Category Archives: Start up Information

School Start Up: Forms for medical conditions

During the first week of school a School Start up Package will  be sent home with each students. This package complements the board’s Guide to the School Year.   The package will contain a lot of important information for your family and some forms for you to complete.

Your family will also receive a Book of Forms to sign off on various pieces of information.  If your child has a medical condition, now is an ideal time to update information relevant for our school to have.  Our board has an extensive policy that supports our work in this area. The Book of Forms will contain these important forms, however we encourage families to complete the paperwork ahead of time to send on the first day of school.

Please take time now to review the following if it is applicable for your child:

Direction from a medical practitioner

If your child has a medical condition, or one develops throughout the school year (ex. sprained ankle), we appreciate any documentation you can share with us. This documentation helps us be aware of your child’s condition and needs. Together, we can then plan accordingly.

 

Concussions or suspected concussions

When it comes to any injury to the head, we want to be very cautious. Should your child sustain a concussion at school or off school property it is very important that you take the Student Tracking for Concussions form to your doctor.  We will take direction from a medical doctor as to next steps. Please note this form must be completed even for suspected concussions so we recommend you keep a copy of this form available at home should a head injury occur.

If your child has an Anaphylactic Conditions please do the following

  • Our board has a policy relating to conditions related to Anaphylactic conditions. If your child has a condition, we ask you to do the following:
    • Complete an FOR-anaphylactichealth care plan. Please note a new form must be completed even if you have previously completed a plan for your child. You may send this completed on the first day of school.
    • Talk with our staff in September about the plan
    • Ensure that your child, carries the epinephrine auto-injector with him/her at all times. As our children are young, we will work with you to determine what makes the most sense (ex. a pouch around a child’s waist). We will also work with all of our classes around best practices (ex. other students never touching your child’s epipen).
    • We also encourage families to provide their children with suitable identification, for example, Medic Alert, which should be worn and/or carried by the student specifying the nature of the problem and the procedure to be followed in an emergency.
    • provide the school with at least one in-date epinephrine auto-injector, and preferably two, to be used in the event of an anaphylactic reaction;
    • ensure that your child, where age and/or developmentally appropriate, carries the epinephrine auto-injector with him/her at all times;

As a school we will share the information with our staff as part of our board’s policy. The second epipen will be stored in our school office along with a copy of the completed protocol form.

With respect to allergies, now is an ideal time to remind your children of the following Best practices.

 

If your child has asthma please do the following:

  • Complete asthma health care plan to provide us with the information we need on your child’s condition. Please note a new form must be completed even if you have previously completed a plan for your child. You may send this completed on the first day of school.
  • Talk with our staff in September about the plan
  • ensure that your child, where age and/or developmentally appropriate, carries their in- date asthma medication;

If your child has diabetes please do the following:

  • Complete diabetes health care plan to provide us with the information we need on your child’s condition. Please note a new form must be completed even if you have previously completed a plan for your child. You may send this completed on the first day of school.
  • Talk with our staff in September about the plan

If your child has epilepsy or a seizure disorder please do the following:

  • Complete seizure health care plan to provide us with the information we need on your child’s condition. Please note a new form must be completed even if you have previously completed a plan for your child. You may send this completed on the first day of school.
  • Talk with our staff in September about the plan

Medications

If your child requires medication at school a emergency health care plan documentation must be completed. In addition, if our staff are to administer the medication, a Staff Administration of Medication form must be completed.

If your child is able to administer the medication him/herself please complete the Self Administration of Medication form.

All medications will be stored safely in the school office and administrations will take place there too. We will also keep a logged record of medications administered.

We appreciate everyone’s support in keeping everyone as safe as we can.

Mr. Collins

Welcoming you back

It is hard to believe that the start of school is just around the corner. Next week, our school office will resume it’s normal hours open from 7:45 – 3:45 should you have a question or wish to register your child for this school year.

We welcome back everyone to our school team and community. Over the next week some information will be shared that will help us with our start up. We know many of your families will be excited about the new school year. We also know that sometimes at this time of the year families may experience a range of emotions with the upcoming start. Feelings vary from child to child and from home to home. Whatever your individual context is, honour that and know we are here to support in any way we can with those contexts. Please know that nervousness, if it exists, is normal. As a parent or guardian you are not alone if your child is expressing apprehension about the start of the school year. Knowing they have you in their lives to help them with the transition will go a long way in the long run. If you are looking for some tips for transitioning your child back to school, you may find these helpful:

  • Listen and acknowledge any concerns your child may express. Just know that you don’t have to have all the answers.  As parents and guardians, we can put a lot of pressure on ourselves when we see that our child isn’t happy. Sometimes, all a child needs is to know they can talk and that you will hear them.
  • When a child expresses a concern we want to acknowledge it but we also want to try to support children in finding possible strategies to approach the problem. For example, if a child says “what if I can’t find my new classroom after lunch?”, we could ask them “that may happen, but who could you go to for help if it does?” At our school, we want children to feel they can go to any staff member and ask for help if needed. Supporting children in finding their voice in working through their concerns can help ease their minds while also empowering them.
  • Routines go a long way. Now is a good time to establish bedtime routines, morning routines and begin talking about what a school day may look like.
  • Visit the school yard and take a picture if you like. Talk to your child about the new school year.
  • Practice goodbyes. For example, if grandma is looking after your child, let him/her visit and stay while you leave just like you would for work.
  • Highlight the positives as much as you can.
  • A trip to the local library may help. First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg; The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing; The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing; I Love You All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas; Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate; The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn are great books to support children who are nervous. (Referenced from Dr. Michele Borba and Sasha Emmons)
  • We often think children need lots of friends to feel safe and included. In fact, children often need just one good friend. If you can connect with someone in the community who also has a child attending our school this may help. Even if they are not in the same class, they will likely see each other in the school at break time such as recesses.
  • We are fortunate to have many of staff returning for our third year of school who can help out and reassure. Yes, your child’s homeroom teacher is their main point of contact. However, I have many examples that I have witnessed of our staff supporting children they do not directly teach…it is a great team!
  • If it helps, you can feel free to let them know that even Mr. Collins the principal is nervous. 🙂 It is important for children to see that nervousness is a human emotion that we can all experience and that is OK to feel this.

Finally, if after a few days of school you find your child is still feeling anxious talk to us. Let your child’s teacher know so we can develop some strategies together.

The good news is, I have many examples of children who were  nervous on Day One but who settled in quickly.

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon,

Mr. Collins

 

 

Mr. Collins

Best practices for our School Parking Lot

Before and after school are always busy times of the day at schools. We anticipate that our school parking lot will also be quite busy. As we begin our work together, safety for everyone is very important. For your convenience, we have set up a map of our grounds to help you and your family plan accordingly:

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We encourage all of our families to walk to our school. We are fortunate to have a beautiful town with many great walkways and trails for families to use. Walking to school also promotes healthy living for our students.

To help us establish best practices at our opening, here are some guidelines for our parking lot if you do plan to drive to our school:

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  • Parents and guardians may park in the parking lot located on the east side of our school.
  • Our School has a Kiss and Ride lane available that is marked.
  • The Kiss and Ride allows you to drop your child off in the morning and then drive away.
  • Please drive slowly and safely through the Kiss and Ride areas.
  • There are two lanes beside the Kiss and Ride that are for traffic to flow through to the parking lot itself. Please do not let your child exit your vehicle in these lanes.

noparkingYou will notice that the Kiss and Ride area is signed “No Parking”. In consultation with our fire department, this has been designated as a fire zone. Therefore, there cannot be any parking in our Kiss and Ride, or car loop, at any time. Our community bylaw officers will also enforce these no parking zones as per the municipality’s bylaw policies.

If you want to walk your child to the entry areas you must park your car in the parking lot spots.

It is also very important that you do not park, or stop for extended amounts of time, in the kiss and ride area as this will cause a backlog of vehicles.

accessibleShould you require a wheelchair accessible spot, you may use one of the two spaces nearest our main entry door.

busloopOur school also has a designated bus loop at the front of our school.

  • No cars may enter the bus loop area.
  • We are expected to have a large number of buses and so it is important that the entry and exit to the loop is not blocked at any time.

Some other general reminders:

  • If you are using the kiss and ride area please pull up slowly, allow your child to exit your car and then drive away slowly.
  • Supervision begins at 7:55 a.m. at our school in the Kindergarten areas, bus loop and main yard. We strongly recommend dropping your child off ahead of the 8:05 a.m. entry bell between 7:55 a.m. and 8:05 a.m. This also helps balance the amount of traffic in our parking lot.
  • Allow yourself adequate time in the morning and afternoon to drop off and pick up your child.

We appreciate everyone’s support in keeping our streets, walkways and school ground safe.

Mr. Collins