ALCDSB updates parents on commitment to student safety

The Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) is reminding families that vigilance is critical in preventing community spread of COVID-19.

In a letter to parents, dated Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, David DeSantis, Director of Education for ALCDSB expressed his gratitude to all parents/guardians, board and school staff and students for their commitment to keeping the Catholic school communities safe.

“I recognize that some of the changes to our Catholic schools have been challenging but know that we continue to work diligently to ensure safe learning environments for our staff and students,” DeSantis said in the letter. “I am very thankful to have your children back in a (virtual or in-person) classroom engaged and learning with their teacher and peers.”

“However, it is critical that all students and families remain vigilant in adhering to public health guidelines in and outside of our Catholic schools,” DeSantis continued. “We know these guidelines may be difficult for some; however, they are required to reduce community spread of COVID-19 and keep our schools open. Please continue to do your part to keep everyone safe and healthy.”

The ALCDSB website has been updated with a COVID-19 advisory page. According to the letter, if a case is confirmed within one of the schools or Board sites, that information will be posted on the website, as directed by the Ministry of Education. This information will be shared upon notification of a confirmed case by one of the local public health units.

This webpage has also been updated with information from the local public health units about what to do if a child does not pass the daily COVID-19 screening.

Follow the ALCDSB Facebook and Twitter pages, and check the Board website regularly for updates.

“I thank all our stakeholders for your commitment and dedication to Catholic education and a safe return to school,” DeSantis said in closing. “It is a distinct honour to be part of a community that places the health and safety of our youth as a top priority. If you have any questions as the school year continues, please do not hesitate to contact your school principal.”

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