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Weekly Update – Jan. 11-15th

“What you get by achieving your goals isn’t as important as what you become by achieving your goals”.

Z. Ziglar

Accessing Your Child’s Online Learning Platform

Our School Board has revamped its website and we hope you had the opportunity to check it out! If you are having trouble accessing the log-in page to the online learning platforms using the new HCDSB website, the access points for all three learning platforms – D2L (Brightspace),  Office 365 and Google Classroom, are available on the main page of the Board’s website and also on the HCDSB Learn at Home link.

Click on D2L and students will find their class learning shells and Teams meeting links for daily class meetings.


 Virtual Elementary School

  • Students enrolled in the Virtual Elementary School will continue to follow their established schedules. 
  • The change in learning format between in-person and virtual instruction will be delayed until school re-open for in-person learning on January 25, 2021.

Technology Support for Students

Families that were provided a device to support student learning are not required to return their device on Monday, January 11 as previously planned. Families may continue to use their loaned devices throughout the extended remote learning period.


Special Education

  • School staff (Teachers, Educational Assistants, etc.) as well as board professionals (e.g. Speech and Language Pathologists) will continue to provide support and services for special education students virtually throughout the extended remote learning period.
  • Students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning will continue to receive in-person support during the extended remote learning period.

Student Attendance

During this period of remote learning, we continue to promote regular attendance, as it is important for students to remain engaged in their learning so they can stay on top of the curriculum and feel more connected to their peers while our school is closed. 

As noted in PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, schools are required to take daily student attendance throughout the period of remote learning.

Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence, as you typically would during in-person learning through the SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival System:  https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/report-your-childs-absence/.

We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported. 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being. 


Financial Support for Parents

The Ontario government has made financial support available for families during this temporary remote learning period through the Support for Learners program. Starting on January 11, 2021, an expanded Support for Learners program is providing $200 for each child or youth up to Grade 12 and $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs. Applications will be open until February 8, 2021.

Apply for Support for Learners Funding here: https://www.iaccess.gov.on.ca/SupportForLearnersWeb/public/index.xhtml


Advanced New Registrations for 2021-2022 School Year

To facilitate planning for the 2021-2022 school year, we encourage all families intending to register new children at Guardian Angels (including Kindergarten registrations) by following the guideline posted on the front page of our website: 

https://elem.hcdsb.org/guardianangels/2021/01/update-advanced-kindergarten-registration/

Online registrations are now open. In-person registrations (bringing in your documents) will take place once schools re-open. We need to follow Public Health protocols during COVID-19 and will share more information on when you can book an appointment to bring in your documents once we return face-to-face.


Catholic School Council

Our next virtual Catholic School Council meeting will be held Monday, January 18th from 6:30-8:00 pm. Please email stephensk@hcdsb.org if you wish to be added to the Teams meeting.


Keeping Our Community Safe

Until vaccines are more widely available, we must all continue to follow public health measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

COVID 19 zones mapFollow the restrictions during the provincewide shutdown

COVID 19: stay homeStay home – save lives and don’t put others at risk

Physical distance of two metres between two peoplePractise physical distancing – stay 2 metres away from anyone who is not in your household

Wearing a maskWear a mask or face covering in public spaces and when physical distancing isn’t possible

COVID 19 self-assessmentTake a self-assessment to help you decide if you need a COVID-19covid 19 test

COVID 19 alert appDownload the COVID Alert mobile app to protect yourself and your community

WorkplacesFind sector-specific resources to prevent COVID-19covid 19 in the workplace

Hand washingStay up-to-date with the latest information about COVID-19covid 19in Ontario


Promoting Well-Being:

Mental Health and wellness continue to be a priority for our community and student success and learning. Please find supports highlighted here from School Mental Health Ontariomental health supports available for students for students, families and staff.

Stephens, KellyWeekly Update – Jan. 11-15th