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Weekly Update January 10

There’s nothing more calming in difficult moments that knowing there’s some one fighting with you.”

~ St. Teresa of Calcutta

A huge thank you to everyone for making this first week of Virtual learning a success. While I recognize this is not ideal, it was amazing to see everyone logging in and sharing in the community of their class and the school. You are the very definition of perseverance and I am so grateful to be part of this amazing community.

As we move into week 2 please continue to treat yourself with kindness, grace and patience. All hard things pass and we will get through this and hopefully be together again soon. Should you need anything at all I am always just an email away!

Important Reminders:

  • The missed pizza days will be rescheduled to second term. We will re-evaluate should the school closure go longer than we anticipate.
  • Our next Catholic School Council meeting is Monday, January 10th at 6:30PM via teams. All are welcome to join.
  • Reminder that Registration for Kindergarten for September 2022 is open.
  • Health and Physical Education Parent/Guardian Remote Learning Information and Checklist: Please check out the checklist for Health and Physical education for your children before and while they participate virtually. The link can be found below.

Reporting students’ absences: Although we have made the switch to Teacher-led Remote Learning, we are still mandated by the ministry to continue tracking students’ attendance. If your child is away, please report the absence through the Safe Arrival Program. If your child is away for multiple days, please connect with your child’s teacher to ensure that there is a plan for missed work. 

Planning on switching your child’s learning environment (from in-person to virtual or vice-versa beyond the Government mandated period)

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, HCDSB has revised the plan to provide greater flexibility for families. Families will now be offered two (2) opportunities to request a change to learning environment for elementary students. 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.  


  • 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.

Request to Change Learning Environment
If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from in-class instruction to the virtual school, or vice versa, please complete the online request form below. Please complete this form ONLY if you would like to make a change to the learning environment that your child was in prior to the Christmas break. If you want your child to remain in the same learning format they were in before the break, no further action is required.

Important notes before you complete the online form:

  • Please submit a separate form for each child.
  • You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this request. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
  • This online request form applies to elementary students ONLY. Requests for changes in the learning environment at the secondary school level should be sent directly to your child’s secondary school.

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

Next Steps

Once the online form has closed, our staff will begin to work through the rescheduling process.

  • Parents and guardians will receive confirmation of the changes to their children’s learning environment by Wednesday, January 19th.
  • The changes to your child’s learning environment will come into effect as of Monday, January 24, 2022, or once in-school instruction resumes, if it extends beyond January 24th
  • If in-class instruction resumes on January 17th, your child’s current placement (in-class or virtual) will continue to be in place for the week of January 17-21. Asynchronous instruction will be posted for students, should parents/guardians decide to keep their children home while awaiting the switch to the virtual school.

Promoting Well-Being: How to support your child’s mental health through the pandemic:

During these changing and challenging times, you may be worried about your child or teen’s mental health and well-being, especially as the pandemic persists over time. Many children and youth have struggled to adjust to the many changes that have happened over the past two years, as a result of COVID-19.  So, you may notice that from time to time your child or teen may seem worried, sad, lonely, or unsettled. They may be confused or angry that usual activities continue to be disrupted or they may be disappointed to miss something that they were looking forward to for a long time.  Many students are concerned that they have missed important schoolwork and feel nervous about what will happen this school year.  All of these feelings are to be expected at this uncertain time. 

And we know that some students and families/caregivers have experienced significant hardship and loss throughout the pandemic.  Perhaps your child or teen has had more to carry than others, and you wonder if they are okay.

How can you help your child or teen to maintain good mental health as the pandemic evolves?  How will you know if your child or teen is experiencing a mental health problem that requires more support?  Please see here for important supports and answers to your questions. If you or your child need help please reach out to the school, Kids Help Phone or ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids).

Have a wonderful week. Stay safe and be well. I will keep you informed of any changes to our return to school plan. Please continue to follow the direction of Public Health. Please follow us on twitter @stjburlington to see all the great things happening at school!

Barden, AngelinaWeekly Update January 10