Marigold Optional Return to School

Expectations and Health/Safety

Dear Marigold Families,

Welcome Back to Marigold!  We are now entering phase 2 of schooling in BC!  You are receiving this because you have indicated that you plan to send your child(ren) back to school starting June 1.  We are very pleased to be able to offer in-person learning opportunities on a voluntary and rotational basis (8:45 am-2:15 pm).

This letter is to help everyone transition back to an on-site educational program that at this time is only being offered to those on a voluntary basis (survey previously sent).  Our staff have and continue to be committed to providing learning opportunities to our students, and supports our families and community.  This is our first possible return to in-person school support other than the Essential Service Worker (ESW) Education Programming that has been available at Marigold for several weeks and was expanded on May 19.  Our first priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, and yourselves.  Please read and discuss the below expectations with your child(ren) to help everyone transition, be safe, and successful!

Expectations – health and safety first!

  • All the things we have been practicing these past 10 weeks – physical distancing, hand washing, not touching their face, coughing into their elbow, health self-assessment/check, etc.
  • Parents/guardians are asked to refrain from entering the building unless there is an exceptional concern. Students will line up at their designated doors (like before spring break) but maintaining physical distancing and under the instruction and coaching of staff (Teachers and Educational Assistants).
  • If a student/family is late, please wait by the front door of the school (physically distanced) for our school secretary to greet you and sign the student in. Students will go directly to their classroom, wash their hands, and join in on the class activities.
  • Students will be expected to wash their hands frequently and upon entering the classrooms and when leaving school at the end of the day. Each classroom has a sink and/or hand sanitizer.  Every room (library, gym, etc.) without a sink will have hand sanitizer and it is expected that students wash/sanitize before transitioning to new rooms/locations.
  • If a student or family member is showing symptoms of illness they will NOT be allowed to attend the program and if symptoms arise while in the program, we will call to have you or a designate come and collect your child. Students will be allowed to re-enter after symptoms have passed or if the family has called 811/Family Doctor and it is determined that the symptoms are related to allergies.
  • Students are always able to access one of our washrooms; however, we will be scheduling this to reduce the number of students entering the washrooms at the same time. Washrooms are cleaned/sanitized 2-3 times a day including all high touch surfaces (taps, doors, lights, knobs, etc.).
  • Please have our children use the washroom before leaving your home to reduce the washroom sanitation demands.
  • Hallways have directional arrows and we expect everyone to follow these hallway directions to continue maintaining social distance.
  • Please have your child(ren) bring a full water bottle to reduce the need for hallway travel while still enabling our students to access to water. Our fountains will be used to refill the bottles and are asking students not to drink from the fountains.

Please also know that Staff is following these same health and safety guidelines by washing hands frequently and when entering the building, following directional arrows, etc.

What to bring? 

Note: Students are expected to be as self-contained as possible and our Pack In/Pack Out practice is for everything including food.

  • A backpack to carry their items
  • Remote learning supplies… The educational plans of our teachers are based on their remote learning platforms so please bring what you might need – this might include work packages, a personal device, etc. We do have personal devices (iPads/Chromebooks) that can be borrowed; however, there are not enough for all.  Please know that if students come without general school supplies we will provide those in a non-communal way.
  • Food – lunch and snacks (please be allergy aware – no peanuts)
  • Clothing – appropriate for outside (hat, warm top, etc.) and inside. We are not asking for inside/outside shoes at this time.  Please know that windows will be open allowing in fresh, cool air, and we encourage additional warm clothing.
  • Filled Water Bottle
  • Suggestion – to label all your children’s items

Other possibilities which we do encourage

  1. Book(s) – that they can read for enjoyment and independently
  2. Colour/drawing book – that they might want to do independently

Please do NOT bring the following or like items:

  • Stuffy/toys
  • Blanket

Of course, as our landscape at the school, community, and provincial levels change, the above may continue to evolve.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you and your child(ren) soon.

If you have any questions please contact the school during regular working hours.

Marigold