We end Christmas Time with the celebration of the solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord. We hear in the Gospel this week of Jesus’ baptism by his cousin John. Our Baptisms signify our initation, or welcome, into a relationship with God. Through his baptism, Jesus gave us an outward sign that he wanted to live according to God’s way.
Online Learning Update
As you know the Ontario government announced that teacher-led remote learning will be extended until January 14th , 2022 for students in Ontario.
- Elementary schools will be closed for in-person learning between January 5-14, 2022.
- Elementary students will continue to learn remotely until Friday, January 14, 2022.
- In-school instruction for elementary school students is scheduled to resume on Monday, January 17, 2022.
- A reminder that teachers take attendance at the start of the morning and afternoon sessions, 8:35am and 12:35pm. Please do your best to ensure your child is logged in as close to those times as possible. The School Messenger system will start calling parents whose children are not accounted for after 9am and 1pm. To avoid a phone call from School Messenger please ensure your child is either logged into their class or book their absence. If you are having technical issues getting logged into your child’s class please reach out to your child’s teacher. Please note, the office staff are not always working from the school building. Phone messages are checked regularly throughout the school day but if you have an urgent need please contact your child’s teacher and/or email Mrs. Amy Robinson, Vice Principal (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Planning on switching your child’s learning environment
(from in-person to virtual or vice-versa beyond the Government mandated period)
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, HCDSB has revised the plan to provide greater flexibility for families. Families will now be offered two (2) opportunities fo request a change to learning environment for elementary students. 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 the final change in Learning Environment opportunity after Easter OR until the end of the school year.
The final opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students will be released after March Break. The requested changes will come into effect after Easter on Tuesday, April 19th.
Request to Change Learning Environment
If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from in-class instruction to the virtual school, or vice versa, please complete the online request form below. Please complete this form ONLY if you would like to make a change to the learning environment that your child was in prior to the Christmas break. If you want your child to remain in the same learning format they were in before the break, no further action is required.
Important notes before you complete the online form:
- Please submit a separate form for each child.
- You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this request. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
- This online request form applies to elementary students ONLY. Requests for changes in the learning environment at the secondary school level should be sent directly to your child’s secondary school.
COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM HERE
This online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022.
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.
Promoting Well-Being: How to support your child’s mental health through the pandemic
During these changing and challenging times, you may be worried about your child or teen’s mental health and well-being, especially as the pandemic persists over time. Many children and youth have struggled to adjust to all of the changes that have happened over the past many months as a result of COVID-19. So, you may notice that from time to time your child or teen may seem worried, sad, lonely, or unsettled. They may be confused or angry that usual activities continue to be disrupted or they may be disappointed to miss something that they were looking forward to for a long time. Many students are concerned that they have missed important schoolwork and feel nervous about what will happen this school year. All of these feelings are to be expected at this uncertain time.
And we know that some students and families/caregivers have experienced significant hardship and loss throughout the pandemic. Perhaps your child or teen has had more to carry than others, and you wonder if they are okay.
How can you help your child or teen to maintain good mental health as the pandemic evolves? How will you know if your child or teen is experiencing a mental health problem that requires more support? Select this link for answers – https://smho-smso.ca/covid-19/parents-and-families/