Dear St. Paul CES Families,
Thank you all for another great week! It has been wonderful to see that parents/family members are setting a great example by physically distancing and wearing their own masks when picking up students after school. Please continue to social distance yourselves during drop off and pick up times, and limit the congregation at the gates. We are requesting that only 1 parent/guardian be ready to pick up students to limit the amount of people gathering after school. The health and well-being of our students, families and staff is our first priority.
Our school board is working very closely with Halton Region Public Health to ensure health and safety protocols are in place and followed so that our students and staff can enjoy a safe and healthy learning environment this year. As we all know, stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort. Working together we will ensure everyone can be safe and healthy in the classroom, at home, and in our community.
Please continue to follow the advice of our Public Health professionals by monitoring for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and keeping your child(ren) home from school if they are sick.
New COVID-19 School Screening Tool:
On Thursday, September 17, 2020, the Ontario government released to school boards an online screening tool available for families, school staff and essential visitors to meet their obligation to screen themselves or their children for symptoms of illness each day before going to school. School boards and local health units have been asked to align the criteria in their screening tools with this new screening tool for schools.
The COVID-19 School Screening tool has been posted on our Return to School (RTS) website under Daily Screening, and is accessible here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.
Parents or guardians (and students 18 years of age or older) must complete this new COVID-19 School Screening tool before leaving for school each day. Please use this screening tool moving forward, as the one that was provided at the start of the school year is no longer applicable.
Based on the new criteria in the school screening tool, the following changes to our previous screening protocol will now apply:
- Household members and close contacts of a symptomatic individual are no longer required to self-isolate unless they have symptoms. This means that unless otherwise directed by Public Health or a health care provider, siblings are not required to stay home or miss school while awaiting test results for the symptomatic student.
- However, if a household member (including siblings) has COVID-19 symptoms, they are required to self-isolate while awaiting test results.
- In cases where an individual tests positive for COVID-19, all close contacts and household members (including siblings) will be required to self-isolate and will require clearance from Halton Public Health before returning to school.
The attached chart (Return to School Protocol for Students with COVID-19 Symptoms.pdf) outlines the revised Return to School Protocol for Students with COVID-19 symptoms.
Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we navigate through this period of time. The health and well-being of our students, staff and families continues to be our highest priority as we work closely with our Public Health Officials to ensure a safe school year for all.
- ARRIVING ON TIME: It is VERY important that students arrive on time for school in the morning. Students begin arriving between 8:25-8:40 each morning. Please make every effort to arrive no later than 8:40am so we can avoid congestion at the office. We appreciate your support in keeping everyone safe.
- CHANGE IN LEARNING ENVIRONMENT: The Board has emailed all families a ‘Change in Learning Environment Request Form’ on Thursday, September 24, to give families an opportunity to change your child(ren)’s status for in-school or on-line learning. Please carefully review the information you received and note the October 1st deadline. Families who wish to CHANGE their child(ren)’s mode of instruction MUST complete a form and contact our school office. Click here –> FORM
- AGENDAS: Student agendas for grades 1-8 have been distributed. Please log into Schoolcash online to submit your payment.
- Verification Forms: Please return all forms to your child(ren)’s homeroom teacher as soon as possible.
- Orange Shirt Day – Sept 30th: Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt (they are to wear uniform bottoms) on Wednesday, September 30th. Orange Shirt Day annually in recognition of our indigenous community. It is an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters. Our Catholic Social Teachings call us in Solidarity with our indigenous sisters and brothers to honour the human dignity in all. http://www.orangeshirtday.org
- Catholic School Council: Thank you to all the parents who submitted their nomination forms. Our first virtual council meeting will be on Monday, October 5th at 6:00pm. The names of our Catholic School Council Members will be posted on our school website by the end of the week.
Wishing you all a wonderful week.