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Weekly Update – Opening Week!

We are looking forward to welcoming back our students this week! Please see below for a special message from Bishop Crosby, as well as a welcome message from Mr. Chininea.

Our First Day Procedures and Class Placements
Please click here to review our gradual return to school information.
Halton Region Public Health – Return to School
Please click HERE to view our first day/week procedures.
Updated School Day:
Supervision Begins – 8:05
Morning Bell – 8:15 a.m.
School Starts – 8:20 a.m.
Morning Recess – Primary – 9:50 – 10:05/Junior – 10:10-10:25/ Intermediate – 10:45-11:00
Lunch – 11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
Afternoon Recess – Primary – 1:25-1:40/Junior – 1:45-2:00/ Intermediate – 2:05-2:20
Dismissal – 2:50 p.m
Weekly Updates
In an effort to communicate timely and pertinent information, we will send weekly updates (just like this one!) each Sunday at approximately 1:00 pm, for the exception of some holidays. In this case, your weekly update may arrive on the holiday Monday. You will receive an email each Sunday with a link provided, however, they will also be available on our website (announcements on homepage or news tab at the top). This update is much longer than usual as we are including all information regarding our start/new protocols.
School Calendar
We will be updating events happening in the school on our website calendar. You are able to subscribe to this calendar by visiting the calendar tab on our homepage. Please follow the directions to subscribe and events will be synced to your phone/device. To start the year, we will not have as many events as usual given the circumstances of many programs being cancelled. Regardless, we will begin to enter additional events as the weeks go on.
Parish News
First Communion Update – Please click here to read updated information regarding last year’s grade 2 students (current grade 3s) who did not receive the sacrament of Holy Communion due to the closures.
Student Transportation
Due to the planning involved with our start to school this year, school bus transportation will begin on Monday, September 14th. Once transportation arrangements have been finalized, parents will receive an email to confirm the route number, pick-time and location through the parent portal. For more information, visit the HSTS website.
Important – Please Update Contact Information
If there have been any recent changes to your contact information, we are reminding Parents/ Guardians to update this information with the school office.
Up-to-date contact information will be very important if your child becomes ill at school and needs to be picked up, or in the case that COVID-19 contact tracing needs to occur.
Air Circulation/ Air Conditioning/ Heating
We would like to confirm that all of our classrooms/work spaces have been approved for student occupancy, including those without windows. All classrooms have updated and working ventilation, air conditioning and heat, meeting the standard for health and safety.
Students Learning from Home
Some of our families have opted to keep their children home to participate in remote (online) learning. Remote learners will be part of a virtual classroom, in a virtual school. Online classes are currently being organized. Once finalized, parents with students in the virtual classrooms will receive communication directly from their children’s classroom teachers.
NOTE: Students registered for remote instruction will not be attending our school in-person on the gradual return days that have been scheduled between September 9 -11, 2020. These days are set aside for students who will be returning for in-class instruction, to review the health and safety protocols that will be in place in our school.

The first day of instruction for students learning from home will be Monday, September 14, 2020.

Review of HCDSB & Public Health Protocols

Daily Self Screening
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, student and other household members must stay home, and the 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 are able to access the Daily Screening Checklist for HCDSB students HERE.
Drop-off and Pick-up
As we prepare to welcome students back to school next week, we wanted to review the drop-off and pick-up protocols that will be in place to help minimize contacts and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school community.
• Only one parent or guardian will be permitted on school property to drop off and pick up children.
• Parents and guardians will remain outside and will not be permitted to enter the school (unless there is an extenuating need, and prior approval has been obtained as per the Visitor Protocol).
• We have established designated entry and exit doors for your child’s class (cohort).
• Signage will be in place to help you identify the drop-off/pick-up location for your child(ren).
• For the first 3 days of school, students will line up to enter our school, and we will be implementing a staggered entry into school to limit the number of students in our hallways at one time. As we enter into the first full week of school (as of September 14th), students will enter directly into the school, with the guidance of school staff/supervision.
• Kindergarten students will enter the school immediately upon arrival in the morning.
• Parents and caregivers are asked to leave the school property as soon as they drop off their child(ren). No gathering or congregating will be allowed on school property.
• Parents and caregivers are encouraged to use the ‘Kiss and Ride’ as students become more comfortable and familiar with the new routine.
Thank you for your understanding and assistance as we work together to protect our students, families and staff so that we can ensure a safe and healthy return to school for all.
What happens if your child feels unwell at school?
It is important for your son or daughter to let their teacher know if they are feeling unwell at school.
Students who show signs/symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will be taken to our school’s designated ‘isolation room’ where they will be cared for and supervised until the parent or guardian can pick them up.
It is very important that we have current contact information for all of our families so that we can get in touch with you quickly. Please contact our school office if there have been any recent changes to your contact information.
Lunch Routines For Students
For the health and safety of our students and school community, it is strongly recommended that all elementary students remain at school for the full duration of their lunch periods. If necessary, students may be picked up (Notes/notice for teachers must be provided). However, students may not leave the school to visit local eateries and return to school.
As we limit visitors to our school throughout the day, lunch drop offs will not be permitted during the school day.
Parents and guardians are asked to provide their child(ren) with lunch in the morning before students enter the school building.
Considerations for Lunch Prep:
· Lunches should be prepared as individual meals and snacks.
· Sharing food items will not be permitted.
· Reusable water bottles are encouraged
Thank you for your understanding as we limit the number of visits and contacts to our school community to protect the health and safety of our students and staff.
Water Bottles
Students and staff will be able to bring reusable water bottles and refill them at designated refill stations in our school. For the health and safety of our students and school community, the use of water fountains for drinking will not be permitted.
Water Fountains and Reusable Water Bottles:
· Each student is required to bring their own drinking bottle to school that is labeled, kept with them during the day, and not shared with other students.
· All water fountains will be wrapped and/or made inoperable.
· Although bottle filling stations will be in use, students and staff are not advised to touch any filling station apparatus.
Use of Masks & Personal Protective Equipment
The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of the measures we will have in place in our schools to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. PPE is protective clothing or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection. PPE can include gloves, masks, face shields, gowns, safety shoes etc. Wearing of Masks at School
Medical masks will be worn by all teachers and other school staff. 
All HCDSB students (K- 12) are required to wear non-medical masks/ face coverings at school. Reasonable exceptions to this requirement will be put in place (see below Exemptions for Mask Wearing).
Use of Non-Medical Masks or Face Coverings in Schools – Tip Sheet
Exemptions for Wearing Masks
Reasonable exceptions to mask wearing will be considered.
An exemption may be requested for a student in Grades K-12 for the following reasons:
-A pre-existing medical condition.
-A diagnosis or learning profile that would limit a student’s ability to tolerate or safely wear a mask, including whereby a mask would affect essential communication for a person who is hearing impaired.
-Other, as detailed by a healthcare practitioner.
If any of the above conditions apply to your son or daughter, please contact our School Office.
 
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.
Updates and Information
We will continue to share information and updates with parents directly through email. Updates will also be posted on the Return to School Plan website and through the Board’s social media channels: 
Twitter: @HCDSB
Instagram: @HaltonCatholicDSB 
Facebook: Halton Catholic District School Board 

You can also review our FAQs online for more information about the return to school.
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