Orange Shirt Day
On Wednesday, September 30, all staff and students are invited to participate in “Orange Shirt Day”. On this day, we wear an “Orange Shirt”, as a way to come together, and discuss all aspects of residential schools in Canada, and the legacy they left behind.
Since “Orange Shirt Day” began in 2013, the phrase “Every Child Matters” has been used as part of the movement to recognize the value of every child and student, and for communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for future generations.
Each class will take time on that day to reflect on, and discuss, the significance of the “Orange Shirt” by participating in a school-wide activity!
Understanding and acknowledging our shared history is a vital part of working towards a better future! For more information about “Orange Shirt Day” and the movement, you can visit www.orangeshirtday.org.
Terry Fox Walk
Our annual Terry Fox Walk will be on Thursday, October 1st. While this year’s event might look a little different, the end result remains the same; to raise funds for cancer research. Let’s all use Terry’s message of hope and strength to inspire us during these challenging times.
It is our priority to maintain the safety of students and staff while supporting this wonderful cause. To help support safety measures in all schools, the Terry Fox Foundation has created an online fundraising page for our school as well as provide classroom/individual “Terry” activities. Here are some of the ways you can support your child for this year’s Terry Fox event:
- Click the link above to donate or search for our school name at terryfox.org
- There is no minimum donation, every dollar counts!
- Receipts are issued immediately to donors by email
2)Set up a student fundraising page
- Students are encouraged to set up a page under their school name
- Students can fundraise by sharing their link with family and friends
- All student logins and links are private and secure
- Individual classrooms will be engaging in a Terry activities 40 times, 40 minutes or 40 ways…
- Students at home can also join in by doing their own “What’s Your 40?” Terry activity
- Try one of the suggested activities online or come up with your own
- Share your activity on social media and tag others to join
We are very excited to be a part of this year’s Terry Fox event. This is our opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those suffering from cancer as well as build school spirit. We hope you will join us as our school community works together in the fight against cancer. Thank you in advance for your support!
Request to Change Learning Environment
If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from remote learning to in-class instruction, or vice versa, you are asked to complete an online request form.
Important notes before you complete the online form:
- You are asked to 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 to directly to your child’s secondary school Principal.
- This form does not apply to homeschooling. If your child is currently being homeschooled and you would like to request a change to either in-class instruction or remote learning, please contact your Family of Schools Superintendent.
NOTE: Please do not complete this form unless you want to change your child’s current learning environment – i.e. your child is currently attending in-class instruction and you want to switch to remote (online) learning in a virtual classroom.
CLICK HERE to access the online form to request a change to your child’s learning environment.
The online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2020.
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 during the week of October 13th.
- The changes will come into effect during the week of October 19, 2020.
- CLICK HERE to learn more about in-class instruction in our HCDSB elementary schools.
- CLICK HERE to learn more about remote learning in our HCDSB Virtual Elementary School.
We will keep sharing information with parents directly via email, as well as post updates on our Return to School Plan website and through our social media channels:
We also continue to update the FAQs on our website as needed.
Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding. We are working very closely with Halton Public Health to ensure our schools are healthy and safe as we remain committed to providing a quality Catholic education that is flexible and engaging.
New COVID-19 School Screening Tool
On Thursday, September 17, 2020, the Ontario government released to school boards an online screening tool available for families, school staff and essential visitors to meet their obligation to screen themselves or their children for symptoms of illness each day before going to school. School boards and local health units have been asked to align the criteria in their screening tools with this new screening tool for schools.
The COVID-19 School Screening tool has been posted on our Return to School (RTS) website under Daily Screening, and is accessible here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.
Parents or guardians (and students 18 years of age or older) must complete this new COVID-19 School Screening tool before leaving for school each day. Please use this screening tool moving forward, as the one that was provided at the start of the school year is no longer applicable.
Based on the new criteria in the school screening tool, the following changes to our previous screening protocol will now apply:
- Household members and close contacts of a symptomatic individual are no longer required to self-isolate unless they have symptoms. This means that unless otherwise directed by Public Health or a health care provider, siblings are not required to stay home or miss school while awaiting test results for the symptomatic student.
- However, if a household member (including siblings) has COVID-19 symptoms, they are required to self-isolate while awaiting test results.
- In cases where an individual tests positive for COVID-19, all close contacts and household members (including siblings) will be required to self-isolate and will require clearance from Halton Public Health before returning to school.
The attached chart (Return to School Protocol for Students with COVID-19 Symptoms.pdf) outlines the revised Return to School Protocol for Students with COVID-19 symptoms.
COVID-19 Advisory Board
We have posted a COVID-19 Advisory Board on our Return to School site that provides the number of active confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in connection to HCDSB schools. Please note that this chart will track any active confirmed positive COVID-19 cases connected to one of our school communities, but it does not necessarily mean the individual was exposed in our school.
A link to this advisory board has been posted on the landing page of each of our school websites, and you may also access it directly through this link: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/covid-19-advisory-board/.
Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we navigate through this period of time. The health and well-being of our students, staff and families continues to be our highest priority as we work closely with our Public Health Officials to ensure a safe school year for all.
Arrival and Dismissal
Thank you to all of our families who have been following the arrival and dismissal procedures that have been outlined. We ask for your continued support and diligence in following these routines.
We kindly ask that parents waiting by the fence in the morning and after school stay off the sidewalks, model proper social distancing and wear a mask so that students can get to and from the playground safely. Parents are reminded to stay at the fence and not enter the school yard during drop off and pick up times. Finally, please keep your family pets at home during these times. Many of our chidren have a fear of dogs etc. We appreciate your cooperation.
Lunch Time Supervisors Urgently Needed
If you are interested in being a paid Lunchtime Supervisor at St. John Paul II (from 11:50 – 12:50), please contact the school and we will email you an application package.
Crossing guards are very important community partners who work diligently to ensure the safety of our students who walk to and from school each day. If your child is a walker, please remind him/her to cross roads with the crossing guard and only when the crossing guard directs them to do so. We also appreciate you reminding your child to always treat the crossing guards with respect in both their words and actions. Our crossing has asked that parents do not congregate on the sidewalk where the children are crossing as it is difficult for them to walk the children across the street safely. Thank you for your assistance!
Agenda Payment and Student Forms are Now Overdue
Thank you to parents who have paid for agendas. Please note that agendas are $8 and are available for purchase on School Cash Online. Student verification forms went home with your child(ren) the first week of school. If you have not return your child’s verification forms, please do so ASAP. Thank you!