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Safe Return to School - September 2021

(September 8, 2021)  ADSB Families,
We are looking forward to welcoming students starting tomorrow and have a few additional information items and reminders to share, before you send your children to school:
1. Voluntary Vaccination Attestation – We would appreciate your participation in voluntarily letting us know if your child is vaccinated, using the following.  ADSB Student Voluntary COVID Vaccination Status
As noted, the information will be collected and stored by ADSB and shared with your child’s school Principal and with Algoma Public Health, if necessary, to facilitate timely COVID-19 case and contact management.
2. Self-ScreeningALL elementary and secondary students must self-screen, every day, before coming to school. Once at school, teachers will be asking students to confirm that they have self-screened. Students will be asked to raise their hand to confirm that they have self-screened. As this is a new practice for elementary students, we appreciate your support in reminding young children that their teacher will ask and that they are to raise their hand to confirm they screened at home. This daily on-site screening will only occur for the first two weeks of school. To assist you with screening your children, please follow this link to the online screening tool.  Or you may wish to print a copy of the symptom chart.
3. Elementary Recess – Based on guidance from Public Health, we are going to start the year with designated play areas during elementary recess, as we had in place last year. Public Health has recommended that we maintain these areas to lower the risk of transmission and to support contact tracing. We will monitor and re-evaluate as recommended by Public Health.
4. Secondary Lunch Hour – To respect capacity limits outlined in Ontario’s Reopening Act and to allow for contact tracing, many of our secondary cafeterias will be rotating access to the cafeteria (ie. Gr. 9 & 10 on Monday, Gr. 11 &12 on Tuesday, etc.). More information will be shared with students on the first day, however, they may want to ensure they have snacks/lunch with them on the first day.
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(August 2021)  This screening cannot diagnose you. If you have medical questions, consult a health care provider or your local public health unit.  
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If you as a parent or family have any questions, please be sure to contact the main line at your child's elementary or secondary school. ADSB school phone numbers can be found by following the red link.
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(August 2021) Students in Grades 1 to 12 are required to wear properly fitted non-medical or cloth masks indoors, including in hallways and during classes, as well as on school vehicles. Masks may be temporarily removed indoors to engage in some physical activities or to consume food or drink, with a minimum distance of two metres maintained between cohorts and as much distancing as possible within a class cohort. Students in Kindergarten are encouraged but not required to wear non-medical or cloth masks in indoor spaces, as well as on school vehicles. Students are expected to bring their own masks to wear on student transportation and at school. Non-medical masks will also be made available at school. Students who require a mask exemption are to contact the school Principal. (Note: School staff, visitors and bus drivers are also required to wear medical masks and, depending on their role, additional personal protective equipment).

The following information with respect to removing and storing a non-medical mask is provided by Public Health Services Canada:
How to remove a non-medical mask or face covering:
1. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
o If none is available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
2. Remove the face covering by un-tying it or removing the loops from your ears.
o Avoid touching the front of the mask when removing it.
3. Store the face covering in a paper bag, envelope, or something that does not retain moisture if
you will be wearing it again.
4. After removing the face covering, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
Additional information on masks can be found by following this link to Public Health Services Canada.. 
ADSB Outbreak Protocol - Currently being revised.  Please check back soon.  
ADSB has offered a Summer Wellness Line through the summer of 2021 to provide support for all caregivers of ADSB students, as well as students themselves. Trained counselling staff provide everything from wellness tips to struggles with excessive worry and depressed mood. Our counsellors are also able to provide support to parents regarding parenting questions and talking to young people about COVID-19 in age appropriate ways.
In September, we will move back to school-based support services and will have our full complement of school counsellors available along with our board’s multi-disciplinary team to assist with transitional supports. In addition, we also provide two (2) Mental Health Workers in schools that specialize in supporting high school students with more complex mental health needs. We have also established great partnerships with our community mental health service providers and hospitals throughout the district to assist with additional support services.