Weekly Update – Week of Nov. 9-13, 2020

(Please note that this information was also sent out to all homes through a mass email. If you did not receive the email, please contact us to let us know to be added for future emails)

Welcome to a relatively short school week – just Monday and Tuesday for students. I wanted to take a moment to thank you in helping keep our school community safe by keeping your children home when they have signs of sickness. We appreciate that it may be inconvenient but your efforts play a large part in keeping us in the favorable position that we find ourselves in today.

Upcoming Dates:
Wednesday, Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day – no school
Thursday and Friday, Nov 12-13 – annual PEITF/CUPE Conventions. There will be no classes for students on these days to allow staff the opportunity to participate in a wide range of Professional Development activities. We appreciate your understanding of the value of these days to help us become more effective and up-to-date in our practices.
Wednesday, Nov. 18th – Report Cards will be sent home with students on or around this date.
Thursday, Nov 19th – evening session of Parent Teacher Interviews
Friday, Nov 20th – day session of Parent Teacher Interviews (no classes for students that day)

Remembrance Day – in light of Covid restrictions, we will not be hosting our usual school-wide assembly to recognize this important event. However, we will be using in-school technology to share a similar presentation to all classes on Tuesday morning. Students can also participate in Remembrance Day activities by submitting an entry into the Legion’s annual picture/writing competition. To enter, parents/guardians must complete and sign an entry form that was provided to your student.

Parent Teacher Interviews – The first round of PT Interviews is coming up next week and the schedule is now available for sign up at https://signup.com/go/ATsYBxc
There are some special precautions that must be followed according to the CPHO/PSB/DELL. We ask that you take special care to follow these directions.

  • All staff and parents are required to wear non-medical masks, except when seated a minimum of 6-feet apart during the interview.
  • Only one parent/guardian per child should be in attendance.
  • No students or other children should be in attendance.
  • Parents should limit their time at the school to the interview time in order to minimize the number of people in the school at a given time.
  • Student-led conferences should not be held at this time.
  • Parents are not required to sign in at the entrance but are expected to sign in with every teacher they meet.

Weekly Covid Reminder:
Parents are responsible to notify the school of the reason for the absence(s) from school.
Families play an important role in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring that students can access educational services. It will be important for you to monitor your child’s health each day before sending them to school and to keep them home when they feel ill. If your child exhibits any of the symptoms listed below and they are unusual for your child or are not related to an existing condition (e.g. seasonal allergies), parents/guardians are asked to visit a drive-through testing site, call 811 or your health care provider and report any symptoms of COVID-19 to the school.
Whether it is cold, flu, pink eye, coronavirus or other illness, students should stay home if they are ill so that illness is not spread through schools.
A negative COVID test does not mean an individual is ready to go back to school or work. If a student has tested negative for COVID-19 but still displays mild symptoms, please consider the following.
Students and staff should not return to school or work:
if they have on-going fever or chills
if symptoms are not improving or there are new symptoms

Students and staff could return to school or work:
if they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, e.g. Tylenol
if they have a runny nose, congestion, or other mild symptoms they can return to school provided they are well enough to engage in learning or their job
if mild symptoms are improving and there are no new symptoms
if they continue to practice good hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette (e.g. cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue)
In addition, if you have traveled outside regions as per the current CPHO guidelines, you are asked to declare this to the school, and follow the current CPHO measures in place at the time (e.g. self-isolation).
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
new or worsening cough
shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
sore throat
runny nose, sneezing, congestion
muscle aches
unusual fatigue
acute loss of sense of smell or taste

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Occupational Therapy

We are please to once again have the services of Ms. Kendra Gaudet, School Occupational Therapist. You can read more about the wide range of services and therapies provided by the School OT program in the enclosed attachment.

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Back to School at Amherst Cove 2020!

After the longest March break ever….we are happy to “Welcome everyone back to school!”

Our Staff is very excited to be back in class for next week! Check out OUR STAFF page to see our list of SEADOGS and even some new CLASS WEBSITES.

We will all be starting at 8:30 the morning of Tuesday September 8th. Of course, there are quite a few changes with the new Covid Protocol and our School plan is here if you would like to read the specifics.(click here) It outlines our detailed approach to be as careful and as Covid safe as possible, as we all return to a new normal.

Students: bring your masks, indoor shoes and an appetite for learning! You will see we have new line up locations marked by grade level signs for when you arrive in the morning and then we will run you through the new changes once you are settled in your homerooms.

Parents: Lots of info will be coming home at the end of Day 1 in our handy new Parent info Flip-Folders (thanks to Roxanne!). Please take some time to read through it, keep it posted close by or on the fridge, and if you have any questions please give us a call.

Also, there are a few forms we need filled out and returned back to the School the next day for our office work and contact information.

A couple other highlights of the Info-folder would be:

  • Registering for the new PEI School Food Program – Starting in a couple weeks
  • Order your MILK on HotLunches.net – Milk Delivery starts Sept 14th
  • Covid -Please try not to enter the school – but if you have to, please STOP in the lobby (sign-in is mandatory for contact tracing once you enter)!
  • Covid -Student drop off/pick up – Parents please stay in your cars!

We are soooo looking forward to having you all back in class and teachers have been preparing for weeks! If you are getting ready to come back and need a few Readiness Ideas — Read this link!!

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Report Card Pick-up this Thursday afternoon

Final Report Card Pickup –

We invite families to pick up the Grade 1-7 report cards on Thursday afternoon between the hours of 1 and 3pm.

Teachers will be lined up along a drive-thru path in the parking lot and you can just stop along the route and pick up the reports for your child at their specific teachers. We will also have a book drop if you found any ACC books to return. Hope to see you all there!

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Covid -19 Educational services Feedback Survey

The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning and education authorities are seeking feedback from parents, educational assistants, and youth service workers regarding the delivery of individual programming and respite services offered to students with special educational needs during our recent period of home learning due to COVID-19.
Your participation in the survey is important and very much appreciated. Results will be used only to identify the strengths and challenges of the programming provided.

• The survey takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
• Your responses are anonymous and confidential. There is no way to see your name or email address.
• Results go directly to survey coordinators at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning and are recorded on a secure site.
• The survey will close at 4 PM on Tuesday, June 23.

• The link to the survey is https://forms.gle/QpSah14o9Y8L9GsS8

Erin Johnston Assistant Director, Public Schools Branch 
P.O. Box 8600 
Charlottetown, P.E.I.  C1A 8V7

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