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    Orchard Park Pubic School Updates

    October Dates:
    -Wed Oct 21: Bus Driver Appreciation Day
    -Fri Oct 23: Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day
    -Fri Oct 30: Students may choose to wear a costume to school or wear orange/black* - masks must still be worn by all staff and students (a costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering and should not be worn under or over any other costume mask as it may make it difficult to breathe). 

    Covid-safe guidelines will be shared over School Messenger emails to parents/guardians.

    School Bells

    8:45am -Yard Supervision begins
    9:00am  Start Time
    10:50 -11:40am - First Nutrition Break
    1:40-2:20pm - Second Nutrition Break
    3:30pm - Dismissal

    *Please ensure your child comes to school dressed for the weather to participate in outdoor learning activities.

    Communication / Information

    Please click on the Contact Us button at the top of the page to see your child's teacher's website.

    At this time, all Thames Valley schools are remaining closed to visitors. If you are picking up your child early from school, please stop at the front doors, call the school office at 519-452-8450 and wait outside the front doors where we will bring your child to you. 

    For the most up-to-date information, please click on these links: TVDSB's Return to Learn page 
    Families of Orchard Park Public School Facebook Page
    School Twitter page

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    Should you have any questions that aren't answered in our communications or from the Board's Return to Learn page, please reach out to us at orchardpark@tvdsb.ca 

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    Important School Links:

    TVDSB Parent Portal link -to view report cards, IEP, attendance, complete IPOCs and other online forms

    School Cash Online link -for any payments associated with school (field trips, Milk Program, donations

    School Messenger link -to report a student absence, late arrival, or early departure. School Messenger will also be the main communication from the School Office to home

    On-line Registration link -Parents can now register their child/ren online for Thames Valley schools (Before you register your child for school, please enter your address in the school locator tool to find out which school's attendance area you live in).

    Bus Transportation information link - Registration process for Sept...families must register their child for a bus ride this fall.
    a) Check Bus Eligibility 
    b) Mandatory Bus Registration - due by Aug 14
    During the school year, click here to sign up for:
    ~Bus Delays or Cancellations Website
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    Bus Delays or Cancellations App

    Police Record Check -All Thames Valley school sites require a Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) to be complete to volunteer in any capacity. *Please note that VSCs done prior to 2013 will need to be completed again.

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    Health & Safety Measures for 20/21

    Link to the Covid-19 symptom screening icons - Students should not come to school if they are experiencing any symptoms from this list: Link to Covid Screening Page

    Here is a link to our school video describing some of the changes that are taking place for the upcoming school year at Orchard Park:  Link to Video

    Here is a link to a TVDSB video that shows some of these safety measures in place at Thames Valley Schools: link to TVDSB Elementary Video

    At this time, all Thames Valley schools will have their doors closed to the public.

    Balanced Day & Nutrition Breaks

    As explained in our school video above, we will be having two Nutrition Breaks in the school day where students can remove their masks to eat and play. Our first Nutrition Break goes from 10:50-11:40am (50 minutes: 25 minutes to eat; 25 minutes to play); the second Nutrition Break goes from 1:40-2:20pm (40 minutes: 20 minutes to eat 20 minutes to play). 

    What to pack for Nutrition Breaks?

    Students should start their mornings at home eating a hearty breakfast. Here are some ideas on how to pack a lunch for your child with two eating breaks:

    Cool lunch ideas for a Balanced Day -PDF download
    Balanced School Day Meal Planning -PDF download
    Food for a Balanced School Day -PDF download
    Link to the MLHU Webpage for Balanced Day Meal Ideas