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September 24, 2021 Update

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COVID-19 Safety Measures

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, 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.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

If Your Child Feels Unwell at School

Based upon the current directives from Halton Public Health (as of September 24, 2021), should your child experience or report any of the following symptoms while at school, we are required to contact you to pick up your child:

  • Fever and/or chills – Temperature of 37.8 degrees/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)
  • Shortness of breath – Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions)
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell – Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea – Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions

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. After the 10 days, they can return to school only when 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)

Use of Technology and Digital Citizenship

As per the Halton Catholic District School Board Policy VI-62, students are responsible for:

  • Demonstrating digital citizenship through the appropriate use of technology, and in a manner that is reflective of our Catholic values and beliefs;
  • Using technology only when directly supervised by their teacher;
  • Reporting any inappropriate use of technology to a teacher or administrator;
  • Being responsible for the care and maintenance of their personal electronic device – the school is not responsible for the replacement of lost, stolen or damaged items; and
  • Using Board-provided and personal electronics devices for curriculum-related/educational purposes only.  Students are not permitted to use technology at school to communicate with family members or friends. 

In the event of an emergency or illness, the school has communication procedures in place through the office should a student need to contact a parent or guardian. Parents/guardians are asked to not create communication routines with your child that conflict with our school policies. Please do not send text messages or place phone calls to your child’s cellular device during the school day. If you need to send a message to your child, contact the office and we will deliver the message to your child.

Kindly review the Ministry of Education publication “Cellphone and Other Personal Personal Mobile Devices: Questions and Answers for Parents and Guardians” here: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/safeschools/personal-mobile-devices-in-school-parent.pdf

Student Dress Code

The standard of dress is set by the good judgment and discretion of our parents. If the school is to be a special place and the students are to develop a sense of dignity and seriousness about learning, then it follows that our style of dress should reflect that standard. Each year, our school dress code is reviewed by members of our Catholic School Council, with the council’s feedback, the following dress code expectations are in place for all students of St. Francis of Assisi School:

†   Full length T-shirts with a sleeve are required (no muscle shirts or cut-off T-shirts are allowed for regular class or gym wear);

†   Strapless shirts or any top that leaves the shoulders or midriff bare are not to be worn at school;

†   Students are able to wear shorts provided they are modest. The school expects that students wear a decent walking short. No short-shorts, cut-off jeans;

†   Pants are to be worn at the waist. Undergarments should not be visible.  Torn or ragged jeans, cut-off shorts, are not acceptable;

†   Shorts/skirts must be of modest cut and proportions;

†   Clothing or decorations associated with inappropriate messaging is not permitted on school grounds or at school sponsored functions;

†   Hats/Caps and sunscreen should be used during warm weather seasons;

†   Closed toe shoes (i.e. running shoes) provide the greatest flexibility and safety while at school.  Students are strongly encouraged to avoid wearing sandals, flip flops, etc. while at school;

†   Winter clothing expectations:  All students are always expected to dress appropriately to participate fully in all learning.  Winter coats, hats, gloves and boots are expected for all students in Kindergarten to Grade 8.  It is strongly recommended that Kindergarten to Grade 6 students wear snow pants to school;

Orange Shirt Day

The focus of our 2021-2022 Pastoral Plan is Truth and Reconciliation. Calls to Action #62-65 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission specifically detail the process of reconciliation through education. On September 30 will we observe Orange Shirt Day with our students. Orange shirt day is an annual event that started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today. Our classroom teachers are building an understanding with our students about the Indigenous Grandfather Teaching of Truth along with, in an age appropriate way, impact of the Residential School system on Indigenous Peoples in Canada. On this day, Ms. Logozzo’s grade 8 class will lead a school-wide virtual liturgy.

If possible, students are encouraged to wear orange articles of clothing on this day, however, please note that this is not a spirit day. We ask students to wear orange as a sign of support for First Nations, Metis and Inuit people

Upcoming School Calendar

Sep
29
Wed
Electricity Safety and Conservation Presentation
Sep 29 all day
Halton Hills Hydro, in partnership with Electricity Safety & Conservation, will support our students understanding of electrical safety & conservation in the school and home, and outdoors around utility poles, towers and substations.
Rowan’s Law Day
Sep 29 all day

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, the Halton Catholic District School Board will be marking Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussions.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head, face, neck, or body that can cause a sudden jarring of the head. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious.

Research indicates that a concussion can affect a student’s school performance in both cognitive activities (school work) and physical activities (physical education program/interschool activities). Research also indicates that engaging in cognitive and/or physical activities, while a child has a suspected and/or diagnosed concussion, can worsen concussion symptoms and delay the student’s recovery.

What is Rowan’s Law Day?

In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan Stringer died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries.

The health and safety of our students is our priority, and on September 29th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.

For more information on our concussion protocol, visit our Board’s website.

Sep
30
Thu
Orange Shirt Day
Sep 30 all day

If possible, students are encouraged to wear orange articles of clothing on this day, however, please note that this is not a spirit day. We ask students to wear orange as a sign of support for First Nations, Metis and Inuit people

School Liturgy
Sep 30 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Oct
4
Mon
Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi
Oct 4 all day
Outdoor Liturgy for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Oct
8
Fri
Professional Development Day
Oct 8 all day

October 8 – Faith Day

November 26 – Progress Reports / Kindergarten Communication of Learning Interviews

January 28 – Report Card Writing

April 25 – Provincial Priorities

June 6 – Report Card Writing

Oct
11
Mon
Thanksgiving Day
Oct 11 all day
Oct
20
Wed
Liturgy – Grandfather Teaching of Respect
Oct 20 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Oct
21
Thu
Advanced Placement Program Meeting for families of Grade 8 Students
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

What is Advanced Placement?

Advanced Placement (AP) courses offer university-level content to students in secondary school. Students in AP and Pre-AP programmes study topics in greater depth, providing an opportunity for enhanced learning.

The rich course material, classroom discussion and unique assignments typical of AP courses help to develop the knowledge and the critical thinking skills in students that are university bound.

AP is recognized by post-secondary institutions in more than 30 countries worldwide, including 90% of north American colleges and universities.

What is Pre-Advanced Placement?

Pre-AP is an advanced series of courses for students to help begin preparing for university and is designated to be a rigorous preparation for AP courses in Grade 12.

The courses are intended to be challenging, but the benefits to students are well worth the extra work.

Learn more here:  Christ the King Advanced Placement

Witter, MarkSeptember 24, 2021 Update