Highlights for this week…
Remote Learning Extended for HCDSB Schools
Ontario school boards received a memo from the Minister of Education that provided an update on the period of school closure and teacher-led remote learning. The memo indicated that in-person learning will resume next week in schools that fall within 1 of 7 public health units listed in the memo.
Halton Region was not on this list, and therefore HCDSB schools will remain closed for in-person learning until further notice.
The Ministry has not provided a date when our Halton schools are expected to reopen for full in-person instruction.
What we know at this time:
- Elementary and secondary students will continue to learn remotely until further notice.
- Students enrolled in the Virtual Elementary School will continue to follow their established schedules.
- The change in learning format between in-person and virtual instruction will be delayed until schools re-open for in-person learning.
- Students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning will continue to receive in-person support during the extended remote learning period.
- Child care centres will remain OPEN for the duration of these time-limited public health actions.
- All Before and After School Programs will remain CLOSED until in-person learning resumes.
The Board recognizes that another extension of remote learning, and especially not having a sense of timelines, will create additional challenges and burdens on our families and staff. Unfortunately, this is all the information we have to share at this time. If we receive any additional details, we will share them with our families and staff. In the meantime, our staff remain committed to working with families to provide a quality Catholic education for our students that is flexible and engaging.
Updates & Additional Information
We will continue to share any new updates from the Ministry as they become available, in the following ways:
- Email to Parents/Guardians and Staff
- Updates to our Return to School Plan website
- Twitter: @HCDSB
- Instagram: @HaltonCatholicDSB
- Facebook: Halton Catholic District School Board
During this period of remote learning, we continue to promote regular attendance, as it is important for students to remain engaged in their learning so they can stay on top of the curriculum and feel more connected to their peers while our school is closed.
As noted in PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, schools are required to take daily student attendance throughout the period of remote learning.
Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence, as you typically would during in-person learning through the SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival System: https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/report-your-childs-absence/.
We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being.
Bell Let’s Talk – January 28, 2021
Bell Let’s Talk is Thursday January 28th. It is a day dedicated to talking about mental health and discussing ways to promote positive mental health in ourselves, others and our community.
Parents, remember to be kind to yourself. It is okay to ask for help too. Here are four tips to ease frustration in remote learning:
Public Health Protocols
With rising case numbers across the province, we need your continued support and vigilance to prevent and limit the community spread of Covid-19 and to keep active cases out of the school.
Please remember to continue to practice the following Public Health Protocols:
- Stay home, except for essential purposes such as going to work or school, buying essentials such as groceries, and attending medical appointments.
- Maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet) from those outside their household. Those that live alone may join one designated household.
- Avoid all social gatherings such as play dates, birthday parties, and dinner parties with friends or family.
- Wear a mask when out in public and in close proximity to others, including when you are picking up and dropping off students at school.
Checking for Signs & Symptoms of COVID-19
Please continue to check for symptoms of COVID-19 in your children, and remember to conduct a self-assessment for each child every day before sending your children to school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.
NEW! Halton Region Public Health is now asking students to conduct a daily self-assessment EVERY day, even on weekends. Please follow the instructions on the school screening tool.
COVID-19 Test Results
If your child has been tested for COVID-19, they must stay home and self-isolate until the test results are received. Please do NOT send your children to school while you are awaiting their test results.
If any member of your immediate family tests positive for COVID-19, all members of the family must stay home and self-isolate, even if they have no symptoms.
Register Your Child for Kindergarten!
Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another.
To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September, 2021, your child must be four years old by December 31, 2021. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December 31, 2021.
How Do I Register?
Part 1 – Online Registration
Online registration is available as the first step of the registration process. Once signed in, parents will need to fill out an online registration form for their child.
If you have never used the online registration portal:
- Click on the Online Registration link.
- Hit ‘Sign in‘ on the top right-hand corner.
- Press the green button to ‘Create an account’.
Once you have done this, you will be able to login with your personal username/email and password. Register Online Now!
Part 2 – In-Person Registration
Following the completion of online registration (Part 1), parents will be contacted directly through email. The school’s main office will contact you with a mutually agreed upon appointment time to provide your child’s documentation to complete the registration process.
NOTE: Once the State of Emergency and Stay at Home orders are lifted and in-person learning resumes, you will be contacted by your home school to complete Part 2 of your child’s Kindergarten registration.
Due to COVID-19, health and safety protocols will be followed at each of our schools. Parents will be asked to complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool before their scheduled appointment at school.
What Will I Need to Register My Child?
To complete part 2 of the registration process, parents must bring the following documents to their home school (required documents):
- Birth Certificate (required for Year 1 and Year 2)
- Proof of age (required for Year 1 and Year 2)
- Year 1 children are required to be 4 years of age on or before December 31, 2021.
- Year 2 children are required to be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2021.
3. Roman or Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal certificate. If your child has no Roman/Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal certificate, your child may be admitted if one parent can provide a Roman/Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal certificate. Please refer to the Board’s Operating Policy I-22 for more information.
4. Proof of address
Please note: Children currently registered in the Year 1 Kindergarten program are not required to register for the Year 2 program. Placement in the Year 2 program will be processed by the school, unless otherwise stated.
Let’s have some fun and wear your favourite jersey or sports colours on Thursday, February 4th for our spirit day!
Please wear red to support Paint the Town Red Day for United Way! If you can, please donate a Toonie ($2) on School Cash Online to support the United Way.