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Weekly Update Oct. 12-16th

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart.

Psalm 9: 1

Wishing all our Guardian Angels families a blessed Thanksgiving weekend.  We are grateful for all your support and trust.  A reminder that schools are closed on Monday, October 12th for the holiday.

Change of Learning Environment Survey Results

We are pleased to report that there will be no disruption to our school grade/classroom organization. We had almost an equal number of students electing each change option.

Catholic School Council

We are excited to announce our Catholic School Council for the 2020-2021 year and look forward to working together for the enhancement of all in our GA community.

Bunmi AlaoParent Representative
Denise DawesParent Representative
Nicole FosterCo-Chair
Theresa GattoCo-Chair
Jeffery GylesParent Representative
Shonna JohnParent Representative
Nicole LawrenceParent Representative
Michelle PenmanParent Representative
Jasmine PereiraSecretary
Jennifer SantosParent Representative
Monica SantosParent Representative
Trish VergataParish/OAPCE

Drop Off/Pick Up

When dropping off or picking up children, ALL parents are asked to refrain from cutting across the back pavement to reach the other side of the school.  Please walk around the front of the school using the sidewalk. 

For everyone’s safety, only students and staff are permitted on the back pavement. *Kindergarten parents may assist their child(ren) with accessing their backyard Kindergarten gate. 

Emergency Drills

Parents, please be advised that throughout the school year we will practice Fire drills, Lockdown drills and Bomb Threat drills. The first of these drills will begin next week. 

Digital Learning

Our Catholic Graduate Expectation on being a Responsible Citizen teaches us the importance to act morally and to accept accountability for one’s own actions. Throughout the year, students are taught proper on-line etiquette, digital citizenship, and how to remain safe while interacting with others. Using these expectations and our digital citizenship guidelines applies to any online presence and interactions. As always, we look to our parent community to be partners with their children on any virtual platform/ social media, always monitoring their use, including their posts, sites they are visiting, and individuals and/or sites they are interacting with online. Please take the time to talk to your children about online safety rules and review digital citizenship responsibilities.  For more information: Digital Learning in the Catholic Classroom

New screening tool for children  

The guidelines continue to evolve as we learn more about COVID-19, how it spreads and how it affects children and adults in different ways. The new school screening tool for children was developed to help parents make informed decisions about whether their children should attend school, consult with a health care provider, or get tested for COVID-19.  

The main changes focus on updates to the symptom lists for children. The symptoms are now broken down into two sections: 

SECTION 1

Common symptoms of COVID-19:  

Fever (temperature of 37.8°C or greater)   

New or worsening cough (not related to other known causes/conditions) 

Shortness or breath or difficulty breathing (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. asthma

SECTION 2

Other symptoms of COVID-19

Decrease or loss of taste or smell (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. allergies, neurological disorders)  

Sore throat (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. allergies, acid reflux

Runny or stuffy/congested nose (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. allergies, being outside in cold weather

Headache that is new and persistent, unusual, unexplained or long-lasting  
(not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. tension headaches, chronic migraines

Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. transient vomiting due to anxiety in children, irritable bowel syndrome) 

Fatigue, lethargy, muscle aches or a general feeling of being unwell that is unusual or unexplained.  (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. depression, insomnia, thyroid dysfunction) 

What do I do if my child has symptoms of COVID-19?  

If your child reports or shows signs of ANY of the symptoms in SECTION 1: 

  • Your child should stay home from school and isolate immediately.  
  • Contact your child’s health care provider for further advice or assessment. The health care provider can help you determine whether the symptoms are related to another condition or if they should get tested for COVID-19.  

If your child reports or shows signs of having TWO OR MORE new or worsening symptom outlined in SECTION 2: 

  • Your child should stay home from school and isolate immediately.  
  • Contact your child’s health care provider for further advice or assessment. The health care provider can help you determine whether the symptoms are related to another condition or if they should get tested for COVID-19.  

If your child reports or shows signs of having only ONE new or worsening symptom outlined in SECTION 2: 

  • Your child should stay home from school for 24 hours to be monitored to see if they get better or worse.  
  • If they start to feel better and symptoms are improving, they can return to school when well enough to do so and no COVID-19 test is needed.  
  • If the symptom gets worse or they develop another symptom, you should contact your child’s health care provider for further advice or assessment. The health care provider can help you determine whether the symptoms are related to another condition or if they should get tested for COVID-19.  

 
What if the test results are POSITIVE for COVID-19?  

  • If your child tests positive for COVID-19, Public Health will notify the parents and our school.  
  • Your child (and all siblings living in the household) will have to stay home and self-isolate until he/she is cleared by Public Health to return to school.  

What if the test results are NEGATIVE for COVID-19?  

  • If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and the test comes back negative, he/she may return to school, provided:  

•your child does not currently have a fever (without using medication); and 

•It has been at least a full day since your child began to feel better*; and  

•your child passed questions 3, 4, and 5 of the Ontario COVID-19 school screening tool today. 

*Mild symptoms like a runny nose do not have to be completely gone when your child returns to school provided the runny nose (or other mild symptom) is improving and other symptoms have stopped. 

What do I do if I do not want my child tested for COVID-19? 

If your child was recommended for COVID-19 testing by your health care provider, but you (the parent) have refused to have your child tested, your child must self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms.  
 
Your child may return to school after 10 days if – 

  • Your child does not currently have a fever (without using medication); and  
  • It has been at least a full day since your child started to feel better*; and 
  • your child passed questions 3, 4, and 5 of the Ontario COVID-19 school screening tool today. 
     

*Mild symptoms like a runny nose do not have to be completely gone when your child returns to school provided the runny nose (or other mild symptom) is improving and other symptoms have stopped. 

What if my child’s health care provider has assessed my child and cleared the return to school?   

If your child was assessed by their health care provider and cleared to return to school, your child may return to school if –  

  • The health care provider told you that your child’s sickness is caused by a diagnosis (medical reason) other than COVID-19; and 

*Mild symptoms like a runny nose do not have to be completely gone when your child returns to school provided the runny nose (or other mild symptom) is improving and other symptoms have stopped. 
 

What if I do not contact my child’s health care provider and do not have my child tested for COVID-19?  

If your child has new or worsening symptoms as outlined above, and you (the parent or guardian) decide not to seek medical advice for your symptomatic child or have them tested for COVID-19, your child must self-isolate for 10 days from symptom onset date.  

Your child may return to school after 10 days if –  

  • Your child does not currently have a fever (without using medication); and  
  • It has been at least a full day since your child started to feel better*; and 
  • your child passed questions 3, 4, and 5 of the Ontario COVID-19 school screening tool today. 


*Mild symptoms like a runny nose do not have to be completely gone when your child returns to school provided the runny nose (or other mild symptom) is improving and other symptoms have stopped. 

Stephens, KellyWeekly Update Oct. 12-16th