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Parent Weekly Update – September 14-18, 2020

THANK YOU to all our families for supporting us this week during our gradual return to school. We appreciate your understanding, support, and cooperation as we adjust to our new routines. Our plans have been made with the best intentions and may need to be revised as we welcome all of our students back this week. We keep reminding ourselves that we will need to continue to be patient and flexible as we move forward.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank your outstanding staff who have worked tirelessly to prepare, organize and set up a safe and positive learning environment for our students!

A reminder that on Monday, September 14th we welcome ALL in class instruction Grades 1-8 students! Monday, September 14th is the last day of staggered entry for our kindergarten students; ALL Year 1 and Year 2 students will be back on Tuesday, September 15th.

Reminders and Information:

  • Medical Conditions: If you have a child with a life-threatening medical condition please ensure the main office is aware of the condition. There is paperwork to be completed for specific medical conditions (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, seizure disorder, heart condition). A reminder that if your child was at Lumen Christi last year we will refer to the existing Student Plan of Care for now. If there has been a change in diagnosis or treatment for your child please email Mrs. Robinson (robinsonam@hcdsb.org) or call the main office. Please remember if your child has asthma Ryan’s Law requires them to have their inhaler on them at all times.
  • Anaphylaxis Allergies: A reminder that according to our HCDSB policy and procedure, all students with an anaphylaxis allergy must wear their epi-pen and have a back up located in the main office. Please ensure your child has their epi-pen on them and that you have sent in the extra epi-pen to the main office. Please ensure your child’s name is clearly indicated on the epi-pen. Also, we are aware that the Allerject Auto-Injector has been made available to Canadians. If this is your choice of auto-injector to please email Mrs. Robinson (robinsonam@hcdsb.org)
  • Arrival and Dismissal Reminders: Thank you to everyone who is trying their best to follow our school COVID-19 procedures which aim to keep everyone safe. As we all enter back to school on Monday just a few things to keep in mind: 1) Families are reminded to continue to keep physical distance as best as possible and to wear a mask for arrival and dismissal.; 2) One parent/guardian should be doing the drop-off and pick-up to assist with the amount of people on property at one time.; 3) Please do not congregate on school property.; 4) Grades 1-3 families are reminded to bring their colour coded cue card for pick up starting on Monday, September 14th. Please line up at one of the 3 pick-up locations, wait for your turn, then hold up your card. A staff member should come and ask for your child’s name and then will go to get your child. It will take some time to become familiar with this routine so we thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience.
  • COVID-19 Reminders: One way to ensure the safety and well-being of all is to ensure that the virus does not enter our building in the first place. To this end, parents/guardians and staff must perform a daily screening for COVID-19 symptoms before leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

Parents are able to access the Daily Screening Checklist for HCDSB students HERE.

Parents are reminded that if your child is unwell and shows possible signs of COVID-19 (including any of the following: fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, lack of smell or taste, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion – in absence of underlying reason for these symptoms such as seasonal allergies – chills, headaches, fatigue or malaise) during the school day they will be taken to our school’s ‘Isolation Room’. Parents/guardians will be contacted, and the student/siblings will be picked up. Students will then have to either self-isolate for 14 days or go get a COVID-19 test. Our success relies on the efforts of everyone; if your child has been or is unwell (showing any of the above symptoms) please keep them home from school and seek appropriate medical attention.

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Elementary Vice-PrincipalParent Weekly Update – September 14-18, 2020