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Weekly Update – March 1-5th

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Voluntary COVID-19 Testing

As you may be aware, the Province of Ontario requires school boards to offer voluntary COVID-19 testing sites for asymptomatic staff and students. We are writing to let you know that the first round of testing for your child’s school will be available on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. 

The first round of testing for the St. Francis Xavier Family of Schools will take place as follows: 

DATE: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 
TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
LOCATION: St. Francis Xavier Catholic Secondary School  1145 Bronte Street South, Milton, ON   L9T 8B4 

Who Can Be Tested?

  • Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required from parents or guardians.  
  • Voluntary, targeted testing is offered only for HCDSB students and staff who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms). 
  • At this time, this testing is not being offered to family members, but if this option becomes available in the future, we will notify staff and families.    

About the Testing 

The Ministry of Education has arranged for the testing to be provided through a third party, LifeLabs.    

LifeLabs uses a swab similar to a Q-tip that is inserted into the front part of the nostril and rotated for fifteen seconds (per nostril). Their trained staff will perform the test in a designated space within a school.

LifeLabs will ensure that every mobile collection site adheres to the following health and safety protocols:

  • PPE for Droplet Precautions will be worn by all staff working in the location
  • Enhanced hand hygiene will be followed by the staff conducting the testing
  • Hand hygiene for students and staff will be required before and after service is provided
  • Disinfecting of the cubicles and chairs will be undertaken before and after each individual tested
  • Surgical masks will be provided, if necessary

When and Where Will the Testing Take Place?

At HCDSB, the testing will be conducted using a Family of Schools ‘hub’ model,  where the secondary school will be the testing site for each secondary school and the associated elementary schools. The schedule will rotate to each of our nine (9) secondary schools over the course of a 3-week period, providing a testing site in Burlington, Oakville, and North Halton (Milton and Halton Hills) for one day each week. 
The St. Francis Xavier Family of Schools includes:

  • Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School
  • Lumen Christi Catholic Elementary School
  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School
  • Queen of Heaven Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Benedict Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Scholastica Catholic Elementary School
  • St Francis Xavier Catholic Secondary School

Booking an Appointment to Get Tested

Staff and parents/guardians are encouraged to pre-register online  

In order to register, you will need to provide this unique registration code for your school: HaltonC-hubsite1  

Participants are also able to walk-in to the location during the allocated testing time.

Please read the attached letter from LifeLabs for additional information. 

More Information

Guardian Angels Student Mask – Fundraiser

Catholic School Council is selling washable and reusable student face masks similar in design to the one shown above. They are 2 layers of polyester jersey, have a flexible wire frame over the nose for a secure fit and have adjustable elastic ear straps. They are $10.00 each. Inside there is a small white tag that can be used to write your child’s name on. These masks will go on sale beginning Monday through School Cash Online. Get them before they’re gone!

Reminder! Changes to Daily Screening Tool & Isolation Requirements

  1. Updates to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool The COVID-19 School Screening Tool has been changed as of Feb. 18th and will now require students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, even those with only one (1) symptom, to stay home until: 

 They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.; OR 

  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.; OR 
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better. 

The new single-symptom screening criteria in the COVID-19 daily screening tool has now been applied and is in effect as of this afternoon. 
Parents and guardians are reminded to complete theCOVID-19 School Screening Toolfor each child every day before leaving home for school or child care: 

2. Self-Isolation Requirements for Families in a HouseholdThe Ministry of Health has now indicated that all individuals living in the same household are now required to self-isolate when a family member has COVID-19 symptoms, even if the family member only has one (1) symptom.  

The following isolation requirements now apply: 

  • All members in a household of a symptomatic individual are required to self-isolate until the individual: 
  • Receives a negative COVID-19 test result; OR 
  • Receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional. 
  • If someone in your household tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional:   
  • This individual must isolate (including from others in your household) for 10 days from the date of experiencing symptoms. AND 
  • All members of the same household must isolate for 14 days from their last date of exposure with the symptomatic family/household member. 

Next Opportunity to Request a Change in Learning Environment 

The third and final opportunity for parents and guardians to request a change in learning environment for their children will be offered between March 11 and March 18, 2021. The requested changes will take effect on Monday, March 29th, and will remain in effect for the duration of this school year. The link to the online form to request a change will be emailed to all parents and guardians on March 11, 2021.   

New to KDG ~ Ready, Set, Go! Virtual Information Sessions 

This March, HCDSB staff are hosting: Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions for parents of children starting kindergarten in September 2021!

Ready, Set, Go!is an interactive presentation offered to help parents better prepare their children for kindergarten.  

Two sessions will be offered: March 9th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and March 11th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  

Topics will include: 

  • How to prepare your child emotionally and physically for school 
  • The importance of learning through play 
  • Being able to manage your child’s stress  
  • Fostering secure relationships 
  • Packing healthy lunches 
  • A checklist for starting school 

For more information about the Ready, Set, Go! virtual sessions, visit the Board’s website on the Kindergarten page. A link for parents to tune into the live sessions will become available on the Board’s website on March 9 and March 11, 2021. We hope you are able to join us!

Have a Question about Your Child Starting School?
Parents who have questions about their child starting school in September are invited to submit their questions through an online form: Submit Your Questions ~ Ready, Set, Go! The form will be available for input prior to the virtual information sessions. HCDSB Curriculum staff will be answering the frequently asked questions during the live sessions in March. 

For more information about Kindergarten and the upcoming Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions, visit the Board’s website on the Kindergarten page. We hope you are able to join the conversation on March 9th or March 11th!

Stephens, KellyWeekly Update – March 1-5th