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Orde Preschool Parent update

September 14th, 2020

Monday, September 14, 2020

Dear Families of Children enrolled in Orde Day Care Preschool program

Below is an update on a number of items that will be changing this week

  1. Hours of operation for preschool children

Orde Day Care Preschool program will run from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. If you have a child in the school age or fdk program you may arrive at 8:00 a.m. with your preschool child to allow them to use the before school care program in the morning. If you do not have a child in one of our older programs, we ask that you do not bring your preschooler in until after 8:30 a.m., as we are giving priority to our fdk and school age children and the line for your child to gain entry may be longer than usual.

  1. Staggered entry and pick up:

To start the school year, we will not be providing our preschool parents a drop off or pick up time (different than our summer program). However, we will monitor this new approach over the next few weeks to see if it is working or if we have to return to specific drop off and pick up times. Please ensure that if you are picking up at the end of the day that you arrive by 4:45 to allow yourself enough time, as there may be a line when you arrive to pick up.

  1. Drop off and Pick up area:

The drop off and pick up preschool children will be conducted in the small yard. (kindergarten yard) from 8:00/8:30-9:00 a.m. in the morning and 3:30-5:00 in the afternoon.

 

We ask that you respect the markers indicated on the ground of the small playground as you wait for your child to gain entry into the daycare/school.

 

If your child comes after this time and children are in the yard, please do not come into the yard and ask one of the staff on duty to tell the school office that you have arrived. Please wait behind the temporary fencing just inside the small yard walkway

 

  1. Mask wearing- Masks are required for preschool children when they are outside of the classroom. ie in the hallways. Please supply your child with a mask to wear for this purpose.

5. If you need to contact us please email admin@ordedaycare.org, garydordedaycare@yahoo.ca or indraordedaycare@yahoo.ca

Update for School age and FDK parents

September 14th, 2020

Monday, September 14, 2020

Dear Families of Children enrolled in Orde Day Care FDK and School Age Programs

Below is an update on a number of items in preparation for your child’s return to daycare/school this week. I apologize for the delay of this communication but clarification on a few items still needed to be ironed out with the school before we could provide an update.

We hope this answer some of the questions that I have received to date

1. Care the week of September 14- 18

The TDSB has restricted our ability to offer full day care to children while the wait for their grade to start school.  Today is the last day of camp for all children Kindergarten to School age.

As of Tuesday, September 15,2020 we will be providing care for before and after for the following groups of children.

Tuesday, September 15 Senior Kindergarten and Grade 4

Wednesday, September 16 Junior and Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1 and 4

Thursday, September 17 All grades (JK- Grade 6)

 

  1. Hours of operation for fdk and school age children:

Orde Day Care FDK and School age program will run from 7:45 am-8:40 am and 3:00 pm/3:15 pm-5:30 pm.

 

  1.  Co-horting of FDK and School age children:

All kindergarten daycare children have been placed in two class rooms, room 5 and 6, for both instructional school and for our before and after school programs, to support the co horting requirement.

At this time the school will not be using room 25, 26 and 27. These rooms will be used for daycare only. 5 grade 1-6 classrooms will feed into the three school age rooms, but we will endeav to arrange our schedule to  limit the exposure of children from different classrooms.

We will try to spend as much time outside as possible to reduce the likelihood of transmission, increase physical distancing and give children a break from wearing a mask.

  1. Staggered entry and pick up:

To start the school year, we will not be providing our FDK and School age parents a drop off or pick up time (different than our summer program). However, we will monitor this new approach over the next few weeks to see if it is working or if we have to return to specific drop off and pick up times. Please ensure that if you are picking up at the end of the day that you arrive by 5:15 to allow yourself enough time, as there may be a line when you arrive to pick up.

  1. Drop off and Pick up area:

The drop off and pick up for all fdk and school age daycare children will be conducted in the small yard. (kindergarten yard) from 7:40- 8:30 a.m. in the morning and 4:00-5:30 in the afternoon.

 

We ask that you respect the markers indicated on the ground of the small playground as you wait for your child to gain entry into the daycare/school.

 

If your child comes after this time and children are in the yard, please do not come into the yard and ask one of the staff on duty to tell the school office that you have arrived. Please wait behind the temporary fencing just inside the small yard walkway

 

  1. Health screening form

The screening form will hopefully move online as of Tuesday, September 15 for all fdk and school age parents.
We ask the one family member who will be bring the child to daycare/school to complete this survey before 7:30 each morning.

The link will come from SURVEY MONKEY. Please check your junk or spam if you don’t see it. Please add to your favorites if it does go to your spam so you can find it each morning.

Upon arrival to the daycare we will confirm your online submission and then we will only be documenting the temperature readings of you and your child.

If you do not complete the online survey, we will conduct the entire screening form with you upon arrival.

If your child only attends our pm program (School age) or your child did not attend the morning program please ensure that you complete the Health screening by 9:00 am each day, otherwise we will contact you during the day to complete.

  1. Mask wearing- When school opens all children kindergarten age and older will be required to wear a mask during daycare hours inside even if physical distancing can be maintained ( this is slightly different than the direction we received on August 28, 2020 from Toronto Public Health in which children were only required to wear masks if physical distancing could not be maintained inside, or when in the communal areas such as the hallway).
  2. Lunches– The TDSB has restricted our ability to offer supervised lunch program for our school aged children Grade 1-6. As a result, we will be offering a bagged lunch to all children Grade 1-6 who are enrolled in our school age lunch program. If you are unsure if your child is registered in our lunch program or you did not indicate on the last survey that went out, please email us to confirm before your child is due to start school this week

We will be investigating our ability to provide bagged lunches to our kindergarten children, and will communicate more on this in the coming weeks.

  1. If you need to contact us please email admin@ordedaycare.org, garydordedaycare@yahoo.ca or indraordedaycare@yahoo.ca

 

Thank you for your time and if you should have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Anna Gionet RECE

Executive Director

Orde Day Care Centre

 

Update August 14, 2020

August 14th, 2020

Dear Families;
We just received the Guidance Document for Childcare Centres and Before
and After School Programs from the Ministry of Education which outlines the
new requirements set out for September 1, 2020. We have also been in
communication with the both Orde and Contact Alternative schools regarding
their reopening plans and how these will affect our programs come
September. Due the release of this new information and discussions we were
unable to contact you regarding September enrollment. Once we digest and
understand how to work with each school for our reopening phase in
September we will contact you.
We do want to notify all families who are enrolled *at Orde Daycare* that
if you require care as of August 24, 2020 for the full day preschool,
kindergarten and school age programs we will be opening up enrollment for a
limited number of children in each program. Please contact us by August 17,
2020 if you are interested in enrolling for these programs. We will be
giving priority based on the Readmission of Childcare Policy and Procedure.
We want to thank you for continued patience. We have many stakeholders and
governing bodies to engage with to ensure we are all work together to ensure
a safe return for your child.

Update August 11, 2020

August 11th, 2020

Dear Families
We reopened yesterday at the Orde Site to a small number of children whose families indicated that they were essential workers or were not able to work from home. It was great to see them laughing and playing with their friends after so many months. We will try to spend as much time outside as we can over the next few weeks to reduce any possible exposure for your child and remind children to physically distance as much as possible.
As we prepare for the weeks ahead, we will be contacting you in the next two weeks, if we have not already to confirm if you are still interested in a space for your child in September or late August.
For our preschool program Indra will be contacting you through email you to see if you would like to begin on August 24, 2020 or September 8, 2020.
For our kindergarten and school age programs we are still awaiting details for our before and after school childcare in September. The province indicated that kindergarten and school age programs could run at full ratios, but as each of our child care rooms combine children from different classrooms/cohorts, we are concerned about this increased exposure for your child and our staff. Therefore, we are awaiting further direction from the Province and Toronto Public Health.
Gary and Indra will be contacting you by email to see if you are still interested in a space for late August or early September to see how many children are returning. This will allow us to begin planning our enrollment and room placement. Spaces will be made available based on the priority set out in our Readmission Policy and Procedure.
We will not be enrolling any new children into programs until we hear back from you, therefore we ask that you respond promptly to their email.
The Satellite site is still under construction with a roof replacement. We are currently waiting to hear from the construction manager if our reopening date of August 31, 2020 will go forward as planned. Once I receive confirmation of this date, I will provide a further update to the Satellite parents.

Thank you and stay well;

Anna Gionet
Executive Director
Orde Day Care Centre