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Community “Asymptomatic” Testing Site – Resurrection Catholic Secondary School

Dear St. Paul Families, Students and Staff,

Please see the information below, regarding a FREE and voluntary opportunity for St. Paul students and staff to register for “Asymptomatic Testing” this weekend at Resurrection Catholic Secondary School.

 

Free COVID-19 Testing Available for Students & Staff

 

Free, voluntary COVID-19 testing for all asymptomatic (those who are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms) students and staff is available as follows:

 

Saturday, March 6th, and Sunday March 7th, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Resurrection Catholic Secondary School

455 University Avenue West, Kitchener

 

It is recommended that you register ahead of time at my.thrive.health (https://tinyurl.com/b3nxz3j7) using this code: Waterloo-hubsite1

 

If you are unable to pre-register, participants are welcome to walk-in to the location during the allocated testing time.

 

ABOUT THE TEST

 

The test process is very simple and safe, and the collection site will be staffed by professionals who will be following a multitude of safety processes.

 

LifeLabs uses a swab similar to a Q-tip, that is inserted into the front part of the nostril and rotated for fifteen seconds (per nostril). After the sample is collected, the test results will then be available within 24-48 hours on the my.thrive.health website.

 

If an OHIP number has been provided at the time of check-in/registration, results will also be uploaded to https://covid19results.ehealthontario.ca:4443/agree

 

Thank you for helping us keep the St. Paul School community safe and healthy so that we can avoid any further disruption from the COVID-19 virus!

 

NEW St. Paul Probable Covid-19 Case: Information for All Parents – Tues. March 2nd

Information for Parents/Guardians 

Please know that a 2nd probable case of Covid-19 at St. Paul was identified by Public Health today.  

What does this mean for students at the school? 

  • Public Health is working with the school to identify high-risk student and staff contacts of the confirmed case.   
  • Parents/Guardians of students who have been identified as high-risk contacts of a confirmed case were given a high-risk contact letter by the school today, with information on dates of exposure, testing information, and the cohort end of isolation date.   
  • Public Health/Ministry of Ontario will contact the parents/guardians of (high risk contact) students via text and phone, to reinforce specific directions related to the need for the student to self-isolate and get tested  
  • Students who have been identified as low-risk contacts of a confirmed case will not be contacted and are not required to self-isolate. These students are able to be at school, provided they are not exhibiting any symptoms.  
  • Students and families who have been identified as low risk contacts of the case should self-monitor for symptoms  
  • Any students who develop symptoms should self-isolate and get tested at an assessment centre 
  • The affected cohort (ie students in the same class, students that the ride the same bus) was dismissed today and will be self-isolating until March 11th.
  • We ask ALL parents/guardians to continue to monitor and screen your child(ren) for symptoms of COVID-19 daily. 

 

We will continue to work closely with the Region of Waterloo Public Health to prevent further spread of COVID-19 within our school community. 

What Happens if My Child Says S/he is NOT Feeling Well at School?

Hello St. Paul Families,
You will have noticed in the letter sent out from the Director last week some important changes to our COVID protocols.
When your child is at school and expresses, they do not feel well even those with only one symptom, we are obligated to follow the new process.
Please know this is out of an abundance of caution, in the effort to keep all staff, students, and their extended families safe.
You will need to make arrangements to pick your child up from school, along with their siblings.
This isolation period for the symptomatic individual can end when ANY of the following happen:
  • There is a negative COVID-19 test
  • There is an alternate diagnosis from a medical professional
  • 10 days have passed since the symptom started, and it has not gotten worse, however the remainder of the household must isolate for 14 days after the last contact with the symptomatic individual
This isolation period for the asymptomatic family members can end when ANY of the following happen:
  • The negative test results are received and confirmed
  • There is an alternate diagnosis from a medical professional
  • 14 days have passed since the last contact with the symptomatic family member (if there is no test result or alternate medical diagnosis)
Please know that we understand that this is a change from past practice. Also, please know that this is the mandate of the Ministry and Public Health.
Prior to the start of the school day, if your child has symptoms that are found on the COVID-19 School Screening Assessment found here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ they should stay home.
WHAT DO I SAY WHEN I AM CALLING MY CHILD IN SICK?
When calling your child in ILL from school, please leave a detailed message as to why your child is absent.
A reminder that if one of your children has a COVID symptom ALL siblings from the school must stay at home as well.
Thank you for your continued patience, understanding and support.
The student self-screener is found here:  COVID-19 school and child care screening

Week at a Glance – March 1 to 5

Hello St. Paul Families,

This week begin a new month, March!! And with the arrival of March, we are able to enjoy longer days of light and look forward to the return of spring in the next few weeks. Here is some information for the week, as well as, an overview of the Umbrella Project focus for March.

 

Welcome to March at the Umbrella Project!  Last month we focused our attention on showing Purpose and this month we are adding the skill of Kindness!
Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. It is the action of showing someone you care by performing acts of a good and thoughtful nature.

Why Does Kindness Matter? How Does It Help Us?

Doing good is not only beneficial for the person on the receiving end and those who witness the kind action, but also for the givers of kindness. When we are kind and intentionally perform acts of kindness, we get a boost in our own well-being and happiness. It feels good to help others and it helps us to focus on the positive things in our lives. It’s a win-win!!

Are you keen to see your child performing more acts of kindness? Research says that ‘attribution’ plays a role in encouraging this.

Kindness Quote of the week: Be the reason someone smiles today.

 

School Events/Activities:

Wed. March 3 – St. Paul Spirit Day (wear your Panther gear and/or Red/Black) & Gum Day (bring your own gum to chew under your mask during the day and help support our Lenten Tiny Home Project)

Fri. March 5  Career Spirit Day (dress for the job you’d like to have eg. doctor, firefighter, vet, business person, retail etc.)

St. Francis Parish Bulletin

St. Francis Parish Calendar for March

St. Paul Covid-19 Probable Case Letter to Parent/Guardians

St. Paul CES COVID-19 Probable Case 

Information for Parents/Guardians 

 

probable case of COVID-19 has been identified at St. Paul CES.  St. Paul CES is working with Region of Waterloo Public Health to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in students, staff and the community. 

 

What does this mean for students at the school? 

  • Public Health will work with the school to identify high-risk student and staff contacts of the confirmed case.   
  • Students who have been identified as high-risk contacts of a confirmed case will be sent a high-risk contact letter by the school with information on dates of exposure, testing information, and the cohort end of isolation date.   
  • Public Health/Ministry of Ontario will contact the student via text and phone, to reinforce specific directions related to the need for the student to self-isolate and get tested  
  • Students who have been identified as low-risk contacts of a confirmed case will not be contacted and are not required to self-isolate. The school will provide general information for these students and families.  
  • Students and families who have been identified as low risk contacts of the case should self-monitor for symptoms  
  • Students who develop symptoms should self-isolate and get tested at an assessment centre 
  • In the event a cohort must self-isolate or the school must close, you will be notified by the school. The school will keep you informed about any plans regarding return to school. 
  • The term cohort includes students and staff in the same class, students involved in group activities or who have been in shared spaces during school, students that ride the same bus, attend before/after school care, or participate in extracurricular programming together.  
  • Continue to monitor and screen your child for symptoms of COVID-19 daily. 

 

What Happens if You or Your Child Have a Covid-19 Symptom?

WHAT DO I DO IF MY CHILD HAS/DEVELOPS A COVID SYMPTOM?
If your child has symptoms that are found on the COVID-19 School Screening Assessment found here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ they should stay home.
Furthermore, if ANYONE in your household is staying home because of any symptoms (even just one), then EVERYONE in your household should isolate.
This isolation period for the symptomatic individual can end when ANY of the following happens:
  • There is a negative COVID-19 test
  • There is an alternate diagnosis from a medical professional
  • 10 days have passed since the symptom started, and it has not gotten worse, however, the remainder of the household must isolate for 14 days after the last contact with the symptomatic individual
This isolation period for the asymptomatic family members can end when ANY of the following happens:
  • The negative test results are received and confirmed
  • There is an alternate diagnosis from a medical professional
  • 14 days have passed since the last contact with the symptomatic family member (if there is no test result or alternate medical diagnosis)
This is a big change!  Please know that this applies to our students and their families, and our staff and their families.  This could present significant challenges over the course of the next few months and we thank you for your patience and support in advance.  Public Health is trying to keep everyone as healthy as possible.
In the meantime, please continue to practice proper handwashing, sanitizing, masking, and social distancing so that we can work together to keep everyone safe, healthy and in school.
WHAT DO I SAY WHEN I AM CALLING MY CHILD IN SICK?
When calling your child in ILL from school, please describe the symptom and let the office know which of the following you will seek:
  • A COVID-19 test
  • Going to the doctor, or
  • Self-isolating your family (siblings included)
A reminder that if one of your children has a COVID symptom ALL siblings from the school must stay at home as well.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.  We know that the next few months might be very challenging for your family as we follow these new protocols.

St. Isidore Term 1 Report Card Pick Up Info

This message is specifically for Parents of students who are currently attending St. Isidore.
St Isidore student Term 1 report cards can be picked up this Wednesday or Thursday (February 24 & 25),  at St Paul School. Please go to the Special Education window, facing the parking lot, between 10 am and 2 pm, on either of these days.
On Friday, the reports will be mailed out to homes, and will no longer be available for pick-up at the school.
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