“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”Correta Scott King
We are grateful to our families for the care and support you have demonstrated over the past week as we experienced our first positive COVID-19 case in our St. Mary school community.
This is a very stressful time as we live through a global pandemic, and as parents, you naturally have concerns when it comes to the health and safety of your children and your family. We want to assure you that we are working very closely with our Public Health officials. We have a very comprehensive plan in place in our school that was developed by our school board in consultation with Halton Region Public Health and we are doing everything we can to make sure all health and safety protocols are maintained.
This includes working with our staff and students to ensure:
- enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures are followed
- physical distancing is maintained in the school AND outside in the school yard
- staff and students are wearing masks at all times, except while eating or during scheduled mask breaks
- washing hands regularly throughout the day
As parents and guardians, you can help us by:
- monitoring your children for symptoms of COVID-19 and keeping them home from school when they do not feel well
- remembering to complete the daily screening tool EACH DAY before sending your children to school
- reminding your older children of the importance of following public health guidelines when they are out and about in the community, outside of the school day
We also ask that parents and caregivers wear a mask and ensure physical distancing is in place when you are picking up or dropping off your children.
As noted in our emails sent to families and staff, there are very strict privacy protocols in place when dealing with health information, and very few (if any) details are shared by Public Health. Please know that Halton Public Health are working diligently to conduct thorough investigations that ensure our community is safe in a manner that also protects the privacy of families and individuals.
You have our commitment that we will continue to be transparent in our communications and share whatever information we can. We will provide updates by email as soon as they become available. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us directly.
When Should I Keep My Child Home?
Each morning, you must use the updated Daily School Tool with your child(ren). You will be asked to monitor any of the following symptoms:
- Fever and/or chills
- New or worsening cough (not related to other known causes/conditions)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (not related to other known causes such as asthma)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose (not related to other known causes such as seasonal allergies)
- Decrease or loss of sense of smell or taste
- Headache that’s unusual or long-lasting
- Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Fatigue, lethargy, muscle aches or malaise (not related to other known causes such as insomnia, anemia)
As always, the health and safety of our students, staff and families is our highest priority, and we will continue to take direction from the Ministry of Education and Halton Region Public Health to ensure all protocols are in place and followed in our school.
The school board will continue to communicate regularly with public health and we will update you as we receive new information. Halton Public Health have also updated their Return to School and Child Care Protocol for Individuals for COVID-19 Symptoms, and you can review that information in the flow chart attached below.
School Council Meeting – Nov. 2nd
Our next Council Meeting on Monday, November 2nd, will be conducted virtually through Microsoft TEAMs at 6:30 PM. A link to the online meeting will be emailed to members before the meeting. Should parents who are not on council want to attend the meeting, you can request the link by contacting the office.
Just a reminder to ensure that your child is dressed for all types of weather so that they can comfortably enjoy recess and physical education classes.
St. Mary Tips
Raising a Confident Child
-Appreciate efforts no matter if they win or lose
-Let them figure out problems by themselves
-Let them act their age
-Give them new challenges
-Avoid creating short cuts or making exceptions for your child
-Treat mistakes as building blocks for learning
-Don’t tell them when you’re worried about them
-Praise them when they deal with adversity
-Offer your help and support, but not too much of it
Thank you for your ongoing support. Working together, we can help keep our school community safe.
K. Dobbie & D. Comito