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January 7, 2022 Update

COVID-19 Safety Measures

The Province has updated its guidance on self-isolation, symptoms, testing and what to do if you are exposed to COVID-19. To get the latest information on what you need to do to protect yourself and others please go to ontario.ca/exposed.

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19:

  • If you test positive for COVID-19 on a PCR or a RAT (Rapid Antigen Test)self-isolate immediately, visit Ontario.ca/exposed and complete the COVID-19 self-assessment for more detailed instructions.
    • Inform all of your household members and social contacts as soon as possible.
    • Household members must self-isolate immediately. Other contacts may also need to self-isolate. Visit Ontario.ca/exposed for more information.
  • If you receive a COVID-19 text notification, click on the secure link and follow the instructions.
  • If you test positive on a rapid antigen test (RAT), you do not need a confirmatory PCR test to confirm you are positive.

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19:

What to do if you had exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or someone with symptoms of COVID-19:

New Provincial Restrictions as of Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. Some changes include: 

  • social gatherings must be limited to five people indoors or 10 outdoors;
  • indoor retail and personal care services will be limited to 50 per cent capacity with restrictions;
  • indoor weddings, funerals, and religious services and ceremonies will be limited to 50 per cent capacity;
  • indoor service will be closed at restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments with dance facilities; and
  • employees must work remotely wherever possible.
  • Read the Province’s January 3 media release for more information

Remote Learning Code of Conduct

As Digital Citizens, users recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, in which they act in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.

Students are required to demonstrate digital citizenship through the appropriate use of technology as outlined in our code of conduct. All families are asked to review our Remote Learning Code of Conduct with their children. Are staff members are committed to working to ensure a safe and productive learning environment for all members of our school community.

Remote Learning Attendance

While the delivery method may be different, all students are expected to participate fully in the teaching and learning that will occur via remote learning.  Attendance will be taken by our staff members in the morning when school begins at 9:10am, and again after lunch at 1:10pm.  If your child cannot participate in remote learning on a particular day because of illness, appointment, etc., you must report your child’s absence using our Safe Arrival Attendance Management System as you typically would during conventional learning.

Emergency Child Care

Emergency Child Care for school age children will be offered by the YMCA at St. Brigid School. To register contact Holly Goldie at 905-877-0367.

Holy Cross Church Update

The Provincial Government has announced that places of worship are currently restricted to 50% capacity. Fortunately, this does not impact Holy Cross Church as the distancing practices that have been put into place limit the church to approximately 25%-30% capacity for each Mass. Therefore, Fr. Dave continues to celebrate weekend Masses:

  • Saturday at 5:00pm
  • Sunday at 9:00am, 10:30am and 12:00pm

Change to Learning Environment

The online form to request a change to your child’s learning environment (i.e. virtual or in-person) is now open. As you know, as per Ministry of Education direction, we have moved to remote learning for all students until at least January 17, 2022. Originally, only one opportunity to request a change to the learning environment for elementary students (i.e. virtual learning to in-person learning or vice versa). The original timelines would have seen the requested changes come into effect as of Tuesday, February 22, 2022, and would have remained in effect until the end of the school year (June 2022). The full information release from the board was shared with all families via email, and can also be accessed on our school website here: Change to Learning Environment

Given the Province’s temporary move to Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopening in order to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, we have revised our plan to provide greater flexibility for families. We will now offer two (2) opportunities for families to request a change to learning environment for elementary students.

NOTE: Any requested changes will come into effect on January 24, 2022, however, if the Ministry of Education extends the remote learning period, the requested changes will come into effect once schools re-open for in-class instruction.

The first opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students is now available. The online request form will be open from Wednesday, January 5th until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14th

The requested changes will come into effect on Monday, January 24, 2022, or once schools re-open for in-class instruction if the period of remote learning is extended.  

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR FAMLIES REQUESTING A CHANGE TO THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL

If schools resume in-person instruction on January 17th, families who wish to keep their children home until the switch occurs on January 24th will be able to access asynchronous resources for their children through their current class on the D2L platform during the week of January 17-21.  

Parents/guardians requesting a change for their children to the virtual elementary school (St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Elementary Virtual School) will be asked to choose whether they want to keep their children enrolled in virtual learning until the final change in Learning Environment opportunity after Easter OR until the end of the school year. 

The final opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students will be released after March BreakThe requested changes will come into effect after Easter on Tuesday, April 19th.

This online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022.

Inclement Weather

As winter weather is fast approaching, parents are reminded to visit the board website for important information and reminders regarding Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones. You can review this information here: https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/inclement-weather/

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
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
Jan
26
Wed
Lunchbox Orders – Subway
Jan 26 all day
Jan
27
Thu
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Jan 27 all day
Lunchbox Orders – Boston Pizza
Jan 27 all day

Witter, MarkJanuary 7, 2022 Update