March 11, 2020

March 27, 3:22 p.m.

Parents & Guardians:

Happy Friday! Here are a few updates from the school for Spring Break: 

  • The school will be closed from Monday, March 30 through to Friday, April 3. We encourage all families to use this time to rest, relax and enjoy time together. Teachers and staff will be on holidays during this week. 
  • Monday, April 6 through to Friday, April 9: Classes are suspended; however, teachers will resume delivering education remotely. You can review the online learning plan here.
  • The Department of Education is taking its lead from Public Health. On the heels of a statement from the Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Roussin, remote learning will likely continue post-Easter. We will provide updates as they become available.

Student Wellness Resources for Spring Break:

  • Kids Help Phone has seen a 54% increase for their support by text and call. Please remind your son of this service. The counselling department has also developed this great document on questions to ask yourself when you’re feeling down. If students are looking for stuff to do - they can also give this another read.
  • Mr. Broadhurst has developed the “Pandemic Movie Club™,” where teachers, staff and alumni provide movie recommendations to students. A list of movies to watch over Spring Break will be found on our website here (under Spring Break Student Wellness Resources). The movies can be viewed on Criterion (available until June). See the community for username and password.
  • Mr. Schroeder has developed a few video workouts for students. The first set of workouts can be found here.
  • Mr. Adair has also put together a digital display of student artwork. Students and parents can see the latest art here. You might recognize some of these faces! 
  • Don’t forget to remind your son of the Library Resources available for their use - they can borrow electronic books here. More resources can be found on the community. 

Self-Care Tips: 

  • Remember to follow the Government of Canada’s guidelines for prevention, which you can find here.
  • The Government of Canada has announced an economic relief plan. More information can be found here.

As we approach a much-needed Spring Break, we would like to offer this prayer for each of you:

Lord, bless our students and their families, may they have strength and endurance over this next week, may they use this time to rest and relax. We pray that our students will be happy and enjoy themselves. Keep us under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Please lift up those who may feel anxious and fearful. May our families feel the deep gratitude and care we feel for our students and their families.

Amen.

Have a great Spring Break, everyone!

Amanda Camara, Director of Admissions & Marketing

March 20, 2:26 p.m.

From the Office of the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your patience and encouragement as we traverse these unprecedented times. St. Paul’s High School will continue to offer online instruction during the suspension of classes. Distance learning at St. Paul’s will include weekly learning plans combined with regular class sessions conducted in virtual classrooms using Cisco WebEx Meetings. Cisco WebEx Meetings is a secure technology that students can use to join a class and see their teacher, the content they are sharing, and interact with classmates – from any device at home. Students can also join class meetings by telephone if internet access is problematic.

We ask for your help setting up your home to be “virtual classroom friendly.” If possible, help your son find a space at home with a power source, a table with room for a laptop and papers, good lighting, and a comfortable place to sit in relatively quiet surroundings. Students will also need Wi-Fi connection. In addition we strongly recommend headphones – both to prevent students from beingdistracted by background noise at home and to allow the teachers and other students to hear them clearly when they are participating in class discussion.

Please read the information included in this package, help your son prepare for online learning, encourage him to continue to work hard at his studies and monitor his progress. Please help your son maintain a balanced day engaging in prayer, learning, physical activity, proper nutrition, sleep, self-care, and care for family and friends. St. Paul’s is not expecting students to engage in school-work during the suspension of classes outside of regular school hours: 8:30AM–3:15PM.

Our goal is to continue to move our mission forward and remain united as a school community in the face of this unprecedented situation. While there will be many questions to answer and hurdles to overcome, we feel confident that, by prayerfully supporting one another throughout this situation, our entire school community will be better. We are seeking magis in this endeavour!

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I thank you for your ongoing support of your son and St. Paul’s High School. May God bless you and your families always.

Sincerely,
Bob Lewin

March 18, 2020 - 2:59 p.m.

Hello Parents & Guardians -

Just a friendly reminder to please have your son pick up any supplies or textbooks from their lockers this week. The school will remain open from 8:25 am - 3:15 pm, the remainder of the week.

The St. Paul’s administration is developing a plan for instruction while classes are suspended. A detailed plan will be communicated to parents and students by the end-of-day Friday, March 20, 2020. The plan requires students to have access to a device (laptop, tablet, phone) and internet connection. Any families that may not have access to these items are asked to contact Ms. Horne at 204-831-2300.

As classes move online, the counselling department would like to remind students they are available by email, through the online community, phone or video messaging.

Ms. Kolton, Counselling Department Head, along with her team, have created this great document on how students can deal with any uncertainty they may be feeling (it’s great for parents, too!): http://bit.ly/counselling-department.

Thank-you,

Amanda Camara, Director of Admissions & Marketing

March 18, 2020 - 8:56 a.m.

COVID-19 - Counselling Department Available for Students: As classes move online, the counselling department would like to remind students they are available by email, or through the online community, other formats such as phone or video messaging can also be arranged. 

In the meantime, Ms. Kolton, Counsellor Department Head, along with her team, have created this great document on how students can deal with any uncertainty they may be feeling (it’s great for parents, too!): http://bit.ly/counselling-department

March 16, 2020 - 10:33 a.m. 

Dear Parents & Guardians: 

Peace of Christ!

St. Paul’s High School continues to closely monitor information released by the Government of Manitoba and the Government of Canada in relation to  “COVID-19”. As a result of the ever-changing status of this pandemic, we have opted for classes to be suspended effective Tuesday, March 17th. Classes are scheduled to resume on Tuesday, April 14th. 

Spring break holiday remains as scheduled (March 30th - April 3rd). School closed.

April 9th – Good Friday – School Closed.

April 13th – Easter Monday - School Closed.

This decision was made on the heels of the Government’s recent announcement, from the Deputy Minister of Education, Dana Rudy: 

“This will allow time for families, educators and school divisions to plan for alternative arrangements while the number of presumptive and confirmed cases remains low. Suspending in-class learning is a proactive response to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to prepare schools to the greatest extent possible.”

At this time, teachers are working to prepare other modes of content delivery and ensure your son’s education can continue as seamlessly as possible during the suspension of classes. Further details will be provided in a separate email by our Principal, Mr. Lewin. 

The school will remain open from March 17-20 so that students may enter and retrieve all necessary textbooks, and supplies for their learning from home. 

We respectfully ask that students adhere to the social distancing protocols laid out by the Government of Manitoba; this includes,  not lingering in the building, but simply retrieving what they need from the locker room. 

As a reminder, all scheduled activities at the school, such as grad photos, have been cancelled.

When returning to the school, we ask that students bring in their elective forms or scan them directly to Mr. Sterner (ksterner@stpauls.mb.ca) by Friday, March 20th. 

In addition, please be reminded the online registration form and submission of payment are due by 9:00 am, on Friday, March 20th. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Mr. Lewin at blewin@stpauls.mb.ca

Continuous updates from St. Paul’s High School can be found here: https://www.stpauls.mb.ca/news/view/1434/covid-19-update-to-parents-students-of-st-paul-s/  

This is new territory for us all. Students, parents and staff will all have varying thresholds for managing feelings, stress, and anxiety levels as we navigate this situation. Patience, generosity, prayer and understanding will be critical for all. God Bless.

Sincerely,

Kevin Booth ‘78, President

March 13, 2020 - 5:51 p.m.

Peace of Christ!

The Department of Education announced today that Manitoba school’s will be closed to students starting Monday, March 23rd and re-opening to students on Tuesday, April 14th.

Please note, regular school days will be in effect from March 17th through to March 20th and Monday, March 16th is an in-service day.

We would like to assure you, that while the school is closed, instruction will continue in an alternate format. In the week to come, teachers will be working to prepare other modes of content delivery, assessment and evaluation so your son’s education can continue as seamlessly as possible during the school closure.

Spring Break holidays will continue as scheduled, Monday March 30th to Friday April 3rd.

Please note, the following cancellations and postponements as of March 13th:

  • All extracurricular activities outside of the school day (8:25 am - 3:15 pm) will be cancelled until further notice.
  • All further field trips and excursions will be cancelled or postponed until further notice.
  • The Spring dinner theatre, The Quest for Merlin’s Magic, will be postponed until further notice. We will hold all sold tickets in hand until the rescheduled dates are announced but if you would prefer a refund, please contact Mr. David Beeston at 204-831-2337 or email dbeeston@stpauls.mb.ca.
  • Christian Service has been suspended until further notice. Students have been asked to submit their hours collected since the last checkpoint and to advise their placement that they are unable to attend.
  • Paul’s High School will no longer be taking outside facility booking/rentals and we have cancelled all existing outside bookings.

Absences during the Week of March 17th - 20th:

When reporting student absences, please advise if your son is away due to “Illness” or “Other” . This will help us to provide accurate information to public health authorities as requested. We encourage your son to contact his teachers on the Community to find out about any missed schoolwork.

Mental Health:

Please remind your son that they are encouraged to ask questions and express their concerns with their teachers. School counsellors are on standby to assist.

Safety Procedures as Directed from the Government of Canada, Government of Manitoba and the World Health Organization:

Remember, here is how you (our parents and students) can do your part:

  • Be sure to wash your hands properly; if soap and water are not readily available, we have various stations around the school with hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Do not share drinks, utensils, or cups.
  • Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it into the garbage. Wash your hands immediately, and if no tissue is available, use your cough pocket.
  • Educate yourself and your family on proper hygiene
  • Practice social distancing (2 meters apart)
  • Avoid greetings that involve a handshake
  • Most importantly, stay home if you’re sick or may have been exposed to an infected individual (via travel).

More information on how to care for your family can be found here.

Special Notes for Parents:

  • The Government of Manitoba has recommended that all non-essential travel outside of Manitoba, be postponed or cancelled.

We will provide more updates to you as they become available. God bless.

Kevin Booth ‘78, President

March 12, 2020 - 10:43 a.m. 

Peace of Christ!

I am sure many of you have heard of “COVID-19” – while the risk remains low in Canada, the World Health Organization has deemed it a Pandemic. We would like to assure you that the school is taking precautionary measures to mitigate any risk of the spread of the virus.

At this point in time, we believe the Grad Parent meeting is important enough to go forward. However, if any parent is concerned about attending, we will find ways to communicate the information to you after the meeting.

In order to increase safety at this time, the meeting will be shorter than usual. You also will see chairs spaced out with as much of a safe distance as possible between them. There will be hand sanitizers placed upon entry and throughout the room- please use them upon entry.

In addition, we understand that there will be a large number of grade 12 parents moving from the grad parent meeting to the New Zealand trip meeting. Please rest assured that the same protocols will be in place in the Aulneau Room.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Kevin Booth '78
President
St. Paul's High School

Here are some resources on how to protect you and your family:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html

March 12, 2020 – 10:31 a.m.

Good day to all –

Going forward, I will be sharing resources to ensure everyone in our school community is educated about COVID-19 and any actions we can be taking to minimize exposure.

St. Paul’s will be curating resources from the Public Health Agency and Government of Canada websites and I will be emailing all faculty and staff regularly.

Today, I am sharing an infographic about the coronavirus disease. You can locate the infographic here.

We advised teachers to please review this document with students during mentor group meetings today.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Bob Lewin, Principal

March 11, 2020 - 3:54 P.M. 

Peace of Christ!

We continue to closely monitor news related to “COVID-19” – while the risk remains low in Canada, the World Health Organization has deemed it a Pandemic as of this morning. We want to assure you that the school is taking precautionary measures to mitigate any risk.

At 2:30 p.m. today, we addressed the student body reminding students of how they, too, can mitigate risk and the various resources available to them at the school (such as hand sanitizer stations, educational seminars, hygiene reminders, and counsellor availability).

As such, here is what was shared with your sons:

  • Be sure to wash your hands properly; if soap and water are not readily available, we have various stations around the school with hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Do not share drinks, utensils, or cups.
  • Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it into the garbage. Wash your hands immediately and if no tissue available use your cough pocket.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you’re sick or may have been exposed to an infected individual (via travel).

We ask that you take the time to please educate your sons on the importance of proper hygiene. More information on how to care for your family can be found here: 

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html

The school has increased cleaning procedures (such as disinfecting doorknobs, water fountains, faucets, sports equipment, etc.) and have provided a bottle of hand sanitizer in each classroom. We will be providing reminders and tips to students on proper hygiene and maintenance over the next few weeks. We are also monitoring the situation daily and have established a pandemic planning team to ensure we are prepared to respond to exposure and will communicate as changes arise.

Updates will continue be posted here.

Please remind your son that they are encouraged to ask questions and express their concerns to their teachers. School counsellors are on standby to assist.

Kevin Booth '78, President 

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