Monthly Archives: December 2021

Important Information for Parents ~ Ministry of Education

Families are asked to review the important information attached from the Ministry of Education.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19:
Individuals who are vaccinated, as well as children under 12 who have symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to isolate for five days following the onset of symptoms. These individuals can end isolation after five days if their symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours, and all public health and safety measures, such as masking and physical distancing, are followed.

Individuals who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or immunocompromised will be required to isolate for 10 days.

All household contacts must also isolate for the same duration as the person with symptoms, regardless of their vaccination status. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should also consider informing close contacts beyond your household contacts by providing them with the link to Ontario.ca/exposed.

If you have concerns about your symptoms, contact your doctor, health care provider or Telehealth for more information and guidance. If you develop severe symptoms requiring medical attention, such as shortness of breath or chest pain, call 911.

If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 but are feeling unwell, isolate until symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours.

If you’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
If you are fully vaccinated and you have no symptoms, you are advised to:
• Self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days since you last interacted with the positive case
• Maintain masking, physical distancing and adherence to all other public health measures if leaving home
• Do not visit any high-risk settings or individuals who may be at higher risk of illness (e.g., seniors) for 10 days from your last exposure.

If you are not fully vaccinated, or are immunocompromised, you must isolate immediately for 10 days following your last contact. If you live with the positive case, you must isolate for the length of their isolation period.

If you live, work, attend, volunteer, or have been admitted in a high-risk health care setting, you must notify your employer and should not visit the high-risk setting for 10 days since your last exposure or symptom onset, or from your date of diagnosis. To ensure sufficient staffing levels, workers in these settings will have the opportunity to return to work early on day seven of their isolation with a negative PCR test, or two negative rapid antigen tests on
day six and seven. If you live in a high-risk setting, you should isolate regardless of vaccination status.

If you have COVID-19 based on a positive test result
If you test positive from a PCR, rapid molecular or a rapid antigen test and you are fully vaccinated or under 12 years of age, you must isolate for five days from the positive test result if you have no symptoms or from symptom onset and until their symptoms are improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms).

If you are partially vaccinated, unvaccinated or immunocompromised, you should self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, or from the date of your test (whichever came sooner).

In addition, household contacts of individuals who have tested positive must also self-isolate during this time.

Individuals must isolate regardless of their vaccination status.

You should also notify your close contacts. A close contact is anyone you were less than two metres away from for at least 15 minutes, or multiple shorter lengths of time, without personal protective equipment in the 48 hours before your symptoms began or your positive test result, whichever came first.

How to Access Supports While Isolating
If you require assistance while isolating, visit COVID-19: Support for people. People can also contact their public health unit for many isolation supports including:
• Use of isolation facilities;
• Referral to community supports and agencies;
• Mental health supports;
• Courier and delivery supports for food and necessities;
• Additional resources available to support isolation through the High Priority Communities strategy

Joint Parents letter Final – EN

By |2021-12-31T15:13:38-05:00December 31st, 2021|News|Comments Off on Important Information for Parents ~ Ministry of Education

New Year’s Update from Director Notten / Return to Learning

Please see the letter from Director Notten regarding the most recent PH direction and updated COVID protocols.

We hope that your family continues to be healthy and safe. We look forward to seeing students on Wednesday, January 5th.

Happy New Year to our Haller Hawk community!

New Years’ Update to WCDSB Parents Dec 31st 21

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Bus 176 – Driver Absence / delay

Please know that Bus 176 is delayed 10-20 minutes due to driver absence. Your child(ren) are well supervised and remain safe at school until the bus arrives.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

By |2021-12-14T15:35:06-05:00December 14th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Bus 176 – Driver Absence / delay

Bus 176 – Bus Running late

Please know that bus 176 is running 10-20 minutes late this afternoon due to a driver absence. School staff continue to supervise and ensure students are safe while we wait for the bus to arrive.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

By |2021-12-13T15:32:45-05:00December 13th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Bus 176 – Bus Running late

Bus 176 – Running Late

Please know that bus 176 is running 10-20 minutes late this afternoon due to a driver absence. School staff continue to supervise and ensure students are safe while we wait for the bus to arrive.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

By |2021-12-10T14:10:39-05:00December 10th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Bus 176 – Running Late

News From the Nest

Good morning Haller Hawk Families,

Please review the following ‘News from the Nest’:

Advent ~ We continue to celebrate the Holy season of Advent focusing on the weekly  themes of hope, peace, joy and  love. Each week, we light a candle as we prepare for His holy birth. May we always remember that ‘Jesus is the reason for the season’.

Daily Screening ~ Thank you to all families for doing a great job with screening your child(ren) for COVID symptoms before coming to school each day. Please continue using the Covid-19 School Screening tool before students arrive at school, and follow the directions provided from the screener. 

Parents, please listen to your child(ren) if they tell you they feel unwell in the morning and keep your child(ren) home. It is very important that we continue our diligence in keeping all students, staff and families safe. If the illness is unrelated to COVID, your child may return to school 24 hours after being symptom free.  If your child has any one of the following COVID symptoms talk with a doctor/health care provider to get advice or an assessment, including if your child needs a COVID-19 test:

  • fever/chills
  • Cough or barking cough
  • shortness of breath
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
  • nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

Potential Travel ~ A reminder that students under 12, travelling with vaccinated parents do not have to quarantine per se, but they are not allowed to return to school until 14 days from their return have passed. This is federal policy – guidance is found on the webpage:

https://www.wcdsb.ca/covid-19-student-screening-and-testing

Inclement Weather Protocol and Bus Cancellation Plan for WCDSB ~ As the weather begins to change, we would like to remind our school community of the protocols in place when busses are cancelled due to unsafe driving conditions for our school busses. This year, as was the case last year, when school busses are cancelled, our school will be closed and we will have a remote learning day. Your child(ren)’s teacher will communicate with you/your child(ren) prior to 9:30 am. Students may work on these learning tasks at their own pace while at home. Teachers are available to support your child throughout the morning with the assigned work as needed.

Bus Students ~  Parents kindly remind your child(ren) that the seating plan created by the drivers and Student Transportation Services must be followed for contact tracing purposes.  If contact tracing needs to be completed for students riding on a bus, the seating plan is very important so we know who sits beside, behind, across etc.  Students may not switch seats.  

Families are also asked to please review bus rules with the students to ensure everyone arrives to and from school/home safely. This includes remaining seated while the bus is in motion and keeping voices to a talking level so that the driver can concentrate on the road. Thank you for your help!

Upcoming / Important Dates: 

Please visit our school calendar regularly for updates.

Dec. 13 ~ Spirit Day ~ Wear your best Christmas Socks or Slippers!

Dec. 14 ~ Spirit Day ~ Wear PLAID today!

Dec. 15 ~ Wear your best Christmas sweater! (Homemade or Store bought )

Dec. 16 ~ Spirit Day ~ Wear your favourite Christmas Hat! 

Dec. 17 ~ Spirit Day ~ Wear Christmas PJ’s!

Dec. 20 – 31 ~ Christmas holidays – Merry Christmas and may the Peace of Christ be with you!

Jan. 3 ~ first day of school after Christmas Break! Happy New Year 2022!

By |2021-12-10T08:11:10-05:00December 10th, 2021|News|Comments Off on News From the Nest

Bus 176 – running late

Please know that bus 176 is running 20-30 minutes late this afternoon due to a driver absence. School staff continue to supervise and ensure students are safe while we wait for the bus to arrive.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

By |2021-12-09T13:07:20-05:00December 9th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Bus 176 – running late

Bus 176 – running late

Please know that bus 176 is running 20-30 minutes late this afternoon due to a driver absence. School staff continue to supervise and ensure students are safe while we wait for the bus to arrive.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

By |2021-12-08T15:10:48-05:00December 8th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Bus 176 – running late
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