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Weekly Update Sept.25-Oct.2

St.Catherine of Alexandria School Update

September 28 – October 2, 2020

Father,

 I am so sorry for the way I complain about my circumstances. Please forgive me for my bad attitude when things don’t go my way. I want to see Your hand in every part of every day – good or bad. Help me learn how to face every storm with confidence, knowing that You really are in control even though I cannot hear Your voice or see Your hand at work.

 In Jesus Name,

Amen.

Continued Covid 19 Communication to our Community (Taken from HCDSB ‘Preparing for a Safe and Healthy Return to School’ plan

Daily Self-Screening

  • ​A self-assessment must be completed by all staff and essential visitor prior to entering the school. ​
  • 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. ​
  • If a student or staff member shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they cannot come to school. They must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.  ​

UPDATE: On September 16, 2020, the Ontario Government released a new COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool for Schools.

All staff and parents (or students 18 years of age and up) are asked to complete this new self-assessment tool for schools each day.

COVID-19 Symptoms/Exposure Protocol

Students or staff with symptoms BEFORE the school day begins

Students or staff who show signs/symptoms of COVID-19 before the start of the school/work day should:

  • Stay at home
  • Seek medical advice, including the recommendation of testing for COVID-19 as appropriate or as advised by their medical provider
  • In some circumstances, special efforts may be needed to facilitate access to COVID-19 testing to meet the needs of some staff or students/families
  • Remain isolated and excluded from school until test results are received as per COVID-19 Class Order.

UPDATE: As of September 16, 2020, household members and close contacts of a symptomatic individual are no longer required to self-isolate. Siblings of a symptomatic student do not have to be sent home or miss school while awaiting test results for the symptomatic student.

  • If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, Halton Region Public Health will notify the individual, the close contacts and the school.

Parents and guardians are able to access the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool for Schools HERE. 

Students or staff with symptoms DURING the school day

Staff are to monitor self and students for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, including before and after school care affiliated with the school.

  • Students should be immediately separated from others and supervised in a designated room/space. Their parent/guardian should be contacted to pick them up immediately. Ill students should not take school or public transportation.
  • School Protocol should include procedures for picking up students with signs/symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Any staff or essential visitors with signs/symptoms of COVID-19 must go home immediately. If they cannot return home immediately, they must be isolated in a designated room/space until their departure.
  • Any staff or essential visitors with sign/symptoms of COVID-19 should avoid using public transportation.
  • Advise the ill individual and/or their parent or guardian to have the ill individual seek medical advice, including the recommendation of testing for COVID-19 as appropriate or as advised by their medical provider.
  • In general, schools should not report all instances of ill individuals in the school setting to Halton Region Public Health as these are frequent occurrences and typically students have nonspecific symptoms.
  • If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, Halton Region Public Health will notify the individual and the school.

When can a student or staff with symptoms return to school/work?

  • If the student or staff member is assessed by their health care provider and cleared to return to school, he/she can return to school if it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving.  Medical notes are generally not required for return to school.
  • If the student or staff member is recommended for COVID-19 testing by their Health Care Provider, and the tests come back negative*, he/she may return to school if it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving, provided
  • There is no known high-risk exposure
  • The student or staff member is not advised by Halton Region Public Health or health care provider to self-isolate
  • If a symptomatic student or staff member was recommended for testing by their Health Care Provider but has refused testing he/she must self-isolate for 14 days and be symptom-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Thank you very much to our School Community for helping to keep everyone safe this year.
  • We have been working diligently with our staff and students on our entry, dismissal, breaks and outside lunch recess to ensure we keep students only within their cohort (students within their own class).
  • We respectfully invite all parents/guardians to wear a mask at the end of the day while on school property and picking up their child from school. We understand that wearing a mask outside is not mandated. We feel this may provide added protection, a feeling of comfort, and safety to all members of our school community.
  • Lunch Time Routines- This year we would prefer that students always stay at school for lunch, or always go home for lunch. Obviously students and parents can arrange to go home or out for lunch as they please, but we would like to keep students within their own cohorts. Grade 7&8 students are typically exciting to walk to the local burger shop at lunch (with a note).  This year is very different with Covid 19. We would like to avoid having students go out together from different classrooms during the lunch hour. This is a request so that we can keep exposure between cohorts to a minimum.
  • As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please give Mr.Monaco or Mr.Albani a call anytime at the office.  905-702-8001
  • Orange Shirt Day- Sept.30th
  • Orange Shirt day is an annual event held each September 30th in remembrance of the Canadian Residential School system and the impact of this government policy on First Nations. Phyllis Webstad presents her memories of Residential schools and the meaning of Orange Shirt Day.
  • On this day, our Librarian will read ‘Phyllis’s Orange Shirt by Phyllis Webstad’ virtually to the entire school over Teams.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3vUqr01kAk
  • School Council Meeting:  We will be holding our first virtual meeting Monday, Oct.5th at 7pm. If you would like to be in the ‘audience’ that evening, please email: monacov@hcdsb.org

We look forward to working closely with the new St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Elementary School Council, a supportive team of individuals dedicated to children and the preservation of Catholic Education, and to a fulfilling and productive 2020-2021 school year no matter what our future holds!

School Fire Drills

  • With the need to keep students within their own cohorts, Fire Drills will be practiced a little differently this year
  • On the scheduled Fire Drill day there will be a one-time sounding of the alarm so that everyone is familiar with the alarm sound.
  • We will practice individual evacuations in the same day ensuring physical distancing of the classes/cohorts.
  • Teachers will conduct their own evacuations by making an audible sound to begin the practice of the drill
  • Our Fire Code still applies throughout the Pandemic. We will practice 3 times in the fall and 3 times in the Spring.

               Parking Lot – Reminder #1

  • A reminder to parents and guardians that all Wheel chair accessible parking spots must not be blocked at anytime.
  • We do have parents and guardians that require these spots and they have not been able to use them because of cars blocking them.  Thank you.
  • FlipGive

Hello Parents!

This year more than ever we need your support to make our FlipGive Fundraiser a success. We are faced with extra challenges and need to support our children through these times.

Each week we will be sending out an update on how we are doing with our school fundraiser.  We will also send out the instructions regularly on how to join, so you can do so at your leisure.  We want to give a big thank you to those parents who signed up this past week, we have 7 new users!  Also this past week we have raised $25.00 for our school! All just by shopping online at no extra cost to you.  

I personally purchased some soccer equipment at Addidas through the FlipGive app and earned St. Catherine’s $2.47 and received the cash back instantly.  It is that simple. Please consider joining our FlipGive account today! 

How To Join:

Use our invite code: LQYGH5 in one of two ways:

1. Download the free FlipGive app at the app store OR

2. Join us online at www.flipgive.com

To be Anonymous:

To set yourself up as anonymous you can soby following these steps:

Go to Account Settings:  scroll down you will see two boxes

1) Click the first box to show a limited profile (hides photo and last name throughout site)

2) Click the second box to hide purchase details (the brands that you earn cash with will not be shown to others)

       3) Save changes.

If you have any questions please feel free to email Patrizia Boland or Kristina Lucic at:  flipgiveschoolcouncil@gmailcom

Thank you

Albani, TonyWeekly Update Sept.25-Oct.2