|COVID-19 and Health & Safety:|
|We understand the news of positive COVID-19 cases in our school has caused unsettled feelings and concern for all students, parents and school staff. We continue to work closely with our Board and Halton Public Health to address each case individually and ensure we are communicating information to you and putting the recommended and necessary measures in place. |
Masks – all students from kindergarten to grade 8 must wear appropriate masks, covering their nose and mouth. Decisions made by the Ministry of Education and our School Board Trustees prior to school starting, ensure all students are wearing masks at school. The direction of when students can remove masks throughout the school day was mandated by the Board, at the direction of Public Health. As per the protocols, students can have a mask break during recesses (safely storing them during this time) and of course when they are eating snacks/lunch. At these times, students must hand sanitize or wash prior to and afterwards. We must follow these protocols, unless we hear from the Board that a formal change is being implemented.
Physical Distancing – As part of our daily announcements, both for the whole school and in our classrooms, students are reminded of protocols in place. They are reminded about maximum occupancy in particular locations of the school, wearing masks, hand sanitizing and also physical distancing. Physical distancing for students during recess play has proven to be a difficult task for us as a staff. We respectfully ask that you take some time to speak with your children about the importance of following our direction and reminders on a daily basis. We understand that our students need time to freely play and we will continue to promote moving outdoors for play and learning as much as possible.
We cannot control what happens outside of school, however, Public Health continues to strongly recommend limiting social groups for students, especially when PPE is not being worn.
The spread of COVID-19 in the community is somewhat beyond our control and each and everyone of us can equally be affected. However, we will continue to do our best at school to enforce measures and protocols. Please continue to do your part and follow the recommendations of public health outside of the school.
We continue to review our protocols, provided by Public Health Halton and the HCDSB for students and staff. It is important we follow the daily screenings provided by the ministry. We respectfully ask that you continue to follow the information we have received up to this point regarding monitoring our symptoms and following the direction of health care providers/Public Health.
Ministry Daily Screening for School (also posted at the top menu bar of our homepage)
Click here for a symptoms checklist and a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ). Return to School Protocol – Update Oct. 2020
|Maintaining Physical Distance/ Masking on School Grounds:|
|In order to minimize risk within our school community, we continue to ask that you please wear a mask when dropping off/picking up your children as well as other times you may be on school property. For students in grades 1-3, kindergarten and/or any other grades, we ask that only one parent come on to our playground zones to pick up during these times. Likewise, we ask that you please maintain physical distancing practices as you wait for your children. We thank you for your cooperation and support.|
|2020-2021 School Major Fundraiser – Please donate!|
|We will continue with our major fundraiser for the next two weeks. We have had a slow start and we are hoping more families will have the opportunity to donate soon. Thank you to those who have donated already! We are looking to build our school technology supplies and support many more activities/resources needed for our students! Please click HERE to read more about our school fundraiser and specific instructions to donate. Thank you in advance for your contributions!!! |
Click here to read from our website homepage feature story
|Progress Report Cards & Parent/Teacher Conferences:|
|Progress Report Cards will be sent home on Tuesday, November 24th. Similar to the process we had in place in June, progress report cards will be sent home electronically by email. We will send additional information as necessary in order to access these reports.|
We will also hold our traditional parent/teacher conferences on Thursday, November 26th (3:10 pm – 8:30 pm) and Friday, November 27th during school hours. Our conferences will take place virtually on Microsoft Teams, with the duration of each conference being 10 minutes in length. Please consider downloading the app on your phone or device prior to the conference date. We are looking at scheduling conferences through an online booking system and hope to have all information to you, ready for booking, by the end of this school week. We look forward to connecting with all parents!
|Grade 2 Sacraments – Reconciliation and First Communion:|
|Grade 2 parents are asked to see the attached Grade 2 Sacrament booklet from St. Dominic Parish. Please note the upcoming parent information night taking place on November 19th at 7:00 (in the parish hall).|
First Communion & Reconciliation Pamphlet 2020-2021
|Dogs on School Property:|
|We continue to kindly remind all families that there should not be any dogs on school property for the safety of all students. Thank you for your cooperation.|
Looking for a Weekly Update from previous weeks? – please see our homepage > “News” tab to access weekly updates.
|Have a great week!|
Your Partners in Catholic Education,
P. Durand & V. Chininea