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Weekly Update #19

A sincere thank you to everyone during this period of remote learning. We know the challenges that parents faced with juggling work and remote learning.  We are thankful for your patience and partnership. Thank you to our Teachers, Educational Assistants, Librarian, CYC, and office staff who have all done an amazing job in supporting our students as we moved to a new teaching and learning environment. We are truly grateful!

Lunch Box Pizza and Sub Days:

Lunch Box Pizza and Sub Days will begin the week of January 24th – we will ensure COVID safety measures are in place for safe distribution.

Any orders placed for this week – January 18th and 19th have been cancelled.

Parents can order for the week of January 24th until 12:00 pm on January 23rd.

School Technology Returns:

Thank you, families and students, for taking special care of devices that went home to support our students during remote learning. Over 170 devices are on loan. Please know that this equipment is instrumental in supporting all of our students during in person learning and we need to ensure that our students will be able to successfully utilize this equipment upon their return to in person school. 

All equipment can be returned to the school beginning Monday morning either with your child or parents may drop it off at our front doors between the hours of 9:00 am to 2:30 pm.

Please return the devices as you received them – labelled laptop, iPad, chrome book, chargers. Technology was signed out in your child’s name. Thank you for your attention and support with this!

UPDATED COVID-19 Safety Measures:

Please take time to complete your child’s Daily COVID 19 screening each morning.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here:

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Once you have completed the screening for your child, we are asking all parents to confirm screening ~ please see the tracking sheet that was sent home before the break. Please revise the dates.

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

A new form will be added to your child’s agenda on Monday January 17th.

Thank you for your co-operation in keeping everyone safe in our community!

Updated Public Health Guidance:

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

Cough; OR

Shortness of breath; OR

Decrease or loss of taste or smell;

Two or more of the following symptoms:

runny nose/nasal congestion

headache

extreme fatigue

sore throat

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.

Families of students that are observed to be symptomatic at school will be contacted and will be required to pick their child up from school, and must follow the applicable public health direction regarding isolation and school attendance.

International Travel:

Families who travel during this time must follow federal testing and quarantine requirements upon their return. Please be reminded that although unvaccinated children under the age of 12 who travel internationally with a fully vaccinated adult are exempt from federal quarantine, they are not permitted to attend school or child care for 14 days following their return.

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.

Inclement Weather:

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 maphttp://bit.ly/HCDSBInclementWeather  

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.

Change to Learning Environment for Elementary Students:

Planning on switching your child’s learning environment (from in-person to virtual or vice-versa beyond the Government mandated period). Given the Province’s temporary move to Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopening 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 will be open from Wednesday, January 5th until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14th

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 17th. Families who wish to keep their children home until the switch occurs on January 24th 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.  
  • 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 19th.

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 19th.
  • 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. Asynchronous instruction will be posted for students, should parents/guardians decide to keep their children home while awaiting the switch to the virtual school.

Student Census:

Parents and Guardians are invited to a virtual Parent Information Session for elementary families on Thursday, January 13th, 2022 at 7:00 p.m., which will discuss the Student Census Survey, available from February 28 through April 24, 2022! The Parent Information Session will be live-streamed and available on the Board’s YouTube channel at the scheduled time: Watch the Parent Information Session here on January 13!

What is the purpose of the Student Census? 

The HCDSB Student Census is an online survey that collects identity-based information about our student population. When linked to other student data sources, the identity-based information can help the HCDSB know more about our students and their experiences in school. This data will help our Board create and promote a more equitable and inclusive learning environment.

At the elementary level, for Kindergarten to Grade 8, parents and guardians will be able to complete the Student Census Survey with or for their children. However, participation in the census survey is voluntary. 

Please note that a second Parent Information Session for secondary school families will take place on Thursday, February 3rd, 2022.

Parents and guardians are invited to submit questions in advance of the session by completing the following online form: Elementary Student Census ~ Question Form.

The most frequently asked questions will be addressed during the virtual information session on Thursday, January 13th. Questions submitted will also be used to update an FAQ that will be posted on our HCDSB website.

For more information, please visit us online:

Save the Date ~ Grandmother Moon Paint Night:

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

6:00 PM – 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.

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Upcoming Events and Activities at Lumen Christi

Jan
17
Mon
Martin Luther King Junior Day
Jan 17 all day
Jan
18
Tue
Indigenous Art Family Paint Night Event
Jan 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jan
24
Mon
Wellness Week – Lumen Christi
Jan 24 – Jan 27 all day
Jan
25
Tue
Lunch Box – Pizza Pizza
Jan 25 all day
Jan
26
Wed
Bell Let’s Talk Day – Wear BLUE
Jan 26 all day
Lunch Box – Subway
Jan 26 all day
Jan
27
Thu
Holocaust Memorial Day
Jan 27 all day
Jan
28
Fri
Professional Activity Day
Jan 28 all day
Feb
1
Tue
Lunch Box – Pizza Pizza
Feb 1 all day
Feb
2
Wed
Lunch Box – Subway
Feb 2 all day
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