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MAC COVID-19 Updates

As required by the Ontario Ministry of Education we will report any cases identified in our school community. For all confirmed cases, families and staff at the school will be notified. Public Health will contact any close contacts directly.

Important: A positive case at a school does not mean the individual was exposed to COVID-19 at the school. The identity of the individual is protected by privacy legislation and will not be shared.

To learn more about our return to on-campus learning please visit the Mac Safe Plan section of the site.

Dear MacLachlan College Families,

At the end of the school day today Halton Public Health contacted us and has identified a confirmed case of COVID-19 within MacLachlan College. We are working closely with public health officials and following all of their recommendations. As a precaution the entire school will be disinfected, sanitized and fogged this evening by our janitorial contractor.

MacLachlan College is working together with Halton Public Health regarding contact tracing and will be providing additional information to identified close contacts on recommendations for testing and self-isolation. Please note that the school is not permitted to release the name or any identifying information about the confirmed case of COVID-19 to any member of the school, community or media. If you have not been contacted by public health officials, your child(ren) have not been identified as being a high risk exposure to COVID-19 from this case. However, if your child develops any new symptom or worsening of any symptom listed in the daily screening, even if they are mild, immediately isolate them from others and contact our school nurse, Tawnya Clarkson at tclarkson@maclachlan.ca.

Thank you,
Michael Piening,
Head of School

Lisa M. Duranleau,
Executive Director

Tawnya Clarkson, BScN, RN
School Nurse and Health Coordinator

Dear MacLachlan College Families,

Halton Public Health has identified one confirmed case at this time of COVID-19 within MacLachlan College. We are working closely with public health officials and following all of their recommendations. Upon learning of a positive case, the school immediately closed off areas used by the infected person for cleaning and disinfection.

At this time all individuals deemed a high-risk contact have been notified by Halton Public Health and instructions for self isolation, symptom monitoring and testing requirements have been given.

Out of the utmost respect for confidentiality of the affected individual and their family, MacLachlan College will not be providing any details surrounding the specifics of the individuals class, location, or if they have siblings in attendance at the school. If any more information is received from Public Health we will communicate this information readily with our MacLachlan Community.

With respect to contact tracing, once MacLachlan College was notified of a single positive case within our school, all information including class attendance and seating charts was made readily available at the request of Public Health. Halton Public Health, working in collaboration with a dedicated staff member for MacLachlan College and their supervisor, then determined which individuals were deemed high-risk and each student and family was contacted directly. At this time, all other students, staff and class cohorts are deemed low-risk to exposure and are encouraged to attend school.

We will continue to work collaboratively with Halton Public Health to ensure the safety and wellness of our MacLachlan Community, and continue to implement our routine and enhanced disinfection processes throughout the campuses. In addition to this, the entire school had a disinfection fogging completed during the evening of Tuesday November 17th, prior to the return of students and staff on Wednesday November 18th.

If you have not been contacted by public health officials, your child(ren) have not been identified as being a high risk exposure to COVID-19 from this case and can attend classes. However, if your child develops any new symptom or worsening of any symptom listed in the daily screening, even if they are mild, immediately isolate them from others and contact our school nurse, Tawnya Clarkson at tclarkson@maclachlan.ca.

Thank you,

Michael Piening,
Head of School

Lisa M. Duranleau,
Executive Director

Tawnya Clarkson, BScN, RN
School Nurse and Health Coordinator

Dear MacLachlan College Families,

Halton Public Health has identified one confirmed case at this time of COVID-19 within MacLachlan College. We are working closely with public health officials and following all of their recommendations.

At this time Halton Health has completed their investigation and deemed that no students or staff are deemed high-risk and require any isolation period.

Out of the utmost respect for confidentiality of the affected individual and their family, MacLachlan College will not be providing any details surrounding the specifics of the individuals class, location, or if they have siblings in attendance at the school. If any more information is received from Public Health we will communicate this information readily with our MacLachlan Community.

With respect to contact tracing, once MacLachlan College was notified of a single positive case within our school, all information including class attendance and seating charts was made readily available at the request of Public Health. At this time, all other students, staff and class cohorts are deemed low-risk to exposure and are encouraged to attend school.

We will continue to work collaboratively with Halton Public Health to ensure the safety and wellness of our MacLachlan Community, and continue to implement our routine and enhanced disinfection processes throughout the campuses.

If your child develops any new symptom or worsening of any symptom listed in the daily screening, even if they are mild, immediately isolate them from others and contact our school nurse, Tawnya Clarkson at tclarkson@maclachlan.ca.

Thank you,
Michael Piening,
Head of School

Lisa M. Duranleau,
Executive Director

Tawnya Clarkson, BScN, RN
School Nurse and Health Coordinator

Dear MacLachlan College Families,

As we head into the Easter holiday weekend, we would like to express our continuing thanks to the MacLachlan College community for their compliance with the school’s COVID-19 strategy and the implementation of the procedures and protocols in the Mac Safe Plan.

As you may be aware the Government of Ontario will be making an announcement regarding schools in Ontario on Friday. At this time it is not clear if they are looking to move us back to remote learning, extend the April Break or are just providing an update. As a precaution, over the next two weekends our students will be bringing home school materials required to conduct remote learning following each of these breaks. If the government does call for extended school closures and a return to remote learning, we will be prepared to carry on with our programming. We ask that you please store these materials in a safe place for return to school, or use at home, following each of these breaks.

Miss Tawnya Clarkson, BScN, RN, has continued to monitor student, family and staff health and has been a valuable resource for the MacLachlan community this year. Tawnya is instrumental in overseeing the EDUSAFE data we collect daily. She continues to guide families on how to deal with symptomatic children, keeps us updated on new guidelines, tracks all absences and follows up with families that have to stay home from school. Our proactive approach to dealing with symptomatic cases has allowed us to keep our school community safe and our classrooms open for in-person learning.

To that end we would encourage families to continue to follow all local and provincial health recommendations during this holiday weekend and to remain vigilant in your approach to how you interact with people and remain, as much as possible, within your home bubble at this time.

We ask that families keep in mind the travel restrictions during the April Break, April 10-19, 2021. As you are probably aware there are several levels of government that are discouraging travel at this time. Canada’s Quarantine Act requires 14 days of self-isolation and/or hotel quarantine upon return to Canada if you travel outside the country. Please see this link for more details on travel outside of Canada. We have also received recommendations that families should remain within Ontario, and that any travel outside the province should be followed by self-isolation upon your return. As we battle this 3rd wave of COVID-19 and continue to ramp up vaccinations, Halton Public Health is encouraging everyone to remain within their region and to follow local and provincial health guidelines. This advice is asking us all to remain close to home, and within our family bubbles during the break.

If you do need to travel outside of Canada, or even outside of the province, please let the school know so that we can work with you on developing a return to school plan following your return home.

Find out if you, or members of your family, are part of the eligible groups to receive a vaccination and schedule your vaccine appointments through the provincial online booking system. We encourage everyone to stay up to date on the Province’s distribution of the free COVID-19 vaccine by clicking here.

We wish everyone safe and relaxing Easter and April breaks.

Thank you,
Michael Piening,
Head of School

Lisa M. Duranleau,
Executive Director

Dear parent/guardian:

It was just over a year ago that the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and life changed dramatically for all of us. At Halton Region Public Health, we recognize the actions that each of you have taken to keep our schools and communities safe, such as keeping your child(ren) home when ill, encouraging them to frequently wash their hands, wearing a mask, and maintaining a physical distance of two meters from others when outside your home. We appreciate your efforts and thank you for doing your part; we know it has not been easy.

The availability of COVID-19 vaccines is good news in our collective response to stop the spread of the virus. While it is a light at the end of the tunnel, we must keep our guard up and continue practicing all public health measures that remain in place as we head into this upcoming long weekend and April break.

At this time, COVID-19 variants of concern are increasing in our community. They can spread more quickly and it is possible they can cause more severe illness. We are asking everyone to follow public health guidance to keep you, your loved ones, and the community safe. As a reminder, please complete the COVID-19 school and child care screening tool each day before going to school. Do not send your child to school if they fail the screening tool. Complete the screening tool on weekends as well. If your child had symptoms over the weekend, do not send them to school unless they have been tested for COVID-19 or received an alternate diagnosis from their health care provider.

Public Health investigation of COVID-19 cases in schools has shown that there is minimal transmission happening within school settings. The majority of cases are acquiring the infection either at home or in the community. Transmission sometimes occurs between siblings and playdate friends, then gets carried over into schools and results in multiple class cohorts being dismissed as high-risk contacts. When Halton Region Public Health is notified of a COVID-19 case at a school, high-risk contacts are identified and are required to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of dismissal.

We do hope you enjoy spending time outside and enjoy the warmer weather. If you are planning spring celebrations please:

  • only gather with those in your immediate household. In-person celebrations with extended family and friends will be possible again soon – just not yet.
  • maintain six feet of distance from those outside your household; and
  • wear a mask.

This has been a challenging year for families including our children and youth. I encourage you to read HaltonParents blogs where you can find reliable information and support to help you along your parenting journey during this pandemic.

• Can I have a playdate… I see them at schools?
• Helping teens and tweens maintain mental well-being throughout the pandemic
• Navigating COVID-19 with your teen

Please continue to visit halton.ca/COVID19 for the latest information on cases and public health guidance, including the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework and what this means for Halton residents.

Have a safe and happy spring

Sincerely,
Dr. Hamidah Meghani

Regional Municipality of Halton
Head Office: 1151 Bronte Rd, Oakville, ON  L6M 3L1
905-826-6000 | Toll Free: 1-866-442-5866

Ontario Announces Extension to Stay-At-Home Order

 

Dear MacLachlan College Families,

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced on Thursday, May 13th that they are extending the Stay-At-Home Order in Ontario until at least June 2nd and that all Ontario students are to continue with virtual learning for the time being. This means that MacLachlan College students will be continuing with our remote learning classes until we are given further direction from the provincial government.

Following Health Canada authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 12 to 15 years of age, the Province also announced that children 12 to 17 years of age will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. The provincial plan targets completion of both doses for this age group by the end of August. Dr. Meghani, Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health has stated that Halton Region Public Health is now working to determine how this program will be rolled out in Halton, and will provide more information as soon as possible. We encourage you to use https://one.halton.ca/vab/s/ to check your eligibility and book your vaccine appointment.

The school will continue to update our families as new information becomes available. Stay safe, and we look forward to returning to in-person learning as soon as it is possible.

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Duranleau,
Executive Director

Michael Piening,
Head of School

MacLachlan College End of Year Planning

 

Dear MacLachlan College Families,

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the province’s three step plan to reopening Ontario on May 20th. As part of the announcement, he stated that the province will not move into Step 1 until at least June 14th and that until we move into Step 1 we must all continue to follow the rules and public health measures under the provincewide Stay-at-Home order. The plan also states that each step in the reopening process will be at least 21 days in length, meaning the school year will end while we are under the current Stay-at-Home order or are in Step 1 of the Reopening plan. In this press conference there was no further information given regarding a timeline for reopening of schools.

This means that MacLachlan College students will be continuing with our remote learning classes until we are given further direction from the provincial government. In all likelihood it means that all schools in Ontario will be remaining on remote learning for the rest of this school year. Although we are hopeful for some in-person learning before the end of the school year, we are making plans for virtual end of year assemblies, course assessments and graduations.

Included in our planning is a drop-off/pick-up day of school resources and personal items/student work on Friday, June 18th. If this event is required, more details of the procedures will be shared in future communications.

The school will continue to update our families as new information becomes available. Stay safe, as we look forward to a successful end to the 2020/2021 school year.

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Duranleau,
Executive Director

Michael Piening,
Head of School

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