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.
- Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8C)
- Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19
- Individuals 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
The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
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.
The mask must cover the mouth, nose and chin without leaving a gap in order to limit the spread of respiratory droplets.
Lockers, Personal Items, and Appropriate Outdoor Wear
As per our board’s Return to School Plan, our grade 1 – 8 students have now been provided with a locker and have reviewed expectations and locker access procedures with their classroom teachers, which include the following:
- To ensure students spend minimal time at their locker, locks are NOT PERMITTED on student lockers in elementary schools.
- Periods of student movement will be staggered to limit congregating in the hallways.
- Students are assigned an individual locker, there is no sharing of lockers.
- Personal items such as toys, trading cards, sports equipment, etc. may not be brought to school.
- Lockers are used to store outerwear only such as coat, boots, snow pants, hat, etc.
- Student personal belongings such as backpack, clothing, sun protection, water bottles, food, etc. will continue to be brought inside the classroom to limit the number of students in the hallways.
We have entered the time of year where we experience weather conditions that can change drastically throughout the day. Our outside playground tends to be windy and cool, so layering clothing is a great solution for our students to ensure that they have appropriate clothing to participate fully in all learning activities, including recess. Physical Education classes continue to primarily take place outside, along with our outdoor learning periods.
Dress Purple 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 consider wearing purple articles of clothing on this day.
School Photograph Day
Our students will have their photographs taken on Friday, October 28, 2021. Full details are posted on our website here: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stfrancis/2021/10/school-photograph-day/
Orders through Lunchbox by SchoolCash Online are now available for purchase. Lunch delivery is scheduled to begin Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Orders may be placed weekly or in advance, for the full length of the program. Sunday, October 31, 2021 at NOON (12pm) is the ordering deadline for the first scheduled LUNCH delivery. Full details and order instructions are posted on our website here: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stfrancis/2021/10/lunchbox-order-instructions/
Holy Cross Church
Fr. David Walter, Pastor
Saturday at 5:00pm
Sunday at 9:00am, 10:30am, and 12:00 Noon
14400 Argyll Road
Monday 12:00 Noon to 4:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday 9:00am to 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am to 12:00 Noon
Established as a Parish in the Diocese of Hamilton in 1956
Hallowe’en Reminders and Expectations
Weather permitting, our Catholic School Council members will be organizing an outdoor Hallowe’en Dance for all of 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.
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. Your support and understanding are appreciated.
A reminder that we encourage our students to celebrate the spirit and fun of Halloween, however, we cannot permit our students to share any food, candy or gift items with their classmates. Thank you for your understanding.
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