Back To School

Planning for Return to School in September 8th!



Henry Janzen School

Return to School Plan - Fall 2020



As we begin this new school year we remind everyone that we each have the

responsibility to do all we can for the health of our school community.


All members of the school community will:

Take all reasonable actions to ensure their own safety and that of their fellow school family members.

Self-monitor for symptoms and use the online Saskatchewan COVID-19

Self-Assessment Tool .

Not attend school when they are symptomatic or required to self-isolate.

Follow guidelines for building traffic flow, social distancing and personal



Please read the important information below! We look forward to seeing our Jaguars!


1. Hand Washing –All students will be encouraged to wash their hands regularly. Teachers will teach proper hand washing in the first week. Proper hand washing signage will also be added around the school.  Please also teach this at home!


2. Hand Sanitizer – Bottles of hand sanitizer will be provided to teachers for use in the classroom. As students come into the classroom, teachers will provide an appropriate amount of hand sanitizer to each student. Hand sanitizer will also be found at the main entrance and shared spaces (teacher prep room, for example). Students who arrive late to school must use the front entrance and use the provided hand sanitizer prior to entering the school office. Please bring scent free hand sanitizer if you decide to send sanitizer to school!


3. Mandatory Mask Usage – All staff and students in grades 4-8 must wear a mask in our building and will be provided with one reusable mask. Classroom teachers will instruct and help students on proper mask usage. Videos and posters will be available to help. Student masks need to be washed nightly and will do so at home. Families are encouraged to purchase additional masks. Students in grades K-3 are strongly encouraged to wear masks as well as 2 metres social distancing in classrooms is not possible. Masks brought from home must meet federal standards. Scarves or buffs do not meet the basic requirements and face shields alone are also not a replacement for a mask.


4. Water -All regular water fountains will be off limits but water bottle fillers will still be working. To avoid long line-ups at the filler stations, students should bring a filled water bottle to school daily, labeled with their name.


5.Assemblies/Community Gatherings – All gatherings (Bring Your Backpack Night, School BBQ, etc.) and assemblies are paused for the time being. All meetings with parents or caregivers will be done by phone or digitally. Parents wishing for a remote meeting can contact the office or the specific teacher to set a time.


6. Related Lessons - Teachers will routinely discuss physical contact and physical

distancing. Floor signage reminding students to stay 2 metres apart and hallway arrows have been added.


7. Seating Plans – A seating plan will be developed for each classroom. Students will be seated in pairs at tables, facing forward. Some students will be sitting in individual desks. The same pair of students will share a locker (where individual lockers are not possible). A copy of this seating chart will be stored in both the office and in the classroom for tracking purposes.


8. Entering the Building (Guests and Visitors) – Guests, visitors, volunteers, speakers (unless they are employed by Regina Public Schools) will not be entering our building at this time. Signage will be on the front door of the school advising that we are not allowing visitors and that anyone who is feeling unwell should not enter the building at all. If a guest or visitor must absolutely come in, they will be escorted by administration or Ms.Zikman and required to sanitize their hands, wear a mask, and check in at the office.


9. Entering the Building (Students) – Instead of entering in three boot rooms as in the past, students will now enter through one of 7 doors. Each class will assemble on the playground in marked spots in order to physically distance the students. Only 1 class will be brought through the door at a time and the next class will not enter until the previous class is completely out of the boot room. Students not transported by bus are encouraged to arrive close to the 9:08 bell to avoid overcrowding on the playground.


10. Exiting the Building (Gr. 1-8) – At the end of the day, teachers will escort their students to the playground for recess (3:22-3:37). Exit times will be staggered. Students are encouraged to make their way home if walking or being picked up to reduce crowding. A permission note, giving permission for a student to leave the grounds prior to the 3:37 end of day, will be provided to parents.


11. School Playground - In order to maximize social distancing only students and staff will be permitted on the school playground. If escorting your child to and from school please choose a meet location now and practice prior to school start. Please avoid the front of the school or parking lot!


12. Grouping of Students or Cohorts – Students will only interact with students in their own classroom or cohort and will stay in their own classroom space throughout the school day. All other areas of the school are closed – gym, library, art room, kitchen, etc., for September and possibly beyond. Learning buddies are also on pause for the time being.


13. Specialist Teachers – Specialist teachers will go into the homeroom classrooms instead of the students transitioning to another space.


14. Body Breaks – Body breaks will be scheduled by the teacher when needed but will be short breaks as recess minutes have already been incorporated into the instructional day. Physical education classes can continue outdoors, weather permitting. Please dress appropriately for outdoor lessons.


15. Classroom Modifications – Classroom furniture will be limited to tables, chairs and a teacher desk. All storage units will be placed in the hallways in order to maximize physical distancing in the room itself. All “soft” items will be removed – rugs, furniture, stuffed animals, anything made of fabric and not easily cleaned.


16. Office Procedures – Arriving late or coming and going for appointments should be limited as much as possible. Students who are late and need to go to the office for attendance, or who are scheduled to be picked up at times other than 3:22, will need to line up outside the office door and wait to be called in, one at a time. This line will go down the main hallway and will be marked every 2 meters where the next person in line can stand. Parents picking up their students at times other than 11:45 or 3:22 are asked to phone the office when at the front door and your child will be reunited with you.


17. Lunch – Students are encouraged to go home for lunch if possible (11:45-12:45). Students staying for lunch will stay in their own classroom, seated at their regular desk. Handwashing or the use of hand sanitizer will occur before eating. All recycling and packaging will be sent home with students. We will stagger lunch and recess to limit the amount of students on the playground.

Lunch Recess Procedures –Students will be escorted from their lunchroom to their meeting spots by the supervisor. Entry back into the school will be through their assigned doors. All students will wash their hands/use sanitizer once back into the school. Lunch fee forms will be sent out in September.

Limiting Shared Materials and E

18. School Supplies – Students will not be sharing supplies – this includes markers, pencils, scissors, etc. All of these items need to be labeled with each individual child’s name.


19. Technology – All computers/iPads will be wiped down after each use by the teacher or students in the older grades. Devices will be assigned to as small a group of students as possible. Only teachers will be allowed in rooms where device charging carts are stored and cleaned.


20. Physical Education – Physical education will be done outside, when possible, and will involve more individual activities that allow students to physically distance themselves from others. The gyms are closed for now.


21. Playground – Any equipment (balls, skipping ropes) will be disinfected after use by the teacher or senior students. Playground structures will not be disinfected.

 Extra- Curricular

22. Learning-Teachers will collaborate with colleagues to identify learning outcomes not completed prior to Mid-March 2020 or by Supplemental Learning. Teachers will assess, anticipate, and develop a plan for meeting outcomes and filling learning gaps if required before moving on to current outcomes. Teachers will focus most on Literacy, Numeracy and Wellness (safety, re-engagement, mental health, etc.) in the beginning. Teachers will set up an online learning platform (Seesaw or Google Classroom) to prepare for possible student illnesses, interruptions to face-to-face learning or a transition to other provincial phases if needed.


23. Extra-Curricular Activities and School Excursions - Clubs, teams, sports, field trips, outings, etc., are on pause for now. This is standard for all Regina Public schools.

Cleaning and Sanitation Guidelines

24.Washroom Usage – To limit the amount of students in the washroom at one time, classroom teachers will only allow 1 student out of their classroom at a time.

Kindergarten classrooms have their own washrooms and will also limit usage to 1 student from their class at any given time.


25. Disinfecting Procedure for Regina Public Schools – Vigorous cleaning procedures have been developed for Regina Public Schools. We are using a product called Vital Oxide. This is a salt-based cleaning solution for spray bottles and misting machines. Disinfection of the entire school will happen each evening. This product is safe for technology, papers, toys, etc. and disinfects after 10 minutes of drying time on surfaces.


26. Washroom Disinfecting – In all Regina Public schools, washrooms will be closed in a staggered routine from 10-10:30 a.m. and again from 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. to perform a disinfecting procedure. Any individual washroom will be closed for a maximum of 10 minutes.


27. Head Facilities Officer - Our HFO will maintain cleaning protocols laid out by the division including increased disinfecting of door handles, light switches and all shared areas.

Illness in Care

28. Isolation Area for COVID-19 Symptoms - A space has been created in the mini gym for students who are feeling ill or show symptoms. Masks, rubber gloves, hand sanitizer are available. Parents will be called and must pick up their child. For more information please visit Saskatchewan Government Safe Attendance Procedures . The principal, vice-principal or school staff member will be assigned to supervise the student until they have been picked up. Once the student leaves this space will be disinfected. All areas touched by the ill child will be cleaned and disinfected and any items touched by the child that cannot be cleaned and disinfected will be removed and stored in a sealed container for a minimum of three days.COVID-19 Symptoms - All parents, guardians, students and staff who are confirmed to be COVID-19 positive and/or under mandatory self-isolation must not enter the school. Instead, they must stay home and self-isolate. Students and staff can return to school once they are cleared by public health.

Mental Health and Social-Emotional S

29. Arrival of Bused Students - Once students arrive in the morning they will go to their cohort areas on the playground. Supervisors are assigned to help support.


30. Physical Distance - Bus drivers will develop seating plans and distance students as much as possible. Siblings will be seated together. Bus drivers will be wearing masks. Hand sanitizer will be made available. Buses will be thoroughly cleaned after all runs.


31. Safety - The bus driver will be focusing on the road so students have the responsibility to face forward, stay seated and wear a mask. Students not able to adhere to these safety rules will be asked to find alternate transportation.


32. Remote learning option - Students remain members of our school community regardless of their chosen learning format but our division has added an eLearning opportunity for students needing, or wanting, to learn at home. Curriculum will be delivered by teachers not currently part of the Janzen’s teaching staff. Questions can be forwarded to if you require more information than what is currently available on our division or school website. Although families are encouraged to only make transitions from eLearning to face-to-face (or vice versa) at ‘ideal’ transition times (end of Term 1 for example), registration for eLearning will remain open at all times.

Back to School Procedures

33. Staggered Start for Grades 1-8 - Regina Public Schools is instituting a staggered start for all schools.

a. Last name starts with A-K attend on Tuesday, September 8th and Thursday,

September 10th.

b. Last name starts with L-Z attend on Wednesday, September 9th and Friday,

September 11th.

All students attend on Monday, September 14th.


34. Communication - Class lists of students created in June will be reviewed and adjusted depending on the number of students newly registered/opting for eLearning. Teachers will contact their students to introduce themselves and share additional details prior to day 1 with students.


35. Kindergarten – Families will be contacted by Ms. Yantz Barton to discuss start dates and information for our newest Jaguars!


36. Calendar - The school calendar for 2020-2021 will remain in effect despite the late start. We will therefore begin on a Day 5 and a Kindergarten Schedule B day.


37. Students and Staff Only on the Playgrounds - Cohort groups will be separated as much as possible so there will not be room for parents on the school playground before or after school. Decide now where you will meet your young child off school grounds if coming to pick them up and practice before school starts on September 8th so the routine is well understood. Supervisors will be on site to assist our youngest students find their parents/guardians.


38. Recesses- have been moved in order to limit the coming and going from classrooms but will be used primarily to stagger entering and exiting the building. 

Our new hours are:

8:53-9:08 – Morning recess

9:08 – 11:45 – Morning classes

11:45 – 12:45 – Lunch and 1 recess (staggered)

12:45 – 3:22 – Afternoon classes

3:22 – 3:37 – Afternoon recess


This plan will be updated as required by emerging health risk assessments!

We are excited to be back! We look forward to an amazing year together! I also want to encourage you to check our RBE website, School website, Twitter feed and SCC Facebook page for the most current information. The local news is also a good place to check for updates. 

The Henry Janzen Team!