Monday Morning Minutes January 4th, 2021

Monday Morning January 4th, 2021
Posted on 01/04/2021

Dear ALC Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the first Monday Morning Message of the 2021 calendar year.  

We hope that you had a relaxing winter break and wish everyone a happy and healthy 2021.  While the pandemic continues to impact everything about our school year, we are hopeful that the vaccine will help bring some normality to everyday life in the very near future. 

Remote Learning for the Week of Jan 4-8, 2021

As indicated in the recent emails from the Board, as well as our email to parents and guardians yesterday, all ALC staff and students will be working remotely this week.

Today is a transition day and the regular school day schedule will not be followed. The school staff will be meeting at the start of the day to plan for the transition and arrange for the distribution of technology. Teachers will use today to adjust their programming, reach out to families to discuss student needs, ensure access to passwords and provide information about class schedules. 

Families should also use this day to transition to remote learning:

You can find instructions about how to access the Google Classroom and other information about remote learning here .

If you require access to a Chromebook, the school has a limited number available and may be able to lend one to you. Please let our Vice Principal, Mrs Hutt, know by noon today if you need access to technology or wifi and we will do our best to accommodate your request.  She may be reached at sandra.hutt@ocdsb.ca.  We would ask that your email include your child’s first and last name, their homeroom teacher’s name and whether or not their child has an IEP that indicates access to a SEA device.

After today’s transition day, students and teachers will follow the regular school timetable (9:15 am - 3:45 pm) for start time, nutrition breaks and recess. Students will have a total of 300 minutes of learning time, some of that time will be teacher-led (synchronous) and some will be independent work on assigned tasks (asynchronous). Some subjects, such as physical education will take place asynchronously this week.

Please expect an email from your child’s homeroom teacher later today with more specific information about your child’s class schedule. 

Grade 7 and 8 Immunization Update from Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) will be providing catch-up clinics in January, by appointment only, for all grade 7 and 8 students who have not yet received their meningococcal vaccine, the vaccine that protects against four strains of meningitis infection (Menactra®). OPH is prioritizing the meningococcal vaccine since children of this age group are at higher risk of developing invasive meningococcal disease.

Normally students receive vaccinations for Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Hepatitis B and Meningococcal in grade 7 at school clinics provided by Ottawa Public Health throughout the school year. However, school clinics are currently on hold due the pandemic.

Clinics will be held in early January at various fixed locations across the city. To avoid crowding, clinics will be by appointment only, 5 days a week including daytime, evening and weekend appointments. Appointment bookings will be available using an online booking system and by phone at 613-580-6744 starting Wednesday, December 23 at 10am. Please visit our website for the latest information: parentinginottawa.ca/immunization.

If you have any questions about your child’s vaccination, please call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 to speak with a Public Health Nurse.

Important Dates and Upcoming Events:

Mon, Jan 4 -  School resumes virtually for the week

Fri, Jan 22 - PA Day - no classes for students

Tues, Jan 26 - Friday schedule

 

Kind regards,

Elizabeth Rainer and Sandra Hutt

ALC Principal and Vice Principal

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