Undoubtedly, this is a much anticipated day for all of us and we are excited to be able to resume in-person learning. Please look for a communication from your child’s principal on Friday with information specific to each school’s return to in-class learning.
As always, you have the choice to return to in-person learning or continue learning remotely through HSC@home. HSC@home operates on a week-by-week plan and we ask that you register your intent to learn remotely in advance at the links below:
The health and wellbeing of our community continues to be our top priority. The protocols and measures we had in place prior to the December break have been enhanced as per the updated Ministry of Education and Hamilton Public Health guidelines. Please take a moment to review the following information:
Daily Symptom Screening:
Parents/Guardians play a key role in ensuring the safety of our community by actively screening their child(ren) for symptoms compatible with COVID-19 on a daily basis, prior to boarding HSC transportation or arriving on campus. This is a must in order to decrease the risk of transmission in our community. As such, the College will be sending an updated parent attestation document to each of our families via your myHSC account. It is imperative that a parent or guardian signs this new attestation form prior to your child returning to campus.
Montessori, Junior and Middle School:
You can use the online tool
from the Ministry of Health, refer to Hamilton Public Health symptom decision guide
, or use HSC’s screening form
. We are adhering Hamilton Public Health’s guidelines as outlined and we ask for your diligence in doing the same. If your child(ren) has any of the symptoms listed, keep them home and contact Health Services
Senior School (Updated Ministry of Education Guidance):
All Senior School students will be required to show proof of their daily symptom screening before being allowed on school buses and on campus. HSC has developed an electronic form for students to complete on a daily basis. Using their student number and my
HSC password, students can access that form at the link here
. After completing their screening, students will receive a green “Pass” message or a red “Fail” message. Students must pass their screening in order to attend school. If your child(ren) does not have an electronic device, he/she will be required to complete a paper document each and every day which will be collected at the door. You can click here
to print copies of the Daily COVID-19 Symptom Screening form. If your child(ren) does not have proof of having completed the daily screening form, they will not be allowed to board school transportation or enter the campus. Should the Ministry of Health make any changes to the screening guidelines, we will communicate this to our families.
The same process above will be followed by all staff working on campus.
The Ministry of Education has now made masks mandatory for Grades 1 through 3 and outdoors when physical distance cannot be maintained. HSC had already implemented these measures as of Oct. 19, 2020
. As a reminder, masks are mandatory for all students from JK/M4 to Grade 12. Masks must be worn at all times (school bus, indoors and outdoors) and can only be removed to eat or drink. Although not mandatory, we strongly recommend children under the age of 4 to wear a mask if able to do so. Children under the age of 2 are not required to wear masks. In accordance with Health Canada recommendations, HSC requires masks be made of at least three layers of breathable material and have a comfortable and snug fit without gaps. Neck gaiters, masks with an exhalation or exhaust valves are not recommended.
For tips on how to help your child with wearing a mask, please click here
Illness at School:
If your child becomes ill once at school, Health Services will be notified by staff. Your child will be accompanied by a member of Health Services to a Health Office for further assessment. If the student is over the age of 2 and able to tolerate a mask, a non-medical disposable mask will be provided. A nurse will assess the student’s symptoms, check their temperature and contact a parent/guardian or emergency contact for pick up. It is expected that the student will be picked up within an hour of receiving a call from Health Services. The student will be cared for and supervised in a designated Isolation Health Office by a member of the Health Services team.
Medical Assessment and COVID-19 Testing:
Health Services will advise you on what the next steps are in accordance with Hamilton Public Health’s guidelines.
Parents/Guardians will be provided with information and resources, including information on how to book an online appointment
for COVID-19 testing. HSC will request a copy of the COVID-19 test results or a medical clearance letter from your healthcare provider for your child(ren) to be able to return to campus.
Asymptomatic Testing and PCR Antigen Testing:
While the Ministry of Education will be implementing asymptomatic surveillance testing and rapid PCR antigen testing, HSC will not be taking part in on-site testing at this time. This added measure currently applies only to publicly funded schools in designated zones as determined by their local public health unit. Should Hamilton Public Health determine that HSC is eligible for this program, we will inform the community.
Mental Health Wellbeing:
All students at the College, whether attending in-person or participating in remote learning, have access to health and counselling services to support their mental health and socio-emotional wellbeing. We encourage you to discuss mental health with your child(ren), monitor their transition back to school and reach out if you have any concerns. We recommend the following resource to assist you:
In addition to the above, students 14 years of age and older have access to 24/7 counselling services through keep.meSAFE
– Mental Wellness Student Support Program. This service is available free of charge and students can access it in a confidential manner and in many different languages.
Please ensure your child(ren)’s immunizations are up to date and report them to Hamilton Public Health
. If you live outside of Hamilton, you must also report it to your local health unit. The Grade 7 Immunization Program (Hep. B, Meningitis and HPV) continues to be on hold for this year. You can now get these publicly funded vaccines from your healthcare provider. There should be no cost to you, your doctor will receive the vaccines free of charge from Hamilton Public Health.
For some students, the transition back to school may be challenging. We ask that you remain vigilant for any changes in your child(ren)’s physical and mental health and to reach out if you believe your child(ren) could use our support. We will continue to inform you of any changes to our protocols and practices to reflect the most up to date guidance from public health. For more information on our COVID-19 management visit https://www.hsc.on.ca/covid-19
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support. If you have any questions, concerns or wish to update your child(ren)’s health information, Health Services can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org