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Welcome Back! 2020-2021

Hello St. Paul CES Families,

On behalf of the St. Paul Staff, I would like to officially welcome all new and returning families to the 2020-2021 school year. As we plan and prepare for a safe return to school, please review many of the important info items below.

CLASS PLACEMENTS – Grade 1-8:

Please be advised that you will be able to access information about your child’s class placement on Saturday, September 5, 2020, after 12:00 p.m.  This information will be available on the Board’s website at: www.hcdsb.org. On the Home page, please click on the “Schools” tab and then on the “School Listing” tab in the drop-down menu.  You will be directed to the school listing page. Once you have arrived on this page, please click on “Class Placements”, beside the appropriate Elementary school name.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to access this information, you will require your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN), which can be found on his/her report card.

Click on this link Class Placement Instructions.pdf for visual instructions.

FIRST WEEK INFO – STAGGERED ENTRY: As most of you already know, the first day of instruction has been staggered for all students to ensure a safe and healthy return for all.

  • Wednesday, September 9th – family surname A-F
  • Thursday, September 10th – family surname G-N
  • Friday, September 11th – family surname O-Z
  • Monday, September 14th – Grade 1-8 full entry for in-person instruction
  • Monday, September 14th – online instruction begins for those who opted out (more info to come)

Kindergarten Families: Kindergarten students (JK and SK) will have a staggered entry that is different from the grade 1-8 students.

  • Tuesday, September 8th = Interviews
  • Wednesday, September 9th = Interviews
  • Thursday, September 10th = All current SK students 1st day of school
  • Friday, September 11th = 1/2 of the JK’s and ALL SK’s
  • Monday, September 14th = the other 1/2 of the JK’s and ALL SK’s
  • Tuesday, September 15th = All SK and JK students attend school together

DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP:

As we prepare to welcome 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.  
  • Parents/Guardians are not permitted on the recess blacktop unless walking a Kindergarten Student to Door 7. Please follow the marked path.
  • Parents and guardians will remain outside and will not be permitted to enter the school (unless there is an extenuating need, and prior approval has been obtained as per the Visitor Protocol). 
  • We have established designated entry and exit doors for your child’s class (cohort).  
  • Signage will be in place to help you identify the drop-off/pick-up location for your child(ren).  
  • A staff member will greet you at the gate entrances and help direct the students to their appropriate lines.
  • Grade 1-8 students will proceed to the pavement area gates (between 8:25-8:40am). Please do not drop off students early as staff will not be on the playground to supervise until 8:25am.
  • Students will line up to enter our school, and we will be implementing a staggered entry into school to limit the number of students in our hallways at one time.  
  • 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.  
  • Parents and caregivers are encouraged to use the ‘Kiss and Ride’ as students become more comfortable and familiar with the new routine.   

Thank you for your understanding and assistance as we work together to protect our students, families and staff so that we can ensure a safe and healthy return to school for all.  

DAILY COVID-19 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 37.8’C) 
  • 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. 

USE OF MASKS AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE):

The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of the measures we will have in place in our schools to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

PPE is protective clothing or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection. PPE can include gloves, masks, face shields, gowns, safety shoes etc.  

Wearing of Masks at School –

  • Medical masks will be worn by all teachers and other school staff.   
  • All HCDSB students (K- 12) are required to wear non-medical masks/ face coverings at school. Reasonable exceptions to this requirement will be put in place (see below Exemptions for Mask Wearing).  

Use of Non-Medical Masks or Face Coverings in Schools – Tip Sheet  

Exemptions for Wearing Masks –

Reasonable exceptions to mask wearing will be considered. 

An exemption may be requested for a student in Grades K-12 for the following reasons: 

  • A pre-existing medical condition. 
  • A diagnosis or learning profile that would limit a student’s ability to tolerate or safely wear a mask, including whereby a mask would affect essential communication for a person who is hearing impaired. 
  • Other, as detailed by a healthcare practitioner. 

If any of the above conditions apply to your son or daughter, please contact our School Office.  

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.  

UNIFORMS

St. Paul School is a full uniform school.  All uniform information for our school is available at http://www.isw.com.  By inputting our school name, you can view all of the uniform pieces available for purchase.  ISW Uniforms is our only uniform supplier however, children may still wear uniform items from McCarthy’s.  Uniform items purchased from other stores (Walmart, Old Navy, Children’s Place, The Gap etc.) are not permitted as part of our school uniform.   In you are in need of financial assistance, please contact the office.

BUS STUDENTS: 

Due to the changes in the school schedules, as well as the enhanced health and safety protocols that will have to be in place on school buses, Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) will require some additional time to finalize the transportation arrangements. As per Mr. Daly’s email on September 2nd, school bus services have been delayed until September 14th.

School bus transportation to and from school will be available as follows:

  • For all students (Kindergarten to Grade 8), school bus transportation to and from school will be available beginning Monday, September 14, 2020.
  • Once transportation arrangements have been finalized, parents will receive an email to confirm the route number, pick-time and location through the parent portal. 
  • For more information, visit the HSTS website at: https://www.haltonbus.ca/  
  • Please note that there will be no option for Courtesy Seats this year.

Bus Expectations –
School bus transportation is a privilege and we need to work together to keep everyone safe. If bus behaviour is poor or dangerous, the bus driver will issue a warning slip and riders may be refused bus service. This year, there will be assigned seats both in the morning and afternoon runs.

To ensure your safety, the following rules have been established:

  1. All students need to wear a mask and stay in their assigned seats at all times.
  2. Line up and board the bus in an orderly manner, while maintaining physical distance.
  3. Remain seated; keep arms and head and belongings inside the bus.
  4. Respect the driver at all times. You are not to distract the bus driver.
  5. Do not eat or drink on the bus.

UPDATE FAMILY CONTACT INFORMATION:

If there have been any recent changes to your contact information, we are reminding Parents and Guardians to update this information with the school office.

Up-to-date contact information will be very important if your child becomes ill at school and needs to be picked up, or in the case that COVID-19 contact tracing needs to occur.


Our Office hours are from 8:00am – 4:00 pm. Parents are also reminded that we as a school are trying to minimize the number of outside visitors to the school the prevent the spread of Covid-19. If parents have questions, they are asked to not come to the school but instead, kindly call the school office at 905-632-1424 to speak with our Secretaries.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS:
If your child has a medical condition, the existing Student Plan of Care will be sent home for you to review and update if necessary, during the first week of school. If your child has an epi-pen, please ensure that you provide one to the school on or before the first day of school.
If your child has a change in their condition over the summer, please inform the school as soon as possible prior to students returning. Please contact the main office in this case.

Covid-19 SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL:
Should a student at St. Paul CES exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, they will immediately be brought to the Conference Room. This will be our designated ‘Isolation Room’ where students will be cared for and supervised until a family member can pick them up. Any other siblings will also have to go home. Parents will be advised to have the child see a medical practitioner for next steps. Students will not be able to return to school until they are symptom-free or until they provide a medical note saying that they do not have COVID-19 and are safe to return to school.

Students in that class will be moved to another area (e.g., outside, gymnasium) so that an immediate deep clean of the room can be completed. Should there be a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 at school, we will be alerting Halton Public Health and following their direction for containment and communication with our parent community.

If, at the direction of the Public Health Department, a child needs to isolate at home for 14 days, their regular classroom teacher will be responsible for providing them with schoolwork so that they will not fall behind. This may be done through a digital Learning Management System, or through regular resources (e.g. textbooks, worksheets).

For more information please see here: COVID-19: Reopening Schools

Children Attending School Online:
A portion of our students have chosen to participate in online learning. Once online classes have been organized, you will receive more information from your classroom teachers. Online students will begin instruction on Monday, September 14th.

RECESS TIMES for 2020-2021:
In the interest of student safety and to adhere to the guidelines of the Return to School Policy, St. Paul school will be on a staggered recess system. Students will remain with their class for the entire recess. To reduce the number of students on the school yard at one time, the following break times will be implemented:

STUDENT ITEMS: To maximize spacing in the classrooms, families are reminded to pack only essential items for students to bring to school in their backpacks. We will not be using lockers and/or hooks in the back of the classroom this year. All student belongings will be placed at their desk/chair for the day to minimize cross-contamination.

  • Teacher’s will communicate class specific items during the first few days back

As a reminder, in order to follow distancing protocols, we encourage you to work with your child(ren) on putting on their own shoes (Velcro vs laces), coats, zippers, opening their own lunch containers, etc.

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.  

LUNCHES:

For the health and safety of our students and school community, it is strongly recommended that all elementary students remain at school for the full duration of their lunch periods. 

As we limit visitors to our school throughout the day, lunch drop offs will not be permitted during the school day.  

Parents and guardians are asked to provide their child(ren) with lunch in the morning before students enter the school building.  

Considerations for Lunch Prep: 

  • Lunches should be prepared as individual meals and snacks.  
  • Sharing food items will not be permitted. 
  • Reusable water bottles are encouraged. 

 
Thank you for your understanding as we limit the number of visits and contacts to our school community to protect the health and safety of our students and staff.   



STUDENT INSURANCE:
The Halton Catholic District School Board does not provide accident insurance coverage for student injuries that occur on school premises or during school activities. Since accidents can happen, and some injuries result in medical, dental or other expenses that are not covered by provincial health care or employer group plans, as a parent, you may wish to consider purchasing student accident insurance. Student accident insurance can provide you with financial peace of mind against the possible expenses that can be incurred if a child is injured at school.

The Board makes an Accident and Life Insurance Program for students exclusively through Old Republic/Reliable Life Insurance Company available on a yearly basis. Participation is voluntary and the costs for the program are paid by the parent or guardian. The program offers a variety of plans and benefits, which can be tailored to suit your needs. The coverage provided by the policy is comprehensive and reasonably priced.

The insurance agreement is between the parent/guardian and the insurance company. If you wish to subscribe or for more information, please visit: www.insuremykids.com or call 1-800-463-KIDS (5437).

LUNCHTIME SUPERVISIORS:

Our school is looking to hire some lunchtime supervisors to assist in student supervision during the lunch hour. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Costa at costan@hcdsb.org. All applicants will need to fill out an application and provide a current Police Check to be considered for this position.

Enjoy the Labour Day long weekend with your loved ones.

Yours in Catholic Education,

N. Costa

St. Paul School Principal

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