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Important New Guidelines for Siblings of Ill Students

We have had a very good start to the school year so far, and our staff are doing a great job keeping our schools healthy, clean and safe.  All of our COVID safety protocols appear to be working and we are so grateful to all our staff and students.

Last Thursday (September 24th), Region of Waterloo Public Health updated the guidance and protocols involving school attendance for siblings of ill students.

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.

NOW — any 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 our WCDSB homepage at https://www.wcdsb.ca/

Please look for the yellow banner at the top of that page.

COVID19: Update Guidance From Public Health

We have been advised from Public Health that healthy siblings are no longer required to be sent home to self-isolate, but are being asked instead 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, asthma, 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 health care 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!

 

All students are still required to complete the online COVID-19 Self Assessment each and every day before coming to school and follow the recommendations after completing it.

Staff must also complete the assessment prior to coming to work.

Thanks in advance for your continued cooperation!

Important Messages

  1. Our school phones are now working, thank you for your patience. Refer to the emails for Mr. Schnarr or Ms. Goldrick if you ever have trouble with the phones!

2. The window to change your child(ren) from Online Learning to Face to Face Learning, or visa versa, opens up today, Thursday, September 24th at 9:00 AM and closes on Monday, September 28th at 6:00 PM. 

If you are looking at changing, your request must be submitted to the portal by clicking the link below or on the WCDSB website during this time.

Any request made outside of this window will not be granted.

You can access the link to more information by clicking on the Switching Learning Environments.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at the school.

St Margaret Phones not working

Hi St. Margaret Families:

Our phones are currently NOT working. Please email Mrs. Goldrick  Nicole.Goldrick@wcdsb.ca or Mr. Schnarr Jodie.Schnarr@wcdsb.ca  if you need to contact the school until further notice.

 

Changing Learning Environments

Good Afternoon Scottie Families

 

The window to change your child(ren) from Online Learning to Face to Face Learning, or visa versa, opens up on Thursday, September 24th at 9:00 AM and closes on Monday, September 28th at 6:00 PM. If you are looking at changing, your request must be submitted to the portal on the WCDSB website during this time.

Any request made outside of this window will not be granted.

You can access the link to more information by clicking on the Switching Learning Environments.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at the school.

Transitioning to on-line Learning or return to St. Margaret

On Sept. 24 at 9:00 am the window will open for families to indicate if they wish for their child to return to face to face in-school learning at St. Margaret or be registered for St. Isidore. The window for completion of the Board form will be Sept. 28 at 6:00 pm. There will be no exceptions to this time frame.

Wednesday SPIRIT DAYS at St. Margaret

Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday Sept. 16th students and staff are encouraged to wear ‘Scotties’ gear or school colours (green / black).

Every Wednesday will be a SPIRIT day!

More information will be sent home soon about purchasing new ‘Scotties’ clothing on-line!!

Daily Self-Assessment for Students and Staff / Sick Child Protocol

All students and staff are required to take the COVID-19 self-assessment daily before coming to school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/.  If your child has any cold or flu-like symptoms, please do not send them to school.  If your child presents symptoms during the school day, he/she will be sent to the office and parents/guardians will be called and must pick up their child immediately.  Parents are then encouraged to contact Public Health, have their child tested and follow Public Health direction.

RE: What will you do when there is a sick child at school?

Dear Parents/Guardians;

I wanted to share with you in a very clear and concise manner, the process we have 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 be sent or escorted by a staff member.
  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.)

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.

Thanks for your attention to this!!

Mr. J. Schnarr

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