Back to School Game Plan [Webinar]

In this webinar, we have our special guests Leslie Peters, and Jamie Campbell enlightens us with their reopening experiences, talk about the challenges they faced, and how they overcame them with their staff and families. They also shared how they supported their teachers and families through it all.

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🎓 Certificate Instructions 

To receive your certificate, you will need to watch the whole recorded session on WebinarJam. The certificate is shared at the end of the session at the bottom of the chat bar. You can download the PDF, fill out your name, and center name in the blanks and you’re done!

🔍 Key Takeaways from Jamie Campbell

Jamie’s tips:

  • It takes a village! Having a connection and “we’re here together” attitude helps to keep your center community strong. 
  • Anxiety is real. Rules are changing fast for everyone and this will fail. That is OKAY! The swiss cheese analogy – it’s like stacking swiss cheese slices with holes on top of each other. In the end, there are no holes and you have a sandwich! 
  • Kids are resilient and if you make it fun, they’ll feed off your energy. Parents might be the ones feeling like it’s a Sci-Fi and that’s an important thing to remember

🔍 Key Takeaways from Leslie Peters

Leslie’s tips: 

  • Getting parents and kids back into the center is going to feel a little difficult in the beginning. BUT just as we help kids with new transitions and routines, it gets better with practice!
  • If symptoms appear in a child, contact parents immediately and the child has to be picked up within the hour. Then, they have to get tested OR get cleared by a doctor before coming back. If they are positive, it depends on the exposure and then deciding whether it’s just a section of the school or the entire school that’s closing. Leslie has 3 levels in her “fix it” plan.

Audience Shoutouts!

Dorothy – Our staff and parents are working together daily in teams of transparency of what we are doing to control the spread of COVID-19 

Linda – Slow down, breathe, go for a walk. Don’t watch social media or the news. Cut back and protect yourself. 

To all the educators out there, you are ALL amazing! There is no book for this, and now more than ever do not be afraid to stand up and say how you feel. Create a plan to work together and we will get through it, like an infant, one step at a time. 


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Ria Simon

Ria Simon in the Community Ambassador at Himama. Prior to starting at Himama, Ria was an Early Childhood Educator and worked 6 years in the classroom. She taught all ages but mainly preschoolers. Ria lives in Toronto with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her niece and nephew and being on the water.

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