Dear ASD-S Families,
The Department of Education and
Early Childhood Development has reviewed the COVID-19 safety guidelines
and yesterday Minister Cardy announced the new Winter Plan for schools.
Developed in consultation with Public Health, the plan will strengthen health
and safety measures as a result of the increase of cases in schools and early
learning facilities, with the aim of keeping our students healthy, safe, and
learning in-person to the greatest extent possible throughout the winter
months. The full plans are available on the Healthy
and Safe Schools website and message from Minister Cardy can be
Among the changes is an update
to our school calendar.
December 17, 2021 will
be the last day of classes before the winter break for students in kindergarten
to Grade 6.
To allow school staff time to
prepare and implement required changes for our January 10 reopening:
December 21, 2021 will
be the last day of classes before the winter break for students in Grades 7 and
Students in grades 9-12
will continue as planned until noon, December 23, 2021.
As well, we will be sending
free rapid test (COVID-19) kits home with students in grades K-6 this week.
Students in grades 7-12 will receive their kits next week. Students are asked
to test twice a week and before they return to school to help protect their
loved ones and limit the spread of COVID-19 over the winter break and upon
their return to school. Please note, kits must be kept in a dry and warm
location above 2 degrees Celsius.
Please continue to follow all
Public Health safety measures this week and over the break, and help and
encourage your child to do the same. This includes getting vaccinated, washing
your hands and using sanitizer, wearing a mask, physically distancing, and
staying home and getting tested if your child has even one symptom.
We thank you for your support
and patience over the last many months. We know these changes can be stressful
and we appreciate your understanding.
I wish you the best for a safe
and restful winter break,