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

Terry Fox Walk/Run

Our focus for this year's Terry Fox Run is "What can you do to make a Difference?" Joshua Creek Public School is proud to take part in this year’s 41st anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope! Since 2005, JCPS has raised over $49,000 in support of the Terry Fox Foundation’s fight against cancer. Students will be running or walking with their class (physically distanced) on a designated day next week.

Please help show your support by donating online to:

Thank you for your supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy!

Walk to School Month

October is Walk to School Month - and here in Halton, we celebrate by walking or wheeling, part or all of the way to school or to the bus stop. Being active on the way to and from school is beneficial for all of us. It supports mental and physical wellbeing, promotes community connectivity, prepares students for learning and is a way for students and families to take action on climate change by reducing emissions from vehicles around our schools. Better air quality, less traffic congestion and more opportunities for physically distant social interactions - we all win!

If your family is already active on the way to school - keep it up. If you are new to it, map out your route, take a walk and time it. Or start small, identify a legal place to park, a block or 5 minutes away, get out and walk the last part. Remember to review how to safely cross a street with your family, listen to and thank your crossing guards. Give it a try!

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.


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 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.