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Weekly Update: September 21st-25th

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We had an amazing second week and we have much to be thankful for at Sacred Heart of Jesus. A huge thank you goes out to all our families for helping make the start of the year fantastic, especially at morning drop off!

It has been wonderful to see the positive communication and the trust and faith you have in our dedicated teaching and support staff.

Please refer to the information updates below:

COVID-19 and Morning Routine

*New COVID-19 School Screening Tool

On Thursday, September 17, 2020, the Ontario government released to school boards an online screening tool available for families, school staff and essential visitors to meet their obligation to screen themselves or their children for symptoms of illness each day before going to school. School boards and local health units have been asked to align the criteria in their screening tools with this new screening tool for schools.

The COVID-19 School Screening tool has been posted on the Board’s RTS website under Daily Screening, and is accessible here:

Parents or guardians (and students 18 years of age or older) must complete this new COVID-19 School Screening tool before leaving for school each day. Please use this screening tool moving forward, as the one that was provided at the start of the school year is no longer applicable.

Based on the new criteria in the school screening tool, the following change to our previous screening protocol will now apply: 

Household members and close contacts of a symptomatic individual are no longer required to self-isolate unless they have symptoms. This means that unless otherwise directed by Public Health or a health care provider, siblings are not required to stay home or miss school while awaiting test results for the symptomatic student.

However, if a household member (including siblings) has COVID-19 symptoms, they are required to self-isolate while awaiting test results.  

In cases where an individual tests positive for COVID-19, all close contacts and household members (including siblings) will be required to self-isolate and will require clearance from Halton Public Health before returning to school.

The chart linked here is an easy to use visual for the revised Return to School Protocol for Students with COVID-19 symptoms.

COVID-19 Advisory Board

HCDSB has posted a COVID-19 Advisory Board on the Return to School site that provides the number of active confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in connection to HCDSB schools. Please note that this chart will track any active confirmed positive COVID-19 cases connected to one of our school communities, but it does not necessarily mean the individual was exposed in our school.

A link to this advisory board has been posted on the landing page of each school website, and you may also access it directly through this link:

SHOJ 2019-20 Yearbooks Have Arrived!

Our SHOJ 2019-20 yearbooks have arrived and will be distributed next week to the children of families who had ordered them in the Spring.

A huge THANK YOU to Krista Hinsperger for organizing and designing our yearbook! It looks amazing!

Parents of our Grade 8 Class of 2020 who have younger children still attending SHOJ will have their yearbooks sent home with siblings. Reach out to those Graduates who no longer have siblings at SHOJ and let them know they can come by the school to pick up their yearbook.

Student Attendance

As you know, school attendance is vital to the growth and development of every student academically and to their overall well-being. HCDSB is committed in supporting parents and students in efforts to achieve this success.

Click here for important information about school attendance.

Duty to Report

On April 30, 2018, the new Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA) came into effect, replacing the Child and Family Services Act as the governing legislation for many provincial programs and services for children and youth.

Click here for important information on how HCDSB staff ensure student safety.

Talking to Children About Mental Health

It can be challenging for parents to discuss their mental health with their children. Click here for tips and resources for parents talking to children of different ages about mental health.

Scent Awareness

Sacred Heart of Jesus School is a scent-sensitive environment. We have students/staff who suffer significant adverse health effects from exposure to scented products. All staff, students and parent visitors are asked to please avoid wearing any scented products (i.e. perfumes, colognes, lotions and/or essential oils) when coming to the school and avoid bringing any scented products into the school.

Cochrane, DarrenWeekly Update: September 21st-25th