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2020-21 Information

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Parents can report absences electronically using their preferred email program and this address: AbsentGOUL@ocdsb.ca

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Hours 7:55 - 2:25
Block 1 7:55-9:55
Break 9:55-10:40
Block 2 10:40-12:20
Break 12:20-1:05
Block 3 1:05-2:25

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VIRTUAL TOUR:  Hover over and click on the various images in the photo above to enter our virtual school.

FEEDER SCHOOL INFORMATION: NEW Greyhounds: Click on the link to watch our Welcome video and learn more about Goulbourn Middle School.

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DAILY COVID SELF-ASSESSMENT:  It is absolutely essential that ALL staff and students complete the DAILY SCREENING each day before coming to school.

PICK UP and DROP OFF PLAN:  For those parents who are driving their children to and from GMS, please take a moment to review the pick up and drop off plan. Key reminders are: 
1. Staggered arrival and pick up times (see included link for grade specific times)
2. Only approach the school from the North (to prevent the need to turn left into the parking lot)
3. Only turn right out of the parking lot in order to keep the flow of traffic moving smoothly.

MASKS:  Please review with your child the importance of wearing their mask and keep a safe distance from other people. We will be very firm about ensuring students follow these expectations. All students coming to school at GMS will be expected to wear a mask while at school. It is very important that your children understand this is an expectation for everyone. In order for exceptions to be made, a note from their doctor must be provided indicating the reason for the necessary exemption. We understand that this will be difficult for the students to get used to. This is important in the work we are doing to minimize the risks for students and staff at GMS.

STUDENT ILLNESS: If your child is ill, you can call and leave a message OR email the school at ABSENTgoul@ocdsb.ca. This helps us complete our safe arrivals check in a timely manner each day.

STUDENT SUCCESS SITE:  The GMS Guidance Team is here to help. Click on the link to access the Student Success website. Fill out the Guidance Form if you would like to speak to an adult about social, personal or academic concerns.

VIRTUAL LIBRARY: Mrs. Judd has created a website for families to access a wide variety of online resources. Please take a moment to check it out: Virtual Library

VIRTUAL CLUBS: We have set up a series of “Safe Spaces” where students can come together virtually to connect with each other in a space that is dedicated to a specific interest. Staff have signed up to host students in a Google Meet in a variety of activities or to just hang

VIRTUAL HOMEWORK SUPPORT: The OCDSB Continuing Education department provides virtual homework support, at no cost in most subject areas Monday through Thursday from 3:45 pm until 7:30 pm. This is available to OCDSB students grades 7-12. If your child is interested in participating, please follow the link. Once this is completed your student will receive a code to enter the homework support program.

DRESSING FOR WINTER:  Winter is most certainly here with lots of snow on the ground! Just a reminder that students are outside for large chunks of time each day and most of their recess times are spent in the field which does have a lot of snow. Boots are HIGHLY recommended. Each class has set up a system to store indoor shoes and boots as best they can under the current restrictions.

INCLEMENT WEATHER:  On mornings when weather and road conditions make transportation unsafe, please listen to local radio stations for transportation cancellations or school closures. The safety of students is always the first consideration when the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) makes the decision to cancel transportation services. Please note that when school buses are cancelled this applies to the whole day, although schools remain open for students. Parents who choose to drive their children to school must also pick them up by 2:25PM, the regular dismissal time. In terms of contacting the Safe Arrival line, students who normally take the bus will be automatically marked as absent. No phone call is expected or necessary. 

IMMUNIZATIONS: Those students who were supposed to receive their immunizations in the Spring at school can book a time with Ottawa Public Health to get those completed. The information can be found here.
 
STUDENT HANDBOOK:  This year, our Student Handbook is a virtual one. Please take some time to review it with your child. Once you have reviewed it with them, complete the link here.

INFORMATION GATHERING:  All families are asked to complete the following electronic forms (Media Release , Acceptable Use of Technology and Student Verification.)

GMS T-SHIRTS: Purchase your very own for $20.00 ea. See sizes in the office

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