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Weekly Update #2

Health & Safety Protocols:

Ensuring the health and safety of our students, families and staff continues to be our highest priority at Lumen Christi Elementary School during the 2021-2022 school year.

We wanted to take a few minutes to remind parents and guardians to review the enhanced health and safety protocols that are in place this school year to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Please take a few minutes to review the health and safety protocols posted under Maintaining Safe & Healthy Schools online for more information.

Daily COVID-19 Screening:

Parents and guardians are reminded that monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 in your family is essential in keeping our school communities healthy and safe:

· The COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool must be completed by all students, parents/guardians and essential visitors prior to entering our school each day. This screening tool is also available in multiple languages if needed.

· Individuals experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool.

· Absences must be reported for students not attending school.

Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to your child’s classroom teacher in one of the following formats:

· Email results to classroom teacher;

· Show “pass” confirmation on a personal device;

· Show printed copy of the screening tool indicating the current date and a “pass”; OR

· Complete Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, which students can bring and drop off at school each day. 

This process continues to be in effect until Friday, September 17, 2021.

Drop-off and Pick-up:

A reminder about drop-off and pick-up protocols that will continue to be in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school community:

· Only one parent or guardian will be permitted on school property to drop off and pick up children.

· Parents and guardians will remain outside and will not be permitted to enter the school (unless there is an extenuating need, and prior approval has been obtained as per the Visitor Protocol).

· We have established designated entry and exit doors for your child’s class (cohort).

· Students will line up to enter our school, and 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 the school immediately upon arrival in the morning.

· Parents and caregivers are asked to leave the school property as soon as they drop off their child(ren). No gathering or congregating will be allowed on school property.

Thank you for your understanding and assistance as we work together to protect our students, families and staff so that we can ensure a safe and healthy return to school for all.

Wearing of Masks at School:

· All HCDSB students (Kindergarten – Grade 12) are required to wear non-medical masks/face coverings at school.

· Students are expected to bring their own masks to wear on student transportation and at school. Non-medical 3-ply masks will also be made available for students if needed. Students should bring an additional mask to school in the event that their mask gets wet, damaged or soiled.

· Masks must be worn indoors, including hallways, during classes, on school buses, and in the Before and After School Program.

· Masks may be temporarily removed indoors for eating and drinking at lunch or break times. Mask breaks will also be provided.

· Students are not required to wear masks outdoors, but 2m distancing should be maintained between cohorts as much as possible.

· Where they can be worn safely based on the activity, masking is encouraged for engaging in physical activity. · Use of Non-Medical Masks or Face Coverings in Schools – HE-use-of-non-medical-masks-or-face-coverings-in-schools.pdf (hcdsb.org)

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort, and we will continue to work together so that we can ensure a safe, healthy and happy learning environment for our children.

FAMILY INFORMATION/CONSENT ELECTRONIC FORM:

As you know, at the beginning of each school year, parents and guardians are asked to complete a hardcopy information/consent form for each child enrolled in our school.

Beginning this year, we will be collecting this information electronically, and are asking parents/guardians to complete the form online.

Complete the Family Information/Consent Electronic Form!

Parents are asked to complete the form, which may be accessed HERE. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

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.
  • The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Information Access and Protection of Privacy
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). For more information, visit our HCDSB website.

Protect Your Family with Student Accident Insurance:

We all know that accidents can, and do, happen. While your provincial coverage or your employee benefits plan may cover some medical, dental or other expenses related to these accidents, they may not cover all of them. Student Accident Insurance helps to protect your family from these unexpected costs if your child is injured on school property or during school-sponsored activities.

Since the Halton Catholic District School Board does not offer student accident insurance, you, as a parent/guardian, have the option to buy this coverage for your child or children. While participation is voluntary, it is highly recommended. All students, up to 26 years of age, are accepted.

Coverage is available in three affordable plan options, for as low as $13/year (that’s just over 3 cents a day!) in Lite, Plus and Premium. Benefits include:

  • Dental treatment
  • Damage to eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Ambulance transportation
  • Braces, casts, crutches, hearing aids, prosthetics and splints
  • Counselling, physiotherapy and tutoring
  • Prescription drugs
  • Accidental death, total and permanent disability
  • NEW! Hospital cash allowance for costs associated with extended hospital stays such as parking, television or Wi-Fi in your room, parking, cafeteria meals or babysitting expenses for family members.

Discounts are available for families with 3 or more children, with additional savings for multi-year plans of three and five years when buying online. For more policy details or to buy a plan, please visit www.studyinsuredstudentaccident.com or call 1-833-560-0527 (toll-free) or 416-916-1588 (local).

Please note that the insurance agreement is between you and Student Accident Insurance.

Medical Perils:

If your child has a medical condition such as anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy, kindly return the medical conditions package and appropriate medications. We want to keep your child safe by having the correct information and medications on hand. If you need a new package, please contact the office.

Not Receiving Emails from us or HCDSB?

If you have not been receiving emails from our school or HCDSB, please first check with the Guidance department to ensure your email contact information is correct.

If your contact information is correct, your email provider is marking emails from us as spam/junk. To correct this, please follow these instructions: https://www.hcdsb.org/DropOffLibrary/2019-11-EmailInstructions.pdf

Students and staff will be able to bring reusable water bottles and refill them at designated refill stations in our school. For the health and safety of our students and school community, the use of water fountains for drinking will not be permitted.

School Code of Conduct:

As Digital Citizens, users recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, in which they act in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.

Students are required to demonstrate digital citizenship through the appropriate use of technology as outlined in our code of conduct. Our school’s Code of Conduct can be found on our school website and in student agendas.

During periods of Remote Learning, there is an expectation that students continue to abide by Board and school Codes of Conduct. To ensure the safety and well-being of all students, please review these student expectations.

Students are expected to:

· Treat other students and school staff with dignity and respect.

· Represent only themselves online. Students should never pretend to be someone else or allow someone else pretend to be them.

· Complete all work assigned to the best of their ability while adhering to rules around plagiarism.

· Always protect their password(s) and schoolwork so others cannot take advantage.

· Use appropriate and encouraging language when posting opinions, critiquing others and chatting on school platforms.

· Immediately contact the teacher if they are having issues with class platforms (e.g., password no longer working, difficulty submitting work, concern about cyber-bulling, etc.)

· Notify their teacher should they feel their work has been compromised, copied or used without their permission.

· Be aware that inappropriate behaviour online could result in disciplinary action as per our Progressive Discipline policy

· Follow the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations while engaging in distance learning We are committed to working with you to ensure a safe and productive learning environment for all members of our school community.

I-43 Use of Technology and Digital Citizenship (hcdsb.org)

https://www.hcdsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/VI-44-Progressive-Discipline-and-Safety-in-Schools.pdf

Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations | Halton Catholic District School Board (hcdsb.org)

Safe Schools: Code of Conduct (gov.on.ca)

What happens if your child feels unwell at school?

It is important for your son or daughter 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 the parent or guardian can pick them up.

It is very important that we have current contact information for all of 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.

Changes to Learning Environment – February 22, 2022

An opportunity to change the learning environment for elementary students will be offered in January 2022. All parents and guardians with children enrolled in an HCDSB elementary school will receive an invitation to complete the Change of Learning Environment Form. Requested changes will take effect as of Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

Catholic School Council Nominations:

Catholic School Council nomination forms were emailed out to parents and can be found here on our website.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, September 17th at 4:00 pm. Please note that no further nominations will be considered after this date and time.

Our Catholic School Council plays an active role at Lumen Christi by determining school priorities and budgeting. Please note that all meetings will be virtual until further notice. 

Used Uniform Sale:

Next week we will begin collecting clean and gently used uniform pieces. We will collect donated uniform items from September 13th through to September 24th.  The uniform sale will take place on September 29th after school from 3 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Uniform pieces will be sold for $5.00 each.  Proceeds from the sale will support Catholic School Council initiatives. There will be a drop off box available at the front of the school during school hours.

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Upcoming Events and Activities at Lumen Christi

Sep
9
Thu
All Students Attend Grades 1-8
Sep 9 all day
First Day of School for Year 2 Kindergarten Students and first half of Year 1 Students
Sep 9 all day
Sep
10
Fri
First Day of School for second half of Year 1 Students
Sep 10 all day
Sep
13
Mon
All Year 1 Kindergarten Students Attend School
Sep 13 all day
Sep
23
Thu
Milton Hydro Presentations – Virtual
Sep 23 all day
Sep
30
Thu
Orange Shirt Day
Sep 30 all day
Rowan’s Law Day
Sep 30 all day
Oct
6
Wed
Catholic School Council Meeting #1
Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Oct
8
Fri
Professional Activity Day – No School
Oct 8 all day
Oct
11
Mon
Thanksgiving Day
Oct 11 all day

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