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August 27, 2021

We hope you have had a wonderful summer and you have all managed to stay healthy and well during this time. Our staff are looking forward to welcoming our students back to in-person instruction and remain committed to providing a quality Catholic education that is flexible and engaging. Whether you are returning in-person to our school, or whether you will be joining the virtual school, we are all anxious to begin this new school year.

For our in-school learners, the health and well-being of our students, families and staff will continue to be our first priority. Our school board is working very closely with Halton Region Public Health to ensure health and safety protocols are in place and followed so that our students and staff can enjoy a safe and healthy learning environment this year. Before beginning the year, I strongly recommend you visit the “Return to School” page on our Board Website for the latest information.

The Halton Region hosted a webinar this week, titled “Preparing for a Safe & Healhty Return to School” with Dr. Hamidah Meghani. This webinar is now available to watch on YouTube in case you missed it! Click on the links below for direct access:

HCDSB’s Return to School Plan information: https://www.hcdsb.org/return-to-school/

Preparing for a Safe & Healthy Return to School Webinar:

Staff will be returning to all schools on Monday, August 30th. This will give us a chance to review the Board’s Return to School Plan and put in place all measures. Communication will come out to all families about specific guidelines, including what to expect for the first day of school for our Grade 1-8 students on Tuesday, September 7th and those procedures.  

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort. Working together we will ensure everyone can be safe and healthy in the classroom, at home, and in our community. The staff at St. Anne thank you for all you are doing to keep everyone safe! We are awaiting further direction from our Board in terms of vaccinations expectations for staff and how we can return to more normal activities safely, such as clubs and intramurals and pizza days!

For specific information about the return to school this week, here are a few important reminders and information:

Class Placement Information:

We have heard that some misinformation about placements has been available to students. Information that has been out there is not the correct and most accurate placement information so please disregard this information! Please note that staff will be reviewing and reorganizing class lists this week as we finalize numbers (due to virtual school ins/outs and/or family moves). Official Class Placements will be posted on Friday, September 3rd through the usual Board process. Specific information on how to access this will come out next week. Please check this official class list posting for placements using your child’s OEN# which can be found at the top of report cards.

Kindergarten Students:

Parents of children attending Kindergarten (Year 1 and 2) have received communication from their classroom teachers with information about the staggered entry process for Kindergarten students and scheduled virtual meetings. In case you missed it, Year 1 (JK) and NEW Year 2 (SK) interviews will take place virtually on Tuesday, September 7th, and Wednesday, September 8th. All Year 2 students will begin on Thursday, September 9th. Year 1 staggered entry will take place on Thursday, September 9th and Friday, September 10th, depending on your scheduled day which will be communicated to parents by the Kindergarten educator team during their interview times. All Kindergarten students will begin instruction with their full class altogether on Monday, September 13, 2021. If you are technically a returning student to Year 2 (ex. you were virtual last year for the entire year) you may contact the school starting on Monday, August 30th to request a virtual interview with your child’s teacher. Those virtual interviews will take place either Tuesday, September 7th or Wednesday, September 8th.

Medical Packages:

To ensure the safety of our students requiring medical supports, please refer to the information that was sent home at the end of the previous school year. Schools will be open this week to allow for the drop off between 8:30am and 3:30pm for any information and medical supplies (such as EpiPens). This will help ensure that all students have the necessary medical supports on their first day of school.

The mental well-being of our students is as important as their physical health, and we will continue to build and strengthen mentally healthy classrooms, both in our schools and in our remote learning spaces as we welcome everyone back to in-person learning. Working together, we will ensure a safe, healthy and happy return to school for all. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,

Mr. B. Melanson          Ms. T. Wilson

Principal                      Vice Principal

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