Monthly Archives: September 2020

Thunderbird October News

Hello Thunderbird Families:

It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of September! The students have transitioned very well and have found their groove! Way to go, Thunderbirds! 

At the beginning of each month, we will send out a large community Thunderbird Update. In these updates there will be several items for you to read and respond when appropriate. Throughout the month we will send out additional updates that cannot wait for the large monthly communication. So you are in the loop, we hope you take some time to read our communications. As always, thanks so much for all you do to support our Thunderbird Community!

Contact Information Update/Forms:

In order to keep our community safe, we need to have your most current contact information. Please call the school at 519-893-8803 if your phone number or address has changed.

Also, please take a moment to fill out all the very important forms on each child’s School Cash online account. It is essential that we have these completed. 

Below is the list of forms that need to be read and completed by you:

  • Catholic School Advisory Council (CSAC), Nomination of Parent Candidate
  • Concussion Code of Conduct – Parent/Guardian
  • Concussion Code of Conduct – Student-Athlete
  • Critical Medical Alert
  • Emergency Dismissal
  • Walks Around the Neighbourhood-Education Excursion Consent 
  • Lunch Arrangement
  • Responsible Use of Technology & Electronic Data Access, Students Grades JK to 3
  • Responsible Use of Technology & Electronic Data Access, Students Grades 4 to 8 Consent
  • Student Image, Video or Voice Recording Including Media Use – Consent
  • Student Personal Information, Collection/Use/Disclosure Notice (Read Only)
  • Violence Threat Risk Assessment (Read Only)

Attendance:

Hi families, it is super important that you call the school when your children will be away. When calling the school, 519-893-8801, speak clearly, and loudly, identifying your child’s first and last name, teacher’s name and the reason for the absence. If your child is sick, please list the symptoms your child is having and follow the COVID protocols as outlined below. Thanks!

COVID Update:

We have been advised by Public Health that healthy siblings are no longer required to be sent home to self-isolate , but are being asked to self-monitor.

In a school setting, we have designed our environment to allow students and staff to safely self-monitor by providing adequate physical distance, hand hygiene routines and the wearing of masks. 

Children experiencing symptoms where there is not a known alternative diagnosis (allergies etc.) will still be asked to stay home and go through the options outlined previously:

  1.     See a healthcare professional and return 24hrs after symptoms resolve.
  2.     Get a COVID-19 test with negative results and return 24hrs after symptoms resolve.
  3.     Self-Isolate for 14 Days and return 24hrs after symptoms resolve.

Healthy individuals in your household do not need to be tested unless directed to by Waterloo Region Public Health or your healthcare provider.

Please see this link with further details: https://www.wcdsb.ca/important-new-guidelines-for-siblings-of-ill-students/

Link to Public Health Guidelines: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1o2qulFnt0-ny5cIAg0h50mnEmt63kSoz/view?usp=sharing

Terry Fox:

The Terry Fox Run has been a very important and meaningful event at St. Daniel for the past years. Although we are not able to participate in an actual “RUN” this year, we will still do what matters: raise donations for Cancer Research. Classes will be participating in the Terry Fox Walk throughout this week as part of their Physical Education time. Donations can be made on your child’s Cash Online Account or using the following link: https://secure.terryfox.ca/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?TeamID=908449

We understand that the past 6 months have been very challenging financially for many families. Please give what you are able to this important cause, as every dollar counts! The fundraiser is open until October 2nd.

Medical Plans of Care:

Thank you to all families of students with life threatening conditions (anaphylaxis, asthma, etc.) for completing the Plans of Care and returning these to school in a timely manner. Please note that students with anaphylaxis require two current Epipens for school. Please label the Epipens, send to school with your child(ren), or drop off at the office. If your child has a life threatening condition and you have not completed a Plan of Care, please contact the school. If you have any questions, please let us know. 

Medications:

For safety reasons, children are prohibited from bringing any form of medication to school without prior approval from the office. If medication is determined to be necessary, there is a form that must be filled out by parents/guardians to indicate that the medication must be taken during school hours. The medication must be in the original container and clearly labeled with names (child, parent/guardian, doctor), phone numbers and directions. All oral medications will be stored and administered in the school office. Parents/guardians are asked to contact the school to address individual student needs in this regard. The WCDSB Student Medication form is available from the office or on the school board website.

Dress Code:

While we recognize the right of parents and students to express themselves through their clothing, we must reserve the right to have the final say regarding appropriateness of any clothing worn at school. The dress of all students must be clean, neat, and within the limits of good taste and modesty.

Guidelines for choosing clothes that promote a positive educational environment:

  • Tops must be modest (wide straps) and torso (overlap the waistband)
  • Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be mid-thigh or longer in length
  • All clothing will be free of derogatory or inappropriate print or graphics
  • Leggings/ skinny jeans must be covered by shirt/ sweater that is mid-thigh length
  • Undergarments are not to be visible (e.g., boxers, bra straps)
  • Hats, caps or hoods are to be removed when inside the school
  • All clothing will be free of association with youth or street gangs (including bandanas)
  • Outdoor wear (boots, hats and jackets) will be removed prior to entering the classroom
  • An indoor pair of shoes should be at school always 

Google Classroom/D2L:

Teachers have been emailing and inviting parents to join their child’s Google Classrooms/D2L. PLEASE accept the invitation. All classrooms will have an online component as a way of communicating and supporting classroom learning. Please become familiar with the D2L/Google Classroom platform as it is imperative that you know how to use this to support your children. 

Bus Students:

Families please remember to call the school before 3:00 or notify the teacher if your child will not be taking the bus home at the end of the day. We have a responsibility to put your child on the bus. As of late, many of our junior and intermediate students have been asking their families via text message if they can go to a friends house after school and we have received no notification of this from the parent/caregiver. Please contact the school if your child will not be taking the bus after school.

Also, be sure to sign up for the STSWR subscription service which allows users to receive notices about delays and cancellations to their email address or via SMS text. https://www.stswr.ca/parents/ (scroll to bottom of page for subscription service link) 

Remote Learning Families:

At this time the opportunity for remote learning has passed. There will be another chance to either switch from remote to face-to-face or switch to remote in November. For those families that are currently “waiting at home” to see how things go, this will not be an option moving forward. It is expected that you are choosing to return to school face-to-face, homeschool or have already selected St. Isidore as a remote learning option. Remaining on the class list at St. Daniel but NOT actually attending is no longer an option. If you have chosen home schooling there is an application package you must fill out. Please contact the office if this is the option you have decided upon, thanks.

Parking/Pick-Up/Drop Off:

Please refrain from parking or dropping your child(ren) off at the community center parking lot or standing and waiting on the community center walkways. They do have programs running and need their patrons to have easy access to both their outdoor and indoor facilities/grounds.

If you are looking for parking, feel free to use the large church parking lot or park along Midland Drive observing the city road signs and fire hydrants. If you or your child has mobility concerns and need parking accommodations please let us know, we are here to help. If the path is difficult for you to navigate please feel free to arrange a meeting spot with your child(ren) on the city sidewalk along Midland Drive.

If you are picking up your child early or would like to have your child come off the bus at the end of the day for you to pick up at school please give us ample notice so we can have your child waiting and ready for you. Thanks so much!

School Yard:

We need your help with reminding your children that they need to continue to maintain their distance when playing on the school yard. We especially need help with our students in Grade 7 and 8. Children of this age are developing their independence, finding and exercising their voice, all of which we support. However, with this comes the challenging of the rules in place to keep our community safe. This has been the case with many of our older students. 

Our goal is to keep all of our community safe. It is becoming increasingly difficult to do so when the children refuse to follow the distancing rules in place. Can you please regularly sit with your child(ren) and review that they need to keep the 2-meter social distance rule when at school in the yard during recess. We recognize that the children are just having fun and we want them to, but at a safe distance. The staff have been reviewing all sorts of fun distanced games such as Simon says, running races, hide-n-seek, hopscotch, wax museum just to name a few. Thanks for your support!

Cell Phones at School:

For safety reasons, parents/guardians may choose to send a cell phone or other communication device to school with their child. It is understood in these cases that these devices must be turned off while they are in class and outside of the class or on the bus. In the instance of misuse, the device will be turned off and confiscated using protective equipment and returned to the student at the end of the day. In some serious cases, you the parent/guardian will be asked to pick it up at the office and the student will not be able to bring the device to school. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen personal technology devices.

Umbrella Project:

We are super excited to begin year 2 of the Umbrella Project. The Umbrella Project is dedicated to helping families and schools better navigate the ups and downs of life while building the important skills that help us thrive in all types of weather. We call these skills Umbrella Skills because much like an umbrella, they help to protect us when life is rainy and challenging. We want children to feel empowered in all kinds of weather instead of spending their lives trying to avoid the rain.

Please take 2 minutes to watch this quick video that will help you understand how your child’s wellbeing grows and develops through practice

Each month we focus on providing practical parenting and classroom tools to build a different skill that the research shows us is an important piece of our umbrella of wellbeing. We are excited to provide you with lots of options and ideas to support these important skills at home. We recommend you choose the ideas that fit best with your unique family. Parenting energy is precious and we really can not do it all. What we can do is recognize our children’s strengths, the holes in their umbrellas and the parenting tools that will best help us support them as individuals to become stronger and more resilient in the face of life’s challenges.  

Watch this video from Dr. Jen as she welcomes you to the Umbrella Project

Our Umbrella Project Theme for October is… Gratitude! 

Tip 1: What is Gratitude and how will it help my child?

This month your child will be learning all about Gratitude in their classroom.  

Gratitude is the skill that helps us recognize all the things we have, instead of focusing our energy on the things we don’t have or the things we can’t control.  Our brains naturally pick up and focus more on threats and negatives than positives.  This deeply rooted  survival mechanism helped our ancestors dodge danger and avoid life-threatening situations.  

Unfortunately, this bias to the negative can work against our day to day mental health and to counter this we need to make sure we help our children see the positives as often as possible. Practicing gratitude is a great way to accomplish this positive focus and prime our brains for a happier outlook. It also helps us show our appreciation and return kindness given to us. Teaching your children to be thankful for what they have, what others do for them and expressing these feelings is a powerful, positive coping strategy that can get them through many of life’s difficult days, strengthen their relationships and protect against anxiety and depression. 

Make gratitude visible and easy to express

Watch this week’s video for some tips on how to make gratitude accessible in your home. 

Tip 2:  Focus your mental efforts on the positive using gratitude. 

Does your child struggle with more of a focus on the negatives than the positives? Daily gratitude can help set a more positive tone, boost self-esteem and improve their mood and outlook

Check out our video this week to learn more about how this can be applied. 

Tip 3: Advanced gratitude 

Now that we have been working on our gratitude for a few weeks, it’s a great time to introduce what can be thought of as a more advanced form of gratitude called ‘connective gratitude’.  

As parents, we do a pretty good job of training our children to demonstrate so-called ‘expressive gratitude’. Expressive gratitude means saying thank you and verbally expressing our gratitude. However, many children are so conditioned to say thank you that they rarely think twice about it. Showing that we are grateful goes much deeper and gets into the realm of connective gratitude. 

Connective gratitude means offering something meaningful to another person as an expression of gratitude, something that they would like to receive. This is a level up when it comes to being grateful and takes into account more fully the feelings and wishes of the other person. This also helps us to build empathy.

Here’s an example: You go back to school shopping with your child and buy them some new outfits for school this year.

Expressive gratitude: Your child says “Thank you so much, I love them”

Connective gratitude: Instead of throwing their clothes on the floor at the end of the day, they take care of them by folding and putting them away as you have been asking them to do for months.

In the connective gratitude example, they are thinking about what you might appreciate and doing that as a way to show their gratitude.  This example is certainly pulled from my own life and what connective gratitude would look like for me but it is different for everyone.  The big idea is that you are thinking about what the other person would like to receive. 

Helping your children reflect on these opportunities to show their thanks in a connective way is a great way to build and advance their gratitude skills.

Learn more from Dr. Jen in this week’s video

Tip 4: Have your child reflect on their network of supportive adults

One great way to help kids build gratitude is to help them reflect on the network of supportive adults they have around them.  This could be teachers, parents, caregivers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, coaches or anyone your child can turn to for advice and strength when facing challenges.  Helping your child visualize all of the umbrellas of support around them will help them to practice gratitude and recognize who they can trust to help them when they need a little extra shelter and support. 

Step 1:  Have your child draw a picture of themselves in the centre of a page.

Step 2: Next have them write the names of all of the supportive figures in their lives around the outside of the page and connect them to the centre with a line.  This can be through a combination of reflecting on those who have helped them in the past and other people who care about their wellbeing.

Step 3: Have a conversation with your child about how they felt when they received support in the past to deepen the practice of gratitude.

Watch this week’s quick video to learn more about this exercise. 

Tip 5: Grateful parents raise grateful kids

Gratitude takes practice!!! The more children practice gratitude, the more likely they are to build and use this important skill. One significant way to build this part of our child’s umbrella is to practice gratitude ourselves.  

The more grateful we are as parents, the more opportunities we will naturally put in front of our children to practice gratitude. If gratitude is a skill in your umbrella that could use a little more practice that’s okay. We all have strong coping skills and skills that could use some nurturing and practice. Set the intention to find more opportunities to express your own gratitude. By doing this, you will create more chances for your child to practice too.  

Unsure about your coping strengths and which umbrella holes you could work on? Complete your own umbrella assessment to get a picture of your umbrella. Wellbeing is a family journey and in my experience, children respond and participate best when the whole family is working towards bigger umbrellas.  

Watch this week’s video all about the importance of modeling gratitude. 

Additional Resources 

Interested in learning more? Here are a couple of great articles you could read. 

How to Help Gratitude Grow in Your Kids

The Development of Gratitude in Seven Societies: Cross-Cultural Highlights

~ Nurturing ~ Encouraging ~ Successful ~ Thunderbirds ~

Orange Shirt Day is Tomorrow!

We are honouring Orange Shirt Day tomorrow at St. Daniel School!

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 students.

COVID Update

Hi Thunderbird Families:

It is hard to believe September will be over later this week. We will soon be entering October. Please continue to read our newswires regarding public Health’s protocol regarding COVID symptoms and directions. In addition, please continue completing the COVID-19 Self Assessment before leaving the house in the morning. We know it is an inconvenience, but socially responsible at the same time.

As promised, when Public Health updates their guidance, we will let you know. We have been advised that healthy siblings are no longer required to be sent home to self-isolate , but are being asked to self-monitor.

In a school setting, we have designed our environment to allow students and staff to safely self-monitor by providing adequate physical distance, hand hygiene routines and the wearing of masks. Children experiencing symptoms where there is not a known alternative diagnosis (allergies etc.) will still be asked to stay home and go through the options outlined previously:

  1.     See a healthcare professional and return 24hrs after symptoms resolve.
  2.     Get a COVID-19 test with negative results and return 24hrs after symptoms resolve.
  3.     Self-Isolate for 14 Days.

Healthy individuals in your household do not need to be tested unless directed to by Waterloo Region Public Health or your healthcare provider.

We are excited to welcome back all healthy siblings and individuals who have had symptoms resolved for 24hrs under options 1, 2 or 3.

Take care, Thunderbirds!

Information on Changing Learning Environments

Hi Thunderbird Families:

Thanks so much for all you have been doing to support our community! Your daily screening of your kiddos, calling us to notify and share any symptoms, and keeping sick Thunderbirds home has been a tremendous help and greatly appreciated! Please continue to keep us informed….together we got this!

When we commenced the school year back in early September, 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 after the Thanksgiving weekend — but after that, it will be only at Progress Reports in November and the first Report Card in January.

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. www.wcdsb.ca

Please note that we are asking for all families requesting a change to remote learning at St. Isidore or a switch back to St. Daniel to select either ATTENDING FACE-TO-FACE LEARNING OR REMOTE LEARNING during this window. We are not able to accommodate students who are not registered for remote learning but who choose not to attend school. The link to transition will be found in the “spotlight section” of the Boards homepage.

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

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the main office; 519-893-8801.

Thank you Thunderbird Families!

~ Nurturing ~ Encouraging ~ Successful ~ Thunderbirds ~

Thunderbird Update

Hi Thunderbirds Families:

Happy Monday! We hope this finds you well. It is the beginning of week 3 and we have had a great 2 weeks back in the Thunderbird Nest! Thank you so much for all you have done to support the transition back to school! Below you will find some informational and action items for you to review and complete. Thanks so much!

COVID Expectations:

If your child is sick please do not send them to school. Additionally, please keep all siblings at home. Please notify the school of the absence, explain the symptoms and if you are getting a COVID 19 test or are keeping your child(ren) home for 14 days. If your child(ren) or any member of your household has a positive COVID 19 test please notify the school. 

Your child(ren) can return to school if …

  1. They have had a negative COVID 19 test and are symptom free for 24 hours
  2. Have stayed at home and isolated for 14 days and have been symptom free for 24 hours
  3. If you have met with a medical practitioner and they have indicated the issue is an underlying medical condition

NOTE: All of the above is applicable to all siblings that attend our school

A reminder that students must screen everyday before coming to school. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Attendance:

Please be sure to call the school if your child(ren) is going to be away. When calling please speak loud and clear identifying your child(ren) first and last name and classroom teacher and the reason for the absences.  

Forms:

Please be sure you have filled out all of the Cash-Online forms for each of your children. These forms are essential for your student to be safe and participate fully in our community.

Picking up and Dropping off:

Please do not pick up or drop off your child(ren) in the community centre parking lot. This is reserved for community centre patrons. You can pick up/drop off on Midland Drive observing all of the parking signs and fire hydrants or park in the large church parking lot.

Bus Transportation:

Be sure to sign up for the STSWR subscription service which allows users to receive notices about delays and cancellations to their email address or via SMS text. The subscription service allows you to receive an email or text for all delays over 10 minutes and all cancellations that affect your bus route or school. https://www.stswr.ca/parents/ (scroll to bottom of page for subscription service link).

Also a reminder that masks are required for the whole duration of the ride. No drinking or eating is permitted on the bus. Students each have a designated seat and have been doing a great job with this protocol. 

Water Bottles:

To ensure safety we have closed our drinking fountains. We do have water bottle filling stations for our students to safely use. If you happen to forget to pack a water bottle for the day, please do not worry we have a supply of disposable cups for your kiddos.

Student Masking:

Please be sure you have multiple masks in a day for your child. It is helpful if they have one for the morning and one for the afternoon, feel free to provide more. If you are using reusable masks please be sure they are being washed daily.

Hand Sanitizer:

We are asking that if you are providing your child with their own hand sanitizer it is required to be unscented. We have several students and staff that have severe sensitivities to scents. Additionally, we have discovered that wasps are attracted to the scented hand sanitizer. 

Social Distancing:

We are continuing to work with our Thunderbird students on Social Distancing at recess. The expectation is for students to maintain the 2metre social distancing at all times when outside. Please review and reinforce this with your child(ren) at home. Together – we got this!

School Advisory Council:

We are always looking for ways for our parent community to be involved in school life at St. Daniel school. A great way to get involved is to let your name stand for our Catholic School Advisory Council. School Councils were created to enhance students’ learning through the cooperative efforts of parents, students, staff members and others in the community. Your School Council is an advisory body of volunteers who work together to provide ideas to help the Administration Team, to make St. Daniel Catholic Elementary School a better place for your children to learn. 

The School Advisory Council provides a forum for discussing student achievement and success. It also provides a way to get information to parents/guardians, receive feedback from them, and present ideas to our school. 

If you choose to be part of our School Advisory Council attendance to our meetings is mandatory and will be held in a virtual forum. Meetings will be held virtually (online) using Microsoft Teams on selected Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., with our first meeting taking place virtually on Tuesday October 6th. If you like to be a parent/caregiver representative on our Catholic School Advisory Council for the 2020-2021 school year, please fill out the School Advisory Council form found on your child’s Cash Online account by Friday September 25th 4:00pm. We look forward to meeting you!

Terry Fox:

Each year schools all across Canada participate in the Terry Fox run/walk for cancer research. Beginning September 28th – October 2nd each class will be participating in a school yard walk/run during their gym period. Donations will be accepted on your child’s Cash-Online account beginning Monday September 21st – Friday October 2nd. All proceeds raised go directly to the Terry Fox foundation. 

 

~ Nurturing ~ Encouraging ~ Successful ~ Thunderbirds ~

COVID-19 Update, Please Read

Hello Thunderbird Families:

We thank you so very much for your continued support as we journey through this school year together. As we get new updates about COVID-19 procedures we will share them with you. The following is the latest update from Public Health which we are required to follow. Please click on the link so you know what to do and is expected when at school.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D6FGbmMkj7QLv93P90v6xHB6nOOm99df/view?usp=sharing

If you call in to our school and identify that your child is sick and will not be at school, please apply the same procedures that are identified in the above link.

Again we thank you so very much as we work together to ensure the safety of our community …. together we got this!

 

~Nurturing~Encouraging~Successful~Thunderbirds~

Sept 15, 2020 – Orange Bus (120) Delayed

Thunderbird Families with students riding orange bus. Please be advised that orange bus (120) has been delayed. Please wait at the bus stop for your child(ren).

Thank you!

Thunderbird News

Hello Thunderbird Families:

We have had a great first week back in the Thunderbird Nest! It truly feels wonderful to be part of such an amazing community. Families thanks so much for your support with the drop off and pick up routine. Your support with this has been a great help in keeping everyone safe, thank you! Please continue reading as we want to touch base and share a few things that you need to know moving forward.

Contact Information Update/Forms:

In order to keep our community safe, we need to have your most current contact information. Please call the school at 519-893-8803 if your phone number or address has changed.

Also, please take a moment to fill out all the very important forms on your child cash online account. It is essential that we have these completed. If you need instructions on how to set up cash online please click the link here: Cash-online-sign-up-instructions

Below is the list of forms that need to be read and completed by you: 

  • Catholic School Advisory Council (CSAC), Nomination of Parent Candidate
  • Concussion Code of Conduct – Parent/Guardian
  • Concussion Code of Conduct – Student-Athlete
  • Critical Medical Alert
  • Emergency Dismissal
  • Walks Around the Neighbourhood-Education Excursion Consent 
  • Lunch Arrangement
  • Responsible Use of Technology & Electronic Data Access, Students Grades JK to 3
  • Responsible Use of Technology & Electronic Data Access, Students Grades 4 to 8 Consent
  • Student Image, Video or Voice Recording Including Media Use – Consent
  • Student Personal Information, Collection/Use/Disclosure Notice (Read Only)
  • Violence Threat Risk Assessment (Read Only)

Parking/Pick-Up/Drop Off:

Please refrain from parking or dropping your child(ren) off at the community centre parking lot or standing and waiting on the community centre walkways. They do have programs running and need their patrons to have easy access to both their outdoor and indoor facilities/grounds.

If you are looking for parking, feel free to use the large church parking lot or park along Midland Drive observing the city road signs and fire hydrants. If you or your child has mobility concerns and need parking accommodations please let us know, we are here to help. If the path is difficult for you to navigate please feel free to arrange a meeting spot with your child(ren) on the city sidewalk along Midland Drive.

If you are picking up your child early or would like to have your child come off the bus at the end of the day for you to pick up at school please give us ample notice so we can have your child waiting and ready for you. Thanks so much!

School Yard:

The children are so excited to see their friends and by nature love to be social. We need your help with reminding your children that they need to continue to maintain their distance when playing on the school yard. Can you please regularly sit with your child(ren) and review that they need to keep the 2-meter social distance rule when at school in the yard during recess. We recognize that the children are just having fun and we want them to, but at a safe distance. The staff have been reviewing all sorts of fun distanced games such as Simon says, running races, hide-n-seek, hopscotch, wax museum just to name a few. Thanks for your support!

Medical Plans of Care:

If your child has medical concerns or a life threatening condition you would have received their Medical Plan of Care. Please read the Verification Copy of the Plan of Care carefully, sign, and return it to school as soon as possible as well as the completed ‘Identification and Emergency Treatment Plan’ document. Please note that students with anaphylaxis require two current Epipens for school. Please label the Epipens, send to school with your child(ren), or drop off at the office. If you have any questions, please let us know.  

COVID Protocol: 

When a student is experiencing symptoms consistent with a possible COVID-19 exposure, the following will occur:

  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.
    • Please provide the office with your most current contact information
  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.)

Once you have a Health Care Professional examine your child and determine 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 take the necessary steps to contact public health and work to inform the others necessary, so that they can go get tested as well.

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 and symptom free.

This is the process that we will follow in an effort to keep everyone at St. Daniel school and in our greater community, safe and healthy.

Students with “Medical Peril” (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, etc.) who may require special medication or a special medical procedure will be identified to all staff throughout the school so appropriate actions may be taken in the case of an emergency. All efforts will be made to ensure the safety and health of these students. Please notify the school if there are any new medical concerns with your child.

For our Remote Learning Families:

Learning begins on September 17th. If you have expressed the need for a learning device at home, a St. Daniel staff members will be in contact with you to ensure you are set up and ready to go. Please see the link below for more information on our WCDSB Virtual School – St. Isidore. We hope our remote learning Thunderbirds are doing well …. We miss you!

Link to Message From St. Isidore

~Nurturing~Encouraging~Successful~Thunderbirds~

Please Read If Your Kids Takes The School Bus

Hello Thunderbirds Families:

Please note that if you have not notified us that your child(ren) will NOT be taking the bus we are required to put them on the bus that you have signed them up for. If you do not want them to be on the bus please call the office: 519-893-8801.

Please be sure you have notified your child’s(ren) classroom teacher on the days you will be picking them up from school. Finally, please help keep everyone safe and arrange a meeting spot when picking up your child(ren), please do not come onto the school yard.

Thanks so very much for your support with this!

 

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