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COVID-19 Screening Information Screening Information <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;">Good Afternoon TPS Families,</p><p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;"> </p><p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;">In light of the Government of Ontario’s updated guidelines for COVID-19 and students in school settings, please find attached a PDF version of the new criteria, as well as a link for the <strong>daily self- assessment tool </strong>for students to use <strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">before coming to school each day</span></strong>.</p><p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;"> </p><p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;">These tools should also be used at any time when students display symptoms.</p><p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;"> </p><p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:red;">PDF</span></a></span></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><a href=""></a></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;"> </p><p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:red;">Online Screening Tool</span></a><span style="color:red;"> </span></span></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;"> </p><p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;"> </p><p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;">We kindly ask that you remind your children that it is imperative that they leave their masks on and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">wear them correctly</span> while in school and out in our community.   <a href="">covid-19-safely-use-non-medical-mask-face-covering-en-1-1.pdf</a> </p>
Register For SchoolCash Online Today! For SchoolCash Online Today!<p>​<strong>As of January 1, 2020 we will no longer be accepting cash or cheques </strong>to pay for lunches, field trip and most fundraising events. All orders/purchases will have to be made through the SchoolCash Online system.</p><p>If you do not have access to technology at home, please contact the office directly to make arrangements.</p><p>On occasion, we will ask students to bring change for charities, bake sales and treat sales - these occasions are exempt and you will be allowed to send change for your child(ren) in these situations.</p><p>SchoolCash Online allows you the option to pay school fees, including fees for field trips, hot lunch and club activities, etc. online. Benefits of this online tool include:</p><ul><li>Less cash travelling with students to school/fewer lost payments sent with students.</li><li>Less cash to count and store in the school office.</li><li>This account follows your child through high school to Grade 12.</li><li>Convenience for parents/guardians and you will never miss a deadline again because the system will send reminder emails!</li></ul><div><strong>Contact the office to get started!</strong><br></div>
SMDHU Update Update<p>Dear Tottenham Public School Families,</p><p>We have received updated information from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) regarding screening and symptoms.  Please read through the attached document thoroughly for important protocols schools and administrators must adhere to.  </p><p>Please visit the SMDHU website regularly for updates and additional guidance.  Should you have any questions regarding their protocols please contact the SMDHU at 1-877-721-7520 ext. 5830, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or email <a href=""></a> </p><p>I have extracted a few paragraphs from the document of particular importance, especially as we enter into cold and flu season.  </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Screening</strong></span> </p><p>All individuals including students, staff and essential visitors must self-screen each day before entering the school using the Ontario COVID-19 school screening tool (<a href=""></a> ) , or other tools as identified by the Ministry of Health or SMDHU and follow the guidance that the tool provides. An SMDHU checklist version is available for families who prefer it to the online COVID-19 school screening.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Specific guidance for staff /student/visitors experiencing symptoms:</strong></span></p><ul><li>All students, staff and essential visitors who have any symptoms listed in the COVID-19 school screening tool and/or SMDHU screening checklist, which persist for more than a few hours, and for whom the symptom(s) is new and not related to seasonal allergies or pre-existing medical conditions, must stay home from school and should be tested for COVID-19. They are also responsible to inform the school of their absence due to illness, as per established school processes.</li><li>Note: While the symptom(s) may be mild, it is difficult for health care providers to distinguish between COVID-19 and other viral illnesses for which we do not have tests.</li><li>If results are returned as negative, students, staff and essential visitors are able to return <strong>24 hours</strong> after their symptoms resolve.</li><li>Note: Mild symptoms known to persist in young children (e.g. runny nose) may be ongoing at time of return to school if other symptoms have been resolved and there is a negative test.</li><li>On occasion, a parent/guardian or staff/visitor may feel there is another explanation for the new symptom(s) requiring medical assessment rather than a COVID-19 test. In that case, they should contact their health care provider as usual. Some COVID-19 assessment centres will also do a medical assessment in addition to COVID testing. If the health care provider makes an alternative diagnosis and determines that the condition is not COVID-19, they may indicate that the individual can return to school when <strong>free of symptoms for 24 hours</strong>.</li><li>If the alternative diagnosis is clearly non-infectious then the individual can return to school prior to symptom resolution.</li><li>For ill individuals who do not undergo testing OR receive an alternative diagnosis, given the mild and/or fairly brief duration of symptoms often seen with COVID-19, SMDHU is recommending ill individuals self-isolate for <strong>14 days from symptom onset</strong> (even if symptoms resolve). After self-isolating for 14 days, <strong>they may return to school if they have been at least 72 hours</strong> without a fever and symptoms are improving. It is difficult for a health care provider to rule out COVID-19 without a test, if there is not a clear alternative diagnosis.</li><li>Any household members of the ill individual are to self-monitor for 14 days. These household contacts can continue to come to school, as long as they have not developed symptoms themselves and their ill household member has not been diagnosed with COVID-19.</li><li>This recommendation for household contacts to self-monitor may be changed in future by the Ministry of Health and/or SMDHU to self-isolate if warranted by increased rates of local COVID-19 transmission.</li><li>If someone answers yes to any of the other screening questions, they should follow the direction provided in the online COVID-19 school screening tool / SMDHU checklist.</li></ul><p> </p><p>Thank you to everyone for your continued support and cooperation as we work through these challenging times together.  </p><p> Sincerely, </p><p>Mike Pattison</p><p>Principal</p>
Parent Council Meeting Council Meeting <p class="MsoNormal">Dear Tottenham Families,</p><p class="MsoNormal">Thank you to those of you that are interested in becoming involved with parent council and for returning the parent council nomination form.  This is a last call for those forms which are due by noon on Thursday (Oct 1). Open the link below to find the nomination form. For parents that would like to attend our virtual meetings but aren’t interested in the Chair/Vice Chair or Secretary position, but are interested in attending the meeting, please contact the school office at 905-936-4951 and the virtual meeting link will be forwarded to you.  Due to the current protocols, parent council meetings are being done virtually on Zoom. The executive parent council elections will take place at the beginning of our first meeting, Monday October 5<sup>th</sup> at 6:30 pm. If you would like to include any new business in the first meeting, please contact the school office.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Mike Pattison</p><p class="MsoNormal">Principal</p><p class="MsoNormal">Tottenham Public School</p><p class="MsoNormal"><a href="/Documents/FORM%20A7200%20-%203%20School%20Council%20Parent%20Candidate%20Nomination%20Form.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />FORM A7200 - 3 School Council Parent Candidate Nomination Form.pdf</a><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p>
Permissions & Acknowledgments Form Now Online! & Acknowledgments Form Now Online!<p>​Please log into your Schoolcash Online account to view the Permissions & Acknowledgments form for your child (ren).</p><p>This online form replaces the paper version sent home in previous years. If you need assistance registering for Schoolcash Online, contact the school office @905-936-4951. <br></p>
Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope Fox's Marathon of Hope <p><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:black;">This September, The Terry Fox Foundation is recognizing the 40th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope.  Terry Fox was a young man who developed bone cancer in his leg and needed to have his leg amputated.  Terry didn’t let this stop him.  He had a dream to help fight cancer and decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.  Unfortunately, Terry passed away before he could finish his run.  To keep Terry’s dream alive, people around the world participate in the Terry Fox Run.  This year, classes are helping to keep Terry’s dream alive by doing laps around the track or completing “What’s your 40?” challenges.  If you would like to support the Terry Fox Foundation, please use the link below to access Tottenham Public School’s fundraising page.  Thanks in advance for your support of this important event.</span><span style="font-family:"calibri", sans-serif;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:"calibri", sans-serif;color:black;"><br> <a href=""><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:#1155cc;"></span></a></span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:black;"> </span><span style="font-family:"calibri", sans-serif;color:black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:"calibri", sans-serif;color:black;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial", sans-serif;color:black;">Thank you!</span><span style="font-family:"calibri", sans-serif;color:black;"></span></p>
SK & Grade 8 Graduation Photos Postponed! & Grade 8 Graduation Photos Postponed!<p>​The graduation photos scheduled for March 31st are now taking place April 9th. Thank you for your patience and understanding.<br></p>
Lunch Orders Now Online! DUE TOMORROW! Orders Now Online! DUE TOMORROW!<p>Lunch items for the period March 30th to April 30th are now online and available for purchase. Sign into Schoolcash Online to view and purchase before the deadline of <strong>March 13th</strong>. Contact the school office if you need assistance with registering. <br></p>
Well-Being for Everyone, Everyday Workshop Tonight!!! for Everyone, Everyday Workshop Tonight!!!<p style="text-align:center;">​Please join us this evening to help cultivate your child’s well-being. Learn some helpful strategies to support your child with        SELF-REGULATION & how to reduce ANXIETY.</p><p style="text-align:center;">Guest speakers O.P.P. Constable Evans, Public Health Nurse Jason Riewe & Social Worker Melissa Griffith.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">6:30 to 7:30 p.m. TONIGHT!!! March 5th @ Totteham Public School</p><p style="text-align:center;">Free child care available!</p>
Parent Council Meeting Tonight- Cancelled Council Meeting Tonight- Cancelled<p>​Our Parent Council Meeting scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. Please consider joining us for our workshop this Thursday at 6:30pm. <strong>"Well-Being for Everyone, Everyday"</strong><br></p>