School News & Announcements

Process if a Student is Sick or Tests Positive for COVID-19

posted Nov 25, 2020, 12:22 PM by Margarita Ziroldo   [ updated Nov 25, 2020, 12:22 PM ]

Ottawa Public Health has some new helpful resources, including a video explaining what to do when a student is sick or tests positive for COVID-19. The following information is also available on OPH's website:

Winter fun!

posted Nov 25, 2020, 5:37 AM by Margarita Ziroldo   [ updated Nov 25, 2020, 5:50 AM ]

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Now that we have snow, a reminder to our families to have their children dress warmly for the weather; hat, mitts, winter coat, snow pants and boots.  Should you require anything, please call the school.

Scholastic *Virtual* Book Fair

posted Oct 15, 2020, 11:28 AM by Kathy McCord   [ updated Oct 20, 2020, 12:41 PM by Margarita Ziroldo ]

We are excited to share that our St. Martin de Porres Book Fair is going online, so save the date! Discover the newest books hot off the press, from the comfort of your home. Bonus: Every purchase supports our school and keeps kids reading. The Book Fair dates for the Scholastic Virtual Book Fair are;

Nov. 16th - 20th

Visit the above link to preview the books Scholastic has to offer this year. All your purchases can be made online using the shopify account provided by Scholastic!

Available soon: Shop link

Spirit Week October 26th - 30th!

posted Oct 9, 2020, 12:46 PM by Margarita Ziroldo

Monday, October 26th: Wear our school colours! Red/ White/Black
Tuesday, October 27th: CrAzY Hair Day!
Wednesday, October 28th: Orange and Black Halloween Colours!
Thursday, October 29th: CrAzY Hat Day!
Friday, October 30th: Wear your Costume!
Please note the costume needs to be *safe* and appropriate for school

Try Like Terry!

posted Oct 7, 2020, 8:59 AM by Margarita Ziroldo

This year StMartin de Porres School will be organizing our eighth annual Terry Fox Run/Walk.  The event will take place on Thursday October 15th, 2020.  It will be open to all students from kindergarten to grade 6.  In the event of rain it will be held Friday, October 16th, 2020. 

Our theme is Try Like Terry.  You can make a donation by using School Cash Online or donating directly to Terry Fox Foundation through our school page. Children, if they wish, can wear the name of a loved one who was touched by cancer on a sticker which will be handed out in classrooms.

 Our school has been designated an official site for this event (#ON5795).  All donations will be forwarded to the Terry Fox Foundation. This year we are not asking students to get pledges for this event, but rather to make a donation. 

Thank you in advance for giving to this great cause! 

Be COVID- Wise!

posted Sep 28, 2020, 11:59 AM by Margarita Ziroldo

Remember to be COVIDWise:

• – Wear a mask or face covering where required, or when you cannot maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet).
• –   Isolate yourself from others when you are sick (and get tested promptly if you have COVID-like symptoms).
• – Stay two metres (six feet) apart from those outside your household.
• – Exercise proper hand hygiene; wash your hands regularly or use sanitizer
especially before touching your face.  

OSTA

posted Sep 25, 2020, 11:16 AM by Margarita Ziroldo


OSTA is asking that any families that are choosing to not use bussing this year opt out by using this LINK. This will allow OSTA to re-evaluate/cancel unnecessary routes. Parents facing any issues regarding the following; Driver issue, Travel time, Lateness, Communications, Policy/Procedure, Walking Hazard, Eligibility, Customer Service) are encouraged to fill out this form with OSTA. 

COVID Information

posted Sep 25, 2020, 11:14 AM by Margarita Ziroldo


Here is what happens at the school level;

      • When a family gets a positive test result, this has to be processed by OPH.  If the test is done at a rural location, there is a delay in how quickly OPH gets that information.  
  • Once OPH has confirmed a positive case they contact the school

  • The school creates a contact list based on staff that teach in the room, recess cohorts etc. and provide it to OPH.  This is a list of people that have had direct, prolonged contact with the person that has COVID-19. This information is reviewed by OPH and then a letter is provided to the school to share with families of students that were in direct contact.

  • OPH then provides a letter to be sent to the whole school community

  • All communication regarding a positive case must come from OPH.    

  • Following a positive case, the students and staff with direct contact are asked to self isolate for at least 14 days.  This isolation time may be extended if symptoms occur.  Even with a negative test result, these individuals cannot return to school.  

  • OPH has said that they will contact each family at some point during the 2 week isolation period.  

  • Family members of the isolated people (excluding the family with the positive test result) can continue to go to work/school as long as no one in the household shows signs of illness.


What happens when your child is ill
If a child is showing any of the below symptoms (as outlined by Ottawa Public Health) they cannot be sent to school and if they do come to school, they will be sent home, as will their siblings.

  • Fever/chills

  • Cough

  • Difficulty breathing/ shortness of breath

  • Sore throat/difficulty swallowing

  • Runny nose (not related to allergies)

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Unexplained headache, tiredness and muscle aches

  • Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain

  • Link to Ministry of Health symptom guide


Ottawa Public Health mandates that If your child develops these symptoms during the school day you will be called to pick up your unwell child and his/her siblings that are at the school.  While at school, your child will be placed in an isolation room and will be asked to put on a mask.  In order to return to school, the following must occur:


  • If your family does not pursue COVID testing your child with symptoms and their siblings must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days and be without symptoms for 24 hours before returning.  


  • You can seek a medical note from a healthcare provider that indicates an alternative diagnosis.  With this medical note your child can return to school 24 hours after symptoms have resolved.  


  • If you seek COVID testing for your child and the results are positive OPH will provide guidance to your family and the school outlining next steps.  If the results are negative, the individual with symptoms needs to isolate until without symptoms for 24 hours.  Siblings may return if without symptoms.

Link to Ottawa Public Health symptomatic flow chart

OPH Guidelines for School

posted Sep 15, 2020, 9:35 AM by Margarita Ziroldo   [ updated Sep 15, 2020, 9:37 AM ]


For our students involved in 'physical learning' it is imperative that our parents follow OPH protocol;

Self-check screening tool for students in school

Symptomatic Procedures


As outlined by Ottawa Public Health, If your child has even one of the following symptoms, they cannot be sent to school



  • Fever/chills

  • Cough

  • Difficulty breathing/ shortness of breath

  • Sore throat/difficulty swallowing

  • Runny nose (not related to allergies)

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Unexplained headache, tiredness and muscle aches

  • Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain

  • Link to Ministry of Health symptom guide


Ottawa Public Health mandates that If your child develops these symptoms during the school day you will be called to pick up your unwell child and his/her siblings that are at the school.  While here, your child will be placed in an isolation station monitored by the principal or vice-principal and will be asked to put on a mask.  In order to return to school, the following must occur:

  • If your family does not pursue COVID testing your child with symptoms and their siblings must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days and be without symptoms for 24 hours before returning.  Or, you can seek a medical note from a healthcare provider that indicates an alternative diagnosis.  With this medical note your child can return to school 24 hours after symptoms have resolved.  


  • If you seek COVID testing for your child and the results are positive OPH will provide guidance to your family and the school outlining next steps.  


  • If the results are negative, the individual with symptoms needs to isolate until without symptoms for 24 hours.  Siblings may return if without symptoms.


Please see this letter OPH - Child presented with symptoms at school from Ottawa Public Health which will be sent home to a parent whose child exhibits symptoms.


If your children need to isolate for 14 days, they can access learning materials through their Hapara Workspace. Thank you in advance for your continued support.


News from OSTA

posted Sep 13, 2020, 3:42 PM by Margarita Ziroldo

School Bus Safety Starts at Home! 


 Review our NEW Health and Safety Video on our website and you will be helping your child understand their role on the bus in helping keep themselves and everyone around them safe!

 Watch the video here: https://bit.ly/2Z1sLSr

 


NEW Transit Training Video!

OSTA has been working closely with OC Transpo to ensure safe public transit service for students. If you are new to public transit, or would like information on how OC Transpo is handling health and safety on its buses and trains, please watch the OC Transpo Training Video here: https://bit.ly/3ijIe7N


Parents are urged to review their child’s binformation Monday morning on the Parent Portal and then check the posted list on the website to confirm the route’s status. 

 

For those taking a yellow bus: It is important that you maintain physical distancing and STAY with your child(ren) at the bus stop until the bus arrives in case of delays and cancellations.  

 

https://bit.ly/2ytUMrw

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