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School Update October 4 – 8, 2021

The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.

James E. Faust

World Teacher Day – Tuesday, October 5, 2021

The theme of this year’s World Teachers’ Day is “Teachers at the heart of education recovery”. The United Nations (UNESCO) presented this theme for teachers’ day in respect of their determined and diligent efforts in the crucial stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. A world of thanks to all our St. Joseph School Staff for all they do each and every day!

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Donations for our Thanksgiving Food Drive will be accepted until this Thursday, October 7th. We are incredibly grateful for the generous donations received thus far and for our partnership in supporting our Acton community.  

Helpful items continue to 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.

Kindergarten Playground Refurbishment Project

Our Kindergarten playground refurbishment project is complete. We are thrilled and extremely grateful for this transformation!! We are excited to introduce this new space to our Kindergarten students and marvel at their enthusiasm as they explore this new playground.

P.D. Day and Thanksgiving

A reminder that this Friday, October 8th is a Professional Development Day for staff who will be participating in our Faith Day. Monday, October 11th is our Thanksgiving Holiday. We wish all our families a blessed Thanksgiving Holiday! There is no school for students on both days. We look forward to seeing our students back on Tuesday, October 12th.  

Catholic School Council Meeting

Our first Catholic School Council Meeting is taking place this Monday, October 4th at 6:30pm. A TEAMS Meeting link will be sent to all council members.

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)
MacLeod, StephanieSchool Update October 4 – 8, 2021