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Weekly Update Sept. 21/20

“What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your Gift to God”

-Hans Urs von Balthasar

Thank you for a great first week!

  • We appreciate your continued support as we practice our school procedures and routines to keep everyone safe. Students have done an excellent job wearing their masks and adapting to the new routines. This week we have mastered our new morning entry routines, and we have had our first opportunity to play on the field.
  • You can help us keep the students safe by reminding them to follow the rules and maintain safe distancing in every setting. You can also help us by staying off the school yard as much as possible during drop off and pick up, and by maintaining a safe distance from other parents, staff, and students when you are on school property. As well, please remember that the front driveway is given priority for our buses.
  • Students will have received their board-issued black cloth masks this week. In some cases, teachers have asked students to keep them in their desks as a back-up, and in some cases students will have brought them home. Please ask your child’s teacher if you have any questions about these masks or would like to see them.

New COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool

The Ontario government released a new online screening tool for schools – https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/. It is extremely important that parents do this screening test each morning with each of their children BEFORE they come to school each day. Staff also do this screening assessment daily before coming to work. Let’s all do our part to ensure the safety of all!

**NOTE**

Based on the new criteria in the school screening tool, the following changes to our previous screening protocol will now apply:  

  • Household members and close contacts of a symptomatic individual are no longer required to self-isolate unless they have symptoms. This means that unless otherwise directed by Public Health or a health care provider, siblings are not required to stay home or miss school while awaiting test results for the symptomatic student. 
  • However, if a household member (including siblings) has COVID-19 symptoms, they are required to self-isolate while awaiting test results.
  • In cases where an individual tests positive for COVID-19, all close contacts and household members (including siblings) will be required to self-isolate and will require clearance from Halton Public Health before returning to school.

The attached chart (Return to School Protocol for Students with COVID-19 Symptoms.pdf) outlines the revised Return to School Protocol for Students with COVID-19 symptoms. 

COVID-19 Advisory Board


The HCDSB has posted a COVID-19 Advisory Board on the Return to School site that provides the number of active confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in connection to HCDSB schools. Please note that this chart will track any active confirmed positive COVID-19 cases connected to any of our school communities, but it does not necessarily mean the individual was exposed at school.

Bicycle Safety

It is so wonderful to see so many of our students riding their bikes to school.

If your children ride bicycles to school, we remind you to ensure that your children’s bicycles are roadworthy, that your children are familiar with the rules of the road, and that their bicycles conform to local municipal by-laws with respect to licensing, operation and equipment. All students need to wear helmets when riding a bicycle. They must ride them to the edge of school property and then walk their bike to the bike rack.

Arriving on Time

It is very important that students arrive on time for school in the morning. Students may begin arriving at 8:35 AM but not before. Please make every effort to arrive no later than 9:50 AM so we can avoid congestion at the office which happens when we need to give out late slips. We appreciate your support in keeping everyone safe!

Oakville Crossing Guards

 Crossing Guards in the Town of Oakville began the school year at their designated locations on Monday, September 14th

Parents and guardians are encouraged to remind their children to exercise caution when walking to and from school, and walking near school zones, crosswalks and school buses. Thank you for contributing to the safety of our community!

Lunches

All students are asked to stay for lunch this year. Thank you to parents for sending a lunch with your children in the morning. We cannot have parents dropping off of lunches during the school day. We would appreciate your co-operation in ensuring your child has their own utensils for their lunch. We cannot provide nor share these items for safety reasons.

No Dogs Permitted on School Property

We’ve noticed many parents/guardians are coming to school with their dogs. Though we love our four-legged friends, some of our children have severe allergies and are frightened by an encounter with a dog. Our school board prohibits dogs on school property for the protection of your children as well as for the protection of your pet. Please leave your dogs at home when you are dropping off or picking up your kids. 

First Holy Communion for Current Grade 3 Students

For our current Grade 3 students who missed their First Communion last spring, if you have not already done so, you can connect with Mary Mother of God, to arrange for your child’s First Communion to take place in October.

https://mmogp.ca/first-communion-make-up-dates

Family Consent Forms

A September package was sent home with your child recently. These packages include important information, consent forms for your child to participate in our Physical Education program, Family Consent Forms, and Student Verification Forms. If you have not already done so, please read, sign, and return these forms to the classroom teachers as soon as possible.

Medical Perils

Please ensure you have returned the necessary forms for any medical perils (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, seizure disorders, etc.) to the office along with any medication needed so we can update our files.

Please be aware that St. Marguerite School strives to be a nut aware environment. We have students with life-threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Even a trace of nut oil from one child’s fingers to a desk surface can cause a deadly reaction. Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as well since we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter.

Orange Shirt Day

In honour of our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation through Indigenous Education, we will be marking Orange Shirt Day on September 30th. We recognize the harm residential schools caused to our Indigenous people and we honour those that survived and remember those that did not. We recognize the ongoing effects of intergenerational trauma caused by residential schooling and we wear an orange shirt in support of those who have been impacted by the harm of residential schools. For more information: www.orangeshirtday.org.

Duty to Report

Please read the attached document that explains our staff members’ responsibilities to report any suspicion of abuse or neglect to the Children’s Aid Society:

Duty-to-Report-Letter-to-Parents-2020Download

Interactive School Calendar

Our website features an interactive school calendar, which allows parents to view the calendar right within our school site, but also offers the ability to subscribe to the calendar and add it to your Apple, Google, and/or Outlook calendars. To subscribe to this feature, click on the CALENDAR tab, and scroll down to the bottom of the page. You will see a button that says ‘SUBSCRIBE’ and when you click on this button, you will be prompted to select a calendar option.  View the How-To Guide

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update Sept. 21/20