Return to In-Class Instruction

Dear Families,

Thank you for your patience as you have waited for our return to in-class instruction plan.  We hope that you and your family are safe and healthy during this time.  We have missed our students being at school and are looking forward to their return.

Remote learning will continue for all students until June 25th, however, schools will also be offering in-class learning, beginning on June 1st. In class learning is optional and the decision of each family.  We will continue to support students whether at home or as we welcome them back to school.  To assist us with our planning, your child’s classroom teacher will send you a survey today about whether or not your child(ren) is returning to in-class instruction.  Please complete the survey by Wednesday May 27th.

The model for instruction is guided by two key priorities:

  1. Schools will adhere to provincial and district health and safety protocols; and
  2. In their planning, schools will use the provincial protocols to limit gatherings, transitions of students and to support physical distancing.

We have composed an A/B class structure that considers composition factors such as: family/siblings on the same day, class composition, unique learning and support needs, etc. If your child is attending in-class learning, please send your child to school on his/her designated day as we cannot exceed the 50% density maximum for K-5 and 20% density maximum for grade 6/7 on any instructional day.

Monday: K-6 Group A and the children of Essential Service Workers (ESW)
Tuesday: K-6 Group B and the children of ESW
Wednesday: Deep Cleaning Day and the children of ESW
Thursday: K-7 Group A (no grade 6’s) and the children of ESW
Friday: K-7 Group B (no grade 6’s) and the children of ESW

*Our grade 5/6 and grade 6/7 class are considered community of learners; therefore we are not splitting these classes by grade level. Instead, the grade 5/6  class will be split into group A/B and will have the option of coming Monday and Thursday or Tuesday Friday.  The grade 6/7 class will be split into an A/B group and will attend Monday or Tuesday.

Ensuring Safety:

1.What is the District Safety Plan?  Click on safety plan  and go to https://www.surreyschools.ca/covid19/

2. Following the Surrey School District health and safety plan, we must request all parents refrain from entering the classrooms or school, unless it is necesssary. So this means:

  • There is no dropping off lunches – please send your child to school with a recess snack and lunch.
  • Parents who typically walk their child to school and wait with him/her in the classroom lineup are asked to park their vehicles, walk their child to his/her classroom door and after they see their child has safely entered the class, the parent can leave.  Please read below about our soft start plan (no more waiting in line ups outside the classroom doors).

FAQ’s

1. Bell Schedule and what will recess and lunch look like?

  • Our bell schedule will remain the same.
  • We will have indoor recess and lunch hours – students will be supervised at recess and at lunch (as they have been all year).  Teachers will follow our regular supervisions schedule at recess – to ensure students are physically distancing as they eat snacks and play.  At lunch the students will play in the class and our regular noon hour supervisors will supervise as they would on an indoor day.
  • Students can bring their own toys from home to play with during lunch.
  • So when do students go outside? Teachers will sign up for a spot to take their class outside (this may happen more than once a day – recess and lunch). We will create a schedule where teachers can sign up their class to play in a particular zone (gym, playground, or field).  On this schedule teachers will need to indicate number of students they have that day playing in this zone.  More than one class can sign up for a zone  – as long as the count does not go over 50.

3. Will we have a staggered start and end time of day?

  • Start and end time for the day will be the same (classes in session at 8:35 am, school ends at 2:27 pm)
  • We will have a soft start in the morning. Teachers will have their outside classroom doors open from 8:15 – 8:35 am.
  • Parents of primary students (K-3) will walk their children to class and leave. For those classes that are upstairs in the new wing, there are 5 different entrances on the main floor in which students can enter and head upstairs to their classes.
  • A soft start like this will allow students to come in and wash their hands and get settled. This will also support physical distancing before school.
  • After school: primary parents can come to the classroom door from 2:25 – 2:45 pm to pick up their child. Once the teacher sees the parent, the teacher will dismiss the child to the parent.  Intermediate students will be dismissed at 2:27 pm (no waiting for parent pick up at the door).

4. Will the school playground be open before and after school?

  • Playground equipment will not be available before and after school.  We will be opening our playgrounds for school use only (during school hours) from 8:35 am to 2:27 pm.

 If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school or email Ms. Chohan.

Sincerely,

Ms. Chohan

 

May 25, 2020

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Please see this video message for parents, students and staff regarding ongoing preparations leading up to next week’s return to optional in-class instruction.

What can you expect in the coming days? Likely two things, says Supt. Jordan Tinney:

  • A timetable for your school, likely with alternating days Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday for elementary and, for secondary, a schedule where your child can receive direct support from their teacher on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • A survey asking you if you are certain that your child will not be attending school. We need to know this information because we are planning for all children and if students don’t arrive at school, we will be phoning home as part of our safe arrival programs and we don’t want to make unnecessary calls. We also need to know how many students will be attending so we can plan for bussing.

 

“All along we’ve been talking about slowly and steadily, we’ll get there,” says Tinney. “This week, teachers are preparing and doing their orientations to a whole new look and feel to school for them. Next week, when parents arrive, you’ll also encounter new routines and we will need your patience and support.

“We have never done this before, and so we’re all learning together.”

The video, as well as full written transcripts of the superintendent’s message in English, Punjabi and Chinese are available at https://www.surreyschools.ca/covid19, where you can also find other helpful information and resources.

Thank you.

Ready, Set, Learn

downloadTypically at this time of the year, our school hosts Ready, Set, Learn to support three and four year olds in our community. Ready, Set, Learn is about fostering positive connections between families, the school system and local community agencies. As a result of Covid 19, we are unable to facilitate Ready, Set, Learn. In light of this, our District has developed a website called surreyschoolsone.ca that provides parents with activities to support learning at home. It has also provided some activities, resources and a list of community partners you may find helpful. Please see the list of ideas below:

Literacy Activities:

Numeracy Activities:

Social Emotional Learning Activities:

Other Videos:

Mrs. Mac (StrongStart Teacher) – Makes Playdough   – (Playdough Recipe)

Monique Grey Smith – You Hold me Up

Charlotte Diamond – Wash your Hands

Community Partners that are providing virtual learning opportunities:

May 14, 2020

Dear Pacific Heights families,

I hope you are continuing to be well in these very different times.  Here at school we continue to  plan and look ahead to next year.  In that spirit, it is my pleasure to welcome Mr. Stephen Hardy to the Pacific Heights community.  Mr. Hardy will be the principal of Pacific Heights as of July 1st, 2020.   I know based on my experiences working with Mr. Hardy, that he is a thoughtful and kind person.  He is a curricular leader with a student centered focus.  He is a great fit for Pacific Heights. Please read his message below:

Hello Pacific Heights Community,

hardyMy name is Stephen Hardy and I have the great privilege of having been appointed Principal of Pacific Heights starting July 1. I am both excited and honoured by the opportunity to be part of such a great school. A little bit about me. With the exception of 2 years at SFU as a Faculty Associate and 3 years as Principal of an independent school, I have been an educator in Surrey since 1992. For the past 5 years, I have worked as a District Principal in Human Resources and while I have enjoyed working at the District level, I welcome the chance to return to school-based work. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about the Pacific Heights community and look forward to meeting you all.

Sincerely,

Mr. S. Hardy