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Weekly Update – Apr 6-10 2020

Hugs can do great amounts of good- especially for children. ~ Princess Diana

Distant Learning

As of Monday, April 6th, student can access their learning online. Staff have been in contact with all families. If you have not received either an email or a call, please connect with us. All staff emails are posted on our website under contacts.  

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

On March 31st, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario until May 1, 2020.

In light of this directive, all HCDSB schools and workplaces will remain CLOSED until Friday, May 1, 2020.​ At this time, schools will reopen to students on Monday, May 4, 2020. For more information visit https://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/safeandhealthy/covid-19/Pages/default.aspx

Mental Health Tips & Resources for HCDSB Families

Ongoing news coverage about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) may be upsetting for many children, youth and families in our community. Our HCDSB Mental Health Leadership Team has compiled a list of tips and resources to help you and your child feel safe during this time of uncertainty. Speaking with Children about COVID-19.

Key messages for supporting children include:
o Reassure your child(ren) that they are safe.
o Provide extra emotional support (attention and affection).
o Minimize their exposure to media coverage of the events.
o Talk calmly about the events, and answer any questions they might have at a good level for their age (not too much detail, especially for younger children).
o Look for signs that your child is struggling (e.g., nervousness, irritability,
problems eating or sleeping), and check-in with a professional if you are worried.

Helpful Resources
• Talking to Children About COVID-19 – A Parent Resource
• Talking with Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents & Teachers
• School Mental Health Ontario Resources for Educators
• School Mental Health Ontario Resources for Parents & Families
• School Mental Health Ontario Resources for Students

Community Resources
In addition, parents may want to further explore the following resources in our community:
• Halton ADAPT: https://haltonadapt.org/
• Halton Multicultural Council: http://hmcconnections.com/
• Halton Region: https://www.halton.ca
• Kids Help Phone: https://kidshelpphone.ca
• Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK): https://rockonline.ca
• School Mental Health Ontario: https://smho-smso.ca/
• Telehealth Ontario: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-medical-advice-telehealthontario
• Woodview: https://woodview.ca/

St. Joseph Tips

Research has shown that when children are used to drinking water at a young age, they are more likely to drink water later in life.  Beverages account for almost ½ of kids’ sugar intake every day and as kids get older they tend to drink more sugar-sweetened beverages.  High amounts of sugar intake equal a higher risk of Heart Disease, link to Type 2 Diabetes and increase the risk of a child becoming obese by 60%.   Take the pledge to drink more water by visiting www.waterdoeswonders.ca

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – Apr 6-10 2020