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School Update: Sept. 9, 2021

Good afternoon St. Anne Families!

Thank you for your preparations in ensuring that the morning entry went fairly smooth today! 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 your review at home, the doors are marked above the entrance with giant red numbers, and the classes entering at each location are posted at each door. Please make sure that you and your child know their teacher’s name to help everyone out! All the information is also posted on our website:

Reminder also that the doors will be unlocked at 8:25am each morning and will remain unlocked and supervised until 8:40am for students to come directly inside. Please do not arrive before 8:25am as there is no supervision or entry allowed. If you do arrive early, do your best to spread yourselves out and be physically distanced until supervision begins and the doors are unlocked. This includes the portable areas. If you arrive late, after 8:40am, 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 and Confirmation for all students

Parents and guardians are reminded that monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 in your family is essential in keeping our school communities healthy and safe:

Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to your child’s classroom teacher in one of the following formats: 

  • email results to your classroom teacher
  • Show “pass” confirmation on a personal device; 
  • Show printed copy of the screening tool indicating the current date and a “pass”; OR 
  • Complete Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, which students can bring and drop off at school each day. An electronic version can be found here: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stanne/2021/09/daily-confirmation-log/

If you have not provided proof in the morning, the teachers will be reaching out to you to confirm.

What happens if your child feels unwell at school? 

Please ensure that you complete the Daily Self-Screening and confirm with your child’s teacher 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 symptoms of COVID-19, they MUST stay home from school.

COVID-19 Routines at School 

As we begin this school year, we will continue with routines and practices that were in place last year, following the direction from the Ministry of Education, Halton Public Health, and our HCDSB’s Return to School Plan.  Students will remain with their classes all day long, and have recess breaks in “Zones” with their own classmates. Students will continue to frequently perform proper hand hygiene, as well as staying socially or physically distanced as much as possible.

Visitors at School 

For the safety of our students and staff, we are limiting visitor access to our school for the 2021-2022 school year. Following the direction within the Return to School Plan, all visitors must be pre-approved by the School Principal and/or Vice-Principal prior to their visit. Visitors who are granted approval will be required to complete an online screening form prior to arriving at our school. Once inside, all visitors will be required to wear masks. 

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. If you do forget, we have a table inside our front foyer that you can leave items on. A reusable water bottle is also recommended as this can be refilled at our water filling stations. All recycling and green bin material need to be repacked by your child(ren) to bring home as outlined in the Return to School Plan. We are hoping to be able to reintroduce Pizza Days as a lunch option at some point. Please stay tuned for information.

Student Accident Insurance

We all know that accidents can, and do, happen. While your provincial coverage or your employee benefits plan may cover some medical, dental or other expenses related to these accidents, they may not cover all of them. Student Accident Insurance helps to protect your family from these unexpected costs if your child is injured on school property or during school-sponsored activities. Since the Halton Catholic District School Board does not offer student accident insurance, you, as a parent/guardian, have the option to buy this coverage for your child or children. While participation is voluntary, it is highly recommended. All students, up to 26 years of age, are accepted. For more information, please see the flyer posted on our school website here:

Medical Packages

Please remember to send in your Medical Packages and EpiPens/Puffers to the school if you have not done so already! If you require another copy of the Medical Package, please contact the office.

September Letters: ‘Duty to Report’ and ‘Attendance Letter’

Please see our school website for copies of these letters for parents, which can be found here: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stanne/2021/09/duty-to-report-attendance-letter/. Our ‘Duty to Report’ letter outlines our staff’s responsibility to ensure child safety when information is disclosed. The ‘Attendance Letter’ reiterates the importance of attending school. If absences are acquired during the school year, this letter provides some guidance to help support procedures with our school.

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 as we continue with these 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!

Melanson, BrianSchool Update: Sept. 9, 2021