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April 9, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for continuing to follow the public health and safety measures that have kept schools open and safe for students and staff. It is our collective effort that continues to ensure your children can learn in the classroom.

As per recent announcements, the province has implemented a provincewide shutdown for four weeks in response to worsening trends in key health indicators across the province.

The mental health and well-being of children continues to be a key government priority and schools will remain open for in-person learning through the Provincial Emergency and Stay at Home Order. The Spring Break will continue as planned, from April 12th to 16th, and schools will reopen for in-person learning on April 19th.

Following Public Health Measures Over the Spring Break

In light of the recently announced measures, it is more important than ever that we continue to follow health advice over the Spring Break to do our part to keep schools open, for in-person student learning.

At this critical point in the pandemic, the following public health measures are crucial to help prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Socialize with your own household.
  • Stay home and get tested if you feel ill.
  • Participate in the targeted testing offered by HCDSB.
  • Screen every day, including during Spring Break, for COVID-19 symptoms before attending child care using the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool.
  • Practice good hand hygiene habits, masking, and physical distancing.
  • Refer to Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community.
  • Refrain from travelling.

Student Learning During the Break

During the Spring Break, elementary students are able to engage in their own learning through supplemental, curriculum-linked activities available at:

Asymptomatic Testing

For the week of April 12-18, pharmacies that currently offer testing and assessment centres across the province will accept appointments from students and education staff for asymptomatic testing.

HCDSB students, staff and families are also welcome to attend one of our Board’s Asymptomatic Testing Centres over the break. View the Testing Schedule here.

Parents and families are encouraged to take advantage of this testing capacity to support a safe return to school on April 19th.

Mandatory Self-Screening on April 19th

As a reminder, before coming back to school on April 19th, you must screen for COVID-19 symptoms. If your child or anyone in your household is ill, please stay home and follow the guidance in the School Screening Tool.

The Ministry of Education has mandated that all elementary students will need to show proof of screening on the first day of back from the Spring Break.

Parents are asked to confirm they have completed the COVID-19 School Screening Tool for each child, and that they have received a ‘pass’ to go to school. Please print and complete the Return to School Form for each child and send each child to school on the first day back from Spring Break with a hard copy of this form.

If you are unable to print off the Return to School Form.  Please send it via email to Mrs. DaSilva, our school secretary @ DaSilvaO@hcdsb.org prior to your child/children entering the building on April 19th.

By following public health advice, we can all enjoy a safe Spring Break and continue to support in-person learning in our school.

Have a safe, fun and restful break.

Sincerely,

K. Doobie        S. MacLeod

Principal          Vice Principal

MacLeod, StephanieApril 9, 2021