Sacred Heart High School

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September 11th, 2021 Update

September 11th, 2021

Dear Parents & Guardians,

We’ve had a great start to the school year. Students and staff are quickly reestablishing routines. It is wonderful to have in-person learning taking place again.

We have several items we’d like to share with you as we wrap up our first week.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) Screening Tool

OPH has updated their screening tool for students (click here) to help students, parents and guardians determine whether their child can attend school. This screening tool should be completed daily before attending school for each individual child separately. The tool can be found on the landing page of our website and can also be accessed by students through their account. The process for confirming completion of the daily screening through was reviewed with students on Tuesday. OPH is currently experiencing technical difficulties with their High School screening tool. Anyone accessing the link will temporarily be redirected to the provincial screening tool.

The following summary reflects current direction from OPH.

When Your Child is Sick: Can they attend school? When Can they return to school?

If your child develops any covid-related symptoms they should not attend school. Symptoms have been tiered into two levels.

Tier 1 Symptoms

If your child has any of the following symptoms they should be tested and should not return to school until a negative test result is received AND they are experiencing improvement in symptoms.

  • Fever and/or chills (Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.)

  • Cough or barking cough (croup) (Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways).)

  • Shortness of breath (Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma).)

  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell (Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders.)

  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea (Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps.)

* Note that any time your symptoms include vomiting or diarrhea, you have to be well for 48 hours and have received a negative test before returning to school

Tier 2 Symptoms

If your child has any of the following symptoms please stay at home and isolate until symptoms have improved for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. You do not need to get tested for COVID-19 unless you had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Sore throat (Painful swallowing or difficulty swallowing (not related to seasonal allergies, acid reflux, post nasal drip).)

  • Runny or stuffy/congested nose (Not related to seasonal allergies, being outside in cold weather, chronic sinusitis unchanged from baseline.)

  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye) (Not related to blepharitis, recurrent styes.)

  • Decreased or lack of appetite (Not related to anxiety, constipation.)

  • Headache (New and persistent, unusual, unexplained, or long-lasting (not related to tension-type headaches, chronic migraines, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in the last 48 hours).)

  • Extreme tiredness, lack of energy or feeling unwell (That is unusual or unexpected (not related to other known causes or conditions or receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in the past 48 hours).)

  • Muscle aches and pains (That are unexplained or unusual (not related to other known causes or conditions or receiving a COVID-19 vaccine the past 48 hours)).

For additional information please see: OPH Return to School Letter to Parents

Notifying School of Illness - School Attendance Line

Please inform the school at 613-831-6643 (main line) or 613-831-0543 (attendance line) if your child is away from school.

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

Returning from Illness

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has issued an updated Student Return from Illness Attestation Form (Updated OPH Attestation Form - Student Return from Illness). Completed forms can be emailed to the school ( or dropped off by your child in the main office upon returning to school after illness. A link to this Attestation Form can also be found at the top of our school website landing page.

What Happens If My Child Is Exposed To Someone Who Tests Positive For COVID-19?

When an individual tests positive for COVID-19 Ottawa Public Health will determine whether any high-risk contacts are identified. High-risk contacts will be notified and will be provided with specific instructions regarding testing and isolation requirements. This process occurs whether the exposure takes place at school or in the community.

The vaccination status of high-risk contacts is a key determinant in whether or not isolation will be required.

Picking Up Your Child / Dropping off Lunch

A reminder that at this time visitors (including parents) are not permitted in the building unless an appointment has been established. If you are picking up your child(ren) during the day please call the school line (613-831-6643) when you arrive and arrangements will be made for your child(ren) to meet you in front of the school.

With a student population of just over 2000 there is bound to be several lunches that are forgotten at home each day. If you are dropping off lunch or other items for your child please call the school line from your car and arrangements will be made for you child to come out to meet you outside the front door.


A locker request form was sent by email to all students in grade 9-12 this week. Lockers will be issued to all gr 9-12 students who indicated that they would like one. Students in grade 7&8 will all be issued a locker. Locker distribution will begin next week.

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 or an alternative method. In some cases this has already occurred.

September 20th Federal Elections

On Monday, February 20th several schools will serve as polling stations. Sacred Heart HS is one of the sites where voting will be taking place. Arrangements have been made for voters to access the school by a designated entrance that leads directly to the wood floor gym (from the Shea Rd parking lot). The area will be closed off to students and community members accessing the gym will not be permitted in any other areas of the school. Election officials will also be on-site to ensure COVID-19 measures are in place and are adhered to.

Letters of Intervention

High school Letters of Intervention will be emailed to parents on Friday, September 24th. 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 15th.

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.

Holy Spirit Parish Update - Catholic Sacraments Preparation

Holy Spirit Parish is holding mandatory information meetings for parents and guardians interested in having their child prepare for the Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic Church.

Confirmation (for grade 6 and up): Saturday September 18 at 11:00am

First Communion (for grade 2-5): Saturday September 18 at 1:00pm

Only those who attend will be eligible to register their child for the preparation program to begin this Fall.

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:

Please also continue to visit our school website Daily announcements for students are posted on our landing page (click on the Daily Announcements tab). We’re also on Twitter @SacredHeartHS.

Thank you for your continued support. Have a great weekend!

Brent Hopkins


August 31st, 2021 Update

August 31, 2021

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

An update was provided by the Board yesterday (August 30th Update). We have several additional updates to share with you today. This information reflects the most up-to-date direction we have been provided.

We know that students are experiencing a variety of emotions regarding next week’s return to school. It is natural for them to be anxious about the change. Like last year, the health measures in place will become part of our daily routines. Our community pulled together last year to ensure teaching and learning was able to continue despite the challenges. There will be obstacles to face again this year, but we are confident that this year will again be a successful one. We remain committed to supporting the academic success and well-being of students and staff.

We are looking forward to a return to school next week. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 7th. We’re only a week away!

Please Note: Students are welcome in the building after 7:50am each day. On September 7th students should go directly to their homeroom class (Period 1). Staff will be on hand to guide students to their designated rooms.

Student Schedules

Scheduling at both the 7&8 and HS panels continues this week. Student schedules will not be finalized until the end of the week.

Students in grade 7&8 and their parents will receive an email message later in the week advising them of their homeroom assignment. The location of the classroom will also be provided.

High school students and their parents will be notified later this week by email when student schedules are complete. Students will be able to view their schedule by logging into . Course change requests can be made by accessing the same site. All change requests impacting quadmester 1 should be made by September 10th.

7&8 Schedule

8:05-8:15 - Homeroom

8:15-9:05 - Period 1

9:05-9:55 - Period 2

9:55-10.00 - Nutrition Break

10:00-10:50 - Period 3

10:50-11:40 - Period 4

11:40-12:30 - Lunch

12:30-1:20 - Period 5

1:20-2:10 - Period 6

2:10 - End of Day

As indicated in our August 25th update, students in grade 7&8 will be assigned to a single cohort (their homeroom class). Students in the same homeroom class will spend the entire day together. Due to cohorting requirements, classes will not be blended. To begin the school year, with the exception of Physical Education, Drama and Music, students will remain in their homeroom class throughout the day and their subject teachers will travel to the classroom.

7&8 Lunch

Cafeteria food service will not be available this fall. Food service may return later in the school year. For the time-being the cafeteria will not be accessible during the lunch period. Students in grade 7&8 will eat in their homeroom classroom with their cohort. The lunch period will be split as follows:

11:40-12:05 Gr 7 lunch, Gr 8 recess

12:05-12:30 Gr 8 lunch, Gr 7 recess

If your child forgets his or her lunch, please call the school from the parking lot and we will have your child meet you outside to receive it.

High School Schedule

High school students will be following a quadmester system for at least the first half of the year. Students will participate in two classes at a time. Unlike last year, high school students will attend school every day. Quadmester 1 courses will end on Thursday November 11th.

As was the case last year, there will be no final exams in high school courses during the 2021-22 school year. Students in grades 9-12 will have a final opportunity to demonstrate their learning through a rich summative evaluation worth 20% of their final grade.

We will once again schedule a separate lunch period for students in grade 9/10 and 11/12. The following schedule will again be in effect.

Grade 9 & 10

8:05-8-10 - Homeroom

8:10-10:40 - Period 1

10:40-11:30 - LUNCH

11:30-2:00 - Period 2

2:00-2:10 - Break/Transition

2:10 - End of Day

Grade 11 & 12

8:05-8-10 - Homeroom

8:10-10:40 - Period 1

10:40-10:50 - Break/Transition

10:50-1:20 - Period 2

1:20-2:10 - LUNCH

2:10 - End of Day

HS Lunch

Cafeteria food service will not be available this fall. Food service may return later in the school year. For the time-being the cafeteria will not be accessible during the lunch period. High school lunch procedures in place last year will remain in effect when we return to classes next week.

Grade 9 and 10s who choose to stay in the building will eat their lunch at their assigned seats in their Period 2 classroom. A small number of classes will be assigned seating by cohort at cafeteria tables in the gym because their classroom space is not appropriate for eating (ex. transportation classroom). As has been the case in the past, high school students are permitted outside and off property during lunch. They must, however, return to their Period 2 class immediately upon re-entering the school. Students will be asked to maintain a personal log of who they were in contact with over the lunch period for Ottawa Public Health contact tracing.

Grade 11 and 12s will eat their lunch at the end of the day (1:20-2:10). Students will be able to have snacks during their period 2 class time. Grade 11 and 12s are welcome to make their way home when lunch begins if they are able to. They can also go outside or leave the school property during their lunch period and then return to access their transportation home. If they are remaining in the building during their lunch period, a space in the atrium, assigned by class cohort, will be provided that will ensure proper social distancing.

Food delivery services (including, for example, Uber Eats or Skip the Dishes) should not be utilized while on school property.

If your child forgets his or her lunch, please call the school from the parking lot and we will have your child meet you outside to receive it.

Daily Screening

Students will once again be required to complete the Screening Tool provided by Ottawa Public Health (OPH). All students in grade 7-12 will need to confirm they have completed OPH’s daily screening. Students can confirm completion of the survey by logging into their account each morning prior to coming to school. OPH is updating their screening tool to reflect recent changes. It will be made available very soon. Staff will review this process with all students on the first day of classes.

Floor Markings, Signs and Protocols

As was the case last year, floor markings indicate which side of the hallway or staircase students should be walking on. There are also signs that will help provide direction regarding school protocols. These physical reminders, like the requirement to wear masks, are all in place to ensure everyone in our school community is safe. Staff will be available to help students get used to these school routines. All of our school measures will be reviewed with students when they return to school next week.

Main Office Procedures

Grade 7 and 8 students who arrive late should go directly to their classroom from 8:05-8:40 am.

AFTER 8:40 grade 7&8 students arriving late need to check into the main office. Students will line up outside the office at least 2 metres apart.

Grade 9-12 students who arrive late should go directly to their homeroom from 8:05-9:00.

AFTER 9:00 high school (gr 9-12) students arriving late need to check into the main office. Students need to line up outside the office at least 2 metres apart.

If you need to pick up your son/daughter before the end of the school day we ask that you do so before 1:45 pm.

Please communicate with the main office by phone if a student is going to be late, absent or needs to sign out. If you are picking up your child please call the office once you have arrived at the school or provide your son/daughter with a note that they can present to staff when it is time to leave. Unfortunately, visitors (including parents) are not permitted in the building unless an appointment has been scheduled.


Students will be assigned lockers this year. Students will be issued a locker during the second week of school. They will not be available for the opening week.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The OCSB has indicated that extracurricular activities will be available. In addition to the information provided in yesterday’s update from the OCSB, we will be providing on-going updates regarding the measures and protocols that will be used to support extracurricular activity participation.

Student Fees

Parents will receive a message via SchoolCash Online next week when Student Fee payment is made available ($25). Student fee funds are used to supplement the cost of student id cards, student council activities, spirit building activities, field trips, awards, school clubs, teams and activities.

Student Checklist

If you are wondering what items to prepare for your child this year, click here to access a list of recommended items.


We encourage a Bring Your Own Device model which also helps to support Ottawa Public Health Guidelines for Covid prevention. We would recommend any model of Chromebook as students will be using the Google Suites of Tools with the OCSB. For further information please review the following: BYOD Model.

Outstanding Textbooks

The majority of textbooks were returned in June. We are asking students with outstanding items (textbooks, team uniforms, etc) that were not returned in the spring to bring those items with them on the first day. We will have an outstanding textbook drop off table located in the atrium.


Our school day starts at 8:05. Please drop your child off no earlier than 7:50. Our school day ends at 2:10. Our designated drop-off location is the parking lot at the west side of the school. Many parents choose to drive their children to school. This results in a significant amount of vehicle traffic in the area around the school. We are asking parents to drop their children off in the proximity of the school. The Walk-a-Block model is being encouraged by all of our schools in order to help alleviate traffic congestion.


OSTA’s Parent Portal is now open. Please review your child’s information on the Parent Portal by visiting, then check the posted list on the website to confirm the route’s status regularly. If you need help accessing your child's busing info, please review our online Parent Portal Guide under Helpful Resources. For additional information OSTA’s website ( is also available.

As we’ve become accustomed to, changes to some of the measures and practices described above will take place over the course of the year. We will continue to communicate that information with you.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we prepared for the new school year. Please continue to visit our school website We’re also on Twitter @SacredHeartHS.

Thank you for your continued support of our school community.


Brent Hopkins, Principal

Alanna Vandewint, Vice-Principal (all grade 7&8 students)

Shawn MacEachern, Vice-Principal (HS student last names A-G)

Angelina Glynn, Vice-Principal (HS student last names H-M)

Mary-Jane Gillier-Symes, Vice-Principal (HS student last names N-Z)

August 25th Update

August 25, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The 2021-22 school year is now in sight. Our administration team is on-site preparing the upcoming academic year. Custodial staff are completing work on summer cleaning and building maintenance. At this point the school still remains closed.

Yesterday the Board shared an update with all OCSB parents (Welcome Back Parent Letter - August 24, 2021). We’re sure that you have also been following reports over the spring and summer months regarding back to school plans. Earlier this month guidelines were released by the Province. The school is working closely with both the Board and Ottawa Public Health in order to implement a plan for a safe return to school for both students and staff.

As was the case last year, COVID-19 related protocols and requirements play a significant role in the day-to-day operation of the school. Masking and hand-sanitizing will continue to be required within the building. In the lead up to September 7th we will share information with you on an on-going basis as it becomes available.


Unlike last year, all students will be returning to school on a daily basis. We are no longer required to follow the Day A/ Day B cycle in high school (gr 9-12).

News reports, government announcements and OPH releases often refer to cohorting. In terms of what that means for students at Sacred Heart:

If your child is in grade 7/8 they will be part of one cohort. That cohort will be the homeroom class they are assigned to. Homeroom classes will take all 8 courses together.

If your child is in high school (gr 9-12) they will be part of two cohorts each quadmester. Those cohorts will be the two classes they are taking each quadmester.

Student Services & Course Change Requests

Work on our 7&8 and high school schedules is still on-going. Students schedules will be accessible at the end of the week of August 30th.

For specific information regarding course change requests please visit: Student Services Update

OSTA Update

The OSTA Parent Portal will only be open August 27 at 4pm. Due to a significant driver shortage, parts of the transportation system are currently being re-planned. If you don’t plan on using student transportation services this fall, please complete the Opt-out of transportation form and help give those who need transportation space on the bus. Note: Students in the walk zone or attending virtual school do not need to Opt-Out of transportation, only students assigned to a bus should Opt-Out. For more information, visit

Grade 7 Welcome BBQ

Traditionally we host a welcome barbeque for our Grade 7 students in August. Unfortunately, this will not be possible this summer due to cohorting requirements. During our opening week orientation activities will be built into our schedule.

We are very much looking forward to a return to on-site learning. We will be sharing additional updates over the next two weeks.


Brent Hopkins


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