CPIC is pleased to announce March Winter ParticipACTION and Lenten Liftoff activities which focus on additional themes including Mental Health and Health and wellbeing. Activities range from virtual Yoga and mindfulness to cooking classes and virtual library visits. Please click on the link for details.
On Monday we sent out a letter from the Director explaining the new Ministry mandated COVID protocols.
When your child feels unwell at school with even one COVID symptom we are obligated to treat this as a possible COVID case. This is done to ensure the continued safety of all staff, students, and their extended families. You will be called and asked to pick up your child, as well as all siblings, to begin the isolation period. Please make arrangements to ensure that there is always someone available to pick up your child.
The isolation period for the asymptomatic individual ends when:
- There is a negative COVID-19 test
- There is an alternative diagnosis from a medical professional (i.e. a medical doctor or nurse practitioner)
- 14 days have elapsed since the last contact with the symptomatic family member (if there is no negative COVID test result or alternative diagnosis)
This Ministry-mandated protocol is a change from past practice.
Please remember to complete the screening process each day prior to sending your children to school https:/covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ and if your children present with any of the symptoms, please keep them all home.
When you call in to say that your child is sick, please describe the symptoms and state whether you:
- will be arranging for a COVID-19 test
- taking your child to the doctor
- self-isolating as a family, including all siblings
Thank you for your assistance in keeping our community safe.
Don’t forget to wear pink today, Eagles!
Pink shirt day began in 2007 and is celebrated nationally.
It started in Nova Scotia at a high school where a student was teased for wearing his favourite pink polo to school. The next day, all the students wore pink as a gesture of solidarity and support for him.
Now pink shirt day is celebrated to spread the message of kindness, acceptance and inclusion. So, show your Eagle spirit and help to spread kindness in our community!
Your children’s report cards are ready to be picked up from the school. Please come at any time between 9:30 and 11:45, and between 1:15 and 4:00 today and tomorrow. When you arrive at the school, please press the buzzer and a staff member will assist you. Please do not enter the school. The report card will be brought to the door for you.
Good afternoon, Eagles families
You are invited to participate in the Board budget survey. They are welcoming input from all stakeholders. The questions and the links are here:
- Understanding that the Board priorities are intended to support Graduation rates, Well-Being and Faith Formation. Please identify what you feel is the MOST important area for investment within the budget in order to achieve our priorities?
- Understanding that the Board priorities are intended to support Graduation rates, Well-Being and Faith Formation. Where do you think the Board could obtain savings or efficiencies?
Good morning, Eagles
All schools are closed today due to the weather. Class work will be be posted on the students’ digital platform (Google Classroom) by 9:30 this morning. It will be a day of asynchronous learning (i.e., no “live” lessons with the teacher) and students will learn at their own pace. During the morning teachers will be available to answer questions and support your children through Google Classroom.
Please make your family a priority today and fit in the learning where it works best for you and your family. Stay safe, everyone!
February 21, 2021
Dear Parents / Guardians:
A case of COVID-19 has been identified at St. Elizabeth School. Public Health has identified one classroom as high-risk contacts.
All high-risk students and staff are required to self-isolate at home.
Individuals in the affected class have been immediately notified by the school. Public Health is in the process of contacting all high risk contacts of the positive case, and will provide individual guidance to them.
At this point in time, all other students and staff can continue to attend school and are advised to self-monitor for symptoms and seek testing if symptoms develop.
Please know that St. Elizabeth staff – as well as staff at our school board head office – are working with Region of Waterloo Public Health to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in students, staff and the community.
A Note About School Cleaning Processes
Upon confirmation from Public Health that one or more individuals at a school site have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, Facility Services will be notified as soon as reasonably possible. Members from the Facilities team will make arrangements to disinfect school spaces as deemed necessary. This is typically done after school ends for the day and before school begins the next day. However, in some cases, depending on the timing of notification and size of the school, disinfection may occur at the beginning of the school day.
Disinfection involves the use of standard cleaning products available in your school, plus one or more high speed disinfection units. A disinfection unit is used to ‘mist’ surfaces with a chemical called Clorox Total 360. The product needs to sit on a surface and air dry for it to be fully effective. It has been reviewed by our staff and has been deemed safe when used as directed.
Custodial and maintenance staff who apply the mist will be wearing full PPE including masks, goggles, and gloves. Classroom spaces are safe to occupy after the chemical has been applied.
A video of product application can be found here: https://youtu.be/BIlhdx3XQI0?t=75
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.
- Parents/guardians of students who have been identified as high risk contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly by Region of Waterloo Public Health and provided specific directions related to the need for the student to self-isolate and get tested
- Parents/guardians of students who have been identified as low risk contacts of a confirmed case will not be contacted directly by Public Health and are not required to self-isolate. The school will provide general information for these students and families.
- 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 is COVID-19?
· COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans
- COVID-19 symptoms include, but are not limited to fever, cough, trouble breathing, sore throat or nasal congestion. A list of symptoms, including atypical signs and symptoms, can be also be found in the ‘COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms’ on the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website
- People may be able to pass COVID-19 to others from 48 hours before symptoms begin to 14 days after the start of symptoms
Additional COVID-19 resources can be found on Region of Waterloo Public Health’s COVID-19 webpage at http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/COVID19.
Report cards for St. Elizabeth students attending St. Isidore are expected to arrive at the school early next week. We will be sending out a Newswire as well as School Messenger emails to let you know when they have arrived, and to give you the times when they will be available for pick-up at the school.
Today is the last opportunity to switch learning environments, either to or from online learning. The survey ends at 6 pm this evening, after which no more changes will be allowed.
Please check https://stisidore.wcdsb.ca/switching-learning-environments/