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Fifths Disease http://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/46Fifths Disease <p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;">Dear Parents/Guardians: <br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;">There has been a recent case of Fifth Disease in one of our kindergarten classrooms. <br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;">Fifth Disease is a common infection that occurs especially in children.  It is caused by a virus called Parovirus B19.  The illness is often very mild and a child may not even feel sick. <br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;">Adults usually get a more severe case, with fever and painful muscles and joints.  At least 50 to 80 percent of adults have had Fifth Disease in childhood and will not get it again if they come in to contact with a person with the infection <br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;">The disease spreads the same way as a cold virus, person to person through secretions and sharing drinking glasses and utensils.  A person is most contagious before the rash appears and is no longer contagious after the rash appears.  <br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;">The symptoms of Fifth Disease may begin with a headache, body aches and a fever.  These symptoms usually end, but in seven to ten days, a very red rash on the cheeks appears, making the face look like it has been slapped.  This rash may last from one to three weeks.  Symptoms appear four to twenty one days after being infected.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;">If you are pregnant and you have been in contact with someone with Fifth Disease, please contact your doctor.  There is a very small risk to the fetus for developing anemia if a susceptible mother is exposed.  Pregnant women who had had Fifth Disease in the past are not at risk of getting the disease again.<strong> In order to ensure the safety of our staff who are pregnant, we ask that parents advise the school if your child has a diagnosed case of Fifth's Disease.   </strong><br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;">Although there is no specific medication or vaccination for Fifth Disease,  children are encouraged to use good hygiene practices, including frequent had washing, throwing out used facial tissues, and not sharing eating utensils. ​<br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;">Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Communicable Disease Team at 705-721-7520 ext. 8809.​</p>
Pizza and Pasta in February http://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/45Pizza and Pasta in February <p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span style="background-color:transparent;">​J</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;white-space:pre-wrap;">ust a reminder that for February, we will be switching to a new pizza provider. Along with this change, pizza will be moving from Friday to Monday and Pasta will be moving from Tuesday to Friday, based  on the provider’s availability.  Please note that, the way that the order dates fall (pasta Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, then switching to  Fridays on Feb 2nd and pizza on Jan 12, 19, 25 then switching to Mondays on Feb 5th) mean that next week, pasta will actually be served on both Tuesday and Friday and pizza will not be served next week.  In February, the dates for pasta are Feb 2, 9,16 and 23 (4 weeks) and the dates for pizza are Feb 5, 12 and 26 (3 weeks).</span>​</span></p>
Staples continues BYOD program for SCDSB familieshttp://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/82Staples continues BYOD program for SCDSB families<p>​​​Staples is continuing to offer a BYOD program for SCDSB families, to provide affordable options for families considering a technology purchase. <br><br>Information about the program, including product details and how to order, is available below. If you have questions about the program, please contact your nearest Staples store.<br><br><a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/About%20Us/News%20Documents/BYOD_SpecialEducationOffer_Simcoe_EN.PDF">Staples ​BYOD program lett​er​​​</a></p>
Scheduled system maintenance - Dec. 29-31http://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/81Scheduled system maintenance - Dec. 29-31<p>​Please be advised that the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is performing planned maintenance on its network and systems <strong>between 5 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2017 and 5 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2017</strong><strong>.</strong> <strong>The SCDSB website, Learning Centres website and school websites will be affected</strong>, with periods of unavailability. </p>
Preparing for Cold Weather http://hol.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/43Preparing for Cold Weather <p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3" style="background-color:#ffffff;color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;">​Just a reminder that all SCDSB Schools follow the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and Canadian Pediatric Society's guidelines for extreme temperatures and keep children indoors if the temperature falls below -25 degrees or -28 with windchill. </span></p><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="44vv-0-0" style="color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="44vv-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3"><span data-offset-key="44vv-0-0">On most days, students spend a minimum of 20 minutes, 2x/day outdoors. Schools use their professional judgment when implementing cold </span>weather strategies when temperatures outside have reached or are nearing extreme limits. These strategies may include:</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="3nch9-0-0" style="color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="3nch9-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span data-offset-key="3nch9-0-0" class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">-scheduling indoor recesses;</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="dcpt0-0-0" style="color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="dcpt0-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span data-offset-key="dcpt0-0-0" class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">-shortening recess; and/or</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="6gtf8-0-0" style="color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="6gtf8-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span data-offset-key="6gtf8-0-0" class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">-providing opportunities for students to come indoors to warm up.</span></div><div data-offset-key="6gtf8-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span data-offset-key="6gtf8-0-0" class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3"><br></span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="49g2i-0-0" style="color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="49g2i-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span data-offset-key="49g2i-0-0" class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">The following are recommendations for outdoor play in conditions of cold weather:</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="tca4-0-0" style="color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="tca4-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span data-offset-key="tca4-0-0" class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">-wear layer of loose fitting clothing;</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="cqios-0-0" style="color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="cqios-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span data-offset-key="cqios-0-0" class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">-dress warmly and cover exposed skin;</span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="249hq-0-0" style="color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="249hq-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span data-offset-key="249hq-0-0" class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">-wear a hat and mittens;</span></div><div data-offset-key="249hq-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span data-offset-key="249hq-0-0" class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">-send your child with extra socks and mittens in case they get wet; </span></div></div><div data-block="true" data-editor="7heab" data-offset-key="9jms5-0-0" style="color:#1d2129;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:#ffffff;"><div data-offset-key="9jms5-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3"><span data-offset-key="9jms5-0-0">-keep moving (make snow angels and build snow people), limit time </span>sitting. </span></div><div data-offset-key="9jms5-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3"><br></span></div><div data-offset-key="9jms5-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj" style="direction:ltr;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-3">For more information, <a href="http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/docs/default-source/topic-environment/cold_weather_-_outdoor.pdf?sfvrsn=0" style="color:#0072b9;">her​​​​​e is the link​</a> to a tip sheet for from SMDHU for more information on outdoor safety in cold weather. ​</span></div></div>

 

 

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