Asymptomatic Testing At LCVI on Saturday, June 5

To ensure that our school remains safe for all to learn and work in, we have partnered with LifeLabs, Canada’s largest medical laboratory, to provide free COVID-19 testing for all students and their family members, teachers, and staff at Dr. George Hall PS.

COVID-19 testing is voluntary and only for asymptomatic individuals (those who are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms). This testing is not for individuals who have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 or those who have been advised to self-isolate.

Please note, students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to provide verbal consent at the time of intake, OR, bring the signed COVID-19 Testing: PCR/NAAT Consent Form LifeLabs LP.

If you are interested in participating, testing will be available by walk-in on the following date:

Saturday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute (LCVI).

Asymptomatic testing is an important layer of protection that helps to track and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Increased testing may also help to reduce stress and anxiety related to the virus by identifying cases early and avoiding outbreaks.

Our goal = less discomfort!

The test process is very simple and safe and the collection site will be staffed by professionals who will be following a multitude of safety parameters. LifeLabs uses a swab similar to a Q-tip that is inserted into the front part of the nostril and rotated for 15 seconds (per nostril). After the sample is collected, the test results will then be available within 24-48 hours on LifeLabs WorkClear Thrive application. If an OHIP number has been provided at the time of check-in/registration results will also be uploaded to covid19results.ehealthontario.ca.

Thank you for helping us keep the DGH community safe and healthy so that we can avoid any further disruption from the COVID-19 virus!

Orange Shirt Day On June 1

As a follow up message to the email and website post sent out earlier today regarding the 215 children’s bodies buried at the Residential School in British Columbia – the TLDSB has asked that each of its schools recognize this tragedy by encouraging its community to wear orange on either May 31 or June 1.  Given the short notice, I felt Tuesday, June 1 would be a better choice.  The reason for wearing orange?  Orange Shirt Day is normally September 30 and it is intended to bring together all in the spirit on reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.  Orange Shirt Day grows knowledge of the impact of residential schools on Indigenous Peoples.  Husky community – please wear an orange shirt (or anything else orange) on Tuesday, June 1 to show your recognition of what happened in British Columbia.  

Final Re-Registration Reminder

A final reminder to complete the re-registration process for September 2021.  The original email would have come from the board office about 1.5 to 2 weeks ago and would have contained the information needed to complete the re-registration process.  The re-registration process should not take more than a couple of minutes per child; you do have to complete a separate re-registration form for each of your children.  The cut-off date is June 1 (I do not know if that means the re-registration has to be done by end of day May 31 or if you have June 1 to complete the re-registration – sorry).  The re-registration process is around whether you would like your child to do in-person (bricks and mortar) school or you want them to do online learning (also known as remote or [email protected]).  Whichever form of learning you choose for your child(ren), you will not be able to change once chosen (meaning: unlike the 2020-2021 school year, you will not be allowed to flip between bricks and mortar and online learning).  The majority of our families have re-registered – thank you!  The TLDSB is assuming that any families who do not re-register their child will want their child to participate in bricks and mortar schooling for the 2021-2022 school year.  Should you require assistance, please feel free to reach out to the DGH office at 705-786-1915.  

I hope everyone was able to get outside and enjoy some of the fabulous weather this weekend!

Re-Registration Reminder – June 1 Is The Cut Off Date

A reminder that the cut off date is June 1 for re-registration as to whether your child will be attending in-person or [email protected] (online) for the 2021-2022 school year.  You should have received an email from the board last week with information around how to re-register.  You will need the link and information provided in the email in order to do so.  My understanding is that the process is easy and quick.  If you are unable to re-register, please give the office a call at 705-786-1915 and Mrs. Starr, Mrs. Taylor, Ms. Whiteway or myself will be happy to help.  Any students who are not re-registered will be assumed to be attending in-person for the 2021-2022 school year.  For the 2021-2022 school year, students will NOT be allowed to switch between platforms (whichever platform you choose, your child will be in that for the entire year).  

Re-Registering For 2021-2022 School Year

This is a follow up and reminder email to the communication sent out by the TLDSB last Thursday, May 20 regarding re-registering students for the 2021-2022 school year.  ALL students who will be attending TLDSB schools next year (the 2021-2022 school year) must re-register to indicate whether you want your child(ren) to participate in bricks and mortar schools or in the [email protected] environment (online).  Please be aware that for the 2021-2022 school year (unlike in the 2020-2021 school year) once you choose the learning platform for your child(ren), they will be in that learning platform for the entire year (whether bricks and mortar or [email protected]).  Students will not be able to flip between the two learning platforms as they did this school year.

All re-registrations must be received by the TLDSB by Tuesday, June 1.  The TLDSB is assuming that any students for whom a re-registration form is not completed are coming back to bricks and mortar schooling for September 2021. Please note that the re-registration process uses the information and links in the email that was sent directly to each family (you do not re-register in the “Ereg” – which is the online system we use to register our new JK students or any students who are newly moving into the TLDSB).

All of the information required for re-registering was in the email sent from the TLDSB last Thursday.  My understanding is that each student has a unique code to be entered in the re-registration process which was provided in the messaging from last Thursday.  Some of the most common questions/issues and answers to these questions are directly below.

  • For parents looking for the attachment (in the email it references an attached document), there is a section along the bottom that says ‘Please click here to download the document.’ This will open a secure site that requests student DOB.
  •  When entering the DOB for the password: the instructions indicate to enter the child’s DOB: MM/DD/YYYY including the slashes and leading zeros (example: January 8, 2021 would be 01/08/2021).  After entering the DOB a document will download.
  • In the downloaded document there is a unique link, with a unique 12 character code.  This 12 character code, and their email address where they received our messaging to needs to be used to login to the re-reg system and enter their preferences;
  • The registration form advises the following: Parents/guardians with multiple students within TLDSB – you may use any of the individual forms sent to you and respond for all children at once. If you have multiple students in TLDSB, and all do not appear on the form, please contact the school and ensure we have up-to date email addresses on file’

There are likely to be a few minor issues here and there.  If help is required, you can call our school at 705-786-1915. 

Enjoy The Victoria Day Holiday!

This Monday, May 24 is the Victoria Day Holiday which means a long weekend for our students. While we are still limited in what we can do due to Covid-19, I still hope our families have some downtime away from the screens, computers and phones that seem to dominate our lives right now. As I write this post, the weather seems a bit spotty at times, but let’s hope that the weather predictions improve as the weekend draws closer. We will see our students back (virtually, unfortunately) on Tuesday, May 25. The school year’s homestretch has now officially arrived!

GLS 10 Learning Strategies Virtual Course Opportunity For Current Grade 8 Students

This post is intended for our grade 8 students who are moving onto grade 9 in September 2021.

Attached to this email will be a poster with information regarding a GLS 10 Learning Strategies course online option taking place in July.  This course is open to any of our grade 8 students moving into grade 9.  The course runs virtually July 2 to July 29 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.  As noted, the course is open to any student going into grade 9 in September.  Students might choose to take this course for a variety of reasons.  It can help to close some gaps in numeracy, along with providing strategies to be successful in learning skills and having a growth mindset.  Other students might choose to take the course as it counts as a course towards your graduation requirements which means the student would have the option of an additional spare (potentially) in their senior high school years.  This looks like a great opportunity for many of our current grade 8 students!

Interested in your child taking this course?  The link to register is directly below.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Lisa Uuldriks, Principal of Adult and Alternate Education at 705-324-5280.  If you have difficulty reaching Ms. Uuldriks, you can always contact the school at 705-786-1915 and we will be happy to help.   

Learning Strategies course poster (1) (1).pdf 

Scholastic Book Fair – Family Evening on Wednesday, May 12

As you know, Mrs. Starr has organized our Scholastic Book Fair which runs between May 10 and May 21.  Shipping is free for orders over $40.  However, this Wednesday, May 12 is the Family Evening when there is FREE shipping for all orders regardless of the order’s value.  The Family Evening takes place between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

The link to the Virtual Book Fair is here.

As always, profits from book fairs are used to purchase additional book for our school’s library.