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Weekly Update – April 27-May 1 2020

Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart. ~ R. Bennett

St. Joseph Tips

Our Catholic Graduate Expectation on being a collaborative contributor teaches us work together and develop one’s God-given potential to make a meaningful contribution to society.  It highlights respect for the rights, responsibilities and contributions of self and others.  Our students demonstrate this skill by being stewards of the land and looking at ways to make the world a better place.  As a family, think of ways that you exhibit being a collaborative contributor.   

Distance Learning Support

Our goal is for all students to successfully complete this school year and we will do all we can, in light of the circumstances, to create teaching and learning conditions that will help students advance to the next school year.

Now, more than ever, the relationship between home and school is key to your child’s success, and we are committed to keeping the lines of communication open. Please continue to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any concerns about their learning. All of our staff emails are listed on our school website under Contacts → Staff Directory.

Digital Citizenship

In keeping with the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations and the 21st Century Competencies, students are taught to use technology responsibly and appropriately. Students participating in distance learning are expected to model responsible digital citizenship through appropriate and positive online interactions. Your child should be aware that there are legal implications and consequences to the inappropriate use of images, cyberbullying, plagiarism and hacking. Inappropriate student behaviour or actions in the online virtual classroom setting will be addressed in accordance with our HCDSB policy and procedure on the Use of Technology and Digital Citizenship and the school’s code of conduct.

Here is a great resource for Digital Diligence for Parents https://protectkidsonline.ca/app/en/blog_202004_digital_diligence

Public Health

Here is an update on the cancellation of our school-based clinics for 2019-2020 and a list of helpful COVID-19 resources.

Cancellation of Grade 7 School-based Vaccine Clinics
Halton Region Public Health is cancelling the third round of grade 7 school-based vaccine clinics for the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19-related school closures. Public Health will reschedule these clinics for the 2020-
2021 school year and will let families know once the catch-up clinic dates are finalized. If you wish, your healthcare providers can also provide these vaccines in their offices by ordering the vaccines from Halton Region Public Health. Please report any vaccines your child receives outside of school by visiting halton.ca/immunize or by calling 311.

COVID-19 Resources
The last month has brought so much change to students and their families. Everyone’s daily life has changed and we’ve all been forced to learn about things like social or physical distancing, contact tracing, flattening the curve and more. With so much information available, especially online, it can be hard to know whom to trust. Halton Region Public Health is a local partner with up-to-date COVID-19 information online at halton.ca/covid-19.

Snyder, SoniaWeekly Update – April 27-May 1 2020