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Jan. 5 Return to School Update

“Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier.”

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Welcome Back – Happy New Year!

The staff of St. Mark Catholic School are looking forward to welcoming students back on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 (delayed start as per Ministry of Education). We hope that you enjoyed the Christmas Break with your families and thank you in advance for your ongoing support as we continue to navigate COVID-19 and together embark on a new chapter of learning, this new year.

COVID-19 Province Updates

The province is updating the COVID-19 school and child care screener ahead of the return to school on January 5 as well as updating COVID-19 reporting requirements for school boards and child care.

The province will be supplying three-ply cloth masks for students in January.  These masks will be distributed to families once we have received them from the Ministry.

Did you travel Outside of Canada?

Families who have travelled outside of Canada over the Christmas break are reminded to monitor updates to federal travel directives and mandatory isolation periods for students. Please refer to the Government of Canada’s instructions for travellers from outside Canada for more information.  


For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool –

Anyone who is sick or has any symptoms of illness, including those not listed in this screening tool, should stay home / must not attend school and seek assessment from a health care provider if needed.

Mandatory Daily Confirmation of Self-Screening- ACTION REQUIRED

As we prepare to welcome our students back on Wednesday, January 5th, please note that we must verify daily confirmation of COVID-19 screening from all students (K-Grade 12), staff and visitors, as we did earlier this year, in September.

Verification will be conducted by the homeroom teacher during morning attendance.

Our PARENTS of Intermediate Students will be provided an Electronic Form Link that must be completed daily (will be sent by Intermediate Teachers).

Our FDK / Primary and Junior Students have been provided a copy of the St. Mark Confirmation of Daily Covid-19 Student Screening Log before going home for Christmas Break (please check Communication Bag / Agenda).

The form should be completed for each child, which means if you have more than one child then you are required to complete more than one form. PLEASE ENSURE THIS IS COMPLETED EVERY MORNING AND NOT IN ADVANCE. IF IT IS NOT COMPLETED YOU WILL BE CONTACTED BY THE SCHOOL.

If you are unable to find this form in your child’s school bag or print, we will accept a written note that states and includes parent signature:

  1. My child has completed the Covid-19 School Screening Tool Today.
  2. Today’s COVID-19 School Screening Result indicates that my child CAN GO TO SCHOOL.

Safe and Caring Return to School Presentations

All classes will be reviewing Safe and Caring Return to School Presentations on Wednesday, January 5th. Students will review St. Mark School COVID-19 safety measures and school routines/ expectations, so that everyone continues to feels safe, included and successful.

Outdoor Recess

St. Mark will continue to have staggered recesses and lunch blocks. The School Yard will be divided each day into Zones for every recess. Pylons will be arranged each day to section the yard according to classes / cohorts and the field will be used on a rotating (cohort) basis.

Winter is here – Helpful Reminders

Please ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.

All Primary and Junior students wishing to play on the field when it is snow-covered must have proper boots and snow pants. Intermediate students require only snow boots if they wish to be on the field. Students are reminded that throwing of snow and ice is not permitted at school.

Indoor Shoes

Preferred indoor shoe is a running shoe so that our students could participate in their GYM classes.

Lost and Found

Due to COVID precautions, we cannot use our “Lost and Found” bin. Parents are reminded to please clearly label all uniform items and jackets with your child’s name so that we can return clothes back to the rightful owner.

Parking Lot  / Kiss’n Ride Safety

Kindly use the parking lot if you need to exit the car to escort your child to the FDK gate / Schoolyard stairs, or if your child needs more time to exit your car. Kiss’n Ride should be reserved for a happy send-off and a quick and safe drop off.

ALL STUDENTS will continue to be directed to go to their classrooms everyday, upon drop off. Our supervision begins at 8:55 a.m. No student should be dropped off / arriving on the schoolyard before 8:55 for safety reasons.

Blessings to all our families for continued good health, in this NEW YEAR!

St. Mark Staff

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