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Return to In-Person Learning - CCH Parent Memo January 31st

posted Jan 31, 2021, 11:38 AM by Sheri Stashick

Tomorrow marks the beginning of #BlackHistoryMonth, a time to celebrate and honour the contributions of Black Canadians, past and present! It's also a time to listen & learn.  We will be sharing stories with the children of influential Black people throughout this month.  

“Our kids must learn other’s perspectives and understand their privilege to help dismantle it. As we say in education, learning is a journey, and it is our responsibility to be engaged in it continuously. Our kids need us to be.” (Jodi Ashton, Educational Consultant OCSB) Please take a moment to read Jodi’s Blog post entitled:  Identifying Our Unconscious Racism  I found it to be thought-provoking, inspiring and real. 

Check in with the Ottawa Public Library for books and virtual presentations that you can access as a family.


As mentioned in a detailed Parent Letter sent on Friday, January 29th, we have made a change to the arrival/dismissal procedures. These will start tomorrow, Monday, February 1st. 

Arrival times:  8:55 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. and Dismissal Time:  3:40 p.m. will remain the same.

We will now be using the large gate on Fourth Avenue for all WALKING students, the small gate on Third Avenue for all BUS students, and the small entrance on Lyon St. for SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION students.  Please see map: 

This week will be WEEK ONE, meaning that Primary (Gr. 1-3)  Students will remain on the yard upon arrival until 9:10 a.m. (Junior Students (Gr. 4-6) will go directly to class).  Kinders will always go to the Kinder Play area outdoors.  Students remaining outside will line their backpacks neatly up along the wall (without piling on top of others).  


Self-Screening Tool

Please remember to use the Ottawa Public Health Self-Screening Tool to check your child for symptoms before sending your child to school. If you are concerned your child may exhibit symptoms and do not know where to get your child or family member tested, visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVIDTesting for detailed information. All staff will also need to complete a self-assessment before going to work on Monday. 

Here is a QR code that takes you directly to the Ottawa Public Health Self-Screening Tool, if you wish to use your smartphone.  

COVID-19 Screening Tool for School or Child Care

Mandatory masks (Grade 1 to 12)

Your child will now need to wear a mask if they are in Grades 1 to 3. Students in Grades 1 to 12 must wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including in hallways and during classes, on school transportation and outdoors during recess where students cannot maintain physical distancing.  We will be encouraging all students to wear masks outside at all recesses if they are not following the 2 meter distance rule.  As masks will be getting moist from playing outside in the cold weather, please send extra clean masks whenever possible.*We are strongly encouraging students in Kindergarten to wear masks, as well.


The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority is working on providing full school transportation service for the new return date of February 1st. Please consult the Ottawa School Transportation Authority website for information related to transportation to and from school. We anticipate there may be some delays due to the short turnaround time.

All students from grades 1 to 12 will be required to wear a face mask (cloth or medical), and students in Kindergarten are recommended to wear a mask, on all vehicles, including school buses, vans and wheelchair buses.  Please note that a neck warmer or scarf is not considered an appropriate face mask on board vehicles.


If your child has a medical condition that does not allow them to wear a mask, or special needs that make mask-wearing difficult, please advise OSTA, the Operator or the school.  We appreciate your continued efforts to keep students and our drivers safe.


If you borrowed a Chromebook during this Remote Learning time, please send it back with your child on Monday.  We were pleased to be able to distribute these devices to assist with synchronous and asynchronous learning.  They will be needed in the classrooms on Monday.  Thank you for your attention to this request.


Thursday, February 4th is National Sweater Spirit day. This day is celebrated to remind us to conserve energy. You can turn down the heat and wear a cozy sweater! 

See you TOMORROW!  We look forward to seeing everyone in the building and hearing the classrooms and hallways once again filled with noise and laughter!  It has been far too quiet around here.

Be Well,

Sheri Stashick

Principal - Corpus Christi

(613) 232-9743