Good afternoon St. Anne Families!
Thank you for your preparations in ensuring that the morning entry went fairly smooth! Everyone did manage to find their way to their classrooms on this first attempt with the help of our staff, so rest assured that once inside the building they are well looked after. Teachers will continue to practice with their classes this process. For reassurance there are postings on each specific door the classes that enter. As well, the instructions are posted on our website at:
Reminders also that the doors will be unlocked at 8:25am each morning and will remain unlocked and supervised until 8:45am for students to come directly inside. If you do arrive early, do your best to spread yourselves out and be physically distanced until supervision begins and the doors are unlocked. If you arrive late, after 8:45am, students will need to make their way to the front door for entry.
Our exit procedures remain the same with our staggered times. Please remember that this afternoon EVERYONE will be here so avoid the parking lots, spread yourselves out and be patient. For our exit procedures, see our school website here:
Daily Self Screening for all students
Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.
- Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8oC)
- Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19
- If any signs or symptoms, student and other household members must stay home, and school must be contacted.
Please note that if a student or staff member shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they cannot come to school. They must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19. Parents are able to access the Daily Screening Checklist for HCDSB students HERE.
What happens if your child feels unwell at school?
Please ensure that you complete the Daily Self-Screening each day for your children before they come to school. During the day, it is important for your son or daughter to let their teacher know if they suddenly are feeling unwell at school. Students who show signs/symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will be taken to our school’s designated ‘isolation room’ where they will be cared for and supervised until the parent or guardian can pick them up. If a child is experiencing any one symptom of COVID-19 (for example, runny nose or sore throat), they MUST stay home from school, self-isolate and they should seek medical assessment. This is a requirement of a class order(PDF file) issued on May 22, 2020 under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, requiring all individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the day they first showed symptoms. For more information, please visit Halton Region at: https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Reopening-of-Schools
New Routines at School
As we begin this school year there are a number of “new” routines that we need to adjust to, the first being that we are prohibiting and limiting the number of visitors to our school. Students will remain with their classes all day long, and have recess breaks in “Zones” with their own classmates. Students are learning to frequently perform proper hand hygiene, as well as staying socially or physically distanced as much as possible.
Lunches at School
For the health and safety of our students and school community, it is strongly recommended that all elementary students remain at school for the full duration of their lunch periods. As we limit visitors to our school throughout the day, lunch drop offs will not be permitted during the school day. Parents and guardians are asked to provide their child(ren) with lunch in the morning before students enter the school building. A reusable water bottle is also recommended as this can be refilled at our water filling stations. We are also asking that all garbage, recycling and green bin material be repacked by your child(ren) to bring home to limit our amount of materials. Our green bin and recycling programs were run by our ECO team and student helpers. As they are no longer permitted to do this, it assists our sole custodian in regards to this task in a large school as she manages the frequent sanitization of high touch surfaces during the lunch hour.
If you have any specific questions about your child’s day, please reach out and connect with their classroom teacher. We are all here to assist and assure that things are running as smoothly as possible.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in all these new routines to protect the health and safety of our students and staff. Once again, we will continue to do this all together, as one family at St. Anne with your support!
Your partners in Catholic Education,
Mr. B. Melanson & Mrs. Y. Esposito