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Weekly Update #4 September 27- October 1

Thank you to all students for following expectations in school and during outdoor time. Thank you to families for taking the time to review mask and hand hygiene expectations and self-screen children before they come to school. Together we can keep students and staff safe and healthy.

Daily Screening for COVID-19 Symptoms

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

  • Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8oC) 
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19 
  •  If any signs or symptoms, students and other household members must stay home, and school must be contacted. 

Please note that 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.  ​ 

Parents no longer need to send in confirmation of COVID 19 screening to their teacher. They must continue to self-screen at home.

Complete the Family Information/Consent Electronic Form!

Not all families have completed the Family Information/Consent forms sent home electronically last week. If you have not submitted this important information please access the form HERE. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete. We must have all forms no later than Monday, September 20, 2021.

If you already submitted a consent form, no further action is required.

Important Notes Before Completing the Form:

  • If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.
  • Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child.
  • You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
  • Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration.
  • The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Information Access and Protection of Privacy
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). For more information, visit our
HCDSB website.

Technical Issues
If you experience a problem submitting a form, please use a different browser or different device. If you have tried a different browser and device and are still experiencing issues, please send an email to records@hcdsb.org

Thank you for completing the Family Consent/Information Electronic Form.

Rowan’s Law Day

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, our school will be recognizing Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussion safety, and to share Rowan Stringer’s story.

In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries.

The health and safety of our students is our top priority, and on September 29th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.

Concussion Protocol 

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 can be found on the Board`s website https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/your-childs-health/medical-conditions/concussion-protocol

Orange Shirt Day

In honour of our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation through Indigenous Education, we will be hosting Orange Shirt Day on September 30th. We recognize the harm residential schools caused to our Indigenous people and we honour those that survived and remember those that did not. We recognize the ongoing effects of intergenerational trauma caused by residential schooling and we wear an orange shirt in support of those who have been impacted by the harm of residential schools. Students will participate in a virtual school-wide liturgy. For more information: www.orangeshirtday.org.

Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Anti Racism

At St. Catherine of Alexandria, we foster a culture of inclusivity, anti-racism, discrimination, equity and diversity. Over the course of the school year, we will highlight different cultures and races to reflect the diverse community of which we are all members of the Body of Christ. We will work to address challenges and remove barriers faced by members of our diverse school community who experience discrimination and trauma.

This work began last week with our grade 4-8 students. Students listened to a PowerPoint Presentation on “Dignity of the Human Person”. The presentation differentiated between Rights and Responsibilities, identified Human Rights, defined discrimination and provided a framework for disrupting racism and discrimination.

Staff will unpack “Racism and Discrimination: Responding with Faith, Hope, and Love”.

School-based Immunization Program Gr. 7-12

The Ministry of Health has provided a school-based immunization program for students (Gr. 7-12) that is delivered by the local health departments. Due to pandemic-related disruptions, students have missed the opportunity to receive these vaccines over the past two school years.

Halton Region Public Health will be offering the school-based vaccines by appointment to eligible students in Grades 7-12 (born in 2004-2009) at community clinics throughout Halton. There will also be appointments available for students born in 2002-2003 to catch-up on vaccines that they may have missed.

The following vaccines will be offered at community clinics:

  •       Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  •       Meningococcal Disease
  •       Hepatitis B

Please note: COVID-19 vaccines are separate from the School-Based Immunization Program.

Book an Appointment

To book an appointment, or learn more about clinic eligibility, locations, and schedules, visit Halton’s Grade 7 School-based Immunizations web page or call 311

Foster, JudyWeekly Update #4 September 27- October 1