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Weekly Update – January 3rd – 7th, 2021

Remember us, O God; from age to age be our comforter. You have given us the wonder of time, blessings in days and nights, seasons and years. Bless your children at the turning of the year and fill the months ahead with the bright hope that is ours in the coming of Christ. You are our God living and reigning, forever and ever.


Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

We would like to wish everyone a very happy new year and hope that you all had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. As per Dr. Moore’s announcement, we will have a delayed start to our first week back as we prepare for a safe start to the new year. We will welcome all of our students back on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022. For more information, please see the Board’s message here.

Daily Confirmation of Covid Screening

As was the case in September, the Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID self-screening for all elementary students attending school in person. This will be in place upon the return from Christmas Break until further notice under the direction of the Ministry of Education.

  1. Parents and guardians are asked to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Toolfor each child every day before leaving home for school.
  2. Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to the classroom teacher completing the Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, which your child(ren) bring back and forth to school each day.  Your child’s teacher will be sending you a copy of this Screening Log.

Thank you for your co-operation in keeping everyone safe in our community!

When Should I Keep My Child Home?

The Ontario Ministry of Health has once again updated its guidelines around Covid-19, testing, and isolation requirements. Please follow the directions of the online School Screening Tool each and every day to determine whether or not you should bring your children to school. Public Health will no longer be administering PCR tests for people who are not considered “high-risk individuals”. If you or your child has cold-like symptoms, assume that you have Covid and that your family must isolate. You can also use these two flowcharts seen below whenever someone in your household exhibits cold-like symptoms or comes into contact with a positive case of Covid-19.

Please note that if your child exhibits the symptoms listed in the charts below while they are at school we will need to contact you to pick them up along with their siblings. We realize that this is not always ideal and can create stress for families; however, as a school we must follow the Halton Public Health guidelines in order to keep everyone in our community safe and healthy. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.


This week’s pizza day scheduled for January 3rd has been cancelled due to school closure. We will look to reschedule this for a later date.

Thank you!

We would like to thank our SHOJ community once again for your outstanding generosity!  Our toiletries drive for the Burlington Food Bank was a tremendous success and we definitely sent them back with a full truck.  Also through your generous donations we raised $1960 for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society. Our donation is being matched by the Diocese of Hamilton which brings our total donation to $3920. Your contributions have helped to make the Christmas season brighter for others.

Scent Awareness

Please keep in mind that our school is a scent sensitive environment where we have students and staff members with very severe allergies to any fragrances such as perfume, cologne, and scented hand/body lotions/sprays. Please do not wear this when visiting or volunteering in the school and please do not have your child wearing these products. We appreciate your support and cooperation in this regard!

Canadian Red Cross and Kids Safety First Courses (VIRTUAL) – Winter 2022

Please see the attached flyer for information about these upcoming courses.

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Durand, PaulaWeekly Update – January 3rd – 7th, 2021