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January 2, 2022 Update

Updated Public Health Guidance

The Government of Ontario has announced that molecular testing (PCR test) has now been prioritized for those at increased risk of severe outcomes and those living and working in highest risk settings, molecular testing is no longer being recommended for all individuals in the community with symptoms compatible with COVID-19.

Students with any symptom from the list below are now presumed to have a COVID-19 infection, advised to self-isolate, and MAY NOT ATTEND SCHOOL:

  • Fever and/or chills; OR
  • Cough; OR
  • Shortness of breath; OR
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell;

Any student with two or more of the following symptoms below, they are also now presumed to have a COVID-19 infection, advised to self-isolate, and MAY NOT ATTEND SCHOOL:

  • Runny nose / nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches / joint pain
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e. vomiting or diarrhea)

Families of students who exhibit any of the above symptoms will be contacted to pick their child up from school and follow the Government of Ontario’s isolation guidelines.

The Government of Ontario has advised the following isolation guidelines:

  1. If the individual is fully vaccinated OR is a child under the age of 12 years old, they should self-isolate for at least 5 days from symptom onset AND until their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms), whichever is longer in duration.
  2. If the individual is not fully vaccinated and is 12 years old or older, or if they are immune compromised, they should self-isolate for 10 days from symptom onset AND until their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms) and they are afebrile, whichever is longer in duration.

All household members of the symptomatic individual, regardless of vaccination status, should stay at home while the symptomatic individual is isolating (for at least 5 days from symptom onset AND until they are afebrile and their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms)) due to the high rate of transmission within households. If they develop symptoms, they should follow isolation directions for symptomatic individuals and if eligible for testing, seek testing.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

All schools have been directed by the Ministry of Education to collect confirmation of the completion of the daily COVID School Screen for the first two weeks of January. Log sheets were sent home with all students who were in attendance during the last week of school in December. Alternatively, parents/guardians can email results daily to the teacher or students that have their own device can share these results with their classroom teacher before entering the school.

Please note that this is mandatory, and while we certainly appreciate that morning can be busy at home, we are kindly asking for your assistance in completing this safety measure for students and staff members.

If your child does not pass the school screening tool, please do not send them to school.

A reminder that the Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool must always be completed each day by families prior to your child’s arrival at school. The screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

A copy of the daily screening log can be downloaded below:

Winter Clothing Reminders

Families are reminded of the following winter dress expectations of our school.  For children in Kindergarten, full winter wear including boots, snow pants, etc. should be brought to school at all times.  For children in grades 1 through 8, full winter wear is also recommended, however, all students are expected to have winter boots at school as our recess, lunch and outdoor learning periods take place on our school field. Your support ensuring that your child is able to participate fully in all aspects of the school day is appreciated.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another.

When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten?

To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September, 2022, your child must be four years old by December 31, 2022. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December 31, 2022.

To learn more about the registration process, please follow the link below.

Upcoming School Calendar

Jan
5
Wed
Lunchbox Orders – Subway
Jan 5 all day
Return to School from Christmas Break
Jan 5 all day
Jan
6
Thu
Epiphany Liturgy
Jan 6 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Jan
17
Mon
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 17 all day
Catholic School Council Meeting
Jan 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Jan
18
Tue
Lunchbox Orders – Boston Pizza
Jan 18 all day
Indigenous Art Family Paint Night: Little Spirit Moon
Jan 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Jan
19
Wed
Lunchbox Orders – Subway
Jan 19 all day
Jan
20
Thu
Lunchbox Orders – Boston Pizza
Jan 20 all day
Jan
25
Tue
Lunchbox Orders – Boston Pizza
Jan 25 all day
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