August 20, 2020
Resumption Plan 2020-2021
The staff of St. Monica would like to welcome you back to
school for the 2020-2021 school year.As
you have heard on the news on July 21st, the provincial government announced
that school districts are to proceed with Scenario 1:in-school classes resume (near
normal with health measures) for September 2020.
We understand that many of you have questions about what the
return to school looks like for this year.The Calgary Catholic School District is working closely with the
Ministry of Education and Alberta Health Services to develop guiding principles
and practices for re-entry. For those planning to attend St. Monica School,
Calgary Catholic has developed a
that our school will be using to guide our safety
practices.As well, I have included an
attachment that may provide further information and details about some other
questions you may have.We understand
that this can be a difficult decision, please note that I am available to
answer questions by phone or email.
First and foremost, our district has outlined five key
safety measures for our return to school plan:
·Health monitoring (Staff
students, with their parents assistance must complete a checklist
·Wearing masks (students
will be provided)
The administration and staff of St. Monica School understand
the importance of teaching students the mandated protocols we have in place and
assisting them in understanding and following the new routines. As such, in
order to support a smooth start that sets the desired tone for reducing the
risk of spread and increased safety for all our students,
St. Monica will be
using a staggered entry process for ALL students the first week of school
To respect your
time and childcare considerations, we will be utilizing our school conference
manager for families to sign-up for a staggered entry time on one of the
·Wednesday, Sept 2, Thursday,
Sept. 3, Friday, Sept. 4
Availability for each day will have a set limit for each
grade to ensure groups are small enough to directly teach safety routines and
practices directly related to COVID.We
will follow up with an email with instructions on how to utilize conference
manager and a link for you to access.We
anticipate the link being active on August 25
th at 10:00 am. We
will welcome all grade 1-9 students to school on Tuesday, September 8th.
preschool students and their
parents will attend a short individual session
in person or online with their teacher between September 3
th and an assigned staggered entry with their class from
You will be contacted
by your child’s teacher to arrange a date and time.During this appointment your teacher will
discuss with you start time and gathering areas for your child.We will welcome all Kindergarten/Preschool
students to regular full day classes on Monday, September 14
Staggered Entry:When you arrive at school on your staggered entry day, we ask that you
wait in your division’s assigned area and respect the space of others.All staff will be outside to welcome
students.Grades 1-3 will meet on the
grassy area inside our school fence.Grades 4-6 will meet on the tarmac beside the playground. Junior
high students will meet near the basketball hoops.
It is our assumption that all students
have completed the daily health-check with their parents.Please wear masks and maintain physical
distancing as much as possible at that time.
We recognize the importance of creating a cohort of
students. We will do our best to support cohorts by implementing some of the
·Students will remain with
their class throughout the day as their primary cohort. JH students will be
co-horted by grades.
·For recess and lunch,
there will be more than one cohort outside at a time, however, each will have
their own area.
·Classrooms will be set up
with desks spaced as far apart as possible, and students will wear masks for
most of the day.
·Masks will be worn always
outside of the classroom when in school.The teacher will make the decision about mask usage in the classroom and
students will follow his/her lead.
washing/sanitizing will occur.
We remind families that Calgary Catholic School District is
providing an online learning option for students in Grades 1-12.Please note that this will look quite
different though than the delivery of online learning our students were
introduced to from March to June 2020.Registration is still open but will close on August 21 at midnight.To begin the registration process for online
learning, please visit
and if you have questions relating to online learning please contact St.
Isidore School (grades 1-9).
As we begin the school year together, we will continue to be
guided by the district and Alberta Health System (AHS). It is very important
that we all be supportive, flexible, and fluid as we adjust to meet the needs
of our students and staff.In the
upcoming weeks, we will share more information with you and encourage you to
contact us at 403-500-2001 if you have questions.Enjoy the rest of the summer and remember, we
are very happy to be back and look forward to seeing each of you!
Yours in Christ,