Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Northwood families. Please note that there is no school on Monday, October 12. Enjoy this long weekend with your family!
School Advisory Council - Expression of InterestFor the 2020-21 school year, the ministry encourages school councils to meet and hold elections virtually to ensure a safe return to school as guided by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health in EDU’s Guide to reopening Ontario’s Schools. Virtual meetings should remain accessible to the public, taking into consideration open online participation, to ensure school council guidelines are maintained.“A person is qualified to be a parent/guardian member of a school council if he or she is a parent/guardian of a student who is enrolled in the school.” Note that parents who have at least 1 child enrolled in an in-person school at this time are eligible to be elected as members of the in-person school’s School Council. Parents who have at least 1 child enrolled in a virtual school at this time are eligible to be elected as members of the virtual school’s School Council.We would like to continue to welcome any Northwood families to the school council meetings as platforms continue to change and evolve.We will be having our first School Council Meeting Virtually on Monday, October 19th, 2020 at 5:00pm and we will also have elections for Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.Please click on out form below if you would like to receive further information regarding School Council.https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DgHgbDo7FEai29tzsY8hnwqnjJuc12xBn6hpKuAgprJUMkZRWjZTQzlHSU5DWTM0REY1MU9RUlhVVS4u
The GECDSB will be accepting requests for change of learning models from Oct. 14-19. Visit our website www.publicboard.ca for information.
Change of Model start date: Monday, Nov. 9th
If you are changing to the IN PERSON model and require bussing, you will need to contact the school before Friday, October 23rd to set up bussing or to verify and changes to bussing.
If you have any questions, please contact the school at 519-969-7610
True North Strong!
New online screening tool for COVID
Please complete each morning with your child before sending them to school
Students must screen for Covid-19 every day before going to school. Answer the following questions to help you decide if your child should or should not go to school today.
Please visit the link below for the Virtual School website for useful information.
Late Arrivals and Picking Up Students During the Day
Dropping Off Lunches
Thank you for your co-operation. We truly appreciate all you are doing to prepare your child for their return to school.
Good afternoon Northwood Families,
As you are likely aware, the start date for students was changed last week - Thursday, September 10th.
In addition, the Board is staggering the start of school for students. In short, students have been placed into two groups according to first letter of last name (A-L and M-Z). They will come to school every other day, for the first four days. Please click the link and read carefully.
We want to ensure that families/siblings attend school on the same day.
Please call the school at 519-969-7610 to inform us if your children have different last names.
Greater Essex District School District (GECDSB) is pleased to announce our Bring Your Own Educational Device (BYOD) partnership with Lenovo.
Our goal is for families to have access to all the resources necessary for learning and for our students to develop digital citizenship and social responsibility in the use of technology.
Lenovo has partnered with us to bring together Window 10 laptops, which offers parents a significant savings over buying these devices separately. Lenovo offers additional value, added warranty if required.
GECDSB uses Window 10 Laptops for educational purposes, and we are excited to offer parents the opportunity to purchase these devices at a reduced rate.
A staggered approach to school start-up, beginning on September 10th, will provide the GECDSB additional time to reorganize staff assignments and student timetables for all in-person and virtual school classes, and will provide opportunities for schools to ensure that health and safety practices and new school protocols are reviewed and practiced before the full complement of students returns to each building. This approach allows staff to support our students' successful return to the new school environment in smaller groups to learn and review these important health and safety measures.
All students in Junior/Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8 attending in-person (including those students in our GAINS classrooms) will be divided into two (2) groups: Group 1 and Group 2. These groups will be created alphabetically as one measure to keep all students from a family together. Schools will notify parents/guardians of their child(ren)'s group assignment and return to school schedule shortly.
Grade 1 to 8 students in Group 1 only will attend school on Thursday, September 10, Monday, September 14, and will return for daily classes beginning on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
Grade 1 to 8 students in Group 2 only will attend school on Friday, September 11, Tuesday, September 15, and will return for daily classes beginning on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
Early Years (JK/SK) students in Group 1 only will attend school on Monday, September 14, and will begin daily classes on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
Early Years (JK/SK) students in Group 2 only will attend school on Tuesday, September 15, and will begin daily classes on Wednesday, September 16, 2020
New Bell Times for the 2020-2021 School Year
8:45-9:00 Student arrival to school (no earlier than 8:45)
9:00-9:50 Period One
9:50-10:40 Period Two
10:40-11:20 Nutrition Break
11:20-12:10 Period Three
12:10-1:00 Period Four
1:00-1:40 Nutrition Break
1:40-2:30 Period Five
2:30-3:20 Period Six
Please note: No playing on the playground before school. All arrivals go straight to the classrooms from busses, kiss and ride and walkers into designated entrances. Supervision will occur similar to rainy day supervision. Play structures, park benches and picnic tables are off limits and are not to be utilized. Students will be dismissed at the end of the day in a staggered manner and students will exit from designated doorways.
The COVID-19 emergency has changed the way we live, interact and operate at home and in the community.
I am very proud of the way the GECDSB community responded and answered the challenges of a radically different teaching and learning model in the final quarter of the 2019-20 school year.
We learned a great deal from our experience. The delivery of our services evolved; advancing rapidly over those months. The knowledge we gained and the awareness we developed has served us well in the creation of our plan to return to school for the 2020-21 school year.
The goal in reopening is to minimize risk and increase safety for everyone while continuing to offer the learning and educational resources that our families demand and our students deserve. The following document is a guide for learning, instruction and our expectations for operating under restrictive conditions.
We all have responsibilities to promote everyone's health and safety during these uncertain times. The guidelines have been developed from a variety of trusted sources.
To be successful this year, it will require the same type of fortitude and resilience we have witnessed over the previous 6 months. It will take cooperation with and consideration for each other to safely manage the demands of reopening our schools and continue to provide our essential service to our students.
Be kind, stay safe.
Director of Education