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Weekly Update: January 10 – 14

“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased’.”

Matthew 3: 16-17

Virtual/Remote Learning

Congratulations to all students and staff who made it through the first part of virtual learning last week. You need to be commended for your dedication to education and learning. Thank you to all parents who helped set up their children for success during this online learning time. We are hopeful that we will be back in person at school on January 17th. In the meantime, stay focused and keep up your studies online. We very much look forward to being reunited with you in the near future.

Special Education

School staff (Teachers, Educational Assistants, etc.) as well as board professionals (e.g. Speech and Language Pathologists) will continue to provide support and services for special education students virtually throughout the remote learning period.

Students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning will continue to receive in-person support during the remote learning period.

Technological Devices

We have distributed just under 200 technological devices to assist with online learning. Thank you for your patience as we prepared each device for your child. If you do not have your child’s log in username and password, please reach out to your child’s teacher or call the main office for support.

Accessing Your Online Learning Platform

You may access the log-in page to the online learning platforms on our HCDSB website.

The access points for all three learning platforms – D2L (Brightspace),  Office 365 and Google Classroom, are available on the HCDSB Learn at Home website here:

Covid-19 Daily Screening For Those Attending School In Person

It is imperative that students that are attending school on-site complete the Covid-19 Self Assessment on a daily basis and stay home if exhibiting ANY symptoms. Students, with no pre-existing conditions, who exhibit symptoms during the school day will be sent home to isolate.

Please note that Ontario Ministry of Health Covid-19 Self Assessment is extremely ‘sensitive’, meaning that if your child exhibits even ONE Covid-19 symptom, they are to isolate at home, along with their entire household.

In addition, the Ministry of Education has once again directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID-19 self-screening for all students attending school in person.  This will be in place for
next week
and possibly longer if directed to do so.

Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to the educational assistant or the Special Education Resource Teacher upon arrival.

Students have been provided with a Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, on the first
day back from the holidays. Students MUST bring the completed form back and forth to school each day.

Student Attendance

During this period of remote learning, we continue to promote regular attendance, as it is important for students to remain engaged in their learning so they can stay on top of the curriculum and feel more connected to their peers while our school is closed. 

As noted in PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, schools are required to take daily student attendance throughout the period of remote learning.

Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence, as you typically would during in-person learning through the SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival System:

We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported. 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being. 


It is imperative that your child logs onto their D2L platform and connects online with their teacher on time every morning and after lunch. All children should be online no later than 9:20am and no later than 1:15pm. Kindergarten children are on a slightly different schedule and are advised to connect with their educators at the time specified on their D2L platform. Logging in on time will avoid unnecessary phone calls home indicating that your child is absent. Your support with this is greatly appreciated.

Non-fitted N95 Masks for Staff and Layered Masks for Students

In-school staff have been given the option of wearing the non-fitted N95 masks or the existing surgical masks (which are equivalent to the non-fitted N95 masks) while at school. In addition, the Ministry of Education has indicated that upon return to school, all children will be given new layered masks to use if they wish to do so in replacement of their own masks. We will be distributing these masks as soon as we receive them and upon returning to in-person learning.

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Upcoming Events

Kindergarten Registration Verification Days
Jan 25 – Jan 26 all day
Bell Let’s Talk Day
Jan 26 all day
Virtual Author Visit: Lana Button “Let’s Talk About Positive Mental Health”
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Holocaust Memorial Day Liturgy
Jan 27 all day
Jersey Day–wear your favourite team jersey
Jan 27 all day

Esposito, YolandaWeekly Update: January 10 – 14