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Weekly Update October 4

“When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.”
~Tecumseh

Welcome to October. We give thanks for the opportunity to be together, working as a school community and finding the joy in each day.

Thank you to all for your cooperation, dedication and patience as we work to make this community a healthy and safe place that all can thrive in.

A very big thank you to Mrs. Fisher’s grade 7/8 class for leading us in our first virtual liturgy and for helping us recognize and reflect on Truth and Reconciliation.

Thank you to all our students who recognized the solemnity of the day by wearing orange and participating in the active listening that we need to do to stand in solidarity with our Indigenous Brothers and Sisters.

As we prepare as a community to celebrate Thanksgiving please pay close attention to the reminders listed below:

  • Our October social justice challenge will be a food drive. We will be accepting non-perishable food donations until October 30th. All donations will go to support our local foodbanks. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
  • Wednesday, October 6th is Catholic School Council Meeting at 6:30PM. Please see announcement below.
  • Friday, October 8th is a PA Day. Our staff will be engaging in activities that nourish their soul and allow us to practice our Faith as a community. An agenda is posted on our school website. Please note there is NO SCHOOL for students on Friday.
  • Monday, October 11th is Thanksgiving and a holiday for all.

Catholic School Council:

Thank you to the following people on Council this year:

David Gazley

Chris Worobec

Melanie Keogh

Melanie Skrlac

Rebecca Sprague

Santa Silvestri

Angela Guadalupe

Fleur Storace-Hogan

Amanda Larsh

Kathleen Nazar Corbett

Ken Baverstock

Noelle Dos Ramos

Our teacher Rep is Tania Medeiros

Our non-teaching rep is Ashley Gagne.

World Teachers’ Day – October 5, 2021

The Theme of World Teachers’ Day 2021 is “Teachers at the heart of education recovery”. The United Nations (UNESCO) presented this theme for teachers’ day in respect of their determined and diligent efforts in the crucial stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.

~Thank you St. John Staff for all you do ~

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.

If a child experiences symptoms at school:

Please be advised, under the Direction of Public Health, if your child and/or an individual living in your household has acknowledged that they are experiencing at least one (1) COVID-19 symptom:

  • Fever and/or chills
    Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Cough or barking cough (croup)
    Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Shortness of breath
    Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
    Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions you already have
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
    Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions you already have


What should you do next?

Seek medical advice for your child, and have your child tested for COVID-19 as appropriate or advised by your health care provider.

Your child must stay home and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.

Siblings or other people in the home who are fully vaccinated do not need to isolate and can leave the home.

Siblings or other people in the home who are not fully vaccinated must stay home until your child:  

tests negative for COVID-19; OR

are cleared by your local public health unit; OR

are diagnosed with another illness.

When can your child(ren) return to school?

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests NEGATIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since the symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they have had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)
  • they were not in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests POSITIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare only when cleared by Halton Region Public Health.


If your child does not get tested for COVID-19:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • a doctor diagnosed them with another illness
  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

If you do not seek medical advice:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. After the 10 days, they can return to school only when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

Reminder that when entering school property all students and caregivers need to be masked as we cannot guarantee social distancing during busy drop off and pick up times.

Have a wonderful week! Stay safe and be well. I pray for every family to stay healthy and safe. Please continue to follow the direction of Public Health so we can safely attend school. Please follow us on twitter @stjburlington to see all the great things happening at school!

Barden, AngelinaWeekly Update October 4