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Welcome to William Hamilton Merritt Public School!

 

We are pleased to provide an outstanding education at William Hamilton Merritt Public School for our students. Innovative programs that meet the needs of all our students are taught by our dedicated and professional staff who care about your child. Our school provides extra-curricular opportunities that encourage the development of excellence, integrity and respect.

Our Board is focused on literacy and numeracy achievement and creating an environment where we are working together on our goal of success for every student. We also value the community partnerships and parent involvement which are so crucial to a successful education for our student!

Welcome Back!

Our staff extends a warm welcome back to our school community. We are so happy to see you all! We hope that everyone enjoyed a healthy and relaxing summer! Thank you to Mr. Jeff for making our school spic and span for our first day back! Thank you to Mrs. Jones for all of her efforts helping staff and students get ready for our new school year!

We know that the school year is beginning differently this year but our goal for the first few weeks will be to make our students feel comfortable coming back to school after being away for over 5 months. We will focus on safety and well being as well as establishing routines in the classroom, procedures to maintain safety and expectations of student behaviour.

ATTENTION PARENTS - If your child takes the bus to school, please confirm your location, pick-up, and drop-off time with NSTS. The website is - www.nsts.ca

NEW RETURN TO SCHOOL PROTOCOLS

This year the return to school will look very different for our students and staff. We will have fewer students in our classes as some will be learning online. We are required to follow certain pathways in our hallways and our classrooms will be set up differently. Many of the changes that have been made are based on advice and protocols that have been communicated to us by the Niagara Regional Public Health Department as well as the Ministry of Education. Please take some time to read through this so you and your child(ren) will know what to expect when you return to school.

STAGGERED START TO THE SCHOOL YEAR

As announced by the DSBN, we will be having a staggered start to our school year.

There are many benefits of a staggered entry such as:

~Provide a calm environment to introduce our organized entry and dismissal procedures

~Allow students a gradual and thorough introduction to the enhanced health and safety guidelines within the school, and helping them learn new routines

~Allow staff to adapt their practices to meet the new safety standards with students

Please note: Your child’s bus ride to school will not be affected during the staggered entry return. Students requiring transportation will have it on their start date. Parents do not need to notify NSTS.

Our goal is to return to school with safety, well-being and learning in mind. We appreciate your support and understanding as we work to achieve this goal.

MASKS

All students in grades 4-8 will be expected to wear a mask while they are in the classroom as well as in the hallways and washrooms. Students may take off their masks to eat as well as when they are outdoors for fitness/nutritional breaks. Please ensure your child has their mask when they arrive at school each day.

Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 are not required to wear a mask but may do so. Students are expected to provide their own mask.

MORNING ENTRY PROCEDURES

VERY IMPORTANT: In order for all of our students to arrive in a safe and distanced manner we ask that you carefully read the plans below as they pertain to your child.

Kindergarten: Students will be greeted by a staff member who will direct them to their classroom community. Students will remain supervised, with their classroom community until the bell rings. Classroom teachers will greet their students for outdoor play along the side of the school by The Meadows.

Grades 1-8 Walking:

All students who walk to school will be greeted by a staff member who will direct them to their classroom community on the field. Students will remain with their classroom community until the bell rings. Classroom teachers will walk their students into the school in a staggered manner. These community circles will also be their designated area for fitness breaks.

Students Who are Bussed:

All students who take the bus to school will be greeted by a staff member who will direct them to their classroom community at the side of the school, along The Meadows (kindergarten) or field (grades 1-8). Students will remain with their classroom community until the bell rings. Classroom teachers will walk their classes into the school.

END OF DAY PROCEDURES:

Kindergarten: Students will be dismissed to a designated adult from the side of the school, along the Meadows by their teachers at 2:50. We ask parents to wait, in a physically distanced manner, outside of the kindergarten gates for your child(ren).

Grades 1-8 Walking: Students will be dismissed by their teacher and will leave the building through their designated exit door. They are expected to go straight home and not loiter on the school grounds, as per Public Health guidelines. We ask parents to wait, in a physically distanced manner, at the appropriate exit door (by parking lot, kiss & ride, and junior/intermediate doors).

Students who are bussed: Students will be dismissed by their teacher and will leave the building through their designated exit and will be escorted by a staff member. Students are expected to follow the NSTS and Public Health safety protocols for the entire duration of their bus ride.

**PLEASE NOTE: Parents/guardians will not be permitted onto the school property at entry or dismissal. We ask that you drop your child(ren) off at the parking lot gate (kiss and ride) to the tarmac/field (grades 1-8) or at the gate entry to the kindergarten area and promptly leave. As well, please wait for your child at dismissal, in a physically distanced manner, outside of their designated exit door at the end of the day. (see above). We thank you in advance for your understanding, patience and cooperation.

PARENTS / VISITORS ENTERING THE BUILDING

At this time the Public Health Department has mandated that parents and visitors not enter the school building.

LATE ARRIVAL PROCESS

We know that there are some mornings that despite best efforts being made students occasionally arrive late. In the past, parents would walk students into the office to get an admit class slip. To ensure the health and safety of students, staff and parents, students who arrive late will buzz the office and wait for an admin assistant to let the student into the building. Parents/guardians will not be permitted to enter the building with the student(s). Please be aware that entry may take some time depending on the number of students who require entry. While waiting, please remember to always follow the COVID safety protocols. We appreciate your patience as we work through this new process.

School Supply List for September 2020

Students will not be sharing any materials throughout the school day. The items listed below are general suggestions as to what would be beneficial for your child to have to start school. Each teacher/classroom may have individual requests for items that they will share with your child(ren) on the first day of school. Please know that the school will ensure that every child has all of the necessary materials and no one will go without.

While the drinking fountains will be off limits, the refill stations will be available for students, so a refillable water bottle is suggested, as well.

Kindergarten students:

  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Box of Kleenex
  • Pencil case (labelled) - please have items in the pencil case, ready to use
  • Headphones (headband style, labelled with your child’s name, in zippered bag)
  • Indoor shoes (Velcro, no laces) (labelled)
  • Change of clothes in a labelled bag

Primary Division (Gr 1-3):

  • Large glue stick
  • Pack of crayons
  • Pack of pencil crayons—pre-sharpened
  • Markers (Grade 2 & 3 only)
  • Pencils – pre-sharpened
  • Pencil sharpener, with cover
  • 2 erasers
  • Pair of scissors
  • 1 pencil case (labelled) —please have items in the pencil case, ready to use
  • Box of Kleenex
  • Gym/indoor running shoes, non-marking soles (labelled)
  • Headphones (headband-style, labelled with your child’s name, in zippered bag)

Junior Supply List (Gr 4-6):

  • Pencil case
  • Calculator
  • Pencils and pencil sharpener
  • Highlighter(s)
  • Headphones
  • Scissors
  • Erasers
  • Glue stick
  • Ruler (30 cm)
  • Pencil crayon
  • Pencil sharpener
  • lined, 3-ring paper
  • Indoor running shoes

Intermediate Supply List (Gr 7/8):

  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Blue/Red Pens
  • Pencil Crayons
  • Ruler
  • Pencil Case and pencil sharpener
  • Binder
  • Subject Dividers
  • Lined paper
  • Calculator - preferably with fraction and exponent buttons
  • Glue stick
  • Pair of Scissors
  • Highlighters
  • Headphones/Earbuds
  • Geometry Set
  • Indoor and outdoor shoes
  • Simple English/French dictionary

Students will not be accessing hooks, cubbies or lockers, all items will be kept with them at their personal area in the classroom.


WHM Attendance Procedures:

William Hamilton Merritt is using the SafeArrival program for attendance. With SafeArrival, you are required to report your child's absence or early pickup by 8:30 am on the day of the absence by using any of the following convenient methods. You can also report future absences as well. 

  • Using your mobile device, download and install the SchoolMessenger app (the BLUE one)from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store (or from the links at https://go.schoolmessenger.ca). The first time you use the app, select Sign Up to create your account, select Attendance, then Report an Absence
  • Use the SafeArrival website, at https://go.schoolmessenger.ca. The first time you use the website, select Sign Up to create your account, select Attendance, then Report an Absence
  • Call the toll-free number 1-866-606-5567 to report an absence using the automated phone system
  • Please use the Report Absence button on the right side of this screen for more information.

These options are available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week.  Future absences can be reported at any time.

 


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