“At the beginning of the New Year, I wish everyone peace,
which is the synthesis of all that is good.”
On January 5th we welcome back all of our students to a New Year filled with hope and promise!
To our community for following Public Health Guidelines over the holidays and keeping your loved ones safe!
To our families for utilizing the Rapid Antigen Test kits over the holidays and ensuring that you complete and confirm the daily screening for your child upon their return to school!
COVID-19 Safety Measures:
- The province will be updating the COVID-19 school and child care screener ahead of the return to school on January 5 as well as updating COVID-19 reporting requirements for school boards and child care in January.
- The province will be supplying three-ply cloth masks for students in January. These masks will be distributed to families once we have received them from the Ministry.
- Families who have travelled outside of Canada over the Christmas break are reminded to monitor updates to federal travel directives and mandatory isolation periods for students. Please refer to the Government of Canada’s instructions for travellers from outside Canada for more information.
*Please continue to monitor your emails for updates from the school and the Board.
UPDATED COVID-19 Safety Measures
For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.
- Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8C)
- Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19
- Individuals experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool
The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
Please take time to complete your child’s Daily COVID 19 screening each morning. We are asking all parents to confirm screening by initialing the log each day ~ please see the tracking sheet in your child’s agenda. This needs to be completed by a parent daily until further notice as per the Ministry of Education Update: Return to School – January 2022. Thank you for your support and patience!
Please ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20 minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside.
COVID-19 vaccination for 5-11 year old
First dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for 5-11 year olds can now be booked through Halton Region’s online booking system for children five to 11 years of age (or turning five in 2021). Second doses can be booked at a date closer to the recommended eight week interval. Appointments are dependent on paediatric vaccine supply and will be added to the Region’s booking system as supply is confirmed. Please keep checking Halton’s website and booking form as more appointments are added.
Appointments are available at the Region’s new paediatric child-friendly clinics (similar to a doctor’s office) and their four existing community clinics, featuring the Halton Heroes. Appointments are also available at select pharmacies and primary care providers & paediatric offices in Halton. Parents can decide which setting is best for their child, based on age and other personal factors. Information to assist with the decision is available on halton.ca/COVIDvaccines4kids.
- Read Halton Region’s November 22 media release to learn more.
- Find resources and information for parents and children from the Halton Heroes! Get colouring pages, word search, maze, videos and more!
Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022
In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.
NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website: https://hcdsb.info/StudentCensus2022
As winter weather is fast approaching, parents are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones map: http://bit.ly/HCDSBInclementWeather
Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellations page.
Promoting Well-Being – Take 15 minutes just for you
15 minutes for your spiritual health…
Spiritual wellness is about connecting with what is meaningful to you in a way that lightens or enriches your spirit.
“Research shows that spirituality is linked with physical well-being, and spiritual wellness can bring comfort and lend strength for handling life’s challenges,” says Tara McKendrick, CEO of CMHA Niagara. “Try exploring radical self-compassion, perhaps through learning simple meditation techniques that provide your mind a rest from doing.”
Other ways to enhance your spiritual wellness include:
- . Studies show it has a powerful positive effect on mind and body and that even spending 15 minutes per day outdoors in nature can be beneficial.
- . Creativity can be an effective tool for enhancing our spiritual growth and help us to express our emotions. Try painting, drawing, writing, poetry, knitting, or practicing a musical instrument.
- . Write down three things that you are grateful for and why. Or take the time reach out to people that you love and tell them you appreciate them.
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