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Weekly Update January 3

“At the beginning of the New Year, I wish everyone peace,

which is the synthesis of all that is good.”

~ Pope Francis

Welcome Back to our staff and students on January 5 to a New Year filled with hope and promise! A special welcome to Ms. Gaydos-Manning, who will be taking over Mrs. Fisher’s grade 7/8 class for the rest of the year. We wish Mrs. Fisher and her family the best of luck as they embark on this new journey of 3 becoming 5 with the imminent arrival of twins. We will keep you posted on the arrival!

Thank you to all of you in our community for taking precautions, following Public Health Guidelines over the holidays, and keeping your loved ones safe! And thank you to our families for utilizing the Rapid Antigen Test kits over the holidays and ensuring that you complete and confirm the daily screening for your child upon their return to school starting on January 5 and until further notice! Please pay close attention to the information below. Obviously, there are still many unanswered questions but I assure you, answers will be communicated as soon as I have them. While I certainly recognize this is a time of unease and trepidation, I want to remind everyone of the stellar job you, your children and this staff has done, in keeping everyone safe and healthy at St. John. We will meet these new challenges the same way we always do, with faith and trust in each other and a recognition that we are the sum of all our parts, and we will get through this together.

Important Reminders:

  • Students return to school Wednesday, January 5th. Please see below for Covid screening instructions. Extracurricular sports will be paused for the time being. We will keep you updated as developments occur. Our fingers are crossed that they will be able resume in the near future.
  • Per ministry direction all
  • Friday, January 7th will be our usual pizza day.
  • Our next Catholic School Council Meeting is Monday, January 10th at 6:30PM via Teams. Please email me directly if you would like to attend.

COVID-19 Safety Measures:

  • The province will be updating the COVID-19 school and child care screener ahead of the return to school on January 5,  as well as updating COVID-19 reporting requirements for school boards and child care in January.
  • The province will be supplying three-ply cloth masks for students in January.  These masks will be distributed to families once we have received them from the Ministry.
  • Families who have travelled outside of Canada over the Christmas break are reminded to monitor updates to federal travel directives and mandatory isolation periods for students. Please refer to the Government of Canada’s instructions for travellers from outside Canada for more information.  

*Please continue to monitor your emails for updates from the school and the Board.

 UPDATED COVID-19 Safety Measures

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Please take time to complete your child’s Daily COVID 19 screening each morning. Students will not be permitted into class if we do not have confirmation of the screening. Daily Log sheets were sent home prior to the break, a PDF is linked below as well if you have misplaced the log. Parents are also free to email the teacher the pass or students with their own device can complete and show teacher directly. The screening must be completed for each child in the family. Please note that no one should come to school if ANYONE in the household is experiencing symptoms listed in the Covid screening.

This needs to be completed by a parents daily until further notice as per the Ministry of Education Update: Return to School – January 2022. Thank you for your support and patience!

Dressing for Winter!

  • Please ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.

Inclement Weather

  • As winter weather is fast approaching, parents are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones maphttp://bit.ly/HCDSBInclementWeather  

Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellationspage.

Have a restful next few days. Stay safe and be well. I pray for every family to stay healthy and safe, especially as we come back together in this new year. 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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