As the start of the school year quickly approaches, Golden Hills School Division is in the final planning stages for a near-normal return to school.
Last week you should have received a letter from your principal about the return to school and encouragement to contact your principal if there are circumstances in your family that make you uncertain about your children’s return to their classroom.
We have made many changes in our routines and protocols to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff and have also made school start-up adjustments to welcome students back and implement those changes. We are also adding programming and pathways to provide learning for students who are not able to return to school and options to allow re-entry if the situation changes.
Your school will be communicating with you in more detail over the next few days, but here are some details that are common across Golden Hills:
First day of school is Tuesday, September 1.
The first six days of school will be a staggered start. Approximately half the students on Tuesday, September 1, and the other half the following day, Wednesday. We will alternate like this from September 1 to September 9 (six school days). All students will be at school together starting on Thursday, September 10. Schools are working on these schedules now and will communicate details in the days ahead.
Changes to routines and protocols in transportation (coming next week) and in schools to keep students and staff safe.
We are hearing from the vast majority of parents who are eager to restart school, but we also have some families who are unsure about their child’s return to school or that have high-risk medical situations in their household. If you are in this situation, please contact your principal as soon as possible. We will be supporting all students in our system including those students who cannot return to school and need to know the details for those students so we can plan effectively.
We are looking forward to getting back to school and are eager to reconnect with students and families. We look forward to a successful school year for everyone.