You loved this world so much that you gave your one and only Son, that we might be called your children too. Lord, help us to live in the gladness and grace of Easter Sunday, every day. Let us have hearts of thankfulness for your sacrifice. Let us have eyes that look upon your grace and rejoice in our salvation. Help us to walk in your mighty grace and tell the good news to the world. Amen.
World Autism Day
World Autism Awareness Day was celebrated on Friday, April 2nd. As a result, we are inviting all staff and students to wear BLUE on Tuesday, April 6th in recognition of people with autism and those who love and support them. Help us spread kindness and autism awareness by participating in this civvies day.
St. Matthew Parish
Please click on the following link for Parish information and the Parish YouTube channel. https://www.saintmatthew.ca/
Dates to Remember:
Monday, April 5th — Easter Monday (No School)
Tuesday, April 6th is World Autism Day — Civvies Day (Wear Blue)
Saturday, May 2nd — Grade 7 Confirmation
Updates to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool
The COVID-19 School Screening Tool https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ has been changed and will now require students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, even those with only one (1) symptom, must stay home until:
- they receive a negative COVID-19 test result.; OR
- they receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.; OR
- it has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better
The new single-symptom screening criteria in the COVID-19 daily screening tool has now been applied and is in effect as of Friday, February 19th, 2021.
Students in Grades K – 8 are required to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including hallways and during classes, as well as on school vehicles. Students will be required to wear masks outdoors during recesses where multiple classes are outside together. Students will continue to remain in their class cohorts while outside at recess and to maintain physical distancing from each other. As students will be wearing masks outside at recess, they will be asked to bring additional masks to school if their mask gets wet, damaged, or soiled at recess. For students who do not have an extra mask, they can approach staff for an extra mask when needed. Staff will provide daily opportunities for mask breaks (i.e., DPA activities outdoors with one cohort at a time and students can maintain physical distancing) with considerations made for appropriate mask storage and hand hygiene.
All staff and students are required to complete the daily screening prior to attending school. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
A gentle reminder to parents and students not to congregate before and after school. Students are reminded to return directly home after school.
A reminder to all parents and guardians that masks are required when entering school property (fence line, parking lot, building). When waiting near the gates at the beginning of the day or at dismissal, please ensure that masks are worn until you enter your car off school property. These safety measures are in place in accordance with Halton Public Health and SJOA/HCDSB COVID-19 return to school policy and procedure. Remember we are all in this together!
Stay Healthy and Safe!
Mr. N. Laratta