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Weekly Update: April 19-23, 2021

“Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy.” 1 Peter 1:8

Monday April 19th is Transition Day for All In-Person Elementary Schools

As noted in previous messaging from the Board, Monday, April 19th will be a transition day to allow for the distribution of technology to families and prepare for the move to remote learning. There will be no instruction (synchronous or asynchronous) for students currently enrolled in in-person learningat an HCDSB elementary school.  

Please note that if you have requested technology or Special Education equipment, you will receive an e-mail by Sunday evening, indicating a specific time slot for your “curb-side” pick up on Monday afternoon.  Do not hesitate to reach out to the office on Monday morning should you need to adjust your designated time slot. A gentle reminder that tech support is available at 905-632-6314 x 500 or helpdesk@hcdsb.org.  

Remote instruction for elementary studentswho have been learning in-person will begin on Tuesday, April 20th. The access points for all three learning platforms – D2L (Brightspace),  Office 365 and Google Classroom, are available on themain page of the Board’s websiteand also on the HCDSB Learn at Home link.

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 and teachers while our school is closed. 

As noted in PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learningschools 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 School Messenger 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. Our office staff may be working remotely; however, you can leave voice mail at 905-877-4451. Messages will be checked regularly during the school day. Alternatively, you can access staff via email. All contacts are listed on our website: Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School. 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. 

Supports and options

We understand just how challenging remote learning can be.  Ideally, we would like to keep our students connected to their classrooms and engaged with their peers. If you are experiencing challenges, please reach out to your teachers first to discuss strategies for support.

In some cases, where a child is experiencing extreme difficulty coping with the demands of online learning, parents may request to adapt their child’s schedule and to participate in more asynchronous learning. These requests must be submitted in writing directly to the Principal for approval. There is a form that must be completed. 

Various learning resources can be accessed to enhance at-home learning.  The Ministry of Education and the HCDSB have shared the following curriculum-linked activities to support student learning during this period of remote instruction:

Holy Cross Tips

The extension of remote learning may create additional burdens on our families and staff.  Please review the list of supports for families to access during this difficult time: 

We thank you for your continued attention to crucial Public Health Measures at this critical point in the fight against COVID-19:
 

  • Socialize with your own household.
  • Stay home and get tested if you feel ill.
  • Participate in the targeted testing offered by HCDSB.
  • Practice good hand hygiene habits, masking, and physical distancing.
  • Refer to Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community.
  • Refrain from travelling.

We continue to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick, and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them.  

Anna Marie Toltl
Principal

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