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Phase 2- Newsletter for GLA Families

 

August 5,2020

PHASE 2 –GLA Reopening- Return to School 

Welcome Parents and Students, faculty of Genuine Learning Academy: 

GLA first day of school will be September 8, 2020. GLA will adhere to all Provincial/Ministry guidelines/Cleaning/Safety to ensure a safe return to school. At any me, GLA will deftly adapt to any of the the 5 stages depending on COVID /Provincial updates. 

  • GLA Parents of children with complex medical condi ons or underlying risk factors should consult with their health care provider to determine their child’s level of risk regarding return to school 
  • Protec ve self-isola on recommended for children with severe immune compromise, and we wish to have your child join us for a GLA ZOOM Class in lieu of physical classroom. 

GLA Parents can choose how they wish their child to be educated /No Outside visitors allowed in the school, you must call the administra ve office before arrival, or Pickup of your child. 

  • Parents who do not want their child to a end in-person classes at GLA have the op on to register their child for ZOOM online/ distributed learning or home-schooling. As GLA is a small number within the en re school (10) , we can safely adhere to all the safety guidelines, learning groups, physical spacing. We have already implemented Large tables /student equipped with sani zer and tables widely spread out in our Vast Auditorium/Board Room. 

International Students All students who have travelled outside of Canada are required to self-isolate for 14 days under both provincial and federal orders. This includes students who are a ending school from abroad. See a ached h p://www.glaschool.com/2020/07/30/gla-interna onal-student-arrival-covid-safety/ This is also found on glaschool.com website as well all newsle ers and updated informa on for GLA during the Pandemic and the school year. 

Enhanced Health & Safety Measures GLA will con nue to be cleaned more frequently, including classrooms and high touch areas like door knobs, toilet seats, keyboards and desks. Other changes include: 

  • Organizing students into learning groups 
  • Increased spacing between students in classrooms 
  • More individual and smaller group ac vi es 
  • Limita ons on assemblies and other large gatherings 

Review the COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Se ngs (PDF) for more informa on on K-12 health and safety measures. 

Parent Responsibilities 

  • Monitor your child daily for symptoms 
  • Don’t send your child to school if they are sick. Anyone who is sick will not be allowed in school 
  • Encourage your child to minimize physical contact with their friends 

Student Responsibilities 

  • Wash your hands frequently, including before coming to school and before and after ea ng and breaks 
  • You will have access to hand sani zer when hand washing is not available 
  • Label your personal items and do not share them 
  • Sneeze or cough into your sleeve, cover your mouth. 

Wearing Masks Students and staff are not required to wear masks at GLA. 

  • Wearing a mask is a personal choice that will always be respected at GLA 

The Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and the Bri sh Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) advise that masks are not recommended for use by young children. 

For older students and staff, non-medical masks will be provided upon request for use in situa ons where the person is interac ng with someone from outside of their learning group and cannot maintain physical distance for an extended period of me. 

DROP OFFS 

GLA Students have their parents/guardians’ drop them off at the school, and will text or call the administra ve office to alert them of their child’s arrival. At this me GLA encourages/enforces NO bus rides for the students arrival /departure. 

IF GLA student must take the bus, please follow below guidelines to ensure GLA Safety of all. 

The BCCDC public health guidelines for schools include the following recommenda ons for student transporta on on school buses: 

  • Buses should be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with BCCDC guidelines 
  • Buses should be loaded from back to front and offloaded from front to back 
  • If space is available, each student should have their own seat unless sharing with a member of their household 
  • Middle and secondary school students should wear non-medical masks, 

o No student should be required to wear a mask if they do not tolerate it 

  • Schools and school districts can consider a transparent barrier to separate the driver from the students 
  • Schools and school districts should use consistent and assigned sea ng where possible, 
  • Schools and school districts should keep up to date passenger lists to share with public health if contact tracing needs to occur 

If You Feel Sick-GLA Students, faculty, community, PLEASE ADHERE to below: 

The BCCDC guidelines for schools are firm. If any student or staff member has even mild symptoms of a cold, flu or COVID-19, they must not a end school. 

  • If a student or staff member develops symptoms at school, protocols are in place for the person to be isolated and returned home as soon as possible 
  • Custodial staff would then clean and disinfect the area where the person had been isolated and any areas used by them 
  • Public health would be no fied immediately of a poten al case 

FOOD: We encourage all parents to ensure their children have prepared lunches that are not s cky, messy or require licking of fingers and that they educate their children in frequent handwashing and not touching their faces, etc. GLA kitchen will be closed so please ensure your lunches do not need micoraving or refrigerator storages as these will be off limits. 

If anyone at GLA tests posi ve for COVID-19, provincial measures are in place for public health to work with school administra on on contact tracing. 

  • Public health officials will also work with school administra on to determine what ac ons should be taken and if suspending in-class learning is necessary 
  • If any staff or student has been in contact with a COVID-posi ve person, they will be no fied by public health officials and must self-isolate 

In the Classroom Student Learning Groups-GLA AT GLA we have a small number of Students (10) in the school and they are currently separated with large table/student/Sani zer for frequent handwashing and may be organized into learning groups for in-class instruc on. 

In-Class Instruction on & Supports Schools will be returning to full- me, in-class instruc on provided that all required health and safety measures can be accommodated. This includes: 

  • A focus on mental health and well-being supports for students returning to school 
  • Full- me instruc on for students with disabili es/diverse abili es and students requiring addi onal support 
  • Op ons for students with underlying complex medical needs 

Curriculum, Assessment & Report Cards –GLA The return to full in-class instruc on in September will include the following: 

  • Provincial curriculum for all students at all grade levels 
  • Regular report cards 
  • Regular assessments at the classroom and provincial level 

Extracurricular Activities 

Extracurricular ac vi es in GLA including sports, arts (including band and choir) can occur if physical distance can be maintained. 

We are thrilled to be back in school and hope to have a wonderful, successful and safe academic journey at Genuine Learning Academy this year. Stay safe all and please contact the administra ve office with any concerns or ques ons. gla.principal.lbell@gmail.com and /or info@glaschool.com as well our phone number: 604 857-2870. 

Thank you, 

Laurie Bell, 

Principal 

Genuine Learning Academy