St.Catherine of Alexandria School
Weekly Update for Jan. 11-15, 2021
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
Isaiah 43: 1-3
As you are aware, the Ontario government announced that teacher-led remote learning will be extended until January 25, 2021 for elementary students in Southern Ontario. This decision was made to help slow the spread of COVID-19 across our province. Read the News Release here.
Update! Elementary Schools
- Elementary schools will be closed for in-person learning between January 4-22, 2021.
- Elementary students will continue to learn remotely until Friday, January 22, 2020.
- In-school instruction for elementary school students will resume on Monday, January 25, 2021.
Update! Virtual Elementary School
- Students enrolled in the Virtual Elementary School will continue to follow their established schedules.
- The change in learning format between in-person and virtual instruction will be delayed until school re-open for in-person learning on January 25, 2021.
Update! Technology Support for Students
Families that were provided a device to support student learning are not required to return their device on Monday, January 11 as previously planned. Families may continue to use their loaned devices throughout the extended remote learning period.
- 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 extended remote learning period.
- Students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning will continue to receive in-person support during the extended remote learning period.
Financial Support for Parents
The Ontario government has made financial support available for families during this temporary remote learning period through the Support for Learners program. Starting on January 11, 2021, an expanded Support for Learners program is providing $200 for each child or youth up to Grade 12 and $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs. Applications will be open until February 8, 2021.
Apply for Support for Learners Funding here: https://www.iaccess.gov.on.ca/SupportForLearnersWeb/public/index.xhtml
Faith & Well-Being Resources
We recognize that the extension of remote learning will create additional burdens on our families.
Here are a list of supports for families to access during this difficult time:
- School Mental Health Ontario: www.smho-smso.ca.
- Kids Help Phone at 1 (800) 668-6868 or visit KidsHelpPhone.ca for 24/7 support.
- Faith & Well-Being Resources: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/faith-well-being/
Updates and Additional Information
At this time, this is all the information we have received from the Ministry.
We will continue to share any new updates as they become available, in the following ways:
- Email to Parents/Guardians and Staff
- Updates to our Return to School Plan website
- Twitter: @HCDSB
- Instagram: @HaltonCatholicDSB
- Facebook: Halton Catholic District School Board
Thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding and support as we work with the Ministry of Education and our Public Health officials to keep our school communities healthy and safe for all.
- Attendance/ Safe Schools
- Teachers will be taking attendance as per our normal practice. By 9:10am[MV1] [AT2] each morning, teachers will be reporting all students who have not logged onto their D2L shell as absent, and then again after 1:10pm. If your child will not be participating in remote learning you must report their absence using the SchoolMessenger app as you would do so normally. This includes late arrivals and early departures as well. If you do not report the absence, the office will be following up as per our Safe School practices. Please help us out and make sure that you are logged in and have communicated via SchoolMessenger. It is also important that you check your emails for communication from the school, the teachers, and our Board. Good luck next week with your remote learning!