Welcome all new and returning students, families, and staff to another wonderful and safe year at Deninu School!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As we start the new 2020-2021 school year, I want to reassure parents, guardians and other family members that, while we cannot make guarantees, the staff of Deninu School and of the SSDEC has worked aggressively to ensure that our school will be as safe from the covid-19 virus as we can possibly make it when we re-open to students on August 28.
We have closely followed the requirements of the Chief Public Health Officer for our re-opening, and while our school may not quite look or feel the same when students return for the next academic year, please know that we will be providing a warm, welcoming and safe learning environment as we continue to educate our students with as little disruption as possible. Please see the newsletter on the left side of this page for more detailed information.
If you haven't already, please start talking to your children about the safety routines that they will be expected to follow when they return. These are:
frequently washing hands in soapy water
not touching eyes, nose and mouth
avoiding touching each other
staying home when sick
coughing into an elbow or tissue and then immediately disposing of the tissue and washing hand
using their own assigned materials only – crayons, pens, pencils, paper, etc.
staying physically distant from each other and not congregating or hanging out in groups
going home as soon as classes are finished
entering through the main doors of the school, having temperature taken, sanitising hands and going directly to the classroom
always following the staff’s safety directions
Since our students will have been away from school for six months, we will ease our younger ones into the new classroom routines and during the first one or two months, we will focus mostly on math, literacy, and health and social responsibility. Grades 9 -12 will have a regular course schedule, and gym classes for all students will be outside. Although we will have to follow the safety restrictions, our teachers will be pursuing creative solutions and will continue to make Deninu a fun and exciting learning environment.
To comply with the directions of the Chief Public Health Officer, our start times will be staggered as follows:
JK – 6 – 8:30-12:00; afternoon, K-6 – 1:00-3:30
Grades 7-8 – 8:45-12:05; afternoon – 1:05-3:45
Grades 9-12 – 9:15-12:10; afternoon – 1:10-4:00
Northern Distance Learning – 8:48 – 12:00; afternoon - 1:00-3:45
If your child has an underlying medical condition that will keep her or him at home after our re-opening, please let us know as soon as you can. We will provide remote learning through Google Classroom, Zoom, and/or paper assignment packages.
The health and safety of your children, the school staff and the community is our first priority. As a result, and in order to comply with the requirements of the Chief Public Health Officer, adults (those who are 19 and older) who do not work at Deninu School will not be permitted in the building.
If you are an older student (19+) who would like to continue your classes, we can arrange for remote learning. Please phone the school to make an appointment for 4:00 p.m. or later.
Deninu School has a very caring, hardworking, and dedicated staff and we are excited to have you back. We have really missed you!
Lynette De Maries
#WeMatter Deninu School Youth
Fort Resolution, NT, Canada.