It was so wonderful to see all of our students and families this past week. We appreciate working with all families in our school community in an effort to keep the children in our care safe. Please know we are committed to providing a quality Catholic education that is flexible and engaging. We look forward to creating and maintaining a strong sense of community and welcoming spaces in our school. If you have not done so already, please review the information posted on our school website HCDSB Return to School Plan for further information.
Daily Self Screening
All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. The province will continue to provide a screening tool for use by all school boards and may update this throughout the school year. All staff and students who are 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, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.
Parents will be required to provide Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Screening for their child up to and including September 17th. A Student Screening Log has been provided by your child’s teacher. Please verify the screening is complete by signing off on this each morning before sending your child to school.
Family Information / Consent Forms
If you have not done so already, please complete the electronic. Remember, one form per child.
Please use the following link to complete the Family Information/Consent Electronic Form!
Parents are asked to complete the form, the form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.
If you have already completed the form, no further action is needed.
Important Notes Before Completing the Form:
If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.
Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child.
You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration.
The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.
Information Access and Protection of Privacy
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA
CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL NOMINATIONS
Role of Catholic School Council: Ontario Regulation 612 states that every school must hold elections for the School Council within the first 30 days of each school year. The term of office is one year. We want to encourage every parent to consider volunteering to sit on the Catholic School Council this year. The school needs active and interested parents to maintain the quality of the school community we enjoy and to address the challenges the community will face in the future. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a nomination package will be sent to you electronically.
If Elections are required, then the names of candidates and a one-page information biography sheet, if available, will be posted on our school website. This year, if required, elections for our 2021/2022 Catholic School Council will take place in September according to the following timelines:
Nomination Forms Due: Friday September 24th
Profiles Due (if required): Tuesday September 28th
Council Elections (if needed): Thursday September 30th
First Council Meeting: Monday October 4th at 6:30 pm
Meetings will be held “virtually” (using Teams). Dates & times will be posted on our school web page. All parents are welcome to attend regular Council meetings. Meeting dates will be posted on our school web page. The meetings will begin at 6:30 pm. and will be held virtually via Teams online.
We welcome all of our Kindergarten students who will be learning in-school beginning Monday, September 13th. It was so wonderful to see you last week, as some of you have entered our doors for the first time. We look forward to seeing you grow each and every day.
Morning Drop-off and Afterschool Pick-up
In an effort to keep all our students and staff safe, we appreciate your assistance in our parking lot procedures. We know the morning can be rushed at times, but we want to ensure our parking lot is a safe space for our children. Our East Parking Lot is used for our bus students. No car access will be available, we encourage you to park and walk to the school. Thank you so much for your help.
Parents, please remember that if you are walking onto school property to drop off your child(ren), we kindly ask that you wear a mask. If you are on the soccer field and can maintain a 2 metre distance from others, a mask does not have to be worn.
Please no dogs! 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. Thank you for your assistance with this.
Children arriving late for school (after 9:10 am) must first report to the office using Door 1
We continue to ask that once you have dropped your child off at their appropriate door, you make your way off school property to avoid congregating at the fence.
Health and Safety Protocols
The Ministry of Education’s COVID-19 Health, Safety, and Operational Guidance plan provides the baseline for school boards and local public health officials to develop a specific plan for the school board.
With this plan as a foundation, some of the protocols that are in place to begin the school year include:
- Parents and guardians are asked to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Tool for each child every day before leaving home for school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/. Parents must provide proof to their child’s teacher that the assessment was completed.
- All students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in the Halton Catholic District School Board are required to wear a properly fitted non-medical or cloth mask during classes and while in the hallways. Masks may be removed during outdoor learning time. We appreciate your assistance with helping us with this protocol!
- All classes will continue to remain in their classroom cohort and assigned a specific zone on the playground during recesses and lunch.
Walk to School Initiative
We are kindly asking that all families who are able to walk to school create this routine for our students. We would like to lessen the traffic in and around our school as well as the parking lot in the morning and afterschool. When your child arrives at school they must be wearing a mask. Kindergarten students will enter through the Kindergarten gate and go directly to their classroom. Our Kindergarten staff will be communicating with parents outlining any other specific details.
Parents and caregivers are kindly asked to leave the school property as soon as they drop off their children. Public Health has advised that there will be no gathering or congregating permitted on school property to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Please ensure you have returned the necessary forms for any medical perils (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, etc.) to the office along with any medication needed so we can update our files. Please be aware that ALL HCDSB Schools strive to be a NUT FREE environments. We have students with life threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Even a trace of nut oil from one child’s fingers to a desk surface can cause a deadly reaction.
Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as well since we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter.
We will provide a weekly communication and any other information by posting to the school website and the link will be sent via email. Please continue to check our school website for important information.
This school year we will continue to limit visitor access to our school to minimize contacts and help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. We are hopeful that we will be able to revisit and once again and have our valued volunteers back in our school building. If you are interested in being a volunteer please note that a police check with vulnerable sector screening is required. If you have not submitted one to the school, you can reach out to Halton Police Services online or in person. The school is in the process of updating our records for those previously on file.
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. 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.
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 periods.
We are working through the health and safety protocols and may be able to offer a lunch program this year. More details will be shared when available.
As we are limiting visitors to our school, lunch drop offs will not be permitted during the school day. This includes vendors such as Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes, etc. Parents and guardians are asked to provide their children with lunch and snacks in the morning before students enter the school building.
Considerations for lunch preparations:
• Lunches should be prepared as individual meals and snacks.
• Sharing food items will not be permitted.
• Each student is required to bring their own drinking bottle to school that is labeled, kept with them during the day, and not shared with other students. All water fountains will continue to be closed. Bottle filling stations will be available for all students and staff to use.
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 a parent or guardian can pick them up.
It is very important that we have current contact information for all 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.
Student Accident Insurance
We all know that accidents can, and do, happen. While your provincial coverage or your employee benefits plan may cover some medical, dental or other expenses related to these accidents, they may not cover all of them. Student Accident Insurance helps to protect your family from these unexpected costs if your child is injured on school property or during school-sponsored activities.
Since the Halton Catholic District School Board does not offer student accident insurance, you, as a parent/guardian, have the option to buy this coverage for your child or children. While participation is voluntary, it is highly recommended. All students, up to 26 years of age, are accepted.
Coverage is available in three affordable plan options, for as low as $13/year (that’s just over 3 cents a day!) in Lite, Plus and Premium. Benefits include:
• Dental treatment
• Damage to eyeglasses or contact lenses
• Ambulance transportation
• Braces, casts, crutches, hearing aids, prosthetics and splints
• Counselling, physiotherapy and tutoring
• Prescription drugs
• Accidental death, total and permanent disability
• NEW! Hospital cash allowance for costs associated with extended hospital stays such as parking, television or Wi-Fi in your room, parking, cafeteria meals or babysitting expenses for family members.
Discounts are available for families with 3 or more children, with additional savings for multi-year plans of three and five years when buying online. For more policy details or to buy a plan, please visit www.studyinsuredstudentaccident.com or call 1-833-560-0527 (toll-free) or 416-916-1588 (local).
Please note that the insurance agreement is between you and Student Accident Insurance.
As you know, our uniform provider again this year will be McCarthy. Please visit their website if you require more information regarding uniforms – https://www.mccarthyuniforms.ca/.
As of January 1, 2021, for elementary school uniforms, parents and guardians will no longer have to purchase bottoms from the Board authorized school uniform vendor. All bottoms, regardless of where they are purchased, must be navy blue.
Thank you for your support and patience, we look forward to seeing your child back at school next week.
D. Attardo D. Fitzpatrick