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LETTER FROM THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION

The Minister of Education has asked that we share an important update with our school community.

Please visit this link to view the letter from Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce: Letter from the Minister of Education – June 20, 2020 


Our school uniform provider McCarthy Uniforms is pleased to offer social distancing shopping options, value promotions and flexible payment plans for school uniforms. 

Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19, please register as a student at www.mccarthyuniforms.ca to access information about your school uniform program, promotions & shopping plans for 2020.

For more information please see the links below.

McCarthy Uniform Announcement July 2020

Uniform Letter Parents/Guardians


Letter to CDSBEO Families – COVID 19 TESTING

Dear CDSBEO families,

The well-being of all members of our school communities, including students, families and staff, is a top priority for the CDSBEO. We are writing to let you know that the province released its testing plan on Friday May 29, 2020, Protecting Ontarians Through Enhanced Testing. Ontario now has the most open testing criteria in the country.

Ontario’s testing guidance now indicates that you should visit an assessment centre if you:

  • have at least one of the symptoms of COVID-19

  • do not have symptoms but are concerned you might have been exposed

  • do not have symptoms but think you are at risk through your employment (for example, if you are an essential or health care worker)

  • would like to be tested

To support Ontarians who have identified the need to get tested, as of May 24, 2020, people will no longer need a referral to go to any of the more than 130 assessment centres across Ontario for testing. No Ontarian will be declined a test.

Given this expanded guidance, if you do choose to get tested, here are a few important notes:

  • Testing is voluntary.

  • You do not need an OHIP card to be tested. It is a free service.

  • Some assessment centres may require you to book an appointment first or have certain restrictions (for example, some are unable to test young children). Find out more about an assessment centre near you.

  • You can also take an online self-assessment to help determine if you should get tested.

  • If you are free of symptoms and have not had contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 when presenting for testing, you will not be required to self-isolate. However, you should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days regardless of your test result. If you begin to develop symptoms, self-isolate and contact your local public health unit for further advice.

Stay informed and visit Ontario’s website at www.ontario.ca, to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19. Local information is also available from the local public health unit.

Thank you,​​​​​​​

Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario


YOUTH JOB CONNECTION

Students interested in a job for the summer please see the poster and details listed below!


ECHO -Ontario Child and Youth Mental Health has partnered with PLEO to offer a new session greared towards parents and caregivers in Ontario!


*Please feel free to forward to any interested parents and caregivers in Ontario for whom you have permission to contact

 


ECHO Ontario Child and Youth Mental Health has partnered with 
PLEO to offer a new session geared towards parents and caregivers in Ontario

 

L’information en français sera disponible bientôt

Pandemic Parenting Playbook: Helping Your Children and Teens During a Pandemic

Learn practical strategies to support your child and youth’s mental health needs through the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • What is and isn’t mental illness?

  • What should you look for?

  • What can you do to help and manage all of this?

  • How and where can you find resources?

We are pleased to offer two special sessions geared towards Parents/Caregivers in Ontario during this unprecedented time.

These are 1-hour no-cost virtual sessions and include a Q&A period with a panel of Mental Health Hub Specialists. You can join via desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet. No other special equipment is required to join.

In order to best address your questions, we encourage you to submit questions in advance as part of the registration process. We will be creating a question and answer resource document.

Please note: While the Hub Specialists will do their best to answer your questions, there is no provider-patient relationship established and recommendations will not be provided to any individual specific situation.

Can’t attend? Resources will be made available after the session. Please email us at ECHO_CYMH@cheo.on.ca if you are interested in these materials.

Registration is limited. We ask that spots be reserved for parents or caregivers in Ontario. Please email us at ECHO_CYMH@cheo.on.ca to be notified of when archived materials are made available.

Please note: These sessions will be presented in English. Questions can be submitted in French.

Session 1: Focus on children (up to age 12):

Thursday, April 30, 2020      |        1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Session 2: Focus on teens (age 12 and up):

Thursday, May 14, 2020       |         1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
https://cheo.echoontario.ca/parent-caregiver-sessions/
ECHO_CYMH@cheo.on.ca | www.cheo.echoontario.ca

 

Hub Specialists and Team Members

 


Open Doors for Lanark Children & Youth, Mental Health Services.

Will remain open for any child or youth that may need help. Operating hours will be.

DAY TIME  LOCATION
Mondays  1PM – 7:30 PM Smiths Falls
Tuesdays 1PM – 7:30 PM  Perth
Wednesdays 1PM – 7:30 PM  Carleton Place

For more information please visit their website at: https://www.opendoors.on.ca/


Lanark County Grocery Delivery Program – Stay Home and Stay Safe!

We have volunteers ready to take your call, shop, anddeliver your groceries to you for free. We have partnered with the four Independent Grocers in Lanark
County. For information and to submit an order please call the community closest to you.

Almonte: Weekdays—9-12, 613-256-2080
Carleton Place: Weekdays—9-12, 613-253-6206 x121
Smiths Falls: 1-4 on Tues and Thurs, 613-706-5500
Perth: Weekdays—9-12, 613-267-6763

For more information please see the link below.

Lanark County grocery program poster


ST. LAWERENCE COLLEGE Virtual Showcase

St. Lawerence College has been created to help students learn more about the programs at SLC. It does not replace face to face activities, however it does give students an opportunity to participate in some career exploration.

Students are asked to complete a questionnaire based on their interests in college. All completed quizzes will be eligible for a $10.00 gift card from Tim Horton’s or Starbucks!

For more information please see the link below!

SLC Virtual Showcase

 


INFORMATION REGARDING VOLUNTEER HOURS FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS

Students graduating in June 2020, are not required to complete 40 hours of community service. Community service hours that have been completed will be recorded on the report cards of graduating students.

All high school students from grades 9-11 (including students who are completing grade 8 in June 2020) are encouraged to continue to accumulate community involvement hours this summer, provided they meet safety recommendations set out by local health authorities (EOHU and Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit).

We understand that some volunteer opportunities may not be available this summer, so we encourage you to think about creative ways to support the community that do not put you or others at risk. This may include volunteer activities that can be completed at home or online. Some examples of possible activities include:

•           A letter-writing campaign to seniors living in a nursing or retirement home

•           Delivering groceries to elderly/immunocompromised neighbours or family members who do not want to go to busy grocery stores

•           Sewing masks to donate to social agencies

•           Virtual tutoring to help students, (including ESL students) practice reading, communication and/or other skills

Students may also visit https://www.sparkontario.ca/ or contact a charitable organization in their community to explore current volunteer opportunities.

During this time, it may be difficult for students to obtain a signature from their community involvement activity supervisor, so the exception has been made from June to August 2020 to allow a parent or guardian to sign for hours. Students should still include the name and phone number or email address of someone other than a parent who can verify the activity and hours completed. Students are asked to have their Community Involvement Record of activities that are completed over the summer submitted to their school by September 15, 2020. The form can be found at: https://www.cdsbeo.on.ca/students-parents/community-involvement/

If you have any questions about Community Involvement Hours including whether or not an activity is acceptable, please contact your Guidance Counsellor before June 25th.

 

 


LOCKER CLEANOUT APPOINTMENTS

Hello, St. John CHS families.  We look forward to seeing everyone this week for locker cleanout.  We encountered an issue with the booking system that, for a few families, showed a discrepancy between the time chosen by the family and the actual appointment time scheduled at the school.  You should have received a confirmation email shortly after booking your appointment, and you will also receive a reminder email one day before your appointment.  The time indicated on these emails is the time we will be expecting you at the school.  If, for some reason, you are unable to make the appointment indicated on your email, please “reply to email” to let us know and we will be in touch with you to work out a suitable time.   Please disregard any texts you receive regarding appointment times.  Thank you to the families who have reached out to us to confirm appointments – we see you at the time discussed.

To those families who have yet booked appointments, please click on the link below as you only have this coming week to gather your child’s belongings.

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/StJohnCatholicHighSchool1@cdsbeo.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/

 

LOCKER CLEANOUT JUNE 8TH TO JUNE 12TH

Please read the attached letter which outlines the strict protocol that students and parents are asked to follow.  

SJCHS Locker Retrieval Letter

Protocols will be in place to ensure social distancing.  You are asked to please book a 10 minute time slot by clicking on the link below.  This link is also available on our social media accounts. You will be asked to enter your child’s name as well as a parent email address and phone number.  You will receive appointment confirmation by email and a text if the phone number entered is a cell number Please note, all locker cleanouts must be done through appointment. 

APPOINTMENT LINK FOR BOOKING TIME FOR LOCKER CLEANOUT: Please click on the link below to access appointment bookings

APPOINTMENT BOOKING LINK FOR LOCKER CLEANOUT

Please see note below regarding Booking Online appointmens

We look forward to seeing everyone next week for locker cleanout.  Families are reminded to please bring your own pen to sign in/out of the school and a bag to empty locker contents into.  We would like to thank our families who have booked an appointment through our online booking system.   This is a new program that we are test driving and we may have found a small bump in the road.  A couple of parents have notified us that the time booked online is slightly different from the time indicated on their confirmation notice.  We believe this issue has been rectified but would appreciate your help in verifying the time you booked for your school visit.  Please check your confirmation notice that was e-mailed and texted to you to confirm the time is accurate.  If there is a discrepancy, or if you are unsure, please reply to this email and we will be more than happy to verify your time for you.  If we do not hear from you, we will assume all is well.  Many thanks.  See you next week.


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