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North Agincourt Junior Public School: Parent E-Communication Updates

Dear North A Families,

We hope that your child(ren) had a fantastic first month of school. We enjoyed welcoming all of our families at last week’s Curriculum Night and are looking forward to a year full of sharing in activities and celebrations of learning together. 

We will be sending Parent E-Communication Updates every month. From November to June, we will have student leaders write the introductory message for the e-communication, as we wish to celebrate their voice and hone our Junior student’s leadership potential. The North Agincourt JPS Website will be updated throughout the year. Please do not hesitate to contact the school at 416-396-6490 if you have any questions or concerns.

Warmest regards,

Ms. Chadha and The North Agincourt Team

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2022-2023 Staff


In late September, we began the reorganization process and as a result, some students’ classes were shifted, organized, or newly created to meet the needs of our school community. I was able to hire a few new staff to North Agincourt Junior Public School. We are very grateful and fortunate to have the following new staff members join us:


  • Ms. Gin (Grade 3/4B - English)
  • Mr. Tharma (AM 0.50 PREP)

Switches:


  • Mr. Porter (Grade 1 - English)
  • Ms. Sharma (Grade 2 - English)
  • Ms. Petrin (Grade 1/2 French) **Edited**
  • Ms. Hicken (Grade 4/5 A- Middle French Immersion)
  • Ms. Caraiani (Grade 4/5 B- Middle French Immersion)
  • Ms. Denov (Grade 6 Extended French - Full Day)
  • Mr. Ioannou (ELL/ESL 1.0)
  • Ms. Taylor-Allum (Special Education/Primary PREP)

Any general queries need to be directed to the office staff at (416) 396-6545.

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Absences


Should your child(ren) be sick, please ensure that they are kept home. Please call Safe Arrival at 416-396-6490.  


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Lunches


If your child eats lunch at school, please ensure that you send your child with their lunches in the morning. Please remember we have a Bommerrang Luch system (students dispose of their own garbage at home). Kindly ensure that your children are sent with cutlery, as we do not have any at the office. Thank you for understanding!

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Parking Lot Safety Concerns


Are you making safe decisions? - Alberta Motor Association


North A Families,


Please ensure that if you are walking your children to the back pavement, you do so by following along the path. It is important that families DO NOT cut through the parking lot. Please hold your child(ren)’s hand(s). As you are aware, we have several buses and families here in the mornings so we ask for your cooperation to ensure student safety. It is highly recommended that all families walk to school and follow the designated paths. 


Just a reminder, only North A staff may park in our parking lot. 

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Start of Year Forms

The Start of Year forms (listed below) were to be delivered by IT Services to all TDSB students digitally through Permission Click this week. 

Permission to Participate in Off-Site Walking Excursions

Student Media Release Consent (for School/TDSB Events)

Student Media Release Consent (Media Organizations)

Permission to Leave School in Severe Weather Conditions (Grades 6-12)

Use of Personal Email Address

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

Medical Information Form (511E)

Code of Conduct

Code of Online Conduct

Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources

If you did not receive these forms via email or require help completing them, please contact Kathy.Kouretsos@tdsb.o.ca and Nancy.Gledhill@tdsb.on.ca to request that they be sent again. 

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Parent Concern Protocol

Please view the Parent Concern Protocol. Should our families have any concerns, the first point of contact should be the homeroom teacher. 

If you have an issue to discuss with your child’s teacher, please make an appointment to see him/her. A convenient time will be arranged for a phone conversation or in-person/virtual meeting. If your child informs you of a concern, please be sure to:


  • Connect with the teacher first and find out what happened from all sources
  • Keep an open mind (there may be details that you may not be aware of)
  • Remember, we are here to ensure that your child is successful and has a positive experience at our school

Through conversation with your child’s teachers, many queries and concerns could be addressed. 

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School Council Elections are Coming UP

This is a short video for you to view: Promo Video

More information will be coming up regarding School Council elections. We hope that you will join! 2022-2023 North Agincourt School Council Elections Community Letter.docx*EDITED*

A clearer infographic can be viewed here: 

School Council-GetInvolved InfoGraphic.pdf

School Council Elections-InfoGraphic.pdf

Executive Roles and Responsibilities

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NORTH AGINCOURT CODE OF CONDUCT


Everyone learns most effectively in a safe environment. To that end, we know that home and school must work together as active partners to maintain a safe learning environment and to help each student develop the self-discipline, appropriate behaviours, and skills necessary to become responsible members of a democratic society. In accordance with Ministry and  Board policies and procedures, our guidelines,  expectations, and rules are designed to help students develop these attributes. 


In the schoolyard, we work hard to ensure student safety. Guidelines for safe yard use are regularly  brought to the attention of our students through announcements, in-class instruction and close supervision on the yard. We anticipate that parents and caregivers will support our guidelines, review them with their children and reinforce them when using the schoolyard outside school hours. 


Rough body contact in sports and games is not permitted. This includes play-fighting, pushing, shoving, wrestling, body-checking, kicking, etc.  

Bullying, through physical aggression or teasing, is not tolerated at North Agincourt. We emphasize that students use only respectful language and tone.  

Behaviour that threatens the safety or well-being of anyone at North Agincourt is taken very seriously. When negative behaviours such as bullying, discrimination, hateful words or physical violence occur, the school staff will respond appropriately to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community. 

Depending on the nature of the specific incident, the consequences for negative behaviour may include reprimands and warnings,  detentions, in-school suspensions, withdrawal from activities or events, formal suspensions, police involvement, and, in rare cases,  recommendations for expulsion from the Toronto District School  Board.


Student Expectations 

∙ to be treated with respect and dignity by all members of  the school community 

∙ to be offered a well-rounded course of study 

∙ to learn in an environment where they feel safe  and secure and where individual differences are  recognized and respected 


Parent Expectations 

∙ to be treated with respect and dignity by all members  of the school community 

∙ to receive regular communication from the school regarding student progress, attendance, and behaviour 

∙ to be kept informed of school activities and initiatives 


Staff Expectations 

∙ to be treated with respect and dignity by all members of  the school community 

∙ to have the support and co-operation of parents, staff,  and students while fulfilling their responsibilities to  provide a quality educational experience for all children 

∙ to work in an environment where they feel safe, secure and where individual differences are recognized and respected


Student Responsibilities 

▪ to show respect for themselves and others, the school and its property, and  the property of others 

▪ to come to school prepared, on time, and ready to learn 

▪ to refrain from behaving in any manner which may compromise the safety of themselves or others 

▪ to follow the established rules and take responsibility for their own actions


Parent Responsibilities 

▪ to support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful  learning environment for all students 

▪ to become familiar with the school's Code of Conduct, and to assist their children in following these  guidelines designed for everyone's safety and enjoyment 

▪ to ensure that their children attend school regularly, on time, appropriately dressed, and well-prepared to learn 

▪ to communicate regularly with the school and to promptly report their  children's absence or late arrival


Staff Responsibilities 

▪ to show respect for themselves and others, the school and its property, and  the property of others 

▪ to offer a quality educational experience to all students and help them work  to their full potential and develop their self-worth 

▪ to maintain and enforce consistent standards of behaviour for all students 

▪ to communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents


In the event that some older students may have a cell phone, they are not permitted to use their cell phones during school hours. They are forbidden from taking pictures of staff or students without permission. The North A staff discourage cell phones from being brought to school as our students do not require them. Any cell phones that are brought to school must be powered off and placed in their backpacks for safe keeping. The school is not responsible for lost or damaged cell phones. 


Please go over the rules with your child(ren). Cooperation with parents and staff enables us to create a school environment where all can flourish, as we are all on board about abiding by the rules and maximizing our time in enhancing positive relationships with one another.


Student Communication During the School Day


We are kindly requesting that parents refrain from texting, calling or messaging their child during the instructional day.  


Instructional time in the classroom is very valuable, parents are asked to call the school in the event of an emergency. Should any parent need to contact their child, please call the office at 416-396-6490 and we will ensure that they are connected with you.


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Dogs are not allowed on school property at any time. Many people are surprised to learn that TDSB Policy prohibits dogs (leashed or unleashed) from being on school property. Section 6.10 PR523 Access to School Premises prohibits canines on our properties “at any time” (except for service animals).

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Transportation Eligibility

As in previous years, transportation is provided for students who meet the following criteria:

oJunior Kindergarten-Grade 5: More than 1.6 km from the school and within the catchment area (school bus service)

oGrades 6: More than 3.2 km from the school and within the catchment area (normally TTC service, some exceptions for school bus service - Empty Seat Application)


For more information please visit this website: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/EarlyYears/Kindergarten/Transportation/Routes-and-Times If you have general inquiries, please contact the number located on the website.


If you have any queries regarding bussing, please contact 416-394-4287. Staff at North Agincourt Junior Public School do not make decisions regarding bus transportation. 


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A Guide for parents: Math Curriculum (Grade 1 to 8)

Click here to view.

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School Year Calendar


Please take a look at the school year calendar’s PA Days and holidays. School Year Calendar 2022-2023.pdf

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Parent Resources 


The TDSB parent resources are full of valuable information including how to get involved, homework tips, community resources and more. https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Innovation/ForParents



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What If My Child Is Sick?  Can they still go to school?

Self-screening

Students, teachers, school staff, and visitors should continue to self-screen for symptoms of illness every day before going to school.

Families can use the COVID‑19 school and child care screening tool to assess their child(ren) for symptoms. The results will tell you:

  • if you should go to school or stay home
  • what to do next

TPH daily health screening - PDF 

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  • SickKids Vaccination Centre for Children with Special Needs/Medical Complexities/Needle Phobia
  • The SickKids COVID-19 Vaccination Centre offers vaccines for select populations including children with special needs, anxiety, and needle phobia. Vaccine appointments are available for the various age groups from 6 months to 12+. To make an appointment please email mobile.vaccination@sickkids.ca

  •  SickKids Paediatric Virtual Urgent Care Program 
  • If your child (under the age of 18) is experiencing a non-emergency situation we are encouraging our school community members to utilize the SickKids Virtual Urgent Care Program SickKids Urgent Care Program website. As the SickKids Emergency Department continues to see incredibly high volumes, we have attached a helpful tool for parents to use when deciding which level of care is required for their child. 

  • Vaccine Consult Service (VCS)
  • The VCS is a by-appointment phone service that provides a safe, judgment-free space to have an open conversation about the COVID-19 vaccine for children, youth, and those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to conceive. If you have any questions in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine, please feel free to book an appointment with our SickKids COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Service (VCS)! Visit sickkids.ca/vaccineconsults to book online or call 437-881-3505 (toll free 1-888-304-6558) to book over the phone (see attached flyer(s)).

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Terry Fox Walk 

Through his dedication and perseverance, Terry Fox set an incredible example of strength that will never be forgotten. Staff and students of North A had the opportunity to support his cause by hosting its annual Terry Fox Walk on the afternoon of Thursday, September 29. The walk this year will take place on the school field. This year, families made donations directly through the Terry Fox Foundation. Anyone still interested in making a donation, please do so through this link: https://schools.terryfox.ca/15179


Thank you for doing your part in helping to continue Terry Fox’s legacy and supporting the fight against Cancer.

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Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt day was commemorated on Friday, September 30th. This was the second annual National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. On this day, we recognized the legacy of the residential school system for First Nations, Métis and Inuit families and communities. We acknowledged the legacy of residential schools in Canada by wearing orange and we honoured all of the survivors. We remembered thousands of children who were murdered and buried in unmarked graves. 

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Free Prescription Glasses: CLEARLY👈

  • Sharing this Clearly promotion for free glasses for kids 10 years old and under! 
  • Downtown Location: 315 Queen Street West, (647) 499-3998

**Please note, that the school should not be contacted regarding this. We are merely sharing this information.

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The following link will help you learn how to access School Messenger: 

https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Home/ctl/Details/mid/42863/itemId/11


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Register: https://www.stayinalivewithfirstaid.ca/

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Parents and Caregivers as Partners Conference


Mark your calendars for our annual Parents and Caregivers as Partners Conference on October 23 and 24! Participate in our new in-person pre-conference sessions across the city at TDSB Outdoor Education sites and City of Toronto Museums. Participate in the virtual conference and attend workshops on a variety of topics including mental health and well-being, learning and connecting. Registration opens soon! Learn more at www.parentsaspartners.ca

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Cross Country at David and Mary Thompson Park


We wish all of our many competitors all the best on Thursday! This will be a day where students from Scarborough schools will compete at David and Mary Thompson Park. Thank you Ms. Scanlon and Mr. Wong for coaching our cross country runners!

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Somali Heritage Month: Creative Writing Submission Challenge

The TDSB proudly recognizes Somali Heritage Month during the month of October.  The TDSB has been recognizing Somali Heritage Month since June 2016.  This year we continue to expand on the selected theme of Educate. Elevate. Excel.

Toronto has a large population outside of the Somali subcontinent with thousands of TDSB students and staff members identified as Somali.  The importance of building awareness, creating a strong identity, and understanding one's own roots and rights are important objectives of the Somali Heritage Month Volunteer Planning Committee.

The Somali Heritage Month Volunteer Planning Committee members are excited to share that TDSB students from Grades 4 - 12 are invited to submit a creative piece (poem, short story, essay) to the Somali Heritage Month Creative Writing challenge.

Deadline:  All entries must be received by Friday, October 21, 2022, by 4:00 pm to Shukri.Farah@tdsb.on.ca or Hotho.Farah@tdsb.on.ca

Please see the attached for details.

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Please note that the entry point to Early French Immersion for September 2023 is Junior Kindergarten. The application to the Early French Immersion program will remain an online process managed by the Central French Department and applications must be completed online between October 31 and November 25, 2022. An offer of placement in the program (not a specific school) is guaranteed to all on-time applicants. Families with an older sibling currently in an Early French Immersion program are still required to complete an online application for the new student.

Visit the TDSB website for more information about Early French Immersion, Virtual & In-Person Information Sessions or the Application Process.

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Past Celebrations


Wishing all of our Hindu families a very special Navaratri.

Wishing all of our Jewish families a joyous New Year during Rosh Hashanah.

Wishing all of our North A families a Hppy Thanksgiving.

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Have a Question or Concern? Our office team can help.


Attendance, Parent Inquiries, Safe Arrival & Registration, School Information, School Schedule, General Inquiries, Special Education, School Council, Academic & Safety Concerns - NorthAgincourtJPS@tdsb.on.ca


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Attention to all Parents/Caregivers

Nominations for School Council 2022-2023 will be open from October 4-12, 2022

Nominations are due by October 12, 2022.

VIEW THESE LINKS:

Nomination Form

How School Council Elections Work

Roles on School Council

Q & A

Welcome Letter - September 6, 2022


Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Dear North A Families,

Welcome to all of our new and returning families for the 2022-2023 school year! My name is Puja Nikki Chadha and I am the new Principal of North Agincourt. We hope that you had a wonderful, relaxing summer and are looking forward to the new year. Parents play an integral role in the education of children and we look to you as partners in your child’s education journey. 

We encourage you to check the North Agincourt JPS Website for updates on upcoming events and activities. Please ensure that you have provided us with your current email address, as school-wide newsletters and parent communication will be forwarded via email throughout the year. Please send an email to NorthAgincourtJPS@tdsb.on.ca your most updated email address and any questions you may have. 

The entire North Agincourt staff has been working tirelessly to ensure we are ready to welcome back our students on Wednesday, September 7th, 2022. The classrooms are thoughtfully organized and ready to welcome learners in all grade levels in a manner that will be inviting, and challenging and provide the environment necessary for students to succeed. We would like to thank our office staff, Ms. Gledhill and Ms. Fan, for working tirelessly to prepare the school for the start of the year. 

We are continuing on a journey of creating a welcoming, positive, and accepting school climate where our students, families, and staff can thrive. It is our hope that you quickly feel at home at North Agincourt J.P.S. Our School Council does wonderful work for our school and if you would like to get involved at North Agincourt, the School Council would be a great place to start.

Please remember to call Safe Arrival at 416-396-6490 if your child is going to be late or absent. A critical part of school success is students’ presence in the classroom.  Please make every effort to get your child to school regularly and on time.  The daily entry bell is at 8:20 a.m. Students are not permitted to be on school property prior to 8:05 am without parental supervision due to safety concerns. Our staff will be on yard duty at 8:05 am. Our lunch is from 11:05 to 12:05 pm daily.

Our school is a mask-friendly environment. Students are welcome to wear a mask if they wish to do so. Students should continue to do a daily self-assessment before entering school. We do ask that should your child be sick, please keep them home until they have recovered. We are waiting on an updated screening tool from the Ministry and will share it as soon as it is available. Please ensure that the office is contacted if you are keeping your child home due to illness. The TDSB continues to follow guidance from the Ministry of Education and Toronto Public Health to keep our school communities safe. Read more about health and safety practices related to COVID-19: 

https://www.tdsb.on.ca/School-Year-2022-2023/Health-and-Safety 

Some of you may have already been contacted by your child’s teacher, as they chose to take time out of their summer holiday to do so. Other parents should be receiving an email from your child’s teacher today, which is the first day teachers return to work. 

On Wednesday, September 7th, your child will need to stand in line on the pavement. Please refer to this North A Entry Map. We ask that parents drop off their child(ren) and then immediately stand at the perimeter of the pavement so that all of our students can meet with their classes. Your consideration will be greatly appreciated. We will have staff holding class signs and wearing vests to assist your child(ren) and you tomorrow. To assist us in ensuring the smoothest transition back to school, please see the list of teachers below, along with the door your child will be entering and exiting from.

Please note, only students who will be taking the bus will be allowed to leave by the front door of the school.

On the first day of school, please have your child meet their teacher at the following locations:

Door 2 (South door):

Grade 1/2 English Room 2(Mr. Porter)

Grade 1 French Immersion Room 5 (Mme. Sribavan)

Grade 2/3 English Room 22 (Mrs. Sharma)

Grade 4 Middle French Immersion Room 24 (Mme. Hicken)

Grade 4/5 French Immersion Room 25 (Mme. Scanlon)

Grade 5/6 French Immersion Room 21 (Mme. Ravichandra)

Door 3 (North door):

Grade 3/4 English Room 26 (Mr. Wong) 

Grade 5/6 English Room 27 (Ms. Fou-Tsang)

Grade 6 Extended French Room 28

(Mrs. Taylor-Allum (AM), Mme. Denov (PM))

Door 2C (Kindergarten Space):

JK/SK English Room 4 (Mrs. Spizzirri and Ms. Xu)

JK/SK French A Room 7 (Ms. Tkachova)

JK/SK French B Room 9 (Mme. Semaan (AM), Mme. Sinanansingh (PM), Mme. Veeramalay)

Portable 2: Grade 3/4 French Immersion (Mme. Dima)

Portable 3: Grade 2 French Immersion (Mme. Petrin)

Portable 4: Grade 4 Middle French Immersion (Mme. Caraiani)

Portable 5: Grade 2/3 French Immersion (Mme. Dilanian)

We firmly believe in maintaining a strong partnership between our students, staff, and families, and look forward to another dynamic school year at North Agincourt J.P.S.

Warmest regards,

Ms. Chadha

Principal

 


2022/2023 English Kindergarten Registration

Register Now!

English Kindergarten Registration Begins in February.

For children turning 4 in 2022 (born in 2018).

Registration for all TDSB English Kindergarten programs begins in February. All registrations are to be completed using the TDSB’s Online Registration System. Following your online registration you will contacted by the school to complete the process via zoom.

For more information, please click here.

All applicants must live in the North Agincourt Attendance Area for regular program. North Agincourt is closed to Optional Attendance.

For further information on English Kindergarten, Attendance Area and Optional Attendance Status please visit tdsb.on.ca.

In order to register your child you are required to provide the following original documents for photocopying:

  • Proof of age (birth certificate or passport)
  • Proof of address (two pieces of identification that show your address, such as a purchase agreement and hydro bill)
  • Proof of immunization (the card that shows a list of needles your child has received)
  • Verification of date of arrival, if your child was not born in Canada. Families who are permanent residents and refugee claimants may register directly at the school. Children without immigration status are welcome in our schools and information about them or their families will not be shared with immigration authorities. To register, please visit the International Programs and Admissions Office at 5050 Yonge Street, Toronto, for a TDSB school admission letter.

Please note: only parents or legal guardians can register a child for TDSB programs.

TDSB French Programs

The timelines for applying for French Programs for September 2022 has past. Late applications will only be considered for students living in TDSB designated school areas if space is available. North Agincourt JPS is closed to Optional Attendance.

Early French Immersion which begins in JK/SK (for September 2022 only). Applications must have been completed online between

November 1, 2021 and November 26, 2021.


Middle French Immersion which begins in Grade 4. Applications must have been completed online between

January 3, 2022 and January 28, 2022.

**Please note that the Extended French Program is being phased out across TDSB.**

Bell Times

In order to provide the best possible program for students, it is necessary for them to attend school regularly and on time.  The Education Act states that it is the responsibility of the parent (or guardian) to ensure that their children attend school regularly, until the age of 18.

Students who arrive late to school tend to do so more regularly in the mornings. As noted in previous 'Updates' it is a healthy habit to walk to school and the traffic loop out front of North Agincourt JPS is often congested and very slow.

To help families plan their mornings we are providing a reminder of bell times and letting your know that staff are in the yard beginning at 8:05 to assist with COVID-19 safety precaution routines prior to the beginning of class. Students will be expected to go to their cohort space in the morning and family members will be required to remain at a specified location beyond these spaces. DON'T FORGET TO SEND SIGNED HEALTH PASSES EVERY DAY.

8:05 AM - Supervision begins. Students are to remain in their designated area. Health Screening verification begins.

8:20 AM - Classes begin.

9:30 AM - Recess (children will have outdoor, supervised play in designated areas for their cohort)

˜10:45 AM - Lunches will be eaten in classrooms with teacher supervision (time is approximate)

11:05 AM - Lunch break begins, Lunchroom Supervisors (LRS) and teachers are present for outdoor supervision (inclement weather procedures include indoor supervision)

12:05 PM - Classes begin.

1:25 PM - Recess (children will have outdoor, supervised play in designated areas for their cohort)

2:50 PM - Classes end, students MUST be picked up promptly at this time.

Everyone is asked to leave school property promptly at dismissal to maintain COVID-19 cohorting and physical distancing.

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