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Weekly Update December 17th

Good afternoon,

Winter Break Rapid Antigen Screening Kits for In-Person Students

As you may be aware from an earlier email, the school distributed Rapid Antigen Test kits for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday. If your child has been absent this week, families can pick up their child’s kit tomorrow, Friday December 17. Please call our main office to facilitate a curbside pick-up of these Rapid Antigen Tests between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Please refer to the email sent on Monday, December 13 for more information about the Rapid Antigen Test kits for in-person learners, including instructions for use.

Mandatory Screening for Students January 3-14th

Parents and guardians are asked to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Tool for each child every day before leaving home for school.

Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to the classroom teacher before school in one of the following formats: 

  • Email results to Homeroom teacher – teacher emails are listed on our school website
  • Show “pass” confirmation on a personal device;
  • Show printed copy of the screening tool indicating the current date and a “pass” 
  • Print of and Complete Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, which your child brings back and forth to school each day for the first 2 weeks in January.  

Holy Cross Parish Update – Advent Season

  • Christmas Mass Times – Christmas Eve – 4 pm, 6 pm 8 pm 10 pm 12 am – Christmas Day – 9 am, 10:30 am and 12 pm. Online services will also be available via the parish Facebook and Youtube channels.

Early Dismissal Day

Families are reminded December 17th is the final day of school before Christmas Break. The school board has confirmed that this will be an early dismissal day for students. Holy Cross students will be released 90 minutes early this day. Our school dismissal time is 1:30 pm, bus drop off times will be adjusted accordingly.

COVID-19 Vaccination for 5-11 year old

First dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for 5-11 year olds can now be booked through Halton Region’s online booking system for children five to 11 years of age (or turning five in 2021). Second doses can be booked at a date closer to the recommended eight week interval. Appointments are dependent on paediatric vaccine supply and will be added to the Region’s booking system as supply is confirmed. Please keep checking Halton’s website and booking form as more appointments are added.

Appointments are available at the Region’s new paediatric child-friendly clinics (similar to a doctor’s office) and their four existing community clinics, featuring the Halton Heroes. Appointments are also available at select pharmacies and primary care providers & paediatric offices in Halton. Parents can decide which setting is best for their child, based on age and other personal factors. Information to assist with the decision is available on halton.ca/COVIDvaccines4kids.

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Winter Break Travel

With the holiday season approaching, it is anticipated that many staff, students and families will choose to make travel plans over the break. We would like to remind families to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements

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.

On behalf of the staff of Holy Cross Catholic School we wish all our students, parents, guardians and school community a Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!!   May the birth of our Saviour renew our faith and invigorate our call to love and care for one another. God bless you.

 Mr. Cacciola

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