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Weekly Update Sept. 14-18th

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It was a great first week back to school and our staff is so happy to see students in person again! We welcomed half of our new students in Junior Kindergarten and many other new students throughout the school. We welcome the remaining half of our Junior Kindergarten students on Monday. We wish those choosing remote learning a great start-up next week!  Below are a few information items and reminders for the last phase of school start-up:

Remote Learners  

Parents of our GA remote learners should have received an email on Friday evening from Director Pat Daly about the start-up of the HCDSB Virtual School beginning Monday, September 14, 2020.

We want to thank you for your patience and understanding as you awaited information about remote learning for your child. Your son or daughter will be invited to the virtual classroom experience that will launch with an orientation week from Monday, September 14 to Friday, September 18. We wish all our remote learners well!

In-Class Learners

We welcome all our Grade SK-8 students to attend on Monday. All JK students will attend together with the rest of the school on Tuesday.

Student Transportation

Bus transportation resumes this week. Parents are asked to consult the Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) Website for their Return to School Update at haltonbus.ca for more information. Have your child’s 9- digit OEN (found at the top of a report card) ready.

Entry Procedures: Week 2

1) All Kindergarten students are to proceed directly into the school after entering their Kindergarten yard beginning at 8:15.

All students in Gr. 1-8 will line up in their lines on the back pavement behind their classroom teacher’s name between 8:15-8:30 according to the map below. *Please note, that a few line placements have changed.

https://elem.hcdsb.org/guardianangels/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2020/09/Class-Lines-Sept-14.pdf

Parents are asked not to escort their child(ren) to their lines given the large number of students attending. We need to limit the number of people on school property as much as possible. There will be numerous staff members available to support your child arriving at the correct line. Students/Parents are reminded of the importance of remaining socially distanced and wearing their masks. Teachers will greet students and escort them into the building when the bell rings.

Whenever possible we ask that children walk to school to avoid the significant congestion in our parking lots. A reminder that there is no parking in the Kiss & Ride Areas. These are drop off zones only. Parents, please avoid exiting your vehicle as much as possible to enable traffic flow. Staff members are available to assist child(ren) when exiting the vehicle.

Dismissal Procedures: Week 2

At the end of the day, students will line up with their teacher in their class line on the pavement area to await your arrival at the gate.

YMCA and bus students will be dismissed 5 min. prior to the dismissal bell to make their way to their YMCA/bus line in the school.

Pets on school property

For the safety of all students, pets are not permitted on school grounds.  If you are walking your pet, please plan to drop off and meet your child at the end of the day on our city sidewalks.

This also includes allowing pets in our fenced off play areas before and after school.  Please be mindful that young children use this area for play and for health and safety concerns it should not be used for pets. Our Kindergarten play yards are locked before and after school, but this, unfortunately, does not deter everyone.

Daily Self Screening 

It is essential we work together for the common good of our community. We have vulnerable staff and students, and many family members at home who are vulnerable. All staff and families are asked to do a daily self-screening before coming to school each day. Please do not send children to school that seem unwell.

Please note our new safety protocols. If you send a student(s) to school with congestion or other unexplained symptoms that may be on the COVID symptom list, this will result in staff sending students to the office isolation room in the main office. We would like to avoid this uncomfortable experience where possible.  

If students need to be isolated, parents will be notified immediately to pick up their children along with all their siblings. Parents will be asked to have their child assessed by a medical profession and provide confirmation/documentation the child is healthy and able to return to school. Alternatively, parents may provide the results of a negative COVID test, or choose to quarantine their child and not return to school for 14 days.  It is, for this reason, we are asking that parents of students with seasonal allergies, asthma, or other conditions that present COVID-like symptoms to complete a student medical Plan of Care and have a letter from the doctor to explain your child’s symptoms.

We understand this is going to be challenging but it is how we are able to ensure the safest environment for staff, students, and extended family members during this pandemic.                                                                                                       

Here is the process again:

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

Please note that if a student or staff member shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they cannot come to school. They must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.  ​ 

Parents are able to access the Daily Screening Checklist for HCDSB students HERE. 

  • Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8 C) 
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19 

If any signs or symptoms are present, the student and other household members must stay home, and the school must be contacted. 

Communication

We will provide a weekly update to be sent via email on Sundays, and which will be posted to the school website. The website will be updated frequently, including the Announcements page, where we will share information and coming events. Please review our website and consider following us on Twitter to avoid missing important information- it is a community effort to ensure communication.

Our Twitter handle is @GAngelsMilton

Cashless School

To maintain our safety protocols, we are no longer accepting cash payments. Please make sure to sign up or update your Cash Online account in order to be ready for any school activities or fundraisers.  You can access the Cash OnLine system from our school’s website. School Agendas will soon be available for payment on School Cash Online for $5.00.

School Council

Catholic School Council Election ProceduresSeptember 2020

The “School Councils” regulation under the Education Act, which came into effect in December 2000, sets out specific requirements regarding the composition of school councils and election processes. We began to follow the outlined process in the fall of 2001, and we continue to ensure that the obligations set out in the regulations will be observed. One of the requirements of the regulation is that the school council elections must take place within the first 30 days of each school year.

At Guardian Angels CES, we invite you to consider nominating yourself, or another parent candidate. Nominations will be due to Mr. Hawken at hawkenc@hcdsb.org by 4:00 pm on Friday, September 25th, 2020. Should we receive more nominations than required, we will hold an election on Wednesday, September 30th. If we receive the appropriate number of nominations or less, and all candidates fulfill the requirements as outlined in the regulation, then all will be acclaimed, and the school community will be informed of the membership. Our first School Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 5th, 2020 at 6:30 pm.

Please be on the lookout for our “Catholic School Council Election Package” coming soon under Announcements on our school website.

Elementary Vice-PrincipalWeekly Update Sept. 14-18th