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October 15, 2021 Update

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/

Please note, the Government of Ontario School Screening Tool was recently updated. Kindly ensure that you familiarize your family members with the guidance within this tool and follow the generated instructions.


Halton Public Health Mask Guidelines Update

Halton Public Health has updated their Public Health Recommendations for Schools 2021-2022 to Version 1.4. Regarding masks that are worn by students, the following are not to be used as substitutes for a properly fitted mask:

  • Face coverings such as a bandana, neck gaiter or any other material;
  • Mingle masks
  • Mesh masks
  • Clear masks are not recommended for routine use, however, they can be used in certain situations where it would strongly aid communication, such as for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

All students have been provided with an approved mask by the school board. However, an additional mask will be provided should a student arrive at school with a non-approved face covering.

As a reminder the mask must cover the mouth, nose and chin without leaving a gap in order to limit the spread of respiratory droplets.


Reminder: School Parking Lot Procedures

Our staff have observed an increase in the number of parents/guardians/caregivers who are dropping students off in the school parking lot before school.

A reminder that the use of the school parking lot and driveway, between 8:45am-9:15am and 3:30pm – 4:00pm is for staff members, visitors, and numerous buses who access our school daily.

Parents/guardians/caregivers are not to park or drive-through this area before or after school. Your support is appreciated.


School Photographs

Our school board, based upon consultation with Halton Public Health, has shared that schools can now begin to book school photography sessions.

To ensure the continued safety of our students, all infection, prevention, and control measures that are required by Halton Public Health will be in place, including:

  • Photographers will be wearing PPE at all times
  • Photographers will disinfect any common touch point areas in between students
  • Photographers will maintain a minimum of 2 metres of distance between students and staff members
  • Students will be photographed standing, when possible, to avoid common touch points
  • Students may remove their mask only for picture taking, and will sanitize their hands before and after having their picture taken
  • No group class photos will be taken, a composite photo will be compiled using each individual student’s photo
  • The order process for parents will be conducted online and in a paperless manner

Our school photograph day will be Thursday, October 28, 2021


Volunteer Protocols

Volunteers willingly give their time and talents as valued members of our school community. Volunteers support our school staff by enhancing student learning activities and school events.

For the purposes of ensuring the safety of our students, each school volunteer:

  • Must provide a Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening dated within the last six months of the date it is shared with the school (for new volunteers); AND
  • Complete an annual Offence Declaration that states the you have had no convictions under the Criminal Code of Canada since your last Criminal Reference Check (for returning volunteers with a previous check on file at the school)
  • Must show proof of full vaccination (as per Health Canada guidelines and Reopening Ontario Act, 2020) against COVID-19 to Board personnel (i.e. the school Principal), with a final dose administered at least 14 days prior to entering the school;
  • Volunteers that are unable to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 must complete regular rapid antigen testing, must show Board personnel verification of negative test results, and must also complete a COVID-19 vaccination educational program prescribed by the Ministry of Education.  Any costs associated with regular rapid antigen testing are the responsibility of the volunteer.  A regular rapid antigen testing program includes:
    • Twice per week testing;
    • Testing should be implemented consistently on a weekly bases with at least 3 days between tests and conducted Sunday to Friday, and
    • Testing should not take place more than 48 hours before entering a Board facility.

The comprehensive list of expectations for our school’s volunteers can be found on our website here:  https://elem.hcdsb.org/stfrancis/2021/10/vounteering-at-st-francis/


Lunch Protocols

For the health and safety of our students and school community, it is strongly recommended that all elementary students remain at school for the full duration of their lunch period. We are kindly asking that students not make plans to leave the school during the lunch hour to visit the mall for lunch. Your support is appreciated.

Our LunchboxOrders program will be available for purchase on October 19, 2021, with the first deliveries beginning on November 2, 2021.

Our initial lunch offerings will include:

  • Tuesdays – Boston Pizza
  • Wednesdays – Subway
  • Thursdays – Boston Pizza

If an inclement weather day occurs that results in a school closure or bus cancellations, lunches will not be delivered.

All orders for that day will be cancelled and families will receive a credit to your account.

All LunchBox Orders are organized through School Cash Online.

*We have updated our pizza provider to ensure compliance with the Ontario School Food and Beverage Policy *


School Cash Online

Paying school fees online is fast and easy and can be done from any computer or smartphone.  Getting setup up is three simple steps:

  1. Create Your Profile: Go to https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com Click on “Register”.
  2. Confirm Your Email: Check your inbox for the email confirmation and click on the link inside. Sign in with your new login details.
  3. Add a Student: Click “Add Student” and fill in the required fields with your child’s details.

Hallowe’en Costumes

We look forward to celebrating Hallowe’en with our students on October 29, 2021, and invite our students to wear a costume, or orange and black clothing, on this day. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols within the school, costume props and masks cannot be brought or worn to school this day. While we want to enjoy the day, we still must follow Public Health protocols by wearing masks and exercising appropriate hand hygiene.

At St. Francis of Assisi School we strive to ensure that our students see themselves and their classmates reflected in their studies. Our students and families should expect their interactions within our school community to leave them feeling accepted for who they are. We encourage everyone to reflect critically and be mindful of cultural appropriation as you select a Halloween costume. Please review our full website post on Hallowe’en costume expectations here: Equity and Inclusive Education – Hallowe’en Costume Selection


Hallowe’en Outdoor Dance

Weather permitting, our Catholic School Council members will be organizing an outdoor Hallowe’en Dance for all our students on Friday, October 29, 2021. By hosting our dance outside, we can ensure that all health and safety protocols and public health measures are safely adhered to. Each Kindergarten to grade 8 class will be provided with a 30 minute period to go outside and enjoy some fun and fellowship in their costumes. This event is not a fundraiser for our school. We want to treat our students to a fun experience to reward their perseverance over the last two years.

Our sincere thanks to those parents/guardians who have already kindly offered to support this activity through the donation of decorations, hay bales, cornstalks, etc., and to assist with organizing and supervising the event. Should you wish to volunteer your time, please contact the Catholic School Council Co-Chairs via email at fransc@hcdsb.org

Please note, that due to COVID-19 protocols we are unable to accommodate any visits from extended family or friends, on or near school property, even from a distance, during the Hallowe’en dance. For privacy reasons, photos cannot be taken of students, even from a distance. You support and understanding are appreciated.


Hallowe’en Treats

A reminder that we encourage our students to celebrate the spirit and fun of Halloween, however, we cannot permit our students to bring any food, candy or gift items schoolThank you for your understanding.


Upcoming School Calendar

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

Oct
27
Wed
Dress Purple Day
Oct 27 all day

Every October, Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario raise awareness about the important role that individuals and communities play in supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families through the provincial Dress Purple Day campaign.

Students are invited to wear purple articles of clothing on this day.

Oct
28
Thu
School Photograph Day
Oct 28 all day
Grade 9 Information Night for Families of Grade 8 Students
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Oct
29
Fri
Hallowe’en Outdoor Dance
Oct 29 all day
Nov
1
Mon
All Saints Day
Nov 1 all day
Nov
2
Tue
All Souls Day
Nov 2 all day
Lunchbox Orders – Boston Pizza
Nov 2 all day
Nov
3
Wed
Lunchbox Orders – Subway
Nov 3 all day
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