student who is new to taking the school bus?

CCRCE school buses will be at the following locations on Thursday, September 3rd between 9am -2pm* to allow you and your child the chance to get familiar with the school bus:

  • A.G. Baillie  477 Victoria Avenue Extension, New Glasgow,  B2H 1X1
  • West Pictou Consolidated  * For this location only, the Bus will be on site on Wed. Sept. 2 from 9am-2pm
  • 999 Hwy 376. Lyons Brook, NS. B0K 1H0
  • Face masks will be required for both adults and children. The high-touch areas on the bus will be cleaned after each student/parent.
  • Please remember to physically distance during your visit and to wash your hands/use hand sanitizer before and after your visit.

ORIENTATION VIDEO COMING SOON!!

Our orientation video will be available on our website this coming Friday!  It's a great way for all families to see the changes in our school and have a good understanding of our new routines.  We are looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday, September 8 and hope you enjoy your last week of vacation!

2020-21 Back to School Parent Information Sheet

2020-21 Back to School Parent Information Sheet 

As detailed within the Nova Scotia Back to School Plan, there will be significant adjustments to some routines and activities that were typical in a normal school year. To help families navigate these changes, we have created this school information sheet for you.

 

What to Expect at School This Year:

 

Before School

  • At-Home Self-Monitoring for COVID: Families are required to monitor children for COVID-19 using the COVID-19 Daily Checklist. The most up-to-date version can be found online at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/docs/Daily-COVID-checklist-en.pdf. By monitoring daily, you are helping to identify any potential cases of COVID-19 as quickly as possible. A paper copy of the COVID-19 Daily Checklist will be provided prior to school re-opening.

Students need to stay home when they are ill, even if their symptoms are mild. We will be removing attendance-based awards or incentives. If you are unsure if you or your child should self-isolate, contact 811.

  • Remember to pack a face mask and water bottle: Masks are required for students in Grades 4-12 if they cannot physically distance and required for all students travelling by bus. Each student and staff member will be provided with two face masks.  

Also, students who travel by bus, regardless of grade, will be required to wear a mask while on the bus. 

Water bottles are recommended as water fountains will not be accessible; bottle filling stations or water coolers will still be available. Sending your child with a full water bottle in the morning is recommended and appreciated.

 

Getting to School

  • Masks are required for all students travelling on buses. Family members traveling on the bus should sit together. Buses will be cleaned twice during the school day and in between each run.
  • Once bus students arrive at school, bus unloading will be staggered allowing less traffic entering the school at one time. Students getting off a bus as one group will wash/sanitize their hands as they enter their separate classrooms and join their cohorts within the school.
  • Parents who drive children to school will drop off and pick-up students outside the building. Visitor access will be limited to only essential visitors. For our elementary schools, our staff will be waiting to welcome our younger students into the building.
  • Please stick to the following drop-off and pick up times for our school:
    • Drop Off between 8:00 and 8:15
    • Pick up between 2:18 and 2:30

 

 

During the School Day

 

Hygiene

  • Hand Hygiene: There will be an emphasis on hand washing, before & after eating and during the day. Hand sanitizing stations have been installed at main entrances and classrooms without a sink.
  • Students who are in grades 4 to 12 will need to wear masks in class if they cannot physically distance, even if they are in their cohort.   Every student and staff member will be provided two non-medical masks. If a student forgets their mask, disposable masks will be available.
  • There is a “no-sharing” policy on food, personal belongings and their individual school supplies.

 

School Design

  • Students in Pre-Primary to Grade 9 will stay with their class (cohort) throughout the day, where possible.
  • Classrooms will have less material and furniture, and desks/tables will be spaced out allowing students to have more physical distance.
  • Students will notice additional signage including directional signs to control flow in hallways, common areas, and outside spaces. Signage includes traffic flow arrows, physical distancing reminders, and designated Entrances & Exits.
  • Lockers will not be in use for the 2020-21 school year. 

 

School Schedule

  • More classes (including Physical Education) will be held outdoors, when possible to encourage physical movement and support our students’ well-being.
  • All students will continue to be able to access healthy options through the school’s Breakfast Program. There will be a focus on individual servings and access that is organized to prevent students from gathering.
  • Students in Pre-primary to Grade 9 will eat lunch in their classrooms with their regular class or cohort of students; cafeterias will not be in use for lunchtime for these students. If your child is bringing their own lunch, please ensure it is something they can manage independently to avoid unnecessary handling of items by others. Microwaves will not be available at this time. If students require food from our lunch program, their meals will be delivered to their classroom to limit interactions among cohorts and social gathering.
    • Outside break during the lunch hour will be staggered by class cohorts.
    •  Breaks/Recess: Students will have breaks with their class on a staggered schedule.
  • Students in Grades 10-12 will have access to cafeteria service, although lunch options may be reduced. The food services provider will follow public health guidelines. An emphasis will still be placed on keeping groups of students together and maintaining physical distancing.

 

 

Illness at School

  • If a child feels unwell or begins to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, a parent or guardian will be contacted for pick-up. It is very important to ensure that your contact information and other emergency contacts for your child are kept up to date with the school during the school year. 
  • Any student who becomes unwell at school will have a separate location in the school to wait to be picked up. Students who become ill during the day will not be permitted to return home on the bus.
  • Students who exhibit symptoms on the bus will be required to isolate on the way to school and the bus driver will notify the school administration.
  • If a child exhibits COVID symptoms, parents/guardians must contact 811 to receive advice from Public Health on what to do next, including if/when the child can return to school.
  • Our schools will continue to monitor illness in schools and will follow direction from Public Health on specific processes.  Parents are asked when they are calling in to excuse their child, if they could provide as much detail as they are comfortable, so we can provide Public Health with accurate information on our illness data.  
  • If a COVID-19 case is identified, Public Health will provide direction to CCRCE as well as the school.

After the School Day

  • Formal Before and After School Programs will continue for children.  Additional information about their programming will be provided by the provider.
  • Information about NSSAF sports and Sport Nova Scotia will be released by those organizations in the near future.
  • Parents/Guardians can help reinforce proper COVID-19 hygiene protocols with children. Please help us to remind children about proper handwashing techniques, cough/sneeze etiquette, how to wear a mask properly, and physical distancing.

 

More information on COVID Specific Changes for the 2020-21 school year

  • Technology - Students are able to bring their own device to school for educational purposes. Students who do not have access to a personal device will be provided with one. School-based devices will be cleaned between use.
  • Families with specialized needs will work together with their school’s Student Planning Team. Please contact the school to discuss your child’s needs further.

 

We will be sharing additional school-specific information with you soon. 

***An Orientation video will be available on or before September 4 in order for all students and families to see what the school day will look like this year.  ***

Do you have a specific question regarding your child’s return to school? Let us know and we can help provide you with information.  Please call us at 902-755-8450.

 

School Supplies Update

 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES UPDATE:  

  1. We are no longer asking for Lysol wipes as part of each school supply list.  
  2. All school supplies should not be sent on the first day of school.  Due to social distancing and group sharing restrictions, we no longer have the storage area in classrooms to accommodate a large amount of supplies.  For example, our elementary students should only bring one box of crayons and one package of pencils, etc.  Our middle school students would be fine on the first day bringing a binder with some loose leaf and something to write with.  Teachers will be sending out information regarding what further supplies will be needed to take to school and when this should be done.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Return to School/Supply Lists

 

Hello to our School Community!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and getting the chance to spend time with family and friends.

As you know, the DEECD has announced the plan for students to return to school in September.  With this in mind, we have sent our school supply lists to Walmart and Staples and have posted them on our website on this page.  The DEECD link for all items regarding school return is https://www.ednet.ns.ca/backtoschool#planfeatures  

We will continue to update our website as plans unfold.

Take care and enjoy the remaining weeks of summer!

Lee Ann Stacey

Principal of DWAM

Grade 8 Closing Video

Congratulations to all our Grade 8 students on being promoted to high school.  Here is your video of celebration.

We are so proud of your accomplishments!!

Staff of Dr. W. A. MacLeod Consolidated School

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pni-Vz6kLqA

Primary Students 2020-21

Dear Parent/Caregiver(s):

 

Welcome to our school!  We look forward to have your child join us in Grade Primary in the fall.

The past few months have certainly been unusual and have caused a lot of changes in our daily lives.  As you know, much like everything else, schools have been closed since mid-March, which has certainly impacted how we do business.

Typically, we would have held a Primary Orientation session, where we provide information about what you and your child should expect when they begin school in September.  Unfortunately, we were not able to do that this year.  In addition, we are still unsure as to what September will look like with respect to school.  Once we know, we will certainly do our best to inform our school community.  One of the ways we communicate is through our website http://dwam.ccrce.ca/.  Updates are provided there as they become available.  

One of the things we do at our orientation sessions is determine the best placement for our Grade Primary students.  Due to the fact that we were not able to hold this, we are unable to follow our usual procedures for classroom placement.  Therefore, we will be placing students into one of our Primary classrooms in order to have them registered, but this placement may change once we have an opportunity to meet the students.  Many factors are taken into consideration and once we meet the children, we would like to ensure we have made the right decision as to which class they will be in for the remainder of the year.  This means that the teacher to whom your child is assigned the first day we are back to school may not be the teacher for the whole year.  We will take a few days to ensure that children are where we feel they should be academically, socially/emotionally.  At this time, we have two classes – Primary and Primary/One.  

One way you can help prepare your child for school is to read to him/her regularly during the summer; work on letter recognition; work on recognizing their name and/or printing it; use everyday items to help them count things; work on them being able to dress and undress themselves, especially shoes and zippers; opening packages for food; and any other things you feel would be helpful for them to increase their independence.  We have also provided you two booklets in PDF form created by the DEECD with some additional ideas to best prepare your child for school.

We hope you and your families have an enjoyable summer and stay tuned for information about what to expect in the fall!

 

Take care,

 

Lee Ann Stacey

Principal

 

NRHS Grade 9 Orientation Video

Hey Grade 8 students!  If you are going to NRHS next year, check out the following video!

 

https://youtu.be/t3XxRI4WH_o

Term third report cards

When will I receive my child’s report card?

Report cards are scheduled to be distributed during the week of June 22-26, 2020.  For DR. W. A. MacLeod Consolidated School, June report cards, and IPP reports where applicable, will be issued electronically on Wednesday, June 24th.  Report cards / IPP reports will be sent to the email address provided by the parent/guardian in PowerSchool. 

If you have not received a report card by June 26th, or if you do not have email access, please contact your child’s school (902-755-8450) so that other arrangements can be made to provide you with your child’s report card information.

Students' Belongings Pickup Part 2

Dear Parent/Guardian(s),

 

Thank you to those who were able to pick up your child’s belongings at Dr. W. A. MacLeod on June 10th.  You were very helpful in allowing us to complete this task in a way that was safe for everyone.

 

If you were not able to come on Wednesday, we have a few dates available next week for you to come in and collect your child’s belongings.  Monday, June 15th, Tuesday, June 16th and Wednesday, June 17th, DWAM will be accessible for parents/guardians or students to come to school between 9:00 am to 12:00pm.  Please report to the main office and we will help you with this process.

 

If you have any questions, call our school (902-755-8450) and leave a message.  Someone will return your call.

 

Once again, thanks for your cooperation!

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