Dear Ruth King Families,
This letter is to share information for families who are returning to Ruth King Elementary in June. To ensure our community safety, as well as making our school welcoming, please read this carefully. Many things have changed!
The district return to school survey is now closed. We must know in advance if your child is coming to school so that we are prepared. If you have changed your mind or have not completed the survey please connect with the office using the following method of communication. (Email: email@example.com)
- Part time, voluntary in class instruction is on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
- On line learning will continue (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) for those students who are not attending in class instruction.
- Students may not necessarily be with their classroom teacher, although we will try.
- Families who are not attending in class instruction on Tuesdays and Thursdays, are not permitted on school grounds.
- Due to safety concerns, parents will not be able to enter the school. Please talk to your child about this in advance.
- Please contact the office if you need to make an appointment to talk with someone in person. Ph#250-478-8368
- If your child is sick with cold/flu like symptoms they must stay home.
- If your child becomes sick at school, they will be isolated and you will be contacted for immediate pick up. They cannot return until their symptoms are gone and they have a doctor’s note.
- The playground structures and swings are closed to student use at this time.
- Breakfast and Lunch programs will not be operating for the month of June.
- After School Care will not be serving food, so those registered in this program, please send extra snacks.
- If you require Before School Care on Tuesdays or Thursdays, you will now need to register as spaces are limited. Please call the school and we will send you the registration form.
- Masks will not be provided, but students may wear them if they wish.
- Classrooms will be very different as we have a maximum number of desks in each room.
- We will no longer have shared supplies or materials. Teachers will send a list of required supplies (very limited). These supplies will be kept at school in individual bins.
- Entry into the building: students will line up at their designated division numbers. There are painted hearts on the pavement for each student to stand on. Location of line up spots may have changed. Teachers will communicate this with you.
- Students and staff will wash their hands every time they enter and exit the building. Hand sanitizer will also be used upon entering the building.
- No toys or electronics can be brought to school.
- Students will be physically distanced in class to help ensure no physical contact.
- All food needs to be brought in and out each day including the garbage. Please make sure your child can open all containers. Food will not be shared among students or staff.
- Please ensure your child can tie their own shoes, or provide them with Velcro shoes.
- Water bottles only, no juice please. Water fountains are closed.
- We will go outside for learning activities as much as possible! Please be prepared for the weather. For example, sunscreen your child at home, bring a hat, or rain coat depending on the weather.
Thank you for taking the time to read these points. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Respectfully, Ms.V. Ives
As you have likely heard by now, all BC school districts are moving toward a return to in-class instruction. This will be different from how on-site learning was delivered prior to spring break.
The next step provides parents of Kindergarten to Grade 5 students with the option of sending their children back to classrooms on a part-time, voluntary basis.
To help us plan for what this will look like we need to have a sense of how many students might return on a voluntary, part-time basis. Please take a couple of moments to complete this short online survey as soon as you are able: https://www.sd62.bc.ca/survey-return-in-class-instructions
We understand it may be difficult to decide on whether or not to send your children to school. When we know how many children to expect, we can work out the details of what part-time in-class instruction will look like and will share that with you well before your children return.
Our school and school district continue to follow the guidance and directives from the Provincial Health Officer, public health and the Ministry of Education and your children’s health and safety is always top of our minds.
Thank you in advance for your help and continued patience and understanding.
We miss you! Here is a video made by Mr. Stephenson, with dancing and messages from the Ruth King staff, that goes out to all of our students and their families. Thanks to all who participated.
We are thinking about you! Click here to get dancing!
Once again I hope you are all doing well. I have had a chance to touch base with some parents/guardians over the last few weeks but wanted to let you know that I am truly missing all of you and the children.
This is just a reminder that the Frozen Food Program is continuing as usual and will be handed out on Mondays from 12:00pm to 12:45pm for Ruth King families and 12:45pm to 1:30pm for Spencer families. If you have children in both schools, you can come in any time between 12:00pm and 1:30pm.
The meals will be handed out in the caged area by the intermediate playground. Please remember to follow the physical distancing rules stated, wear gloves when picking up the food, and bring a bag to put your food in. If you have not signed up and would like to join the program, please email me back and I will add you to the list. Please remember to pick up your food, as our freezers will only hold so much food and I will have to give your food away if you do not pick up during these times. If these times do not work for your schedule, please let me know and I can make arrangements with you individually. Take care and be safe!
Here is a message from the District:
Please remind your families that our school play grounds are off limits. Our fields are open for individual play (not for groups or organized sports) and that though we love pets, dogs are not allowed on school grounds and we appreciate families’ continued attention to that.
While schools are closed to in class instruction, most school zone speed limits don’t apply. However, the 30 km/hr speed zones around schools where we are providing care for the children of essential service workers (Saseenos, Colwood and Lakewood) DO still apply. It is important that we are mindful of this for the safety of the students and staff at those sites.
Respectfully, Ms.V. Ives
Welcome back from Spring Break! I know that this break was not exactly how everyone envisioned it to be but I hope you are all staying safe and home as much as possible.
At this point, your child’s teacher will have reached out to you in the form of an email or a phone call. The purpose of this is to connect with families and to find out how the school can support you and your children in this very unique learning situation. This week is a planning week, where we are gathering information from families, and planning our lessons accordingly. We will be starting at some point next week. Every teacher is doing their own planning, sometimes in grade groups, and sometimes not. We are trying to be as consistent as possible across the district. Please respond to your child’s teacher as soon as possible so that the lessons can move forward.
Ruth King Elementary School has a lunch program that we would like to continue in a modified fashion. The delivery of food will take place on Monday’s at Ruth King in the covered caged area from 12:00pm to 12:45pm. The meals will be frozen and will be for the entire school week. (5 days) Please fill out this form attached if you will take advantage of this service so that we know how many meals to prepare. See you on Monday for pick up.
Here is the link to the survey:
Respectfully – Ms. V. Ives
March 27, 2020
Message to SD62 Families,
Dear Students and Families,
I hope this letter finds you all healthy and in relatively good spirits in this unprecedented time. I want to thank you for your patience as we draw to the end of our spring break and prepare for a very different conclusion to the school year. I know that many of you are concerned about your health and well-being as well as the continuation of educational programs.
By now, you will be aware that the Ministry of Education, under the advice of Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Provincial Health Officer, has closed schools to in-class instruction. Schools will continue to provide learning opportunities for students in a different and reduced manner.
Parents should not plan on dropping their children off at schools next week as per normal practice. If there is an urgent need for childcare please email the District at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ministry of Education has set the following four priorities for school districts at this time:
- Maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students and families and all employees.
- Provide services to support children of essential workers.
- Support vulnerable students who may need special assistance.
- Provide continuity of educational opportunities for all students.
Most of our staff will be working remotely from home for the next while as we await further direction from health officials. This will mean that schools will only be available to the public through pre-arranged appointments with the school principal or vice-principal. Signs will be located on all school main entrances indicating the best phone number or email address to contact school officials. This will allow us to ensure that our schools remain clean and disinfected for the safety of those staff that will be required to work on site.
Because this is all new to us, we will be asking teachers and other staff to use the week of March 30 to April 3 as a planning week. Teachers will begin to provide learning opportunities as soon as practical and no later than mid-April in keeping with the Minister of Education’s directions. During this time, you can expect your classroom teachers to reach out to you to check in and assess the ability of families to connect online for learning. This will take us some time to organize and fine tune, so we ask for your continued patience with us as we slowly get this up and running.
In these times of uncertainty and angst, families have many things to think about. While we want to ensure continuity of learning, we are also cognizant of overwhelming families with educational demands. Please keep in mind that there is no intent to replicate a regular school day virtually for all students. Teachers will be providing essential learning as well as opportunities for teachers to connect directly with students. We will also provide links to resources on our website for families looking to supplement their children’s learning.
The school district is also committed to supporting families of essential service providers. The Government of BC has developed a list of essential services to assist in this determination. When teachers reach out to families, they will be asking about this and directing families to an online portal to register for services.
To our grade 12 students, wondering about scholarships, graduation and post-secondary transition, we will be sending information out to you specifically in the coming days.
I would encourage parents to check our district website at www.sd62.bc.ca for the latest updates related to COVID-19 and the District’s response.
Please take this time to follow the advice of health professionals, particularly Dr. Bonnie Henry, by maintaining physical distancing, observing proper health etiquette and staying home as much as possible. It is important that while we distance ourselves physically we still maintain social contact. I encourage you to connect with your friends and family whether it be through text, email or phone calls. Let’s all look out for one another.
Superintendent of Schools, School District #62 (Sooke)
Due to recommendations from the province to not hold events greater than 250 people, tonight’s Open House & Literacy Fair has been cancelled.