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Parent Weekly Update – Week of August 31st, 2020

We choose hope over fear. We see the future not as something out of our control, but as something we can shape for the better through concerted and collective effort – Barak Obama

WELCOME BACK!
St. Peter CES staff members are eager and excited to welcome students back to the school in September whether that be within the conventional school setting or through remote learning! Although students will be returning to school under new parameters and safety protocols, we remain dedicated to providing a safe, welcoming and faith-centered school environment that meets the needs of all of our students.

Moving forward, please check your email regularly for important updates and our school website for additional information items. Stay tuned – this year we will continue to provide Parent Weekly Updates that will be uploaded to our school website.

ST. PETER CES CHILDCARE ADDITION UPDATE

As you know, St. Peter Catholic CES Childcare addition designed by MC Architects has begun. The new childcare addition will include five (5) childcare rooms and a naturalized playground. The estimated completion is currently March 2021.

For regular updates, please visit the following link: https://schoolplanning.hcdsb.org/st-peter-project/

PREPARATIONS FOR A SAFE START

Staff members have been working diligently preparing the school for our physical return. We will have new protocols for lining up, for going to the washroom, for students who arrive late, and for recesses. These new protocols may seem a bit different at first, but we are confident that children will become accustomed to them quickly and that the joy of being back together will make it all worthwhile. More information to follow prior to school commencing.

HCDSB Return to School Plan
Parents looking for information on the Board’s Return to School Plan can find the document on the HCDSB website or by clicking here: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/return-to-school-2/

To access the HCDSB Return to School Parent Guide, please click here: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2020/08/2020-08-ReturntoSchool-ParentGuide.pdf

Both are great resources for families to understand the new policies, protocols, and increased safety precautious surrounding the reopening of schools.

GRADUAL RETURN – STAGGERED ENTRY 2020 – 2021
The information below was shared with all parents in an email from our Director of Education – Mr. Pat Daly on Friday, August 28th, 2020.

At the elementary level, we will be easing into the new school year by bringing Grade 1 – 8 students back to school in smaller groups on September 9th, 10th & 11th, 2020.  All Grade 1 – 8 students will be in school beginning Monday, September 14th, 2020.

As per our usual practice, we will implement a staggered entry for Kindergarten students. Year 1 & 2 Orientation Virtual Interviews will take place on Tuesday, September 8th & Wednesday, September 9th, 2020. All Year 2 students will begin on Thursday, September 10th, 2020. All Year 2 students and half of Year 1 Kindergarten students will take place on Friday, September 11th & Monday, September 14th, 2020. All Year 1 & 2 Kindergarten students will attend Tuesday, September 15th, 2020.

STUDENTS ATTENDING SCHOOL FACE-TO-FACE

As per the email you received from our Director, Mr. Pat Daly, the decision was made to have a staggered start to our school year. Please see the chart below for more details. Families can expect a follow-up email with more instructions for the first day of school – please be sure to check your email this week.

MAIN OFFICE OPENS
The Main Office will be open the week of August 31st – September 4th as well as Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. Office hours are from 8:30am – 11:30am and 12:30pm – 3:30 pm. If parents/guardians have questions, kindly call the school office at 905.878.4626 rather then coming to the school in person. Thank you for your cooperation. 

NEW TO KINDERGARTEN INTERVIEWS
Many of our parents of Year 1 FDK students are likely wondering when their entry interviews will take place for the upcoming school year. Finalization of school organization and class lists will take place this week and our classroom teachers and Early Childhood Educators will be reaching out to all families of to set up virtual meetings Tuesday, September 8th & Wednesday, September 9th, 2020. If you do not receive a phone call, please contact the Main Office at 905.878.4626.

PARENTS OF STUDENTS WITH 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 by making arrangements with Mr. B. McCauley –  mccauleyb@hcdsb.org.

Lastly, if your child has experienced a change in their condition over the summer please contact Mr. B. McCauley as well.

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL

Should a student at St. Peter 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 siblings will also have to go home. Parents will be advised to have the child tested for COVID-19. 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 complete. 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 school work 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. For more information about the online delivery model please see here: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/return-to-school-2/learning-and-instruction-elementary/

Families that did not complete the Intention to Return to School Survey are asked to contact the Main Office as soon as possible so that we are able to complete our school organization and re-opening plans. Thank you in advance!

TRANSPORTATION
Information for bus students will be available at www.haltonbus.ca. To access this information, you will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN). REMINDER: There will be no option for Courtesy Seats this year.

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).

BUS EXPECTATION

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. For more information visit: https://www.haltonbus.ca/

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 social 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.
  6. Only ride on the bus to which you are assigned. You may not ride on another bus.

LUNCH TIME SUPERVISOR POSITION

Our school requires additional lunch time supervisors. This is a paid position that involves supervising our students, inside and outside, from 12:05 pm to 1:05pm daily. If you or someone you know is interested in a part-time employment opportunity, please contact the Main Office as soon as possible.

PROMOTING WELL-BEING: Helpful Resources related to COVID-19

Please see the resources below, many of which are applicable to our younger students.

Resources to Support Handwashing:

Videos to support Physical Distancing:

Additional Resources:

For more information about how to wear a mask, please watch this video: https://youtu.be/EC2OxVSX53M

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