Dear Parents and Guardians:
We wish to thank you for your continued support as we navigate through this novel school year. Our first full week was, overall, a success. As the year progresses, there will be changes made both on the school-level and from Halton Health. We ask for your patience as these are implemented. Some adjustments that are being made effective Monday, September 21 are as follows:
New Staggered Dismissal Times
To minimize congestion in the yard, beginning Monday, the 21st, students will be dismissed as below:
- 3:30 – Kindergarten
- 3:35 – Primary
- 3:40 – Junior classes inside the school
- 3:45 – Portable classes and Intermediate
We ask parents to wait outside the gates on either side of the school, or on the grassy field at the back of the school at both drop-off and dismissal. Teachers will ensure students are released when parents are within sight-line. For the safety of all our students, we ask that all parents remain off the asphalt at the back of the school until all students are dismissed.
Changes in Covid-19 Protocol
As per the e-mail that was sent to parents by our Director, Mr. Pat Daly, Halton Health and the Ministry of Education has made some adjustments to the recommended procedures for screening for Covid-19. The new protocol is described below.
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 our Return to School (RTS) website under Daily Screening, and is accessible here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.
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 Please use this screening tool moving forward, as the one that was provided at the start of the school year is no longer applicable.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 changes 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 attached chart (Return to School Protocol for Students with COVID-19 Symptoms.pdf) outlines the revised Return to School Protocol for Students with COVID-19 symptoms and is shown below.
We are including some Health and Safety Protocol Posters for you to review with your child(ren).
Orange Shirt Day: Wednesday, September 30
Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt on this day in place of their uniform shirt in solidarity with those who have been affected by residential schooling in Canada.
Curriculum Night: TBD
Currently, we are discussing the logistics for this year’s virtual Curriculum Night. Once the date and details have been finalized, we will let you know.
We wish you to be reassured that student safety and well-being is our number one concern. Over the course of the year, we will be working with our Child and Youth Councilor to implement programs that promote student and family mental health. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have particular concerns for your child.
Student Plans of Care have been sent home to those with medical conditions. Please ensure forms are reviewed, signed and returned to the school, along with any required spare epi-pens and inhalers as soon as possible. Please also remind your child(ren) to be carrying their device at all times, if applicable.
Student Verification Forms
This week your child would have brought home a student verification form as well as a package of material that requires parent attention. We ask that you please fill in the forms and verify the information on the student verification sheet and return it with your child to the teacher by Tuesday, September 22nd.
School Council Nominations
The School Council is an advisory body to school administration, and as such, has the opportunity to share their input on a number of Board initiatives and ideas throughout the year. Each year a new school council is created to reflect the new school year and new school community members. We have many new families to our school community and would like to invite interested parents/guardians in serving on this year’s Council. We ask that you please fill out the attached nomination form as well as a brief information page about yourself and return it to the school office no later than 3:30 p.m. on Monday, September 28th. We ask that you please email your nominations to Mr. Giacalone (email@example.com). If you require a hardcopy, please call the school office and we will send one home with your child.
Students Learning from Home
Thank you for your continued patience as the Board creates virtual classrooms. Once classes are finalized, teachers will contact parents. We recognize the complexity and time required to establish virtual classes has caused some anxiety with families. Mrs. Braida, the principal of the virtual academy will be sending out updates as they develop.
As we continue to navigate through this year, please reach out to administration if you require clarification or assistance.
Your Partners in Catholic Education,
Mr. G. Giacalone, Mrs. E. Scannell, Mrs. D. Owens