Principal's Message
September 11th

11 Sep 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Let me begin by thanking you for sharing your Colonel By students with us this week!  We've now seen our Grade 9 students twice and our students in Grade 10-12 joined us on Thursday (Cohort A) and today (Cohort B). It was very exciting to see our Cougars back in the building and I received loads of glowing feedback from students as they left at the end of their instructional period!

We have shared information with our students about the format and structure of our octomestered school year calendar. I have attached a calendar to this message with an explanatory note about how to read the hard copy of a timetable. If you have any questions at all, please don't hestiate to reach out to a member of our Student Services team:

Ms. Badgery (jill.badgery@ocdsb.ca) - Students with surnames A to H

Ms. Storey (sarah.storey@ocdsb.ca) - Students with surnames I to Q

Ms. Nakashoji (rachel.nakashoji@ocdsb.ca) - Students with surnames R to Z

I'll be sharing more news and information with you in the coming days but for now I'll wish you a great weekend.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

September 5th

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Tuesday September 8, students will begin returning to school. COVID-19 has changed the way we live our lives and will be changing the way we do our jobs. We have received some inquiries about the cleaning protocols that have been established at Colonel By to ensure that the places where we learn, play and work are clean and safe every day. Here is a detailed plan of what you can expect to be taking place through the day and evening.

Priority Work: The focus of our Care Staff will need to be cleaning and disinfecting before all other tasks.

Public Health Nurse: Ottawa Public Health nurses will be visiting the school to review our safety protocols and practices starting next week.

Care Staff Safety: All Care Staff will be provided disposable medical-grade masks, face shields and gloves. Care Staff will not enter classrooms or other learning spaces when students are present.

Enhanced Cleaning: The Enhanced Cleaning tasks outlined below are a requirement from Ottawa Public Health and must be completed during the day while the school is occupied. These tasks take priority above all other tasks except emergencies.

Common Areas: A full pass through the entire school twice a day--once after students enter and again after the mid-point of the learning block--to wipe down all the touchpoints with wipes saturated with Oxivir Tb. Care Staff will address all the common areas, hallways, stairwells and the elevator. These touchpoints include exterior door knobs/handles, interior door knobs/handles, railings, panic sets, doors that need to be pushed open, water fountains, and elevator buttons.

Washrooms:  Twice a day (once when students go into class in the morning and again after their break). All the washrooms will receive a disinfection cleaning twice per day--once after students enter the building and again after the mid-point of the learning block. This requires all garbage to be picked up and toilets flushed, all stalls and urinals to be open and available to be used and checking that there are paper towels, toilet paper and hand soap in all dispensers. All counters, sinks, dispensers, and touchpoints will be wiped down using a yellow microfiber rag and Virex II 256 disinfectant. All toilets and urinals will be wiped down with a red microfiber rag and Virex II 256 disinfectant.

Classroom Cleaning Supplies: A spray bottles of Virex II 256 and paper towels will be available in all classrooms and will be checked and/or refilled as required before students arrive.

Evening Cleaning: The evening Care Staff is required to disinfect every desk and vertical surface with a green or blue microfiber rag and Virex 256 II disinfectant. All touchpoints in the classrooms will be cleaned with a wipe saturated with Oxivir Tb or PREempt RTU. Diversey Stride will be used for all floor care. Diversey Glance and paper towels or squeegee will be used for all glass and mirrors. Plexiglass and glass partitions will be disinfected each evening.

These strict cleaning protocols will help us all to stay safe and reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. We hope that you find this information helpful and will take some time to share it with the Colonel By students in your home. I encourage you to contact the school if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

August 14th

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Let me begin by thanking you for your messages and feedback over the past several days. These are unprecedented times. Usually I would respond to each email personally. For those who have asked very specific questions regarding your child that fall outside the bounds of the information in this message, please be assured that you will receive a personal response as soon as possible. However, given the time-sensitive nature of our back-to-school planning, I want to address some of the most common questions that have arisen, so that parents and guardians have the most robust information possible before making a decision on their child’s return to school.

I do acknowledge that many of our students have travel arrangements that require substantial time (in some cases exceeding the 55 minute lunch and transition time) for them to make their way to and from school. The in-school instruction period is scheduled from 9:15 to 11:45am, culminating in student dismissal to return home. The afternoon remote learning schedule is split into 2 blocks, with the 12:40-1:55pm period being for students to complete homework, take part in asynchronous learning and/or connect with their teachers. The 1:55-3:15pm period is scheduled to be real-time remote learning. Please be assured that we will work with our staff to ensure that no student is disadvantaged by missing instruction due to their commute time. No synchronous lesson delivery or time-bound learning activities will be delivered until the 1:55pm real-time learning block, at which time attendance will be taken. My apologies if that was not made clear in previous communications.

For more detailed information about the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority’s plans for bus and van services, I encourage you to visit the OSTA website.

Student timetables are not available at this time. Once we have received information from the district about what parents and guardians have chosen for their child’s return to school, we will be creating cohorts as outlined in the district plan, and then finalizing timetables for students. More information will be forthcoming about when and how these timetables will be distributed.

We continue to receive support and guidance from central OCDSB staff and the IB Schools of Ontario. We are continuing to develop plans that will help us to deliver the high quality of educational programming you have come to expect from Colonel By Secondary School and all of its secondary pathways.

I recognize that you and your family are trying to gather information that will help with your decision to select in-school or remote learning for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. As the OCDSB works to refine its Return to School plan, you will continue to receive updates. In the meantime, you can access the most up-to-date information on the OCSDB's Return to School web page and its FAQ page which can be accessed here.

Please note: The OCDSB has extended the deadline for parents to choose between in-person and remote learning to midnight on August 16. Parents and guardians may make their selection using the Confirmation of Attendance Form. I recognize that this is a very challenging decision for you and your family. My advice to parents and guardians is to make the best decision you can given the information you have at hand.

I wish you the very best this weekend and look forward to welcoming our students to the 2020-2021 school year. In the meantime, please continue to reach out to me or our Vice-Principals (larry.ruch@ocdsb.ca and anne.corrigan@ocdsb.ca) with questions and feedback.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

August 12th

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In my previous communication, I committed to providing you with more details on Colonel By's Return to School plan. As I mentioned, our octomestering model will be very similar to the quadmestering model that will be used in semestered schools but with a few differences. Attached to this message, please find a document that helps to answer some of the questions that you are likely asking yourself as you try to determine whether in-school learning or remote learning is best for your family's circumstances.

I encourage you to continue monitoring the OCDSB's Return to School webpage as it is being updated regularly and includes a helpful FAQ page.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Steve Spidell, Principal

Colonel By Return to School 2020-2021.pdf