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Back to School Update – August 2020

“Faith isn’t a feeling, it’s a choice to trust God even when the road ahead seems uncertain” ~unknown

Return to School Plan

To stay informed about the Return to School Plan, visit

Please make sure to review the plan, prior to completing the parent survey. You will need your child’s OEN number (9-digit number found on top of report card) to complete the survey.

Face Coverings

Students in Grade K- 8 are mandated to wear Face coverings. To learn about face coverings and how to properly wear, fit, remove and clean your non-medical face mask visit

Daily screening of Children

Parents/guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using a self- assessment checklist.

Parents/Guardians are to:
• Check their child’s temperature (fever > 37.8˚C)
• Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19
• If any signs or symptoms, student and other household members must stay home and school must be contacted.

Essential Visitors only

Only essential visitors are permitted on school property (e.g., plumber). All visitors will have scheduled the visit with the school office prior to entry.

Essential visitors must complete a self-assessment screen for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE arriving/entering school (see Essential Visitors
• Essential visitors must check their own temperature (fever > 37.8˚C)
• Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19
• If any signs or symptoms, essential visitors must not enter school.

Hand washing

Hand hygiene is one of the most important protective strategies. Hygiene education and routines will be explicitly taught and reinforced regularly. Training on hand hygiene, including the use of alcohol-based hand rub and its use will be reinforced.

• How to clean hands –

Personal Items

Limit personal belongings being brought into school. Any personal items brought to school should be labelled and kept in an area designated for personal use and should not be handled by others. Items should be cleaned and disinfected prior to use.

Drop-off /Pick-up Procedures

Drop-off/pick-up procedures include:
• Only one designated parent/guardian drop-off/pick-up
• Outdoor drop-off/pick-up
• Physical distancing

COVID-19 Updates

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit

St. Joseph Tips

It is important to take time for some self-care during times of uncertainty. One way is to create an affirmation (statement) that promotes confidence and a growth mindset, self-regulation and resiliency while taking slow deep breathes. Here is a video to guide you With practice, this activity can help students to think positively in the face of stress or challenges.

Elementary PrincipalBack to School Update – August 2020