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September 3rd, 2019 First Day Procedures

September 3rd, 2019 First Day Procedures
We look forward to welcoming you back in September.  Please read the information below for how the first day/week works.  

First Day Procedures – Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

 ARRIVAL

Students will come to school, arriving between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m.:

  • Grade 1 students who walk or are driven will say goodbye to family at the front door and, along with the bus students, enter through the front doors and go to the Kindergarten playground. Staff will be waiting to bring them to the playground. We respectfully ask that families do not enter the school – this helps greatly with ensuring security and a smooth entry process.
  • Grades 2, 3 and 4 students will follow the same process but proceed to the gym.
  • Grades 5 and 6 students will follow the same process but head to the second floor foyer.

 In the gym and the second floor foyer, teachers will be waiting in front of a sign on the wall with their name and program (English or French Immersion).  Students will find the teacher with the appropriate grade and program and will be organized into their classes.  Homeroom teachers will take their students to their new classrooms.  Support staff will be available to assist students who require help with finding their teacher. 

 *If you have a student starting Junior or Senior Kindergarten, classes do not start on Tuesday, September 3rd.  For Junior Kindergarten students and Senior Kindergarten students, who are NEW to Stittsville PS, please consult your intake date on the letter you receive at the end of June from the main office.

 All Year 1 Kindergarten students will start school on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Year 2 Kindergarten students who attend Andrew Fleck Daycare will also start on Thursday, September 5, 2019.  All other Year 2 Kindergarten students will begin attending on Friday, September 6, 2019.

 DISMISSAL:

Students who walk with a parent/guardian or get a drive home from school will meet their parents/guardians at 3:00 p.m. in the gym from Tuesday, September 3rd until Friday, September 6th, 2019.  All other walkers will dismiss from the gym at 3:00 pm and walk home. Bus students will go to their assigned bus. Starting the week of September 9th, students who are picked up by a parent/caregiver, can meet at one of the entry points to the school as arranged by parents - for example the front of the school, the bike racks, the north and south pathways. We ask that parents do not wait on the yard or in the school as it interferes with traffic flow and the safety protocols for the before and after school daycare program.

 For those eligible for a school bus, to find information about your pick up location and time on September 3rd, 2019, use the “Stop Finder” located on the main page of the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority website: www.ottawaschoolbus.ca  The stop finder will link to the “BusPlanner – Parent Portal”.  The parent enters the student’s last name, date of birth, school and grade in order to access route and stop information.  Route information will be available to parents as of mid-August.

 Busing

We ask that parents do not drive their children to school on the first day if they normally take the bus.  Our ability to ensure that students get on the right bus at the end of the day is directly linked with the system we have in place for their arrival on the buses in the morning.  Our staff and a team of volunteers will be greeting students as they arrive off of the buses. When the students get off the bus we write their bus number on their hand as a double check that they are on the correct bus at the end of the day.  If your child is on a different bus at the end of the day we will mark the end of day bus number on their hand during the day.


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