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Weekly Update Jan. 3

“At the beginning of the New Year, I wish everyone peace, which is the synthesis of all that is good.”

~ Pope Francis

Welcome back to our staff and students who return on January 5th to a New Year filled with hope and promise!

Thank you to our St. Benedict community for taking precautions and following Public Health Guidelines over the holidays and keeping your loved ones safe.

Thank you to our families for utilizing the Rapid Antigen Test kits over the holidays and ensuring that you complete and confirm the daily screening for your child upon their return to school starting on January 5th and until further notice.

Thank you for your continued support as we continue to navigate through different circumstances. Our partnership and collaboration are integral to not only our success, but to providing the best and safest educational experience for our students.

School will be closed to all students on Monday, January 3rd and Tuesday, January 4th. No in-person or remote instruction will take place during this time for any students, including students with special education needs. In-school and remote instruction will resume for all students on Wednesday, January 5th.

COVID-19 Safety Measures:

  • The province will be updating the COVID-19 school and child care screener ahead of the return to school on January 5 as well as updating COVID-19 reporting requirements for school boards and child care in January.
  • The province will be supplying three-ply cloth masks for students in January.  These masks will be distributed to families once we have received them from the Ministry.
  • Families who have travelled outside of Canada over the Christmas break are reminded to monitor updates to federal travel directives and mandatory isolation periods for students. Please refer to the Government of Canada’s instructions for travelers from outside Canada for more information.  

*Please continue to monitor your emails for updates from the school and the Board.

UPDATED COVID-19 Safety Measures

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here:

Daily Self-Screening- Until Further Notice

As we did for the first two weeks of the school year, when we return to school on Wednesday, confirmation of daily screening of COVID-19 will be required for all students, staff and visitors until further notice. 

Please take time to complete your child’s Daily COVID 19 screening each morning. We are asking all parents to confirm screening by initialing the log or writing a note in the agenda for Wednesday January 5th, 2021. After January 5th, please take direction for your child’s classroom teacher. Please note that students with personal devices can use the device to confirm their pass to come to school. This protocol will be required daily, until further notice as per the Ministry of Education Update: Return to School – January 2022. 

Thank you for your support and patience!

Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellations page.

Promoting Well-Being – Take 15-minutes just for you

“Working on our emotional health is just as important as taking care of our physical well-being,” says Camille Quenneville, CEO of CMHA Ontario.

Having good emotional health is a fundamental aspect of fostering resilience. Keep in mind that having good emotional health does not mean you are free from negative emotions. It’s about having the skills and resources to manage the ups and downs of day-to-day life. Here are some ways to tend to your emotional well-being:

Write out your feelings. When we put our feelings into words, we are actively constructing and making meaning of our emotions. Without words for emotions, our feelings might seem unclear to us. Naming and writing about our emotions helps to ease anxiety and decreases our anger or fear response.

Acknowledge your grief. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to everyone experiencing a wave of losses: economic, social, physical and emotional. It’s important to take the time to acknowledge and mourn these losses. For more information on this topic, check out our resource on loss and grief during the pandemic.

Do something small that brings you joy. Take a photo, bake a treat, spend some time in the garden. Whatever works for you and is a healthy way to cope.


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