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School Update Jan 3 – 7

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

We wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope that you all had a grace-filled holiday with your loved ones. As per Dr. Moore’s announcement, we will have a delayed start to our first week back as we prepare for a safe start to the new year. We will welcome all of our students back on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022. For more information, please see the Board’s message here.

Daily Confirmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening

As was the case in September, the Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID self-screening for all elementary students attending school in person. This will be in place upon the return from Christmas Break until further notice under the direction of the Ministry of Education.

  1. Parents and guardians are asked to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Toolfor each child every day before leaving home for school.
  2. Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to the classroom teacher in one of the following formats: 
    • Complete Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, which your child(ren) bring back and forth to school each day (every student received this form during the last week of school). For a printable copy, please see attachment below.
    • Show “pass” confirmation on a personal device indicating you do not need to self-isolate and can attend school
    • Show printed copy of the screening tool indicating the current date and a “pass”; OR 
    • Email results to classroom teacher  

Thank you for your co-operation in keeping everyone safe in our community!

When Should I Keep My Child Home?

The Ontario Ministry of Health has once again updated its guidelines around Covid-19, testing, and isolation requirements. Please follow the directions of the online School Screening Tool each day to determine whether your child can attend school. Public Health will no longer be administering PCR tests for people who are not considered “high-risk individuals”. If you or your child has cold-like symptoms, assume that you have Covid and that your family must isolate. You can also use these two flowcharts below whenever someone in your household exhibits cold-like symptoms or comes into contact with a positive case of Covid-19:

Please note that isolation requirements have changed and we ask that you please refer to the above charts to determine applicable isolation periods.

Staying Warm While Having Fun!

As is often the case in Southern Ontario, the weather is very unpredictable. Please ensure that your children are dressed appropriately for the weather. This includes mittens, hats, scarves, boots and snow pants. Please ensure clothing items are clearly labelled in the event they are lost or misplaced and consider sending an extra pair of dry mittens and socks as well.

As per our Board’s Administrative Procedure VI-39, when the temperature is above -15 degrees Celsius, children will be outside for 15 minutes during the morning and afternoon recesses, and for 40 minutes during the lunch hour recess. When the temperature is between -15 and -20 degrees Celsius, the students will be outside for no longer than 20 minutes at a time. When the temperature falls below -20 degrees Celsius, the children will be kept indoors.

Register Your Child for Kindergarten!

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another.

To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September, 2022, your child must be four years old by December 31, 2022. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December 31, 2022.

For more information, including a link to register your child, please click here.

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.

S. MacLeod

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