Sep 20
Principal's Weekly Message

How do we tell the story of resilience?

 

                                                                                                            September 20th, 2020

 

Good morning and happy Sunday to the Ian Bazalgette families. 

 

I need to start this week with a respectful reminder about how we are trying to keep everyone safe at Ian Bazalgette. The self-screening form is linked below for those families that are unfamiliar. We are asking families to use extra caution when deciding to send their child to school or to keep them home. If a student is feeling unwell at school we have quite an extensive protocol to follow and if a student exhibits any symptoms on the self – screening we will be contacting home and asking parents to come and pick up their child accordingly.  We understand the challenges this protocol may present families in the mornings, but we are following guidelines provided to us.  If your child is not feeling well please keep them home accordingly.  Everyone's attention to this protocol will help us attend to aspects at the school that need the resources and support and to help keep the learning moving forward.

 

Daily Screening

§  Parents and caregivers must assess their children daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease before sending them to school. Anyone showing symptoms listed on the self-screening form must remain home.

§  All adults entering a school must assess themselves daily .  They must not enter if they answer yes to any of the questions on the self-screening form .

Stay Home If Sick

§  If students or staff are ill with any common cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms they must stay home and either isolate for 10 calendar days following onset of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. They need to contact 8-1-1 for guidance or complete the AHS Self-Assessment to determine if testing is required.

§  Students and employees must stay home until they have been assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases AND their symptoms have resolved.

§  If you have been tested for COVID-19, visit the AHS page Advice for People Tested for COVID-19 for instructions on when you can return to school.

§  In the case of self-isolation: 
If a child is self-isolating and is well-enough to engage in school work, the classroom teacher will continue to provide work and support.  

If a child is not well enough to continue learning at home with teacher support, accommodations for the child's learning will take place upon the child's return to classes. The teacher will assess the expectations for learning for the child and provide the appropriate accommodations.

Illness at School

§  Students exhibiting signs of illness will be moved to a supervised, designated infirmary room or area in the school.

§  The area/room will have an “Infirmary, Do Not Enter" sign that will be posted when the room is in use.

§  The room should have the ability to house more than one student at a time while maintaining physical distancing.

§  After the room is used, a sign will be posted indicating the room must be cleaned. Custodial staff will then provide enhanced cleaning. If a confirmed case of COVID-19 results, then the AHS Zone Medical Officer will provide instructions for further cleaning and disinfecting.

§  Parents/caregivers will be notified and advised to pick up their child immediately, within one hour.

§  Parents/guardians must designate an emergency contact for student pick up if they are unable to pick up their child. All families must adhere to this.

§  All items the student touched/used that day will be cleaned and disinfected after the student has been picked up. Items that cannot be cleaned and disinfected (e.g. paper, books, cardboard puzzles) will be removed from the classroom and stored in a sealed container for a minimum of 10 days.

 

The curriculum letters are being finalized and I expect to be able to send them out to you tomorrow.  These letters will indicate the most important learning students will take up for the next few months. I am excited by the depth of time and commitment teachers are making in setting the stage for learning for our students.  We are investigating the learning through an inquiry lens which comes in the form of a provocation and a question students' will use to frame the learning. This is done to answer the question often asked by students; “why do I need to know this?" I am excited to see where the learning goes for our students these first few months.

 

I will also have some “Meet the Teacher" information emailed out tomorrow to the community.  Thursday is a Friday schedule for the students and we will have our “Meet the Teacher" afternoon / evening.  Parents will be able to schedule a phone call with their homeroom teacher.  We will be scheduling calls and the purpose of the calls will be to once again welcome and do a quick check-in to see how the start of the year is going. We will also use that as an opportunity to establish the communication lines between the home and the school. This opportunity is not an opportunity to discuss assessment or how your child is doing academically as teachers are just getting to know your child in that manner. Students that are on IPP's will have a longer call as teachers inquire and get parent voice as part of the IPP process and begin to write the first phase of IPP's for the year.

 

On Friday students were sent home demographic forms.  Please complete the forms and send them back as soon as you can as we are required to go through this process prior to the end of the year.  This is an opportunity to update any demographic information and help us ensure we have that correct in the system.

 

We have a new face in the front office as we welcome Ms. Veraga Gonzalez will be joining Ms. McLachlan in the front office to help support the Ian Bazalgette community. Just a reminder the office hours daily will be 7:45am – 3:45pm from Monday to Thursday for phone calls and 7:45 – 2:00pm on Fridays for phone calls.  Again a reminder we are asking parents that want to come in to please call ahead and book an appointment.

 

Also, a reminder that we will have Picture Day this coming Wednesday.  Our service providers have procedures and routines in place to support doing this in a safe manner.

 

Have a great Sunday out there to the Ian Bazalgette community.

 

 

Stay well.

 

 

Terry and Jamie-Dee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Dates

 

Thursday September 24th – Early Dismissal (Friday Schedule)

Thursday September 24th – Meet the Teacher

Friday September 25th – No school for students (Organizational Day Teachers)

Friday October 9th – No school for students (Professional Development Day)

Monday October 12th – Thanksgiving (No school)

Thursday October 29th – Early Dismissal (Friday Schedule)

Thursday October 29th – Parent / Teacher / Student Conferences

Friday October 30th - Parent / Teacher / Student Conferences (No school for students)

Wednesday November 11th – Remembrance Day (No School)

Friday November 20th – No School for students (Professional Development Day)

Friday December 4th – No School for students (Professional Development Day)

Friday December 18th – Last Day of classes prior to Winter Break

Monday January 4th – No School for students (Organizational Day)

Tuesday January 5th – First Day back for students​


Sep 18
Class Re-configuration Grade 7 and 8

Good morning Ian Bazalgette Familles of grade 7 and 8 students.  We are sharing with you that we are having to do some class re-organizing and shifting later today.  We have been watching the class configurations and have made the decision to create more equity amongst the classes in grade 7 and 8.  The Science program classes at this time are not affected as they are their own entity.  Students will be told today during their homerooms of any changes that may impact them.  They will be provided a new schedule and informed of their new homeroom. Some students may also not be impacted and will keep their current schedule and current teachers.

We understand there have been many changes and newness to the school year and that students form relationships quickly with both their classmates and teachers. We will support the students transitioning into new spaces and with new classmates and teachers come Monday.  We are making this decision at this time as we know that long term it will benefit all students in their learning.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's homeroom teacher.

Thanks for your support on this and have a great Friday.

Stay well.


Terry and Jamie-Dee​


Sep 13
Principal's Weekly Message

How do we tell the story of resilience?

 

                                                                                                            September 13th, 2020

 

Good morning and happy Monday to the Ian Bazalgette families. 

 

I want to thank our students and their families for the really good week we had last week as we welcomed all our grades back into the school.  The students did an amazing job of respecting the expectations that we have in place to keep everyone safe. One area that we need to tweak a bit more is when students are outside.  We will continue to work with students to recognize the continued importance of wearing a mask when 6 feet of physical distancing can't be achieved.

 

We want to remind parents of some of the procedures in response to the expectations of student wellness before they come to school and what happens when they are at school and what the process is if they need to go home.  We understand that symptoms do not always present prior to students coming to school, but we are taking steps when students do present in an unwell way at school.  Below is information that parents need to be aware of.  We are really asking the support of parents when your child is not feeling well to stay home until their symptoms disappear.  We are also reminding parents that when their child needs to go home we need tis done in a timely fashion.

 

Daily Screening

§  Parents and caregivers must assess their children daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease before sending them to school. Anyone showing symptoms listed on the self-screening form must remain home.

§  All adults entering a school must assess themselves daily .  They must not enter if they answer yes to any of the questions on the self-screening form .

Stay Home If Sick

§  If students or staff are ill with any common cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms they must stay home and either isolate for 10 calendar days following onset of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. They need to contact 8-1-1 for guidance or complete the AHS Self-Assessment to determine if testing is required.

§  Students and employees must stay home until they have been assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases AND their symptoms have resolved.

§  If you have been tested for COVID-19, visit the AHS page Advice for People Tested for COVID-19 for instructions on when you can return to school.

§  In the case of self-isolation: 
If a child is self-isolating and is well-enough to engage in school work, the classroom teacher will continue to provide work and support.  

If a child is not well enough to continue learning at home with teacher support, accommodations for the child's learning will take place upon the child's return to classes. The teacher will assess the expectations for learning for the child and provide the appropriate accommodations.

Illness at School

§  Students exhibiting signs of illness will be moved to a supervised, designated infirmary room or area in the school.

§  The area/room will have an “Infirmary, Do Not Enter" sign that will be posted when the room is in use.

§  The room should have the ability to house more than one student at a time while maintaining physical distancing.

§  After the room is used, a sign will be posted indicating the room must be cleaned. Custodial staff will then provide enhanced cleaning. If a confirmed case of COVID-19 results, then the AHS Zone Medical Officer will provide instructions for further cleaning and disinfecting.

§  Parents/caregivers will be notified and advised to pick up their child immediately, within one hour.

§  Parents/guardians must designate an emergency contact for student pick up if they are unable to pick up their child. All families must adhere to this.

§  All items the student touched/used that day will be cleaned and disinfected after the student has been picked up. Items that cannot be cleaned and disinfected (e.g. paper, books, cardboard puzzles) will be removed from the classroom and stored in a sealed container for a minimum of 10 days.

We understand how challenging it can be for some parents to be called and asked to come pick up their child mid-day.  Our guidance comes from the government on this and we are wanting to keep everyone safe by following those expectations.

 

Teachers met on Friday and they continued to come together to work on the “Curriculum Letters" that will be coming home next week to help students and parents know where the learning will be focused from now until December. We know students want to get into the learning and we know that teachers want to get into that work with the students as well. It was great participating in those conversations with teachers and hear the excitement of the conversation.

 

We will be working this week on what the “Meet the Teacher" night will look like next week as we know that connection between the school and home continues to be essential. Some options may be a scheduled phone call that evening or a meeting online for the class where teachers would present and then answer questions that are asked in that format.  More information to come on this.

 

On Friday students brought home some information and forms. Any form that is on a white sheet can remain home.  Forms that are on colored paper is being asked to come back to the school.  If you did not get the package please reach out to your child's homeroom teacher.

 

Have a great Sunday out there to the Ian Bazalgette community.

 

 

Stay well.

 

 

Terry and Jamie-Dee

 

 

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Sep 07
Principal's Weekly Message

How do we tell the story of resilience?

 

                                                                                                            September 7th, 2020

 

Good morning and happy Monday to the Ian Bazalgette families. 

 

We hope this finds you on this Labor Day Monday after enjoying a few of these last Long Weekend days of summer.  It was so amazing to see our students back in school this past week. The energy and their presence was so refreshing after what we are referring to as the “Longest Spring Break" ever!  We want to thank you and your children for coming to school prepared and trusting that we are doing our very best to provide a safe learning environment. 

 

I know under those masks there were many smiles from students as they met up with their classmates again and got to connect with their homeroom teacher.  I also know under the mask for some students there is lots of anxiety and nervousness. We are going to take this slow and we are going to continue to reinforce the mitigations that we have in place for the students and staff and we again thank everyone for respecting those mitigations. 

 

The days last week and Tuesday this week the students have been and will be spending lots of time understanding the mitigations and starting to understand the question we have posed above.  We are also exploring the perspective of “WE ARE BAZ".  We are going to be spending a lot of time this year working alongside the curriculum to explore the guiding question and how we can create an amazing learning culture for all students in “WE ARE BAZ."  We know that students learn better when they are in a safe and caring culture.  It is our goal to address that perspective at Ian Bazalgette and we know our students and staff are up for the task.

 

In my class visits with the students while I talked about many aspects while welcoming the students back I asked the students to consider the following 5 approaches to being successful this year:

1)    Be on time – I explained to the students that this aspect was the first opportunity one has to demonstrate respect for the “other".  While I know there are times that being late happens due to circumstances I explained to the students the importance of being on time. With us having an open campus at lunch time for our grade 7 – 9 students we are concerned about the culture of it being ok to be late after lunch that existed last year.  Parents will receive phone calls for students who are late returning after lunch with no excuse. There will be a progression in consequences for students who are not able to meet this expectation. Students need to be back at school on time as the disruption to the learning is not ok.  The vast majority of our students show up on time and we want to honor their time by having the learning environment respected accordingly.

2)    Respect the resources.  All students have been supplied the supplies they will need to be successful at school, pens, pencils, markers and other as required.  We are asking the students to respect the resources that have been provided.

3)    Show up ready with the right attitude to learn.  We know that our students have tough days and we are asking them to come in with an open mind that when we are asking them to do something it usually comes down to 2 perspectives – 1) we are asking for their learning 2) we are asking for them to be safe. If students are open to these two perspectives then it will help us all be successful.

4)    When you don't know ask.  We explained to the students that part of their “Resiliency" is to ask when they don't know something and learn to be their best self-advocate.  There is much empowerment in knowing that asking is actually a sign of strength and confidence.  We want to encourage our students to ask when they don't know.

5)    Do the work and hand it in. Seems simple, but many students start their tasks but do not hand it in. We want our students to display their thinking – we have the ability to access that thinking in lots of ways and we want to celebrate it and bring out the amazing thinking our students have.

 

I know and understand that this may seem like too much of a recipe, we are trying to have the students understand that we are building on the strengths of Ian Bazalgette School when we left in March and we are looking at creating something even better for our students. We want to honor our student's uniqueness and what they bring to school every day.  We just need to have some common understandings that enable that uniqueness to be celebrated.

 

Students will once again spend their day tomorrow in the homerooms and set the conditions for the year. We will be going over their schedules with a mini run through Tuesday afternoon for Wednesday's schedule. Just a reminder student's will travel to their complimentary and Physical Education class in their cohorts. 

 

Have a great Monday out there to the Ian Bazalgette community.

 

 

Stay well.

 

 

Terry and Jamie-Dee

 

 

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Aug 30
Parent weekly message

How do we tell the story of resilience?

 

                                                                                                            August 30th, 2020

 

Good morning and happy Sunday to the Ian Bazalgette families. 

 

I hope this message finds you enjoying the weekend and having time to connect with those closest. We have an exciting week coming up as we start up our 2020 -2021 school year. As noted below we will be having a staggered entry this week. The staggered entry will enable us to focus on transitioning the students who are attending school in person without having initially to manage the whole population.  This entry will enable us to set the routines for when all students who are returning the week of September 8th can know what is expected of them to keep us all safe. Students who are choosing to join the HUB will have received confirmation on that choice this past week. Those in the HUB will start their learning on September 8th with more information to come as that becomes more established now that the enrollment is finalized.

 

The question above will be our guiding question we will explore this year at Ian Bazalgette through the curriculum. We will be looking at how we use stories to explore and express meaning in our world. The aspect of resiliency has many natural connections within the curriculum, especially within the lens of the scientist. Our Science Program will play a significant role in the inquiry approach that we will be taking up this year and embedding that natural curiosity into teaching and learning.  We are excited to be planning and thinking about what the learning will look like this year as we welcome students back to school.  We know the impact of COVID is present and real, we are hoping the distraction of the learning will be an opportunity to for students to be students again and regain some of that sense of grounding during a difficult time. We know this can help whether students are in – person or whether they are in the HUB.

 

In preparation for tomorrow for those attending school all your child will need to bring to school is a snack, lunch and a water bottle. All school supplies they need will be here for them.  Supplies such as pens, pencils, paper, duotangs, will be here for them.  A reminder that we will not have any food services at the school at before school or at lunch at this time. Grade 6 students are not allowed to leave campus unless they are walking home. We will be connecting with the students about this as we set up our routines for the year. Grade 7 – 9 students may be allowed to leave the campus, but we will be reminding them as with the grade 6's to ensure they are back on time. We encourage parents to discuss what lunch time looks like for your child. Below is a copy of what our Monday to Thursday and what our Friday bell schedules looks like.

 

 

Monday to Thursday

 

Entry8:00
Period 18:15 - 9:03
Transition9:03 - 9:04
Period 29:04 - 9:52
Transition9:52 - 9:53
Period 39:53 - 10:41
Transition10:41 - 10:42
Period 410:42 - 11:30
Lunch11:30 - 12:09
Period 512:09 - 12:57
Transition12:57 - 12:58
Period 612:58 - 1:46
Transition1:46 - 1:47
Period 71:47 - 2:35

 

 

Friday

Entry8:00
Period 18:15 - 9:06
Transition9:06 - 9:07
Period 29:07 - 9:58
Transition9:58 - 9:59
Period 39:59 - 10:50
Transition10:50 - 10:51
Period 410:51 - 11:42
Transition11:42 - 11:43
Homeroom11:43 - 12:15

 

 

Here is the staggered re-entry for our students so you can plan accordingly for the first week:

 

September 1st  – Grade 6's Door #4 Only => 8:15am – 2:35pm

September 2nd  – Grade 7's Door #3 Only => 8:15am – 2:35pm

September 3rd  – Grade 6's Door #4 and Grade 8's Door #3 => 8:15am – 2:35pm

September 4th  – Grade 9's Front Entrance Only => 8:15am – 12:15pm

 

All students will be required to wear a mask as they enter the school.  If students do not have a mask they will be provided one outside by a staff member.  All students will receive two re-usable masks.  If students have their own mask they will still receive their allotted 2. As we cannot guarantee that students will always be able to have 6 feet of Physical Distancing we will be asking students to wear their masks at all times. We are encouraging our teachers to look for opportunities through the day to create the conditions to support mask breaks.  The main approach to this will be to have breaks outside where the physical 6 feet distancing can be created. Students not complying with the mask expectation will be coached around the necessity of this expectation and in some cases this may involve connecting with parents to support this expectation.

 

Teachers will be making phone calls tomorrow to connect with families as we welcome you in and start again to make the connections between school and home.  Please do not hesitate to reach out and connect if you have any questions.

 

 

We hope everyone has a great Sunday and Stay well.

 

Terry and Jamie-Dee

 

 

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Aug 28
Ian Bazalgette Re-Entry Plan

Dear Ian Bazalgette Families

 

I am looking forward to welcoming our school community to the 2020-21 school year. I want to assure you we are doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all our community members.

 

As you are aware on July 21, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced that all schools across the province will return to classes under Scenario 1 – in-school classes resume (near normal with health measures). In response, plans are well underway in our school to welcome our community of students as we adhere to current health guidelines.

 

CBE's Scenario 1 Information can be found on our website and outlines the measures we are taking to provide for the health and safety of our students. Please refer to this document for detailed information on health measures, physical set-up of schools, cleaning of schools, daily operation of schools and transportation. The actions described in the document follow the guidelines provided by Alberta Education's K-12 School Re-entry COVID-19 information: Guidance for schools re-entry Scenario 1.  We continue to refine information in our re-entry planning based on provincial and CBE guidance.

 

Please visit our school website

https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/IanBazalgette/Pages/default.aspx

for information on the actions and processes that are being applied to the specific context of our school.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Terry Baustad

Principal, Ian Bazalgette School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re-Entry Ian Bazalgette School

 

 

August 28, 2020

 

Please read carefully the information on this site to gain an understanding of the measures we are taking to provide for the safety and health of our students. The CBE will continue to make adjustments as our context changes. While this plan is set for now, updates are expected via the CBE corporate website. Parents are advised to check regularly.

Additional information for Preschool and Kindergarten is available on the website: Parent Guide to Re-Entry for Early Childhood Services – Preschool and Kindergarten.

 

We are asking that families start the first day back to classes with our new procedures. It is necessary that students be assessed using the self-screening form daily before school. The following link will allow you to download the most current Alberta Health daily checklist. Please print a copy of the Self-screening Questionnaire. Students showing symptoms as described on the Self-screening Questionnaire must remain home. We will also provide a copy of the self screening tool in the opening day packages that will come home after day 1. If students have not self-monitored and need assistance the adults will support students through that process with a hard copy at the school.

 

Staggered Start to School Year:

 

We are beginning our school year by limiting the number of students entering the school over the first two to three days. The purpose of the plan is:

§  To ease the transition of students into school,

§  To spend time with smaller groups familiarizing them with our health measures,

§  To facilitate physical distancing while teaching the protocols of our health measures.

Because of bussing, staggered entry days are full day.

 

When students arrive they will be expected to enter through their assigned door.  Staff will be out front directing and greeting students to direct them accordingly. Staff members will be there with masks for students who do not have their own. Students will then be directed to go straight to their classroom. Signage will be put up to direct students accordingly. This process will be monitored significantly for the first few weeks and will make adjustments accordingly.  We will always have an adult monitoring the doors with additional face masks to support students at the door.

 

Students that are bussed will be asked to enter through their appropriate door and we will also monitor them for assistance in regards to needing a mask.

 

 

Grade 6's – Tuesday September 1st – All Day

Grade 7's – Wednesday September 2nd – All Day

Grade 6's / 8's – Thursday September 3rd – All Day

Grade 9's – Friday September 4th – Half Day

 

Parents Driving their students may drop their child(ren) off at the front of the school adjacent to the front entrance.

 

We have assigned doors for each grade level. Signage will be posted with the entrance that each grade will be using to enter and exit the building during all times except Physical Education.  The Physical Education classes will be exiting and entering the door to the Sport Court.  This will ensure a consistent and safe entry and exit to the school during PE time that will allow for physical spacing.

 

o   Grade 9 – Front Doors – North Main Entrance

o   Grade 8 – Door #5 – North Entrance to the left of the Main Entrance

o   Grade 7 – Door #3 – South Doors by Ramp to the School Doors

o   Grade 6 – Door #4 – North Entrance to the right of Staff Parking Lot

o   Physical Education – Door #2 – South Doors to the Sport Court

Start of Day Door Times:

Doors will open at 7:50am – this will allow a 25min soft entry as classes begin at 8:15am where students can enter and make their way to their “Homebase".

 

End of Day Door Times:

The students will have a staggered exit at the end of the day 6-1 will exit first fowllowed by 6-2, followed by 6-3 and finally 6-4.  This same procedure will occur for each grade level to limit the rush of significant number of students exiting at the same time.

 

When students enter the school they will make their way to their designated classroom.

 

We are asking that parents do not enter the building with students and they can wait physically distanced out on the main sidewalk area or an area out on the back field while respecting physical distancing.

 

Parents needing to connect with the school will be encouraged to call and email the school.  If an appointment needs to occur we will make arrangements in regards to booking a time and ensuring there is an appropriate space available for the meeting.

 

Health Measures:

 

§  Hand Washing: Students will be instructed on the location of hand sanitizers and reminded to use them frequently. Students will be reminded and encouraged when they are entering the school and leaving the school to use the hand sanitizing stations. Students will also be reminded that when they are entering a classroom and exiting thet are to sanitize their hands. We will also remind students to wash their hands frequesntly through the day. Hand sanitizing stations are located in entrances, exits, classroom without sinks and near high touch equipment.

Illness at school:

 

§  Students exhibiting signs of illness will be moved to an identified space that has been designated solely for this purpose. This area will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after the student has left. 

§  It is critical parents / guardians or a pre-identified emergency contact pick up an ill child within an hour of being contacted by the school.

§  We will ask parents to provide a contact that is in the non-risk category to come and pick - up their child (For example – Pre-exisiting health conditions)

 

Masks: Masks are mandatory for all students from kindergarten to grade 12. This includes classrooms and public spaces such as hallways, learning commons, bathrooms, etc. Mask guidelines, including support for students and staff who are unable to wear a mask due to medical conditions or other needs, are currently being developed. Please check out the following link for more information: https://www.cbe.ab.ca/news-centre/Pages/mask-guidelines-for-students-and-staff-now-available.aspx

 

 

§  Volunteers and Guest Visitors:

§  Although volunteers are valued members of our community in their support of our students, to minimize outside contact of established student cohorts, there will be no volunteers working in the school. Individuals are encouraged to communicate with the school through email or by phone.

§  In-person guests such as guest speakers and artists in residence will not be invited into schools to minimize outside contact of established cohorts.

§  Any visitor that is deemed essential to the needs of the school will be asked to self-asses using the self assessment tool. One will be provided if they do not have one or have not completed one.

§  Masks will be provided if they do not have one of their own.

§  These decisions will be revisited throughout the year.

 

§  School supplies: Schools will be providing student supplies e.g., pens, pencils, erasers etc. Students are not to share their personal supplies, e.g., pencils.

§  Students will have all necessary supplies provided for them.  This includes items such as pens, pencils, markers pencil crayons and individual erasers. Students will also receive a visual journal and a binder with loose-leaf paper.  The supplies will be housed in a clear ziplock bag that will be kept at their desk.  Students will not be using community supplies.

 

 

Physical Set-up of Schools:

 

Physical Distancing: Schools will arrange and monitor physical distancing when and where possible as outlined in the Alberta Education's K-12 School Re-entry COVID-19 information: Guidance for schools re-entry Scenario 1.  

§  Classroom set-up.

§  Desks are arranged in rows with students facing forward.

§  Number of students at tables will be limited.

§  Seating plans are mandatory and will be in place for every class. 

 

§  Cohorts: Where possible, schools will organize students and teachers into groups and teachers will move to classes rather than students changing class locations.

§  Student cohorts will be created based on their instructional groups.  Students will remain in these groups for the entire day including their PE and complimentary classes. Students for their core academic will remain in their designated “homebase" for that instruction and teachers will travel to the.  For lunch students will have designated spaces where they will be directed to eat their lunch if they wish to remain in the school.  Students in grade 6 will have designated space for the first half of lunch to eat and then will have the option to go outside for the 2nd half.  Grade 7 – 9 students will have the option to be outside the entire lunch.

 

§  Lunch: Cafeterias and canteens will follow the Alberta government's strict COVID-19 health guidelines. Numbers in eating areas will be limited to less than 100 students. A reminder that students are not to share food or drinks.

§  Students will eat in their designated space based on their cohorts. We have designated spaces outside for students.  The grade 8 and 9 students will have the space in front of the school and the grade 6 and 7 will have the space in the back field if they choose to go outside.

 

§  Water bottles: Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to fill and have available over lunch and at their desks during the day. As a high touch area, water fountains will be sanitized regularly. The use of water bottles will limit movement in the hallways.

 

§  Common Areas: Consideration has been given to managing student numbers where students often gather. School settings will limit student gatherings to less than 100 students.

§  We will have designated time for students to access the learning commons and the resources there.  This will allow for cleaning between visits to that space and will allow for physical distancing.

§  The hallways will be marked via a “Highway" approach where will have a line down the middle with directional arrows marked.

§  We will have the masking protocols in effect at all times.

§  We have policy for each instructional group where only 1 student will be out of the room at a time to go to the bathroom.  We have identified designated washrooms per classroom.  This will limit the number of students gathering in these spaces. 

§  Bathrooms stalls in the Boys bathrooms have been limited to provide physical spacing. Students will be reminded that the occupancy of these spaces is 3 students at a time.

 

 

Storage of Student Belongings / Change Rooms:

§  Lockers and coat hooks: In order to support physical distancing, no lockers will be used. Lockers will be locked to prevent use. Coat hooks that are staggered may be used. Locker and coat hook use will be re-visited throughout the year.

§  Lockers:

§  Students will leave their belongings in their designated “Homebase" for the day.  When they are travelling to alternate locations they will be able to leave their belongings in that space and it will be locked when a teacher is not present.

 

§  Coat Hooks:

§  Students will place their coat on their designated chair

 

 

Movement in School

We are minimizing occasions of large gatherings of students and managing movement overall of students in the hallways.

 

§  Students in will be using designated doors to enter and leave the school:

o   Grade 9 – Front Doors

o   Grade 8 – Door #5

o   Grade 7 – Door #3

o   Grade 6 – Door #4

o   Physical Education – Door #2

§  The doors will be marked both inside and outside so there is clarity around which door they are to use. We will have a staff member monitor each door when students are entering the building.  Students that arrive late will be directed to the front door.

§  Parents will be encouraged to drop their child off along the street out front of the school where students will make their way to their appropriate door. At the end of the day we will ask that parents remain outside to meet their child.

 

 

The health and safety of your child will remain a priority for our school and we will keep you updated as new information becomes available. As mentioned, detailed information for the guidelines for safety and health for all schools is available on CBE's Scenario 1 Information website. We are confident that, as a community, we will soon adjust to our new protocols and practices. We look forward to welcoming our students back to school and resuming our time together as a positive and caring learning community.​


Aug 28
Ian Bazalgette - Staggered Entry Dates and Times

August 25th, 2020

 

Good afternoon Ian Bazalgette Families,

 

Jamie-Dee and I hope this message finds you safe and healthy.  We know that many of you have questions about school this year and what it will look like. Teachers are connecting here at Ian Bazalgette to prepare for the 20-21 school year. We will be sharing information with you as we confirm and create the plan.

 

The first decision that we would like to share is concerning the start dates of students and what a staggered entry will look like. In order to ensure a smooth start that sets the desired tone for reducing the risk of spread and increased safety for all students, it is has been recommended that schools give consideration to utilizing the first week of school to implement a staggered start process. This will allow for an orderly orientation of students to the new realities, rules, practices and procedures of the school environment. A staggered start will also provide opportunities for ensuring student understanding of the importance of new safety practices and protocols and the importance of compliance, while ensuring sufficient physical distancing to ensure safety in the first few days of school. All staggered starts will follow regular bus schedules.

 

Here is the staggered re-entry for our students so you can plan accordingly for the first week:

 

September 1st  – Grade 6's Only => 8:15am – 2:35pm

September 2nd  – Grade 7's Only => 8:15am – 2:35pm

September 3rd  – Grade 6's and Grade 8's => 8:15am – 2:35pm

September 4th  – Grade 9's Only => 8:15am – 12:15pm

 

More information will be coming in the following days and we want to thank all of you for your support of us and your children as we start out our 20-21 school year.

 

Stay well

 

Terry and Jamie-Dee

 

 

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Jun 28
Parent Message

June 28th, 2020

Good morning Ian Bazalgette community, I hope that you have an enjoyable day despite the rain today.

I want to address the report cards and the access to report cards online.  If parents are able to access report cards online that is the preferred approach at this time. We understand there have been some challenges though in accessing the marks via the powerschool app and we appreciate your patience as the system figures it out. We have printed off copies of all the students report cards and have them available at the school for those that are able to pick them up. Again, we thank you for your understanding through this time.

As we move into the summer I know that many of you / us are wondering what school will look like as we come back in September. I want to assure our community that much planning and thinking will go into how we start the 2020-2021 school year in September.  Our priorities are to keep everyone safe while ensuring students continue to access learning. We know this has many complications as we have discovered as other school districts have attempted to open and we are learning much about what may work and what may not. We know the government is going to make an announcement on August 1st about their guidance and so we are planning accordingly with several scenerios in mind. At this time our first scenario will see students returning to school with several mitigations in place – mitigations such as students staying in assigned seating while in their core academic class, designated entry points into the school, having as much physical distancing in class, having student movement that reduces as much congestion in the halls, directional hallways, no access to lockers.  These are just a few of the “new” realities our students may face when they return.  We will share our plan with you when we return in August and ensure that you and your child is aware of the mitigations that are in place to keep everyone safe.

One aspect that we do want to share with parents is the area of school supplies. Students will have their supplies they need for school supplied for them when they arrive in September.  We have purchased binders, paper, pens, pencils, pencil crayons, markers, highlighters.  Any supply a student needs for school will be available to them at school. So please know there is no need to do any back to school shopping for school supplies.

We have some staff changes as we go into summer that I would like to share with the community. I have purposely waited as long as I can to share this information because I was hoping to share different news. We are having to say good-bye to the following staff at this time – Matthew Hawes, Ande Gill, Ashley Rowley, Ginger Haesler, Ajitpal Chauhan and Jennifer Paulson. I would like to thank them for all the work they have done at Ian Bazalgette School in supporting our students and helping them to be successful learners. I know as they move onto other opportunities that others will come to understand their dedication to student success as we have here at Ian Bazalgette School. We wish them all the best.

One area that we will be working on next year is how we can share exciting and amazing news about the students that we have here at Ian Bazalgette School.  I am open to parents and students sharing their stories with me so we can highlight the amazingness of our students and accomplishments they have made.  We have one such student that has had such accomplishments that I would like to share with our community…here name is Kailey. Please see on the next page some amazing news about Kailey.  We are proud to have her part of our community here at Ian Bazalgette and applaud her for her most outstanding accomplishments.

The awards that Kailey has won were:  Medal of Excellence, Captain Jackson Award, Senior Proficiency Award, Gold medal attendance, Calgary Branch Award of excellence.

 

 

I want to thank the Ian Bazalgette community for welcoming me in as a new Principal and for accepting in Jamie-Dee Peterson as well as we took up leading the learning at Ian Bazalgette.  It is our honor that we get to take this up and we get to lead an amazing team here of teachers, support staff and other staff beyond Ian Bazalgette School to impact the learning opportunities that your children deserve.

I know summer will be filled with much uncertainty about what September will hold.  -As I have asked my staff to enjoy their summer the very best way they can as of Tuesday, I am also hopeful that you and your children can also have a summer filled with memories and time to not worry about the learning. Fill the summer with walks, good conversations, meals around the table and time to just be with each other.

I will be taking the time to reflect, re-energize and to drive my daughter 27 hours away as she enters University for the first time and starts that journey…as I drive home alone I will be taking the time to reflect and re-energize and will be ready for your children as we start again in September.

Have a great Sunday out there and an amazing summer.

Stay well,

Terry and Jamie-Dee

Jun 21
Parent Message

June 21st, 2020

Good morning Ian Bazalgette community, I hope you are able to find some of that sunshine out there this morning. I would like to start by wishing all those father’s out there a Happy Father’s Day!

We are excited by the learning that we are hoping students will take up this week as we look to honor the land and the teachings connected to the Indigenous way of learning in recognition of National Indigenous People’s Day. As an adult who wants to show student’s that learning is a lifelong process please share with your child that I will be working through the learnings along-side them this week as I take up the learning daily.

On Wednesday this week students and parents will be able to access the final report card summative reporting for the year. You may be able to do this through your CBE account online or you may also come in and pick up a paper copy of the report card. If you come in please observe our entry expectations of signing in and sanitizing your hands. The report cards will be available in the main office for student pick – up.  We will have someone available in the office from 8:30am – 2:30pm on Wednesday and Thursday and then from 8:30 – 12:00pm on Friday.  We will also have the office open for pick-up on June 29 and 30th from 8:30 – 12:00pm. If you have questions or concerns about the final report cards please know that your child’s teacher is available to answer any questions through those times.  Please send them an email or call the main office and we will get a message to them to get in touch with you if email does not work.

This Wednesday evening at 7:00pm I will be hosting a welcome Skype meeting for our new students to Ian Bazalgette School. I am excited to be hosting my first welcome of students and will be sure to share with them my experience with your children and the hope that I have for Ian Bazalgette as we move forward.  It is my intention to host a Skype meeting in August for all parents at Ian Bazalgette to welcome you back and to outline some of the initiatives that we will be taking up next year to impact the learning environment at Ian Bazalgette.

At this point we are continuing to plan for what learning will look like next year in response to the pandemic. We know there has been a tremendous amount of time and thinking into what learning will look like. The government will be announcing on August 1st their plan for which phase we will open to.  Essentially there are 3 phases that we are planning for, all with student / staff / visitor wellness at the heart.  I will share next week some of the planning that is associated with each phase so parents and students can have an opportunity to prepare accordingly. We have learned a lot through the last 3 months about what we would do differently, what worked well and what we would not do again. We know this all weighs heavily in your homes as you try to support your child’s learning as well. Please know it also weighs heavily on us.

If you are a parent of a student who has borrowed technology, please book a time to drop off the technology of the school.  If the times do not work please contact the school via a phone call or reach out to Mr. McKay and we will arrange an opportunity that works for you.

We want to thank you again for all your patience and support over these past 3.5 months it has been appreciated by us and emboldened our resolve to continue to look at how important our work is and the relationship between the school and home.

Have a great Sunday out there J.

Stay well,

Terry and Jamie-Dee​

Jun 14
Parent Message

June 14th, 2020

Good morning Ian Bazalgette community

I hope this email finds you enjoying your Sunday. On Friday we sent out some critical information in relation to some planning for next year, specifically in relation to students signing up for their complimentary classes. Having students sign up for their complimentary classes will help us with the organization for next year and we thank you for taking the time to do that.

At this point we do not have any more specifics in regards to what school may look like for students in September.  The provincial government has announced that it will make a decision by August 1st. Once that decision has been communicated the CBE will then announce how it plans to meet the expectations of the provincial government. We will then communicate out to our community what that looks like here at Ian Bazalgette. We certainly miss our students and are looking forward to be welcoming them back into school physically and safely.  Please know that your voice continues to be valuable and if you have any questions or concerns that we want to hear from you. Please know you can email me at tlbaustad@cbe.ab.ca .

This coming week we will be looking to hire two Learning Leaders that will help lead the work here at Ian Bazalgette. These are critical roles that help us ensure that we are addressing student learning needs by having leaders with specific skill sets that help support teachers in their planning and creating deep learning tasks for our students. Once these individuals have been hired we will be sure to share that news with you. We will hope to understand with greater confidence what our staffing for the 2020 – 2021 school year will look like by the end of June and will make announcements accordingly.

Again, we want to thank – you for your patience and support of us as we come to the last phase of the year.

Have a great Sunday out there J.

Stay well,

Terry and Jamie-Dee​

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