Frequently Asked Questions

STUDENT SAFETY:

What is the health check form and how often do I go over it with my child?

On the first day of school, parents submit a signed copy of the health check form to their child’s teacher.  For the rest of the school year parents/guardians will be required to report student illnesses to office and classroom teacher the morning of the absence, before school begins.

Every morning, parents/guardians will be asked to go over the health check form with their child before coming to school.


What time is the morning and after school supervision?

Before and after school supervision is provided to ensure student safety. However, there is no

supervision provided beyond the arrival and dismissal transition times.

Morning:  8:30-8:45am   After School:  2:31-2:46pm

Students and families are to pickup or drop off their child and leave the school campus right away.


Why are there times when the main office phone is busy or unanswered?

  • The school is a busy place where staff are teaching and working with students and our admin assistant, Ms. Chandler is helping support students, staff and families
  • We have a voice messaging system and if you leave a detailed message we will get back to you as soon as possible

What is the handwashing routine?

  • Handwashing on entrance to the building
  • Students put belongings in designated spaces and wash hands prior to starting the day
  • Students will be required to wash their hands upon entering the school in the morning
  • Each class has a sink for students to wash their hands with soap and water.
  • Students will also wash their hands after playing outside
  • Students will also wash their hands when they return from the washroom
  • Students wash their hands before and after using common spaces such as the gym or learning commons
  • Students will wash their hands before and after snacks and lunch

What is the bathroom routine?

  • In order to maintain minimal student use in the bathrooms, each class will be assigned a specific bathroom to use.
  • Only 1 student at a time is allowed in the bathroom
  • There is signage on the floor for 1 student to wait in the waiting zone
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned every hour by our day time custodian.

What is a closed campus?

  • All visitors will need to make scheduled appointments via email or by phone to be on our Nicomekl Campus during school hours.  We will try to facilitate meetings via email, phone calls or TEAMS communication where possible.
  • Parents/Guardians are able to connect with staff via email or by phone calls.

What is the LEARNING COHORT MODEL?
  • These learning cohorts have been grouped in order to assign zones for playtime during recess and lunch as well as buddy class/collaborative learning opportunities
  • Each learning cohort is up to 60
  • Personal bubbles are respected as usual, but physical distancing of 2metres is not necessary in learning cohorts

 What are the operation times of the playground and fields?

  • Playgrounds will be closed before and after school during arrival/dismissal.
  • Playgrounds will be open for students during school hours for students.

What food items may I bring to school?

  • Have students bring litterless lunch and snacks
  • We are a nut free school (allergies)
  • Please send your child with a water bottle
  • Please do not send items that require a microwave to heat up food

What does recess and lunch playtime look like?

  • There will be two recess times and two lunch times which will divide the school for smaller number of students outside during recess and lunch playtime.
  • There is a 5 minute transition between each POD to limit the number of students outside during recess and lunch transition.
  • The learning cohorts are assigned zones to play

What do I do if my child is late?

  • Please have your child walk to the exterior door of their classroom if they are late
  • Students in Ms. Saggers, Mr. Matsui and Ms. Robinson’s class can be dropped off at the main entrance.  Parents/Guardians are not to enter the school building.

Please be on time for student safety, but we understand that there may be unavoidable            circumstances.


What do I do if I am late to pickup my child?

  • Notify the office and leave a message on the answering machine
  • If your are hear before 2:40, you may pickup your child from the classroom
  • If you are late and picking up after 2:40, please wait outside the main entrance door and knock.  There will be a staff member that will have your child ready to meet you.

Please be on time for student safety, but we understand that there may be unavoidable circumstances.


What do I do if I have to pickup my child early?

  • Notify the teacher via email
  • Let the office know in advance (Leave a message on the answering machine)
  • Your child will be ready for pickup at the front office
  • There will be a sign-out book on a table just inside the main entrance doors
  • The rest of the school remains closed to visitors.

If I would like to send a baked good or treat to school for my child’s birthday, what am I able to send?

  • If it is a store bought baked good or treat and it is sealed in the original packaging, you are able to send the treat to school
  • The baked good or treats must be nut free

 Where do I find my teacher’s email address?

  • You are able to find teacher contacts via our school website under staff connections

What do I do if I have to drop off lunch or school items?

  • Please leave a message on the school answering machine of what you are dropping off
  • There will be a table outside the main entrance door, where you can leave your child’s lunch or school item. (Please make sure your child’s first and last name are labelled)
  • A Staff member will deliver the item or lunch to your class

What do I do if my child has lost a clothing item at school?

  • Please ask your child to let their teacher know or email your child’s teacher.  We do have a lost and found and we will help check.

Who do I contact if my child needs support for breakfast or lunch?

  • Please contact our Youth Care Worker if your child needs assistance with breakfast and lunch
  • Breakfast will be delivered anonymously to the classroom before the start of the day
  • Lunch will be delivered anonymously before lunch

    What do I do if my child is sick?

  • http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID_public_guidance/Guidance-k-12-schools.pdf

    Staying home when sick is one of the most important ways to reduce the introduction to and the spread of COVID-19 in schools. When COVID-19 is present in the community, the risk of introducing COVID-19 into schools is reduced if staff, students, and parents/caregivers:

    · Perform a daily health check.

    · Stay at home when sick.

    · Get a health assessment and/or COVID-19 test when sick.

    · For mild symptoms without fever, students and staff can monitor at home for 24 hours. If symptoms improve, they can return to school without further assessment.

    · If symptoms include fever, or if after 24 hours, symptoms remain unchanged or worsen, seek a health assessment.

    These steps do not replace usual health care. Health questions can be directed to 8-1-1 or your health care provider. A health assessment can include calling 8-1-1, a primary care provider like a physician or nurse practitioner or going to a COVID-19 testing centre. These recommendations are discussed in more detail below and may change over time.

    When a COVID-19 test is recommended by the health assessment: 

    http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID_public_guidance/Guidance-k-12-schools.pdf

    · If the COVID-19 test is positive, the person should stay home until they are told by public health to end their self-isolation. In most cases this is 10 days after the onset of symptoms. Public health will contact everyone with a positive test.

    · If the COVID-19 test is negative, the person can return to school once symptoms have improved and they feel well enough. Symptoms of common respiratory illnesses can persist for a week or more. Re-testing is not needed unless the person develops a new illness. BCCDC has information on receiving negative test results.

    · If a COVID-19 test is recommended but is not done because the person or parent chooses not to have the test or a health assessment is not sought when recommended, and the person’s symptoms are not related to a previously diagnosed health condition, they should stay home from school until 10 days after the onset of symptoms, and then may return if feeling well enough.

    If a COVID-19 test is not recommended by the health assessment, the person can return to school when symptoms have improved, and they feel well enough. Testing may not be recommended if the assessment determines that the symptoms are due to another cause (i.e. not COVID-19).


    What can I do if I am unable to access MyEDBC for my child’s report card?

    The following are two links that can help.

    The first video is a general overview of how to access the MyEDBC Parent/Student portal including how to access the Report Card.

    https://storage.googleapis.com/sd35-myedbc-support/video/parent-portal-intro-FINAL.mp4

    The second video is specifically regarding forgotten passwords.

    https://storage.googleapis.com/sd35-myedbc-support/video/parent-portal-forgot-password-Final.mp4


     

Nicomekl Elementary School

20050 - 53 Avenue, Langley
BC, V3A 3T9
Phone: 604-533-1468
Fax: 604-533-1469