Jan. 24th Updates

posted Jan 24, 2018, 12:26 PM by Sean Crookshank

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There is a Parent Council Meeting this evening at 7:00 in the Learning Commons. All parents are invited to attend.


We are looking a volunteer who would will be willing to pick up items at Costco and Loblaws for our Snack Bin Program. It would require having your own vehicle and a couple of hours a week to shop. Please get in touch with Mr. Crookshank or Mrs. Benoit, if you are interested.


In the event of a severe snow or ice storm, parents are reminded that local radio and T.V. stations will begin broadcasting cancellation of transportation starting at 6:00 am. Generally the schools remain open. Parents who drop off their children are reminded that they must make arrangements to pick them up as well. Once buses have been cancelled in the morning they do not run for that entire day. Students must be picked up at 3:00 p.m, our regular dismissal time. The Board provides a link on the school’s website to inform parents of bus cancellations. As well, one can visit OSTA website for the latest updates on bus cancellations, current late buses, etc.

( http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca )


When Should I Keep My Child Home From School? Many parents struggle with the answer to this question.  As such, we’d like to provide some guidelines to help in your decision-making.

Cold and/or Cough

A sore throat, runny nose, cough and mild congestion are common, recurring symptoms, especially in young children.  More often than not, children are safe to attend school.  Ask yourself: “Can my child still participate in school activities?”  However, if any of these symptoms are accompanied by fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, wheezing or distinct change in mood, please keep your child home until he or she is feeling better.


A fever is defined as 100°F (37.8°C) or higher.  If your child has been fever-free for at least 24 hours, without the use of a fever-reducing medication and without other symptoms, he or she is safe to return to school.  Otherwise, your child is likely fighting an infection, meaning he or she may be vulnerable and/or contagious.

Vomiting and Diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea are good reasons to keep your child at home.  Both are symptoms of infection that could be spread to others.  A child is safe to return to school 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.

Sore Throat

A severe sore throat accompanied by swollen glands and/or fever may be indicative of strep throat, which is highly contagious.  A child with strep throat should be kept home until he or she has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.

Pink Eye

Red, itchy eyes accompanied by yellow or green discharge are symptoms of conjunctivitis (or pink eye).  This condition is highly contagious and spreads quickly through schools.  Once diagnosed, your child should be kept home until he or she has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.


A rash may be a symptom of another infection.  If your child has an undiagnosed rash, please keep your child home until these symptoms clear or until you’ve spoken with the doctor.

Other general symptoms to watch for include: fatigue beyond what you would expect from a mild illness, a pale or tired appearance, irritability or disinterest in normal activities, loss of appetite and any form of pain (earache, stomach, headache, body pain).  Some of these may be indicative of infection or other conditions that should be checked out by a doctor.


St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100
Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca
Website: ban.ocsb.ca