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Welcome Back Holy Rosary Families!

We are delighted to welcome back our Holy Rosary School Community! Welcome to all our returning students and those new to our school community! Our school staff is happy to be able to personally greet our students once again on September 7th (Grades 1-8).  Our commitment to Catholic education is steadfast as we re-engage our learners and community. We look forward to a wonderful school year with a commitment to maintain a safe, vibrant and welcoming community.

Please review these updates and tips as we navigate the beginning of the school year. More information will be available in the days to come regarding updates and first day of school procedures and tips.

Elementary Classroom Placements

The process to access your child’s classroom placement has been recently updated. Details on how parents can access this information will be shared by the board. Class placements will be available on Friday, September 3, 2021 after 3:00pm.

As we have experienced, please understand that class placements can change depending upon Ministry of Education or HCDSB Directives, and changes in school population. With your trust in our professionalism, we will continue to provide all students with the best possible learning environment.

Kindergarten Information

Orientation meetings take place on September 7th and 8th for all our Year 1- JK students and those new to Year 2- SK. Information regarding those meetings was mailed to parents at the end of June. At present, all meetings will either be on-site (outdoors) or virtual.

All Year 2 – SK students will begin on Thursday, September 9th with half of the Year 1- JK students. The second half of our Year 1 -JK students, along with all Year 2 students will attend school on Friday, September 10th.  All Kindergarten students will be learning in-school beginning Monday, September 13th, 2021. 

Health and Safety Protocols

The Ministry of Education’s COVID-19 Health, Safety, and Operational Guidance plan provides the baseline for school boards and local public health officials to develop a specific plan for the school board. 

With this plan as a foundation, some of the protocols that are in place to begin the school year include:

  • Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the Covid Self-Assessment Tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
  • All students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in the Halton Catholic District School Board continued to be required to wear a properly fitted non-medical or cloth masks during classes and while in the hallways.  We understand that for many this will be an adjustment with schools being closed for the last 5 months. We recommend that this week, for your child to take some time to “practice” wearing masks again to reacquaint everyone with the feeling. Thank you for your assistance!
  • All classes will continue to remain in their classroom cohort and assigned a specific zone on the playground during recesses and lunch.

We are kindly request that all families who are able to walk to school create this routine for our students enjoy this opportunity while the weather is good. Our school parking lot is a shared space with Holy Rosary Church and is not designed to have numerous cars parking to drop off children. If you are parking in the lot to escort your child to the school, please accompany your child to the gate. We also encourage use of the Kiss and Ride – however, there should be no parking or leaving a car unattended in the Kiss and Ride area. Your support in keeping everyone safe is appreciated.

When your child arrives at school they must be wearing a mask. We will be implementing a staggered entry into school to limit the number of students in our hallways at one time. Kindergarten students will enter through the KDG gate and go directly to their classroom. KDG staff will be communication with parents outlining further specifics.

Parents and caregivers are kindly asked to leave the school property as soon as they drop off their children. Public Health has advised that there will be no gathering or congregating permitted on school property to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Parents/caregivers are reminded to please wear a mask and social distance when accompanying your child to school. Kindly limit student drop-off and pick up to one parent or caregiver.

HCDSB Return to School Plan
The HCDSB Return to School Plan shared by Director Daly last week can be accessed on the HCDSB Website or here: https://www.hcdsb.org/return-to-school/ .

Student Medical Updates

Any students with a medical plan for allergies or other medical conditions are asked to please drop off updated plans, EpiPen, medications etc. to the office by the first day of school.

Uniforms

Holy Rosary CES is a full uniform school. McCarthy’s Uniforms is our only uniform supplier; however, children may still wear any remaining uniform items from ISW they currently have.  If you are in need of uniform assistance, please contact the main office. Visit McCarthy’s at:  www.mccarthyuniforms.ca/shop

Student Insurance
The HCDSB does not provide accident insurance coverage for student injuries that occur on school premises or during school activities. Since accidents can happen, and some injuries result in medical, dental or other expenses that are not covered by provincial health care or employer group plans, as a parent, you may wish to consider purchasing student accident insurance. Student accident insurance can provide you with financial peace of mind against the possible expenses that can be incurred if a child is injured at school.

The Board makes an Accident and Life Insurance Program for students exclusively through Old Republic/Reliable Life Insurance Company available on a yearly basis. Participation is voluntary and the costs for the program are paid by the parent or guardian. The program offers a variety of plans and benefits, which can be tailored to suit your needs. The coverage provided by the policy is comprehensive and reasonably priced.

The insurance agreement is between the parent/guardian and the insurance company. If you wish to subscribe or for more information, please visit: www.insuremykids.com or call 1-800-463-KIDS (5437).

Holy Rosary Parish Updates

Holy Rosary Parish has emailed information directly to families of students entering Grade 3 and Grade 8 to schedule the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.  Please access the Holy Rosary Parish website for more information and registration: https://holyrosaryburlington.com/

Bus Transportation

If your child qualifies for bus transportation, you can now review their bus details through the Halton Student Transportation Services online Parent Portal at https://haltonbus.ca/sign-in/

You will need your child’s 9-digit Ontario Education Number (OEN) to access the parent portal.  This can be found on a copy of any of their report cards.

If your child has not yet been assigned an OEN (i.e. Kindergarten student) and is eligible for transportation, you will receive a phone call with busing information from Halton Student Transportation Services between August 23 and 27. If you do not receive a phone call, please contact Halton Student Transportation Services between 8:00am and 4:30pm at 905-637-4009 or Toll-Free: 1-888-803-8660.

For specific information about COVID-19 Safety Protocols that are in place for students while travelling on the bus, please visit www.haltonbus.ca/covid-19-return-to-school-transportation/

Courtesy Seats are on hold for now – a request for courtesy seat list will be reviewed once protocols allow.

Bus Expectations
School bus transportation is a privilege and we need to work together to keep everyone safe. If bus behaviour is inappropriate or unsafe, the bus driver will issue a warning slip and riders may be refused bus service. There will be assigned seats both in the morning and afternoon runs.

For student safety, kindly the following rules with your child(ren):

  1. All students need to wear a mask and stay in their assigned seats at all times.
  2. Students will line up at the back of the school and board the bus in an orderly manner, with supervisor direction, while maintaining physical distance.
  3. Remain seated in the assigned seat; keep arms and head and belongings inside the bus and not in the aisle.
  4. Respect the driver at all times. Keep noisy to a minimum to avoid distracting the bus driver.
  5. Do not eat or drink on the bus.

Visitor Protocol

This school year we will continue to limit visitor access to our school in an effort to minimize contact and keep our school community safe. We are hopeful that we will be able to revisit and once again have our valued volunteers back in our school building. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please note that a police check with vulnerable sector screening is required. If you have never submitted one to the school, you can reach out to Halton Police Services online or in person. The school is in the process of updating our records for Declaration Forms those previously on file.

All visitors, including parents and HCDSB staff who are not assigned to our school, will require approval and pre-screening before entering our building. Only visits that are deemed absolutely essential will be approved – e.g. visits by the Fire Marshal’s office or by public health. Where possible, meetings or visits will be conducted virtually.

Visitors who are granted approval will be required to complete an online screening form prior to arriving at our school. Once inside, all visitors will be required to wear masks provided by the school.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we do all we can to ensure a safe and healthy return to school for all.

Lunch Protocols

For the health and safety of our students and school community, it is strongly recommended that all elementary students remain at school for the full duration of their lunch periods.

We are working through the health and safety protocols and may be able to offer a lunch program this year. More details will be shared when available.

As we are limiting visitors to our school, lunch drop offs will not be permitted during the school day. Parents and guardians are asked to provide their children with lunch and snacks in the morning before students enter the school building.

Considerations for lunch preparations:

  • Lunches should be prepared as individual meals and snacks.
  • Sharing food items will not be permitted.
  • Each student is required to bring their own drinking bottle to school that is labeled, kept with them during the day, and not shared with other students. All water fountains will continue to be wrapped and/or made inoperable. Bottle filling stations will be available for all students and staff to use.

Lunchtime Supervisors

Our school is looking to hire additional lunchtime supervisors to assist in student supervision during the lunch hour. If you are interested, enjoy children, and are available daily for indoor and outdoor supervision duty -please contact the school office at: 905-634-3609. All applicants will need to complete the application process and provide a current Police Check to be considered for this position.

If Your Child Feels Unwell at School

It is important for your child to let their teacher know if they are feeling unwell at school. Students who show signs/symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will be taken to our school’s designated isolation room where they will be cared for and supervised until a parent or guardian can pick them up.

It is very important that we have current contact information for all our families so that we can get in touch with you quickly. Please contact our school office if there have been any recent changes to your contact information.

If you did not have the opportunity to view the live webinar hosted by our Director of Education, Mr. Pat Daly, and Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Commissioner and Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region, a copy of the webinar can be viewed on the HCDSB YouTube page here.

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort. Working together, we will ensure a safe, healthy and happy return to school for all.

We will continue to keep you up to date with school messenger emails and updates to the website.  We are working diligently to ensure student and staff safety as we return to school. We look forward to

Thank you for your support and patience as we continue to work through this challenging time.  We sincerely look forward to a working together in partnership with you and our parish community to celebrate the gift of Catholic education each day.

Blessings,

The Holy Rosary CES Staff

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