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Information for Back to School 2020

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Monday, October 5, 2020

Information for Guthrie Families

Dear Guthrie Students,

Welcome back!  We are excited to welcome you and your family back to Guthrie. Our staff has missed you and they have been in the school preparing for a safe and welcoming return. We are really looking forward to seeing each and every one of you.

This week, your teacher will reach out to your parents to connect and welcome you and your family back to Guthrie. When you return to school you will find that many of our school routines have changed. When buses arrive at school they will disembark one at a time and you will need go to your designated area on the yard where your teacher will be waiting to greet you. I would ask that if parents plan to drive their child to school that they please delay arrival until as close to the 9:10 a.m. entry bell as possible. This will help us promote social distancing and reduce congestion in the parking lot. To support social distancing, our entry and exit routines have changed and we have designated specific entrances and exits for each class to use at all times.  Your teacher will review and practice the entrance and exit routines with you during our first week back together.  According to board protocols only staff and students are permitted to enter the school. Parents will need to ring the front doorbell for assistance but should not enter the building. If parents are dropping students off before school or picking up students at the end of the day they should plan to wait on the tarmac and practice social distancing.

As usual, you will need to bring your indoor shoes and school supplies. All your personal items will stay with you at your work area. Teachers will review with you the importance of not sharing your supplies with others.

As you prepare for the first day of school, here are some important things you will need to know.

Elementary school start date (Kindergarten to Grade 8):

  • Students with surnames A-G will attend Tuesday, September 8, 2020
  • Students with surnames H-O will join students with the surnames A-G in attending Wednesday, September 9, 2020
  • All elementary students will attend Thursday, September 10, 2020
  • Junior Kindergarten students will begin attendance on Thursday, September 10, 2020 as previously planned and communicated with parents/guardians

All students in county class programs (social skills, developmental skills, life skills and autism spectrum disorder) will begin on Tuesday, September 8, and will attend every day.

The staggered entry plan for elementary students ensures that families are able to send all children in their household to school on the same day.

Health and safety

Students in Grade 4 to 8 will be required to wear a face mask while inside the school building. Masks are not required for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3, but are encouraged. Families are encouraged to provide cloth masks for their children that cover the nose and mouth. The SCDSB will provide cloth masks to students who do not have them.

Each morning, students are required to complete a self-screening assessment prior to attending school. The self-screening tool can be found here:

Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home. We ask that parents/guardians report their child's absence as part of our Safe Arrival program.



Students will remain with their class and eat lunch in the classroom. When possible, lunch may take place outdoors. Students will not be able to leave the school property, so please remember to pack a lunch and a refillable water bottle.


Remote learning

Students who are participating in the remote learning program will be contacted by their teacher in the first two weeks of school and classes will begin on Monday, September 21.



Parents should receive and email from the Transportation Consortium (SCSTC) by the end of this week with busing details. Students will need the letter to board their bus. If you do not receive a letter you may contact the SCSTC contact the SCSTC at or (705) 733-8965 for a status update.


Even though this return to learning will look very different, together we will make this an amazing year for all of us.


Ms. Hornik


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