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PLEASE READ!! Important COVID-19 Parent and Caregiver Information from Public Health

September 21, 2020

Hello Panthers,

We are getting a lot of questions about what happens with sick students (whether they remain at home or they are sent home from the school). Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we adjust to the new protocols.

Please read the Important COVID-19 Parent and Caregiver Information from Public Health.

You must screen for COVID-19 every day before going to school.
Please see COVID-19 school screening for more information.

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

COVID19 Case at YWCA St. Paul Childcare Centre

September 20, 2020

You may have heard/seen a media report about a confirmed case of COVID19 at the YWCA St. Paul Childcare Centre. We apologize for not sending this message earlier, but the Board was consulting with Public Health regarding this situation. Please see their message below.
For all positive cases, Public Health contacts high risk contacts directly. The child care centre has not been closed, but the impacted cohort has been closed and attendees are all isolating at home. Anyone not contacted by Public Health should continue to self-monitor for symptoms.

Important COVID-19 Parent and Caregiver Information from Public Health

September 17, 2020

Hello Panthers,

Please read the Important COVID-19 Parent and Caregiver Information from Public Health.

You must screen for COVID-19 every day before going to school.
Please see COVID-19 school screening for more information.

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

 

Sick Students

You must screen your child for symptoms every day before they come to school.

Please use the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool for this purpose.

If your child has any symptoms of COVID-19 or if they are ill, they should not attend school. If your child comes to school with any of the symptoms on the list below, they will not be admitted to class and you will need to come and pick up your child and any sibling(s) as soon as possible. This is a Board policy.

Parents/guardians are not permitted to enter the school. Your child(ren) will be brought to the front door.

These symptoms identified by the Ministry of Health include;

  • Fever (feeling hot to the touch, a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher)
  • Chills
  • Cough that’s new or worsening (continuous, more than usual)
  • Barking cough, making a whistling noise when breathing (croup)
  • Shortness of breath (out of breath, unable to breathe deeply)
  • Sore throat (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes or conditions)
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Runny nose (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes or conditions)
  • Stuffy or congested nose (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes or conditions)
  • Lost sense of taste or smell
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Headache that’s unusual or long lasting
  • Digestive issues like nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain (not related to other known causes or conditions)
  • Muscle aches that are unusual or long lasting
  • Extreme tiredness that is unusual (fatigue, lack of energy)
  • Falling down often
  • For young children and infants: sluggishness or lack of appetite

You should report your child(ren)’s absence from school by calling us at 519-743-4401. Students who become ill during the day will be isolated and must be picked up from school as soon as possible, along with any sibling(s). Please answer phone calls from the school, as we may be asking you to pick up your child(ren) as soon as possible. Symptomatic students will not be able to use student transportation.

Thanks very much for your cooperation and understanding. The safety and security of our school is a collective responsibility.

Panthers’ Week At A Glance, September 14-18

Hello Panthers,

It was wonderful to see our students returning to St. Paul this past week and to connect with each other in person (with social distancing of course). We will continue to practice the health and safety protocols with our students, as a regular part of their transition back to school. 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. To our St. Isidore students, if you requested a Chromebook and/or would like a Student Kit full of learning materials, you will be able to pick them up at the school later this week – please wait for further instruction from our staff. 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.

Preparing the Earth – Préparer la terre

As we begin a new school year, let us imagine that we are preparing the earth for a garden. Let us dig deep to remove any stones of the past that may block our growth. Let us move the earth around to make planting easier. Fertilizer always gives the soil nutrients that it needs.

Let us pray:
Creator God,
We desire to prepare the soil of our lives for a new school year. Help us to dig deep, to remove anything that will prevent us from growing. May we be willing to receive the nutrients we need to learn and sprout new ways of being. Let us trust that as the Master Gardener, you will take care of us in loving ways.
Amen.

Below are some reminders and updates.

Health and Safety

You must screen your child for symptoms every day before they come to school. You can use the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool for this purpose. If your child has any symptoms of COVID-19 or if they are ill, they should not attend school. You should report your child’s absence from school by calling us at 519-743-4401. Students who become ill during the day will be isolated and must be picked up from school as soon as possible. Symptomatic students will not be able to use student transportation.

The Board has created some resources for the development of COVID related skills at home/school.

Communication Protocol

When a parent, guardian or other board stakeholder has a concern or suggestion, it is expected that the concern/suggestion will first be taken up with the staff member with whom the parent / guardian / stakeholder has the concern/suggestion. Therefore, the following process as outlined by the Board will be followed:

Step One: Speak directly to the staff member. If the issue is not resolved, proceed to step two.

Step Two: Speak to the Principal. If the person with the concern has not yet addressed the issue with the staff member involved, the Principal will ask them to do so.

The Principal will involve the staff member in any discussions with the person who has the concern. The Principal may request, at any step in the process, that concerns be put in writing. The Principal may involve, at any time in the process, others who may be helpful in resolving the concern.

All public and interpersonal communications must recognize the dignity of the individual and be conducted fairly, honestly, and with respect.

When communicating with classroom teachers/staff members, please do not to expect a response within 24 hours, unless it is an emergency. We will do our very best to respond when we are able.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing will be a major focus for staff and students this year. It is essential that all of us take care of ourselves, not just for our wellbeing, but for those we care about and support. Our self-care will help improve our energy, focus, ability to cope with challenges and overall life experience. Here is a guide for Personal Resiliency During COVID-19School Mental Health Ontario https://smho-smso.ca/parents-and-families/ has a variety of resources to help your children to feel mentally well, grow up happy and to learn how to navigate life’s challenges.

St. Francis Parish

We are very proud of our partnership with St Francis Parish. We welcome Father Murray McDermott as the new pastor at St. Francis. We will be sharing a welcome video from St. Francis staff with students during Monday announcements. In order to continue to build on this relationship, each week we will be providing our community with a link to access the Church Bulletin so you may keep yourself up to date on the many events at the Parish.

Parish Calendar September 2020

St. Francis Bulletin September 13, 2020

If your child is entering Grade 2 or 7 in September 2020, and they wish to receive the Sacraments of 1st Communion or Confirmation, we are having online registration this September. Please see this link for the registration forms.

Welcome to our JK, grade 1 and 2 students on Tuesday, September 8

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

Here is some additional information before you arrive:

  • Only JK orientation, grade 1 & 2 students that are registered for in-class instruction, can come to St. Paul on Tuesday.
  • Please complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment (link found here) before you leave for school in the morning. If your child is not well, please keep them home.
  • Parents are not permitted on the blacktop or schoolyard for safety. St. Paul staff will be on the yard (in coloured vests) to guide students to their assigned classroom teacher (which was sent out via CASH ONLINE on September 4).
  • JK families follow the instructions provided by your teacher for your orientation meeting.
  • Supervision begins at 8:05 a.m., bell rings at 8:20 a.m. Please do not drop off students before 8:05 am – they will not be supervised.
  • If you are driving your child to school please remember our New Drop Off & Pickup Procedures (No access to the school parking lot between 8:05 – 8:20 AM and 2:50 – 3:00 PM)
  • Cones will be set up outside of the school doors for the Grade 1 and 2 students to show where to line up (by teacher name).
  • 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) where the blacktop begins to the right of the school in between the YMCA daycare and the 4 portables or where the blacktop meets a municipal path (e.g. Cloverdale Park). St. Paul staff will be on the yard (in coloured vests) to guide students to their assigned classroom teacher. Parents are prohibited from entering the school.
  • Lunch is from 11:05 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.; eating from 11:05 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.
  • Dismissal at the end of the day is 2:50 p.m.
  • At the end of the day, students will be dismissed at their assigned doors and parents can pick up their children where they dropped them off in the morning (i.e. where the blacktop begins to the right of the school in between the YMCA daycare and the 4 portables or where the blacktop meets a municipal path (e.g. Cloverdale Park).
  • 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. 🙂

Please see this link for additional important back to school information.

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

St. Paul Important Back To School Information

September 2, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The staff at St. Paul CES are very excited to begin a new school year in September. We have truly missed our students and we look forward to welcoming them back to our school for face to face learning. As we approach this reopening, we understand that there are a number of questions and concerns about what this new reality will look like in schools. Please know that our first priority is, and always will be, the health and safety of your child.

We will continue to provide regular updates on our school website, https://stpaul.wcdsb.ca/. We encourage you to subscribe to our school NewsWire to receive these updates (scroll to the bottom left corner of our website, enter your email address and click the green subscribe button).

First day procedures and your child(ren)’s class will be sent out via CASH ONLINE on September 4. This will outline what your child can expect on the first day, what door to go to, how to find their teacher, who their teacher is, etc. Please make sure that you have signed up for Cash Online.

Staggered Start For September 2020:

As announced on August 21st, the Waterloo Catholic DSB will be staggering the return to school for all elementary students. Please see the information below. Students can only come on their assigned day(s) as described below.

  • Parents/ guardians are not permitted on the school yard at any time including the first day of school. St. Paul staff will be on the yard to guide students to their classroom teacher.
  • Grades 1 and 2 – First day of school will be Tuesday, Sept. 8 (only Grades 1 and 2)
  • Grades 3 and 4 – First day of school will be Wednesday, Sept. 9 (Grades 1-4 attend)
  • Grades 5 and 6 – First day of school will be Thursday, Sept. 10 (Grades 1-6 attend)
  • Grades 7 and 8 – First day of school will be Friday, Sept. 11 (Grades 1-8 attend)

Kindergarten families will be contacted by their teacher directly to set up your child’s first day.

 

Families are not allowed to change their choice for remote learning or to attend St. Paul for September 8.

“We can no longer allow parents to change their mind without compromising the safety of our students. We are planning based on survey responses and the information that informed your choice has not substantively changed since we launched the survey. We appreciate your understanding in this regard. ” Director Loretta Notten

Protocols For A Safe Return To School

  • Staff will review and rehearse all new safety protocols with students
  • All staff will be required to engage in a daily self-assessment before coming to work to ensure they are well and ready to perform their full duties
  • Signage, both written and pictorial, will be placed throughout the school to remind students of our protocols

Below is some information about what you can do to protect yourself, your family and our school community.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 (PDF) include:

  • Fever (temperature of 37.8°C or greater)
  • New or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea)

Other symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • New olfactory or taste disorder(s)
  • Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
  • Runny nose, or nasal congestion (in absence of underlying reasons for these symptoms such as seasonal allergies, post nasal drip, etc.)

You must screen your child for symptoms every day before they come to school. You can use the Ministry of Health’s Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment tool for this purpose. If your child has any symptoms of COVID-19 or if they are ill, they should not attend school. You should report your child’s absence from school by calling us at 519-743-4401. Students who become ill during the day will be isolated and must be picked up from school as soon as possible. Symptomatic students will not be able to use student transportation.

Please consult the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 reference document for symptoms (PDF) for other clinical features of COVID-19 and when atypical signs and symptoms of COVID-19 should be considered, particularly in children.

If you’re worried your child or any member of your household has been exposed to COVID-19 or has symptoms, you use Ministry of Health’s Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment tool. You will get a recommendation on what to do next.

We are working with our local Public Health Unit to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school and will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our school, multiple measures have been implemented, for example, enhanced cleaning and reducing the number of contacts among individuals in the school, including students, staff, and others.

The Ontario Ministry of Health advises everyone to take an active role in protecting themselves from COVID-19. Here are a few things that you and your family can do:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home and isolate if you or anyone in your household is sick

For more information on COVID-19 please visit Ontario.ca/coronavirus.

What if a child seems unwell at school?

  • Staff will be vigilant throughout the day with students and report any student who shows symptoms of being unwell
  • The office will be notified and the student will be supervised in a separate location
  • The child’s parents will be notified to come to the school immediately to pick up their child
  • The parent will then be encouraged to contact public health and follow public health directives
  • The child will be able to return to school once these steps have been followed

For the safety of everyone at St. Paul, please do not send your child to school when they are sick. This includes a cough, runny nose, low grade fever, upset tummy, etc.

Transportation:

  • All information regarding transportation will be shared with families via Student Transportation Services
  • St. Paul CES does not coordinate this information
  • Please check www.stswr.ca for more information

Visitors and Volunteers:

  • Visitors and volunteers (this includes parents) will not be permitted to enter the school at this time. All meetings with staff will take place virtually or over the phone and only at pre-arranged times.
  • 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 Admin Assistant to provide further instructions
  • 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 in the event of an emergency and all visitors must sign in

Face Masks:

  • All students from Kindergarten to 8 will be required to wear masks
  • If a child in grade 4-8 needs to be exempted from wearing a mask for a medical reason, an exemption form must be completed and approved by the principal.
  • All staff will be wearing face masks provided by the school board
  • Some staff will also be wearing face shields
  • Students do not wear masks outside at recess; they will wear their mask as they transition outside for recess and lunch and place it in their pocket while they are outside
  • Students do not wear masks outside for physical education activities

Bell times, entry, and dismissal:

  • Start and end times have not changed; our school bell times are listed on the school website
  • Upon arrival to the school, yard supervisors will ensure social distancing is maintained at all times
  • Parents/ guardians are not permitted on the school yard at any time including the first day of school
  • If you are driving your child to school please remember our New Drop Off & Pickup Procedures (No access to the school parking lot between 8:05 – 8:20 and 2:50 – 3:00 PM
  • When the bell rings, students will go to the designated location on the yard for their classroom and be required to physically distance while in line
  • Classes will be assigned an entry point and will be escorted in one class at a time to avoid congestion as they enter the school
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided for students as they enter the classroom
  • If students choose to bring their own hand sanitizer it must be scent free, and it cannot be shared with anyone

Classroom set up, student materials, Chromebooks:

  • Grades K to 8: students will be placed with 1 metre distance between students
  • Every student will be provided with a learning kit that contains basic school supplies (e.g., pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, highlighters, pens, scissors, glue sticks, etc.)
  • These bags have been packed at the school board for every elementary student based on grade level
  • Student learning materials will not leave school
  • These kits will help minimize the sharing of items which could put some students at risk
  • Chromebooks will be wiped down after each use
  • Students who are able to bring their own personal device for learning purposes are encouraged to do so; this is the only personal student learning material that will go between home and school each day
  • Items that cannot be sanitized safely by wiping down, such as carpets, plush items, Play-doh, etc., have been removed from the classroom
  • Custodians’ schedules have been modified to focus on regular cleaning of high touch areas. During the summer, all schools have been given a deep cleaning and will be ready for students in September. The school board’s inventory of cleaning and disinfecting supplies has been enhanced, and our vendors have confirmed that they will be able to supply our schools with cleaning products upon demand during the school year.

Bathroom procedures:

  • Teachers will be responsible for taking the entire class to the bathroom at scheduled times throughout the day to access the bathroom as well as to wash hands
  • This will minimize the amount of unsupervised traffic in the hallways and bathrooms
  • Teachers will stand in the hallway to ensure physical distancing of students in line as well as monitor the number of students in the bathroom at one time
  • Each class will use a sign in and out procedure for students who need to use the washroom outside of scheduled times
  • Students will be asked to bring reusable water bottles, filled where possible, and to access bottle filling stations during the day for refills.

Lunch:

  • There will not be a hot lunch program or pizza lunches until further notice
  • Please make sure your child has a lunch before they leave home in the morning; we cannot manage the high volume of lunch drop offs that were common prior to COVID
  • We will not be putting blue recycling bins in classrooms. We remain a Boomerang school – all food items brought to school
    (including organics) are to be sent back home at the end of the day (i.e. plastic bottles, yogurt cups, half eaten sandwiches etc.)
  • Students will eat snack/ lunch at their own desk and will help ensure that surfaces are kept clean throughout the day
  • We are hoping to run the Nutrition For Learning program in our school, beginning the week of September 14 with adapted health and safety protocols.
  • Students may only go to their own home for lunch from 11:05 – 12:05 with signed permission from their parent (Cash Online or written letter).

Outdoor learning

  • Outdoor learning will be encouraged as often as possible for all grade levels
  • The outdoor play structure will be closed until further notice; this includes before and after school
  • Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing for outdoor play and extended periods of time outdoors

Recess procedures

  • We will have designated zones on the yard based on grade level and cohort
  • We will stagger our recesses, if possible, to allow for greater physical distancing on the yard
  • We will not be bringing out recess equipment to start the school year
  • At this time, we are asking students to not bring any equipment/toys from home as it cannot be shared with other students.

Remote Learning

  • If your child will not return to school for face to face learning, your child will be assigned to a remote learning teacher in a virtual classroom environment; this will NOT be their classroom teacher at St. Paul
  • The first remote learning cycles will be 4 weeks long; students will be permitted to transition into to the regular classroom at St. Paul after a 4 week interval but not sooner; this timeline is supported by the Ministry of Education
  • As per the Ministry of Education mandate, remote learning will be much more rigorous this fall
  • Attendance will be taken each day, and all subjects will be taught and evaluated
  • We are awaiting further details from the WCDSB with respect to how this mandate will operate; please check the board website for further information
  • The complete Ministry mandate can be accessed HERE

We look forward to seeing all our students return to us this September. We will do all we can to provide a safe and healthy re-entry for all students and staff at St. Paul. We will share further details, or necessary changes, should new information come from the WCDSB, Ministry of Education, or Public Health.

Please continue to check the Waterloo Catholic DSB website as well as the St. Paul CES website.

Sincerely,

Mr. F. Krauss
Principal

Parent Questions and Answers for Back-to-School

September 2, 2020

Below is the link to the Parent Q and A with our Director of Education. It is 30 min long and covers a great many topics and questions. We hope you find this helpful.

 

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