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Weekly Update: September 20/20

Update September 21, 2020

We would like to thank our families for a great second week back!  Thank you to our school community for your support.  Our students did a great job adjusting to our new normal and doing their best to learn our new school routines, procedures, and protocols.  We are so happy to see everyone and wish those choosing virtual learning a great start up next week!  Below are a few information items and reminders for 2020.

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 Self-Assessment for HCDSB students HERE. 

Please speak with your child regarding the proper use of hand sanitizer.  Students are sniffing it and licking their hands, which are not safe practices.

Safe Arrival

If a child is absent and the office has not been notified the SchoolMessenger system will begin automatic calls to you, if there is still no answer we are required by law to call the police.  The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. Using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
  2. By logging into the SchoolMessenger®  web site
  3. By calling into an interactive toll-free phone line

Learn more about how to report your child’s absence here:  https://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/Pages/Report-Student-Absence.aspx

YARD SUPERVISION

Supervision begins at 8:45 am. For the safety of your children we request that your child NOT be on school property until a supervisor is on duty. For safety, please see that your children leave home with ample time to ensure that they are in the schoolyard when the bell rings. Encourage your children to use appropriate crosswalks and walkways. Establish routines at home that will assist your child to arrive on time. Please be aware that the volume of traffic in the parking lot increases significantly just prior to the entry bell.  Students are asked to come directly to their line up area as per the new protocol. Students only on the playground please.

Children arriving late for school must first report to the office for a late slip. We would like them to be in line with their class at 9:00 am. Thank you parents for your support.

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.     

BURLINGTON CROSSING GUARDS

Crossing Guards in the Town of Burlington have begun the school year at their designated locations.  As the school year begins, 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 all forms of transportation. Thank you for contributing to the safety of our community! 

AGENDAS

Agendas have been distributed to all students.  Please use this as your primary form of communication with the staff.

SAFE AND CARING SCHOOLS UPDATE

Staff and students from grades 1-8 will be reviewing the school routines and expectations that help keep everyone safe and learning at St. Patrick Catholic School. The Code of Conduct is in the front of the student agenda and posted on the school website. Please review and discuss this with your children.

UNIFORMS

A reminder that students are required to wear their uniform every day to school, unless there is a designated non-uniform day. 

FAMILY INFORMATION PACKAGE

We will be gathering our Family Information/Consent Form and the Registration Verification information as we do annually. Please complete and return the Family Information /Consent Form to the school as soon as possible. We need to have up to date information to contact you in the case of an emergency.  Also, programing such as Physical Education requires parent/guardian consent.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.

MEDICAL PERILS

Please ensure you have returned the necessary forms for any medical perils (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, etc.) to the office along with any medication needed so we can update our files.  If you have not received paperwork, and you feel that your child has a medical peril, please contact the school office as soon as possible.

CONCUSSION PROTOCOL

Recent research shows that a concussion can have very serious implications on a child`s cognitive and physical abilities. Parents and guardians are reminded that a comprehensive protocol, based on current research and best practices, has been developed to help parents, students, and staff prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. More information, including a Parent Fact Sheet, can be found on the Board`s website at: https://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/safeandhealthy/Medical/Documents/Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents.pdf

NEED TO CONTACT YOUR TEACHER?

The staff of St. Patrick School will be reaching out to parents in the next week. If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher an appointment is necessary. The classroom teachers’ first responsibility is the teaching of the children during the regular school hours. Please leave a message for your child’s teacher and they will return your call in a timely manner ~ within 48 hours.

COMMUNICATION

We will provide a weekly update, which will be posted to the school website and the link will be tweeted out. The website will be updated frequently, including the NEWS page, where we will share information and coming events. You can subscribe to the calendar on the website so notifications can be received as dates are added.

PROMOTING WELL-BEING

You can promote self-esteem with children by letting them take small risks. Building confidence is all about your children clearing small hurdles – on their own. That means you should not rush in every time you think your child needs help.

Follow us on Twitter @stpatrickb – 631 followers and counting! We are so happy to see everyone and wish those choosing virtual learning a great start up next week!  Below are a few information items for the start-up of 2020.

September 28, 2020 – Terry Fox Day  – Non uniform day – Please wear a RED Shirt.  No money will be collected at the school this year.

September 30, 2020 – Indigenous Day – Non uniform day – Please wear an Orange Shirt

Students will participate in various lessons focusing on the two days.

A Virtual Curriculum Night will take place on October 1, 2020.  More information will follow

Catholic School Council information package will be posted on line.  If there is an election that is needed, a vote will take place on October 1, 2020. More information will follow.

Comuzzi, Mary-CatherineWeekly Update: September 20/20