A Prayer for Strength and Power in the Year Ahead
Lord, we ask for your wisdom, for your strength and power to be constantly present within us. We pray you would make us strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give us ability beyond what we feel able, let your gifts flow freely through us, so that you would be honored by our lives, and others would be drawn to you. In Jesus Name, Amen. ~Author Unknown
Welcome Back and Happy New Year!
Welcome Back to our staff and students on January 5 to a New Year filled with hope and promise!
Thank you to our LC community for taking precautions and following Public Health Guidelines over the holidays and keeping your loved ones safe!
Thank you to our families for utilizing the Rapid Antigen Test kits over the holidays and ensuring that you complete and confirm the daily screening for your child upon their return to school starting on January 5 (until further notice).
Updated Public Health Guidance:
The Ministry of Health has updated the guidance document to provide information in response to the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern.
Molecular testing has been prioritized for those at increased risk of severe outcomes and those living and working in highest risk settings, molecular testing is no longer being recommended for all individuals in the community with symptoms compatible with COVID-19.
Symptomatic individuals who are ineligible for PCR/rapid molecular testing are advised to self-isolate as soon as possible after symptom onset. **If symptoms include any symptom from the list below, the individual is presumed to have COVID-19 infection and is advised to self-isolate and stay home.
The symptoms include:
-Fever and/or chills; OR
-Shortness of breath; OR
-Decrease or loss of taste or smell;
Two or more of the following symptoms:
-runny nose/nasal congestion
-muscle aches/joint pain
-gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e. vomiting or diarrhea)
All household members of the symptomatic individual, regardless of vaccination status, should stay at home while the symptomatic individual is isolating (for at least 5 days from symptom onset AND until they are afebrile and their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms)) due to the high rate of transmission within households. If they develop symptoms, they should follow isolation directions for symptomatic individuals and if eligible for testing, seek testing.
COVID-19 Safety Measures:
- The province will be updating the COVID-19 school and child care screener ahead of the return to school on January 5 as well as updating COVID-19 reporting requirements for school boards and child care in January.
This will be in place upon the return from Christmas Break until further notice under the direction of the Ministry of Education.
2. The province will be supplying three-ply cloth masks for students in January. These masks will be distributed to families once we have received them from the Ministry.
3. Families who have travelled outside of Canada over the Christmas break are reminded to monitor updates to federal travel directives and mandatory isolation periods for students. Please refer to the Government of Canada’s instructions for travellers from outside Canada for more information.
*Please continue to monitor your emails for updates from the school and the Board.
Daily Confirmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening:
- 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 at the start of the school day.
Please take time to complete your child’s Daily COVID 19 screening each morning. We are asking all parents to confirm screening by initialing the log each day ~ please see the tracking sheet that was sent home prior to the break. This needs to be completed by a parent daily until further notice as per the Ministry of Education Update: Return to School – January 2022. Thank you for your support and patience!
*A copy may also be printed here:
Thank you for your co-operation in keeping everyone safe in our community!
Dressing for Winter!
Please ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are outside for all regular outside 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.
As winter weather is fast approaching, parents are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones map: https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/inclement-weather/
Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellations page.
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