September 2021 Plan
The HDSB’s September 2021 Plan outlines the measures we will be following for the safety and well-being of our students and staff.
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Online COVID-19 School Screening Tool
Students and staff must complete the online COVID-19 School Screening Tool prior to attending school each day.

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Mental Health & Well-Being Resources
Mental health and well-being support and resources are available for students and parents/guardians.

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JCPS Important Updates


Change in Learning Model Form Available Now Until September 16 at 11:59 p.m.


Families of elementary students (K-Grade 8) who would like to switch learning models (i.e., in-person to remote/fully online or remote/fully online to in-person) must complete the Change in Learning Model Form. The form is open now until Thursday, Sept. 16 at 11:59 p.m.


This form is only for families wishing to switch learning models. If you do not wish to switch learning models, please DO NOT complete this form, your child(ren) will remain in the current learning model. Students switching learning models will transition to their chosen learning model on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Students are expected to continue in their current learning model until that date.


Complete the Change in Learning Model Form for Elementary Students now: https://bit.ly/ElemLearningModel


For more information, view the Sept. 9 HDSB update for families: https://bit.ly/LearningmodelHDSB



Back to School Information


It is hard to believe that the summer is coming to an end. The staff at Joshua Creek Public School are so excited to have the children returning to school on Tuesday, whether in-person or virtually. We are committed to supporting your child’s return to school by creating a safe and inclusive learning environment where your child can thrive and learn. The Joshua Creek staff have been working hard to get the school ready. Our educators have been spending this week meeting in their grade teams, setting up their classrooms and participating in professional development.


The Halton District School Board has prepared a comprehensive and flexible September 2021 Plan. This plan outlines the measures the HDSB will follow for the safety and well-being of students and staff. Make sure you check all of the sections: Our new Director’s Message, Health and Facility, Operational Guidance, Case and Outbreak Management, FAQs. This plan has been developed in consultation with Halton Region Public Health and adheres to the Ministry of Education’s COVID-19: Health, safety and operational guidance for schools (2021-2022) and the Ministry of Education.


BACK TO SCHOOL


Classes and Teachers

Class codes and homeroom teachers’ names will be emailed to our families Friday, September 3, 2021. On the first day of school there will be plenty of staff available to direct your child.


On the First Day of School

If your child is learning remotely, their classroom teacher will send an email to your child before Tuesday at 9. Please have your child practise logging into their email so that they are ready for the first day of school.

If your child is learning in-person, they may begin entering the school starting at 8:40 a.m. Please see the details below regarding individual grades or classes. If you or your child need help finding their teacher, ask a staff member with an orange vest. They can direct you to the correct person.

To ensure we are following COVID protocols, we will be spreading out the meeting areas for each grade or inviting your child to enter the school and go directly to their class where their teacher will meet them. Due to the large number of people on the first day of school, we are asking all parents to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Kindergarten: Students are to go to the designated kindergarten enclosure to meet their educators. Parents can walk their kindergarten children into the kindergarten yard to meet the teacher and drop off their child.

Grade 1’s, Grade 2’s and Class 1/2-1: Meet your teachers on our blacktop (close to the bike racks). Teachers will have signs with their class code so you can find them easily.

Class 2/3-1, Grade 3’s, Grade 4’s and Grade 5’s: Enter through Door 9 (on the blacktop beside the kindergarten enclosure) and go straight to your classroom. Your teacher will be there to greet you.

Grade 6’s: Meet your teacher in front of your portable.

Grade 7’s and Class 6/7-1: Enter through Door 5 (close to the front of the school, in the teacher parking lot) and go straight to your classroom. Your teacher will be there to greet you.

Grade 8’s: Enter through Door 6 (close to the blacktop, in the teacher parking lot) and go straight to your classroom. Your teacher will be there to greet you.


Student Daily Health Screening

The parent/guardian of each elementary student is required to:

  • Complete a daily self-assessment using the COVID-19 school screening tool for each child;

    • Keep their child at home when feeling unwell;

    • Have a plan to pick up their child(ren) promptly if symptoms develop during the day.

  • Daily screening should be done BEFORE leaving for school.

Active Screening for Students Attending In Person Learning

September 7 - September 17

The Ministry of Education has directed school boards to validate daily self-screening for students and staff prior to or upon their arrival for the first two weeks of school from September 7 - September 17

Students able to complete the school screening independently (e.g., Grades 7 and 8) will:

  • Use the https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ each morning

  • Show their classroom teacher/educational assistant the “pass” confirmation on their personal device (e.g., phone, laptop) during attendance

  • Student confirmation data (e.g., screenshot, pdf, etc.) will not be retained

Students unable to complete the school screening independently (e.g., Grades 1 to 6, Kindergarten students)

  • Maintain a 2021-2022 Daily Verification: Student Daily Health Screening log that accompanies the student from home to school that is signed each day by the parent/guardian completing the Ontario School Screening Tool. Please print a copy of this form and complete the screening prior to your child coming to school and initial the date on the Health Screening Form.

  • There are hard copies of the Verification Student Daily Health Screening form available from your child’s teacher

Non-Medical Masks, Cloth Masks and Face Coverings

All students at Joshua Creek are required to wear a mask

  • All students (Kindergarten-Grade 12) are required to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including in hallways and during classes.

  • Masks may be temporarily removed indoors to consume food or drink, with a minimum distance of two metres maintained between cohorts and as much distancing as possible within a cohort.

  • Parents/guardians are asked to encourage their child(ren) to practise wearing masks and learn what type of mask is most comfortable for them.

  • It is recommended that students have additional clean masks to use during the day.

  • Students are responsible for the safe use, cleanliness, and disposal of their non-medical mask/cloth mask/face covering. Please reinforce these behaviours at home.