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St. Paul Weekly Update September 14-18, 2020

Dear St. Paul CES Families,

Thank you all for a great first “staggered” week back. Please see below for important information as we begin our first full week of school.


Please click below to view information about New First Communion and Confirmation Dates for students who missed it last year due to school closure. A link for choosing the date will be sent to families on Monday.


Our school offers an automated student attendance management system called SafeArrival, provided through SchoolMessenger®.

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 at 1-844-445-4505

Click on the FAQ for more information about how to use the SafeArrival student attendance management system.

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority, and SafeArrival enhances our existing student attendance procedure by making it more convenient for parents to report a child’s absence, and more efficient for our school office staff to follow up sooner on unexplained absences.


Please DO NOT drop your child(ren) off at school prior to 8:25 AM as there will be no one outside to supervise them.

  • School Entry Bell – 8:40 AM
  • School Dismissal Bell 3:10 PM

Upon arrival between 8:25 AM and 8:40 AM, your child(ren) may proceed directly to their designated lines. ALL students will maintain physical distancing and wearing masks while waiting in line for the entry bell. Parents/guardians are reminded to stay off the playground blacktop when dropping off or picking up your child(ren).

Dismissal – On Monday, we will have many more students leaving at the same time. Buses will be running this week. We will have our bus students lining up on the blacktop every day so it is important that the blacktop is dedicated to our students only. We must line them up prior to boarding the bus according to their new seating plan.

Students who are being picked up by parents will meet their parents at the black gates. We request your patience, and ask you not to go beyond the gates. Some families live behind the school property and can continue to wait at the grass area at the back of the blacktop – this worked really well during our first week.

  • Inclement Weather Procedure: In the event of rain in the mornings, students in Grades 1-8 will be brought directly into their classrooms through the main entrance of the school. Kindergarten students will continue to be walked to their classroom doors by a single parent/guardian.
  • Student Verification and Family Package Forms: Student Verification Forms will be coming home shortly. We appreciate you taking the time to return the forms that we require at this time of the year – please send these to us as soon as possible if you have not already done so.
  • Catholic School Council: Nomination forms for Catholic School Council will be available soon (due Sept 25th at 4:00pm).
  • Parking Lot: Please be sure you are following the speed limit and parking in appropriate spots. Do NOT park along our Kiss n’ Ride lane as we need to keep the traffic flowing. Parents are invited to park in the north parking lot only as the south lot behind the school is for staff. Our parking spaces have reduced with the addition of the Portables. Consider using our Kiss n’ Ride drop off, car pooling or walking to school. Thank you!
  • Medical Conditions A copy of the Student Plan of Care will be sent home with students who have medical conditions. Families are asked to review and make changes as needed. 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.  Please be aware that we strive to be a nut free environment. We have students with life threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Even a trace of nut oil from one child’s fingers to a desk surface can cause a deadly reaction. Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as well since we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter.


The most important way to keep us all safe, (staff and students alike), is to never have the virus enter our building in the first place. To this end, parents/guardians and staff MUST perform a daily screening for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

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

What if my child has cold or flu-like symptoms?  

Any student or staff with signs/symptoms of COVID-19 should:   

  • Stay at home  
  • Self-isolate. (NOTE: siblings and other household members must also self- isolate)  
  • Be referred for testing for COVID-19  
  • Remain excluded from school until test results are received  
  • If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, Halton Region Public Health will notify the individual and the school. 

If a student or staff has COVID-19 like symptoms and COVID-19 testing is not done, there are two options:   

  1. Follow up with primary health care provider to get documentation that illness is not due to COVID-19 and student/staff can return to school  
  2. If no documentation is available from health care provider, then student or staff must self-isolate for 14 days from symptom onset date and have no fever (or elevated temperature) 

In general – if there are symptoms of any kind- ensure follow up and assessment by a health care provider. School attendance must be limited until rationale is received by the school.   

What happens if your child feels unwell at school?

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

Students who show signs/symptoms of COVID-19 ( including any of the following: fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, lack of smell or taste, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion – in absence of underlying reason for these symptoms such as seasonal allergies – chills, headaches, fatigue or malaise) during the school day will be seen by our first aid provider for assessment. Following that, if symptoms are confirmed, we will contact the parent or guardian to come and pick them up. Parents will be asked to pick up siblings as well.

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. All parents must provide the school with an Emergency Contact who is available during the day in the event that parents are themselves unavailable.

Looking forward to our first full week with our St. Paul Students.

Enjoy your Sunday!  

Yours In Catholic Education,

N. Costa

Grade 1-8 Full Entry into school
Sep 14 all day
Kindergarten Students – Full Entry into school
Sep 15 all day
Catholic School Council Nominations Due
Sep 25 @ 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Catholic School Council Elections (if required)
Sep 30 all day
Orange Shirt Day
Sep 30 all day
First Communion – pre-registered families – St. Raphael Parish
Oct 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Catholic School Council First Virtual Meeting
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Confirmation – pre-registered families – St. Raphael Parish
Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
First Communion – pre-registered families – St. Raphael Parish
Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Confirmation – pre-registered families – St. Raphael Parish
Oct 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
First Communion – pre-registered families – St. Raphael Parish
Oct 18 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Elementary PrincipalSt. Paul Weekly Update September 14-18, 2020