Welcome to in-person learning 2020!

Welcome to in-person learning 2020!
Posted on 09/09/2020

Dear WEJ Families  

Welcome to in-person learning 2020! 

WEJ staff are all busy completing the reorganization of our school and preparing our classrooms for your children. We are really looking forward to welcoming them next week.

This fall, WEJ had a student population of 668 students. At this time, we have approximately 325 students (49%) who are returning to in-person learning and approximately 343 students (51%) who have chosen remote learning. This has dramatically changed our planning for this upcoming year and the physical set-up of our school.

Although our class sizes will be similar to last year, we are going to be able to space out our classrooms throughout the school, using a large number of entries and exits resulting in not as many students in our halls. We will do everything we can to ensure your child is safe while in our care.

In order to maintain and adhere to the OPH and Board protocols, in-person instruction is going to look and feel much different compared to past experiences.  

I hope that you will find the FAQ's listed below to be helpful to you.  

1.  When is "opening day" at WEJ?  

In person learning at WEJ begins on Tuesday, September 15th.  Our students will return gradually, following the dates below:

  • Tues. Sept 15 – Grades 1 and 2 only
  • Wed. Sept 16 – Grades 1-4, JK and the few SK students who are in EDP
  • Thurs. Sept 17 – All students


2.  My child is in kindergarten, when do kinder students arrive?  

You should have received a letter from the office with details today. You will need to sign up for your virtual intake interview right away.  They will take place on Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11. Our kindergarten staff will be in communication with you in the near future.


3.  How will I find out the name of my child's teacher? 

Before school begins, your child's teacher will reach out to you either by phone or by email. This early knowledge will help to ease first day jitters because everyone will know which teacher they have prior to arrival.  


4.  When does the bus or van start for my child? 

OSTA - Ottawa Student Transportation Authority - starts their routes the day before we open.  They will be operational and at your child’s stop when they start school. Please visit www.ottawaschoolbus.ca and click on the parent portal for specific route information. 


5.  The OCDSB is limiting parent access to the school grounds and restricting indoor access for parents to schools.  Is this the case at WEJ?  

Yes, we will be consistent with OCDSB directives.  Parents and guardians are requested not to enter the school grounds or the building.


6.  My child walks to school. Where does he or she go? Where do I drop them off?  

Each homeroom will be assigned a specific set of doors where they will enter and exit. 

We are very fortunate at WEJ to have so many doors around our building. Educators will be greeting students at their assigned doors. Please plan to have your child arrive right at 9:15am in order to enter the school. There will be no playground time prior to the start of the instructional day. Homeroom teachers will share specific entry/exit plans with you when they connect with you. 


7.  I will be dropping my child off by car. Where do we go?  

We are still trying to figure out traffic flow.  As much as possible, we are asking parents to limit car drop off. You can park on nearby streets and walk you child to the edge of the yard. They will walk into the yard on their own, right at the time of the bell. We don't want students or parents congregating in groups outdoors prior to morning entry. 


8.  What about masks? 

  • K to 3 - masks are optional but recommended. 
  • 4 to 6 - masks are required. 


9.  What is the plan for recess /outdoor time?  

Again, we are very fortunate at WEJ to have a huge and beautiful outdoor yard. Each homeroom class will have an assigned playground area marked where they will play. In order to keep the cohorts intact, homerooms will not be intermixed with other homerooms during recess. 


10.  Where can I get more information about Health, Safety and Well-Being? 



11.  What is the process if a student or staff member exhibits symptoms of Coronavirus? 



12.  What should I do if my child has a runny nose or is feeling sick before school one morning?

Each morning you are asked to assess your child’s health before coming to school. If your child has any of the following symptoms, they will need to stay home:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Mild cold
  • A general feeling of being unwell

Students are NOT to attend school with any of the symptoms above. Please email us at werskinejohnstonps@ocdsb.ca or call our attendance line 613-592-4492 before school starts and leave a reason why your child will not be at school.


13.  What supplies does my child require to start school?  

The Four Most Important Things for Students to Bring to School Each Day are:  

  1. A Backpack and lunch
  2. A Mask
  3. A Refillable Water Bottle
  4. Dressing in layers

Below is the generic supplies list from the OCDSB website. Please send your child’s personal materials in sealed ziplock bags with their name on the outside.  https://ocdsb.ca/UserFiles/Servers/Server_55394/File/Elementary/Classroom/OCDSB%20SCHOOL%20SUPPLIES%20LIST.pdf


14. My child has an allergy to peanuts. What should I do?

If your child has allergies, anaphylaxis or any pre-diagnosed medical condition (e.g. asthma, puffers, diabetes, heart condition), please go to:

https://forms.ocdsb.ca/Forms/Plan-Of-Care-For-Students-With-Life-Threatening-Medical-Conditions  and complete the medical information form BEFORE they start school. Please make sure you inform your classroom teacher as soon as possible.


We look forward to seeing you starting on either Sept 15, 16, or 17!  


Colleen Irvin, Principal

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