Weekly Update - February 26, 2021
Dear Selby Families,
There have been some great discussions in classrooms this month about Black History, marginalization, bullying and kindness. We are very proud of our students for their deep thinking about these topics and know that these ideas will continue to percolate throughout the year. We are committed to creating a culture in our school where everyone feels welcome and that they belong.
Public Health has advised us that masks need to worn by students while outside. The recommendation has always been that if students cannot remain 2 metres apart, they should be masked. Our students have done a decent job with spacing out but since the snow has arrived and students are playing on the snow hills in their cohort, spacing has proven more difficult. Students have been told that they can take a mask break outside, if needed, but need to move 2 metres away from others. Thank you for your support with this.
We have had a fantastic February and can't wait for an even better March!
Have an awesome weekend!
K. Witley and our Selby Team
Mr. Hill's Class's Pink Shirt Pledge Quilt
Ministry revises COVID-19 Screening Tool
Last week, the Ministry of Education released details on several new initiatives intended to build upon existing public health and safety measures to keep schools open and safe. Since that time, school boards have been putting plans in place to execute these new measures.
This is a lot of new information. Please ensure you review it carefully.
First, the province has released a new version of the COVID-19 School & Child Care Screening Tool. The revised tool includes changes to stay-at-home requirements for those with symptoms and isolation requirements for household contacts of those with symptoms. A printable/downloadable version from KFL&A Public health is also available.
1. Students and staff with any new or worsening symptom of COVID-19, even those with only one symptom, must stay home until:
- They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.
- They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional, or
- It has been 10 days since their symptom onset and they are feeling better.
2. Students and staff are now required to stay home from school or child care if anyone in their household has new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, and has been recommended for isolation and testing. All asymptomatic household contacts of those with symptoms are required to quarantine until the symptomatic household member:
- receives a negative COVID-19 test result, or
- receives an alternative diagnosis by a health-care professional
If the symptomatic individual tests positive for COVID-19, or is not tested, and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health-care professional, the symptomatic individual must isolate (including from household members) for 10 days from symptom onset. All household contacts must isolate until 14 days from their last contact with the symptomatic individual (a total of 24 days if the symptomatic individual is not able to effectively self isolate from other members of the household).
Secondary students (Grades 9 to 12) attending in-person learning must continue to confirm they have passed COVID-19 screening using the LDSB COVID-19 Daily Screening Confirmation Form before attending school each day.
Secondly, the Ministry of Education has directed school boards to offer voluntary asymptomatic testing to students and staff. We are currently working with Ministry officials and KFL&A Public Health on finalizing details for Limestone. We will share more information once it is available.
Finally, although there is currently low to no Variants of Concern (VOC) circulating in the KFL&A Region, KFL&A Public Health has a robust plan to manage potential cases in schools. Because VOCs could spread more easily than typical COVID-19 cases, more proactive isolation and contact tracing measures may be required if a VOC is suspected in a school environment. Limestone and KFL&A Public Health will advise school communities when more aggressive action is needed.
The new Ministry directives regarding COVID-19 screening may impact student and staff absenteeism. The board will make every effort to continue in-person learning but situations may arise where classrooms (or entire schools) may need to pivot to remote learning for a designated period of time. We hope this is not required.
We must continue to work together to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and ensure public health guidelines are met to keep our schools safe and open.
Supporting Students with Social Media
We all know how much students love being involved with Social Media, however, it can be a source of stress for some students. When used properly, it can be a wonderful way to connet and communicate with friends and family, share the good that is happening and build each other up. Unfortunately, social media platforms can also be a platform for negative interactions, and even dangerous behaviour. The school will continue to teach and review digital citizenship and manage situations that directly affect the safety of our students, to the best of our ability. The school does not have the means or the tools to monitor posts that occur during off-school times. We ask that all families have a "check in" social media conversation with their child. Keeping students safe online is a partnership between the home and the school and we thank you for your support with this.
A reminder about social media platforms:
* users are to be 13 years or older to hold an account
* ask your child how they know each of their contacts (be sure they know who they are connecting with)
* be sure to 'follow' your child and monitor their posts
* be sure you look through posts and photos with your child from time to time to ensure they are making wise choices and are being safe
Teaching our kids about the internet is another safety skill that we need to ensure we are explicitly teaching to our kids. Thanks for your partnership with this. A cyberbullying parent resource is attached below to support parents.
Fun Fitness in Ms. King's Class
- March 8 - International Women's Day
- March 8th -Opt in Return to In Person Learning Start Date
- March 22 - Term 2 IEPs go home
March Break Postponed by Province until April: Read more below from Director Burra
Prince Edward-Lennox and Addington Social Services (PELASS), Children's Services Division, is responsible for planning child care services and assessing need/demand for services in the Counties of Prince Edward and Lennox and Addington.
There has been an identified need for both a licensed child care centre and a before and after school program in the Selby area.
To assist us in determining the need for these programs, we are asking you to complete a short survey. The completion of the survey does not indicate any type of commitment on your part or from the County of Lennox and Addington, but provides us with an indication of possible interest in these programs.
The average fees for licensed child care programs are as follows:
Infants - $57/day Toddlers - $47/day Preschoolers - $42/day
Before School – $11/day After School - $13/day Before and After School -$21.50/day
Please click here: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/542a96ed3e9342719a746034ed88d674 to complete the survey.