April Newsletter

APRIL 2021 SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

Dear Families – please click on the above link for our April Newsletter.

Happy Easter!

 

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Free COVID-19 Testing Available for Students & Staff

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 27th, 2021

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

St. Mary’s High School

1500 Block Line Rd., Kitchener

 

AND

 

Sunday, March 28th, 2021

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

Huron Heights Secondary School

1825 Strasburg Rd., Kitchener

 

No Appointment Necessary

 

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 Blessed Sacrament School community safe and healthy so that we can avoid any further disruption from the COVID-19 virus!

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Letter from Director – St. Isidore

March 11th, 2021

 

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

Today we sit on the one year anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a pandemic and tomorrow will mark one year since we were told we were going to have an extended March Break, that ultimately became our first lockdown.  A great deal has happened since then and as a community it is my sincere hope that as you look back on this past year, there are some moments of hope and joy that you can identify.   There can be absolutely no denying that the year has brought hardship and challenges to virtually everyone, but they have not been felt equally.  Some of us will have suffered more than others, will have been impacted more than others, and some will have truly struggled to find the path forward.

My hope would be that as you reflect on this past year, you are able to pray an offering of gratitude for the family and friends who have helped you through and that your faith has been a constant source of consolation.  I have prayed in gratitude for our staff who have been a rock of resilience, continually rising to the challenge to meet and serve the needs of our community and our students.  I also pray in appreciation for the many parents and students who have journeyed with us and placed their faith in us, as we did our best to find the best path forward.

As mentioned – with today being the one year anniversary of the official start of the pandemic, I choose to hope and pray that today marks an official start to some return to normalcy.  We know vaccine roll-out has begun and that by this coming fall things should look different – while perhaps not a full return to normal.  We know for schools that our year will likely begin somewhat similar to this year but as the potential for vaccines for children also rolls out, by mid-year we may be in a reality, in our schools, that is closer to what we remember.

In education our planning for the 2021-2022 school year is underway now.  We are working on staffing and budget, and need to make decisions for next year at this time.  For this reason, next week – March 15th through March 19th – we will have a survey on our Board website for any parent/family that wishes to choose virtual learning again for next year.  That said – it will be a one-time choice.  That is, there will not be transition periods during the year.  A choice for virtual will be a choice for September through June.  Realizing that the landscape continues to change, we will confirm your choice with you in June (through one final survey open to all), but we will be seeking your interest now, so we can determine the demand for the virtual option.  If you register for St Isidore, our virtual school, you will no longer be affiliated with your current home school, (for the 2021-2022 school year).  You will have the option to re-register for the following school year (2022-2023).

We know that some students have found virtual to be a good way to learn.  We do, in the main, feel that for a variety of reasons not only connected to academics, but to a young person’s social emotional well-being, that attending school in person is likely the preferred option for most students, when all things are equal.  Please give this decision careful consideration.  We will confirm with you again in June as mentioned, but we do need to know now if you believe this is an option you are seriously considering.

Once again, we encourage you to visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community – but also please be aware that these could change depending on the most current public health advice. We also suggest checking out the WCDSB website https://www.wcdsb.ca/living-learning-looking-forward/   and Region of Waterloo Public Health website https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/2019-novel-coronavirus.aspx as they contain helpful resources and supports.  If you have any questions about what your particular school is doing, please reach out to your local school principal.

I will continue to remind all community members that mental health resources are available to students and families through Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868.

If there are any further updates we will certainly share them as soon as possible.  Please know that we continue to be in this together and day by day we will make it through.  It has been a year unlike any other, but I hope that for you, like me, faith has been a source of comfort and hope.  We are journeying now through Lent to the Easter Season.  How fortunate are we to know the hope, promise and new life that is awaiting us, and how that will be reflected in the spring months ahead.  Please reach out to us if you need help or guidance, and remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community.  #InThisTogether 

 

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

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One More Positive Case

Dear Families

Waterloo Region Public Health has informed us of one new positive case of Covid 19 with one of our students that is part of the dismissed cohort. Public Health will be contacting the High Risk Students directly.

Blessed Sacrament 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 have already been sent a high-risk contact letter via email 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 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 10 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.

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One New Positive Case

Dear Families

Waterloo Region Public Health has informed us of one new positive case of Covid 19 with one of our students.

Blessed Sacrament 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 have already been sent a high-risk contact letter via email 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 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 10 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.

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Pop Up CoVid Testing Site

There will be a Pop Up CoVid Testing site for both Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Individuals:

Testing Site – Kingsdale Community Centre, 72 Wilson Avenue, Kitchener

Date – Thursday March 4th

Time – 4-7pm

No appointments required

There will be an Asymptomatic Testing Site also with our Board. As soon as we get the details, we will share it using this platform also.

Thank you

By |2021-03-03T17:09:47-05:00March 3rd, 2021|News|Comments Off on Pop Up CoVid Testing Site
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