Important Information for Parents of Students Returning to In-Class Instruction

We have been very busy at the school preparing for some of our students to return on Monday, June 1 and we are looking forward to seeing them soon!  This information is for everyone that has indicated that their children will be returning to school June 1 using the online survey.  Please read all of the information in this email carefully.  It is very important for the safety of all that these procedures are followed thoroughly.

Students with IEPs or whose parents indicated they are essential service workers will be eligible to attend 5 days per week.  Otherwise, students in Mrs. Stark’s class will attend Mondays and Tuesdays and students in Mrs. Quilty and Mrs. Tomlinson’s classes will attend on Thursdays and Fridays.  Mrs. Quinton will be contacting her students’ parents to let them know which days they will be attending.

If you have not responded to the survey, we are not yet prepared to accept your child(ren) back.  In this case, please contact Mr. Overgaard so we can plan for a time for them to return.  During school hours, school grounds will be closed to everyone, including students, if they have not been scheduled for in-class learning.

By the end of the week, you will be receiving an email from your children’s teachers with specific information related to their individual classes.  Please be sure to read these carefully and follow all procedures.

You will have been sent many documents from the province and our school district related to the safety of students and staff with regard to the return to in-class instruction.  All of the procedures below are based on these documents.  The documents are available for you to view on the district website

Before bringing your child to school

Parents must self assess the health of their children, immediate family and recent contacts using the attached list of symptoms.  DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILD IF your child has – or has been exposed to anyone with – any of these symptoms and contact the school to let us know.

Entry Procedure

  • Students are not to arrive before 8:20 am.  Playgrounds are closed before school. 
  • Drop off between 8:20 and 8:30
    • Parents are to stay with their children in the designated area for the class keeping physical distancing (min 2m)
    • Parents will not enter the building (by appointment only)
    • Teachers will approach families and do secondary health checks using a checklist.  If parents or students answer yes to any of the questions, students will return home with parents and may return only with a doctor’s note.  If unsure, Mr. Overgaard will be asked to help assess.  Otherwise, students go to next chalk mark in line up until all checks are complete.


Once children enter the School

  •  Each child will place their belongings at their desk and then go and wash their hands.  Children will be assigned desks.  Desks will be placed properly distanced in the classroom. Children are to put their jackets on the backs of their chairs and their packs on the floor beside their seat.
  • Learning activities will be in students’ own personal spaces.
  • Children will be provided their own individual supplies, books, manipulatives, play equipment and/or toys to use. 
  • Any shared manipulatives or shared objects will be disinfected before use by another student or left for at least 24 hours.
  • Classes will practice hand washing hygiene throughout the day – every time they exit and enter the classroom & before and after eating or using the washroom, coughing, sneezing, or blowing noses.
  • We will spend more time outdoors.  Children need to have appropriate clothing.  Students will not be required to have both indoor and outdoor shoes. 

Recess and Lunchtime

As long as the number of students in attendance remains low, recess and lunch will follow our regular schedule.

  • Students will wash hands before eating, before leaving the class to play, and upon returning to the class.  Hand sanitizer will also be available for students and staff outside during play times. 
  • Students will be encouraged to spread out in play between the spaces available. 
  • Encouraged activities will be: Soccer on the field (no hands – kicking only including goalies), hockey (individually labeled sticks, no hands on ball), playground, swings, hopscotch, etc. 
  • There may be access to one or two balls to share between students that will be disinfected after play time. 
  • Students will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer if shared equipment is touched and to avoid touching faces at all times.


Washroom and Water Breaks

  • CEAs will accompany the student and stand outside the washroom.  When the student is finished, the CEA will oversee handwashing and escort the student back to class.  In hallways, students are to walk in the center of the hall keeping hands to self.  Maximum 2 students at a time in the washroom.
  • Students will not have access to water fountains.  Parents need to send a full water bottle from home.  If water bottles need refilling, CEAs will collect and fill using proper hand washing protocols.

Symptomatic Student OR Adult

  • It is essential that no adults or students attend if they are symptomatic in any way of a cold, fever, or illness of any kind. 
  • Parents are expected to abide by the health screen each day.
  • Adults who become ill during the day must inform the office and leave the building immediately.  All contact areas will be disinfected immediately.  A doctor’s note will be required to return. 
  • Students who become ill during the day will be accompanied immediately by a CEA (with physical distancing) to the medical room and instructed where to sit/stay.  Parents will be contacted to pick the child up ASAP.  The CEA will supervise the student from the door.  All contact areas will be disinfected immediately.  A doctor’s note will be required to return.
  • The medical room can accommodate a maximum of 3 students.  If more space is required, the small library room will be used.
  • During this phase, other non-symptomatic medical needs will be attended to in the kitchen.  A first aid kit will be available in the kitchen.


  • Parents are required to pick up students between 2:20 and 2:30 pm in designated areas keeping physical distance (2m).
  • Teachers will bring students out to designated areas at 2:20 pm and dismiss students to parents
  • Older students may be dismissed to walk home.
  • Playgrounds will be closed during dismissal time.


General Protocols

  • Please take time to teach protocols to students:  coughing into arms, handwashing procedures, use of hand sanitizer, not touching face, lining up procedures, appropriate games and ways to play, physical distancing, no physical contact, hugs, etc.  2m distancing is not required between students or staff and students (just no contact).  Adults should maintain 2m distance as much as practicable. 
  • EVERY time students and staff enter a new area of the building, hand washing is required.
  • We will minimize students moving through the building as much as we can.  Students can exit through classroom doors, but must enter at designated doors and go through handwashing procedure. Students are to walk in the center of halls keeping hands to self.
  • If there is a repeated purposeful violation of rules or procedures, parents will be contacted.  Students may be restricted to home learning opportunities only. 
  • Washrooms and high touch surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized twice a day.  General cleaning and disinfecting once per day.

Students to return June 1st – Response to questionnaire required

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you and your families are doing well.  It is great to hear about all the home learning that has been going on and the connections your students have been making with North Canoe staff.

Yesterday you received a District email about the re-opening of schools.  In the email it states:

“With the positive news about the decline in COVID-19 comes recent direction from the Ministry of Education to re-open our schools effective June 1, 2020, to provide additional in-class instruction. Parents will still have the option of keeping their children at home, and some home learning opportunities will continue on-line until the end of the school year.”

It is very important that you respond to this questionnaire for each of your school-aged (grade K-5) children.  We will need to know which students will be returning to school in the coming weeks so that we can make plans accordingly.

Depending on the survey results for North Canoe, we will be starting to make plans for more in class learning.  As a result, next week teachers will need to post-pone much of the home learning they have been doing in order to plan and prepare for the next stage of learning.  Depending on the survey results for North Canoe, we will then be planning to focus on mostly in class instruction, mostly home learning, or a combination.  If we do have a good number of students returning, home learning will continue, but it will most likely be supported through the district home learning team rather than your child’s classroom teacher.

I’d like to close by saying thank you to everyone for your patience, understanding and support as we continue to adapt to this ever changing situation.

Yours truly,

Glen Overgaard


District Music Challenge

Join other Canadian children in song with professional vocal coach Jasmine Denham in this CBC Project Inside Voices. It’s easy to participate. Simply go to the website below and watch the latest video that will guide your family through the project. Each week a new video will be added to move you along. Be sure to be extra-creative and CBC may just decide to broadcast your video if you choose to share it.

Video 1 (April 17): Vocal Warm-up
Video 2 (April 24): The Craft of Singing
Video 3 (May 1): Learn the Song
Video 4 (May 8): Record and Share Your Song
May 13: Upload your project
At the end of the project you will have the option to upload to social media using the hashtags #CBCMusicclass and #cbckids. Remember that you will need your parent’s permission to share any of your work online.
Please feel free to send your project to our Music Teacher here at school as well!

North Canoe Elementary Staff Community Car “Parade”


Hi Folks,

I hope this email finds everyone well.  We would like to show the community that we appreciate and miss our students and families and that we are thinking of them by doing a “parade” through the community in our cars.

We plan to head out on Thursday at around 2:40 pm.

We ask that you please help us keep everyone safe.  If you and your families choose to watch or wave, please do so from your windows or yards.  Do not come out onto the street please.

We hope to see you then!


Glen Overgaard