September 22nd Update

posted Sep 22, 2020, 9:40 AM by Brent Hopkins   [ updated Sep 22, 2020, 11:55 AM by Kelly Nixon ]

September 22, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Our first two weeks of school have come and gone.  Our community is adjusting well to our new routines.  We appreciate the commitment students and staff have demonstrated to adhering to all protocols and procedures. We’re also grateful for your support throughout our school start-up.

We have several items we’d like to share with you:

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) Screening Tool

OPH has posted a screening tool (click here) to help parents and guardians make decisions about whether their child can attend school/child care. This screening tool should be completed daily before attending school/child care for each individual child separately. 

When Your Child is Sick at Home

If your child is at home, experiencing any covid-related symptoms, they cannot attend school.  Please 

  • Inform the school at 613-831-6643 (main line) or 613-831-0543 (attendance line).  Please be sure to let the school know that the absence is due to COVID symptoms and whether testing will be done, or has been done.

If your child is home sick, they can access their school work via Hapara and/or their teacher's website. 

When Your Child Becomes Sick at School

If your child presents with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while at school, the following steps will be taken, under OPH guidelines:

  • Student goes to isolation room

  • School calls parent/guardian to pick up student (and any siblings in the school)

  • Student and household contacts at the school get picked up to self-isolate at home

  • The school will provide families with a letter from Public Health, indicating guidelines and next steps.

Testing and Return to School

OPH advises that you take your child for COVID-19 testing if they experience symptoms.

If your child does get tested:

  • Your child must remain in isolation at home while waiting for the results of the COVID-19 test and cannot attend school in person. Siblings and other close contacts, such as people living in the same household, are also required to isolate at home while waiting for your child’s test results.


If your child tests negative:

  • Your child cannot return to school until at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved without the use of fever-reducing medication, or 48 hours after vomiting or diarrhea has resolved

  • Household members can immediately stop self-isolation and go to school and work if they are symptom-free. 

If your child tests positive for COVID-19, OPH will receive the results directly from the  lab and will contact you to provide further direction and guidance. 

If your child does NOT get tested, your child and close contacts MUST stay home and self-isolate for:  

  • 14 days AND 

  • Not have a fever AND  

  • Symptoms have been improving for at least 72 hours, whichever is longer.

We appreciate these requirements may create challenges.  It is important to note, however, that these steps have been put in place by Ottawa Public Health to protect students, staff and families.  

School Attendance Line

A reminder that our 24-hour school attendance line is 613-831-0543.  When calling your student in absent, please specify the reason for absence (appointment, family trip, illness, and COVID symptoms, if applicable).

Maintaining Distance

Overall, students have done a great job following our school protocols.  The one area where reminders have been necessary in some cases is in regards to the need to maintain physical distancing during unstructured times - particularly when outside at lunch.  OPH recommends a distance of at least a metre is maintained at all times, even when masks are being worn. When students have their mask off, they must stay at least two metres from the nearest person. Having the opportunity to remove their mask while outside is an option only if students maintain the appropriate distance. Please take some time to speak with your child about the importance of physical distancing. 

Meet the Teacher

We would typically host Meet the Teacher evenings during the second week of school. Due to our current circumstances teachers will be reaching out directly to parents throughout the week by email, video message or an alternative method.  In some cases this has already occurred.  

Letters of Concern

High school Letters of Concern will be emailed to parents on Friday, October 2nd.  These serve as an early intervention tool should your child’s teacher be concerned about their progress to date.  Quadmester 1 midterm report cards will be shared on Friday, October 16th.


Early next week we will be distributing 2019-20 yearbooks in homeroom to all students that ordered one last year.  

We will be communicating directly with students registered with the Virtual Academy in the next two weeks regarding how we will be distributing yearbooks to students currently learning from home.  Details to follow.

Our yearbook team is already working on plans for a 2020-21 yearbook.  It will, like many things this year, be a little different than usual.  Information regarding orders, format, etc. will be shared in the near future as well. 

School Council

Any parents interested in joining our School Council are invited to return the following completed form by Tuesday, September 29th: Candidate Nomination Form. Completed forms can be scanned and emailed to or can be dropped off in the main office by your child.  All parents are welcome.  

Staying Connected


As new information is available, we will continue to communicate with you. If you did not receive this by email, please take a moment to sign-up for a SchoolMessenger account

The Parent Portal:

The Parent Portal allows parents to view their child’s report card. Parents who have not yet registered may do so by visiting: .  

Student Information Verification

Parents are asked to verify all contact and address information for their children by logging into the Parent Portal.  Once logged in, you can access your child’s contact information by clicking on your child’s name under the ‘Child Progress’ header on the left side of the screen.  Then select ‘Contacts’ to view contact information.  Please notify the school of any changes/updates/corrections by email (


Please also continue to visit our school website We’re also on Twitter @SacredHeartHS. 


Thank you for your continued support.

Brent Hopkins