In preparation for when we can have volunteers back in our schools, parents need to complete a Volunteer Declaration Offence Form. Criminal Reference Checks / Vulnerable Sector Screening and annual declarations filed in the school since September 2019 are valid. If you do not have a criminal reference check on file and would be interested in volunteering at the school, please apply online at: www.haltonpolice.ca
If you currently have a reference check filed at our school, we ask that you complete this online declaration to declare you have had no convictions since 2019. Please note, regular volunteers in the school will need to provide proof of full vaccination or complete regular rapid antigen testing and pass the daily self-screening tool.
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) recognizes its responsibility to provide healthy and safe learning environments for school communities. As such, proof of vaccination or a negative screening test is required for individuals entering Board-operated facilities to maintain safe learning environments for students and staff. The directive applies to various groups of individuals, including Board staff and non-Board staff, that may access Board premises. This requirement does not apply to students of the HCDSB, who are entering Board-facilities for the purpose of schooling.
This protocol was developed to meet the requirements and regulations passed by the Province of Ontario and guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education. Specifically, this protocol seeks to follow the Reopening OntarioAct, 2020, and OntarioRegulation 645/21, which amended Ontario Regulation 354/20, along with guidance communicated to school boards via the Deputy Minister of Education and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
A person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if:
a) they have received,
- the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines
- one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
- three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada; and
b) they received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated.
A regular rapid antigen testing program includes:
a) Twice per week testing
b) Testing should be implemented consistently on a weekly basis with at least 3 days between tests and conducted Sunday to Friday, and
c) Testing should not take place more than 48 hours before attending a Board facility.
d) Volunteers participating in regular rapid antigen testing that are not medically exempt must also complete a COVID-19 vaccination educational program prescribed by the Ministry of Education.
e) Any costs associated with regular rapid antigen testing are the responsibility of the volunteer.