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Weekly Update: Week of September 28th, 2020

Mask Update

Thank you to all the parents who are wearing masks at pick up and drop off times when exiting their vehicles.  This is so important in continuing to move things forward.  We recognize that there might be guardians with mask accommodations, so we are asking that you maintain a 6-foot distance from other families.  Our students are showing great resilience around wearing masks and we feel as though we need to support them by modelling the best behaviours.  Please continue to wear your masks!

Opt in/Opt out-After Thanksgiving Weekend

A survey went out to all parents/guardians in our community this past week and we are asking that everyone respond.  The survey asks for those who wish to change their child’s current learning environment.  Please ensure that you have read the email and are making the best decision for the needs of your family. 

Please note, you will not be able to make any changes past the date outlined in the email sent to you by the board (Thursday, October 1st).  Once the due date has passed, no changes will be made to your child’s learning environment.  By this, we mean, if you are currently enrolled in conventional learning (in school) and you want to move online, you must meet the deadline, or your child will remain in the conventional learning model.  Conversely, if your child is learning virtually, (online) and you do not respond to the survey, your child will remain online. 

We would also like to ensure that you understand that with every transition there may be reorganization at the school level.  We appreciate your continued patience and support.   

Kiss-and-Ride

Thank you to everyone who has made our Kiss-and-Ride a great success!   We still have parents who are backing up/reversing and we are very concerned as many guardians and their children, walk in between the cars.  Please consider driving forward and going around the loop again as the timeline has drastically improved over the last two weeks.  Lastly, we are always available and happy to load and unload your children so that you do not have to get out of your cars. 

Covid-19 Symptoms

We continue to follow the guidelines outlined by Halton Public Health.  We are asking that if your child is showing signs of a cold (headache, sniffles, cough, stomach-ache…) that you keep them at home to monitor them.  Once they are symptom-free for 24 hours and you have completed the Online School Daily Screening Tool, your child may return to school.  Otherwise, if your child comes to school and exhibits any of the symptoms outlined in the Return to School Protocol, you will be asked to do one of the following three procedures:

As per the direction from the Board if a child is symptomatic at school the next steps are:

  1. Seek medical attention or medical direction (call your doctor or Halton Regional Public Health 311)

OR

  • Get a COVID-19 test

OR

  • Self-isolate for 14 days

Once you have done one of the above-mentioned steps, and your child(ren) are symptom-free for 24 hours, then email either Mrs. Sweeney-Hurd (Sweeney-hurde@hcdsb.org) and/or Ms. MacLennan (maclennanl@hcdsb.org ) to indicate your children will be returning to school.

The following links have been provided for your reference:

Yearbooks

Can you imagine how great it will be to be able to memorialize the past year?!  No one could have imagined how we have gotten to where we are today.  The virtual learning platform operational in less than two weeks, curbside graduation, personal item pick-up and a “summer break”…all going “smoothly” since March 12, 2020.   While these memories look different, they are important to capture, and we feel as though we have in our 2019-2020 yearbook.  They are in and students who wish to have a record of the last year that reflects two thirds of the year in school and the remainder of the year in distance learning can now purchase them online!  It will be live on “Cash Online” beginning on September 28th and it will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis as there are only 185 books available for purchase.   

Bussing

We continue to become more and more efficient as the days go by.  Please ensure that you have reviewed proper safety measure with your children.  Some things to consider:

  1. For your children…if the bus arrives and your parents are not there to pick you up, please stay on the bus and let the driver know. You will be taken back to school where your parents can meet you.
  2. Parents, please arrive 5-10 minutes early at your child’s stop, as it will take a couple of weeks to streamline, only to be impacted by weather/snow/rain…
  3. Should any problems arise, and you are unable to reach anyone at school, please contact https://www.haltonbus.ca/.

Thanksgiving

We recognize that many of us continue to make sacrifices to ensure that we are successful in keeping schools open.  We have great protocols in place and feel very strongly that we will continue to progress.  It will not be without challenges.  For this reason, we ask everyone to do their part outside of the school day.  As the Thanksgiving Day long weekend approaches, we ask that everyone continue to follow the guidelines outlined by our region.  We are all in this together and strive for the same positive outcomes.  Please consider your gatherings and what you can do to mitigate any exposure. 

Elementary Vice-PrincipalWeekly Update: Week of September 28th, 2020