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School Update – Sept 27-Oct 1, 2021

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If Your Child Feels Unwell at School

Based upon the current directives from Halton Public Health (as of September 24, 2021), should your child experience or report any of the following symptoms while at school, we are required to contact you to pick up your child:

  • Fever and/or chills – Temperature of 37.8 degrees/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Cough or barking cough (croup) – Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions)
  • Shortness of breath – Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions)
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell – Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea – Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions

What Should You Do Next?

  • Seek medical advice for your child, and have your child tested for COVID-19 as appropriate or advised by your health care provider.
  • Your child must stay home and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.
  • Siblings or other people in the home who are fully vaccinated do not need to isolate and can leave the home.
  • Siblings or other people in the home who are not fully vaccinated must stay home until your child:  
    • tests negative for COVID-19; OR
    • are cleared by your local public health unit; OR
    • are diagnosed with another illness.

When can your child(ren) return to school?

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests NEGATIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since the symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they have had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)
  • they were not in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests POSITIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare only when cleared by Halton Region Public Health.

If your child does not get tested for COVID-19:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • a doctor diagnosed them with another illness
  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

If you do not seek medical advice:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. After the 10 days, they can return to school only when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

Reporting Your Child’s Absence

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority, and SafeArrival will enhance our existing student attendance procedure by making it more convenient for parents to report a child’s absence, and more efficient for our school office staff to follow up sooner on unexplained absences.

The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
  2. by logging into the SchoolMessenger®  website
  3. by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line

If a child is absent and the office has not been notified the SchoolMessenger SafeArrival System will begin automatic calls to you. If there is still no answer we are required by law to call the police.  

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Our Thanksgiving Food Drive begins this Monday, September 27th, through to October 7th. All donations will be delivered to the Acton Food Share. If you are able, please remember to pick up a few items while you are out grocery shopping, check the expiry dates on items and help support our community. Helpful items include canned fish or meat, soup, canned pasta with meat, baked beans, chunky soup, instant noodles, hamburger helper, flavoured rice, juice, oils, cleaning products, and toiletries.

We thank you in advance for your generosity in helping members of the Acton community.

Virtual Curriculum Night

Our annual Curriculum Night is take place virtually, via MS TEAMS, this Thursday, September 30, 2021. The evening will begin with our first session starting at 6:30pm, followed by a second session at 7:00pm. Homeroom teachers will send TEAMS invites for these sessions by Wednesday, September 29th. Please refer to the email sent this past week for further details.

Orange Shirt Day ~ National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

On Thursday, September 30th, we will observe Orange Shirt Day in honour of HCDSB’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation through Indigenous Education. Wearing an orange shirt is a visual reminder of our shared past as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, and demonstrates our support and understanding of the history of the school system that still impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today. A “memorial hallway” will also be created, using student-created feathers to further commemorate this important day of reflection.

Rowan’s Law Day

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, our school will be recognizing Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussion safety, and to share Rowan Stringer’s story. In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries. The health and safety of our students are our top priority, and on September 29th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.

A Toonie for Terry

This Friday, October 1, 2021, students in grades FDK to 8 at our school will be taking part in the 41st Anniversary of The Terry Fox National School Run Day. Classes will be walking individually throughout the day in both the schoolyard and the surrounding neighbourhood. To help support cancer research, students are asked to donate $2 – “a toonie for Terry”. Donations will be accepted via School Cash Online.  A donation of $5 will also be available. Due to health and safety protocols, no cash will be accepted at school. All money raised will be donated to The Terry Fox Foundation. 

School Photographs

HCDSB and Halton Region Public Health continue to develop health and safety protocols relating to school photographs. As a result, our school photograph day, tentatively scheduled for September 30, 2021, must be rescheduled to a later date. Details will be provided once available.

P.D. Day

A reminder that Friday, October 8th is a P.D. Day.  There will be no school for students, as staff will be engaged in Faith Day activities.

MacLeod, StephanieSchool Update – Sept 27-Oct 1, 2021