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Parent Communication Week of Jan.3

Dear St. Luke Families,

My name is Tom Durran and I am Acting Principal for the time that Ms. Sofia-Starr is absent. I have had an opportunity to meet with some of your fabulous staff here over the past two days. Unfortunately due to the present circumstance I will not likely have the chance to meet all of them.

I have maintained a working relationship over the past 5 years of retirement with the HCDSB in various capacities and in a number of different school communities both large and small. Each visit brings a reminder of why I enjoyed school so much. This visit will be different for a variety of reasons, both in the circumstances that led me here and the lack of staff and students to fill the building. We will find some joy I am sure.

As you are aware, the provincial government has announced that all publicly funded schools in Ontario will close for in-person learning from Wednesday, January 5th through Friday, January 14th.

We recognize the unique challenges that remote learning brings to each family, and we are here to support you in any way we can. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any needs and we will do our best to support you and your family. 

SUMMARY:

  • Our elementary schools will be closed for in-person learning from January 5th through January 14th, 2022.
  • Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, January 5th all elementary students will learn remotely from home.
  • Synchronous (real-time) instruction will commence at the regular school start time – 8:30 a.m.
  • In-school instruction for elementary school students will resume on Monday, January 17, 2022 unless the Ministry announces otherwise.  

SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULE:

  • School begins 8:30 a.m.
  • First recess for ALL students will begin at 9:50 a.m. and end at 10:10 a.m.
  • Lunch Hour will begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m.
  • Last recess for ALL students will begin at 1:50 p.m. and end at 2:10 p.m.
  • School Dismisses 3:00 p.m.

REMOTE LEARNING ATTENDANCE:

  • If your child is going to be absent from, or late for remote learning, parents/guardians must continue to report absences/lates  to the school in one of three ways: the School Messenger Mobile app, the SchoolMessenger website or by calling toll-free: 1-844-445-4505.
  • Teachers will be taking attendance every morning at 8:30 a.m. and again after lunch at 12:30 p.m.
  • Remember, absences that are not reported using the School Messenger system will be followed up by phone call and email notifications until such time as the absence is reported. Please Note: It is fine if you would like to notify your child’s teacher, but you must still report the absence using School Messenger, teachers are not able to do this for you.

TEACHER ABSENCES:

  • There may be times when your child’s teacher must be absent. When this happens, we do our best to ensure a supply teacher is assigned to cover the class for the day. Unfortunately, due to ongoing demands across our school district, supply teachers are not always available to cover every absence on any given day.
  • Parents will be notified via email if a supply teacher has been assigned to their child’s class or not. This email will also indicate whether their child’s class start time will be delayed.
  • When a supply teacher is assigned, they will take attendance in the morning, and again after lunch, as per our usual practice.
  • Your child will work on activities as directed by the supply teacher who will be available to answer questions and support students.

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES:

  • Families experiencing technical difficulties, please call the HCDSB Remote Learning Help Desk at 905-632-6314 extension 500 or email helpdesk@hcdsb.org   
  • If, after troubleshooting your issue with the Help Desk, it is determined that you require an alternate device from the school, please contact Mr. Durran at durrant@hcdsb.org . Please be advised that making arrangements to accommodate technology requests may take some time and your patience and understanding are appreciated.

STAFF CONTACT LIST:

  • Please note that a Staff Directory with contact emails is available on the school website under ‘contacts’.  If you need to contact school administration or a specific staff member, we ask that you please do so via email. 
  • Please avoid calling the school directly, as staff is working remotely.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 2022:

Online registration for September 2022 continues! Click here for more information on how to register.

Thank you for your continued support. We all appreciate how challenging this return to Virtual learning is for all families. It is equally challenging for many of our staff who like you, have a myriad of family commitments to, balance. With an infusion of goodwill and patience we can most certainly thrive amid the uncertainty.

All the best as we embark on yet another chapter and know that we are all praying for a safe and lasting resolution.

Respectfully,

T.E. Durran

Acting Principal

St. Luke CES

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