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Weekly Update: Feb. 22 – Feb. 26

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We would like to thank you for your ongoing cooperation in following the protocols around Covid-19, mandated by the Ministry of Health. As per the e-mail that was sent home by the HCDSB this week, it is mandatory that students stay home and self-isolate if they have one or more recognized symptoms of Covid-19. These include:

Fever (temperature of 37.8°C or greater)  

 New or worsening cough (not related to other known causes/conditions)

 Shortness or breath or difficulty breathing (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. asthma)

 Sore throat (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. allergies, acid reflux)

 Runny or stuffy/congested nose (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. allergies, being outside in cold weather)

 Chills

 Decrease or loss of taste or smell (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. allergies, neurological disorders)

 Pink eye (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. reoccurring styes)

 Headache that’s unusual or long lasting (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. tension headaches, chronic migraines

 Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps)

 Muscle aches that are unusual or long lasting (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. sudden injury, fibromyalgia)

 Extreme tiredness or fatigue (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. depression, insomnia, thyroid dysfunction)

 Sluggishness or lack of appetite (for young children)

The Ministry of Health has indicated that all individuals living in the same household are now required to self-isolate when a family member has COVID-19 symptoms, even if the family member only has one (1) symptom.  

Seek medical advice, and get your child tested for COVID-19 as appropriate or advised by your health care provider. 

Students are able to return to school once they (or the symptomatic individual in their household):

  • Receive a negative COVID-19 test result; OR
  • Receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional, and are feeling better. OR
  • Have self-isolated for 10 days since their symptom onset and they are feeling better. (siblings of the symptomatic student must isolate for 14 days)

It is very important that families complete the daily self-assessment and keep all children home if any child is experiencing one or more symptoms. Parents will be called to pick up any siblings sent to school, of students who are home isolating.

Morning Arrival and Kiss ‘n Ride:

Thank you for your continued patience during morning drop-off. Please remember to park in a designated parking spot if you must get out of your car to walk your child to the gate. Please take advantage of those on duty to assist your child in getting safely to the door. If you must exit your car, please ensure you are following Public Health Protocols. School bell time is 9:15 AM. At that time, all doors are closed and locked and students will need to enter at the front doors.

Friday February 26th is Pink Shirt Day. Students are asked to wear pink in support of acceptance and kindness to all. This week, students will be exposed to daily announcements and class-based activities around anti-bullying awareness.

Purdy’s Chocolate Fundraiser

St. Anthony of Padua School is fundraising with Purdys Chocolatier, just in time for Easter!

If you’d like to support, please purchase some very sweet Easter gifts for friends, family, and yourself by visiting the link. 

After you’ve created an account you can sign in and purchase amazing Purdys chocolates through the online marketplace.  Just click the shop online tab at the top of the page. You can also share this link with family and friends using the send invites tab while signed into your account.

Orders can be made until March 17th, and items will be delivered to the school and available for pick-up the week on March 29th.  We will communicate a schedule closer to the pick-up date.    

Report Cards

Report cards will be sent out electronically on Wednesday, February 24th. You will need to have your child’s OEN number to access the report.

Upcoming Events:

Your Partners in Catholic Education,

G. Giacalone, E. Scannell, D. Owens

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