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Hello St. Paul CES Families,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all New and returning families to St. Paul School for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. As a community, we will continue to take pride in the health and safety of all our staff and students. By continuing to work together as partners (Parish, School, Home), we can establish new goals and open new doors that will further enrich the lives and learning for all students.

Please see below for some important information as we get ready to welcome students back into the building. Further updates will be available throughout the coming days and weeks. Stay tuned!

HCDSB Return to School Plan:
Parents looking for information on the Board’s Return to School Plan can find it on the HCDSB website or by clicking here https://www.hcdsb.org/return-to-school/ .

CLASS PLACEMENTS – Grade 1-8:

Class placements for the 2021-2022 school year are being finalized this week. Please be advised that you will be able to access information about your child’s class placement on Friday, September 3, 2021.  The process to access your child’s classroom placement has been recently updated. Details on how parents can access this information will be shared shortly. Class placements will be available after 3:00pm on Friday, September 3, 2021.

Please understand that class placements can change depending upon Ministry of Education or Board Directives, and fluctuations in school population. With your trust in our professional judgment, we will continue to provide all students with the best possible learning environment.

FIRST WEEK INFO:

We are looking forward to welcoming all grades 1-8 students on Tuesday, September 7th at 8:40am.

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

  • Tuesday, September 7th = Interviews
  • Wednesday, September 8th = Interviews
  • Thursday, September 9th = All current SK students 1st day of school
  • Thursday, September 9th = 1/2 of the JK’s and ALL SK’s
  • Friday, September 10th = the other 1/2 of the JK’s and ALL SK’s
  • Monday, September 13th = 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 continue to 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.  

Health and Safety Protocols:

The Ministry of Education’s COVID-19 Health, Safety, and Operational Guidance plan provides the baseline for school boards and local public health officials to develop a specific plan for the school board. 

With this plan as a foundation, some of the protocols that are in place to begin the school year include:

  1. Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
  2. All students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in the Halton Catholic District School Board continued to be required to wear a properly fitted non-medical or cloth masks during classes and while in the hallways.  Masks may be removed during outdoor learning time.  Please refer to the Use of Non-Medical Masks or Face Coverings in Schools – Tip Sheet for further information and guidance.
  3. All classes will continue to remain in their classroom cohort, and assigned a specific zone on the playground during recesses and lunch.
  4. We are kindly asking that all families who are able to walk to school create this routine for our students. Our parking lot is often congested and we are limited in the amount of parking spaces available for parents. Please continue to use the North main parking lot as the South parking lot is designated for staff only.

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. 

Covid-19 SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL:
Should a student at St. Paul CES exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, they will be brought to the Isolation Room by the main office. They will be cared for and supervised until a family member can pick them up. Parents will be advised of next steps upon picking up their child.

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. 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. McCarthy’s Uniforms is our only uniform supplier however, children may still wear uniform items from ISW.  If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact the main office.

BUSSING – 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. 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.

  • For more information, visit the HSTS website at: https://www.haltonbus.ca/  
  • Please note that Courtesy Seats are on pause until further notice.
  • MAIN OFFICE IS NOW OPEN:

    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.

    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).

    Children Attending School Online:
    Once again, a portion of our students have chosen to participate in online learning in the virtual school. Once online classes have been organized, you will receive more information from your classroom teachers. Online students will begin instruction on Tuesday, September 7th.

    RECESS TIMES for 2021/22:
    In the interest of student safety and to adhere to the guidelines of the Return to School Policy, St. Paul school will once again be on a staggered recess system. Students will remain with their class for the entire recess.

    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 are now permitted to use lockers with proper protocols in place. Students will be able to access lockers only in the morning and at the end of the school day.

    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.   

    LUNCHTIME SUPERVISIORS:

    Our school is looking to hire additional 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.

    Yours in Catholic Education,

    N. Costa

    St. Paul School Principal

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