Highlights for this week…
Return to School
There is no school on Easter Monday, April 5. We will welcome students back to in-person and Virtual School on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
The Ontario government declared a province-wide Lockdown across all Public Health units on Thursday, April 1. At this time, the schools will remain in operation. Classes are scheduled to resume on Tuesday, April 6, Spring Break is still planned for the week of April 12, and students are scheduled to return on April 19 after the Spring break.
As you are aware, the Province of Ontario requires school boards to offer voluntary COVID-19 testing sites for asymptomatic staff and students. The second round of testing for our school community will be available on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.
Who Can Be Tested?
- Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required from parents or guardians.
- Targeted testing is offered only for individuals who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms).
During this second round of testing, voluntary COVID-19 testing will be available to:
- All students and their families
- All school staff and their household members
- All Child Care staff and their household members
- All Child Care families
About the Testing
The Ministry of Education has arranged for the testing to be provided through a third party, LifeLabs.
LifeLabs uses a swab similar to a Q-tip that is inserted into the front part of the nostril and rotated for fifteen seconds (per nostril). Their trained staff will perform the test in a designated space within a school.
LifeLabs will ensure that every mobile collection site adheres to the following health and safety protocols:
- PPE for Droplet Precautions will be worn by all staff working in the location
- Enhanced hand hygiene will be followed by the staff conducting the testing
- Hand hygiene for students and staff will be required before and after service is provided
- Disinfecting of the cubicles and chairs will be undertaken before and after each individual tested
- Surgical masks will be provided, if necessary
When and Where Will the Testing Take Place?
At HCDSB, the testing will be offered through a Family of Schools ‘hub’ model, where the secondary school will be the testing site for each secondary school and the associated elementary schools. The schedule will rotate to each of our nine (9) secondary schools over the course of a 3-week period, providing a testing site in Burlington, Oakville, and North Halton (Milton and Halton Hills) for one day each week.
The second round of testing for the Bishop Reding Family of Schools will take place as follows:
|DATE:||Wednesday, April 7, 2021|
|2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.|
Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School1120 Main St. E, Milton ON L9T 6H7
Pre-registration will not be offered for the second round of voluntary COVID-19 testing.
If you are interested in getting tested, you are encouraged to walk-in for an appointment at the host school during the designated clinic hours.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to work with the Ministry of Education and our public health officials to keep our school communities healthy and safe.
Virtual Parent Information Sessions
The Special Education Services department at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a series of parent information sessions to help families adjust and respond to the new norms faced during a global pandemic and how to cope with the mental health and well-being of their children in times of uncertainty and change.
For the health and safety of our HCDSB community, all sessions will be offered virtually, and will be recorded live and available on the Board’s YouTube channel. A link to each live session below will be posted on the Board’s homepage the day of the scheduled presentation, and available on HCDSB’s YouTube channel for later viewing.
Visit the HCDSB website for more information.
Parenting During The Pandemic: Fostering Hope, Resilience & Positive Mental Health & Well-Being
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7:00 – 7:45 PM
Presented by: Rhonda Crawford, MSW, RSW and Patricia Webber-Callaghan, MSW, RSW
Families Matter – Raising a Resilient Child
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:00 – 7:45 PM
Presented by: Rosanna Bird, ICYC and Paola Giordani-Murray, ICYC
ADHD & Sleep – Management of ADHD as a Team of Parents, Students, Medical Professionals & School
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:00 – 7:45 PM
Family Wellness & Positive Mental Health during COVID-19
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7:00 – 7:45 PM
Presented by: Sarah Buist, MSW, RSW and Jacqueline Davis, MSW, RSW
Updates from the Office
Cross Boundary Applications
Cross boundary forms went home to parents for the annual approval of applications for the coming school year. Please send the form back to the office. New cross boundary applications require the approval of the Superintendent of School Services. Renewals are signed by the school Principal. Thank you.
Drop offs at the School
A gentle reminder to parent to please minimize drops off at the school office, as per the Return to School protocols established by Public Health. Parents are reminded that no one is allowed access to the school without prior arrangement and permission from the office to maintain the health and safety of students and staff at the school. Walk-ins are not permitted. Thank you for your on-going cooperation.
Spring Weather! Water Bottles
With warmer weather upon us, please ensure your student has a personal water bottle to refill and keep hydrated during the school day. More and more students are coming to the office get a paper cup. The office will gladly provide a drinking cup to any student who has forgotten their water bottle, however, for student health and safety it’s preferable to minimize direct hand offs between staff and students and the high traffic in the office. Thank you for your cooperation.
Congregating and PPEs: Wear a Mask, please!
To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, we have received Ministry direction to continue to follow physical distancing measures both inside our schools and in outside areas. School staff will be monitoring to ensure that children are not gathering in groups before school starts and after school. Please review with your children about the need to follow physical distancing guidelines and remind your older children to refrain from congregating in groups before and after school. As a reminder, parents are also asked not to gather during drop off and pick up times, and to refrain from carpooling if physical distancing and the use of PPE (masks) cannot be maintained.
Students continue to wear PPEs (masks) while inside and outside the building and where physical distancing cannot be maintained. In addition, staff are required to wear 3-ply medical masks and eye protection (shields/safety googles/glasses) when working in close contact with students and in common areas of the building. Everyone has adapted to the evolving situation with humour, grace and compliance.
Wearing a mask is the new norm for all of us as we go about our daily lives. When we are grocery shopping or go to a medical appointment, we are required to wear a mask before entering public premises. The same holds true for parents coming onto school property to drop off or pick up students. If parents are exiting their vehicle and standing at the gate, then you are required to wear a mask and to maintain physical distancing. Please say ‘good-byes’ and give hugs and kisses in the car, not at the gate to minimize exposure and risks to self and others.
With parents’ support and cooperation and the on-going diligence of staff and students working together, we will strive to continue to keep active Covid cases out of our school, limit its community spread, and do our part to keep our school open. We got this! We need your help to keep everyone healthy and safe and our schools open.
Covid-19 Daily Screening Tool & Isolation Requirements
The guidance received from the Ministry of Education includes:
1. Changes to the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool.
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 is in effect until further notice.
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.
Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we continue to adapt our health and safety protocols to meet Ministry of Education and Public Health requirements so that we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Wishing you and your families a safe, healthy, and Blessed Easter!
March Break postponed to April 12th until April 16th.
Return to school un Monday April 19th.