The beginning is the most important part of the work.
What an amazing first week back! It was incredible to welcome all our students and feel the excitement in the air! Thank you to all members of our amazing St. Joseph School Community for their continued support and patience as we work together to familiarize ourselves with the important return to school protocols and procedures to ensure everyone’s safety while at school.
Daily Self-Screening and Confirmation
For the first two weeks of school, ending Friday, September 17, 2021 (unless directed otherwise by the Ministry of Education), confirmation of screening must be submitted daily to classroom teachers through:
- Show “pass” confirmation on a personal device; OR
- Show printed copy of the screening tool indicating the current date and a “pass”; OR
- Complete the Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log that was sent home with each child this week
We appreciate everyone’s vigilance in completing the daily self-screening and confirmation before arriving to school.
Arrival and Dismissal Routines
Supervision begins at 8:45am. For the safety of your child/ren we request that your child NOT arrive on school property until a supervisor is on duty. Beginning on Monday, September 13th, all students from K-8 will directly enter the school via their designated entrance upon their arrival. Staff will be available to support students as they continue to familiarize themselves with their morning entry routine.
To support health and safety on school premises, we ask your cooperation in adhering to the following guidelines:
- Only one parent or guardian will be permitted on school property to drop off and pick up children.
- All adults accessing the school wear a non-medical mask when distancing cannot be maintained (i.e. drop off and pick up times)
- When your child arrives at school they must have their mask on.
- We have established designated entry and exit doors for your child’s class (cohort). They may only enter and exit the school through their designated door.
- Parents and caregivers are asked to leave the school property as soon as they drop off their child(ren). No gathering or congregating will be allowed on school property.
All students from K – Grade 8 are required to wear a properly fitted non-medical or cloth mask at school. During recess breaks and outdoor learning time children will not be required to wear their masks. All students have been provided with a non-medical mask. Proper hand hygiene will be reinforced throughout the day, and prior to putting on or removing masks. Opportunities for students to wash or sanitize their hands prior to placing or removing their masks will support our goal of preventing cross-contamination and preserving the integrity of the mask for your child’s safety. Families should consider providing an additional mask for children in case a backup mask is needed during the day and to facilitate everyday washing of a cloth mask. Please review Halton Region Tip sheet for use of Non-Medical Masks.
Neck gaiters (also known as neck warmers) are not recommended at school because they are not well secured to the head/ears, are likely to move or slip out of place, and are difficult to remove without contamination.
Family Information Consent Forms
As per an email sent this week, parents are asked to please complete the Family Information/Consent form electronically as soon as possible: New Submission (hcdsb.org). If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child. The electronic form should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed using a computer, a smartphone, or a tablet. If you experience a problem submitting a form, please use a different browser or different device. If you have tried a different browser and device and are still experiencing issues, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you already submitted a consent form, no further action is required.
For the health and safety of our students and school community, it is strongly recommended that all elementary students remain at school for the full duration of their lunch periods.
As we limit visitors to our school, lunch drop-offs will not be permitted during the school day. Parents and guardians are asked to provide their child(ren) with lunch and snacks in the morning before students enter the school building.
Considerations for lunch preparations:
- Lunches should be prepared as individual meals and snacks.
- Sharing food items will not be permitted.
Each student is required to bring their own refillable drinking bottle to school that is labelled, kept with them during the day, and not shared with other students. All water fountains will continue to be wrapped and/or made inoperable. Although bottle filling stations will be in use, students and staff are not advised to touch any filling station apparatus.
Thank you for your understanding as we limit the number of visits and contacts to our school community to protect the health and safety of our students and staff. Please know that we will continue to work through health and safety protocols to be able to offer a lunch program this year. More details will be shared when they become available.
Please ensure epinephrine auto-injectors (e.g. EpiPen/Allerject/Emerade), puffers, medications and updated medical information are sent to the office in order for all medical information to be updated. A reminder that, as per our Anaphylaxis and Asthma Protocols, all medical peril students must carry their Puffer or 2nd EpiPen on them at all times (Exclusion waivers excepted).
Please be aware that ALL HCDSB Schools strive to be NUT FREE environments. We have students with life-threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Even a trace of nut oil from one child’s fingers to a desk surface can cause a deadly reaction. Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as well since we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter.
Sacrament of Confirmation
We wish our Grade 8 students all the best on receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this Wednesday, September 15th at either 6:00pm or 7:30pm at Holy Cross Church. Blessings to all on this very special day!
Lunch Time Supervisor Positions
Our school is in need of lunchtime supervisors to help supervise our main school area and our kindergarten area. This is a paid position. If you are interested and are available Monday to Friday, from 11:30am-1:30pm daily, please contact the school office for more details.
Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign
From September 13 – 19, ALL Smile Cookie purchases made at Tim Hortons’ two locations Queen Street (Acton) and Trafalgar Road/Esso Station (Georgetown) will directly support our Halton Food for Thought (HFFT) Student Nutrition Program. Each cookie costs $1 (plus tax) and the full $1 raised supports the HFFT Program. Let’s join together to give a smile, get a smile and celebrate #SmileCookie week!
Catholic School Council
In accordance with the Ontario Education Act Regulation 612, schools must hold elections for School Council within the first 30 days of each school year. Nomination forms were sent home last week to all families and are due on Friday, September 24th. The term of office is one year, and we encourage every parent to consider volunteering to be part of St. Joseph’s Catholic School Council. Home-school collaboration is essential to maintaining a vibrant school community that considers the voice of all its’ stakeholders.
Meetings will be held virtually via Teams online and will begin at 6:30pm. Our first Council Meeting will take place on Monday, October 4th at 6:30 pm.
Looking forward to working in partnership to ensure a safe and successful school year for all members of our St. Joseph School Community.
We continue to draw on our faith to guide us as we navigate these challenging times.