Halloween Costumes on October 30

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DGH community, Halloween falls on Saturday this year, so students will be able to wear their costumes to school on Friday, October 30. While there are many schools that go with an “orange and black theme” for a Halloween spirit day, I do like that many of our students continue to wear their costumes!

Please remember there are a few rules which have to be followed.

Students will have to wear their usual cloth or medical mask to school. Wearing a Halloween mask will not meet our local health unit’s requirements. As well, I did hear on the news that it is not recommended that students wear their Halloween mask over their usual cloth or medical mask. Finally, we generally do not allow full face Halloween face masks at school anyways.

As always, please be aware that if your child does wear their Halloween costume to/at school, there is always the possibility that it may be damaged or get dirty. Do not forget that unless the weather is particularly poor (e.g., raining hard) students will go outside for recess. Students may want to take off their costumes for recess if there is concern around around it getting dirty.

The oversized type Halloween costumes (e.g., the massive dinosaur costumes) are not the best choice this year. Space in classrooms is limited this year. Walking up and down the aisle between desks won’t be the easiest in these types of costumes!

Students cannot bring parts of costumes which are weapons. This would include items such as knives, swords and guns.

Creepy Halloween Cats From Ms. Graham’s Class!

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Oh, we know that Ms. Graham is a cool cat. We also know that Ms. Graham is an outstanding athlete and coach.

But, did you know that Ms. Graham is also quite the Art teacher? Check out the photos of these artistically created Halloween cats courtesy of Ms. Graham’s class! Great job!

DGH Community, Please Use The Crosswalk

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Good afternoon DGH Community,

A reminder to please use the crosswalk in our school’s parking lot.  The crosswalk is striped in yellow and is directly in front of our school’s main entry doors.  We have noticed a number of students not looking and/or crossing almost anywhere in the parking lot to get to the sidewalk.  While we do our best to make sure it is only buses that use the pavement directly in front of the school, other vehicles do sometimes slip through there during pick-up and drop-off times.  The crosswalk is the safest area to cross.

This will become even more important as winter approaches and there are snow banks on the cement.  It has been an issue with kids (and parents) climbing over the snow banks and slipping into the paved area.  

Also, please do not park on the striped yellow area which designates our crosswalk area.  This has been an issue in the past.  While our school parking lot does not always have enough parking for all of our parents and guardians (particularly at the day’s end), we will still do not want people blocking the crosswalk area.

Health Unit Covid-19 Daily Screening Flowchart

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Please find attached a flowchart for parents and guardians to use when their child has not passed the Covid-19 Daily Screening tool. The flowchart has been developed by our local health unit to help parents understand the process of what they should do when their child is exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms and when the child can return to school.

Please note that this flowchart is not a change from any of our school’s current procedures and aligns with the TLDSB’s Return To School plans.

DGH Remembrance Day Request

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We are in the process of putting together our plan for this year’s Remembrance Day Ceremony.  With Covid-19 still an issue, our Remembrance Day Ceremony will look different this year as we will not be able to gather in the gym.

We are looking to create a virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony where many, if not most, classes can contribute.  This virtual ceremony will be shared with our classes on November 11 to take the place of the usual “in person” ceremony in the gym.

But we are also looking for contributions from our community!  Many of our families have family members who have served in the Canadian military (whether recently or many years ago).  We would like families, who are willing to do so, to provide a picture of their family member who served in the Canadian military (ideally  in uniform) and a short bio/description of the family member.  For example, this might include when they served, where they served and what they did (e.g., in the army or a pilot in the air force).  These descriptions may be edited by the school.

To gather the picture and information, I am including a link to a Google Form.  The link is here.

Note: You MUST have a Google Account (an account that ends in “gmail.com”) in order to upload a photo into the Google Form.  I know many of our parents do have a Google Account.  You could also use your child’s Google Account (every TLDSB student has a Google Account) to access the Google Form.

If you do not have a Google Account or you unable to get to the Google Form, the easiest way to get the photo and information to us would be through our:

[email protected]  

account.

Just email the photo and bio/description to the above email address.

We look forward to learning about the many family members of our Huskies’ community who have proudly served Canada.

Important Update To TLDSB Covid-19 Protocols – Please Read Carefully

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The purpose of this email is to provide some information around new protocols and routines for students who have been kept home, or who have been sent home, with Covid symptoms.  The TLDSB and our local health unit (HKPR) have developed this update.

This new protocol takes effect on Monday, October 19.

Attestation Form

Our local health unit and the TLDSB now requires parents/guardians to complete an online attestation (when a student has been sent home with or who has shown Covid symptoms and been kept home by the parent/guardian) in which they attest to the student being able to return to school based on the TLDSB’s Covid-19 return to school protocols (i.e., the student is well enough to return based on the Covid-19 protocols).  The attestation for the TLDSB will be done via a Google Form.

A reminder that the TLDSB’s Return To School Plan (which has a section on students returning to school after demonstrating Covid-19 symptoms) is located here or can be accessed by pasting the link below into your browser.

https://www.tldsb.ca/returntoschool/

Process

In a situation where a student has been sent home due to Covid symptoms or who has been kept home by the parent/guardian due to Covid symptoms, the school will email the Google Form link to the parent/guardian.    

Please be aware that a student in the above situations CANNOT return to school until the attestation has been completed by a parent or guardian.  

Student Kept Home For Illness Not Related To Covid Symptoms

In a situation where a student has been kept home due to illness NOT related to Covid-19 symptoms, the Google Form link won’t be sent to you and the attestation does not have to be filled out.  This might be the case for a student, for example, who has injured themself or who is sick for reasons that do not exhibit Covid symptoms.

As always, we appreciate your understanding as we continue to refine practices based on TLDSB and our local health unit’s requirements.

Clarification Around Students Who Have Had a Covid Test and are Awaiting Results

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DGH community, there has been some confusion around what happens when a student has had a Covid test and is waiting for the results. I spoke with a Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit nurse who reaffirmed that a student who has had a Covid test must stay at home and not come to school until the results have come through. Once the results have come through, the family can then let the school know the results. While the school does not require a physical copy of the test results for a student to return, many parents do provide a physical copy – which we appreciate. As always, we appreciate your understanding and patience.

As always, use the Ontario Covid Screening Tool located here to screen your children daily before coming to school and to guide you in decision making.

The purpose of this post is not to discourage families from getting a Covid test if the screening tool and/or your health care practitioner suggests it. Rather, this post’s purpose was to have everyone “on the same page.”

Parent Council Executive and Members for 2020-2021 School Year

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Thank you to the our parents who have volunteered for our 2020-2021 DGH Parent Council and Parent Council Executive. Our Parent Council consists of:

Co-Chair: Amy Steendelaar

Co-Chair: Grant Boudreault

Secretary: Pam Derouin

Treasurer: Connie Starr

Members: Kim MacFarlane, Ladena Prithipual, Stacey Cunningham, Janis Minion, Lisa Brant, Yvonne Strange, Karen Day, Ashley McMartin, Melanie Brant, Krista Brant, Michelle Linthorne and Dana Free

Our first meeting of the year was held on October 7, 2020 – which is when the Executive was voted upon.

Major topics of discussion for this meeting are located in the Parent Council news of the website.
Our next meeting is November 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm.

We Appreciate The Reduced Number of Late Students Each Morning and Reduced Number of Items Being Dropped Off Each Day

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On behalf of the DGH staff office staff, thank you DGH families for listening to our request for as few late students as possible. Compared to any other year, we have FAR fewer late students arriving each morning. Aside from the reduced disruption for office staff, it has had the additional benefit of far less disruptions for classrooms too. While it may not seem like a big deal, every time a late student enters a classroom it DOES disrupt the classroom (the teacher and students inevitably stop the lesson to say high and the teacher has to catch the student up to speed on what is happening in the lesson); staff have commented on the reduced number of disruptions each day.

Another benefit this year has been the much reduced number of items being dropped off each day for students. In past years, many lunches, coats, books, and Edwins were dropped off each day. This has been a pretty rare event so far this year – which also means fewer disruptions to the classroom.

If you are picking up your child early from school, please remember to only call the school when you are in the parking lot. Rather than calling your child down early (where they have to wait in the foyer until you arrive), it is better to just call when you arrive and we can usually have your child out to the car in a couple of minutes.

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