Weekly Update: February 22-26
“Sometimes you have to be kind to others, not because they’re nice, but because you are” – Author Unknown
We had a wonderful week back to school. As we celebrate our first week of Lent, let us remember what Father Jim had told us on Ash Wednesday which is to challenge ourselves to be extra nice to someone each day. We look forward to another great week at OLF.
New COVID Protocol
The COVID-19 School Screening Tool has been changed and will now require students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, even those with only one (1) symptom, must stay home until:
• They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.; OR
• They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.; OR
• It has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better.
The new single-symptom screening criteria in the COVID-19 daily screening tool has now been applied and is in effect immediately.
Parents and guardians are reminded to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Tool for each child every day before leaving home for school or child care: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
2. Self-Isolation Requirements for Families in a Household
The Ministry of Health has now indicated that all individuals living in the same household are now required to self-isolate when a family member has COVID-19 symptoms, even if the family member only has one (1) symptom.
The following isolation requirements now apply:
All members in a household of a symptomatic individual are required to self-isolate until the individual:
o Receives a negative COVID-19 test result; OR
o Receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.
If someone in your household tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional:
o This individual must isolate (including from others in your household) for 10 days from the date of experiencing symptoms. AND
o All members of the same household must isolate for 14 days from their last date of exposure with the symptomatic family/household member.
We appreciate your support in keeping our students and staff at OLF safe.
Uniform Information Night
Our Virtual School Uniform Parent Information Evening will be on Monday February 22, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. through Microsoft Teams. A meeting link will be sent to parents from K-6 on Monday morning.
The information session will provide parents and guardians with an overview of the school uniform voting process as well as details related to our community vote, which is scheduled to take place from March 1- March 11, 2021. A representative from RJ McCarthy will be available at the information session to answer any questions you may have about the uniform.
February – Black History Month
Each year, students and staff across the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) are invited to participate in Black History Month, to honour Black Canadians, both past and present, and to pay homage to the many achievements Black Canadians have contributed to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous nation it is today. Students at OLF will be participating in many activities throughout the month. This year we welcome Saidat. Teachers have been showing videos and working on various activities each day.
Pink Shirt Day – Wednesday, February 24th
OLF will put a stop to Bullying! On February 24th, we encourage students and staff to wear their pink shirt to recognize the commitment to end bullying.
This year, the theme of Pink Shirt Day is “Lift Each Other Up” – a simple but powerful message encouraging everyone to work together and treat others with dignity and respect. When we lift each other up, we see past the things that separate us and see instead the things that unite us as humans. As Catholic school communities created in God’s image, may our wearing of pink be a symbol of our collective expression of love, hope, and peace.
Teachers will be working on various activities this week. Together, we can end bullying!
St. Benedict Parish News
Children’s Liturgy Links:
February 21 – http://bit.ly/3sMgiPP
February 28 – http://bit.ly/2Y8ix1z
Thank you for your continued support during these difficult times and we continue to pray that all of you stay safe and healthy. God Bless.
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Wishing you a great weekend – the Staff of Our Lady of Fatima CES