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Weekly Update – March 8th – 12th

Lenten Prayer

Lord, as we continue through this holy season of Lent, grant us a change of heart that we might turn away from sin and follow your Son’s Gospel. We ask you to fill us with a hunger for what is just. By your grace, may our lives become more deeply rooted in prayer, self-sacrifice and a willingness to share, in order that your Reign of justice might more fully flourish in our midst, when we greet your risen Son at Easter. We ask you this, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

*We will be updating you next week on our upcoming Lenten initiative for students.

Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing for Schools:
As you may have read from the Board’s email on Friday, The Ontario Government is requiring school boards to offer voluntary, targeted COVID-19 testing sites for asymptomatic staff and students. 
Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required from parents or guardians.  This voluntary testing is offered only for HCDSB students and staff who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms). 
The first round of testing for the St. Thomas Aquinas Family of Schools will take place as follows: 
DATE: 
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 
TIME: 
2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School
124 Dorval Drive Oakville, Ontario, L6K 2W1

In order to register, you will need to provide this unique registration code for our school:  
HaltonC-hubsite8 

Please click here for more information and to book an appointment (using the unique code above).
Update from Halton Regional Police – RE: Our School Parking Lot:
In a continued effort to monitor safety in school zones and on school properties, Halton Regional Police are extending safety reminders to all members of our school community. We are working closely with our school liaison officer to discuss issues and monitoring moving forward. Please continue to be patient and comply with parking by-laws in our school parking lot as it is our collective responsibility to keep everyone safe! Please see the message below, from our liaison officer, Constable C. Foster.
HRPS – School Drop Off Zones
Uniform Dress Code Reminders:
We continue to notice students on a daily basis wearing bottoms, which do not meet our uniform dress code. We kindly remind all parents 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 (no logos) from any vendor/store.
As we informed you weeks ago, McCarthy Uniforms has returned as our board vendor for the purchase of the tops (you may also bottoms there as well). Please click here to read more about registering, to view items for our school, and for information about the Board’s updated uniform policy.
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.
CURRENT COVID-19 SCREENING TOOL AND PROTOCOLS – PLEASE READ:
We continue to highlight changes recently made 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. We appreciate your continued support in the event we need to send your child/ren home due to illness.

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.  
UPDATED INFORMATION – Confirmation, First Reconciliation & First Communion:
This updated information is important for our grade 2 and 7 parents. Please see the files below, which indicate the updated dates and guidelines and procedures.
Grade 2 Information:
UPDATED – First Communion May 2021 Procedures & Guidelines
Grade 7 Information:
UPDATED – Confirmation April 2021 Procedures Guidelines

REMINDERS:

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.

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

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Board Calendar 2020-2021: HCDSB Calendar 2020-2021

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):
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
Mar
29
Mon
Grad Photos – Miss McNamara’s & Mr. MacPhail’s Classes
Mar 29 all day
Catholic School Council Meeting
Mar 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Mar
30
Tue
Grad Photos – Mr. Taraschi’s Class & Virtual School Gr. 8s
Mar 30 all day
Virtual Family Science Night – Session 1 (For Registered Participants)
Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – March 8th – 12th