February 2021 News

Message to JTT Families - February 28

Principal Message

We know that there have been several changes over the year, so wanted to remind everyone to note that all students (and siblings) must stay home if they have even one of the symptoms for Covid-19 that are not related to a diagnosed pre-existing condition (e.g., asthma, anxiety, etc). After you recognize your child has one or more symptoms, one of these three scenarios must happen before they are able return to class:

  • The symptomatic student has a negative Covid result and they are feeling better

  • After contacting a healthcare professional, the healthcare professional deems the symptom to be due to a separate diagnosis

  • The symptomatic student isolates for 10 days and is feeling better, and asymptomatic students isolate for 14 days

Once one of the three scenarios has been met, you must then contact the office to let them know - 905-637-3881, or lukasika@hdsb.ca, or laurenzaj@hdsb.ca. Also of note, should a class be closed for two weeks as close contacts to a case, all siblings will also be required to self-isolate at home.

Symptoms for Covid-19 are Fever and/or chills, Cough or barking cough, Shortness of breath, Decrease or loss of taste or smell, Sore throat or difficulty swallowing, Runny or stuffy/congested nose, Headache, Nausea (upset stomach), vomiting, and/or diarrhea, and Extreme tiredness or muscle aches.

If you have any questions, please contact myself or anyone at the school office.


Mr. G. Donaldson

Principal

John T. Tuck P.S.


School Council Meeting

On Monday March 1st, we have our Virtual School Council Meeting at 7:00pm. All parents are welcome to attend. We will meet online using the Google Meet link - https://meet.google.com/bbc-rwyi-wrx. We will be sharing the council budget, administrator's report, and discussing possible charity work on behalf of the school. We look forward to connecting with our Parent Council!


Student Census

The HDSB is conducting a Student Census which will confidentially gather identity-based data to help support student success and well-being and improve learning environments. John T Tuck PS students will complete the HDSB Student Census starting Monday, March 8, 2021.


Learn more about the HDSB Student Census and view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the HDSB Student Census webpage. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s participation, or would like to opt your student out of the census, please email studentcensus@hdsb.ca.


How will the Student Census be conducted?

Students in Grade 4 to Grade 12 will receive an email to their HDSB account containing a secure link to the Student Census for electronic completion during class time. The Student Census will take approximately one class period to complete and will include questions that ask students about their identities (e.g., race, religion/faith, gender identity, etc.,) and their experiences in school (e.g., safety, sense of belonging, extra-curricular activities, etc.,).


For students in Kindergarten to Grade 3, parent(s)/guardian(s) will receive an invitation through SchoolMessenger to complete the census on behalf of their child.


Healthy Student Snack Bags - Halton Food for Thought

When we feed students nutritious food, we are offering them their best chance for success. We want students to reach their full potential and lead healthy, active lives. Halton Food for Thought, in partnership with Food for Life, is providing Halton Elementary and Secondary students, nutritious food to fuel their learning, whether they are learning in school or from home!

Weekly HFFT Healthy Student Snack Bags:

  • Consist of a minimum of 3 healthy snacks per student per school day,

  • Include both perishable and non-perishable foods i.e., fresh fruit, granola bar, yogurt.

  • Are universal in nature,

  • no fee or registration required.


For more information including a list of HFFT Healthy Snack Bag distribution locations CLICK HERE. More than ever, Halton students need access to nutritious food to fuel a full day of learning. Together we #FeedTheirFuture! To help support student success, please consider volunteering with, or donating to Halton Food for Thought.


Report Cards - March 1

Report cards will be delivered electronically to parents/guardians (or students 18 years and older) using SchoolMessenger’s Secure Document Delivery service. Report cards will be sent on March 1, including both the Elementary Provincial Report Card and the Kindergarten Communication of Learning Report. To open the link in the SchoolMessenger email to view the report card, parents/guardians will need their student’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) number. This nine-digit number can be found on a previous report card or your student’s verification form. If you require assistance in finding your child's OEN number, please contact your child's teacher, or call the office.

Message to JTT Families - February 21


Principal Message

As announced by our school board on Thursday evening, this is a reminder that we have reverted closer to the September Guidelines for student screening for Covid under direction from the Ministry. Please note that all students (and siblings) must stay home if they have even one of the symptoms for Covid-19 that are not related to a diagnosed pre-existing condition (e.g., asthma, anxiety, etc). After you recognize your child has one or more symptoms, one of these three scenarios must happen before they are able return to class:

  • The symptomatic student has a negative Covid result and they are feeling better, or;

  • After contacting a healthcare professional, the healthcare professional deems the symptom to be due to a separate diagnosis, or;

  • The symptomatic student isolates for 10 days and is feeling better, and asymptomatic students isolate for 14 days

Once one of the three scenarios has been met, you must then contact the office to let us know - 905-637-3881, or lukasika@hdsb.ca, or laurenzaj@hdsb.ca. Also of note, should a class be closed for two weeks as close contacts to a case, all siblings will also be required to self-isolate at home.

Symptoms for Covid-19 are Fever and/or chills, Cough or barking cough, Shortness of breath, Decrease or loss of taste or smell, Sore throat or difficulty swallowing, Runny or stuffy/congested nose, Headache, Nausea (upset stomach), vomiting, and/or diarrhea, and Extreme tiredness or muscle aches.


If you have any questions, please contact myself or anyone at the school office.


Mr. G. Donaldson

Principal

John T. Tuck P.S.


Spirit Day

We have a Spirit Day on Friday - It is our Pattern Spirit Day! Wear any camouflage, striped, polka dots, plaid or patterned clothing you own, even if it doesn’t match! Especially if it doesn't match! We look forward to having some fun on Friday with our students.

Report Cards - March 1

Report cards will be delivered electronically to parents/guardians (or students 18 years and older) using SchoolMessenger’s Secure Document Delivery service. Report cards will be sent on March 1, including both the Elementary Provincial Report Card and the Kindergarten Communication of Learning Report. To open the link in the SchoolMessenger email to view the report card, parents/guardians will need their student’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) number. This nine-digit number can be found on a previous report card or your student’s verification form. If you require assistance in finding your child's OEN number, please contact your child's teacher, or call the office.


Graduation Photos

We are all set to provide Graduation Photo sittings here at Tuck on Thursday, March 4th. Students in in-person learning will have the opportunity to have their picture taken during the school day. Students in the Virtual School will need to sign up here for an appointment before or after school in order to have their graduation picture taken.


Please ensure you have a white collared shirt, as we are not allowed to share the white shirts among students. Students may also wish to bring a dark coloured tie. We have offered the purchase of a Grad Composite and Folder this year for $35 via school cash online. If you purchase this folder, the student's graduation certificate will also be placed in the folder in June. Otherwise, you will just receive the paper copy of the graduation certificate. We find that the composite is a great keepsake!

Message to JTT Families - February 14


Principal Message

As you are likely aware, the Ministry of Education has postponed our Spring Break. The break will not be in March this year, and will be from April 12-16 instead. If we have learned anything this year, it is how to be flexible - so we are ready for the change! Please mark your calendars. Our kids have done very well this past week transitioning back to in person learning and are doing a good job overall in keeping their masks on during break, and learning how far apart 2m actually is ;)

We wish our school community an amazing Family Day weekend. We hope that you have found time to spend with each other, either outside in the fresh air or cozying up by a fire! We look forward to seeing the kids again on Tuesday.


Mr. G. Donaldson

Principal

John T. Tuck P.S.


Report Cards - March 1

Report cards will be delivered electronically to parents/guardians (or students 18 years and older) using SchoolMessenger’s Secure Document Delivery service. Report cards will be sent on March 1, including both the Elementary Provincial Report Card and the Kindergarten Communication of Learning Report. To open the link in the SchoolMessenger email to view the report card, parents/guardians will need their student’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) number. This nine-digit number can be found on a previous report card or your student’s verification form. If you require assistance in finding your child's OEN number, please contact your child's teacher, or call the office.


COVID-19 School Screening Requirements

Parents/guardians (and students 18+) must complete the Government of Ontario's online COVID-19 school screening tool for each child prior to them attending school each day. Any student who does not pass the school screening tool should remain home and follow the direction provided through the online screening tool. Should a healthcare professional recommend a Covid Test, or you book a Covid test, please email or call Mrs. Lukasik at 905-637-3881 or lukaskika@hdsb.ca. While maintaining confidentiality, Mrs. Lukasik will help organize with the classroom teacher for student work for any student who is self-isolating due to Covid. All other non-covid related absences will be treated like any other year, and work may or may not be provided depending on the structure of the day for that class and a student may be required to catch up upon his/her return.


Switch Days

We have a switch day this week on Friday, February 19th. We will be following the Monday schedule for that day to make up for Family Day this week. Please make a note of this in your calendar so that students are prepared for specialized subjects such as Phys Ed on those days.

Message to JTT Families - February 7


Principal Message

As we look forward to returning to school on Monday morning, there are some changes and some reminders about our Covid Protocols that all parents and students should be aware of. I have outlined several of them below. Prior to Monday morning, please review these protocols with your children so that we are all prepared for a safe return to schools. We are pleased to see that Halton's case count numbers have come back down to the level they were in the early parts of November so that we are able to see our students in person once again! However, we do know that it will take a collective effort both at school and at home to help continue to stop the spread.


I want to thank our parents and students for their patience, diligence and engagement as we transitioned to remote learning for the last 5 weeks, and also want to thank our teachers who have put in countless hours preparing online lessons for our students. As a whole school community, we have done a great job of coming together to support our students...so thank you to all!


Have a great week! It is a bit of a longer weekly message this week as we return to school, so thank you for taking the time to read through each item.


Mr. G. Donaldson

Principal

John T. Tuck P.S.


COVID-19 School Screening Requirements

Parents/guardians (and students 18+) must complete the Government of Ontario's online COVID-19 school screening tool for each child prior to them attending school each day. Any student who does not pass the school screening tool should remain home and follow the direction provided through the online screening tool. Should a healthcare professional recommend a Covid Test, or you book a Covid test, please email or call Mrs. Lukasik at 905-637-3881 or lukaskika@hdsb.ca. While maintaining confidentiality, Mrs. Lukasik will help organize with the classroom teacher for student work for any student who is self-isolating due to Covid. All other non-covid related absences will be treated like any other year, and work may or may not be provided depending on the structure of the day for that class and a student may be required to catch up upon his/her return.


Updated Masking Policy

As we come back to school, there has been some increased measures put in place. For example, students in Grade 1-8 will now be required to wear masks outside during nutrition breaks, as well as arrival and departure times. As a result, parents/guardians may wish to provide their child with an additional mask(s) to ensure their child has a dry mask when needed. Mask breaks outdoors, where physical distancing can be maintained, will be scheduled by the teacher, weather permitting. It is strongly encouraged that Kindergarten students also wear a mask, and our FDK educators will be promoting and encouraging this for our FDK students, when possible.


Outdoor Learning/Physical Education

Please remember that Physical Education will be taking place outdoors wherever possible and students will only participate inside the Small Gym during extreme weather conditions. Students should be reminded to come prepared to be outside for Phys Ed, including snow pants, boots, hats and mittens. A neck warmer can replace a mask while outside as long as the nose and mouth are covered at all times. We would encourage you to send your child(ren) with multiple masks each day in case one gets soiled or wet while outside.


Borrowed Technology

Throughout remote learning, we had many students borrow a Chromebook in order to participate in online learning. If you have borrowed a Chromebook, please ensure the Chromebook and its power cord are returned to the classroom teacher on Monday morning.


Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day this year falls on a Sunday. While teachers may do related activities in the classroom this week or early next week that combine Valentine's Day and the curriculum, we would like to remind you that we are not able to allow students to bring in treats or valentine cards for their classmates this year due to our Covid Protocols on sharing resources. Hopefully with the day falling over the Family Day weekend, our students won't feel the effects of another changed tradition this year. We look forward to a time when these traditions can be brought back into our schools. Thank you for understanding.


School Entry/Exit

Supervision of the school playground begins at 9:05 a.m. Parents should be aware that students arriving before this time cannot be assured of the safety that such supervision provides. Please encourage your children to arrive before 9:15 a.m. Upon arrival at school at 9:05 each day, students will have “Free Entry” and may not wait in lines on the blacktop. They will go directly to class and entry will be from 9:05am to 9:15am. If they are wearing gloves, they will sanitize their hands in their classroom, otherwise they will sanitize their hands at the door when they enter.


No parents should be waiting and/or congregating on the blacktop before or after school. If a student is late, please have them sign in at the office. Students are deemed late if they do not make it to class before the playing of O’Canada at 9:20 a.m. Otherwise, students are not to use the front door as entry so that our staff can monitor those coming in and out of our building. Students will exit the same door each day, and we ask that parents of our smaller children adhere to physical distancing and remain away from the doors and other parents waiting. As in the fall, please create a place to meet your children on the grass area and not the blacktop. Parents of FDK students may come onto the blacktop for a direct hand-off from educator to parent. Students must now wear their mask whenever they are on the school property and within 2m of anyone, and we are asking that Parents model this for their children. As a reminder, the Playground Equipment is closed as we do not have the ability to sanitize it regularly so we ask that you do not allow your children on the playground equipment before (or after) school.


Visitors to the School

Schools will be closed to visitors; parents may not enter the building. If a parent is deemed an “essential visitor”, they must have an appointment to enter the school and will be given a medical mask to wear while indoors. Proof of a daily covid screening will be required. Should you have something to drop off at the school for your child, please bring it to the front door and ring the buzzer. We will have a table for you to leave the item to be picked up.


Lost & Found

Please label your clothes and lunch bags so that they may be returned to you. Expensive or important items should not be brought to school, as the possibility of theft or damage exists. There will be no lost & found this year, as we can not have multiple touch points.


Lunchroom Routines

Students will eat in their classroom at their desks, sitting down in their own chairs. Students must eat in their own desk and food will not be permitted outside. Students will be required to "boomerang" the contents of their lunch, including garbage, so that there is no need to get up from their own desk to throw things in the garbage or compost. The only time that their mask will be off indoors will be when sitting down to eat, and it will need to be put back on before they stand up. On inclement weather days, students will need to come prepared with an individual activity to do at their desk.


Permission will be granted to those students whose parents have completed the "Permission to go home for Lunch" form, which is sent home at the beginning of the year. These students will sign out and in at the office on the days they go home. Students are not permitted to leave the school to go anywhere but their own home unless they are accompanied by their parent(s) who signs them out at the office. Students are also not permitted to go to a friend’s house for lunch, or the plaza. It is expected that students go to their own home, or stay at school. No students are allowed to leave school at the second break. Thank you for helping us to keep our students safe, and appropriately supervised. Please be reminded that our lunch break is only 40 minutes this year, and if a student wishes to go home, they need to be back on time.


Drinking Water

All drinking fountain faucets have been disabled. Students are able to bring in a refillable water container, with a lid and their name on it. Water bottle filling fixtures will remain and will be flushed daily as per Regulation 243/07. Sinks that are designated for hand-washing only will remain as hand washing only fixtures and sign-posted accordingly.


Switch Days

We have a switch day this week on Thursday, February 11th. We will be following the Friday schedule for that day to make up for the PD Day last week. We also have a Switch Day the following week, where we will follow a Monday Schedule on Friday, February 19th to make up for Family Day. Please make a note of this in your calendar so that students are prepared for specialized subjects such as Phys Ed on those days.


Mental health resources

The mental health of ourstaff, students and families is especially important at this time. The HDSB has a new Mental Health web page with information for both parents/guardians and students on mental health, ways to support positive mental health and well-being, and how to get additional support at school and in the community.