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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

Welcome Back Grade 7 and 8’s: Sept 11, 2020

Welcome back Gr 7 and Gr 8 Tigers!

Here is some additional information before you arrive:

  • Please complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment (link found here) before you leave for school in the morning.
  • Supervision begins at 8:45 a.m., bell rings at 9:00 a.m.
  • Cars are not permitted into the school parking lot (except for YMCA Daycare and staff permit holders).  You may park on any side street but please pay attention to parking by-law signs. You cannot park right on Faial Road. It is a no stopping zone and you will receive a ticket.
  • Cars are also not permitted in our bus zones. The driveway will be blocked off from 8:45-9:00 am and 3:30-3:45 pm daily.
  • Please use the walkway located near the YMCA daycare. This will lead you to the blacktop. Parents are reminded to socially distance as many parents will be dropping off their children. Once you reach the blacktop, please say goodbye to your child(ren). A staff member will help them find their classroom teacher.
  • Parents are not permitted on the blacktop or schoolyard for safety.
  • Cones will be set up outside for the Grade 7 and 8 students to show where to line up
  • Staff will be on the blacktop with class lists if your child(ren) is/are unsure about who is his/her teacher.
  • If it is a light rain, the students will line-up outside.
  • If it is a heavier rain, parents are to drop off their child(ren) outside where the blacktop meets the pathway (behind the YMCA daycare/near the church parking lot). Teachers will be at the doors to direct the students.  Parents are prohibited from entering the school.
  • In order to eliminate overcrowding on the yard, we will be having two different recesses and lunches. Our Grade 1-3 will have a separate recess and lunch from our Gr 4-8.
  • If your child is in Grade 1-3: Lunch is 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; eating from 11:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. If your child is in Grade 4-8, Lunch is 12:25-1:25; eating from 12:25-12:45.
  • Dismissal at the end of the day is 3:30 p.m.
  • At the end of the day, students will be dismissed at the back doors and parents can pick up their children where the blacktop meets the pathway (behind the YMCA daycare/near the church parking lot)
  • Do not forget to pack a healthy lunch and snacks (lunch bag, backpack), mask(s), hand sanitizer (optional), raincoat or umbrella (optional) and a water bottle. 🙂

Looking forward to seeing our Grade 7 and 8 tomorrow!

Welcome Back Grade 5 and 6’s: Sept 10, 2020

Welcome back Gr 5 and Gr 6 Tigers!

Here is some additional information before you arrive:

  • Please complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment (link found here) before you leave for school in the morning.
  • Supervision begins at 8:45 a.m., bell rings at 9:00 a.m.
  • Cars are not permitted into the school parking lot (except for YMCA Daycare and staff permit holders).  You may park on any side street but please pay attention to parking by-law signs. You cannot park right on Faial Road. It is a no stopping zone and you will receive a ticket.
  • Cars are also not permitted in our bus zones. The driveway will be blocked off from 8:45-9:00 am and 3:30-3:45 pm daily.
  • Please use the walkway located near the YMCA daycare. This will lead you to the blacktop. Parents are reminded to socially distance as many parents will be dropping off their children. Once you reach the blacktop, please say goodbye to your child(ren). A staff member will help them find their classroom teacher.
  • Parents are not permitted on the blacktop or schoolyard for safety.
  • Cones will be set up outside for the Grade 5 and 6 students to show where to line up (by teacher name).
  • Staff will be on the blacktop with class lists if your child(ren) is/are unsure about who is his/her teacher.
  • If it is a light rain, the students will line-up outside.
  • If it is a heavier rain, parents are to drop off their child(ren) outside where the blacktop meets the pathway (behind the YMCA daycare/near the church parking lot). Teachers will be at the doors to direct the students.  Parents are prohibited from entering the school.
  • In order to eliminate overcrowding on the yard, we will be having two different recesses and lunches. Our Grade 1-3 will have a separate recess and lunch from our Gr 4-8.
  • If your child is in Grade 1-3: Lunch is 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; eating from 11:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. If you child is in Grade 4-8, Lunch is 12:25-1:25; eating from 12:25-12:45.
  • Dismissal at the end of the day is 3:30 p.m.
  • At the end of the day, students will be dismissed at the back doors and parents can pick up their children where the blacktop meets the pathway (behind the YMCA daycare/near the church parking lot)
  • Do not forget to pack a healthy lunch and snacks (lunch bag, backpack), mask(s), hand sanitizer (optional), raincoat or umbrella (optional) and a water bottle. 🙂

Looking forward to seeing our Grade 5 and 6 tomorrow!

Sept 8 Update and Welcome SK, Gr 3 and 4 on Sept 9

Updates and Welcome Gr 3 and 4 on Wednesday Sept 9th

We were so excited to welcome back all of our Grade 1 and 2 students today. Tomorrow, we look forward to seeing our Grade 3 and 4 students and our SK’s! A big Tiger welcome to our newest Tigers!

Thank you…..

Mrs. Bartlett and Mrs. Soares, our Administrative Assistants, have worked tirelessly to prepare for the school startup and we greatly appreciate all they have done, and continue to do, to welcome our families to St. Vincent de Paul. While you won’t be able to see them face to face you will hear them smile through the phone should you need to call the Main Office. Thank you, Mrs. Bartlett and Mrs. Soares!

Special thanks to our custodians! The school is looking fantastic and squeaky clean! COVID has increased the workload for custodians exponentially; so much to clean and so much additional furniture to remove from classrooms, and 6 portables! It is no small feat to keep a rapidly growing community moving forward. We are truly grateful to Mr. Pimentel, Ms. DaCosta and Ms. Saunders for all they do to support the St. Vincent de Paul community on a daily basis.

Thank you to all the St. Vincent de Paul staff who have put a tremendous amount of energy and care into providing the safest learning environment for every student this year. There are so many changes to consider and regulations to follow. But, we know these are the things we need to do to keep everyone safe, and that is the most important factor to consider as we move forward this year.

Bus Students: Do Not Ride forms

If your child is a bus student they will be put on the bus at the end of every day UNLESS you have completed a DO NOT RIDE form through Student Transportation Services. Information can be found at www.stswr.ca

Anaphylaxis Policy: APH005

The following information is taken directly from the WCDSB Anaphylaxis policy:

Look-A-Like Products To Peanut Butter (e.g. SchoolSafe Soy Butter – WOWBUTTER; Sunbutter (sunflower seeds); Golden Pea Butter (peas and Omega 3 canola oil): School Administrator is to communicate to school community to refrain from sending look-a-like products to peanut butter to school with your child.

  • It is impossible to differentiate between these products and peanut butter; in fact, these products are almost identical in colour, consistency, smell and taste to peanut butter. Therefore, the Board is requesting that parents do not send their children to school with look-a-like products to peanut butter such as “WOWBUTTER”, “PEABUTTER” and “SUNBUTTER” in sandwiches until the products are available in a colour other than tan, the colour of peanut butter. If not already done so, please bring the above information to the attention of your school community via your school newsletter and/or school website. If a student brings this product into the school, an alternative setting to eat their lunch/snack is to be provided.

If your child is in a classroom where there is a life threatening allergy other than nuts, you will receive a separate letter outlining additional precautions. Thank you for your cooperation.

Plan of Care Reminders: Life Threatening Conditions

If your child has a life threatening condition (e.g., heart condition, asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes, epilepsy/seizures) please indicate this as part of your start up forms. If this is a new condition or you are a new student to our school, you will be contacted by Ms. Lemak and we will create a Plan of Care for your child.

If your child has a Plan of Care from the 2019-2020 school year, you will receive a letter and a copy of last year’s plan. Please read this information carefully so we can update your child’s plan of care in a timely manner. We have provided your child’s teacher with a copy of last year’s plan and they will receive a finalized version once any updates occur.

Welcome back Gr 3 and Gr 4 Tigers and our SK Friends!

Here is some additional information before you arrive:

  • Please complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment (link found here) before you leave for school in the morning.
  • Supervision begins at 8:45 a.m., bell rings at 9:00 a.m.
  • Cars are not permitted into the school parking lot (except for YMCA Daycare and staff permit holders).  You may park on any side street but please pay attention to parking by-law signs. You cannot park right on Faial Road. It is a no stopping zone and you will receive a ticket.
  • Cars are also not permitted in our bus zones. The driveway will be blocked off from 8:45-9:00 am and 3:30-3:45 pm daily.
  • Please use the walkway located near the YMCA daycare. This will lead you to the blacktop. Parents are reminded to socially distance as many parents will be dropping off their children. Once you reach the blacktop, please say goodbye to your child(ren). A staff member will help them find their classroom teacher.
  • Parents are not permitted on the blacktop or schoolyard for safety.
  • Cones will be set up outside for the Grade 3 and 4 students to show where to line up (by teacher name).
  • Staff will be on the blacktop with class lists if your child(ren) is/are unsure about who is his/her teacher.
  • If it is a light rain, the students will line-up outside.
  • If it is a heavier rain, parents are to drop off their child(ren) outside where the blacktop meets the pathway (behind the YMCA daycare/near the church parking lot). Teachers will be at the doors to direct the students.  Parents are prohibited from entering the school.
  • In order to eliminate overcrowding on the yard, we will be having two different recesses and lunches. Our Grade 1-3 will have a separate recess and lunch from our Gr 4-8.
  • If your child is in Grade 1-3: Lunch is 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; eating from 11:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. If you child is in Grade 4-8, Lunch is 12:25-1:25; eating from 12:25-12:45.
  • Dismissal at the end of the day is 3:30 p.m.
  • At the end of the day, students will be dismissed at the back doors and parents can pick up their children where the blacktop meets the pathway (behind the YMCA daycare/near the church parking lot)
  • Do not forget to pack a healthy lunch and snacks (lunch bag, backpack), mask(s), hand sanitizer (optional), raincoat or umbrella (optional) and a water bottle. 🙂

Looking forward to seeing our Grade 3 and 4 and SK students tomorrow!

September 8, 2020 ~ First Day of School Information for Grades 1 and 2

Welcome back Gr 1 and Gr 2 Tigers!

We are looking forward to seeing our Grade 1 and Grade 2 students tomorrow!

Here is some additional information before you arrive:

  • Please complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment (link found here) before you leave for school in the morning.
  • Supervision begins at 8:45 a.m., bell rings at 9:00 a.m.
  • Cars are not permitted into the school parking lot (except for YMCA Daycare and staff permit holders).  You may park on any side street but please pay attention to parking by-law signs. You cannot park right on Faial Road. It is a no stopping zone and you will receive a ticket.
  • Cars are also not permitted in our bus zones. The driveway will be blocked off from 8:45-9:00 am and 3:30-3:45 pm daily.
  • Please use the walkway located near the YMCA daycare. This will lead you to the blacktop. Parents are reminded to socially distance as many parents will be dropping off their children. Once you reach the blacktop, please say goodbye to your child(ren). A staff member will help them find their classroom teacher.
  • Parents are not permitted on the blacktop or schoolyard for safety.
  • Cones will be set up outside for the Grade 1 and 2 students to show where to line up (by teacher name).
  • Staff will be on the blacktop with class lists if your child(ren) is/are unsure about who is his/her teacher.
  • If it is a light rain, the students will line-up outside.
  • If it is a heavier rain, parents are to drop off their child(ren) outside where the blacktop meets the pathway (behind the YMCA daycare/near the church parking lot). Teachers will be at the doors to direct the students.  Parents are prohibited from entering the school.
  • Lunch is 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; eating from 11:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
  • Dismissal at the end of the day is 3:30 p.m.
  • At the end of the day, students will be dismissed at the back doors and parents can pick up their children where the blacktop meets the pathway (behind the YMCA daycare/near the church parking lot)
  • Do not forget to pack a healthy lunch and snacks (lunch bag, backpack), mask(s), hand sanitizer (optional), raincoat or umbrella (optional) and a water bottle. 🙂

Looking forward to seeing our Grade 1 and 2 students tomorrow!

Labour Day weekend Update #1

This September startup has been unique for sure! School boards across the province have been presented with challenges and uncertainties, and changes that seem to come at us daily. However, we are working as a team at Waterloo Catholic, and St. Vincent de Paul, to provide the best startup possible for your children. They deserve our absolute best effort and attention to detail! This past week, staff completed three days of professional development related to COVID safety protocols, student mental health and well-being, and enhanced online and remote teaching and learning strategies. Staff have also been working diligently to prepare welcoming classrooms for students while respecting new COVID restrictions. We are all stepping up to do our very best for our students.

Below, you will find a number of important informational items. Please read this message in its entirety.

A reminder about our staggered Return to School:

  • Tuesday, Sept 8: Grades 1 and 2
  • Wednesday, Sept 9: Grades 1-4
  • Thursday, Sept 10: Grades 1-6
  • Friday, Sept 11: Grades 1-9

Kindergarten:

Tuesday, Sept 8:Year 1 (JK) families have already been notified of their first day visit times 

Wednesday, Sept 9: all Year 2 (SK) students attend and continue to attend everyday

Thursday, Sept 10: All Year 2 (SK) students attend and half of the Year 1 (JK) students attend

Friday, Sept 11: All Year 2 (SK) students attend and the other half of the Year 1 (JK) students attend.

Monday, Sept 14: All Year 1 (JK) and Year 2 (SK) students attend

PLEASE NOTE: if you have a grade 7 child assigned to the Grade 6/7 split class they may choose to attend school on Thursday September 10th for their first day of school

Families were informed of their classroom teacher on Friday, Sept 4 through School Cash Online. If you happened to receive 2 notifications with 2 different teachers, please contact the school and we can help clear up any confusion. Our student database has been switched over to another system and not all information transferred over correctly. We apologize for the error and confusion.

Our goal at St. Vincent de Paul is to have balanced classes. A balanced class reflects the diversity of our community and allows a variety of interests and talents within our learners to emerge and be appreciated. Like families, the class unit provides a balance of opportunities for a range of learners to achieve through appropriate challenges. Each new year brings opportunities to meet and make new friends and expand our circle of acquaintances.

Listed below are a few of the criteria we use to build classes:

  • balance of ability, interests, and talents
  • balance according to gender
  • a diversity of learning styles
  • social blending: what is the best cluster of individuals to learn effectively and efficiently?

As educators, we have invested a tremendous amount of time and energy in developing classes with the best interests of all students in mind. We ask that you respect our professional judgement and refrain from requesting a change to your child’s classroom placement.

Finally, the addition of remote learning due to COVID has caused a significant shift in our planning and classroom structures.

First Day Procedures

Just a reminder that parents/visitors are NOT permitted on the school yard. This is for all of our children’s safety and especially to limit community contact. On the first day of school and subsequent days, we are asking that our families say goodbye to their children at the sidewalks surrounding the school.  Staff will be available to greet and direct students to their designated areas. If you are unsure as to who your child’s teacher is, staff will be available to assist you.

Visitors & Volunteers

  • Parents and volunteers are valued members of our school communities but given the many increased steps that are being taken to minimize contacts in our school buildings all non-essential visits to the school will be denied.
  • Should a parent need to drop off or pick up a child outside regular bell times please call the main office 15 minutes in advance so we can get your child ready for pick up
  • Use the buzzer at the front of the school and wait for the Principal or Vice Principal to meet you outside
  • You will not be permitted access to the building unless there is an emergency
  • A face mask must be worn if a visitor/ parent needs to enter the building and all visitors must sign in
  • An important reminder: our school day starts at 9:00. If your child is late, they MUST sign in at the front office and parents will remain outside of the building.
  • Supervision on the yard does not start until 8:45. Students should not be on they yard before 8:45.

Students

  • All students (or guardians on their behalf) will be asked to engage in a daily self-assessment before reporting to school and anyone feeling unwell or identifying a concern based on their self-assessment should not report to school. COVID self-assessment 
  • Students may return to school 24 hours AFTER having any illness symptoms, including cold, cough, stomachache, etc.  If your child feels unwell in the morning – keep them home.
  • All students from Kindergarten to 12 are required to wear masks. Please ensure these are school appropriate and labeled for your child
  • Students will be wearing masks but will have multiple mask breaks outside during outdoor learning opportunities.  Therefore, sending multiple masks is essential in case they get lost or dirty!
  • Each elementary student will be provided with a learning kit/bag. This bag will contain basic school supplies and the contents will be standardized based on grade level.

When a Child is Sick:

We would like to share with you the process we have been directed to follow for children who are at school and develop COVID related symptoms or who let us know they are not feeling well.

  • The classroom teacher will contact the office and an administrator, or designate, will bring the student to the office.
  • The administrator, or designate, will escort the student to our isolation room where we will discuss how they are feeling and gain insight as to what their symptoms might be.
  • If a child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (which in some cases can mirror other illnesses), we will be contacting parents to come and pick up the child immediately.
  • When you come to pick up your child, we will let you know the symptoms your child communicated to us. You will be encouraged to consult with a health care professional (e.g., family doctor, nurse practitioner, walk-in clinic, etc.) or take your child for a COVID-19 test.

Once you have a health care professional examine your child and determine this it is NOT COVID related, the child may return to school 24 hours after the symptoms subside. Please note this would likely not be the next day of school.

Parents, please have a “Plan A” and a “Plan B” in place in case your child needs to be picked up during the day.

If a health care professional determines that your child has COVID-19, you are required to let the school know immediately. The school with follow the reporting protocol with the ROW Public Health unit.

If you choose not to seek the advice of a health care professional we ask that you have your child self-isolate for 14 days to ensure that no additional symptoms emerge. Your child will be welcome to return to school after that time.

This is the process we have been directed to follow across Waterloo Catholic in an effort to keep everyone at St. Vincent de Paul, and in our greater community, safe and healthy.

Physical Education and How to Dress Each Day

  • Teachers will be encouraging a lot of outdoor learning and daily physical exercise.Being outside will give our kids a break from their masks (physical distanced) and allow the opportunity to move and breathe in the fresh air
  • Contact-less physical education classes will take place outside whenever possible
  • All students should come to school expecting to participate in physical activity every day both inside and outside.  Appropriate clothing at school is always required (e.g., running shoes, clothing for colder weather, etc…)
  • We will endeavor to have students outside for all three recess – even in the colder and wetter weather. Please ensure your child has the clothes they need to be outside. We will not have space or supervision in the school for students who are not dressed properly for outside weather
  • Students may not bring items to school to play with at recess times. We will be teaching our kids many activities and games that are “equipment-less” and contact-less. Please refer to the Operational Guidelines on the Board website for more information

St. Vincent de Paul staff will be enforcing the following Health and Safety Measures:

  •     Designated entrance/exits with students lining up in a physically distanced stance
  •     Classrooms arranged to optimize space between students; students facing forward
  •     Board provided personal protective equipment for all staff members
  •     Scheduled use of washrooms for students
  •     Only water bottle filling stations open, no access to water fountains
  •     Additional cleaning/sanitizing of all areas throughout the day
  •     Learning kits have been provided for each student to avoid sharing classroom materials
  •     Students asked to bring their own device when applicable/possible
  •     Additional cleaning of devices between student use
  •     Equipment-less physical education classes AND recess
  •     Athletic/team sports suspended
  •     Outdoor learning time will be encouraged whenever possible
  •     Signage provided by the Board to reinforce distancing
  •     Hot lunch options/pizza will be suspended.
  •     Nutrition for Learning will continue as ‘Grab and Go’
  •     Parents and family members are not allowed on the yard
  •     Kindergarten will communicate their drop off/pick up protocol separately

Communication

As per ministry and board requirement, all classrooms will be on a web platform moving forward – Google Classroom or D2L.  Homework, important dates, information, and events will be posted on the Google Classroom websites. This will be your tool for communication with your child’s teacher along with phone calls, as necessary.  This will allow you to review all classroom and school information at your fingertips without the worry of passing an agenda back and forth from home to school.  Please talk with your child’s teacher and child if you have any concerns about accessing their online classroom.

 

The staff at St. Vincent de Paul genuinely appreciate your support and attention to these details. Together, we will come together to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for all. Please continue to review our NewsWire updates this weekend.

Please refer to the Operational Guidelines on the Board website for more information.

#WeGotThis

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