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Weekly Update September 27 – October 1

Good afternoon families,

Attention -Family Information Packages – Family Information/Consent Electronic Form!

We are still in need of all families to complete the Family Information/Consent form electronically.  The form may be accessed HERE. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete. If you already submitted a consent form, no further action is required.

Important Notes Before Completing the Form:

  • If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.
  • Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child.
  • You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
  • Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration.
  • The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

If you experience a problem submitting a form, please use a different browser or different device. If you have tried a different browser and device and are still experiencing issues, please send an email to records@hcdsb.org

Daily Confirmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening
Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment

  • Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8oC) 
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19 
  •  If any signs or symptoms, students and other household members must stay home, and school must be contacted. 

Please note that if a student or staff member shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they cannot come to school. They must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.  ​ 

Curriculum Night – SAVE THE DATE – Wednesday September 29th

Our virtual Curriculum Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 29th. There will be 2 presentation times available – 6:30 & 7:00 pm. Teaching staff will be using the Microsoft Teams for their virtual meeting – teachers will be posting the TEAMS link to your child’s D2L shell or emailing it directly to parents. The Principal’s address will take place at 6:15 pm – the TEAMS link can also be found on the D2L shell.

Orange Shirt Day – September 30th

Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt on Thursday, September 30th.  As Canadians we participate in Orange Shirt Day annually, in recognition of our indigenous communities. It is an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters. Our Catholic Social Teachings call us in Solidarity with our indigenous sisters and brothers to honour the human dignity in all. This annual event started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that continues to impact many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today.

Toonie for Terry! Holy Cross Terry Fox Walk – Red & White Day

Holy Cross will be hosting a Terry Fox Walk on Friday October 1st – students/staff will be walking the school grounds that day, staying in cohorts and respecting social distancing protocols. Families can make a $2 online dotation using our School Cash Online program, all funds collected will be forwarded to the Terry Fox Foundation. Students are encouraged to wear Red & White on October 1st as we honour the great Canadian Terry Fox! We thank all our families for their support with this important initiative.

Concussion Protocol 

As part of Rowan’s Law Day (Concussion Safety – 2019), the last Wednesday of September, each year, will be designated as Rowan’s Law Day; a day to help increase awareness around concussions. A concussion can have very serious implications on a child`s cognitive and physical abilities. Parents and guardians are reminded that a comprehensive protocol, based on current research and best practices, has been developed to help parents, students, and staff prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. More information can be found on the Board`s website https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/your-childs-health/medical-conditions/concussion-protocol

School-based Immunization Program Gr. 7-12

The Ministry of Health has provided a school-based immunization program for students (Gr. 7-12) that is delivered by the local health departments. Due to pandemic-related disruptions, students have missed the opportunity to receive these vaccines over the past two school years.

Halton Region Public Health will be offering the school-based vaccines by appointment to eligible students in Grades 7-12 (born in 2004-2009) at community clinics throughout Halton. There will also be appointments available for students born in 2002-2003 to catch-up on vaccines that they may have missed.

The following vaccines will be offered at community clinics:

  •       Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  •       Meningococcal Disease
  •       Hepatitis B

Please note: COVID-19 vaccines are separate from the School-Based Immunization Program.

Book an Appointment

To book an appointment, or learn more about clinic eligibility, locations, and schedules, visit Halton’s Grade 7 School-based Immunizations web page or call 311. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful safe weekend.

Mr. Cacciola – Principal

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