St. Joseph Return to School Update

January 3, 2021

Hello St. Joseph Elementary School Families!

We hope you and your families had a relaxing Christmas holiday.

We wanted to provide some important information about the Return to School in January.

We received notice from the Ministry of Education on December 30th that all Ontario schools will be closed to students on January 3 and 4, 2022. There will be no in-person or remote learning on these days. Both in-person and remote learning for students will resume on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022.

Please review the attached information carefully. Thank you for your attention to these important updates. Additional information will be provided in the coming days as it becomes available. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these challenges.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the main office.

Daily Screening Verification

All students will be required to confirm daily COVID-19 screening each day. St. Joseph students must bring the COVID-19 Daily Self-Screening Verification Form signed daily. The COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool has been updated. Please use this revised version.

If fully vaccinated students experience any symptoms associated with COVID-19, they must not come to school and must isolate for 5 days. At the end of 5 days, if their symptoms improve for at least 24 hrs, they may return to school. Siblings and household members must isolate as well for 5 days.

Option to Temporarily Switch to Remote Learning

Elementary parents who wish to temporarily switch their child(ren) from in--person to remote learning will be required to commit to this learning mode from January 5th to February 22 without the opportunity to switch back to in-person learning until February 22.

If you would like to switch modes of learning from in-person to remote only learning at this time and/or require a device for your child to access remote learning, please complete this short survey. Change of Learning Mode Survey. Please communicate to your child's teacher by Tuesday, January 4th. This will help us to prepare materials and distribute devices as required. *Please be aware that we have limited access to devices and may not be able to accommodate all requests.

Rapid Antigen Testing

Families are reminded to use the last 1-2 remaining Rapid Antigen tests for students before returning to in-person learning on January 5th and to stay home if a student receives a positive test result. Parents/guardians who opted out of picking up a Rapid Antigen test before the break, can reach out to the school to arrange a pick up if required.

For information on what to do if you believe that you or your children have been exposed to COVID-19, visit the Government of Ontario website at

Community Information Bulletin and Joint CMOH and EDU Minister Letter