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St. Joseph Update: February 16th

Family Day: Monday February 19th

Just a reminder that Monday February 19th is Family Day in Ontario. Enjoy the long weekend with your kids!

Student Illness

It is the time of year when many students contract common colds, strep throat, and influenza. In order to prevent the spread of germs and illness we encourage proper and regular hand washing procedures as outlined by the Region of Waterloo Public Health Unit. We also adhere to their “Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Infections Diseases in Schools”. It is imperative that parents/ guardians keep children home when they are not well. If your child has experienced vomiting or diarrhea, they should not return to school until 24 hours have passed since their last episode. While this presents challenges for working families it is critical that sick children stay home. We will send children home if they report having vomited the night before as this is a Public Health guideline meant to keep all staff and students safe. We appreciate your cooperation with this expectation.

Kleenex & Wipes

We appreciate the Kleenex donations from families to keep our classrooms stocked for runny noses. We cannot, however, accept any household cleaning product donations including Lysol wipes. Our custodian, Mrs. Casey, keeps our school very clean on a daily basis. Surfaces and handles are wiped down constantly with board approved cleaning products. We cannot mix substances. Please do not send in household cleaning products as donations.

Hand washing procedures & Coughing etiquette

The following information is taken from the Region of Waterloo Public Health Unit “Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Infections Diseases in Schools”.

Regular and thorough washing of hands with soap and water is one of the most effective ways of keeping ourselves healthy and stopping the spread of infection to others. Properly washing hands will physically remove germs that have been picked up through daily activity before they can be transferred to our mouths, nose or eyes (which are common entry points for germs into our bodies).

How to wash hands

  • Use warm water to wet your wrists and hands
  • Add enough soap to get a good lather when you rub your hands together
  • Scrub your palms and the areas between fingers and the thumb. Scrub for at least 15 seconds.
  • Rinse your hands in warm water until the soap lather is gone. Rinse from the wrist down to the fingertips.
  • Dry your hands using a paper towel (or your own clean towel)
  • Use a paper towel or clean towel to turn off the water taps so that you do not recontaminate you clean hands

Wishing all our Jaguar families a wonderful long weekend filled with activity, health, and happiness!


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