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Weekly Update – Sept. 14th

The Greatest gift you can give your children is not your own riches, but revealing to them their own.

Max Lucado

Thank You!

A big thank you to our parents, students and staff for working together to ensure a safe start to our school year. Parents did a great job with the Kiss and Ride by staying in their cars and keeping the area safe. Students wore their masks and followed the safety protocols we have in place. Our staff did a fabulous job in preparing and educating our students on the health and safety procedures. Working together, we will create a safe and happy place for our students to learn!

Parish News

Please see a special welcome back message from Father Con and Lynette:

Please visit our Parish link on our website for important news and events happening at St. Andrew’s Church. We have posted the important dates for the sacraments and information evenings occurring this school year on our school website calendar.

Daily Self 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.

What happens if your child feels unwell at school?

It is important for your son or daughter to let their teacher know if they are feeling unwell at school.

Students who show signs/symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will be taken to our school’s ‘isolation room’ and we will contact the parent or guardian to come and pick them up. Parents will be asked to pick up siblings as well.

It is very important that we have current contact information for all of our families so that we can get in touch with you quickly. Please contact our school office if there have been any recent changes to your contact information. All parents must provide the school with an Emergency Contact who is available during the day in the event that parents are themselves unavailable.

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. Only visits that are deemed absolutely essential will be approved – e.g. visits by the Fire Marshal’s office or by public health. 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. 

Lunches for Elementary Students

For the health and safety of our students and school community, it is strongly recommended that all K-8 students remain at school for the full duration of their lunch periods. No student shall be permitted to leave school property during the lunch hour unless in the company of a designated caregiver.

As we limit visitors to our school throughout the day, lunch drop-offs will not be permitted during the school day.

At this time, due to safety protocols, there will be no lunch or milk programs. Parents and guardians are asked to provide their child(ren) with lunch in the morning before students enter the school building.

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.


School bus transportation to and from school will be available beginning Monday, September 14, 2020. Students will be assigned a bus number and the bus driver will give this seat number to your child on the first day of riding the bus. We also have a record of the seat numbers for our students. It is imperative that you discuss with your child the importance of remaining in their assigned seat so we can keep everyone as safe as possible!

For more information, visit the HSTS website at: Courtesy Seats Will Not Be Offered on School Buses for the 2020-21 School Year

Family Consent Forms

A September package was sent home with your child on the first day of school as per usual. These packages include important information, consent forms for your child to participate in our Physical Education program, Family Consent Forms, and Student Verification Forms. Please read, sign, and return these forms to the classroom teachers by Friday, September 18th.

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.

If your child has a change in their condition, please contact Mrs. Van Hooydonk in this case.

Catholic School Council

If you interested in joining our Catholic School Council please email Mrs. Van Hooydonk to request a form. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, September 18th at 9:00 am. Please note that no further nominations will be considered after this date and time.

Should a vote be necessary, the community will be invited to do so via electronic ballot the week of September 21st, 2020

Our Catholic School Council plays an active role at St. Vincent by determining school priorities and budgeting. We meet approximately 6 times a year and it is important to know that we need committed members able to attend meetings. At this time, meetings will be held virtually through an online platform.

Code of Conduct

At St. Vincent Catholic School we encourage our students to be on their best behaviour ~ always and everywhere. To this end, there is a Code of Conduct that appears in the front pages of each school agenda. Staff will discuss these expectations over the next few weeks. All adults and students are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct when on school property and in the school building. Please take a moment to discuss the Code of Conduct which can be found on our school website here: Code of Conduct

Concussion Protocol

Recent research shows that a concussion can have very serious implications on a child`s cognitive and physical abilities. Parents and guardians are reminded that a comprehensive protocol, based on current research and best practices, has been developed to help parents, students, and staff prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. More information, including a Parent Fact Sheet, can be found on the Board`s website at:

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