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Update September 11, 2020

FIRST WEEK BACK!

We would like to thank our families for a great first week back!  Thank you to our school community for your support during our staggered entry.  Our students did a great job adjusting to our new normal and doing their best to learn our new school routines, procedures, and protocols.  We are so happy to see everyone and wish those choosing virtual learning a great start up next week!  Below are a few information items for the start-up of 2020.

YARD SUPERVISION

Supervision begins at 8:55 am. For the safety of your children we request that your child NOT be on school property until a supervisor is on duty. For safety, please see that your children leave home with ample time to ensure that they are in the schoolyard when the bell rings. Encourage your children to use appropriate crosswalks and walkways. Establish routines at home that will assist your child to arrive on time. Please be aware that the volume of traffic in the parking lot increases significantly just prior to the entry bell.  Students are asked to come directly to their line up area as per the new protocol. Students only on the playground please.

Children arriving late for school must first report to the office for a late slip. We would like them to be in line with their class at 9:00 am. Thank you parents for your support.

VISITOR PROTOCOL

This school year, in an effort to minimize contacts and help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, we are limiting visitor access to our school. All visitors, including parents and HCDSB staff who are not assigned to our school, will require approval and pre-screening before entering our building. Only visits that are deemed absolutely essential will be approved – e.g. visits by the Fire Marshal’s office or by public health. Where possible, meetings or visits will be conducted virtually. 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. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we do all we can to ensure a safe and healthy return to school for all.      

OAKVILLE CROSSING GUARDS – Begin Mon, Sept 14th   

Crossing Guards in the Town of Oakville will begin the school year at their designated locations on Monday, September 14th.  As the school year begins, parents and guardians are encouraged to remind their children to exercise caution when walking to and from school, and walking near school zones, crosswalks and school buses. Thank you for contributing to the safety of our community!  

TRANSPORTATION

Bus Service is scheduled to begin Monday, September 14th, 2020. Parents are asked to visit https://www.haltonbus.ca/ for more information. At the end of the day, all bus students will go to the gym and remain with their cohort until their bus arrives. Staff members will supervise students until their bus arrives.  Once their bus arrives, they will be escorted by staff to their bus. Assigned seating will be provided and students are to remain in their designated seat. Students in grades K – 8 have a colour-coded bus tag to help them remember which bus they are to take and to ensure staff can support them in getting on the correct bus. If there is a change to your child’s after school routine, please inform your child’s teacher.

DOGS NOT ALLOWED ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

Though we love our four-legged friends, some of our children have severe allergies and are frightened by an encounter with a dog. Our school board prohibits dogs on school property for the protection of your children as well as for the protection of your pet.

Please be advised that from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm our students may be out and about with the YMCA and after-school activities in the yard, so we ask your cooperation in not walking your dog through the property during these hours.

AGENDAS

Agendas will be going home with students on Monday September 14th. Payment will be through School Cash Online. If you are already registered on School Cash Online, you will receive a notification via email. If you are not signed up please register at https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/. Thank you!

SAFE AND CARING SCHOOLS UPDATE

Staff and students from grades 1-8 will be reviewing the school routines and expectations that help keep everyone safe and learning at St. Bernadette Catholic School. The Code of Conduct is in the front of the student agenda and posted on the school website. Please review and discuss this with your children.

FAMILY INFORMATION PACKAGE

We will be gathering our Family Information/Consent Form and the Registration Verification information as we do annually. A copy of the St. Bernadette Code of Conduct can be found in the front of your child’s agenda and on our website under “Policies and Forms”.

Please complete and return the Family Information /Consent Form to the school as soon as possible. We need to have up to date information in order to contact you in the case of an emergency.

MEDICAL PERILS

Please ensure you have returned the necessary forms for any medical perils (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, etc.) to the office along with any medication needed so we can update our files.  Please be aware that St. Bernadette School strives to be a NUT FREE environment. We have students with life threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Even a trace of nut oil from one child’s fingers to a desk surface can cause a deadly reaction. Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as well since we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter.

CONCUSSION PROTOCOL

Recent research shows that a concussion can have very serious implications on a child`s cognitive and physical abilities. Parents and guardians are reminded that a comprehensive protocol, based on current research and best practices, has been developed to help parents, students, and staff prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. More information, including a Parent Fact Sheet, can be found on the Board`s website at: https://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/safeandhealthy/Medical/Documents/Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents.pdf

NEED TO CONTACT YOUR TEACHER?

The staff of St. Bernadette will be reaching out to parents in the next week. If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher an appointment is necessary. The classroom teachers’ first responsibility is the teaching of the children during the regular school hours. Please leave a voice mail message for your child’s teacher and they will return your call in a timely manner ~ within 48 hours.

COMMUNICATION

We will provide a weekly update, which will be posted to the school website and the link will be tweeted out. The website will be updated frequently, including the NEWS page, where we will share information and coming events. You can subscribe to the calendar on the website so notifications can be received as dates are added.

PROMOTING WELL-BEING

You can promote self-esteem with children by letting them take small risks. Building confidence is all about your children clearing small hurdles – on their own. That means you should not rush in every time you think your kid needs help.

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Wishing you a great weekend – the Staff of St. Bernadette CES

Elementary PrincipalUpdate September 11, 2020