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Weekly Update – Sept 8th

You’re off to great places, today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on our way! ~ Dr. Seuss

New Families to St. Vincent

We extend a warm welcome to our new families that have joined our school community! You will find a welcome letter in your family packages coming home this week. We encourage you to reach out to our welcoming committee to address any questions you have about our school. Our website also provides lots of valuable information.

Preparations for a Safe Start

Our staff has 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. Our schoolyard will have different “zones” to play in with their class cohorts. 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.

We cannot guarantee that we will not have a case of COVID-19 in our school; we just can’t be sure that a student or staff member won’t bring it to school. But we can and will do everything in our power to limit its spread through Infection Control and Prevention strategies including:

  1. daily screening for every student, staff member and visitor
  2. proper hand hygiene
  3. respiratory etiquette including the use of face masks for all staff and students while indoors except when eating
  4. physical distancing measures
  5. working closely with our Halton Public Health Unit

When Someone has Symptoms of COVID-19 at School

Should a student at school exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, they will immediately be brought to the Conference Room in our office area. This will be our “Isolation Room” where they will be cared for and supervised until a parent can pick them up. Any siblings will also have to go home. Parents will be advised to refer to their health practitioner who then may advise the child be tested for COVID-19. They 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 so that the custodian can do an immediate deep clean of the room.

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 and worksheets).

For more information please see here: COVID-19: Reopening Schools

Children Attending Online Schooling

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/

School Hours 2020-21

8:38 AM  Morning Bell

8:40 AM   School Day Begins

10:10-10:25 AM      Recess

11:45-12:45 PM     Lunch (*outside 11:45-12:15, inside 12:15-12:45)

2:05 – 2:20 PM    Recess

3:10 PM           Dismissal

Supervision begins at 8:25 AM. For the safety of your child(ren) we request that your child NOT be on school property until a supervisor is on duty. Encourage your children to use appropriate crosswalks and walkways. Establish routines at home that will assist your child to arrive on time. Please be aware that the volume of traffic in the parking lot increases significantly just prior to the entry bell.  Children arriving late for school must first report to the office for a late slip.

Kiss & Ride

Your assistance and co-operation with morning drop off and evening pick up is essential to ensuring the safety of all our students.  The drop off lane is at the side of the school (please do not drop off students in the front as this is our bussing lane). The drop off lane is to be used for a quick drop off and pick up.  Parents can not exit their car in these lanes and go to the gate to drop off or greet a child.  Due to maintaining safety protocols during COVID-19, parents must drop off their child at the gate and not exit their car nor stay in the playground area. This is to ensure the health and safety of our staff and students. Thank you for your cooperation with our parking lot guidelines.

Family Information Packages

We will send home our Family Information/Consent Form, Registration Verification Form and Physical Activity Form beginning the first day of school (September 9th). These forms should be found in a labeled envelope in your child’s agenda or backpack. A copy of the St. Vincent Code of Conduct can be found in the front of your child’s agenda and also on our website under ‘Safety and Well-being’ https://elem.hcdsb.org/stvincent/

Please complete and return all forms to the school as soon as possible. We will be following current safety protocols in handling materials. We need to have up to date information in order to contact you in case of an emergency.

Medical Perils

We will be using the current Student Plan of Care for our medical peril students. Please ensure you have updated the office of any changes to your child’s plan of care. Once the Board has updated the medical peril forms, we will send those packages to parents to update and return to the office.

Please be aware that St. Vincent School strives to be a nut aware environment. We have students with life-threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Even a trace of nut oil from one child’s fingers to a desk surface can cause a deadly reaction. Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as well since we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter.

Safe Arrival Program

The Safe Arrival program has been established to ensure that your child arrives safely at school. We appreciate your cooperation in calling the school to let us know that your child(ren) will not be attending at 905-849-0777. Parents are encouraged to use the School Messanger app to record absences.

Bicycle Safety

If your children ride bicycles to school, we remind you to ensure that your children’s bicycles are roadworthy, that your children are familiar with the rules of the road, and that their bicycles conform to local municipal by-laws with respect to licensing, operation and equipment. All students need to wear helmets when riding a bicycle. They must ride them to the edge of school property and then walk.

Skateboards, Scooters, Roller-Blades, Wheelies

Please note that under board policy No.Iv-5c Playground Safety, skateboards, scooters and roller-blades are prohibited for use during the instructional day. Students will be allowed to use the roller-blades, wheelies, scooters and skateboards as a method of transportation to school as they would a bicycle. However, the same rules apply. They must ride them to the edge of school property and then walk.

Transportation

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). Please note that there will be no option for Courtesy Seats this year.

Uniforms

A reminder that students are expected to be in full uniform for the first day of school. More information can be found here: ISW Uniforms

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Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – Sept 8th