Monthly Archives: September 2020

Newly Updated Public Health COVID-19 Parent and Caregiver Information

Question: My child was sent home from school with COVID symptoms / My child has COVID symptoms. Now what?

Answer:  Your child should self-isolate at home and get tested.

Click here for information about the assessment centres. Your child should continue to self-isolate while awaiting their test results. Household contacts do not need to be tested unless they also have symptoms. The guidance for when your child can return to school and what other household members are required to do while awaiting the test results will depend on if your symptomatic child had a known exposure to a case of COVID-19 during their infectious period or have travelled in the past 14 days. See the guidance below for further direction.

Guidance for symptomatic children with known exposure or recent travel

• If your child has a known exposure to a case of COVID-19 during their infectious period or has travelled in the past 14 days, your child and all other household members are required to self-isolate while waiting for the test results.
o Negative Test Result: Despite the negative test result, if there is a reason requiring continued isolation (travel or close contact with a confirmed case) your child must self-isolate for 14 days from their last exposure. Household members can return to school or work and should self-monitor as long as they themselves did not travel or have close contact with a confirmed case requiring continued self-isolation.
o Positive Test Result: If the child’s test result is positive, their return to school date and further testing of household contacts will be determined by public health. Self-isolate while awaiting direction from public health.
• If the child is unable or unwilling to go for testing and has a known exposure, the child and all household members must self-isolate for 14 days from symptom onset or from their last exposure, whichever is longest.

Guidance for symptomatic children with no known exposure or recent travel
• If your child has no known exposure or recent travel, your symptomatic child should self-isolate and stay home from school while awaiting their test results. Household contacts can continue to go to school or work and self-monitor.
o Negative Test Result: If the child’s test result is negative, they can return to school when their symptoms are resolved for at least 24 hours. Note: Mild symptoms known to persist in young children (e.g., runny nose) may be ongoing at time of return to school if other symptoms have been resolved and there is a negative test.
o Positive Test Result: If the child’s test result is positive, their return to school date and further testing of household contacts will be determined by public health. Self-isolate while awaiting direction from public health.
• If your child has no known exposure or recent travel and you believe your child’s symptoms are related to an existing or other illness, you can see a health care provider for clinical assessment. If a health care provider provides an alternative diagnosis, your child can return to school when symptoms are resolved for at least 24 hours. Household contacts should self-monitor.
• If your child is unable or unwilling to go for testing or see a health care provider, your child must self-isolate for 14 days from symptom onset. Return to school can occur after 14 days, provided their symptoms have been resolved for at least 24 hours. Household contacts would self-monitor.

 

Someone in my household has COVID symptoms. Now what?
• If someone in your household has one or more symptoms of COVID-19, they should self-isolate and get tested.
Household contacts do not need to be tested unless they also have symptoms.
• The guidance for you will differ depending if the symptomatic household members had a known exposure to a case of COVID-19 during their infectious period or has travelled in the past 14 days. See the guidance below for further direction.

 

Guidance if your household member has a known exposure or recent travel

• If the symptomatic household member has a known exposure to a case of COVID-19 during their infectious period or has travelled in the past 14 days all household members are required to self-isolate while awaiting the test results of the symptomatic individual.
o Negative Test Result: If the test result is negative, household members can return to school, as long as they themselves did not travel or have close contact with a confirmed case requiring continued self-isolation.
o Positive Test Result: If the test result is positive, the return to school date and further testing of household contacts will be determined by public health.
• If the symptomatic household member is unable or unwilling to go for testing and has a known exposure or recent travel, all household members must self-isolate for 14 days from symptom onset or from their last exposure, whichever is longest.

 

Guidance if your household member has no known exposure or recent travel

• If the symptomatic household member has no known exposure or recent travel, household members can continue to attend school and should self- monitor.
o If the test result is positive, the return to school date and further testing of household contacts will be determined by public health.
• If the symptomatic household member is unable or unwilling to go for testing and has no known exposure, household members should self-monitor.

 

Please visit  Waterloo Public Health  for more information.

Spirit Wear at St. Teresa School!

Has your child outgrown their spirit wear from last year?

Spirit Wear is a wonderful way to show support for your school, build a sense of unity, and celebrate the community we are all a part of. Each Wednesday is “Spirit” Day at St. Teresa where students and staff are encouraged to wear their spirit wear to school! Soon we will be putting out an order for new spirit wear.

At this time we are asking for donations of gently used spirit wear items that your child(ren) may have outgrown. These items will be made available to students and families that may not be able to access the spirit wear sale. Please launder any donations items before sending them into school and place in a plastic bag. They can be sent to the office or to Mrs. Cherry’s classroom to be organized.

Go Tigers!

Orange Shirt Day is Tomorrow!

Orange Shirt Day September 30th!
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.

Each day at school we begin the day with the following on the PA, before the prayer:

“We would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather today is the land traditionally used by the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Neutral Peoples. We also acknowledge the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge, laws, and philosophies of the Indigenous People with whom we share this land 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.

Important New Guidelines for Siblings of Ill Students

St. Teresa  Families,

There has been an update by Regional Public Health to the guidelines with respect to siblings at school of children who become ill.

PREVIOUSLY – 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.

NOWany school-attending sibling(s) or parent(s) of ill students 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 the WCDSB homepage at https://www.wcdsb.ca/

 

Week at a Peek September 28th to Oct. 2nd

St. Teresa Tigers

Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectation- “I Believe”

Umbrella Skill- Introduction

Covid 19 School Screening Tool  

Please continue using this screening tool every morning before sending your children to school. 

 

If your child was enrolled and doing the preparation for First Communion and First Reconciliation during the last school year, please make sure to phone Father Gil at the Church to book a meeting with him to discuss next steps.

Monday September 28th- Today is the last day, ending at 6pm sharp, for changes either for students to return to school from virtual learning or to enroll in virtual learning at St. Isadore. Please see the following site for more information. Elementary Schools Transition Link

Changes will take place on Tuesday, October 13th, the day after Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, September 29th- St. Teresa School Advisory Council Meeting at 6:30pm-virtual. Please see the previous posting for information about School Council along with the form to fill out and return to Mr. Goodyear.

Wednesday, September 30th- Orange Shirt Day. Please see the following link for more information. About Orange Shirt Day  Please wear an orange shirt or any orange clothing if you have it today.

Thursday, October 1st- Spirit Day! Please wear your spirit wear if you can!

 

Go Tigers!

 

Coming Up:

Friday, October 9th- PD Day- No school for students.

Monday, October 12th- Thanksgiving

Tuesday, October 13th- virtual learning/in-class learning transition day

 

Catholic School Advisory Council- first meeting

Hello St. Teresa Tigers Families,

Catholic Schools Advisory Council: Our first Catholic Schools Advisory Council (CSAC) will take place on Tuesday, September 29th at 6:30pm. The first meeting, at least, will take place on a virtual platform called “Microsoft Teams” If you would like to join St. Teresa Advisory Council  please fill out the attached form and forward it to brian.goodyear@wcdsb.ca. CSAC-School-Council-Nomination-Form

The purpose of the Catholic School Advisory Council is to improve pupil achievement and to enhance the accountability of the education system through the active participation of parents and community members. It is intended that a  Catholic School Council will provide a forum for people interested in education to work co-operatively together to develop common goals for the school community. The Council is composed of parents, teacher representatives, a community and/or parish representative where possible, and the principal of the school.

A person is qualified to be a parent member of the Catholic School Advisory Council if she/he is a parent of a
pupil enrolled in the school. A person is not qualified if:
a) she/he is employed at the school, unless acting as a teacher, or staff member; or
b) she/he is not employed at the school but is employed elsewhere by the board, unless she/he takes
reasonable steps to inform people qualified to vote in the election of parent members of that
employment.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Virtual/Distance Learning Switch-Window opens today

Hello Tigers Families:

When we started the school year three weeks ago, we announced that the first transition point for families to switch their children from virtual learning to face to face learning (or vice versa), would be the Thanksgiving weekend.

In Elementary Schools: families/students may transition on the Tuesday after the Thanksgiving weekend — but after that, it will be only at Progress Reports in November and the first Report Card in January for transitions either to St. Isadore or back to the school. In Secondary Schools: families/students may only transfer between learning modalities at the end of the term (November and, thereafter, the end of January).

To assist in planning to accommodate the needs of families, interested families with students in elementary schools will find the transition form on the school board main webpage from Sept 24th at 9 a.m. to Sept 28th at 6 p.m. Requests must be made within this window of time at  www.wcdsb.ca

If you are keeping your child in either “at school” or “St. Isadore” learning, you don’t need to do anything else at this time.

If you want to request a change for your child, either to attend St. Isadore virtual school OR to return to St. Teresa School for In-School learning, you must make that request on the link above within the hard timelines.

We are not able to accommodate students who are not registered for remote learning but who choose not to attend school after this window of time. The link to transition will be found in the “spotlight section” of the Boards homepage. www.wcdsb.ca 

Again, this window opens up at 9am this morning(Thursday, September 24th at 9:00am) and closes on Monday, September 28th at 6pm sharp.

For our secondary parents, that window will occur from November 4th at 9 a.m. to November 6th at 6 p.m.

Thanks so much for all you have been doing to support our community! Your daily screening of your children, calling us to notify and share any symptoms, and keeping sick Tigers at home has been a tremendous help and greatly appreciated! Please continue to keep us informed….thank-you for your ongoing support!

 

Week at a Peek- Sept. 21-25th

Week at a Peek

This is just  a reminder to please complete the COVID-19 Self Assessment before leaving the house in the morning and ensure the office has the most current contact information for your family.  COVID-19 School Self-Screening Tool  Having daily conversations with your child(ren) about safety such as mask-wearing, hand hygiene and physical distancing goes a long way at keeping our school environment safe for everyone. Please send several extra masks with your children so they have extras in case one gets soiled/dirty throughout the day. Keep up the great work!

 

Personal Hand Sanitizer Update

Students are permitted to bring their own hand sanitizer if for personal use. Please ensure that the hand sanitizer does not have added perfume or scent. Please do not decant one brand of hand sanitizer into a container for another brand. The label on any container must match the product that is inside.

 

WCDSB – St. Isidore Virtual School ~ Entering From or Returning to In-School Learning

The following is a link of important dates should you want to switch to remote learning or return to St. Teresa  in-school learning – Entering From or Returning to In-School Learning. The first opportunity to register begins this Thursday, September 24th at 9:00 a.m. and closes on Monday, September 28th at 6:00 p.m. No considerations will be made past this deadline. The remote learning would start on October 13th for these students making changes. Information on how to register will be sent out prior to September 24th.

 St. Isadore Virtual Learning School  link for more information.

 

Nut-Free School

Please note that St. Teresa School is a nut-free school environment.  Do not send any food items that contain or may contain peanuts, peanut butter, or even nut substitutes like pea butter or WOW butter. We have several students and staff with severe anaphylactic allergies to these products. Thank-you for helping to keep St. Teresa School nut-free!

 

Fire Drills and Lockdowns

We will commence with our safety drills shortly. This includes fire drill and lockdown drills, among others. Some modifications will be made to the drills but students will be practicing leaving the building in a safe and orderly manner in case of any emergencies. Your children’s safety is of utmost importance.

Nutrition for Learning

Nutrition for Learning has now started at St. Teresa School. This is a snack program each morning where students are encouraged to have a healthy snack if they would like one. Any wrappers or recycling will be sent home as part of our “boomerang” lunch program.

Critical Medical Plans of Care

If you haven’t returned the envelope to update the critical plan of care if your child has a life-threatening medical condition, please make sure you return these to the office asap.

 

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