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Weekly Update September 11th

Good afternoon,

We would like to thank our families for a great first week back!  Thank you to our school community for your support during our staggered entry.  We are so proud of our students who are adjusting to our new normal and doing their best to learn our new school routines, procedures, and protocols.  Our students should know just how proud we are of them and just how much joy it brought us to see them again.

As we prepare to welcome all of our students back to school next week, we wanted to review the drop-off and pick-up protocols that will be in place to help minimize contacts and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school community.  

  • Only one parent or guardian will be permitted on school property to drop off and pick up children.  
  •  Supervision begins at 8:35 a.m. Students enter the playground and walk directly to their ZONE/line up and will be greeted by their classroom teacher – classes will follow a staggered entry into the school to limit the number of students in our hallways at one time. 
  • Students should be wearing their mask on school property before/after school.
  • Kindergarten students will enter the school immediately upon arrival in the morning.  
  • Parents and caregivers are asked to leave the school property as soon as they drop off their child(ren). No gathering or congregating will be allowed on school property.  
  • Before School ** ‘Kiss and Ride’ will be available for morning drop off ONLY.  Parents should stay in their vehicle.  Staff members are stationed to help guide your children on the sidewalk to the playground.  If your child requires assistance to exit the vehicle, we ask parents to help their child(ren)
  • If you park, one parent should approach the blacktop area to pick up child(ren) and then exit promptly. Teachers will not be able to talk to parents before or after school. 
  • Please ensure that your child knows (or their teacher knows via the D2L or e-mail), what your dismissal plan looks like. 
  • Bus students will be organized on the blacktop at the end of day and walked to their waiting buses. All bus students will receive a coloured bus tag next week which will correspond with their bus route – please note students will have assigned seats on the bus and must remain in those assigned seats – seat numbers will be noted on the bus tag.
  • Families are reminded to please review busing expectations with their child(ren) as many of the buses are running at capacity. We need students to mindful of their space and the personal space of others. Under no circumstance will there be any moving of students and or assigned seats.  We thank everyone for their cooperation.

Masks

Children from K – Grade 8 are to be wearing a mask at school.  Face shields may be worn in addition to masks but not as a substitute. During outdoor recess breaks children will not be required to wear their masks.   Suggestions for how students can store their masks when going outside for recess or eating their snack or lunch include a zip lock bag, paper bag, mask container, or a fanny pack.  We promote proper hand hygiene when “donning and doffing” masks (putting masks on and taking them off).  We are aiming to prevent cross-contamination and to preserve the integrity of the mask for your child’s safety.  Families should consider providing an additional mask for children in case a back-up mask is needed during the day and to facilitate every day washing of a cloth mask.  Please review Halton Region Tip sheet for use of Non-Medical Masks.

Daily Self Screening 

Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment. 

  • Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8oC) 
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19 

If any signs or symptoms, student and other household members must stay home, and school must be contacted. 

Please note, that if a student or staff member shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they cannot come to school. They must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.  ​ 

Parents are able to access the Daily Screening Checklist for HCDSB students HERE

What happens if your child feels unwell at school? 

It is important for your son or daughter to let their teacher know if they are feeling unwell at school.  

Students who show signs/symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will be taken to our school’s designated ‘isolation room’ where they will be cared for and supervised until the parent or guardian can pick them up.  

It is very important that we have current contact information for all of our families so that we can get in touch with you quickly. Please contact our school office if there have been any recent changes to your contact information.  

Visitor Protocol

This school year, in an effort to minimize contacts and help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, we are limiting visitor access to our school.   

All visitors, including parents and HCDSB staff who are not assigned to our school, will require approval and pre-screening before entering our building. Only visits that are deemed absolutely essential will be approved – e.g. visits by the Fire Marshal’s office or by public health. Where possible, meetings or visits will be conducted virtually.  

Visitors who are granted approval will be required to complete an online screening form prior to arriving at our school. Once inside, all visitors will be required to wear masks.   

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we do all we can to ensure a safe and healthy return to school for all.      

Student Verification Forms

Student Verification Forms will be going home with all our students on Monday…we are asking parents to please submit the completed forms to your child’s homeroom teacher by – Monday, September 21, 2020. Please ensure we have an updated phone number, email address and emergency contact on file.

Catholic Parent Council

Our 2020-2021 Catholic Parent Council Nomination process is delayed until early October. We will communicate dates and deadlines for those parents interested in serving on our Parent Council late next week.  

Uniforms

Families are reminded to please label all uniform items. Students should always be in uniform.  

Water Bottles 

Students and staff will be able to bring reusable water bottles and refill them at designated refill stations in our school. For the health and safety of our students and school community, the use of water fountains for drinking will not be permitted.  

Water Fountains and Reusable Water Bottles: 

  •  Each student is required to bring their own drinking bottle to school that is labeled, kept with them during the day, and not shared with other students.  
  • All water fountains will be wrapped and/or made inoperable.  
  • Although bottle filling stations will be in use, students and staff are not advised to touch any filling station apparatus.

Parking Lot/Kiss N Ride

Families are reminded to please take extra caution when driving in our parking lot before and after school. Parents are asked to please be patient as well as be aware of students and their location at all times. Thank you for your continued support.

First Communion – Rescheduled

Students who were to have received their First Communion in the spring at either St. Dominic or St. James should reference communication from those specific parishes as there are plans to proceed with the sacrament shortly. St. Dominic date options include September 12 to October 11th and St. James dates include October 17th and October 24th.

Student Agendas

We have a limited number of student agendas at school – if your child would like to purchase an agenda please communicate with the homeroom teacher. Agendas can be purchased for $5 via the School Cash Online.

Once again thank you to everyone for their support with our return – we wish everyone a wonderful safe weekend.

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Mr. Cacciola & Mrs. Spotswood

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update September 11th