Start Up Communication.pdfFAQ.pdf
Dear Heritage Park Families,
Thank-you for your continued consideration and patience as we work to develop our restart plan for the 2020/2021 school year. We understand you have many Health and Safety (H&S) related questions and want to assure you we are working hard to ensure all H&S protocols outlined by the Provincial Health Authority (PHA) will be in place to provide a safe learning environment for your child’s return to full-time in-class instruction.
Part of this work involves significant changes to building access, movement flow, and scheduling. We have altered our timetable to meet requirements outlined by the Ministry of Education (MOE), and will be continuing to work over the next week or so to finalize the details of our HPMS plan. Please review the information below for information about the structure of the 2020/2021 school year at Heritage this year.
The school day at Heritage Park will run 8:55 am-2:56 pm every day except Wednesdays. On Wednesday students will be dismissed at 10:58 am.
Quadmesters aka “Quads”
The academic year will be a quarterly rotation model in which students take two classes at a time for a 9ish-week period. There will be four quarters for the year and students will complete eight courses for the year. Classes will be approximately 2.5 hours long with in-class breaks.
September 8th – November 13th
Class 1: Block A
Class 2: Block B
November 16th –January 28th
Class 1: Block C
Class 2: Block D
February 1st – April 23rd
Class 1: Block E
Class 2: Block F
April 26th – June 29th
Class 1: Block G
Class 2: Block H
Students will be assigned to cohorts of 60 students or less. Cohorts are a requirement from the PHA to reduce the potential of Covid-19 transmission and to aid in contact tracing.
- Timetables- Student schedules will be available during the week of Sept 8th
- Lockers- Lockers will not be in use (fees will be refunded if they were paid)
- Masks- Masks will be required in shared spaces where physical distancing is not possible between students from different learning cohorts, i.e. hallways, washrooms, etc. Two reusable masks will be provided by the School District to each student
- School Supplies- Our list can be found here: https://hpms.mpsd.ca/Documents/School%20Supply%20List.pdf
First Day of School aka “Orientation Day”
There will be no students at school on Tuesday, September 8th or Wednesday, September 9th. These two days will be used for site-based planning and Health and Safety orientation for HPMS Staff.
Grade 7 students only will attend Thursday, September 10th from 8:55 am- 2:56 pm. Grade 8 & 9 students will attend Friday, September 11th from 8:55 am- 2:56 pm.
There will be further details about what this orientation and transition morning will look like over the next week or so.
Information Still to Come
- Please see the attachment for some further information about frequently asked questions
Again, we appreciate your patience as we work to ensure a safe and successful September return to school. In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend!