The purpose of this email is to provide an update with how outdoor/winter gear will be managed at school as winter fast approaches.
The Health Unit and TLDSB have given permission for the racks outside of classrooms (which would be the classrooms in the Primary end) to be used to store outdoor/winter gear during the school day. This has already been implemented.
For our Junior and Intermediate classes (which all have lockers), a hook is going to be placed on the outside of each locker (it is the style of hook like you might have in your house that hangs over a closet door). Junior and Intermediate students will be able to hang their outdoor gear (e.g., coat and snow pants) on this hook. Winter outdoor footwear will be placed at the base of each students’ locker when students are in class and will go home with students at the day’s end.
We are not permitted to use the inside of lockers, which is why we are using the above system.
We are doing our best to have Primary students spaced when going to their assigned rack outside of the classroom (and, soon, lockers for Junior and Intermediate students).
Indoor shoes are now permitted to remain at school. Primary students will leave them on the racks outside of their classrooms. Mrs. Starr (thank you, Mrs. Starr!) has procured enough plastic bags (grocery style) for all Junior and Intermediate students to put their indoor shoes in at the day’s end and hang off of their locker’s hook. When/if the bag rips, students can bring in a bag to hang off of the hook.
If at all possible, please provide your child(ren) with both outdoor footwear and indoor shoes (which are suitable for Gym class). Our preference would be for all students to have winter boots (but, as a parent with 2 teenage children, I know it is not always the easiest to get older students to wear winter boots!). If that is not possible, then a student having a separate pair of indoor and outdoor shoes would be appreciated. We do not want students wearing running shoes in the Gym that they have also worn outside as it will make the Gym slippery and unsafe, and the sand from outside destroys the Gym floor.