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Return to School Plans (For September 2020-21)

Welcome back families.   Below is a selection of information that will help with back to school return for students and families.  
We are currently planning for Stage 2 (100% density targets for Elementary) 
K-12 Education Goal: Maximize in-class instruction for all students by implementing Stage 2 COVID-19 safety measures
On March 17, 2020 the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) identified a pandemic risk to the province and declared a public health emergency and a provincial state of emergency related to the international spread of the Coronavirus-2019. The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the PHO, has directed school districts to “begin the new school year with the goal to maximize in-class instruction for all students” under Stage 2 of the K-12 Education Restart Plan by “implementing a comprehensive suite of COVID-19 safety measures” and maintaining these foundational principles:
  • Maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students, families and staff.
  • Provide the services needed to support the children of our essential workers (ESWs).
  • Support vulnerable students who may need special assistance.
  • Provide continuity of educational opportunity for all students.
Staff will be back in the building getting prepared for Stage 2 full return for students.  We will be:
  • building student Learning Cohorts,
  • practice working within our COVID exposure safety plan
  • prepare classrooms and learning activities for a full student return on September 10th with students. 
Please note that on Wednesday September 9th we will be communicating out student placements for the 2020/21 school year.  You will hear from us on Wednesday with your childs' placement and teacher.  As you can imagine this is a very complicated process, and not only do we have the public health guiltiness to uphold, we also have language that guides our placement practice.   Some families have sent in their class placement considerations in response to my letter last June.  Unless there is a significant change over the Summer, please do not resubmit class placement recommendations.  
Who will be my child's teacher?
  • On Wednesday, September 9th we will communicate Learning Cohorts and class placements, so students (and parents) will know where to go on Thursday morning. 
What happens on Sept. 10th, the first day of school?
  • Staggered arrival times - Please time your child's arrival as close to their staggered time as possible to minimize traffic and enable social distancing during drop off and pick up.
  • Students will access the building at their external classroom doors, supervised by their teacher as they arrive and exit the school and between activities.   * We are currently working on staggered arrival and departure times.  The final result might vary to ensure instructional minuets are met in response to bussing schedules.

    Staggered Arrival Times                                            Staggered Dismissal Times

    8:25     Bus Students *                                                  2:23     Bus Students *

    8:30     Students  in alpha sort (A-F and M-S)              2:28     Students  in alpha sort (A-F and M-S)

    8:35     Students in alpha sort (G-L and T-Z)                2:33     Students in alpha sort (G-L and T-Z)

  • Upon arrival children will go to their exterior classroom doors.  These will be clear and labeled for easy identification.  
  • Parents or caregiver waiting with children must maintain 2m physical distance from other children and adults
  • Teachers will be waiting to meet their students at their external classroom doors
  • Please remind children to:
    • Avoid physical contact with learning group peers
    • Maintain 2m physical distance from others
  • Classes will enter into the building and exit at their designated doors
  • School Staff will be at the bus loop and front of the school to help direct children to their classroom
What will learning look like?
  • Your child's first day starts with a warm welcome and check-in activities
  • Lots of learning will happen outside
  • Safety orientation lessons will include:
    • Hand washing
    • Washroom routines 
    • Recess/Lunch routines
    • Arrival/Dismissal routines
    • What to do if a child feel sick
    • Keeping our hands to ourselves
    • Not sharing our things or food
    • What is 2m Physical Distance?
How should I prepare my child?
  • Be positive and optimistic that your child will have fun and be safe!
  • Explain the morning routine and Arrival Zone where they will stay while waiting for their teacher
  • Discuss the importance of the daily health check
  • Practice hand washing for 20 secs at home
  • Model 2m physical distancing
  • Explain the importance of not sharing our belongings
  • Remind your child not to touch other students or teachers in their class (reduce physical contact)
  • Practice "Air High Fives" - Act out a "high five"  while 2m distance from someone
  • Make a plan for the end of the day:
    • Bring home all your belongings 
    • Walk home
    • Bike home
    • I will meet you near your Arrival/Dismissal zone (see the school map above)
    • I will be parked in the parking lot and will wait for you in the car
    • Your (older brother/sister) will meet you near your Arrival/Dismissal Zone
What should my child bring on the first day of school?
  • Morning snack
  • Recess snack
  • Lunch
  • Waterbottle (filled with water)
  • Indoor shoes
  • Rain jacket (if it might rain)
  • Rain boots (if it might rain)
  • Warm sweater or other warm jacket
  • Hat for sun or rain 
  • Change of clothes (younger students)

In aims to help us build balanced classes, we would like to ask you to please fill out this google form before the end of the day on September 7th


On our website, you can also find some orientation videos and a short school tour.  We enjoyed seeing some of the videos that you have sent in to us as well.


Below is a timeline for our Kindergarten orientation into full day in-class learning: 


September 7th

Parents, please fill out your “getting to know me” google form linked above.  This will help us in our process to build our classes for the school year. 


September 8Th and 9Th

Teachers work to build classes.  In the afternoon on September 9th, your teachers will communicate with you to set up an interview time.  These interviews will take place during the day on either the 11th 14th and 15th.      


September 10th 

Teachers will be welcoming in the grade 1 students and getting them acquainted to class structures and routines.   There will be no activities for Kindergarten students on this day.


September 11th, 14th and 15th

Individual interviews will take place for K students, parents and teachers.   These will be approximately 25min long. 

  • Mr. B – will hold his interviews on Friday the 11th
  • Mrs. McCance – will hold her interviews on Monday the 14th
  • Ms. Liza -  will hold her interviews on Tuesday the 15th


Please understand that during the day our Grade 1 students will still be onsite.  In order to free up space during the instructional day for individual K interviews and learning meetings, our team needs to blend our grade 1 students in collaborative activities within our learning cohort (ie while Mr. B is one on one with Kindergarten parents and students, Mrs. McCance will be working with his grade 1 students).   We as a team feel that an increased interview time during COVID and all the uncertainty is a better fit for our families and will have a greater impact for a positive start for our students. 


September 16th

Kindergarten Students will come for a half day to their class from 9:00am-11:15am

  • There will be no bus services for Kindergarten students on this day.


September 17th

Kindergarten students are in session for a full day learning with their K/1 class.  


On behalf of the committed MPE team, we are all looking forward to meeting your Kindergarten students.  We know the gradual entry provides many extra challenges for parents, so we appreciate your support with this to create a soft, and comfortable transition into Kindergarten for your kids. 




Jeff Maynard / Principal / Myrtle Philip Community School

School District No. 48 (Sea to Sky) | | Cell: (604) 698-8003


We are honoured to be learning on the Traditional Territory of the Sḵwxwú7meshÚxwumixw and St’át’yemc Nations


Health Check everyday before arriving at school:
  • Every child and every adult who goes to school must do a daily health check
    • Stay home if sick
    • Keep children home if they are ill or show signs of illness
  • Playgrounds are closed for morning arrival
  • Students must:
    • go directly to their class Arrival/Dismissal zone upon arrival
    • wait at their zone for their teacher
    • follow their teacher and enter the building through the school door assigned to their class
  • Students must stay 2m physical distance from anyone not in their Learning Group
  • Parents and caregivers stay outside, may wait with children at their designated Arrival/Dismissal zone, must avoid congregating and maintain 2 metre physical distancing from others
  • Time your child's arrival as close to the 8:45am morning bell as possible
  • Please do not send your child to school early

To achieve maximum in-class instruction for September, all students at MPE are organized into diverse Learning Group cohorts (Learning Groups). This will reduce the number of people each student or staff member comes into contact with, thereby reducing the risk of transmission and ensuring quicker contact tracing by health authorities. We will strive to minimize the number of different staff members that interact with groups of students throughout the day as much as possible while continuing to support learning and a positive, healthy and safe environment. There are no additional cleaning or disinfecting procedures required beyond those that are normally implemented when Learning Groups are reorganized or when different Learning Groups use the same space.


A Learning Group is a group of students and staff who remain together throughout the school quarter, semester or year and who primarily interact with each other, and are outlined in the graph below.


• Please see the SD48 Learning Group cohort infographic for more detailed information regarding Learning Groups


Proposed Learning Cohort Configuration




Student total*

Prep Teachers

LST/ELL Support


1, 2


56 or less  

Teacher A




3, 4


56 or less 

Teacher A




5, 6


53 or less

Teacher B




7, 8


45 or less

Teacher B




9, 10,


45 or less

Teacher B




11, 12, 13


60 or less

Teacher B








Staggered Arrival

8:25, 8:30, 8:35am 

No bell in morning


Starts at 8:25am when bus arrive

10:00 - 10:10


Short Recess

10 min of play time

A, C, E,

4 EA’s and Principal out on Supervision.


3 cohort play areas


Prim Playground  (Cohorts E&F)


Intermediate (Cohort C&D)


Field (cohort A&B)

10:15 - 10:25

B, D, F

11:50 - 12:20       


Lunch Recess

30 min f play time 20 min for eating (12:20-12:40)

A, C, E,

12:40 - 1:10

B, D, F

Staggered Departure:

2:23, 2:28, 2:33pm



EAs and Admin supervision during short-recess and lunch-recess play times.

Teachers dismiss their class to outside recess times with no bell. Bell will be used to return to class.

Self Monitoring:
  • Anyone who is sick will not be allowed in school. Students and staff stay home if symptomatic.
  • Any student or staff who has symptoms of COVID-19 OR has travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days OR was identified as a close contact of a confirmed case or outbreak must stay home and self-isolate, including children of essential service workers.
  • Daily assessment of children for symptoms is the responsibility of parents/caregivers.
  • Staff will self-assess daily.
Parents’ Daily screenings questions:
  • Does your child have the symptoms of a common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease?
  • Has your child been outside Canada in the last 14 days?
  • Has your child been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case or outbreak?
  • If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you must keep your child at home, self-isolate, and seek care from a health-care provider
  • For guidance on symptoms, even allergies or common cold, call 811.
  • To self assess, refer to this link for important information:
Hygiene, Safety Routines and Procedures
  • Take all personal items home, including personal learning resources not currently being used by students
  • Food or drink sharing is not permitted
  • Limit toys and other learning materials to those that can be easily cleaned and used with safe distance in mind
  • Wearing non-medical masks will be required by staff in situations when unable to maintain physical distance, and outside of assigned learning cohorts. Masks will be made available. Elementary students are not required to wear masks.
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, dispose of any tissues used and immediately wash your hands
Physical distancing:
  • staff are trained to physically distance outside of their Learning Group cohorts
  • students are taught to physically distance themselves from students outside their Learning Group cohorts within the school and outside of the school during recess and lunch etc..
Frequent hand washing
  • A minimum of 20-second soap and water hand washing while in the building, following these protocols:
    • before leaving home and upon arrival at school
    • after using the washroom
    • after breaks and sporting activities
    • before food preparation
    • before eating any food, including snacks
    • before leaving school
  • where sinks are not readily available, use hand sanitizer provided
  • A schedule will be established for cleaning and disinfecting of each premise daily and high touch surfaces at twice daily  by custodial staff
  • Non-toxic disinfectant is readily available to disinfect high-touch surfaces between use and between changes in activity (keyboards, devices, copiers, table tops)
  • Leave doors propped open where possible, use elbow/sleeve to open and close doors
  • Appliances can be shared but are considered high touch services;
  • Paper hand towels rather than hand dryers are provided;
  • Garbage, recycling, and composting containers are emptied daily;
Compassionate Learning Communities - Trauma Informed Practice
At MPE continuing with this focus is paramount to the transition back to school and strengthening our capacity to assist children, staff and the school community.  As compassionate educators, the following strategies will be applied as much as possible:
  • Daily check-ins through circle and other inclusive measures that honour student voice and First Nations Peoples Principles of Learning
  • Acknowledging coping strategies by weaving social/emotional wellness into literacy (speaking, writing, reflecting, sharing) and other curricular areas;
  • Supporting student agency and fostering resilience by integrating the 4-Blankets of Resilience, Digital Portfolios (MAP), and student self-assessment across the curriculum and within the context of continuous reporting;
  • Supporting independence; (i.e. modelling for children, not doing for children);
  • Minimizing additional stress or trauma by addressing emergent needs as well as the needs of vulnerable students.
The SD48 Education Plan: Pathways to Learning has a drop down menu where student e-folios, the MAP and The Four Blankets are described.  
Mental Health Supports

MPE staff will monitor and support each student’s mental health and well-being daily.  Concerns will be brought to the attention of the School Base Team (Counsellor, Learning Support, Principal) to plan a collaborative response and intervention as needed.  


We also care about our Parents.  Please let us know if COVID has made challenges for you as well.  We remain committed to helping families with food security and mental wellbeing during these challenging times.  We are here to help. 

Like all Public Schools in BC, we take our direction from the PHO.  


At MPE and in SD48 we currently planning to be able to pivot at the call of the PHO if cases climb and we are directed to move from stage 2 return (100% density targets) to stage 3 return (50% density targets).  Plans are being put into place to ensure we are able to deliver continuous education to all students in light of changes in the Province.   IF our PHO does make the call to transition schools from Stage 2 into Stage 3 or Stage 4, we will be ready and able to do so quickly and efficiently to ensure our students and families continue to receive excellent support.