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Letter from the Director of Education - Dec. 17, 2020

December 18, 2020


Dear Parents/Guardians,

​I want to thank you for your partnership and support during this difficult time. 

The Christmas season is going to look different this year. We understand that there may be challenges as the winter break approaches but we encourage families to consider what we can all do to keep our communities healthy and ensure the return to school in January 2021 is as safe as possible for everyone. 

During the holidays, it is vital we all public health measures in our communities when connecting with one another. By following the advice of our public health experts,, we can all contribute to a safe and fun holiday season. You can check the government’s holiday web page for more direct and up-to-date guidance on how individuals and families can plan their holidays this year, including suggestions for safer holiday activities geared toward children and families. 

As a reminder, anyone feeling ill should not attend school. All children, students, staff, and visitors are required to be screened for symptoms of illness every day before attending school or childcare. To help meet this requirement, you may use either the Provincial COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool or the screening tools of our Board’s local health units found at the links below: 

KFL&A Public Health COVID 19 School Screening Tool

HPE Public Health COVID 19 School Screening Tool

Renfrew County and District Health Unit COVID 19 Screening Tool

​Self-screening will still be a requirement when we return to school and we will continue to reinforce masking and hand hygiene, along with cohorting and physical distancing for students and our staff. 

We encourage you to visit to learn what public health measures are in place in your community. Please keep in mind that these measures may change depending on the most current public health advice available to us. Also, please check for updates regularly at,, and our Board website for additional helpful resources and supports.

Advent is about expectation and hope, which are essential themes in our Catholic learning communities. In this spirit, the ALCDSB continues to build faith-filled learning communities where each member is loved, inspired and successful. 

Let’s look to the future by keeping St. Francis in mind: “Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is darkness, light.” 

On behalf of the board of trustees and our senior team, I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas. 

Blessings of the season, 

David DeSantis
Director of Education​