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January 17 – 21 Update

Highlights for this week…

Return to In-person Learning on Monday, January 17

Up-dated School Screening Tool

The Ministry has released the updated COVID-19 School Screening Tool, which follows the latest public health guidance. Please continue to monitor for symptoms, and check that you are using the updated version of the tool to determine next steps. The tool gets revised as the conditions change with the evolving nature of COVID-19 variants:

In order for students to enter the classroom, each student must be screened before they leave home and provide proof of a “pass” on the Ontario School Screening Tool to the classroom teacher. Parents can email the result directly to the classroom teacher or use the form Confirmation of Daily Covid-19 Student Screening Log and send the form each day with the student. Older Students can show the “pass” on their phone to their teacher.

The daily screening and proof of a “pass” are our first line of defense to keep students in school for in-person learning and our students, staff, and parent community safe and healthy. If a student does not pass the screening, the tool provides detailed next steps. Please read through the entire screening to the end.

Student Masks and RATs

When students return to school on Monday, January 17, each student will receive two 3-ply cloth masks and 2 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs), as outlined in the Ministry and Board communications. The students will be bringing home the masks and RATs with them on Monday, January 17.

Thank you to the staff in Facilities for their efforts to distribute the PPEs and test kits to all the schools across the Board.

Request to Change Your Child’s Learning Environment

The online form to request a change to your child’s learning environment in elementary school (i.e. virtual or in-person) is now open. 

As per Ministry of Education direction, we have moved to remote learning for all students until January 17, 2022.

NOTE: Any requested changes will come into effect on January 24, 2022, however, if the Ministry of Education extends the remote learning period, the requested changes will come into effect once schools re-open for in-class instruction.


The Return to School Plan 2021-2022 indicated only one opportunity to request a change to the learning environment for elementary students (i.e. virtual learning to in-person learning or vice versa). The original timelines would have seen the requested changes come into effect as of Tuesday, February 22, 2022, and would have remained in effect until the end of the school year (June 2022).

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, we have revised our plan to provide greater flexibility for families. We will now offer two (2) opportunities for families to request a change to learning environment for elementary students.

1. 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, or once schools re-open for in-class instruction if the period of remote learning is extended.  

Important Notes for Families Requesting a Change to the Virtual School:

  • If schools resume 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 Easter OR until the end of the school year. 

2. 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.


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, or once in-school instruction resumes, if it extends beyond January 24th
  • If in-class instruction resumes on January 17th, 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.

About the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School – St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Elementary School

  • Read the Parent Handbook to gain a better understanding of the learning model offered at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Elementary Virtual School. 

A Note to Parents with Children in Secondary School

If you also have one or more children registered to attend an HCDSB secondary school, please note that students may move to remote learning at any point throughout the school year. Requests to return to in-class instruction may be made through your School Principal at the start of a new quadmester.

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.

Submit Your Questions

Parents and guardians are invited to submit their 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.

More Information

Please visit the HCDSB website and watch the video below for more information:

Reminders from the Office

Term 2 Pizza days

For Term 2 pizza lunch days will start on Monday, January 17th and will extend until Monday, March 28th for those students who purchased before the Christmas break on School Cash. 

Term 2 – Mondays

  • Monday, January 17th – Pizza
  • Monday, January 24th – Pizza
  • Monday, January 31st – Pizza
  • Monday, February 7th – Pizza
  • Monday, February 14th – Pizza
  • Monday, February 21st – Family Day – No School ​
  • Monday, February 28th – Pizza
  • Monday, March 7th – Pizza
  • Monday, March 14th – March Break – No School
  • Monday, March 21st – Pizza – Make up day for Monday, January 3rd
  • Monday, March 28th – Pizza – Make up day for Monday, January 7th

Term 3 to begin on Monday, April 4th until Monday, June 20th.  Please look out for Term 3 Pizza on School Cash at the End of February.

Feel free to reach out to Mrs. Nizic ( with any questions.

Jan 28 all day
P.A. Day – school closed for students
CSC Meeting
Feb 2 @ 6:30 pm

Parent Council Meeting

Valentine’s Day
Feb 14 all day
Family Day – School Closed
Feb 21 all day

School closed for Family Day

March Break
Mar 14 – Mar 18 all day

School closed for March Break

CSC Meeting
Apr 13 @ 6:30 pm

Parent Council Meeting

Good Friday
Apr 15 all day

School closed for Good Friday

Morrissey, MichelleJanuary 17 – 21 Update