MG Staff would like to thank all of you for continuing to be vidulent completing the daily health checks of your child. More than ever, it’s important to continue to complete the daily assessment as we enter the flu season.
Late last week the provincial health authority changed the symptoms of the daily health assessment. This was done to “allow” for more students to attend school and has been the subject of media scrutiny this week.
We have posted the new daily health assessment form below. Please know that from a school perspective nothing has changed. We insist that parents do not send sick children to school regardless of Covid or not. Students who are displaying signs of illness or sickness will be sent home regardless of Covid. It is unhygienic to send students with runny noses, coughs, sore throats or headaches to school.
More than ever error on the side of caution and follow proper cough/cold etiquette as we approach flu season.
I am writing this evening to connect with families who have indicated that they are not yet not ready to have their children return to school for in-person as per our Ministry of Health Stage 2 BC K-12 Education Restart Plan.
I want to assure families that we value all parents who chose options that work best for their families. Option 4 students are part of the district’s Learning from Home Transition Support. They will receive check-ins from a staff member and assignments starting this coming week. Although some assignments and work will be provided by the teacher, the Learning from Home Transition program is not an on-line teaching and learning program. Parents will need to provide regular educational support and supervision for their children. Teachers will offer some opportunities for students to join in-person activities to prepare students for their return to in-person learning. Check-ins will start the week of September 21st.
The temporary transition option was created with the following tenets:
This is a temporary transition option intended to support students in returning to in-person instruction on October 13, November 9, or January 5.
Schools will contact families prior to the above dates to check in advance if a family will be sending their child to return to face to face instruction.
Although some assignments and work will be provided by the school for Option 4 students, the Learning from Home Transition Support is not an on-line teaching and learning program.
Parents selecting this option will need to provide regular educational support and supervision for their children.
Schools will offer some opportunities for students to join in-person activities to prepare students for their return to in-person learning.
students will receive approximately 90 minutes of ‘check-ins’ per week. The purpose of the check-ins is for children to maintain and create a connection to the school and their class.
The Learning from Home transition option will start in the week of September 21.
Students who are Learning from Home will be provided with check-ins from a staff member. The goal of the check-in is to create a connection between the student and school and to encourage transition back to in-person instruction. It is not intended as virtual or distance instruction.
Students may also be provided with the opportunity to come into the school to interact with their class or Learning Group. The goal of these opportunities is to increase the family’s comfort level in having their child return to school for in-person instruction. Details will vary depending on the individual classroom.
Please note that check-ins can be a combination of virtual or in-person opportunities. If your child misses a check-in, teachers and/or staff will not be able to make up the time. Check-ins will be during the instructional day, between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Please do not request a check-in for your child outside of these hours.
We understand that at times, parents will have questions about the assignments and how to complete them. If you are not able to support your child in their learning from home, we encourage you to send your child back to in-person instruction at the next re-entry date. Teachers are not able to conduct individual student check-ins at Maple Grove due to the large percentage of students who have opted for the Learning from Home option.
Teachers may offer opportunities to make connections to classmates who are participating in face to face learning. Please watch for individual classroom teacher communications regarding this matter. It is our collective goal that each student feels comfortable returning in person, and that they have a strong sense of their class community from the onset.
If you have any questions about the Learning at Home Transition support option, please consult the VSB website for details. We thank you for your patience as we prepare the check-in and in-person opportunities which will start this week. We want them to be meaningful and productive for everybody.
Today ends another busy week at Maple Grove. Classes have settled and we’re anxiously awaiting news regarding a move to the new building. While we wait, we are managing moth infestations, murder hornets, wildfire smoke, living in boxes, and a global pandemic. But as our former vice Principal use to say, “We got this!”
Earlier this month, the district asked all schools to survey families regarding their preference for how they would like their child’s schooling delivered. Thank you to our amazing Maple Grove families for being courageous and choosing either Options 1, 2, 3, or 4. The Transition from Home (Option 4) check ins start the week of September 21. We respect and value the choice of all families and recognize that you have made choices that are in the best interests of your family.
To review, the choices were: o Option 1 – Return to in-person instruction in September o Option 2 – Home Schooling o Option 3 – Vancouver Learning Network (Elementary Program) o Option 4 – Temporary Transition Support (Learn from Home Transition option)
Summary information was previously communicated in the August 24-27 survey and again in a September 1st letter. Options 1,2 and 3 have begun for most students.
The Option 4 – Learn from Home Transition Option (listed as Temporary Transition Support in the August 24 survey) that starts next week is an option being provided as a temporary transition for families who are able to support their child’s learning at home, until they are ready to return to in-person instruction.
Students in the transition option will be assigned to an in-person classroom in the school where they are currently enrolled to facilitate their eventual return to school. This space will be held for the duration of the transition period.
In December the District will re-assess this option prior to January to determine if it will continue in the new year. It stands to reason that if Covid-19 numbers continue to rise, and clusters or outbreaks occur in schools that the province may move the district to a different stage of response (we are currently at stage 2).
Families who choose this option will need to provide regular educational support to their child at home.
The success of a child’s learning during the transition period will rely on parents/guardians to ensure their child is engaging with learning and completing assignments.
When considering the transition option parents/guardians should consider the learning needs of their child, their level of independence as a learner and their own availability to provide support.
The amount of support and timing of support for students in the transition option will vary from school to school depending on the number of families that choose this option.
All students in the transition option will be provided with assignments and weekly check-ins by a teacher to support their learning and monitor their progress.
In a typical week, families should anticipate about 1.5 to 2 hours of check-in time with a teacher. This teacher may not be the enrolling teacher of the class to which the student is assigned to eventually attend in-person.
It is important that families understand this is not an on-line learning program, but rather a support and transition option. Check-ins by a teacher with students who begin this school year in the transition option will begin the week of September 21, 2020.
Students with learning designations will continue to have an individualized education plan (IEP) and will receive support from resource teachers and SSA support staff located at their school. School-based resource staff will connect directly with families to discuss needs and support for these learners.
School Supply Fees
Thank you to families who have already paid their fees!
Each year families are asked to pay a small fee to cover all the supplies that are provided to our students. The amount is $35.00. This is a standard fee charged to all students. It is intented is to cover basic supplies that teachers distribute to students. $3.50 per month and this year the fee will be prorated depending on when the child begins attending school in person.
Families who have children currently attending school have already been asked to make this payment on our VSB online payment system: SchoolCashOnline. When signing up for SchoolCashOnline, please do not include the student number and use the child’s usual (preferred) name if they have one.
The instructions are here if you missed the email:
It, by no means, covers the supplies that students use throughout a school year. Schools often do a direct drive campaign to fundraise to purchase specialized materials and resources for students. There will be more information about this later.
If you child forgot their lunch, lunch utensils, water bottle, jacket, etc. You may bring the item(s) to the front steps of the school and place in a blue bin. Make sure you have your child’s name on it!
Health Plans for students with severe allergies or other health conditions.
Care Plans need to be updated annually.
The relevant care plan for medical conditions such as asthma, diabeties, severe allergies etc, should be completed and signed by a child’s parent and physician annually. Care plans should be kept in a safe and accessible place, and staff who work with a student should be familiar with their care plan. This year we ask that the parents be extra vigilant in completing the care plans and reviewing them with their primary care providers. Please be sure to contact the office if you have not informed us of a serious health concern, and if the school should have an epi-pen in an accessible spot for your child and school staff.
Many of the school districts in the Greater Vancouver Area have been receiving inquiries from parents regarding the smoke that has blanketed parts of the lower mainland.
The VSB drafted a letter that all schools are to share with their parent communities. Maple Grove will post the letter here, and send a copy via our SIS MyEd system to all families:
All Vancouver Schools will be open tomorrow, Monday September 14, 2020.
The health and safety of students and staff is the top priority of the Vancouver School District. District staff have been monitoring wildfire smoke projections and health advisories, and will continue to do so. As with all public health matters, the District follows the guidance of Vancouver Coastal Health.
Should the current compromised air quality continue, vigorous activities like planned PE classes outdoors, will not take place. In addition, students who are sensitive to smoke will be allowed to remain indoors during breaks. Exterior windows and doors will also be kept closed.
Please be assured that the District has many COVID-19 health and safety control measures in place including maximizing physical distancing, practising respiratory etiquette, student learning groups, frequent hand hygiene and enhanced cleaning protocols. Families are reminded to complete daily health checks prior to sending children to school.
We look forward to welcoming students to the first full day of classes tomorrow.
Mr. Evans, Principal Ms. Cuccurullo, Vice-Principal
It was nice to see so many familiar faces (many were masked) this past week. I want to take this opportunity to say that we are happy to be welcoming staff and students back to school. (Please note that while schools remain closed to the public- this includes parents- parents may make appointments to enter the school by calling the main office 604-713-5356. We apologize for the inconvenience- but this is a public health order from the BCPHA. I also want to extend that welcome to our families that have chosen Options 2, 3 and 4. Even though, you have chosen an option that works best for your family at this time, we want to acknowledge and welcome all of our families to a new school year.
I also would like to acknowledge that for many in our school community, the past 7 months have been challenging financially, socially and emotionally. I would like to assure you that there is no judgement from the school, and that we are adept and experienced working with families who have been through difficult times.
We have written a lot about H+S matters, PPE and protocols, so this quick blog post will not focus on those matters so much. This week’s post is to update you on an adjustment to our playground and the scheduling of kids.
The school would like to inform all parents that we met with teaching and non-teaching staff regarding our original playground plan. And while we initially carved the playground up into small playing spaces, and scheduled small groups to only play in the small assigned space, we have taken a second look at that system and have realized that it might impractical to implement.
Therefore, in consultation with our Supervision Aides, SSA’s, teaching and non-teaching staff, we are moving to a more normalized playground set up.
We feel confident that for the time being, this new playground set up will allow for distancing on the playground due to our reduced numbers of students attending.
Maple Grove is running at 60%. Instead of 500 students attending, we have about 350 students attending.
The school has closed its driveway at the front of the school AND the staff parking lot in an effort to increase space for students to move, play, and for the flow of student movement on the grounds.
Instead of one RECESS, Maple Grove now has two separate RECESS breaks. Primary students will have their own RECESS and access to the whole playground. The other break is for intermediate students to have the playground to themselves.
In other words, RECESS is staggered.
Lunch breaks will also be separate.
Lunch Break runs from 12:00 to 12:45
Primary students will eat from 12:00 to 12:25 then go outside to play. While Primary students are eating, Intermediate students will get to play on the playground.
12:25 Intermediate students come in to eat; Primaries go out to play.
Lunch ends at 12:47 (same as last year).
Students will get to play: Front of the school- including the flag post area and driveway, the front grass, the Primary Adventure playground, the staff parking lot, the tennis courts, the primary all weather field, and a section of the Magee field.
We will watch and monitor the traffic, distancing and play of students and may make adjustments if we see the need. We follow the BCCDC guidelines and know that cohorts are for the learning environment only and are not applicable for outside areas. Further, we acknowledge that students socialize and that staff are working through safety orientations in these first weeks back and will be discussing with students the need to decrease physical touch outside and be mindful of distancing while on the playground.
Gradual Entry for NEW Kindergarten students
We would like to take a moment to welcome our new Kindergarten families to Maple Grove. The new K’s start their gradual entry to schooling this coming week and we are thrilled to welcome them to the Maple Grove family. We support all families, regardless of their decision to either attend or do the transition to school program, and we are looking forward to a time in the future when we can have all our new K’s in the building at one time. We’re so lucky to have super fantastic, awesome K teachers who know how to work with all students and families to make the start of schooling positive, engaging, fun and memorable.
More to Come
We have hired some new staff, and we will be sharing a lot more school information in Friday’s regular blog post. For now, please know that we got this! Have an enjoyable weekend.
In addition, we hope to have our weekly blog sections up and posting as per normal by next week.
Thank you everyone! It’s been a very different start to the school year… but as we know… we will all get through this by, “being safe, caring and kind.”
On a separate note, thank you for your ongoing support for the students and staff at the school. We truly appreciate it. We hope you received the September Restart Plan (Draft) earlier today. Thank you for being patient while the Provincial Health Authority and Ministry of Education worked with school districts and schools to provide guidelines for Health + Safety for students and staff. It is our intention to review these guidelines with students and staff next week.
This morning Maple Grove Student Records sent parents an email asking parents to indicate whether they would be coming back to school for “face-to-face” learning or Transitional Remote learning.
We graciously request that we receive a response for each child in attendance at Maple Grove. Otherwise, we will have to spend valuable time tracking down families for a response.
The Deadline to complete the Form is Thursday, Sept 3rd at 8 PM
We will collate responses after that time. The results will help shape some of the features of the features of the Maple Grove Restart Plan. It is our hope to get DRAFT details of that plan to you this weekend. And then finalize the plan early next week.
For now, please know:
Schools remain closed to the public. Only authorized personnel and student are allowed into the building. This is to reduce adult contacts. This applies to parents as well. In other words, parents are not allowed in the building. If you need access to the school, please make an appointment with the office 604-713-5356.
Adults must wear a mask in common areas (office, hallways, library, etc) or if they cannot physically distance.
Adults must sanitize their hands prior to entering the building.
Gr. 6/7 students must wear a mask in common areas of the school, or when they can not physically distance. K-5 students may wear a mask if they like, but it is not required.
Students must wash their hands upon entering the school and leaving the school in the morning, at recess, at lunch, and at the end of the day
School closes at 3 pm for disinfecting and cleaning.
School will have assigned am and pm meeting areas for students to gather and specific entrances and exits to use. This is to limit physical contacts.
School will have a staggered Recess and staggered Lunch with Primary students eating first, while intermediates play, and then primaries playing while intermediate students eat lunch. Students will eat lunch in their classrooms. Supervision Aides and SSA’s will provide supervision.
Cohorts are basically the class or division. While some classes may informally have a cohort of up to 60, we want our classes and exposures to minimize contacts.
Classes will be outside as much as possible… this may mean visits to Maple Grove Park, the Greenway, neighbourhood walks, etc. Fresh air is a good thing before the winter months set in.
SCHEDULE -FIRST WEEK BACK
Sept 8 No School for students Staff meeting and planning Staff H+S orientations
Sept 9 No School for students Staff meeting and planning Teachers contact returning families and share teacher info and meeting locations
Sept 10 School in session 9:00 to 11:30 am only (H+S orientation for students) Students with the LAST NAME A to L attend only Students bring a snack
Sept 11 School in session 9:00 to 11:30 am only (H+S orientation for students) Students with the LAST NAME M to Z attend only Students bring a snack
Sept 14 First day of classes for gr 1-7 K Gradual entry starts
Sept 21 Transitional Learning Option starts
Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are working on getting our Maple Grove September Restart Plan to you as soon as possible. We are receiving information updates from the MoE and district as we speak. In addition, we are awaiting our survey information to help with school planning and to determine who will be in attendance for face-to-face instruction and who will be working remotely for the first little while.
Please know that we’re working hard to get information to you asap. We have two quick items at the moment: Complete the previously sent survey, and when we plan to send details of the Maple Grove Restart Plan
Firstly, last week the district sent all public school parents a letter outlining 4 learning options and a survey to complete. It is only an expression of interest, it’s not a commitment or registration process.
The district is collating the survey results and will share the numbers with schools to assist us with our planning. Right now we have no idea how many students are planning to return or continue with online/ remote learning.
We want to remind all families that the deadline to submit the survey is by 4:00pm today, and that it would be helpful to the school to have a high response rate so that we don’t have to spend time calling families on Monday/Tuesday asking what their preference may be.
Secondly, we have been busy working on the MG Restart Plan. While it may be similar to June’s plan, its very thorough and contains important information for families. It’s important to know that school will not be the same as it was when students left for spring break. There are a lot of safety protocols that have been put in place to ensure distancing, hygiene and personal safety. Even something as simple as sharing a book or iPad is not happening due to health protocols.
We will be the MG Restart Plan the week of August 31st. Once you have received the plan, if you have questions, you may contact Ms. Cuccurullo email@example.com
Thank you for your ongoing support for Maple Grove, we are looking forward to the new school year.
We are looking forward to welcoming new and returning families back to Maple Grove for the 2020-2021 school year. School will look different for those families who have not been in attendance since March 13, 2020. Under the Provincial Health Authority and Ministry of Education guidelines for Covid-19, school districts developed restart plans back in June and revised restart plans presently. By now you should have received a letter from the Vancouver School Board that outlines the district restart plan. More details will be emailed and posted soon.
We have a lot of information to consider for restarting Maple Grove and we are working hard to ensure that it will be a safe restart for all persons in attendance. Additionally, as move from generalities to specifics for school restart and what that will look like at Maple Grove, we will share the information with you in a timely manner.
Suzanne Hoffman, Superintendent of Schools, emailed all parents of students attending Vancouver schools a copy of the proposed district restart plan on August 19th. If you have not seen a copy of the letter CLICK HERE.
In addition to the letter, the VSB has released a series of videos that explain in greater detail the reopening of schools and the health and safety guidelines. Click here to watch the videos: Videos from VSB
You will be receiving more information in the coming weeks regarding school reopening and what it may look like for our students, staff and families.
On that note, on Wednesday, August 19th Maple Grove and Cavell school communities received an email letter (see below) drafted by district staff and sent by school admin to the two parent communities. The essence of the email/ letter was to share with our communities that, while the contractors are close to finishing the new school, the plan will be to finish up/ tidy up/ prepare the school for occupancy and continue with the typical deficiency checks so that our move into the new school is not rushed or unsafe.
Personally, your admin team likes this plan as it may buy time for the school to slowly and thoughtfully move into the new building, while being mindful of distancing and spatial constraints. We like to proceed in purposeful and planned ways and we are working closely with the DMT, VPO, and VSB Material Services to ensure that our transition is smooth and safe.
Let me assure you that the province, district and school are working to ensure that Maple Grove has a safe and secure reopening plan and process in place that will, not only be applicable for September, but will be robust enough to carry into the fall/winter term and then throughout the school year. The letter states that the move will take place in the fall 2020.
Thank you for your patience. We will be in touch shortly.
Peter Evans, Principal Lia Cuccurullo, Vice Principal
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That was some year!!!! I’ve never experienced anything like it in my lifetime. I would like to thank the students, parents, staff and district staff for all their support for our school. During these unprecedented times, we really did need to be safe, calm and kind (Thank you Dr. Henry). Maple Grove was very cautious and purposeful in our approach to following provincial Orders from both the Provincial Health Officer (PHO, Dr. Bonnie Henry) and the Minister of Education (Rob Fleming). In addition, our DMT and SMT staff truly assisted all schools in understanding and approaching March – June with a clear, purposeful, safe and robust plan for delivering online and face-to-face (F2F) teaching and learning.
Of the approximately 500 students attending Maple Grove, we had about 10% of the students return for F2F instruction. The remainder of students participated in online learning.
I can’t help but feel that a lot of things were left undone. The absence of students was strange and uncomfortable… after all, most of us go into this business because we enjoy working with youth and look forward to the opportunities to engage with our students. However, this one is in the books. Like it, or not; and we turn our sights to a restful and relaxing summer- and eventually what September will bring (meaning Covid and where our province and district stand regarding their phases or stages for restart).
When we, at the school level, know what’s happening, we will share that information with you. Right now, we know nothing. It’s simply too early to predict where our province will be by the middle/end of August. Please know that our first day back will be September 8th. We’re presently scheduled to be in the new building, but there’s still work to do over the summer to get us into the new building. The movers have been in all week and the existing Maple Grove looks like a construction zone.
Please know that we will be reaching out to you around the 3rd week of August with information on the September start up. Please also know that due to the moving, personnel in the building, and covid regulations, our office is closed for the summer and we will not be answering messages until late August.
Please have a restful, safe and enjoyable summer. Relax, recharge and rejuvenate in beautiful BC as we enjoy local holidays this year as we honour physical distancing and limiting our travel circles.
Thank you everyone for all of your patience and understanding throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you in September (online or F2F) as long as we get to see you.