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Hello Tiger Families/Bonjour les Familles de Tigres!

Back to school we go on Monday!  For many of you, this is a tremendous relief and for some, this is worrisome.  I understand and feel both points of view completely.  Please remember that schools really are one of the safest places to be.  Our layers of protection work, particularly those masks of ours.  We have learned that once we get the ball rolling, we can see that it's going to be ok.  We have proven to be strong and resilient and we will continue.  We're all here for each other and this will be ok.

To help support a safe return, there are a couple of steps that families are asked to take.  Please review the Covid screener daily with your child(ren).  Students in kindergarten- grade 3 will need to complete the attestation and return this to school daily with each child in kindergarten- grade 3.  Grades 4-8 simply need to give verbal attestation that the screener was completed every day.  Information on the screener and attestaion can be found in the newsletter section.

Two 3- ply masks will be provided to each student early next week, with hopes to be distributed on Monday.  Please also send your child with a mask and an extra mask.  Two rapid antigen tests will also be provided to each student early next week.  These are to be used if your child is symptomatic.  It is suggested to use these as the symptoms lesson to ensure two negative results are given 24 hours apart to help expedite a safe return to school.

For those of you that borrowed technology, please hang on to this for now.  

As I mentioned today during announcements, cohorting will return to the yard.  Students will be with their class during recess time.  Teachers will review the area with their class Monday morning.  I know that this will be a challenge for some students.  The great thing that I saw with this last year was the predictability.  Students knew where to find their friends and were able to connect quickly.  Even with the perks of cohorting on the yard, I'm hopeful that this be short term.

This is all for now.  As more info comes my way, I will let you know.  I expect this to evolve and change over the coming weeks.  Please remember that this wave, like the others, will pass.  Rest as easy as you can and trust in these safety measures.  

For Monday, please remember to send your child with mask(s), their indoor shoes and any/all school supplies that went home before the winter break.  And remember that pizza day starts Wednesday January 19!  Want more good news?  We are able to continue to use Flesherton Hills!  Yes!

Have questions about your student returning to school after being ill?  The Public Health Nurse Advisory Line is there to help and can be reached at (519) 376- 9420 ext 3110.

Always working together to be better.  Your partners in education/Vos partenaires en education,

Sue and Lisa

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