Due to health guidelines and school construction, this year will be very different from other years. Please read the information below carefully.
SCHOOL REOPENS THE TUESDAY AFTER LABOUR DAY.
Important! Please read the following documents BEFORE the start of school. Please translate if necessary.
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PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 7–STUDENTS PREPARE FOR CLASSES
STEP 1: CHECK YOUR TIMETABLE
- *Remember, if you are checking your timetable on your phone, you must load the desktop version of the website. The ‘Schedule’ tab is not accessible on the mobile site.
- Grade 8’s You should have receiived a separate email later this week with login guidelines and a password
- Returning students: If you need to reset your MyEducation password, or have forgotten how to access your account, please see the login information here.
There will be NO HOMEROOM LISTS POSTED at building entrances and NO TIMETABLE distribution in classes. Please print your timetable at home or save a picture of it to your camera roll for easy access.
If your timetable looks wrong…
First, read the new school schedule information. Some courses needed to be changed for the semester system. In order to comply with the health guidelines, and ensure a smooth start-up to the year, we will not be making ‘course changes’ only course corrections in cases only if…
- you are missing a course, OR
- you have been scheduled into the wrong grade level of a course OR
- you have a duplicate course on your schedule.
If one of the three situations above describes your timetable, please complete the Course Correction form that will be posted on the school website after 9 am, Sept. 8, 2020. Do NOT attend an incorrect course to preserve our Learning Groups. A counsellor will email or call you to verify that the correction has been made.
STEP 2: PLAN YOUR ROUTES
***To improve community wellness & reduce traffic, we encourage students to walk or bike to school whenever possible. Bike racks are located at the North end of the South Building and in the North Courtyard.***
Access to our buildings has changed due to road/school construction and current health guidelines. Students will not be able to arrive and enter the buildings the way they did pre-Covid. Our usual traffic and pedestrian patterns have changed. This will mean MORE WALKING for everyone and using only SPECIFIC ENTRANCES to the buildings. Please note the following and plan your new school arrival accordingly:
Road and building construction vehicles will be coming and going from campus. Please slow down and respect all signage and traffic control personnel.
*SLOW DOWN *OBEY NEW SAFETY SIGNS & PERSONNEL *WATCH BEFORE YOU WALK *LOOK FOR STUDENTS CROSSING*
SEPTEMBER 7: STUDENTS ATTEND OPENING DAY SCHEDULE
STEP 3: HEALTH CHECK BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME
Complete a daily health check with your caregivers at home before coming to school. If you exhibit ANY symptoms of illness listed on the health check you MAY NOT attend school and must contact the school to notify us of their absence.
“If a student presents with symptoms, parents or caregivers must keep their child at home
until they have been assessed by a health care provider, and where instructed, tested to
exclude COVID-19, and their symptoms have resolved.” (Burnaby School District Stage 2 Return to School Health and Safety Handbook COVID-19, Sept/21, p. 13)
STEP 4: ARRIVE ON CAMPUS
When you arrive at school, you will need to follow a specific arrival protocol:
- Put on your mask before entering the building. Students, staff, and visitors are required to wear face masks indoors and to maintain as much social distancing as possible; entrances will be crowded.
- Enter the building through the entrance assigned to your Period 1 class (see step 2 above).
- Sanitize/wash your hands upon arrival at school at the locations provided.
- Proceed directly to your classroom.
You can exit the school through any door but need to use the arrival protocol each time you (re)enter either building.
STEP 5: ORIENTATION IN PERIOD 1
Bring pen & paper for notes.
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|*Arrive early so you have time to sanitize before proceeding to your classroom.|
Students in sports academies go to the Library.
If you do not have a Block 1 course, view the “Opening Day PowerPoint” on the website.
|14:30||Leadership students will meet you in your classroom and take you on a school tour after your class business is concluded.|
Grade 8’s – During your orientation classes in Period 1, your teachers (with the help of our amazing Leadership and Mentorship students) will provide a school orientation, review schedules and health guidelines, introduce you to school staff, take you on a tour and outline the plans for the year ahead. You can expect a call from Leadership and Mentorship students early in September to welcome you to North and tell you a bit more about what to expect.
Prior to arriving on Opening Day, you will need to login to the MyEd Portal to see your schedule and determine the classroom where you will begin the day. The portal is currently disabled but will be opened up the evening of Friday, September 3rd. You will be receiving a separate email later this week with login guidelines and a password so you are ready to go before the 7th. You will not require any specific materials on the first day but you should bring a pen or pencil and something to write on.
Grades 9-12–During your orientation classes in Period 1, your teachers will provide a school orientation, review schedules and health guidelines, and outline the plans for the year ahead.
OTHER CHANGES FOR 2021
The school schedule has been adjusted into a Semester system for 2021-2022 in order to give the flexiblity to meet potentially changing guidelines from the Provincial Health Office and Ministry of Education. In a Semester system, students take four courses at a time. Each semester lasts 5 months.
Our new school bell schedule begins with “Flexible Student Support Time” (FLEX). This is time for students to have more ownership of their learning by choosing how to use their time at the beginning of each school day. For example, students may opt to meet with a teacher for some extra help, for some enrichment opportunities, and/or to collaborate with some classmates on a class or extra-curricular project. Teachers will be available for extra support, but student attendance will not be taken as students will very likely move between different teachers and classrooms each morning. On Fridays, teachers meet in Collaboration Groups, so their availability for direct student help may vary.
Students are reminded not to gather before or after school and leave at the completion of their school day unless they have scheduled extra-curricular activities to reduce exposure to others during COVID.
Students must register for their lockers in advance using the online booking system. Complete instructions are available here.
The North Cafeteria is open with reduced menu options. Students can purchase individually packaged items and pay using debit. Seating in the cafeteria may be limited to preserve social distancing. *The South Cafeteria has been converted into learning spaces for the North Burnaby Adult Education Centre.
General School Info (All info below is subject to change to meet health guidelines)
- Opening Week Bell Schedule — Please note the different times for each grade noted above.
- BNS Calendar
- Bell Schedules
- Online Locker Sign-Up
- School Fees– General School Fees are payable online or in person (cash or cheque in 114 only).
- Student & Family Accident Insurance Information
Technology & Media At North
- Internet/Network Agreement Form (.pdf) — must be signed and returned (if not previously submitted) for students to have permission to use school computers. Be sure to read the policy before signing.
- Students who have provided signed Internet/Network agreement forms are provided with a SchoolConnect network login (to access school computers and wifi) and an Office365 account, which includes access to a burnabyschools.ca email address and services to support classroom instruction.
- District Technologies and Information Systems’ Digital Responsibility Guidelines for Students
- Teachers may have additional classroom policies regarding electronic devices and network access. Please refer to each teacher’s orientation lessons/documents.
- Media Parental Consent Form — permission form for publishing student’s work/name/photos. If you are new to the school, please complete and return the competed form to the school (division classroom or office 114).
- School Photo Information