May 26
Bell Schedule Changes - 2020-2021 School Year

To: Parents/Guardians 

From: Chris Giffen
Subject: 2020-2021 School Bell Times 


Dear Parents/Guardians, 

As communicated on May 15, the CBE is making adjustments to the start (entry) and end (dismissal) times of the school day at some CBE schools for the 2020-21 school year. We are making these plans for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, however, the re-opening of schools is based on recommendations of the governmentRe-entry plans have not been finalized. 

For the 2020-21 school year, our school hours will be:

Grades 1 - 6 

Monday – Friday ENTRY TIME: Soft entry

·                     Door open 8:35 (students may come in early)

·                     Warning bell 8:40 (all students enter)

·                     School begins 8:45 (instruction begins)

Monday – Thursday DISMISSAL TIME: 3:20 



Kindergarten A.M.  

Monday – Friday ENTRY TIME

·         8:40 (Teacher brings students inside)

·         School begins 8:45 (instruction begins)

Monday – Thursday DISMISSAL TIME 11:25



The only change to instructional hours is the 12:45 dismissal on Fridays. School start time will remain 8:45. However, we are making changes to our entry plan to ensure students can enter more calmly and begin learning promptly at 8:45.  Therefore, school doors will be unlocked at 8:35 and the bell will ring at 8:40 signalling Grade 1 -6 students to come inside.  Kindergarten students will be brought into the school by their teacher at 8:40. The final bell will ring at 8:45 meaning students should be seated in their classroom. Supervision will continue to be offered outside from 8:30 – 8:40. As well, staff will be supervising inside beginning at 8:35. Bussed students will arrive to school in time to enter at 8:40 and begin their learning at 8:45.


Lunch and Recess

Since re-entry plans have not been finalized by the province, we are planning for next year with flexibility in mind. For the beginning of the year, we are planning to offer recess through a floating model.  Meaning that each class will have a 15 minute recess sometime throughout the day.  Timing will be determined based on a number of factors such as when they have physical education class, the weather, when other classes are going outside etc.  We are beginning the year with this model for two main reasons. The first reason is that it allows for maximum scheduling efficiency throughout the day thus ensuring all classes will be able to attend daily physical education class as a single class. This is important considering the size of our gym. The second reason is that it allows for the flow of teacher instruction and student engagement in tasks to determine the most appropriate time to take a break. We are also planning to make an adjustment to lunch by being prepared to begin the year with staggered lunch times. This means that half of the school eats while the other half has recess and then half way through the lunch period, the two groups switch. Our lunchbreak will run this way because it allows us to be the most efficient in how we designate staff to supervise. It also allows for greater movement and use of playground equipment when students are outside.  Groupings have yet to be determined; however, the number of students will be balanced, and set according to number of staff. As with any type of change, there are positives and negatives.  We will continually evaluate these changes to ensure they are best serving our students and be prepared with changes if needed.  

School hours continue to be aligned at all schools that use transportation services to optimize transportation services. These changes are one part of the CBE’s efforts to develop equitable, sustainable, and coherent transportation service for all CBE students. 


We know that these changes could have an impact on families. By informing you before the end of this school year, we hope you are able to make the necessary adjustments to your routines and make any required childcare arrangements before the start of the 2020-21 school year. I’d like to thank you for your patience and support. We look forward to a great year in learning together next year! 


Thank you, 


Chris Giffen  



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