Newsletter » September 3, 2020

September 3, 2020

Hello Brookside Families


We want to thank you for your patience as we work to prepare for a safe return to school in September.  These past few weeks, we have been working hard on creating a Brookside Plan for our school community based on the rules and regulations from the Ministry of Education and Huron-Perth Public Health.  We will be updating you with those plans as they are finalized next week. The following provides a few important reminders for families.



The Huron Perth Student Transportation Services Parent Portal is open.  Please check the parent information portal before Friday September 4 at noon if you haven’t done so already.  Here is the link to the portal. Bus Planner Parent Portal (   You will need your child’s OEN number to login.  It is a nine-digit number that can be found at the top of your child’s report card. The OEN number does not change so it does not have to be their most recent report card.  Junior Kindergarten students do not have an OEN number yet, so they will be contacted directly by the bus company. 

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All families will be hearing from their drivers over the next couple of days (if you haven't already).  When your driver calls they will be confirming:

  • Your child's pick-up time with you and giving you your child's seat assignment.  
  • Due to COVID riding the bus is going to look a little different this year and we realize this may be frustrating for families, but trust me, it's frustrating for our drivers as well.
  • All seats on all buses are labeled the same.  On one side we have seats A1-A12 and the other side is B1-B12.  This has been done so that if your child's bus is in for maintenance or breaks down and the driver needs to use a spare bus your child will still be sitting in the same seat, surrounded by the same students. 
  • Drivers have been instructed to create a seating plan for ALL students.  We must share these seating plans with the schools for contact tracing.  
  • Students with siblings must sit together.  If they don't have a sibling riding the bus they will be sitting with another student from their cohort.  Students will be loading back to front.... first on goes to the back, last on sits at the front.  

Staggered Start Dates

During the week of September 14, we will welcome our students using a staggered entry plan to enable a slow introduction to the new health and safety protocols. The schedule will include: 


September 14


September 15

Wednesday September 16


September 17


September 18

Students in Gr. 1-8 with last names

A-G only


No SK or JK Students

JK interviews (Virtual) 

Students in Gr. 1-8 with last names

H-N only


All SK students

No JK Students

Students in Gr. 1-8 with last names

O-Z only


All SK students and half of the JK class (previously emailed)

All students will attend 


All SK attend

All JK attend

All students will attend 


All SK attend

All JK attend



What to do I need for School?

  • All students can bring a pair of indoor shoes that can be left at school.  (Velcro if unable to tie laces.)
  • Students in grades 4-8 are required to wear a mask. Please bring you own mask to wear and masks will be provided for students who do not have them.  Students are encouraged to practice wearing a mask to get used to it. Masks for students in grades 4-8 will be required on the bus.
  • Dress for the weather as classes will be outside frequently and we will be going out in the rain if it is not too heavy. Labeled change of clothing in a Ziploc bag to stay in backpack including spare socks and mitts.
  • Bring your own water bottle (put your name on it) to use at the refillable water stations. 
  • Bring a litter less lunch with containers and packaging that students can open independently. All litter (wrappers, spoons, containers and peelings) will go home.
  • School supplies will be provided and are not a requirement.  Please do not feel pressured to buy school supplies.  Toys must stay at home. 
  • If students in Grade 1-8 choose to bring supplies from home, we would ask that it be limited to the following items:
    • All items should fit in one wipeable (plastic or vinyl) pencil case that might include pencil crayons, scissors and a thin white board marker.  
    • Pencil sharpener that holds shavings
    • Scientific calculator in grade 7 and 8
    • Please note all items should be clearly labeled. 


Ongoing Communication 

Please watch your email on September 9th for another update.  On September 10th and 11th you can expect emails and phone calls from our classroom teachers letting each student know their class and entrance door for the first day.

Finally, it has been a long time since we have seen many of our Brookside families and a lot of things may have changed for many of you since last March.  Please feel free to reach out to Ms. Carnochan at the school if you feel there is something that we might need to know that would assist your child in their transition back to school in the upcoming weeks. 

We cannot wait to see our students and families back in our school again. We have missed you!