June 30, 2020
Dear SVRSS Students, Parents and Guardians
I want to thank you for the continued support as we have navigated the pandemic this spring. This has not been easy on you, your children nor the SVRSS staff but we persevered. Below I have included some of the important notes that will help your family prepare for this next academic year.
June Report Cards:
Report cards can be picked up Thursday and Friday July 2nd and 3rd from the SVRSS main office. If report cards are not picked up by next Friday July 3rd they will be mailed on July 6th.
Returning outstanding textbooks and devices:
Outstanding textbooks and devices can be returned to the SVRSS until July 17th, office hours will be from 8-4 daily. After July 17th please deliver these items to the SVSD office which will be open 8:00-3:30 (closed for lunch) Monday-Thursday each week over the summer.
Outstanding Recovery Work:
Recovery learning packages will be included in some students’ report card for those students who were not able to complete them over the past 13 weeks. This completed work can be returned to the school in the fall to be assessed. If you would like to pursue further studies this summer please go to www.informnet.mb.ca to register in a summer class if you need to retake a class.
Copies of grad pictures and the grad video can be picked up from the main office until July 17th. Office hours will be from 8 to 4 until July 17th. If not collected at this time they will be mailed on July 20th. Any outstanding grad gowns and white v-stoles can be returned during the above mentioned times.
The 2020 – 2021 School Year:
The SVRSS main office will reopen on Monday August 24. Schools will reopen for teachers on September 2nd and on September 3rd for EA staff with new and Grade 9 students beginning with us on Tuesday September 8th, all other students will return Wednesday, September 9th, 2020.
While Manitoba is targeting a return to in-class learning for all in the fall, school divisions and schools have been asked to prepare a re-opening plan for different public health scenarios as follows:
1. In-class learning resumes for all, with near normal conditions.
2. In-class learning resumes with additional public health measures.
3. Remote learning from home, with limited use of school facilities.
The province will confirm which scenario will be followed on or before August 1st, taking into account the public health situation at the time.
Regardless of whichever method of delivery is planned, there will be changes at the SVRSS next fall. If students return to our classes, your child/children are expected to be screened at home, and no child who is feeling ill should be sent to school. Staff will also be doing a quick screening at the door using Provincial guidelines similar to the ones used in May and June. All students will be asked to disinfect their hands when they enter and if possible students are encouraged to bring their own sanitizer to use. We hope to keep things as normal as possible respecting the new guidelines we have to follow. Our school re-opening plan including more detailed guidelines will be shared with you in late August, closer to the start of the school year.
Student schedules for the 2020/2021 school year:
Schedules are included in with the report cards. If there are any questions in regards to your schedule for the upcoming school year Mrs. Badowski, Mrs. Fraser and Mrs. Simpson will be available by appointment on Monday August 31 and Tuesday September 1, 2020. Please call the main office at 204-734-4511 after August 24 to arrange an appointment.
Our website will be updated regularly with any pertinent information in regards to upcoming school year along with mass emails to students and families.
Extra Curricular activities for 2020/21:
As of this time we are unsure of what is happening with extra curricular activities in the fall as the logistics of travel and overnight stays will need to be addressed based on public health recommendations. It is ultimately the SVSD making the final decision if athletics are able to run during the next school year as the logistics of operating certain sports may not be possible/feasible for our division given transportation and other safety protocols related to COVID.
As this has been a very different year for students please know that there are supports available in regards to your child’s mental health, a local resource is Swan River Public Health at 204-734-6660 and one Manitoba resource is: Kids Help line: 1-800-668-6868.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your patience and continued support as we work to support student learning.