Monthly Archives: September 2020

Orange Shirt Day……

Tomorrow is Orange Shirt Day

Orange shirt day is an annual event that started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system 
for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the 
history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today. 

The phrase "Every Child Matters" reminds everyone that children are such an important and integral part of our 
communities and that they are our future generations of changemakers. By wearing an orange shirt, we have an 
opportunity to bring awareness to the history of residential schools and to stand up against other injustices 
that may impact our children/students.

Thank you.

New Update: If my child feels sick at school……

Hello Families,

Our new reality includes constant updates from the Ministry, Public Health, and the School Board. 
We are working hard to keep you updated as we get new information on our end.

Last week we sent you an update about what happens when your child feels sick at school.

At that time – any school-attending sibling(s) or parent(s) of ill students were required to “self-isolate” 
at home until their ill sibling / child had either received a negative COVID-19 test OR been cleared by a doctor 
to return to school — and were free of COVID-19 symptoms for 24 hours.

Our procedures remain the same:
  1. The classroom teacher will contact the office and the student will come down.
  2. A staff member from the office 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.
  3. The student’s temperature will be taken with our contactless thermometer.
  4. If they are 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.
  • Parents, please have a “Plan A” and a “Plan B” in place in case your child needs to be picked up during the 
    day.
  1. When you come to pick up your child, we will be speaking to you about the symptoms that we see and we 
    will in most cases encourage you to take them for a COVID-19 test. You also have the option of, and we 
    will encourage you to, take them to a Health Care Professional (e.g. family doctor, nurse practitioner, 
    walk-in clinic, etc.)
NOW — any school-attending sibling(s) are allowed to attend school so long as they are asymptomatic themselves 
and will rigorously “self-monitor” for the onset of COVID-19 symptoms. This means a sibling will NOT be sent 
home at the same time as a child who may not be feeling well. However, their ill sibling must still self-isolate 
until they have either received a negative COVID-19 test OR been cleared by a doctor to return to school – and 
are free of COVID-19 symptoms for 24 hours.

PLEASE NOTE — Symptomatic children or school staff who have a known exposure to a case of COVID-19 during their 
infectious period or have travelled in the past 14 days, (and their household contacts) must still self-isolate 
pending the test result of the symptomatic individual, and must not attend work or school until the symptomatic 
individual(s) receive a negative test.

We do want to continue maintaining safe and healthy learning environments for all our students, so we also 
encourage all families and individuals to use the Ontario government’s school screening tool, available at: 
https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

The screening tool is also available on our WCDSB homepage at https://www.wcdsb.ca/

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

UPDATE: If my child feels sick at school……

IMPORTANT UPDATE

Hello Families,

We are following the procedures as outlined for us by the Ministry, School Board and Public Health. We wanted to share with you in a very clear and concise manner, the process in place for children who are at school and develop symptoms or who let us know that they are not feeling well.

  1. The classroom teacher will contact the office and the student will come down.
  2. A staff member from the office 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.
  3. The student’s temperature will be taken with our contactless thermometer.
  4. If they are 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.
  • Parents, please have a “Plan A” and a “Plan B” in place in case your child needs to be picked up during the day.
  1. When you come to pick up your child, we will be speaking to you about the symptoms that we see and we will in most cases encourage you to take them for a COVID-19 test. You also have the option of, and we will encourage you to, take them to a Health Care Professional (e.g. family doctor, nurse practitioner, walk-in clinic, etc.)

Update: We are now required to also send home any siblings home as well!!!

Once you have a Health Care Professional examines your child and determines that it is NOT COVID related, the child may return to school 24 hours after the symptoms subside.  Please note that this would likely not be the next day of school.

If the Health Care Professional determines that it is in fact COVID-19, you need to let the school know immediately.  We will work with Public Health to take the necessary follow-up steps.

If you choose to not seek the advice of a Health Care Professional, we would ask that you have them self-isolate for 14 days to ensure that no additional symptoms emerge.  They are more than welcome to return to school after that time.

This is the process that has been outlined for schools to follow and keep everyone safe.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Kind regards,

St. Anne School Staff

Plaid Phoenix 7

 

Register for Remote Learning at St. Isidore……

Hello Phoenix Families,

We recognize that some families may be looking to shift from in-class learning to the WCDSB’s remote school, 
St. Isidore.

It is important in the coming days that you make a choice.

The opportunity to register at St. Isidore, for remote learning that starts on October 13th, 
will be this Thursday, September 24th beginning at 9:00 a.m. and closing on September 28th, at 6 p.m.

This is your only opportunity to register.

Dates for Switching Learning Environment

The link will be made live on the WCDSB main web page the morning of September 24th.

If you miss this opportunity, the next registration date is November 4th.

Until that time, in-class learning, or homeschooling are the only other options available.

We continue to do everything we can to keep our school safe and our staff have been so thrilled to 
have the kids back in class.

Once again, the registration link for St. Isidore will be live, on the WCDSB main web page, September 24th.

Thank you and be well.
Plaid Phoenix 7

COVID-19 Tested – Now What?

Hello Phoenix Families,

Public Health has provided the attachment to help 
answers your questions, if you have been for a COVID-19 test.
 
COVID-19-Tested-Now-What_

We thank the community for the prayers and support as we work 
through the challenges of this school year together.

Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and 
caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from 
physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to 
people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19. 
May they feel Your power of healing through the care of 
doctors and nurses. 

St. Anne, pray for us.......

 

COVID 19 Case……

School COVID-19 Case

Information for Parents/Guardians

September 16, 2020

Hello Families,

We were made aware this afternoon by Region of Waterloo Public Health that a case of COVID-19 has been identified in a kindergarten class at St. Anne Cambridge.

Public Health is in the process of contacting all high risk contacts of the positive case by end of the business day tomorrow, and will provide individual guidance to them.

If you are not contacted by Region of Waterloo Public Health, you (your child) are not considered a high risk contact.

Due to the requirements of personal privacy legislation, no further information will be provided about the positive case.

 Please know that St. Anne as well as staff at our school board head office 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.
    • 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
    • Students who develop symptoms should continue to self-isolate at home and get tested at an Assessment Centre
  • 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.
    • 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 at home 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.
  • 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.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

September Newsletter…..

Hello Families,

Our September Newsletter is attached.

St. Anne Newsletter – September 2020

NewsWire continues to be our main communication tool for sharing school news and updates. If you know of neighbours and friends who are not getting our NewsWire, please encourage them to sign up on our main web page.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

St. Isidore – our remote school……

Special Message from the Administrator Team at St. Isidore Virtual Learning School

Dear Parents and Care Givers, 

I am writing to provide you with an update regarding remote learning at St. Isidore K-12 Catholic Virtual Schools. First, I would like to take a moment to thank you for your patience as we work through this unprecedented task of creating an entire school for over 3000 students in just a few short weeks. We know you are anxious to have your children begin their online learning classes, and we are very eager to meet your children and begin building relationships with them to create vibrant learning communities. There are several items I would like to provide updates for. I know you have many questions, so hopefully this will help to address some of them.

The sheer size of the school has created unanticipated challenges and as such we have had to adjust our start dates – BOTH elementary and secondary students will begin their classes on September 17th.

Early next week your child’s teacher will make contact to introduce him or herself and to make sure your child is ready to begin learning on the 17th. At this time, the teacher will provide you with the details regarding the learning platform to be used (D2L or Google Classroom) and well as some details regarding the class schedule.

All students should be prepared to attend learning from 8:30 to 3:00.

However, please rest assured that they will not be sitting in front of a computer for the entire time – there will be body breaks and recess/ lunch breaks as well as times to work independently, to engage with their peers and to speak 1:1 with the teacher. We are planning to vary the teaching and learning activities and routines to help students engage in their learning and be active partners in creating the learning environment.

If, in the Board Return to School Survey, you indicated that your family needed a Chromebook, your home school will be in contact with you to arrange for you to borrow one from the school. Please watch for messages from the school regarding this process. Since the survey closed, you may have identified that you will need more support. Please contact your home school Administration as they will help arrange this for you.

You may have seen in the news that the WCDSB is providing Elementary Student Learning Kits to all students in K-8. IF you would like one, please contact your home school to arrange to pick one up, as they were all delivered there.

Finally, on behalf of our staff, we would like to continue to welcome you and your children to St. Isidore.  We are so excited to begin this journey together. There have been bumps in the road as we get things up and running, and I am sure there will be others along the way, but I believe that when we work together, when we support each other and keep your children’s education and wellness at our guide, that we can do great things together.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @IsidoreVirtual for up to date information. Our Web page will also be live soon!

Peace and blessings,

Dawn Butson , Elementary Vice Principal

Carla Santomero, Principal

David Jaeger, Secondary Vice Principal

We need your help……

Hello Phoenix Families,

We need your help. We know the return to school is an adjustment for us all. It’s not easy, we get it.

We have been directed to set up zones on our yard to maintain personal space to the extent possible. We know being back together is super exciting for many of our kids. It is still important, however, that we maintain personal space, even with classmates/family/friends, in the same recess zone. We keep our hands to ourselves at all times.

We need you to review this at home. We need your help. We can’t do this alone. Please review this at home. We are working to keep everyone safe – our kids, our staff, our families.

The attached map shows where each grades zone is located.

Supervision Yard Map St. Anne C

With gratitude,

St. Anne School Staff

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