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Communication Bulletin #2

We would like to thank our families for a great first week back!  Thank you to our school community for your support during our staggered entry.  We are so proud of our students who are adjusting to our new normal and doing their best to learn our new school routines, procedures, and protocols.  Our students should know just how proud we are of them and just how much joy it brought us to see them again.

As we prepare to welcome all of our students back to school next week, we wanted to review the drop-off and pick-up protocols that will be in place to help minimize contacts and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school community.  

  • Only one parent or guardian will be permitted on school property to drop off and pick up children.  
  •  Supervision begins at 9:00 a.m. Students enter the playground and walk along the yellow dashed lines directly to their ZONE and will wait for teacher direction before entering our school, and will follow a staggered entry into school to limit the number of students in our hallways at one time.  
  • Kindergarten students will enter the school immediately upon arrival in the morning.  
  • Parents and caregivers are asked to leave the school property as soon as they drop off their child(ren). No gathering or congregating will be allowed on school property.  
  • Before School ** ‘Kiss and Ride’ will be available for morning drop off ONLYParents should stay in their vehicle.  Staff members are stationed to help guide your children on the sidewalk to the playground.  If your child requires assistance to exit the vehicle, we ask parents to help their child(ren)
  • **For dismissal“Kiss and Ride” will not be available after school. Parents must park car and pick up their child(ren) at their designated area (see map)
  • If you park, one parent should approach the fence to pick up child(ren) and then exit promptly. Teachers will not be able to talk to parents before or after school. 
  • Please ensure that your child knows (or their teacher knows via the D2L or e-mail), what your dismissal plan looks like. 
  • All Intermediate students who walk to school will be dismissed from Door #2 (not from their zone)

St. Gregory the Great Zones and Dismissal

Masks:

Children from K – Grade 8 are to be wearing a mask at school.  Face shields may be worn in addition to masks but not as a substitute. During outdoor recess breaks children will not be required to wear their masks.   Suggestions for how students can store their masks when going outside for recess or eating their snack or lunch include a zip lock bag, paper bag, mask container, or a fanny pack.  We promote proper hand hygiene when “donning and doffing” masks (putting masks on and taking them off).  We are aiming to prevent cross-contamination and to preserve the integrity of the mask for your child’s safety.  Families should consider providing an additional mask for children in case a back-up mask is needed during the day and to facilitate every day washing of a cloth mask.  Please review Halton Region Tip sheet for use of Non-Medical Masks.

 Daily Self Screening:  

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. 

Please note that if a student or staff member shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they cannot come to school. They must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.  ​ 

Parents are able to access the Daily Self-Assessment for HCDSB students HERE. 

What happens if your child feels unwell at school? 

It is important for your son or daughter to let their teacher know if they are feeling unwell at school.  

Students who show signs/symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will be taken to our school’s designated ‘isolation room’ where they will be cared for and supervised until the parent or guardian can pick them up.  

It is very important that we have current contact information for all of our families so that we can get in touch with you quickly. Please contact our school office if there have been any recent changes to your contact information.  

Visitor Protocol:

This school year, in an effort to minimize contacts and help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, we are limiting visitor access to our school.   

All visitors, including parents and HCDSB staff who are not assigned to our school, will require approval and pre-screening before entering our building. Only visits that are deemed absolutely essential will be approved – e.g. visits by the Fire Marshal’s office or by public health. Where possible, meetings or visits will be conducted virtually.  

Visitors who are granted approval will be required to complete an online screening form prior to arriving at our school. Once inside, all visitors will be required to wear masks.   

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we do all we can to ensure a safe and healthy return to school for all.      

Starting the School Day:

Our 9:10 a.m. bell time will remain the same, however students will enter the building using a staggered entry plan.

Morning Recess:

10:20-10:35 am Gr. 4-8

10:50-11:05 am Gr. 1-3

Lunch Recess will take place from 11:55-12:55pm

Gr. 4-8, will eat from 11:55 to 12:25 and then go outside for the first 30 mins.

Gr.1-3 will go outside from 11:55-12:25 and then come inside to eat lunch from 12:25-12:55.

Afternoon Recess:

2:15-2:30pm Gr. 4-8

2:35-2:55pm Gr. 1-3

Uniforms:  

A reminder that students are expected to be in full uniform for their first day of school. More information can be found here: https://www.iswuniforms.com/our-locations/

Medical Perils:

If your child has a medical condition such as anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy, kindly return the medical conditions package and appropriate medications. We want to keep your child safe by having the correct information and medications on hand. If you need a new package, please contact the office.

Reporting Absences:

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority, and SafeArrival will enhance our existing student attendance procedure by making it more convenient for parents to report a child’s absence, and more efficient for our school office staff to follow up sooner on unexplained absences.

If a child is absent and the office has not been notified the SchoolMessenger system will begin automatic calls to you, if there is still no answer we are required by law to call the police.  

Please follow the St. Gregory Safe Arrival system.  The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
  2. by logging into the SchoolMessenger®  web site
  3. by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line
  4. Learn more about how to report your child’s absence.   https://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/Pages/Report-Student-Absence.aspx

You can also check out FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

https://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/Documents/SchoolMessenger%20Student%20Attendance%20Management%20System%20-%20FAQ.pdf

Oakville Crossing Guards – Begin Mon, Sept 14th   

Crossing Guards in the Town of Oakville will begin the school year at their designated locations on Monday, September 14th.   

As the school year begins, parents and guardians are encouraged to remind their children to exercise caution when walking to and from school, and walking near school zones, crosswalks and school buses. Thank you for contributing to the safety of our community!  

Transportation:
Bus Service is scheduled to begin Monday, September 14th, 2020. Parents are asked to visit https://www.haltonbus.ca/ for more information.

At the end of the day, all bus students will remain in their classroom with their cohort until their bus arrives. Staff members will supervise students until their bus arrives.  Once their bus arrives, they will be escorted by staff to their bus. Assigned seating will be provided and students are to remain in their designated seat. Students in grades K – 8 have a colour-coded bus tag to help them remember which bus they are to take and to ensure staff can support them in getting on the correct bus. If there is a change to your child’s after school routine, please inform your child’s teacher.

DOGS NOT ALLOWED ON SCHOOL PROPERTY:

Though we love our four-legged friends, some of our children have severe allergies and are frightened by an encounter with a dog. Our school board prohibits dogs on school property for the protection of your children as well as for the protection of your pet.

Please be advised that from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm our students may be out and about with Parkview Children’s Centre and after-school activities in the yard, so we ask your cooperation in not walking your dog through the property during these hours.

NEED TO CONTACT YOUR TEACHER?

The staff of St. Gregory will be reaching out to parents in the next week. If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher an appointment is necessary. The classroom teachers’ first responsibility is the teaching of the children during the regular school hours. Please leave a voice mail message for your child’s teacher and they will return your call in a timely manner ~ within 48 hours.

If you have a concern regarding your child, the first call needs to be directed to the classroom teacher. All our teachers have come to St. Gregory highly recommended and when it comes to your children, they are the ones best suited to listen to your concerns and determine the appropriate next steps. Please do them the courtesy of a phone call and/or meeting should a concern arise.

Mary Mother of God Parish:

Father Issac will be supporting us with our Virtual liturgies throughout the year and by celebrating mass virtually together as a school community. We look forward to deepening our relationship as a community with Father Issac with Mrs. Marisa Patskou, the Sacramental and Catechetics Coordinator and Debbie Frey, the parish’s Coordinator of Youth Ministry.

If you have questions regarding the reception of the sacraments and/or accompanying requirements, please contact Mary Mother of God Parish (905 337 2184). 

You are invited to visit our Virtual Chapel! 

As a Catholic school community, our faith is integral to all that we do. While we know that the 2020-2021 school year will feel very different from previous years, as always, we will begin the new year with a sense of hope and optimism that is founded in our Faith.​ 

As we transition into the new school year, we will be very intentional about creating and promoting opportunities to celebrate our Catholic faith, both in person, and remotely. ​ 

We are excited to welcome families and staff to visit our interactive HCDSB Virtual Chapel, where you will find a number of resources, including prayers, sacrament information, daily readings, an online rosary website available in various languages, a spot to leave your prayer intentions, and more. You are invited to explore this virtual space, as well as other Catholic faith resources that are available on our Return to School Website here.   

Catholic School Council Nominations:

Catholic School Council nomination forms are available on our website. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, September 18th at 9:00 am. Please note that no further nominations will be considered after this date and time.

Our Catholic School Council plays an active role at St. Gregory the Great by determining school priorities and budgeting. Please note that all meetings will be virtual until further notice. 

Pizza and Lunch box Lunches:

Pizza and Lunch box lunches will be cancelled until further notice.

Lunch Time Supervisors Wanted

If you are interested or know anyone who is interested in being a Lunch Time Supervisor please contact the main office.

Follow us on Twitter @StGregoryHCDSB and on Instagram @stgregoryhcdsb

Upcoming Events and Activities at St. Gregory the Great

Sep
10
Thu
All Year 2 Kindergarten students attend school
Sep 10 all day
Students in Grades 1 – 8 with surnames beginning with the letters G- N
Sep 10 all day
Sep
11
Fri
All Year 2 Kindergarten students and Year 1 Kindergarten students (JK) who schedule their entry interview on Wednesday, September 9. 2020 will attend
Sep 11 all day
Students in Grades 1 – 8 with surnames beginning with the letters O-Z
Sep 11 all day
Sep
14
Mon
All Year 2 Kindergarten students and Year1 Kindergarten students (JK) who schedule their entry interview on Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Sep 14 all day
Students in Grades 1-8 Attend School
Sep 14 all day
Sep
15
Tue
ALL Students (Kindergarten – Grade 8) Attend School
Sep 15 all day
Sep
30
Wed
Orange Shirt Day
Sep 30 all day
Rowan’s Law Day
Sep 30 all day
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