Highlights for this week…
As you know, for the past several weeks, HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students.
During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated to our family of schools). Click here to view the Testing Schedule.
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).
NOTE: If you have been deemed a close contact to an individual that tested positive for COVID-19, please do NOT attend one of our Voluntary Asymptomatic Testing hub sites, as you will be turned away.
Targeted COVID-19 testing is available to the following individuals:
- All school staff and their household members
- All students and their families
- 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
Pre-registration will not be offered for this round of voluntary COVID-19 testing.
If you are interested in getting tested, you are encouraged to walk-in for an appointment at any 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.
The Month of May is Devoted to Mary
On Friday, May 14, students and parents are invited to join a virtual Crowning of Mary led by the students in Ms. Mauricio’s Grade 2/3 classroom. The online liturgy will be posted on the OLV YouTube channel and links will be emailed to parents. Thank you for joining us in prayer and devotion to Mary.
Attendance during Teacher-led Remote Learning
As the days are lengthening and getting warmer and brighter, teachers are noticing a recent drop off in student attendance online during the spring session of the teacher-led, remote learning. We understand it’s difficult to keep your children focused, work remotely or go out to work, and also manage other household needs – all while taking care of your own and your family’s mental health and well-being. Thank you for maintaining the pace and working in partnership with your child(ren)’s teacher(s). There is still valuable learning time remaining in the school year to learn new concepts, review and consolidate student learning. Thank you for staying the course. We’re almost there!
If you are experiencing a challenge or a change in family circumstances, please reach out to your child’s teacher(s) and/or to the office: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help.