Dear Wheatland Elementary Families,
With cold weather upon us, it is important to remind everyone of the Wheatland Elementary Winter Recess Guidelines, as well as some tips to keep everyone healthy this winter.
Students will be going outside for recess if the temperature is at or above -20 degrees Celsius (including wind-chill). If the weather is below -20 degrees Celsius (including wind-chill), students will be allowed to come into the building when arriving at school and we will conduct indoor recesses during the day. Weather in Alberta changes very quickly, so we are asking students to always come prepared with their winter clothing, regardless of the weather forecast.
Students should be appropriately dressed for the cold weather and wear or bring to school their “5 points.” When snow covers the ground students should wear a winter coat, hat, gloves, snow pants and snow boots in order to play on the playground at recess.
Parents/Guardians, you must notify the office when your child will be absent (403)934-3318. In addition, it is always best to write a note to the teacher in your student’s daytimer. Thank you for your help with this.
We all want our students to have a healthy school year. Frequent hand washing is the single most important way to prevent illness. You should wash for at least 15 seconds with soap and warm water or use a hand sanitizer. Avoid touching the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth. This is known as the T Zone and is how most diseases enter our bodies.
Keep sick students home from school. Students with respiratory symptoms should stay at home for at least 7 days from the onset of symptoms to avoid spreading the disease.
Have a plan in place for a caregiver to look after your student if they become ill. This is especially important if you live alone or are a single parent. Look into available options such as working from home if your child becomes ill. Teach your student not to share personal items or drinks.
Maintain good health by taking care of yourself and those in your care. This
includes eating a healthy balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and
exercising regularly. Teach your student to observe social distancing. This means that you stand more than 3 feet away from people, particularly those who are ill.
For more information, please refer to the following sources:
Alberta Health and Wellness: www.health.alberta.ca/health -info/influenza-H1N1.html
Alberta Health Services: www.alberahealthservices.ca
Health Link Alberta: www.healthlinkalberta.ca or call 943-LINK (5465).
Thank you for doing your part to limit the spread of illness by promoting these healthy habits and by keeping sick students at home. Remember “Healthy Kids Learn Better”.
Thank you for keeping the school a safe and healthy place for all of our students and staff. We look forward to all of the students being healthy enough to enjoy this great winter season.
Amy Van Vliet, Principal
Michelle Silver Rushford, Associate Principal