INFO TO KNOW FROM BROWNRIDGE- DEC. 11, 2021

11 Dec

Hello Brownridge Families,

Here is some info to know from Brownridge:

RAPID ANTIGEN TEST KITS – SENT HOME ON DECEMBER 10

Take-home Rapid Antigen Testing Kits have been sent home with all in-person students at Brownridge. A communication about the kits was emailed to families on December 8th. It is included below for your perusal. Please review the important information prior to returning to school on January 3rd

COVID SCREENING

This is an important reminder to complete the COVID screening prior to your child coming to school or Daycare. Screening must be completed daily by using the online COVID-19 screening tool; parents must not send children to school or child care if they are showing any symptoms of COVID-19. If your child presents with a Covid-19 symptom(s) at school, they will go to the isolation room and you will be called to pick them up. They will then require a PCR test (NOT a rapid antigen test) or they will need to remain home for 10 days. (If the PCR test is negative, they may return to school with an attestation form). UPDATE- Beginning January 3rd, upon completion of the self-assessment, Parents/Guardians will complete the response to the question:  “Have you completed the self-screening tool?” in the Confirmation Form, using their child’s GAPPS account login information. 

SPIRIT WEEK- DECEMBER 13-17

We are excited to announce that spirit days are taking place at Brownridge next week before winter break. See the schedule below for the fun ways your child can show their Brownridge enthusiasm!

Here is the schedule:

MON, DEC 13TUES, DEC 14WED, DEC 15THURS, DEC 16FRID, DEC 17
WEAR A HOLIDAY HAT/WINTER TUQUEWEAR A HOLIDAY SWEATERWACKY HAIR DAYWEAR SCHOOL COLOURS (BLUE AND WHITE)PYJAMA DAY

SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING- JANUARY 10TH AT 6:30PM

Join us for our next School Council meeting taking place on January 10th at 6:30pm. A link will be sent home to families to register and a meeting link will be emailed to you.

RAISING CONFIDENT COMPETENT CHILDREN – MONDAY DECEMBER 13, 2021

See the attachment for further details about this upcoming virtual parenting session. 

WINTER BREAK

Winter Break runs from December 20-December 31. Schools re-open on January 3rd.

YRDSB EMAIL TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS RE: COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS FOR CHILDREN AGES 5 – 11

Please see this message from York Region Public Health regarding school and community COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children ages 5-11 and eligible family members. PLEASE NOTE- Some parents have reached out to me to express concern that we, at Brownridge, will be vaccinating students. Rest assured, we, at Brownridge, will NOT be vaccinating students.

For more information and to book an appointment, visit www.york.ca/covid19vaccine

GOING AWAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS?

If you are travelling outside of Canada over the Winter Break, please ensure you follow the direction of York Region Public Health and current COVID-19 travel protocols upon your return and prior to returning to school. Let’s work together to keep everyone safe.

HOLIDAY HEROES CAMPAIGN

Thank you to all of the families of have made a donation thus far. Our boxes are filling up with items that will bring joy and relief to those in need. But we still need your help! There is still time to participate in the Holiday Heroes Campaign in collaboration with the York Region Police Services. Despite being a small school, we have the opportunity to make a big impact in our community. This year, we will be running the campaign from November 15th to December 15th. We are asking students and families to donate gift cards and new, unwrapped toys and clothes. There are boxes in the front foyer of the school where items can be placed. Gift cards should be brought to the office. Monetary donations can also be made online through the secure website at http://www.yrp.ca/hhdonate. 

Let’s continue the school theme of being #unstoppable!

WINTER IS COMING

As the weather continues to shift to colder temperatures, please be sure to dress your children to stay warm. Please be sure to send with your child:

  • indoor shoes (if they don’t already have)
  • hat, mittens, scarves
  • boots
  • warm coat and snow pants

INCLEMENT WEATHER DAYS

In the event that the weather makes road conditions unsafe, The York Region District School Board may declare an Inclement Weather Day.  This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our Inclement Weather Day Procedure will be adjusted as follows. 

For the 2021-2022 school year, in the event school bus transportation is cancelled, the following Inclement Weather Days will be in effect:

  • All YRDSB Schools will be CLOSED to students
  • All student learning will be remote and asynchronous
  • Office staff will mark all students using the attendance code of BC (Bad Weather/Bus Cancellation)
  • Before and After Care programs will NOT run

The decision to declare an Inclement Weather Day will be made by 6:00 am.  Families will receive an email notifying them that schools will be closed to students due to the weather.  This will also be announced on local media (tv and radio), websites and twitter (@brownridgeps). 

Lunches/water bottles/School items/clothing/etc.

Please work with your child(ren) to ensure that indoor/outdoor clothing, snacks, school supplies, lunches and water bottles are packed either the night before school, or the morning of school. Drop-offs between school hours cannot occur due to the current COVID protocols as per Public Health.

LETTER FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO

Good evening Brownridge Families,

This letter is being sent on behalf of the Government of Ontario

In an effort to promote a safer return to the classroom after the winter break, on behalf of the Government of Ontario, the YRDSB will be distributing take-home rapid antigen screening kits to every child who attends a publicly-funded school in Ontario.

Our school will be sending the rapid antigen screening kits home on December 10, 2021. Please check your child’s backpack for the kit. Use of the screening kits is voluntary. 

The rapid antigen screening kits are intended for use by any child who attends a publicly funded school, regardless of their vaccination status. Rapid antigen screening kits are to be distributed to students who participate in in-person learning. This testing option will not be available to students who have been learning remotely since September 2021.

Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary. Students are not required to participate in order to return to the classroom after the winter break.

While providing students with rapid antigen screening kits is an important tool for managing the spread of COVID-19, vaccination remains the most effective protection against the virus and its variants. Ensuring that children and youth are vaccinated will provide them with a strong level of protection and help to keep schools open and as safe as possible.

It also is important to remember that we all need to continue with key public health advice, including staying home when sick, getting tested if you have symptoms, washing your hands frequently and wearing a face covering as required.

Please read the important information below prior to using the rapid antigen screening kit.

When to Use the Rapid Antigen Screening Kit (distributed prior to the winter break):

  • For students who choose to use rapid antigen screening kits, it is recommended students conduct the rapid antigen tests every 3-4 days over the holiday break, on every Monday and Thursday beginning December 23, until all five tests have been used.
  • Rapid antigen screening kits are only to be used when a child is asymptomatic (i.e. does not have any symptoms of COVID-19 and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19).
  • Anyone with symptoms or who is identified as a close contact of a case should still get PCR testing. Rapid antigen screening tests should not be used as a substitute for PCR tests for people with symptoms or for people who are close contacts of cases.

Using the Take-Home Rapid Antigen Screening Kit:

  • The BTNX Rapid Response™ can be performed using anterior nasal swabbing (per the package insert, as approved by Health Canada) or using deep nasal swabbing (as recommended by Public Health Ontario in this document, given higher sensitivity compared to anterior nasal swabbing). Both types of specimen collection can be performed using the NP swab provided with the kit.
  • Please follow the instructions provided with the kit.
  • Important note: Parents or guardians may choose to administer this screening on children who may need help (i.e., younger children).

What to do after your test:

  • You will know the outcome of the test within 15 minutes. If test results conducted so far are negative, your child may return to school as usual. Even if your child tests negative, they should continue to adhere to all relevant public health guidance, such as guidance on gathering, distancing, and masking.
  • A positive result on a rapid antigen screening test is considered a preliminary positive. A child that receives a positive result on a rapid antigen screening test should seek a confirmatory PCR test as soon as possible (ideally within 48 hours) at a local testing site or pharmacy that offers testing and isolate themselves until the result of that confirmatory PCR test is known.

If you have any questions, please call Public Health.

Have a great weekend!
Joe Gold

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