Instructions for Week 1 and 2
Detailed information about Week 1 -Orientation and Week 2 - resumption of in-person classes.
Dear Rick Hansen Secondary Families,
Welcome back to Rick Hansen Secondary School and the new school year! This year will definitely prove to be unlike any other and the staff of Rick Hansen Secondary School are ready to face these challenges.
We know that the past six months have most likely been difficult for many in our community. We are cognizant of the impact of the current state of world affairs on students’ academic achievement and their mental and social well being. We are also aware that the decisions you have had to make regarding the return to school have most likely been difficult.The staff at Rick Hansen SS want you to know that health and safety and mental wellness procedures are of the utmost importance to us in order to keep students, staff and families well during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Schedule for Week 1:
As we gradually start the school year in our new Adaptive Model, students will attend school in person for just one morning during the week of Sept. 8 - 11, 2020 for a brief orientation and for COVID-19 Health and Safety training. Students will attend the period 1 class listed on the temporary timetable that has been emailed to them via their Google Gmail accounts. This timetable indicates whether the student is in Cohort A or Cohort B. Each class has been split into two cohorts.
While at school, students will:
review details about our blended learning model,
participate in activities geared at teaching them the new health and safety routines,
discuss school processes and procedures, and
explore information around Mental Health supports,
There will be more specific communication coming to our students and families in our DD Program and Section 23 programs soon.
Based on the cohort and the grade your teen is in, the first week of school will proceed as follows:
Schedule for Week 2 (Sept 14-18)
Students will be sent their regular timetable which they will start in week 2 later during the week of September 8-11. This timetable will be sent to their student Google Gmail accounts. More to come on that next week.
Period 1 Study Period
Students with a Period 1 Study period on their timetable, still need to attend school during their assigned cohorted day. They are to report to the room assigned to their study period listed in period 1 on their timetable. This is required so that every student receives the mandatory health and safety protocols.
Students will not be able to enter the building prior to 8:30 am. Entry will occur between 8:30 and 8:45.
If students arrive late, they should go directly to their class and not to the office (teachers can mark students late), but must sanitize their hands upon entering the school.
All students, staff and visitors entering the school will be required to wear a mask and/or face covering. Hand sanitizing stations will be set up at entry doors and all individuals, including students, must sanitize their hands immediately upon entering the building.
For health and safety reasons, students will be limited to staying in their classroom (and general areas) for the duration of the day.
The board has directed that school doors will be locked during the day following student entry. Students who arrive late must enter through the school’s main/Atrium doors.
Mandatory Health and Safety Protocols
Everyone (staff, students, parents, guardians and essential visitors) entering the building must complete the COVID Self-Assessment Tool online prior to arriving at school and entering the building.
Students are required to wear a mask upon entering the building.
Students must use their designated entry door based on where their period 1 class is located in the school.
If there is a line-up at the entry door, students are asked to practice social distancing while waiting in line.
Students must sanitize their hands as soon as they enter the building, they must then sanitize again upon entering the classroom. Any time they leave the classroom, to use the washroom, they must sanitize before leaving the classroom and then must sanitize when they return to the classroom. At dismissal time, students must sanitize when they leave the classroom and then again when they leave the school.
Upon dismissal, students are asked to go directly to meet their bus, their ride home or leave the property to walk home. Social distancing must be maintained at all times.
Students will enter and exit the building based on the location of their classes, doors are labelled on the exterior of the building. Student classroom entrances and exits are as follows:
Main Entrance: Staff and Essential Visitors only
Doors will be locked at 8:30 am. If your child is later than 8:30, they are to proceed to the main entrance, where they will be greeted by an Office Assistant.
Some additional information:
Classes are from 8:30 – 10:30 am
Students will not have access to lockers or change rooms (students in Physical Education and/or in Dance will need to come to school prepared for activity)
Bus information can be accessed on the Student Transportation website http://www.stopr.ca/Pages/default.aspx . Here you can see if your child is eligible for bussing. Parents, if you are looking for information specific to your child’s transportation you will need to wait until Monday, August 31st and go to the same website with your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) which can be found on his or her report card.
Parents are highly encouraged to sign-up for Parent Connect. Parent Connect is a safe and secure website that acts as a single portal for parents to stay informed and access to real time attendance reporting, student’s credit history, diploma status, up to date bussing information and more. Register by selecting the Parent Connect chiclet found at
Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we get our schools up and running and ensure your teens safety. We look forward to welcoming you back next week!