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Weekly Update: March 1, 2021

During Lent, let us find concrete ways to overcome our indifference.

~ Pope Francis

Thank you to all our students & staff for your support with Pink Shirt Day! This year’s theme was “Lift Each Other Up”, focusing on treating one another with dignity, kindness and respect. Let’s continue to lift each other up by spreading kindness every single day.

Thank you to Mrs. McCormick for all of her support in the Main Office. You bring sunshine to us all everyday!

Thank you parents for your support and kindness with our new arrival and dismissal procedures. We appreciate your continued cooperation.

Daily Screening Tool & Isolation Requirements 

1.  Updates to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool 
The COVID-19 School Screening Tool has been changed and will now require that students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, even those with only one (1) symptom, stay home until: 

  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result; OR 
  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional; OR  
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better. 

The new single-symptom screening criteria in the COVID-19 daily screening tool has now been applied and is in effect. 
Parents and guardians are reminded to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Toolfor each child every day before leaving home for school or child care: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/. 

2.Self-Isolation Requirements for Families in a Household 
The Ministry of Health has now indicated that all individuals living in the same household are now required to self-isolate when a family member has COVID-19 symptoms, even if the family member only has one (1) symptom.  

The following isolation requirements now apply: 

All members in a household of a symptomatic individual are required to self-isolate until the individual: 

  • Receives a negative COVID-19 test result; OR 
  • Receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional. 

If someone in your household tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional:   

  • This individual must isolate (including from others in your household) for 10 days from the date of experiencing symptoms; AND 
  • All members of the same household must isolate for 14 days from their last date of exposure with the symptomatic family/household member. 

Our Lenten Initiative

As part of the Lenten activities at St. Patrick school, we will be raising money for World Vision to provide medicine for children in various developing countries around the world.  Throughout Lent, classes will collect change in their class coin jar.  Once a week, the Gr. 8s will collect the jar and tally the results.  For every $30 raised, the class will be awarded a “medical bag” to decorate and then display on our “Lenten Medical Clinic” bulletin board by the gym. 

Thank you for supporting our Lenten initiative. 

Congregating

Please continue to ensure that families are not congregating before and after school as this can be very confusing to our students. It is very important that we continue to adhere to the social distancing protocols to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all of our students and staff.

Remote Learning Survey

This school year, in order to address health and safety concerns due to COVID-19,  the HCDSB implemented remote (online) learning as an option for instruction delivery for students. 

At the elementary school level, the HCDSB launched a Virtual Elementary School that offers remote learning for elementary school students for families who do not want their children attending school in person.   

At the secondary school level, the HCDSB implemented a hybrid instructional model that offers a blend of in-person and remote learning for secondary students. 

On January 4, as per the direction of the Minister of Education, all schools moved to teacher-led remote learning. The period of remote learning remained in place until Friday, February 4, 2021. 

At this time, the HCDSB would like to hear your feedback on the remote learning experience for your children and family.  

About this Survey  

This survey will help us to better understand how remote learning is going so far, from your perspective. The feedback we receive will be used to inform us about areas that are going well and the areas that may need improvement so we can continue to build on our practices. 

The survey should take you less than 10 minutes to complete, is anonymous, and responses will be kept confidential. Although we hope to hear from all HCDSB families, responding to this survey is entirely voluntary

If you have more than one child attending an HCDSB school, please think about your youngest child as you complete the survey. You may complete additional surveys for your other children once you have submitted your responses, if desired.  

Here is a link to the Remote Learning Check-in Survey:    

http://bit.ly/Remote-Check-in-FAM  

The survey will remain open until Tuesday, March 2, 2021.   

 If you have any technical questions while completing the survey, please email research@hcdsb.org

The Next Opportunity to Request a Change in Learning Environment 

The third and final opportunity for parents and guardians to request a change in learning environment for their children will be offered between March 11 and March 18, 2021. The requested changes will take effect on Monday, March 29th, and will remain in effect for the duration of this school year. The link to the online form to request a change will be emailed to all parents and guardians on March 11, 2021.   

New to Kindergarten ~ Ready, Set, Go! Virtual Information Sessions 

This March, HCDSB staff are hosting: Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions for parents of children starting kindergarten in September 2021!

Ready, Set, Go! is an interactive presentation offered to help parents better prepare their children for kindergarten.  

Two sessions will be offered: March 9th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and March 11th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  

Topics will include: 

  • How to prepare your child emotionally and physically for school 
  • The importance of learning through play 
  • Being able to manage your child’s stress  
  • Fostering secure relationships 
  • Packing healthy lunches 
  • A checklist for starting school 

For more information about the Ready, Set, Go! virtual sessions, visit the Board’s website on the Kindergarten page. A link for parents to tune into the live sessions will become available on the Board’s website on March 9 and March 11, 2021. We hope you are able to join us!

Have a Question about Your Child Starting School?
Parents who have questions about their child starting school in September are invited to submit their questions through an online form: Submit Your Questions ~ Ready, Set, Go! The form will be available for input prior to the virtual information sessions.HCDSB Curriculum staff will be answering the frequently asked questions during the live sessions in March. 

For more information about Kindergarten and the upcoming Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions, visit the Board’s website on the Kindergarten page.
We hope you are able to join us on March 9th or March 11th!

OAPCE – Ontario Association of Parents in Education

Vision: OAPCE is the voice of parents that promotes and protects publicly funded Catholic Education in Ontario.

Mission: To Engage, Advocate and Enhance through the strength of Our Collective Voice.  Through our connection to home, school and church, OAPCE collaborates with local and provincial education partners to strengthen the parent voice.

Parent Engagement & Education Webinar Series

Webinar Series in March 2021 – https://www.oapce.org/march2021webinars/

Promoting Well-Being

Being more active (for children and families)

  • Move more. Try to get between 30 and 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Short sessions of movement throughout the day add up.
  • Include physical activity in your daily routine. Walk as a family before or after meals.
  • Make playtime with your family fun. Be active by shooting hoops or playing tag.
  • Be active in the home. For example, you can dust, vacuum, garden, or walk the dog. These activities are good ways to burn calories.
  • Include activities, such as hiking or biking, when you go on vacation.
  • Know your daily calorie needs. Balance calories you consume with calories you burn.
  • Limit TV, computer, and video game time to less than 2 hours per day. Encourage physical activity instead

https://familydoctor.org/tips-for-healthy-children-and-families/

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