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Weekly Update – January 10-14, 2022

“After the Lord was baptized, the heavens were opened, and the Spirit descended upon Him like a dove, and the voice of the Father thundered: ‘This is my beloved son, with whom I well pleased.'” – Matthew 3:16-17

Yesterday was the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. We pray that Jesus will continue to remain active in our lives during throughout this pandemic and this period of remote learning, giving us the grace to persevere in faith.

Thank you to all our amazing students, staff, and families for all your support as we switched to Teacher-led Remote Learning this week.

Thank you to Mrs. Stephens, Mrs. Marshall, Mrs. Rivett-Rob, Mrs. Walters and our SERTs Mr. Duguid, Ms. Jaroszewicz and Mrs. Stephenson for all their work in preparing devices and problem-solving tech issues, as well as support in facilitating device distribution and helping with many resource pickups.

REMOTE LEARNING UPDATE

According to the Ministry of Education and the Government of Ontario, the period of remote learning will continue at least until Monday, January 17, 2022. This learning will provided for all students in accordance with PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, which provides specific expectations around synchronous learning. Learn more: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/return-to-school-2/remote-learning/

The following links and documents provide some guidelines for parents and students to help ensure safe and effective live online learning:

Access to Your Child’s Learning Platform:

PLEASE NOTE: if you are having tech issues, please reach out to HCDSB Help Desk at: 905-632-6314, xt 500 or email: helpdesk@hcdsb.org. Individual teachers or the school office staff are not trained on these technical issues or will likely not be able to assist you.

Also, be mindful that the teachers are not accessible during the regular school day (8:30 am – 3:00 pm) to deal with individual student technical issues as they are engaged in delivering the online lesson to the remainder of the school, as they would be during in person learning. Arrangements will need to be made with the teacher outside of these hours to brainstorm a solution to the issue. Thank you for your cooperation in this!

PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN REMOTE LEARNING

Please see the attached document that should be reviewed by Parents/Guardians related to maintaining a safe environment during this Physical Education.

ATTENDANCE

Students are expected to be online and ready to start learning at 8:30am each day where attendance will be taken. Up until 9am, if a student joins the class meeting they will be considered lateAfter 9am, students will be considered absent and the automated absence system will call to verify the student’s location. This process will be also occur after lunch, when students are expected to be online and ready for the afternoon session which begins at 12:30pm each day, and system will again call by 1pm.

Please contact the school directly at 905-876-2386 and speak with Mrs. Marshall, Mrs. Rivett-Rob or Mrs. Walters to update any changes to attendance.

It is important that if there is a planned late or absence for your child(ren), that you enter the information in the Safe Arrival program. This can be done through the SchoolMessenger mobile app, the SchoolMessenger website: go.schoolmessenger.ca​, or by calling toll-free at: 1-844-445-4505. This is the same process that has been in place for in person learning.

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS

We have supplied devices to over 170 students! The online survey requesting devices and/or internet (Wi-Fi) is now closed. to enable them to access or fully participate in teacher-led instruction in an online environment. If you are in the position that you still require these supports so that your child(ren) can participate in Remote Learning, please contact Mr. Hawken, the Principal, directly at hawkenc@hcdsb.org and arrangements can be made.

SWITCHING YOUR CHILD’S LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (FROM IN-PERSON TO VIRTUAL OR VICE-VERSA)

Given the Province’s temporary move to Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopening in order to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, HCDSB has revised the plan to provide greater flexibility for families. Families will now be offered two (2) opportunities to request a change to learning environment for elementary students. The first opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students is now available. The online request form will be open from Wednesday, January 5th until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14th. The requested changes will come into effect on Monday, January 24, 2022, or once schools re-open for in-class instruction if the period of remote learning is extended.  

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR FAMILIES REQUESTING A CHANGE TO THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL:

  • If schools resume in-person instruction on January 17th, families who wish to keep their children home until the switch occurs on January 24th will be able to access asynchronous resources for their children through their current class on the D2L platform during the week of January 17-21.  
  • Parents/guardians requesting a change for their children to the virtual elementary school (St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Elementary Virtual School) will be asked to choose whether they want to keep their children enrolled in virtual learning until the final change in Learning Environment opportunity after Easter OR until the end of the school year. 

The final opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students will be released after March BreakThe requested changes will come into effect after Easter on Tuesday, April 19th.

If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from in-class instruction to the virtual school, or vice versa, please complete the online request form below. Please complete this form ONLY if you would like to make a change to the learning environment that your child was in prior to the Christmas Break. If you want your child to remain in the same learning format they were in before Christmas Break, no further action is required.

Important notes before you complete the online form:

  • Please submit a separate form for each child.
  • You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this request. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
  • This online request form applies to elementary students ONLY. Requests for changes in the learning environment at the secondary school level should be sent directly to your child’s secondary school.

COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM HERE

This online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022.

NEXT STEPS:

  • Once the online form has closed, our staff will begin to work through the rescheduling process.
  • Parents and guardians will receive confirmation of the changes to their children’s learning environment by Wednesday, January 19th.
  • The changes to your child’s learning environment will come into effect as of Monday, January 24, 2022, or once in-school instruction resumes, if it extends beyond January 24th
  • If in-class instruction resumes on January 17th, your child’s current placement (in-class or virtual) will continue to be in place for the week of January 17-21. Asynchronous instruction will be posted for students, should parents/guardians decide to keep their children home while awaiting the switch to the virtual school.

NOTE! UPDATED COVID-19 SCREENING TOOL

Please note that the Ontario Government has updated the symptoms and protocols for Covid-19. The school screening link is: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

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 students with special needs 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.

PIZZA and POPCORN DAYs

We will adjust the dates for pizza and popcorn once we return to in-person learning to account for the missed days.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL

Our next virtual Catholic School Council meeting will be held Monday, January 10th from 6:30-8:00 pm. Please email stephensk@hcdsb.org if you wish to be added to the Teams meeting.

REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR KINDERGARTEN!

To facilitate planning for the 2022-2023 school year, we encourage all families intending to register Kindergarten children at Guardian Angels by following the guideline posted on our website: https://elem.hcdsb.org/guardianangels/2021/12/register-your-child-for-kindergarten-2/

ST. BENEDICT PARISH NEWS

Unfortunately the Parish is unable to offer children’s liturgy in person at the church. However they are able to offer it virtually.  Please find enclosed the links for the month of January:

January 2, 2022
January 9, 2022
January 16, 2022
January 23, 2022
January 30, 2022

Saint Benedict Parish Mass times are as follows:  
Saturday afternoons at 5:00 pm
Sunday mornings at 9:00 am, 10:30 am and 12:00 noon

Churches are permitted to celebrate Masses and other liturgies at capacity with social distancing.  This roughly works out to 250 people in the church.  The ‘first-come, first-served’ approach to attendance at Mass will continue.  However, once capacity is reached, the doors will be locked and no one will be allowed in the building after this point.
Health protocols remain in place which means that social distancing of six feet between different social bubbles and face masks are mandatory in the church.

If you are unwell, please do not come to Mass.  Please watch Mass on television or on the internet.  One option is the parish livestreamed Mass which happens on Saturdays at 5:00 pm and is uploaded onto the parish YouTube channel for viewing the entire week.  The parish YouTube channel link is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvwxxAJqkkVF7rAMBULIwtg/featured 

FAITH & WELL-BEING RESOURCES

We recognize that this period of remote learning will create additional burdens on our families and staff. 
Here are a list of supports for families to access during this difficult time:  

SOCIAL MEDIA

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Hawken, ChristopherWeekly Update – January 10-14, 2022