Weekly Update – Week of Nov. 9-13, 2020

(Please note that this information was also sent out to all homes through a mass email. If you did not receive the email, please contact us to let us know to be added for future emails)

Welcome to a relatively short school week – just Monday and Tuesday for students. I wanted to take a moment to thank you in helping keep our school community safe by keeping your children home when they have signs of sickness. We appreciate that it may be inconvenient but your efforts play a large part in keeping us in the favorable position that we find ourselves in today.

Upcoming Dates:
Wednesday, Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day – no school
Thursday and Friday, Nov 12-13 – annual PEITF/CUPE Conventions. There will be no classes for students on these days to allow staff the opportunity to participate in a wide range of Professional Development activities. We appreciate your understanding of the value of these days to help us become more effective and up-to-date in our practices.
Wednesday, Nov. 18th – Report Cards will be sent home with students on or around this date.
Thursday, Nov 19th – evening session of Parent Teacher Interviews
Friday, Nov 20th – day session of Parent Teacher Interviews (no classes for students that day)

Remembrance Day – in light of Covid restrictions, we will not be hosting our usual school-wide assembly to recognize this important event. However, we will be using in-school technology to share a similar presentation to all classes on Tuesday morning. Students can also participate in Remembrance Day activities by submitting an entry into the Legion’s annual picture/writing competition. To enter, parents/guardians must complete and sign an entry form that was provided to your student.

Parent Teacher Interviews – The first round of PT Interviews is coming up next week and the schedule is now available for sign up at https://signup.com/go/ATsYBxc
There are some special precautions that must be followed according to the CPHO/PSB/DELL. We ask that you take special care to follow these directions.

  • All staff and parents are required to wear non-medical masks, except when seated a minimum of 6-feet apart during the interview.
  • Only one parent/guardian per child should be in attendance.
  • No students or other children should be in attendance.
  • Parents should limit their time at the school to the interview time in order to minimize the number of people in the school at a given time.
  • Student-led conferences should not be held at this time.
  • Parents are not required to sign in at the entrance but are expected to sign in with every teacher they meet.

Weekly Covid Reminder:
Parents are responsible to notify the school of the reason for the absence(s) from school.
Families play an important role in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring that students can access educational services. It will be important for you to monitor your child’s health each day before sending them to school and to keep them home when they feel ill. If your child exhibits any of the symptoms listed below and they are unusual for your child or are not related to an existing condition (e.g. seasonal allergies), parents/guardians are asked to visit a drive-through testing site, call 811 or your health care provider and report any symptoms of COVID-19 to the school.
Whether it is cold, flu, pink eye, coronavirus or other illness, students should stay home if they are ill so that illness is not spread through schools.
A negative COVID test does not mean an individual is ready to go back to school or work. If a student has tested negative for COVID-19 but still displays mild symptoms, please consider the following.
Students and staff should not return to school or work:
if they have on-going fever or chills
if symptoms are not improving or there are new symptoms

Students and staff could return to school or work:
if they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, e.g. Tylenol
if they have a runny nose, congestion, or other mild symptoms they can return to school provided they are well enough to engage in learning or their job
if mild symptoms are improving and there are no new symptoms
if they continue to practice good hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette (e.g. cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue)
In addition, if you have traveled outside regions as per the current CPHO guidelines, you are asked to declare this to the school, and follow the current CPHO measures in place at the time (e.g. self-isolation).
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
new or worsening cough
shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
sore throat
runny nose, sneezing, congestion
muscle aches
unusual fatigue
acute loss of sense of smell or taste

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