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MA COVID Guides for parents – August 24, 2021

Dear MA Families & Friends,

MA COVID-19 Parent Guides available

We know parents have had many questions about what to expect in September. Our Parent Guides are now available online and provide details on procedures, such as drop-off and pick-up times, Extended Hours programming, and illness at school.
ACTION REQUIRED: Please read through your guide(s) carefully. We do not require an attestation form to be signed by each family. It is assumed that families will review COVID-related information provided to them, and understand and adhere to any applicable safety procedures and policies.
We strongly believe that the children benefit from being in school among their friends and teachers. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in keeping our school community safe and healthy!

Where to find our COVID-19 information

You will find COVID-19 information in two places:
1. On the MA Parent Portal – 
2. On our school website –

Please review – Health Unit decision-making process

The following image from the Middlesex-London Health Unit (available here as a PDF) details the decision-making process for parents.

Coming soon: Toddler/Casa Self-screening Results form

Toddler and Casa families are required to complete a self-screening Google Form before arriving at school each day. We will provide a link to families on the Parent Portal by Friday on your child(ren)’s classroom bulletin board under the LINKS section. This self-screening will be required for Toddler and Casa Phasing-In the week of August 30. 

New Parent Sessions

We hope to host our New Parent Sessions in person next week. However, if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, families will receive a Zoom link next week for their classroom’s sessions.
  • New to Toddler – Monday, August 30: 3-4 pm
  • New to Casa – Tuesday, August 31: 3-4 pm
    • Except Casa 4 – same day at 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Year 4 and New to Upper El – Wednesday, September 1: 3-4 pm
  • Year 1 and New to Lower El – Thursday, September 2: 9-10 am
  • Year 7 and New to JH – Thursday, September 2: 3:30-4:30 pm

If your session is held in person, we kindly ask you to please bring a chair, wear a mask and adhere to physical distancing. The sessions are adult-only.

Reminder: Review August Information material on the Portal

August letters and phasing-in information is available on classroom bulletin boards in the MA Parent Portal.  If you have not read your child’s letter, please login to review this information as soon as possible.  Instructions for accessing August information can be found in last week’s Buzz. (You may need to be logged into the Portal to view this link to last week’s newsletter.)

Elementary Hot Lunch forms and payments due Friday

Elementary hot lunch forms and payments are due this Friday, August 27. Please place your orders online: Payments are to be made online, or you can drop into the Main Office to pay by cash, cheque, Visa, MasterCard, Amex or Apple Pay.

Extended Hours Registration is now online

To register for Annual or Monthly options for the Early/Extended Hours Program, please visit our Extended Hours registration page:
Families wishing to use Early or Extended hours on an occasional basis will receive an invoice via e-mail at the end of each month. Please note this year, occasional use of the program will require 24 hours notice to the teachers. We will not be able to accommodate “day of” requests.
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