Dear St. Scholastica Families,
We are so very excited for our first full week of conventional learning in the classrooms and yard areas of St. Scholastica school. We thank all students and parents for working hard to adhere to our new protocols. We MUST work together to continue to make St. Scholastica a safe place to learn and play.
Here are your weekly reminders and announcements:
DAILY COVID SELF-ASSESSMENT
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 37.8oC)
- 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 Self-Assessment for HCDSB students HERE.
MORNING PROCEDURE FOR GRADE 1-8 STUDENTS
Students will no longer have free time to roam and play throughout the school yard in the morning before school. Please remind your child that when they get to school, prior to our 9:07am warning bell ringing, that they must go directly to their numbered line up area where they first met their teacher on the first day of school. The following is a list of the numbers assigned to each Grade 1-8 class. This will be our practice every morning effective, Monday, September 14th.
Mr. Haase (Gr.8) – 1
Mr. Caruso (Gr. 7) – 2
Mr. Fabiani (Gr. 6/7) – 3
Mrs. Hohnjek/Greco (Gr. 5/6) – 4
Mrs. Prince (Gr. 5) – 5
Mr. Head (Gr. 4) – 6
Ms. Daly (Gr. 3/ 4) – 7
Mrs. Pageau (Gr. 3) – 8
Miss Rowles (Gr. 2/3) – 9
Mrs. Leung (Gr. 2) – 10
Mrs. Fernandez (Gr. 2) – 11
Mme. VanMarcke (Gr. 2 EFI) – 12
Ms. Kuchta (Gr. 2 EFI) – 13
Mrs. Williams (Gr. 1) – 14
Mrs. Woodfine (Gr. 1) – 15
Mrs. Pavelic (Gr. 1 EFI) – 16
Mme Marsetti (Gr. 1 EFI) – 17
Mme Nogiec (Gr. 1 EFI) – 18
Mrs. McGowan (Gr. 1 EFI) – 19
DROP OFF, PICK UP AND KISS AND RIDE PROCEDURES – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY (NEW!)
As St Scholastica continues to grow, so do the number of cars using the kiss-and-ride. In order to continue to provide the safest possible method for drop off and pick up, we are making some slight modifications to our kiss-and-ride.
We will be using the east side (side with the main school entrance) for staff parking and bus drop off/pick up ONLY. The East side will be blocked off daily and will be supervised by a staff member. The only vehicles that will be permitted into this lot are the ones mentioned above. The west side of the school (side with kindergarten yards) will be used for the kiss-and-ride as well as kindergarten parent/guardian parking. We are asking parents/guardians with children in grades 1-8 to only use the kiss-and-ride for both dropping off children in the morning as well as picking up in the afternoon.
The reason we are asking parents in grades 1-8 to only use the kiss-and-ride is so we follow all the protocols created by HCDSB and Halton Region Public Health. They ask parents not to congregate along the fences this year. They continue to add that parents/guardians must immediately leave our properly once their child is dropped off, this change in procedure assists both with ensuring that our Covid-19 protocols are being followed, in addition to removing traffic and congestion in our parking lot and side walk areas. The parking spots are available to kindergarten parents/guardians only as they require more assistance.
The kiss-and-ride will be reduced to one lane so that there is no parking and we ask that everyone stay in their car. The area where students can get out of the car will be lined with pylons. When you pull up to the area lined with pylons, you will be greeted by two staff members who will be happy to help you and/or your children as they disembark from your car. This new process may take a little more time than what you are used to but we are confident it will be safer and more efficient overall. Alternatively, we are encouraging parents/guardians to walk/bike to school with your children to while the weather permits.
We will continue to monitor the changes and if need be, make adjustments accordingly as we go. We do ask that you assist us in ensuring that these procedures are followed – Just as you would sit patiently in a busy drive through at McDonalds or Tim Hortons, we are asking for the same patience and respect for one another while in our kiss-and-ride zone.
KINDERGARTEN DROP OFF AND PICK UP
As mentioned above, Kindergarten parents MUST park in a parking spot on our West side parking lot and walk their child to and from their assigned Kindergarten gate. Kindergarten parents are not to be using the kiss-and-ride lane to drop off our youngest students. Please remember that parents should immediately leave the property once their child has been dropped off at their assigned Kindergarten yard gate and motioned inside by a staff member.
GRADE 1-8 STUDENT AGENDAS – CONVENTIONAL/IN-SCHOOL LEARNERS ONLY
Student agendas have been provided to all Grade 1-8 learners who are participating in face to face learning. Later this week a notification will come to you to indicate that the agenda has been placed as an item for payment on our School Cash Online system. All parents are asked to submit the $8 fee for the student agenda using this cashless collection service. For instructions for how to access school cash online, please see the email that the school sent to you on September 6th (there is a Part 1 and a Part 2 to this email). We are asking that all payments for the student agendas be made by September 25th. Once again – you will receive the notification from School Cash Online once this item has been posted for your payment.
MID DAY DROP OFFS
Parents are reminded to ensure that their child(ren) have everything that they need for their day at school, including lunch items before they leave for school in the morning. Parents are not permitted inside of the school with our heightened COVID protocols and so it is very important to double check that your child has all that she/he needs before they leave in the morning.
BUS DROP OFF AT SCHOOL IN THE AM AND BUS PICK UP AT SCHOOL FOR THE JOURNEY HOME
Bus transportation for eligible riders begins on Monday, September 14th. When students who take a bus to school in the morning arrive at school, a staff member will help them get off of their bus and direct them to their line up areas in the Grade 1-8 yard. Kindergarten students who take the bus in the morning will be assisted off of the bus and then walked to their Kindergarten classroom by a staff member. At the end of the day, bus students will be called down, bus by bus, and will be organized in their proper seating plan positions. They will wait, masked and socially distanced, until a staff member boards them on the bus. All students must sit in their assigned seating plan position as part of our new COVID protocols.
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter:
Yours in Partnership,
Mrs. E. Sweeney-Hurd – Principal
Ms. L. MacLennan – Vice Principal