Thank you all for a great 1st week of remote learning. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our AMAZING…
- PARENTS and FAMILIES. Thank you for your patience and understanding during our transition to remote learning.
- STAFF. Your efforts, time & positive energy continues to be evident in the virtual learning environment. Thank you for supporting our students and their families!
It is this joint partnership that will get us through this pandemic. It is so nice to see that we are all there for each other. Keep up the great work St. Paul CES.
Please see below for some important updates as we begin our 2nd week of virtual learning…
STUDENT ATTENDANCE DURING VIRTUAL LEARNING:
During this period of remote learning, we continue to promote regular attendance, as it is important for students to remain engaged in their learning so they can stay on top of the curriculum and feel more connected to their peers while our school is closed.
As noted in PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, schools are required to take daily student attendance throughout the period of remote learning.
Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence, as you typically would during in-person learning through the SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival System: https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/report-your-childs-absence/.
We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being.
VIRTUAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PLACEMENTS:
- Students enrolled in the Virtual Elementary School will continue to follow their established schedules
- The change in learning format between in-person and virtual instruction will be delayed until school re-opens for in-person learning on January 25th, 2021
REMINDERS FOR REMOTE LEARNING: Jan 11-15
- Our elementary schools will be closed for in-person learning from January 4th through January 22nd, 2021.
- Teachers have communicated class schedules to families via their respective D2L spaces.
- Class schedules mirror the school day ie. recess and lunch breaks.
- Start of the school day begins at 8:40 a.m. We will continue to have morning announcements at 8:45 a.m. The link has been provided through your child’s learning management system, (LMS) – D2L, TEAMS, and/or Google classroom.
- School Dismissal is at 3:10 p.m.
- Kindergarten students will receive 180 minutes of synchronous instruction daily.
- Grades 1-8 students will receive 225 minutes of synchronous instruction daily.
- Synchronous instruction may include whole class instruction, small group instruction, and/or independent tasks supervised virtually by the teacher.
Remote Learning continued…
The following links and documents provide some guidelines for parents and students to help ensure safe and effective live online learning:
- Learning at Home – Live Online Learning Tips for Parents
- Learning at Home – Live Online Learning Tips Students
- Use of Technology and Digital Citizenship – Policy No. I-43 and Procedure No. VI-62
Access to Your Child’s Learning Platform:
We will continue to share information and updates with parents directly via email, as well as post updates on our Return to School Plan website and through social media channels:
Families that were provided a device to support student learning are not required to return their device on Monday, January 11th, 2021 as previously planned. Families may continue to use their loaned devices throughout the extended remote learning period.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION REGISTRATION:
Please see the link below to register your child for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion for 2021. First Communion is scheduled to be held during Easter and the following weeks. Dates and times to be determined as we continue to monitor and follow Public Health guidelines.
First Communion Registration – Google Forms
Advanced Kindergarten Registration will be taking place from Monday, January 18 through Thursday, February 4, 2021. To register please refer to the following:
Part 1 – Online Registration
- Online registration is available as the first step of the registration process.
- Once signed in, parents will need to fill out an online registration form for their child.
Part 2 – Complete Registration In-Person will be delayed
Following the completion of online registration (Part 1), parents will be contacted directly through email. The school’s main office will contact you with a mutually agreed upon appointment time to provide your child’s documentation to complete the registration process – most likely in February.
NOTE: You will be contacted by your home school to complete Part 2 of your child’s Kindergarten registration.
Thank you for your ongoing patience and support as we work with the Ministry of Education and our Public Health officials to keep our community healthy and safe for all.
We recognize that the extension of remote learning will create additional burdens on our families and staff.
Here are a list of supports for families to access during this difficult time:
- School Mental Health Ontario: www.smho-smso.ca.
- Kids Help Phone at 1 (800) 668-6868 or visit KidsHelpPhone.ca for 24/7 support.
- Faith & Well-Being Resources: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/faith-well-being/
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES:
The Ontario government has made financial support available for families during this temporary remote learning period through the Support for Learners program. Starting on January 11, 2021, an expanded Support for Learners program is providing $200 for each child or youth up to Grade 12 and $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs. Applications will be open until February 8, 2021.
Apply for Support for Learners Funding here:
Have a great week.
N. Costa and the St. Paul Staff