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Weekly Update September 20, 2021

Thank you to all parents/guardians for continuing wearing a mask alongside your child while on school property!

Thank you also to everyone for keeping your distance from the lineups in the mornings.  It is an exciting time with the children being back face-to-face.  Can anyone who is accompanying their children by walking from the field, please move to the back of the field away from the pavement, to watch your children in their lines. 


All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. The province will continue to provide a screening tool for use by all school boards and may update this throughout the school year. All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19. Please note, the daily Student Confirmation Log is over.  You no longer need to confirm your child’s screening.

If a child experiences symptoms at school:

Please be advised, under the Direction of Halton Region Public Health, if your child and/or an individual living in your household has acknowledged that they are experiencing at least one (1) COVID-19 symptom:

  • Fever and/or chills
    Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

  • Cough or barking cough (croup)
    Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Shortness of breath
    Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions you already have)

  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
    Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions you already have

  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
    Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions you already have

What should you do next?

Seek medical advice for your child, and have your child tested for COVID-19 as appropriate or advised by your health care provider.

Your child must stay home and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.

Siblings or other people in the home who are fully vaccinated do not need to isolate and can leave the home.

Siblings or other people in the home who are not fully vaccinated must stay home until your child:  

  • tests negative for COVID-19; OR
  • are cleared by your local public health unit; OR
  • are diagnosed with another illness

When can your child(ren) return to school?

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests NEGATIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since the symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they have had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)
  • they were not in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19
  • If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests POSITIVE:
  • Your child can return to school/childcare only when cleared by Halton Region Public Health

If your child does not get tested for COVID-19:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • a doctor diagnosed them with another illness
  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

If you do not seek medical advice:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)


In recognition of Orange Shirt Day, the board is hosting a Family Paint Night. Please follow the link below for more information.


Thank you for your patience and support while we look at ways to safely bring equipment out into the yard zones.  I have been amazed in this short time how resilient our students are.  They are very creative!  As I walk around, I see that many have been coming up with interesting games to play while out for recess.  Part of our plan is to paint more games such as 4 Square so it is equitable for everyone in each of the zones. 


The Ministry of Health has provided a school-based immunization program for students (Gr. 7-12) that is delivered by the local health departments. Due to pandemic-related disruptions, students have missed the opportunity to receive these vaccines over the past two school years.

Halton Region Public Health will be offering the school-based vaccines by appointment to eligible students in Grades 7-12 (born in 2004-2009) at community clinics throughout Halton. There will also be appointments available for students born in 2002-2003 to catch-up on vaccines that they may have missed.

The following vaccines will be offered at community clinics:

  •       Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  •       Meningococcal Disease
  •       Hepatitis B

Please note: COVID-19 vaccines are separate from the School-Based Immunization Program.

Book an Appointment

To book an appointment, or learn more about clinic eligibility, locations, and schedules, visit Halton’s Grade 7 School-based Immunizations web page or call 311. 

 Please bring any immunization records you may have for your child to the appointment, where Public Health staff will fully assess their vaccination history and obtain consent.

Important Letter to Parents from Bishop Crosby – HPV Vaccination
Attached to this correspondence is a letter to parents from His Excellency Douglas Crosby, Bishop of the Hamilton Diocese, in regard to the HPV vaccination. Please take a moment to read Bishop Crosby’s letter and carefully review all of the information available to assist you in your determination as to whether or not you wish your child to participate in the voluntary HPV vaccination program.

Additional Information

For more information about the school-based immunization program, you may contact the Halton Regional Health Department by calling 311, or visit their website at:


Save the date!  We will be holding our virtual Curriculum Night on September 29th from 6:15-7:00 pm.    More details will follow in a separate School Messenger email along with a Teams Meeting link to the Principal’s greeting. 


Make-Up Dates for Cancelled 2020-21 Sacraments

As you may recall the sacramental celebrations for the 2020-21 school year ended up being cancelled due to lockdowns. The parish has rescheduled these events. Parents who had children registered for those sacraments in that school year should have received emails from me about these make up dates, and in turn booked their children online for one of our planned celebrations. This is ONLY for those who were in grade 2 or grade 7 last year and whose celebration was cancelled.

The make up dates are:

First Communion:                                                                    Confirmation:

Saturday September 11 (1pm, 3pm)                                     Friday October 15 (7pm)

Saturday September 18 (11am,1pm,3pm)                          Saturday October 16 (11am,1pm,3pm)

Saturday September 25 (11am,1pm,3pm)                          Thursday October 21 (7pm)

                                                                                                     Saturday October 23 (11am,1pm,3pm)

Sacraments for 2021-22 School Year

The pastoral team is working to develop a full plan for sacramental preparation for the current 2021-22 school year. This plan will include sacramental registration, in class and/or virtual visits by the pastoral team, in person or virtual parent meetings, sacramental retreats (if possible) and sacramental celebrations.

We do not anticipate launching the full plan until the beginning of October.  We ask parents of students in Grades 2 and 7 to be patient as we devise a plan that will meet the needs of our large group of students in our community.

It is our intent to conduct in-service sessions with all sacramental teachers at some point prior to the launch to include the staff as much as possible, ensure a positive and consistent line of communication and to provide teaching staff with all the necessary information and guidance needed to make the preparation a positive and fruitful faith experience for all students.

If anyone has questions regarding the make up celebrations or the planning for the current school year, please contact:

Arden Ouellette

Lay Parish Minister, St. Paul the Apostle Parish, 905-332-5115

MacLennan, LisaWeekly Update September 20, 2021