Dear St. Luke Families,
Let me start by thanking you, your children and our educators for rising to the challenges of another remote learning period. While these changes can be frustrating, we pray that our children continue to hone the attributes of resiliency, flexibility and humour that will benefit them throughout their lives, and we pray that it is we who are able to teach them these by our example.
As we return to school next week, we must renew our resolve to embrace all the tools available to us to keep our students and staff safe and in school. With the sweeping infection rate of the Omicron variant, our diligence is essential to help keep everyone healthy and to help curb absences that could affect staffing at our school.
I ask that you please take some time to review the important protocols below and have a conversation about them with your children.
- Elementary students are required to complete and pass daily COVID-19 screenings prior to attending school using Ontario’s NEW School Screening Tool.
Please Note: This screening is the best tool we have to help keep our students and staff in school. Each symptom has potentially different ‘next steps’ instructions (including if siblings can attend or not), so it is imperative that if your screening says ‘Do Not Go to School’ that you scroll down to view the ‘Next Steps’ for your specific result scenario. Even if symptoms are mild, students must be kept home. Students who are sent to school with symptoms or who develop symptoms while at school will have their parents/guardians contacted to pick them up immediately. *This screening also includes direction for those who have recently travelled internationally.
- For the time being, we have been asked to send home School Screening Confirmation Forms. Each student received an orange hard copy prior to the Christmas Break to complete and submit upon their return. A revised copy can be found HERE and printed for submission starting Monday, January 17th. A blue hard copy will be sent home on Monday with those students who were unable to print at home. This should be completed each day and brought to school. It will be returned home each day for the next day’s confirmation.
- Outdoor masking is the expectation for anyone on school property at arrival and dismissal times: parents, guardians, daycare providers, students and staff. It is essential that we take these measures to combat unnecessary virus transmission during these busy times when physical distancing is always a challenge. Students are required to wear masks outside first thing in the morning and at the end of the day when they are dismissed, until they have left school property. We ask for your support in leading by example and making this a part of your normal drop-off and pick up routines with the children in your care. Please reiterate this message to your children who walk to and from school on their own; once they reach school property, they must put on their masks.
- It is important that students and/or parents are not congregating with each other on school property before and after school.
- Masks must be worn by students at all times in the hallways and in the classroom, unless all students are seated, physically distanced and eating. Staff will ensure that students are provided daily opportunities for mask breaks.
- Students will continue to have their own locker for OUTER WEAR ONLY. Coats, boots, hats, mitts, snow pants and indoor shoes. All other items, including backpacks, will remain in the classroom. Each cohort (class) has their own locker section, with space in between each locker. Locks are not permitted.
- Please ensure that your child has a pair of indoor shoes that they can change into once at school. If possible, a pair of indoor shoes that can stay in your child’s locker at school is preferable.
- Access to the school remains limited to staff, students and essential visitors only. (i.e. maintenance persons). Anyone other than staff or students, must have pre-approval from Mr. Durran and complete a COVID-19 Screening Assessment prior to entering the building.
- Please have your child check to ensure that they have everything they need to complete their school day (i.e. lunch/snacks, water bottle, homework, supplies, etc.) as drop-off’s during the school day are strongly discouraged.
GENERAL UPDATES & REMINDERS
Technology Return: For those families who borrowed technology devices from the school, please return devices with chargers on Monday, January 17th.
Pizza Days Paused: Pizza Wednesdays will be paused for the remainder of January. We will reassess at the end of the month and advise if we can proceed at that time. Please note that online refunds will be provided once we know the number of weeks affected by the pause.
Team Sports & Intramurals: These activities are suspended until the Board, in consultation with Public Health, provides further direction.
‘Change of Learning Environment’ Request DEADLINE: The online form to request that your child(ren) move from in-person to on-line instruction or vice versa closes tonight, January 14th at 11:59 p.m. Please click HERE for more information and to access the request form. Changes will take effect on Monday, January 24th.
Final Thoughts: “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members” – Coretta Scott King
As always, I will continue to share any information and updates that I receive from senior administration as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 905-829-1700 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Luke CES