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Weekly Update # 15 January 3-7

Monday, January 3rd

  • Schools closed for students

Tuesday, January 4th

  • Schools closed for students

Wednesday, January 5th   

  • Return to Instruction Begins
  • Pita Pit Lunch (all orders will be accepted until Tuesday evening)

Thursday, January 6th   

  • Lunch Lady (all orders must be submitted by Wednesday 8:00 a.m.)
  • Epiphany Liturgy

Friday, January 7th  

RETURN TO INSTRUCTION DELATED UNTIL JANUARY 5, 2022

The Chief Medical Officer announced additional measures that will be put in place to help curb the spread of COVID-19 across our province. One of these measures is related to schools and requires all publicly funded elementary and secondary schools to delay the return to instruction for all students until Wednesday, January 5, 2022.   Read the News Release here

Return to Class Following the Break

As noted in the news release, and confirmed by the Ministry of Education during a teleconference with Directors this afternoon:  
 

  • Schools 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 and students currently enrolled in our virtual school, St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Elementary School.
  • In-school and remote instruction will resume for all students on Wednesday, January 5th.

Additional measures that will be in place in schools include:

  • 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.
  • The province has also committed to deploying additional standalone HEPA filter units to school boards.
  • The Ministry of Education has provided a limited quantity of PCR self-collection kits for symptomatic students and education staff. These kits will be distributed in consultation with Halton Region Public Health.
  • Starting in January, high-contact indoors sports will be paused until further notice.

A Few Important Reminders

  • As indicated in the emails you received on November 18, 2021 and December 16, 2021 for the first two weeks of school following the break, all Kindergarten to Grade 12 students will be required to show daily confirmation of successful completion of the COVID-19 school screening tool.  This process will begin when students return to school on Wednesday, January 5, 2021.
  • 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 travellers from outside Canada for more information.  

DAILY ON-SITE CONFIRMATION OF SCHOOL SCREENING

The Ministry can direct school boards and schools to perform daily on-site confirmation of self-screening for all students, staff and visitors. At this time, the Ministry is requiring school boards and schools to implement the daily on-site screening for all elementary and secondary students for the first two weeks of January (January 5- 14, 2022)Confirmation of screening for staff and visitors will continue beyond the first two weeks in January and students are still required to complete the Daily Covid School Screening each day they attend school.

Students are asked to show a Confirmation of Daily Screening Log to the classroom teacher.  On Wednesday, January 5th, 2022, each student will receive a paper copy of the Proof of Screening Log.  Students are required to bring the form back and forth to school to show proof of screening.  Thank you for your cooperation in keeping all students and staff safe at school.

ARRIVING AT SCHOOL AFTER PASSING A SCREENING THEN NOT FEELING WE

When a student arrives at school feeling well and then feel unwell, they should report symptoms to the educator or supervisor.  The office will be contacted and communicate with parents.  We are responsible for students while on school property, when a child communicates with parents and the educator or office is unaware, this may create an unsafe situation.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

EQUITY INCLUSION DIVERSITY ANTI-RACISM

As the fourth week of Advent season approaches, we prepare for the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ.  We are called to be the light for others by showing kindness and compassion to everyone. In December, people offer a seasonal greeting of joy and peace with Merry Christmas.

Here’s how to wish people “Merry Christmas” in different languages.

Traditional English …  Merry Christmas

French… Joyeux Noel   

Italian… Buon Natale   

Portuguese…Feliz Natal

Arabic… Milad Mubarak

Korean… Sung Tan Chuk Ha

Russian…Schastlivogo Rozhdestva

Filipino… Maligayang Pasko

Japan…  Merii Kurisumasu

Polish…  Wesolych Swait

India Hindi… Krisamas Kee Badhaee

Nigeria Yoruba… Ikini Odu Keresimesi

Spanish… Feliz Navidad

Tagalog… Maligayang Pasko

RED CROSS KIDS SAFETY FIRST COURSE INFORMATION

Please see the link for information on Red Cross Kids Safety First Course Sign up.

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