Our start up this year has gone as planned but it’s not the regular year start up we’re used to. I have to say that students and parents are all doing surprisingly well given all the changes, and we’d like to express our thanks for the supportive messages and thoughts that have been sent our way. If you’re like many in allergy season, there is the question about how to handle that dilemma about the symptoms showing similarly to some COVID symptoms. I’ll paste below here what our school division is emphasizing and encourage you to call the office at our school if you have questions we can help answer.
Students with Allergies
We have been told our local Medical Health Officer that at the beginning of the school year, if a student displays the symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as listed in the COVID-19 Protocols for AP-432 Illness in Care, all steps in the policy should be followed beginning with the child staying at home, or if the child is at school, parents being contacted to pick up their child, and instructed to call 811 and follow the directions of the Health Officials.
The Health Official at 811 will ask the parent questions about their child’s symptoms, health history, recent activity, etc. to determine if testing is required. At times, parents may be communicating back to the school that 811 recommended their child did not need to be tested. This is not in contradiction with what we have been told by our MHO, as our instructions to parents should be consistent with “Call 811 and follow the directions of the Health Officials.”
If those steps are followed and when the student is cleared to return to school, please contact the school office first. Thank you again for your help.
We’ve added a quick link to the ONLINE SCREENING TOOL on our homepage here for your convenience.
Safe Schools Plans were uploaded today to school sites as they are completed. I’ve created a tab above for the webpage that will be used for any updates or other items related to our work on this part of the in-school education at Hanley.
Once again, thank you for your support as we all work through this together. The emails and phone calls we’ve all received have been totally appreciated. We want the best for your children as you do and that includes their safety as much as their education.
Schools in the PSSD will start the first week of school with a “Soft Start” in efforts to help students and staff get used to some of the new routines in the school and classrooms. We have worked with Dundurn Elementary to make an alphabetical split that can be arranged for both schools and be similar for families. In the case of any student family members with different last names that cause a conflict, please contact your homeroom teacher to arrange.
Tuesday and Thursday, Sept 8 and 10, students in Hanley School with last names starting in letter A through K can attend school.
Wednesday and Friday, Sept 9 and 11, students in Hanley School with last names starting in letter L through Z can attend school.
Also for your information, Safe School plans are being reviewed by PSSD this week and then I will post those details on our school webpage by the end of the week.
Lastly today – with families making decisions about what’s best for their students and variety of in-school attendance or Spirit eLearning options, there will be some class adjustments happen in the next couple weeks to keep class sizes similar for splits, etc. Thanks for your support as we adjust and change with current information.
After a not-regular end to last school year, we’re moving ahead with plans for classes starting on September 1. Parents, please continue to check your email on file with the school for further updates and information details about new policies and practices that we’re putting into place to help keep all our students and our staff safe and healthy.
As always, I look forward to working with you all this year and also to the next time we can talk, although it might have to be through a mask. Please enjoy the rest of the summer days ahead of us all and we’ll see you soon.
Hello Hanley School Parents and Students. The events of the last couple weeks really are something new for all of us to deal with and make adjustments for going ahead with education this year. Please know that we are in the planning process for going ahead with the supplemental learning as described in Friday’s email to families from Prairie Spirit School Division. You can access it again here at the following link:
March 30 will have our school staff connecting as a group online to discuss what that looks like and how best to support our Sabers families at home with our students. That may look different at each home based on your needs and abilities and your resources. There will be some degrees of uncertainty on all of our parts at some point in the next few weeks and months but we will be doing everything we can to help with clarity there.
Starting Tuesday, school staff will reach out to make contact with our school families to check in and emphasize that we are here to support families – students AND parents. We’re looking forward to connecting with you in the upcoming days and weeks and checking how you’re doing. Every K-9 student will progress to the next grade and every grade 10-12 student already enrolled in a subject will receive that credit. All students will have opportunity to increase their understanding of the course content within the remaining time of this school year and high school students will also have an opportunity to improve their current mark. Teachers will connect with each home to discuss how that will look. What we can all be sure about this spring is that learning is everywhere and it will look very different than it does in a classroom.
As a line in the Supplemental Learning Plan states, we will “Continue to learn, connect and grow together!’
Details of the Provincial Government’s Monday morning announcement to the province about plans to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to suspend school classes beginning March 20 are included in the following:
With the “winding down” of classes this week from March 17-19, the understanding is “This means that parents who are able to keep children home should do so immediately, with no absence or grade impacts. Parents with limited childcare options have a window to plan for class suspensions.” This is in the spirit of ‘flattening the curve’ and decreasing the risk of COVID-19 from spreading. If childcare or medical response needs to be arranged, they have three days to try and put that together.
We will continue to support our students and community as we progress through these uncertain times. Please know that as we move forward through this process you will continue to get information wit updates from Prairie Spirit School Division as it becomes available.
I’m a little late getting this out this week – my apologies for that. It feels like we’re already getting started on a busy spring and the weather seems to be cooperating with that I’m happy to say! I think our Cold Cats club has now been able to hang up our Really Cold Weather gear and we’re going to recognize two students who went out and had fun in the cold no matter how chilly those days got – and we really did have a couple doozies that dipped below minus 40. I do believe that it’s been a good practice we started a few years ago and I know the kids that do come outside with me have big smiles on their faces as they slide and run around and stay warm. With March starting after this weekend, I assume we’ll have continuing warmer weather ahead.
Just a reminder about the Saskatchewan Rush presentation on Monday – a player from the team will be in the school talking about proper online use. They’ll be offering ticket vouchers for a future game as well! We also will highlight the game in March we emailed about a few weeks ago – There are seats set aside for sale online that a portion of the ticket purchase goes to our school as a fundraiser.
March will again bring with it a busy schedule of days including the spring Tri-Conferences taking place the nights of March 18th (5-7:30pm) and March 19th (3:30-6pm). As always it’s a great time to come to the school with your student and celebrate the great learning they’re doing. Please call the school to book your interview if you haven’t already done so. Another reminder also that with the two evenings of interviews here there is no school then on Friday, March 20th. K-9 report cards will be coming home March 12th. The next 10-12 report cards go home in April.
Our grade 6-12 school Ski Trip scheduled to Table Mountain is Thursday, March 26th. It’s a great day for the students and we look forward to seeing them all on the hill.
Our grade 12s are finishing their second week of Career Work Experience today. It’s a great opportunity to try a career on for size and see if it’s what they were looking for. Many times in previous years those placements have turned into part time jobs or career opportunities for the future as well as chances to start an apprenticeship. At minimum it’s a great chance for them to get a 30 level credit.
For those students planning on pursuing a trades career and looking to apprentice with a tradesperson, the Youth Apprenticeship Program is a simple program to complete for a step ahead of other apprentices. We’ve also helped send students in past summers to a Summer Youth internship in a trades area where they receive very good pay and up to 2 apprenticeship credits on their transcripts. See Mr. Tucker for further information for either program as we had a presentation this week regarding all of this and I’ve now signed up another seven students to work towards completing the program.
Badminton has started up for both juniors and seniors – playoffs are in April so it will be a short season. See Mr. Tucker and Mr. Tyndall to sign up! Our annual Knight to Remember evening isn’t taking place this year in the way it has in past years – the explanation I’ve been given has to do with the Coronavirus across the world that has closed down some warehouses and factories overseas and has effected the availability of those promotional supplies. We instead will create our own version of that same fun badminton evening and hold it on March 19 after school during Tri-Conferences. It will end at 6:00pm and we’ll be asking for sign up next week.
Drama performances will be taking place in April but the Drama club has been practicing and learning lines and performance details for weeks already. I’m sure it will once again be an amazing show!
Well, that’s all for now. For further information and updates from the students and classrooms, check out our school website at http://blogs.spiritsd.ca/hanley/. As always, Mr. Anderson and I would love to talk to you if you have time to drop by the office or give us a call. Take care and I’ll talk to you soon.
Hanley School SRC is selling pink shirts and hoodies for Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, Feb 26th to recognize and celebrate inclusion. The sales of these shirts will also support SRC school programs that foster support and self-esteem. Shirts are on sale for $10 and hoodies for $25.