Monthly Archives: September 2020

Important New Guidelines for Siblings of Ill Students

We have had a very good start to the school year so far, and our staff are doing a great job keeping our schools healthy, clean and safe.  All of our COVID safety protocols appear to be working and we are so grateful to all our staff and students.

Last Thursday (September 24th), Region of Waterloo Public Health updated the guidance and protocols involving school attendance for siblings of ill students.

PREVIOUSLY – any school-attending sibling(s) or parent(s) of ill students were required to “self-isolate” at home until their ill sibling / child had either received a negative COVID-19 test OR been cleared by a doctor to return to school — and were free of COVID-19 symptoms for 24 hours.

NOW — any school-attending sibling(s) or parent(s) of ill students are allowed to attend school so long as they are asymptomatic themselves and will rigorously “self-monitor” for the onset of COVID-19 symptoms. This means a sibling will NOT be sent home at the same time as a child who may not be feeling well. However, their ill sibling must still self-isolate until they have either received a negative COVID-19 test OR been cleared by a doctor to return to school – and are free of COVID-19 symptoms for 24 hours.

PLEASE NOTE — Symptomatic children or school staff who have a known exposure to a case of COVID-19 during their infectious period or have travelled in the past 14 days, (and their household contacts) must still self-isolate pending the test result of the symptomatic individual, and must not attend work or school until the symptomatic individual(s) receive a negative test.

We do want to continue maintaining safe and healthy learning environments for all our students, so we also encourage all families and individuals to use the Ontario government’s school screening tool, available at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

The screening tool is also available on our WCDSB homepage at https://www.wcdsb.ca/

Please look for the yellow banner at the top of that page.

Reminders and Upcoming Events

Happy Monday Tigers!

Here are a few reminders and happenings this week:

Transitioning Learning Environments: DEADLINE IS TODAY, SEPT 28 at 6:00 pm

If you plan to change the learning environment for your child after Thanksgiving please complete the online form. Do not complete this form if your child is going to stay in the same learning environment.

While we want all of our students to be with us in a face to face learning environment we respect your decision as parents/ guardians to do what is best for your family. Please note that if you choose face to face learning, your child will be expected to attend school every day. Teachers will not be sending home work for students if you change your mind and decide to keep your child home for an extended period of time. The exception to this will be absences that are related to illness.

The deadline for transitioning your child’s learning environment is September 28th at 6pm. There will be NO exceptions to this time frame.

The next window for switching learning environments will be November 4th 9am – November 6th 6pm. The change over in learning environments is effective November 23rd.

For more information about Remote Learning please see the St. Isidore page on our school board website.

School Cash Online forms

Please make sure you have completed all back to school forms by September 30th at the latest. This start up information is very important and we appreciate you taking the time to complete this as soon as possible.

CSAC: Catholic School Advisory Council

If you are interested in joining CSAC this year please make sure you have completed the form on School Cash Online by September 30th at the latest. Our first introductory meeting with be held virtually on Wednesday September 30th at 6:00pm. Our meetings, until further notice, will occur virtually.

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day!

Orange shirt day is an annual event that started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of the Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today.

The phrase “Every Child Matters” reminds everyone that children are such an important and integral part of our communities and that they are our future generations of changemakers. By wearing an orange shirt, we have an opportunity to bring awareness to the history of residential schools and to stand up against other injustices that may impact our children/students.

http://www.orangeshirtday.org/

Background information on Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters

https://www.ictinc.ca/blog/what-is-orange-shirt-day

http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/national-orange-shirt-day-promotes-healing-and-reconciliation-1.2782559

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/09/29/orange-shirt-day-residential-schools_n_12250652.html

http://www.etfo.ca/BuildingAJustSociety/FNMI/Pages/OrangeShirtDay.aspx

Thanksgiving Food Drive

We are collecting items for our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Please see flyer below if you can support.

 

SVDP – TERRY FOX RUN 2020

St. Vincent de Paul – Terry Fox Run 2020

This year the Terry Fox Foundation is celebrating its 40th year!

For the last 6 years, the St. Vincent de Paul school community has raised a total of $12,615.  WAY TO GO TIGERS! 

This year we will run the TOONIES FOR TERRY Campaign once again to help raise funds for cancer research and to carry on the dream.

Due to COVID-10 protocols, we are not able to accept cash donations at this time. All donations can be made via CASH ONLINE starting Friday, October 2nd and ending Friday, October 9th.

Students will be competing against other cohorts to see how many laps around the perimeter of the school they can do during The week of Monday, October 5th to Friday, October 9th.  Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather all week.

Thank you so much for your support!
Mrs. Ahearn, Ms. Hamilton, Mrs. Giosi

Elementary Transition Form now LIVE

Dear Tigers!

If you plan to change the learning environment for your child after Thanksgiving please complete the online form. Do not complete this form if your child is going to stay in the same learning environment.

The window for transitioning your child’s learning environment is September 24th 9am – September 28th 6pm. There will be no exceptions to this time frame. The change over in learning environments is effective Tuesday October 13th.

Here is a direct link to the Elementary Transition Form.

The next window for switching learning environments will be November 4th 9am – November 6th 6pm. The change over in learning environments is effective November 23rd.

For more information about Remote Learning please see the St. Isidore page on our school board website.

Changing Learning Environments: Opens Today at 9:00 am

Dear Tiger Parents / Guardians,

When we commenced the school year back in early September, the WCDSB announced that the first transition point for families to switch their children from virtual learning to face to face learning (or vice versa), would be the Thanksgiving weekend.

In Elementary Schools: families/students may transition after the Thanksgiving weekend — but after that it will be only at Progress Reports in November and the first Report Card in January.

In Secondary Schools: families/students may only transfer between learning modalities at the end of the term (November and, thereafter, end of January).

To assist in planning to accommodate the needs of families, interested families with students in elementary schools will find the transition form on our main webpage from Sept 24th  at 9 a.m. to Sept 28th at 6 p.m.  Requests must be made within this window of time. You do not have access to the Transition Form at this time. The form will be available on our main webpage for the above listed time period in the spotlight section – www.wcdsb.ca

Information On How to Change Learning Environments

Dear Tiger Parents / Guardians:

When we commenced the school year back in early September, the WCDSB announced that the first transition point for families to switch their children from virtual learning to face to face learning (or vice versa), would be the Thanksgiving weekend.

In Elementary Schools: families/students may transition after the Thanksgiving weekend — but after that it will be only at Progress Reports in November and the first Report Card in January.

In Secondary Schoolsfamilies/students may only transfer between learning modalities at the end of the term (November and, thereafter, end of January).

To assist in planning to accommodate the needs of families, interested families with students in elementary schools will find the transition form on our main webpage from Sept 24th  at 9 a.m. to Sept 28th at 6 p.m.  Requests must be made within this window of time. You do not have access to the Transition Form at this time. The form will be available on our main webpage for the above listed time period in the spotlight section – www.wcdsb.ca

COVID-19 Parent and Caregiver Information from Public Health

Hi Tigers,

Please carefully read the information below:

The following information is from the Region of Waterloo Public Health Department

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COVID-19 Parent and Caregiver Information

My child was sent home from school with COVID symptoms. Now what?

  • Your child should self-isolate at home, and get tested. All siblings attending school will also be sent home. Click here for information about the assessment centres.
  • If you think the symptoms are related to an existing or other illness, please see your health care provider for clinical assessment
  • While your child is waiting for test results or outcome of clinical assessment all household members should self-isolate.
  • If your child gets a negative test result your child and any siblings may return to school once they have been symptom free for 24 hours
  • If the result is positive, Public Health will contact you
  • If your child does not get tested or get an assessment by a health care provider the child and all household members including siblings will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

    My child has COVID symptoms. Now what?

  • If your child has any symptoms of COVID-19, they should not attend school, self- isolate at home, and get tested. All siblings attending school will need to self- isolate at home
  • If you think the symptoms are related to an existing or other illness, please see your health care provider for clinical assessment
  • While your child is waiting for test results or outcome of clinical assessment all household members should self-isolate.
  • Call your child’s school to report your child’s absence and symptoms
  • If your child gets a negative test result your child and any siblings may return to school once they have been symptom free for 24 hours
  • If the result is positive, Public Health will contact you
  • If your child does not get tested or get an assessment by a health care provider the child and any household members, including siblings, will need to self-isolate for 14 days

Mid-Week Friendly Reminders

Hi Tiger Families

Parents/Guardians: Just a friendly reminder, when you are dropping off or picking up your child, please don’t forget to model physical distancing and wear a mask.

Also, if you have not had a chance, visit School Cash Online for many important forms that need to be completed.

 

Important Forms: School Cash Online

Hi Tiger Families!
Please take a few minutes and visit School Cash Online. There are many IMPORTANT forms that need to be completed. If your child is attending St. Isidore for remote learning, you still need to complete the forms through St. Vincent de Paul Cash Online.
Thanks for your attention to the matter!

A Great First Week

After 6 long months, we have FINALLY! gathered together as a community and we have truly started moving a mountain! To say this school start up has been unlike any other is a HUGE understatement! Yes, it has brought for all of us (staff, students, and parents/guardians alike!) many challenges, some tears, lots of anxiety, and so many questions! But, as we start our second week, we can say with confidence this start up has also brought out the best in all of us.

Each day, we have made an effort to greet each other on the yard, at drop off and pick up, and in the halls, with eye contact…because that is all we can see. We have smiled with our eyes (and shed tears from them, too!) but we have made extra effort to connect on a human level. This is what builds community.

We have more protocols and procedures than we have ever had to follow before, and yes, they will continue to change and evolve.  Thank you for trusting us to do the right thing (i.e., yard bubbles), even when it is not the popular thing (or the previously “normal” thing). We are doing this because we care. Together, we have an opportunity to make this year a positive, and safe learning experience for all at St. Vincent de Paul.

For those of you choosing remote learning for your child, we respect there are many factors at play in your decision to keep your child(ren) at home. We also know the staff of St. Isidore, our new virtual school, will do amazing things to support you, and your child, in the virtual learning environment. If/ when you are ready to return to face to face learning, we are here for your family. Regardless of the learning environment, we are all in this together and we will do our best to provide for the kids.

Early this week, parents/guardians will be asked to complete our school start up forms. These forms will be available for completion through School Cash Online. Even if your child is attending St. Isidore, we will still need you to complete these forms. This year, we will not be sending home the Student Verification Forms. If you have any change of phone number, email, emergency contacts, etc., please contact the school and we can make those changes. A newswire and school messenger will be sent out to let you know that the forms are ready on School Cash Online.

To our St. Isidore students, if you would like a Student Kit full of learning materials, please contact the school and we can arrange a pick up time for you to collect these kits.

Thank you for your trust, patience, and cooperation as we continue to work together and support one another through this challenging but important school year. It will take some time for routines to be established and for staff and students to adjust to this new “norm” but with patience and trust we will get through this together.

#WeGotThis! #GatheredToBecome # WCDSBAwesome #Community

 

Ms. Erin Lemak                    Mr. Richard Resendes

Principal                                Vice Principal

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