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Daily Announcements for January 22nd Announcements for January 22nd<p>​Happy Friday Blazers!</p><p>First of all - WOW!!!  Thank you so much for sharing your spirit with us yesterday as it was simply amazing (just like you!)  Take a look at our announcements to see how we rocked it out!</p><p>Today on our announcements we begin the Bell Let's Talk campaign, and encourage you to take a moment to see how we can all keep connected during these times.</p><p>As always, we wish you a safe and happy weekend and enjoy the snow!</p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Friday%20at%20BVD%20(61).pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Friday at BVD (61).pdf</a><br></p>
School closure period extended. Elementary and secondary students to continue with remote learning. closure period extended. Elementary and secondary students to continue with remote learning. <p><a href="">Learn more on the SCDSB website</a>.<br></p><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>
REVIEW OF COVID PROTOCOLS AT BIRCHVIEW OF COVID PROTOCOLS AT BIRCHVIEW<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">​<span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Hello Birchview Families,</span></p><strong><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">We are reaching out today to review some important COVID protocols.</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">COVID Daily Screening</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Everyday before school please complete the COVID self-screening assessment. If your child is symptom free then please send them to school. If they are exhibiting symptoms, please keep them home and follow the directions listed from Public Health in the screening tool. The Self-Screening tool can be found at: </span><a href="" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"></span></a></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Mask Protocols and Exemptions</span></p></strong><strong><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">The following are the mask protocols that the Ministry of Education has mandated for school.  For students in Kindergarten to Grade 3, face masks are encouraged but not required.  For students in Grades 4-8, students are required to wear non medical face masks when inside the school building and on school buses/vans.  It is recommended that students be sent with 2 masks/day and for those that do not have a mask upon entry, one will be provided by the school so they can enter the school building appropriately.  For those students in Grades 4-8 who show up at their bus stop without a mask, one will be provided by the driver for them to board the bus.</span></p></strong><strong></strong><strong><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">For families that may require an exemption from the mask protocol, a medical note indicating the reason for it will need to be provided to the school for consideration.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">At recess and outdoor time, each student will be provided with a breakaway Birchview Lanyard to clip to their mask to keep it safe during outdoor activities. </span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Procedures for students with symptoms</span></p></strong><strong><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Students that experience symptoms while at school will be sent to the isolation room located in our school office.  Parents/guardians will be contacted to pick up their child and will be advised to seek medical advice from their provider, including the recommendation of testing for COVID-19. </span></p></strong><strong></strong><strong><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#1a1a1a;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:700;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Parents/guardians are reminded that they must have a working telephone number to be reached at and that they must come pick up their child from the school as they will not be able to access bus transportation or after school care.  As well we ask that parents/guardians provide the office with emergency contact numbers so that if the school is unable to reach the parent/guardian, then the emergency contact can be called to come for the student.</span></p><br></strong><strong><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Kiss and Ride, Bus Lane and Drop off alternate locations (No parents congregating on the yard)</span></p></strong><strong></strong><strong></strong><strong></strong><strong><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">It is imperative for the health of our school community that we do not have people congregating in our yard. We ask you to create a meeting spot off school property wherever possible or to have an older student walk the younger students to an adult just off site. It is vital that we do not have our driveway and parking lot blocked with cars. If you do use the Kiss and Ride lane in our parking lot, please wait until the pylons before letting children out of the vehicle. This area is sectioned off for students to safely access the yard without walking in between parked cars. Please continue to use the walk throughs on Bay Court, Caribou Trail or Dyer Drive walkways.  Finally, we remind parents/guardians that they are not to enter the Bus Lane at the front of the school to drop off or pick up their child(ren) during the hours of 8:00 - 9:00am and 2:30 - 3:30pm, but to again use our Kiss and Ride area and/or park in our parking lot.</span></p></strong><strong></strong><strong><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Thanks for your assistance.</span></p><br><br><br></strong>
KEEP US UPDATED!!! US UPDATED!!!<p>Hello Birchview Parents and Guardians:</p><p>We would like to share that you have been extremely caring and respectful in terms of following the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit's protocols, and we thank those that continue to call the school and update us about your child(ren) if ill or absent.</p><p>When calling into safe arrival please, if it is warranted, let us know if you are checking in with a health provider (family doctor, walk-in clinic etc) or having your child(ren) tested. </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Everyday please call the safe arrival line updating the school – eg waiting for Dr appt, waiting for test, waiting for results, child is not symptom free etc</li><li>If you receive a negative result, it's important that you call us first as we will let the teacher know that your child is returning to school.</li><li>If your doctor provides you with a diagnosis other than COVID-19 please let us know.If the health care provider decides that your child has another condition (an alternative diagnosis) and that the condition is not COVID-19, your child may return to school with a negative test when they have been free of symptoms for 24 hours.</li></ul><p>As always, we thank you all for working with us during these unusual times.</p>
REMINDER ABOUT USING THE SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL ABOUT USING THE SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Dear Birchview Families,</span></p><strong><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">We are reaching out today to remind you to please use the self-assessment tool prior to sending your child to school. If they have illness symptoms, please keep them home and follow the self-assessment tool directions. Once at school if they present with symptoms we are going to call to have them picked up. They cannot be present at school. Once your child exhibits symptoms of COVID 19 they must either see a health care provider to receive a non-covid diagnosis for their symptoms or go and get a COVID test. Once they have a negative test or different diagnosis they may come back to school 24 hours after the symptoms resolve and you notify the school office.</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Thanks for your cooperation. <br></span></p></strong>
Daily Announcements for January 21st Announcements for January 21st<p>​Good morning Blazers and happy International Sweatpants Day!!!  It is our FIRST spirit day of 2021 and we hope you are joining Mrs. Mortimer, Mrs. Saunders, your amazing teachers and all our staff in participating and showing your spirit!!!  Remember to send your teachers any and all photos for our announcements and our February assembly next month!!!</p><p>Take a look at what else is happening today and remember - you are all doing great things so make today a wonderful one!!!</p><p><a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Thursday%20at%20BVD%20(72).pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Thursday at BVD (72).pdf</a><br></p>



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School Hours

Morning Bell
8:30 a.m.
First Break
10:30 - 11:10 a.m.
Second Break
12:50 - 1:30 p.m.
Bus Bell
2:45 p.m.
Final Bell
2:50 p.m.

School Administration

M​elissa Mortimer
Vice PrincipalLisa Saunders



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