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Weekly Update January 17

Thank you to everyone for your dedication and perseverance over the last two weeks. It has been amazing to see how quickly staff, students and parents were able to transition to virtual learning. We are very excited to be welcoming students back into the building. Procedures for our return and safety measures will be updated below. Please pay close attention to these details.

Important Reminders:

  • Pizza Day will begin again this Friday. We will continue to welcome our volunteers in to support distribution in safe manner.
  • Please make sure that students come prepared for outdoor play at recess. Students in K-4 must have snowpants and boots to access the field on snowy days. Indoor shoes can be stored in lockers.
  • Bell Let’s Talk Day is Wednesday, January 26th. Students will engage in classroom activities that highlight and support mental health and well-being.
  • Family Literacy Day is January 27th. Tweet out pics of your family enjoying a “good read” together and tag us @stjburlington. TO learn more about Family Literacy Day please see here.
  • Friday, January 28th is a PA Day to support staff in writing Term 1 Report Cards. There is no NO school for students.

School Technology Returns:

Thank you, families and students, for taking special care of devices that went home to support students during remote learning. Please know that this equipment is instrumental in supporting all our students during in person learning  as well and we need to ensure that our students will be able to successfully utilize this equipment upon their return to in person school. 

All equipment can be returned to the school beginning Monday morning either with your child or parents may drop it off at our front doors between the hours of 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. Please ensure that devices and chargers are returned. Thanking you in advance for your support and assistance.

Daily COVID Screening:

Schools are obligated to confirm daily COVID Screening from every student upon the return to school. The screening tool (listed below) is a live link that needs to be carefully completed each day to ascertain it is safe to be at school. Please read all questions carefully and follow the directions listed in the tool. Students who do not receive a “PASS” (green checkmark) must stay home and isolate as directed. The final page of the screener will list all next steps for those whol are experiencing symptoms. Please follow these directions closely. Isolation may include siblings and other family members, depending on the symptoms.

Students will not be admitted to class until confirmation of daily screening has been done. While we certainly appreciate that mornings can be busy, for the safety of all our students and staff, it is imperative that it be done.

Log sheets were sent home in December but can be accessed below as well. Alternatively you can email the teacher the result before 8:30am or students with their own device can complete and show the teacher upon arrival.

Enhanced Safety Measures:

In addition to the daily screening and our regular cleaning practices, staff will be strictly enforcing a number of safety measures with students to support their health and the health of all those they come into contact with.

  • Rapid Antigen Tests (2) will be sent home with each student on Monday. These tests are meant to be used in the case of symptomatic students while at home.
  • Three ply cloth masks will be distributed to students for their personal use on Monday. Alternatively students are free to wear the masks you provide form home.
  • Masks need to be well fitting (fully cover nose and mouth) and should be changed daily (sometimes more often). Please ensure extra masks are packed in case a mask gets soiled.
  • Students must be masked when travelling through hallways. Lanyards are a great way to protect masks when students remove them for outdoor play.
  • During indoor unmasked periods (snack and lunch time) students will be reminded they are to remain seated and quiet.
  • Extracurriculars (team sports and clubs) are on pause for the time being.
  • Cohorting at recess remains in place. Students will continue to play within their own zone and be restricted to their own class.
  • When arriving and leaving school, caregivers and students are asked to be masked, as social distancing cannot be guaranteed. Students are asked to go directly to their class line upon arrival.
  • To avoid congregating and mixing cohorts, families are asked to leave the premises immediately after school.

Access to Digital Classrooms:

We recognize that with the prevalence of illness in our community there may be extended student absences as families isolate. Students will have the ability to access, some asynchronous work while they are away. This will in no way replace live instruction but will help to mitigate the loss of learning in numeracy and literacy. Families are also encouraged to access supports found at TVO Learn or The Ontario Science Centre.

Please continue to report absences through our Safe Arrival System on a daily basis.

HCDSB Presents Grandmother Moon Paint Night:

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel: Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night to get creative at home and learn about Indigenous art!

The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session(s) by collecting the following art supplies.

If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at:

Kindergarten Registration

Please see here regarding Kindergarten Registration for the Fall of 2022.

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website:

Have a restful weekend. Stay safe and be well. I pray for every family to stay healthy and safe, especially as we come back together next week. 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!

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