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February 11th, 2022

​​Dear CJP Families, 

As a community we have faced many celebrations and we have also faced many challenges. Together we have all managed to find the best path and the best solutions to all we have faced as an educational community. In the last few days I have received many, many communications and messages from families about the upcoming health changes, to masking in particular. I appreciate all of the kind and thoughtful messages you have sent to me – thank you. I read each and every one. Sadly, I do not have time to address them individually, however, I will attempt to share the information I have with our community. As always, when I learn more I will update you all accordingly. 

I know there are families in our community who believe I have influence and impact on provincial/ ministry decisions that are made that affect our school. In regards to the pandemic, the health restrictions, the restrictions and expectations from AHS – these I have no influence over nor do I have any impact on those making the decisions. Like all adults in our community, my impact is when I vote in civic and provincial elections. Knowing this, it is important to know that I have no control over the newest mandates from our Provincial Government. I am required to follow the expectatations that have been shared. I am expected to lead our community in this effort. Information about masking is written lower in this message.  

Every student will be warmly welcomed to CJP on Monday. If your child is wearing a mask or isn’t wearing a mask they will be embraced and welcomed. If your child comes to school with a mask on, we will continue to support them to wear the mask correctly and suggest when they should take a mask break or safely remove the mask to eat/drink. If your child comes with no mask, we will love them just the same.  From time to time, there are issues that can be quite divisive in a community. Mask wearing is one such issue. Our team here will continue to follow all expectations shared by the government. We will also support every child with the decisions they make about mask wearing. If you do plan to send your child to school with a mask, kindly share your expectations for mask wearing with them. We will encourage and support those students who have masks, but, we are unable to enact different expectations for children according to their parent’s wishes. Please make your expectations clear to your child. 

In regards to all other expectations and policies put in place during the pandemic. Schools (and the CBE) are still waiting for direction from the Ministry in regards to all other safety measures put in place. At the time of writing this message to you, there has been no written communication from the Government nor the CBE in regards to cohorts, playground rules before and after school, expectations for masking of adults on the courtyard/ field before and after school etc. Since we continue to wait for guidance, we will continue to follow the expectations set out before us until we hear differently. It is easier to maintain the status quo than to continue to change things. There has been enough change already. When we are given updates, we will share these accordingly. Your understanding of this is very appreciated. I am sure there will be more updates in the days and weeks ahead. 

I hope your weekend is restorative!  

Enjoy cheering on your favourite country in your favourite sport. 

Faster. Higher. Stronger. Together! 

Dr. Bettesworth 


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