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Elementary School Supplies For 2020

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

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

School Supplies

School supplies are always a big part of back to school preparation. This year, as we prepare for school with COVID-19, we need to focus on bringing as few things into the classroom as possible. Although some children will want to bring other items and toys from home, we are asking all families to keep these special items home. Here are a few tips for families:

  • School supplies are voluntary. The school will have supplies available for students. Some families prefer to buy them, and if so, this voluntary supply list provides an idea of the kinds of supplies that are used by grade. 
  • School supplies cannot be shared between students in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. 
  • If a student brings supplies, they should be labelled and stored in a pencil case (or a resealable plastic bag) for personal use. 
  • Students will be keeping all supplies at their desk. If you choose to send supplies, keep it to a minimum and replenish throughout the year

Some tips to help you prepare your child for school:

Masks

  • Students in grades 4 to 12 must bring a mask everyday and we recommend a ziploc bag with their name in permanent marker to store their mask when outdoors. Clothing with pockets will be helpful to store their mask in a baggie during recess breaks. Students in Grades 4 to 12 must wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including in hallways and during classes.
  • Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 are strongly encouraged to wear masks in indoor spaces.
  • Due to possible safety issues, we advise against children wearing a lanyard for their mask.
  • Students will have an opportunity for “mask breaks” when outdoors and 2-metre distancing can be maintained. It is best to start practicing mask wearing with your child.  

During nutrition breaks 

  • Students will eat in their classroom with their cohort; food sharing is not permitted.
  • Students should bring their own utensils and water bottles.
  • Please send items that students can manage independently. Practice before school starts.
  • All empty food containers and garbage are to be taken back home with the student. Try to bring a waste-free lunch if possible.

Refillable water bottle

  • Please bring a full refillable water bottle to school each day. Water bottle refill stations will be available to students
  • Water drinking fountains will be closed.

Minimize - Plan for Keeping Items at Desks, Outdoor Learning, and Recess 

  • Start with one pair of shoes that are appropriate for indoor and outdoor use. Indoor shoes are not required at this time.  This will be revisited as the weather changes. 
  • To help ensure physical distancing, lockers and cubbies will not be used; students will keep all items with them in their classroom at their desk. 
  • As students will be spending a greater amount of time outdoors (opportunities for outdoor learning, physical education classes and recess), students should be prepared for varying weather conditions (sunhat, jacket etc.).  On rainy days, boots and an extra pair of socks is also a good idea! 

 

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