Back-To-School Information

Back-To-School Information
Posted on 09/03/2021

Robert Bateman Back-To-School Information: September 2021

We are less than a week away from welcoming your child(ren) back to Robert Bateman for the 2021/2022 School Year. We can’t wait to see you!

During the 2020/2021 school year, we followed the guidance of Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and the OCDSB in establishing new routines and protocols to keep all members of the Bateman community safe. We will be continuing those routines and protocols this year. 

School Property:

Only students and staff are allowed on school property. Parents and visitors are not allowed on school grounds;


Each day we will be ready to welcome students at 8:20 when supervision begins. On the first day, when your child arrives, an educator will direct them to the back of the school (Gr. 1-6) or accompany them to the kindergarten playgrounds . There the classroom teachers will be holding up a sign with their name and grade, and educators will be available to guide students to their class line-ups.


If you are picking up your child at the end of the day, classroom signs with homeroom teachers’ names will help you to identify your child’s lineup area at the front of the school for dismissal. Please be patient and wait in the designated parent zone while your child’s teacher dismisses students to a waiting parent or to walk home.


Students riding the bus will be given assigned seats, with siblings sharing a seat. Students must remain in their assigned seats.

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) is experiencing severe driver shortages; thankfully our bus routes were not affected at this time. We ask that you sign up to the OSTA Parent Portal to receive the latest updates, including bus cancellations, and confirm the status of your child’s bus route. PLEASE NOTE: The OSTA Empty Seat Program remains on HOLD for now. There will be no Empty Seats assigned this term.


All students in Kindergarten - Grade 6 are required to wear cloth masks at school. (Medical masks are also acceptable, but not required).  Please send two masks if you are able, in case one mask gets damp at recess. We recommend that your child(ren) practice wearing their masks over the next week, to help them get used to wearing masks for longer periods of time.

Hand Sanitizing

All students will sanitize their hands when entering the school building, and again when entering their classrooms. Students will also wash hands before eating. 

Recess and Nutrition Breaks

We will continue to cohort students into assigned zones during the recess. Students must stay in their zones which have been marked by paint and large traffic cones. Students are expected to keep their masks on and maintain physical distancing during recess.

It is important for your child to be dressed for the weather as we will be outside for recesses and outdoor learning time. Raincoats, hats and boots are necessary on rainy days as well as cold weather gear as the temperatures dip.

Students will eat lunch in their homeroom classes, and all students are asked to bring all garbage and wrappers home with them.

Water Bottles

Please send your child with a full water bottle to drink from during instructional times. We know that hydration is a key component to good health and learning.  We have been directed by Ottawa Public health to turn off our water fountains. The only option available will be a water bottle filling station and classes will go to refill water bottles on a staggered schedule.

School Supplies

The OCDSB has developed a common list of recommended personal use items for students. This list of supplies is voluntary;  it is a parent’s/guardian’s choice to send the following items for use by their child for the first day of school in September. We value and appreciate any items parents/guardians are able to send. 

Items requested for students in all grades (Kindergarten - Grade 6) are: 

  • 1 pencil case
  • 12 – HB pencils with eraser tip
  • 2 – medium size white vinyl erasers
  • 1 – box of regular crayons
  • 1 – box of washable, non-toxic markers
  • 2 – glue sticks

In addition, parents are welcome to send the following items for students in different divisions:


Grades 1 - 3 

Grades 4 - 6

- 1 box of regular crayons;

- large Ziploc bags..

- 1 box of regular crayons;  ·     

- 1 box of pencil crayons;

- 1 pencil sharpener.

- 1 box of pencil crayons;

- 3 ballpoint pens (1 red, 2 blue);

- 1 yellow highlighter;

- 1 calculator;

- 6 duotangs, various colours;

- 1 binder, 1” (Grade 6 only).

Toys, Books and Sports Equipment

Please keep all of these items at home for enjoyment before or after school.


Agendas will not be used this year. Communication between home and school will be via email, Google Classrooms, and phone calls. 

Class Assignments

On Tuesday, September 7, all parents / guardians will receive an email with their child’s class assignment for the year.

Thank you for all your support as we prepare to welcome your children back to school.

Stay safe and we will  see you soon!

Jeff Griesbach (Mr G)

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