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COVID Outbreak at St. Luke School

St. Luke Families and Community;

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at St. Luke Catholic Elementary School. The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health have defined an outbreak as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period.  Affected cohorts have already been notified.

Outbreak Letter to Parents and Community of St. Luke

 

Getting Ready for January 2022

Good afternoon St. Luke Families,

All WCDSB schools are endeavoring to be ready IF we need to pivot to remote learning in January.  This is not the current situation.  However, we need to give some thought to which students would need a chromebook should we be contemplating such a scenario.  If you need a device should remote learning become necessary due to possible COVID-19 safety protocols, please take some time to complete the survey in the link below.

We will do our best to accommodate every student based on our standardized supply of chromebooks.  We are hoping that families who have devices at home, will allow your child(ren) to access these home devices during the school day if needed during possible remote learning.

Our hope is to be back at school on Monday, January 3, however if we pivot to remote learning, we will deploy the devices on January 3 and January 4, 2022.     Chromebooks will need to be returned back in good shape to school regardless of the return date.

The link to the form is: https://lf.wcdsb.ca/Forms/APS017-07F – Computer & Internet – Remote Learning, Request & Take-Home Consent (Form APS017-07F)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Ms. Kavanagh

Shoes too tight? Need some winter boots?

St. Luke has partnered with Factory Shoe. If making a purchase on a shoe over $35, just show/scan the card (or even just let them know you’d like to use St Luke’s fundraiser) and Factory Shoe will donate $5 per shoe purchased to St Luke School.  Scan cards will be sent home with families in the next little while.

 

Rapid Antigen Screening Kits for St. Luke Students

At St. Luke we continue to practice our protocols at school and need everyone in the community to continuing to do the same at home.

As you might have heard, in an effort to promote a safer return to the classroom after the Christmas break, we are pleased to be able to provide take-home rapid antigen screening kits to every child who attends our school.  We received these kits on behalf of the Government of Ontario.

Quick Facts:

  • The rapid antigen screening kits are intended for use by any child that attends a publicly funded school, regardless of their vaccination status. 
  • This testing option will not be available to students who have been learning remotely since September 2021.
  • Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary. 
  • Students are not required to participate in order to return to the classroom after the Christmas break.

Instructions are enclosed inside every kit, but we also thought you might find this video clip  helpful to watch as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRrcdgrGlR8

Please note that there are 5 tests inside every kit.  One kit per student will be sent home tomorrow Tuesday, December 14, 2021.  It is recommended that a test be administered every second day prior to January 3rd, 2022.

The following are a few key health reminders:

  • Parents are expected to screen their children every morning to ensure they are healthy, when we return after Christmas holiday we will again require parents complete the same daily screener attestation form that we used in the fall; this will run for 2 weeks to get everyone back in the practice of screening. Daily Screener Website: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
  • It is very noteworthy that if there is a person in your household that has symptoms, all non-vaccinated students must stay home (siblings will fail the screener, get the red screen and be told to stay home) All involved must stay home until the ill child has tested negative, has an alternative diagnosis or stays home for 10 days. (siblings will fail the screener, get the red screen and be told to stay home. This is the link to the local testing Clinics: https://www.grhosp.on.ca/care/visitors/covid-19/covid-19-testing-clinics
  • All students born in 2016 or later are now eligible for COVID-19 Vaccination – Please note that parent permission is always required for Vaccination – you can follow this link for our local Vaccination Clinic info: https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/covid-19-vaccination-pre-registration.aspx  There are additional clinic opportunities at some Kitchener schools, as follows:
  • After-school vaccination clinics (4-8 p.m.) December 9 & 14: Wilson Avenue Public School, 221 Wilson Avenue, Kitchener and December 15 & 16: Sunnyside Public School, 1042 Weber Street East, Kitchener
  • Full-day school vaccination clinics (9:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.) December 4: Queensmount Public School, 21 Westmount Road, Kitchener and December 19 & 20: St. Bernadette Catholic School, 245 Lorne Avenue, Kitchener
  • To book an appointment for your child and any family members who still need a first or second dose of the vaccine, please visit the Region of Waterloo website: regionofwaterloo/GetaVaccine
  • Rapid Antigen test kits – there is a kit available for every student in the school to take home for Christmas holiday, there are 5 tests in each kit, families are encouraged to use these as a tracking mechanism to make sure everyone is healthy coming back to school in the new year.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the school at any time.

Thank you for all your support and understanding!  Stay safe, stay healthy and God bless!

Sincerely,

All Staff at St. Luke

 

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