School board releases more details on September opening

BARRY’S BAY – A press release issued by the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board (RCCDSB) shows the board has been at work, figuring out the best way to keep kids safe when they return to school on September 8.

The press release concentrated on a walk-through of two member schools, Our Lady of Fatima and St. Joseph High, both in Renfrew, with the schools’ two principals and safety officers of the board.

The August 11 walkthrough also included members of the Renfrew County District Health Unit (RCDHU) team, tackling such issues such as “student drop-off and pick up, cohorting, respiratory etiquette, disinfection protocols, and more,” the release stated.

“It was a very thorough day and everyone feels well prepared. With three weeks to go before students come back, schools are in very good shape,” said Brian Brohart, who is the RCCDSB Healthy Schools Coordinator.

The press release said that the “discussion and feedback from the day will result in a written report that will be used to finetune preparations for the safe reopening of schools across the Board.”

The board has been at work over the summer, preparing its plan for reopening. The school board has had to wait on the Ontario government’s direction. In the meantime it has been running a survey, attempting to get a sense of parents’ attitude toward in-person schooling.

On August 8 the board sent out an email to parents providing links to various documents it has prepared. One of these is entitled the ‘RCDSB Return to School and Work Resource Guide,’ which provides online links to various other documents. One of these is ‘Inside RCDSB Schools,’ and details what kids can expect for their new routine at school.

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