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Weekly Update – January 17-21 2022

Greetings Holy Rosary Families!

We are so excited to have everyone back as we begin in-person learning on Monday! Thank you to our students for your efforts, positivity and dedication during the remote learning period.  A special thank you is extended to our parents, staff, parish and community partners for making this work – and for all the support along the way.  Let’s keep working together to ensure that our learners are safe and healthy as they return to school.

**Mandatory COVID Screening Requirements – Action Required**

Thank you to our parents for ensuring that you will take the time before each and every school day to complete your child(ren)’s Daily Covid Screening and confirming the screening results in your child(ren)’s agenda(s) starting on Monday January 17, 2022.

A Covid-19 Screening Tracking sheet was sent home earlier today via School Messenger to facilitate the reporting of screening results. You can access the Daily Covid Screening tracking form on the last page of this weekly update.

This screening and reporting must be completed daily by a parent until further notice. Please note this is a directive from the Ontario Ministry of Education and Ontario Ministry of Health.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here:  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Each student will be receiving a Rapid Kit comprised of 2 Antigen rapid tests and a mask as early as Monday.

HCDSB will be sharing updated information this weekend, please check your email or the HCDSB website for this correspondence. Thank you.

Loaned School Devices & Technology

We appreciate that students who required devices/technology during the remote period had use of school devices and have taken special care of the equipment. Please know that this equipment is necessary in supporting all our students during in-person learning. We would like to ensure that our students will have access to this equipment upon their return on Monday.

All equipment can be returned to the school on Monday. Please return the devices as you received them – barcoded laptop, charger and box (in some cases). Thank you for your attention and support.

Pizza Days 

We look forward to starting Pizza Days again next week.  Our next scheduled Pizza day is Tuesday, January, 18, 2022. We continue to work with our pizza provider and staff to ensure COVID safety measures are in place for pizza distribution.  The missed Pizza Days will be rescheduled for February.

Change to Learning Environment for Elementary Students – Response Form Closes TODAY

If you are switching your child’s learning environment (from in-person to virtual or vice-versa beyond the Government mandated period), please review the information provided. Given the Province’s temporary move to Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopening and 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 for 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 is available now – it was open from Wednesday, January 5, 2022, until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022 *TODAY*.

The requested changes will come into effect on Monday, January 24, 2022.  

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

  • Schools resumes for in-person instruction on January 17, 2022. Families who wish to keep their children home until the switch occurs on January 24, 2022 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, 2022 and can access TVO options. 
  • 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 19, 2022.

Request to Change Learning Environment
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 the 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 19, 2022.
  • The changes to your child’s learning environment will come into effect as of Monday, January 24, 2022.
  • Your child’s current placement (in-class or virtual) will continue to be in place for the week of January 17-21, 2022. Asynchronous instruction will be posted for students, should parents/guardians decide to keep their children home while awaiting the switch to the virtual school.

Grandmother Moon Paint Night – Family Virtual Event

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel: Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night to get creative at home and learn about Indigenous art!

The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session(s) by collecting the following art supplies.

If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at: saevils@hcdsb.org.

New Student Kindergarten Registration for 2022/23

Please see the following link regarding Kindergarten Registration for the Fall of 2022: https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/register-your-child/kindergarten/

Student Census 2022 – Coming Soon!

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website: https://hcdsb.info/StudentCensus2022

Winter Weather – Dress for Outdoor Play

Students will be outside for all regular outdoor activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.  We remind students to dress for our beautiful Canadian winters.

A Family Prayer

In the days ahead we pray for safety and strength. While these are challenging times – we look to God for peace, wisdom and hope.  We are blessed to have our faith.

Dear God,

Bless our family who asks for your grace.

May your Spirit guide our words and deeds

and lead us to always give You praise.

Let our home be filled with love, faith 

and hope for a bright future.                                                                    

We pray that we will live happily in good health, 

mutual respect, and endless peace.  Amen.                                                                                                                             

We wish you a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing our students in-person on Monday! 

Blessings,

The Holy Rosary CES Staff

DAILY COVID SCREENING

Screening Tool Site: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Child’s Name:________________ Teacher_______________ Gr. ____

  Date  Passed Covid Screening (ü)  Parent Signature
Monday, January 17 2022
Tuesday, January 18 2022
Wednesday, January 19 2022
Thursday, January 20 2022
Friday, January 21 2022
Monday, January 24 2022
Tuesday, January 25 2022
Wednesday, January 26 2022
Thursday, January 27 2022
Friday, January 28 2022
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