At this time council members could ask any questions in regards to the school as a whole (personal questions were asked to be directed to Suzanne one on one at a later date)
Heather: What is our role as a virtual family?
There are 550 on site students and 200 virtual students. Now that the "dust has settled" more will be taken into consideration in regards to learning from home students. Please review strategic priorities document to see what we can do as a council. Virtual parents are very much encouraged to join council.
Amy: Can items be put on the website and newsletter for school council?
Yes, with Suzanne or Katherine's approval. Tina can put items on the website or newsletter for recruitment purposes. Amy will work with Tina.
Jen R: How is the classroom breakdown looking now?
We are fully staffed now. We had 32 classrooms starting in September. We now have 23 onsite classrooms and 7 learn at home classrooms.
Brooke: How many students do we have in school?
Jennifer J: What is the process put in place for students to switch from online to in class in February in terms of the classroom organization changing?
Specifics are not clear yet, it depends on the numbers of the students. We do not know whether this will affect the current students but it is a possibility that classrooms will be moved around, depending on the amount of students moving.
Jennifer J: Is there a plan put in place for shut down?
If the school is shut down, the plan is to go to Google Classrooms. The expectation is that teachers are maintaining a Google Classroom so that the move would be seamless.
Michelle H: What do parents do if a child is sick for multiple weeks?
Google Classroom is to be made available for children who have to stay home for a longer period of time due to illness.
Jennifer J: Are there fun days or house colours happening?
Yes, just not quite yet. But there are plans for that to start in order to improve morale and help with mental health.
Brooke: Can a Zoom assembly be created for the kids?
Yes, that is in the works.
Heather: Is it board mandated that there are zero fundraisers?
Jennifer J: In regards to the "boomerang" lunches, why can't things be composted/recycled?
There are composts in the classrooms but we are trying to reduce recycling/garbage and also points of contact. We are encouraging parents to educate their children to pack away their garbage so they can be disposed of at home. We appreciate everyone's help with this.
Jennifer J: Will we have school photos this year? Is there a timeline for the photos?
As soon as we know we will let the school community know. Hopefully within the next couple of weeks.
Brooke: Can parents make appointments with photographers to come to their location?
This will be answered once more information is obtained in regards to photos. As well as if this can be made available for Learn at Home students too.
Jen R: Can Edge Imaging put together "team" photos through putting together single photos?
This will be looked into as could work really well for class photos.
Jen R: Will there be meet the teacher evenings?
No there will not be face to face meetings at this time, however there will be parent/teacher interviews in November in which will likely be done virtually.