Principal's Message

Welcome to W.O. Mitchell Elementary School!

You might be interested to know a bit about the layers of protection we have put in place above and beyond self-screening, social distancing, mask-wearing and proper hand hygiene to keep your children safe while at school. 

Our school is currently set up in zones and students do not interact with students/classes in other zones of the school. They also do not interact with students in other classes within their zone. Each zone has its own entry/exit door, its own hand sanitizer in the entrance, its own bathrooms and its own hallway. Students sanitize their hands each time they enter the building and again as they enter the classroom.

Within the classroom and schoolyard, we have additional layers of protection.

  • all students are assigned a classroom/workspace
  • all students K-8 wear masks indoors and outdoors during lessons. Masks are strongly recommended at recess but they are not mandatory if social distancing guidelines can be met.
  • seating plans are formally submitted/saved – there are mini cohorts within the room with students who ride the bus together or attend EDP together
  • students do not change classrooms (the teacher comes to them) and classrooms are not shared by anyone other than the class assigned to that room.
  • Classes have two teachers (one French/one English) on a daily basis.
  • Our recess/lunch breaks have been staggered so half of the school eats while the other half goes out for recess and then they switch. This cuts down on the number of students on the yard at any one time and allows us to separate classes/cohorts.
  • Each class is assigned a part of the yard to play in at recess and a line to line up in at the beginning of the day and at the end of recess.  
  • Students' arrival time is staggered and pick up/drop off areas have been spread out to support social distancing.
  • All phys.ed activities take place outdoors while the weather is nice.
  • The seating plan on the school bus has students sitting with siblings rather than by grade.

I am not going to suggest that we have completely eliminated the risk of transmission within the school but I know we have put a lot of thought into what layers of protection would minimize the risk of transmission and implemented everything we could think of. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns.
Joanne Favell
W.O. Mitchell Elementary School Principal
(613) 271-1806




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