Monday Morning Minutes March 15th, 2021

Monday Morning Minutes March 15th, 2021
Posted on 03/15/2021

Dear ALC Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to this week’s Monday Morning Message.  We hope that you had a relaxing weekend and that everyone remembered to set their clocks ahead one hour with the change to Daylight savings time.

Daily COVID Student Assessment and monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19

Parents and guardians must complete the Ottawa Public Health (OPH) COVID self-assessment for every student before leaving home each day.  https://secureforms.ottawapublichealth.ca/School-Health-Sante-scolaire/COVID-19-Screening-Tool-for-Students

Ottawa Public Health link for Attestation form for return to school for a tested/ill child.
www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/resources/Documents/Attestation-letter-Return-to-School_Childcare_EN.pdf

Anyone with symptoms must stay home and follow public health directives about testing.  This step is key to helping keep the virus out of the school.  Please take the time to thoroughly review the screening tool with your child each morning, and follow the directions provided by Ottawa Public Health.

Spring Temperatures means Waterproof boots and extra clothes, please

With the combination of spring-like temperatures and freezing periods, the schoolyard is turning into a combination of ice, snow, puddles and muck. We would ask that parents ensure that students have waterproof boots to wear outside and send in an extra pair of socks and pants for your child to change into in the event that they get wet during recess.  Also, depending on the condition of the field first thing in the morning, duty staff may be redirecting Primary students to enter the yard at 9 am along the paved pathway near Crossingbridge park instead of using the usual Primary entrance at the break in the fence.

March ALC Spirit Days

Please see the Important Dates section for details regarding our next two March ALC Spirit Days.  

OCDSB Consultations - Human Rights Policy and Police Involvement in Schools

In March 2020, the OCDSB established the Office of the Human Rights and Equity Advisor to oversee the investigation and resolution of human rights complaints and to identify and remove barriers that result in systemic discrimination. In December 202,0 the Board of Trustees approved a consultation plan for the development of a human rights policy for the OCDSB. The human rights policy will set out rights and responsibilities for students, staff, families and community members and create a human rights complaints mechanism.  The consultation is underway! The OCDSB is inviting the community to participate in two policy consultations. They focus on 1) developing an OCDSB human rights policy and human rights complaints procedure 2) a policy and practice review of police involvement in schools. Students, parents, staff and community members are encouraged to join these discussions and share your perspectives.

Human Rights Policy

Police Involvement in School - Policy and Practice Review

  • Visit the Consultation website to learn more. Dates and times for small groups and community meetings coming soon. 

OSTA Website Survey

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) is currently conducting a website improvement survey, and is looking for feedback regarding your experience with their site. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete: http://bit.ly/3eaB86q 

Ontario Government Approves Construction of Stittsville Secondary School

The Ontario government has given approval to the OCDSB to proceed to award the tender for construction of a new Stittsville Secondary School. The $48 million investment is part of the province’s capital investment program to support students. The new school construction will allow for 1,353 classroom spaces for students in grades 7 to 12. The new school will be located at the southwest corner of Robert Grant Avenue and Cope Drive. The opening date for the school is currently scheduled for September 2023.

Lynn Scott, OCDSB Board Chair and Trustee for West Carleton - March/Stittsville/ Rideau- Goulbourn, said, “It has taken a very long time, and the pandemic has impacted our costs and schedule, but I’m delighted that Ministry of Education has now approved our use of some additional funds from our capital reserves to proceed on our project. Very soon, Stittsville residents will be excited to see shovels in the ground and construction on our new high school.”

Community News:

Saunders Farm Camp 2021 - Early Bird Registration Now Open 

Is Spring here? We hope so! It's now time to start planning ahead for warm summer days and another a-MAZE-ing year of Farm Camp! As we have limited capacity, many weeks in 2020 sold out early, make sure to check out this offer while all 9 weeks are still available. 

https://mailchi.mp/saundersfarm/farm-camp-early-bird?fbclid=IwAR34jmbbWEELwccfKVSKEgJZE-pQnFp1CN-RoZdwKenlY1H_u5uIREjxdkE

 

Important Dates and Upcoming Events:

Sun, March 14 - Daylight Savings Time starts

Weds, March 17 - ALC spirit day - Wear Green in honor of St Patty’s Day

Fri, March 26 - ALC spirit day - Dress to impress - Wear your fancy party dress, shirt and tie, etc

Fri, April 2 - Good Friday, no school

Mon, April 5 - Easter Monday, no school

April 12-16 - Rescheduled March break

 

Kind regards,

Elizabeth Rainer and Sandra Hutt

ALC Principal and Vice Principal

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