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Dear Parents and Guardians:
Here is my update for the week of June 22 – 26.
Last week I mentioned that we wanted to do something to celebrate the grade nine students who are heading to high school next year and I shared that we were disappointed to hear that an in-person send-off could not take place. Always flexible, the staff at Sansom have created a farewell video for the students. The video will be posted next week and students will access the link to the video through their homeroom teachers. Students will receive information through Google Classroom on how to access the link. Students who are not using Google Classroom will need to contact the school to gain access to the link. To ensure privacy, the video will only be available for a limited time. This is not the grade nine farewell that we would normally give the students but we are happy to be able to acknowledge their three years at Sansom and wish them well in their future endeavours. We hope they enjoy the video!
Parents and guardians of students that had an IPP this year may choose to pick up their paper copy of their child’s IPP at the school after June 22 by phoning ahead to the school to ensure it is ready for you. Parents can also choose to pick up their child’s IPP in September. With the closure of schools, IPPs were evaluated prior to March 15 but new Priority Learning Cycles were not created.
This week teachers have been hard at work completing report cards for our students. Because of our current situation, instead of providing paper copies of the reports cards, we will share these report cards through PowerSchool. Administrators proofread the report cards and this process reminded us how much we miss seeing our students on a daily basis. We have a few more details to complete to have the report cards ready for you. They will be available for viewing online as of Wednesday, June 24, via myCBE/PowerSchool.
Today our staff enjoyed an opportunity to gather virtually and acknowledge National Indigenous Peoples Day, which is Sunday, June 21. Thanks to Ms. Smith for organizing this event. Additionally, in Google Classroom our students were provided with content related to the day.
If your child has any library books, they can return them without interacting with school staff by buzzing into the school between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on school days. As always, if you have questions, please call the school. Students who did not pick up their personal belongings from their lockers in March can do so next week. Please call the school in advance so that we can have these items available.
There is good news for families whose students will take school buses next year who have yet to preregister. The deadline has been extended to June 30. We know that there are many unknowns and we do not yet know what September will look like for return to school. We understand that you may not have finalized your decisions for September. However, if you do not pre-register by June 30, we will not include your address as bus routes are planned. It may take up to four weeks to add a bus stop for you, and congregated stop locations are only reviewed once per year. As a result, your stop location may be much further away from your home, as your address was not included in the route planning. There is no requirement to pay at the time of registration, and there is no financial penalty if you register for bus service and cancel before the cancellation deadline of September 30, 2020. The use of a ZPass ridership card is mandatory to assist in contact tracing, and only registered riders are provided a ZPass ridership card. Families may request a replacement card through their PowerSchool Parent Account.
We know you are eager to know about what the next year school will look like, as are we. I will be attending a meeting next week to learn more. I believe that the provincial government wants to ensure the safety of all so we will not know for sure what is happening until after August 1. We know that we will have to be flexible and ready for change but we will not know the details of what is needed until later. I am looking forward to a time when school will return to normal, and I know that many parents, guardians and students feel the same way.
Stay safe and well.
Clarence Sansom School