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Weekly Update – February 22nd – 26th

Lenten Prayer

God our Father, You formed us from the dust of the earth and brought us to new life in Christ through the waters of Baptism. We ask you to change our hearts as we journey through these forty days of Lent. Help us to see Jesus in everyone we meet, and to serve him in all persons, especially the poor, the sick and the lonely. By your grace, may our prayers and sacrifices this Lent help us grow closer to each other and to you, as one family in Jesus. Amen.

UPDATED COVID-19 SCREENING TOOL AND PROTOCOLS:
As you may have read last week, the provincial government have made changes to the  COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool. In addition, there were also updates to the self-isolation requirements for household members. Please see below for more information, as these new protocols will impact our day to day operations at the school.

1.  Updates to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool  
The COVID-19 School Screening Tool has been changed and will now require students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19,  even those with only one (1) symptom, must stay home until: 
They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.; OR 
They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.; OR  
It has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better. 

The new single-symptom screening criteria in the COVID-19 daily screening tool has now been applied and is in effect as of last week. 

Parents and guardians are reminded to complete theCOVID-19 School Screening Tool for each child every day before leaving home for school or child care: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

2.  Self-Isolation Requirements for Families in a Household 
The Ministry of Health has now indicated that all individuals living in the same household are now required to self-isolate when a family member has COVID-19 symptoms, even if the family member only has one (1) symptom.  

The following isolation requirements now apply:   
All members in a household of a symptomatic individual are required to self-isolate until the individual: 
     – Receives a negative COVID-19 test result; OR 
     – Receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional. 

If someone in your household tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional:   
      – This individual must isolate (including others in your household) for 10 days from the date of experiencing symptoms. AND 
      – All members of the same household must isolate for 14 days from their last date of exposure with the symptomatic family/household member. 


Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we continue to adapt our health and safety protocols to meet Ministry of Education and Public Health requirements so that we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  
Pink Shirt Day for Bulling Awareness:

We will invite students to wear a pink shirt (with uniform bottoms) and/or pink accessories this Wednesday, February 24th, to demonstrate our solidarity against bullying, and highlight the importance of spreading kindness. To further promote this message, we will also invite our students to spread kindness and engage in additional acts of kindness next week, as we continue in our Lenten season.

Pink Shirt day started when “David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school.

On Wednesday February 24th St. Dominic will be wearing pink shirts and/or accessories to symbolize that we do not tolerate bullying!

Return to In-Person School:
Please see below for reminders about our continued safe return to school;

Entrance and Dismissal Routines
With the start of our first week back with all students, we will start with new routines as of this Monday. Please CLICK HERE to view the entrance and dismissal routines we established in the fall. It is essential that we practice and model appropriate health and safety measures for our students as we arrive to school and dismiss at the end of the day.

Congregating
To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, we have received Ministry direction to continue to follow physical distancing measures both inside our schools and in outside areas. Please ensure that when you come to the school to drop off or pick up your child(ren) you are wearing a mask and you must remain physically distanced from others. Please utilize the space we have provided at the end of the day on our playground and spread out to avoid congregating in one area. School staff will be monitoring to ensure that children are not gathering in groups before school starts and after school. Please review with your children about the need to follow physical distancing guidelines and remind your older children to refrain from congregating in groups before and after school, including play in snow and on the snow hills.

As we move through the winter weeks ahead, please let your child’s classroom teachers know if you are recognizing any concerns with how your they are feeling. Please see the following links below for additional resources:
HCDSB Mental Health & Well-being Support
School Mental Health Ontario
Switching Modes of Learning – Remote/In-Person Learning:
As previously communicated from the board, the next opportunity to request a change in your child’s learning environment is scheduled to take place in March. The online request form (survey) will be shared with all parents and guardians during the first week of March. The requested changes are planned to take effect before the end of March.
Kindergarten Registration Still Open for 2021-2022:
A reminder to all that we are still accepting new kindergarten registrations for the next school year. Please click here to read more details from our homepage. Please note that review and confirmation of documentation will take place in person and parents will be contacted to arrange a date and time. For more information and upcoming virtual sessions for parents new to kindergarten, please click here.

REMINDERS:

Uniform Dress Code Reminders:
As we informed you weeks ago, beginning February 1st, 2021, McCarthy Uniforms, who serviced our board for many years previously, has returned. Please click here to read more about registering, to view items for our school, and for information about the Board’s updated uniform policy.
As we return to school for Term 2, we want to remind all parents and students that students must be in full uniform (Tops with our school embroidered logo and navy pants/bottoms, absent of logos or markings of any kind). As of February 1st, a new board policy has come into effect and you may purchase navy bottoms from any vendor/store. Should you have any concerns about purchasing uniforms or require financial support, please contact Mrs. Durand or Mr. Chininea any time. Thank you in advance for cooperation.

St. Dominic Parish Website: https://saintdominic.ca/

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Have a great week!
Your Partners in Catholic Education,
P. Durand & V. Chininea
UPCOMING EVENTS (Please subscribe to our calendar to receive updates on your phone/device):
Feb
1
Mon
Black History Month
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all day
Feb
24
Wed
Pink Shirt/Accessory Day (With Uniform Bottoms)
Feb 24 all day
Term 1 Report Cards Go Home
Feb 24 all day
Mar
5
Fri
Gr. 2 Sacrament of First Reconciliation (Postponed – New Date TBD) @ St. Dominic Parish
Mar 5 all day
Mar
21
Sun
World Down Syndrome Day!
Mar 21 all day
Mar
22
Mon
Lenten Food Drive
Mar 22 – Mar 31 all day
Spirit Day – “Rock Your Socks” for World Down Syndrome Day
Mar 22 all day
Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – February 22nd – 26th