School Therapy Occupational Therapy (OT) Program

Dear Parents / Guardians,

This letter is to inform you that Morell Consolidated will be involved with the School Therapy Occupational Therapy (OT) Program for this school year. Occupational Therapists (OTs) are licensed health professionals who work with children in many different settings and know a lot about: motor development, sensory processing as well as environmental set up, adaptations and accessibility.

• Fine and visual motor skills are important for school activities such as: drawing, colouring, printing, writing, keyboarding, using a computer, cutting with scissors, opening lunch containers, completing fasteners on clothing, tying shoelaces, using a lock, etc.
• Gross motor skills are important in school for: moving safely in the classroom and throughout the school, participating in gym activities as well as playing on the playground and playground equipment, etc.
• Sensory processing in school is important for things like: being comfortable with sounds and lighting within the school, being able to tolerate getting ready for outdoors in crowded hallways, being able to sit or stand at a desk or on the floor to complete work or listen to instructions.
• Environmental set up in school includes things like: making sure desk and chair heights are the “right fit” for students, identifying the best location for desk placement or quiet work/learning areas, exploring alternative seating options (i.e., chair, movement cushion, stool, stand-up desks) for students and ensuring accessible space for wheelchairs, etc.

The School Therapy OT will be part of the school team and accessible to all school staff as well as to parents/guardians. While at the school, the School Therapy OT will spend time in many areas of the school (i.e., classrooms, gym, music, playground, etc.) and will observe students engaged in their school activities. The OT will guide school staff in understanding how they can use activities within the classroom to help children with their motor and sensory skills. If the OT, together with your child’s teacher, notice that your child is having difficulty with the motor or sensory demands in the classroom or school, the teacher will contact you to discuss making an individual referral to the School Therapy OT Program. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s motor or sensory development please feel free to contact the School Therapy OT as well as your child’s classroom teacher.

If a family doctor, pediatrician or other health agency would like your child to be seen by the School Therapy OT program, the referral request must be communicated to the school-based Student Services Team or classroom teacher for a referral to be initiated.

If your child is currently being seen by private OT and you and your child’s school team would like to refer your child to the School Therapy OT Program please feel free to contact the OT at your child’s school to discuss the transition from private OT to the School Therapy OT Program.

The School Therapy OT for this school year is Colleen MacPherson, OT Reg. PE. She will be at Morell Consolidated every second Wednesday. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the school or Colleen MacPherson at cgmacpherson. Thank you!

Hayley Wickenheiser Virtual Keynote Address – October 22, 2020

Good Afternoon,

The Chamber is once again celebrating Small Business Week October 19-23, and this year we are proud to announce our Virtual Keynote Address with Hockey Legend, Hayley Wickenheiser.

Forging the Way Forward: Virtual Keynote Address with Hayley Wickenheiser

Drawing on her journey from a rookie to a veteran in competitive hockey with four Olympic gold medals, Wickenheiser relates her experiences — and the changes and challenges she faced— to show the importance of adaptability when it comes to long-term success.

Wednesday, October 22, 2020

6:30 – 8:00PM

Virtual Experience – $25 +HST

For more information and to register for this virtual experience, please click here

We invite you to share Hayley’s Virtual Keynote Address, with your students, teachers, parents, friends, neighbours and community networks – anyone that may be interested in participating. Keep an eye out on the Charlottetown Chamber socials as we spread the word, there will be lots of content to repost in the upcoming days!

Tania Crouse Hardy

Events and Sponsorship Manager

Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce

902-628-2000 x 226 | charlottetownchamber.com

GYMNASTICS PROGRAM

***GYMNASTICS PROGRAM***

The Kings County Gymnastics Club is offering a ‘9’ week GYMNASTICS PROGRAM at Pavillon de l’est (French School) in Rollo Bay on Wednesday evenings starting October 21st. The program is offered to girls and boys ages 3-15. First class time is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for the 3-6 year olds and the second class time is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for the 7-15 year olds. The primary goal of the club is to offer the children FUN, FITNESS and FUNDAMENTALS of the sport of gymnastics. The Head Instructor is Darlene Grenier, a Level III certified gymnastics coach.

***The program will follow COVID guidelines. There will be allowed a maximum of 50 people in the gym at a time; with a maximum of 20 children participating in each class. Only 1 spectator per child will be allowed to stay and watch as long as they are wearing a mask!***

Registration is taking place at the Pavillon de l’est on FRIDAY, October 16th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Registration fee is $100.00 + $30.00 insurance fee. The ins. fee is a once a year fee (Sept. 1, 2020 – Aug. 31, 2021). If you require further information or need info for payment arrangement, please feel free to contact Darlene via text or call at (902) 969-8209 or by email at dxgrenier. If you can’t attend registration, please contact Darlene prior to October 16th to make alternative arrangements to register your child.

REMINDERS

REMINDERS:

PICTURE DAY
School Pictures will be taken tomorrow, Tuesday, October 6, 2020 by Wayne Crouse.

TOKEN ORDER DAY
Also, please send in your October Pizza & Milk Token Orders tomorrow, Tuesday, October 6, 2020 to be filled. Due to COVID, we ask parents to send one order per family and pay by cheque if possible (payable to MORELL CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL), in order to limit the amount of cash that has to be handled.
Paper tokens from last year will still be accepted until they are used up.
Teachers will no longer accept cash for milk or pizza on a daily basis.
If your child is out of school on the day the tokens are being sold (or forgets to take the order to school), please call in your order to the office (early morning) on that day and your order will be processed and can be picked up and paid for at the school office when your child returns to school.

PIZZA DAY
Our first Pizza Day will be this Wednesday, October 7th. If you would like to order a slice of pizza, please bring a Pizza Token (Yellow Token) with you on Wednesday morning and turn it in to your teacher first thing as orders have to be called in at 9:00 a.m.

COVID UPDATE FROM PSB

Parents and Guardians,

Island children and education staff have been back in school for one month. At this time, it is important to recognize the tremendous work our education system, parents, students and the Chief Public Health Office have put into ensuring this school year, while different, can be successful. The health and safety of our school community is our top priority and we have put measures in place to support a positive learning experience for all.

We are monitoring what is happening across our country with respect to cases of COVID within schools. Because of the guidance of our CPHO and the compliance of Islanders, we are in a good position but recognize that a second wave is possible. We need to continue to mitigate the risk of potential community spread. Now is not the time to be complacent. The measures our province has put in place can only be successful with the continued support of Islanders. We all must continue to follow these guidelines and adapt to our new normal.

Staying home when ill

Whether it is cold, flu, pink eye, coronavirus or other illness, students should stay home if they are ill so that illness is not spread through schools and workplaces.

A negative COVID test does not mean an individual is ready to go back to school.

If a student has tested negative for COVID-19 but still displays mild symptoms, please consider the following:

Students should not return to school or work:
• if they have on-going fever or chills
• if symptoms are not improving or there are new symptoms

Students could return to school or work:
if they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, e.g. Tylenol
• if they have a runny nose, congestion, or other mild symptoms they can return to school provided they are well enough to engage in learning or their job
• if mild symptoms are improving and there are no new symptoms
• if they continue to practice good hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette (e.g. cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue)

Improved access to testing and results

Health PEI has expanded access to COVID-19 testing with new drop-in, no-appointment screening clinics across the province for those with symptoms of COVID-19. This is in addition to the scheduled testing clinics still being offered in Charlottetown at 64 Park Street and in Summerside in Slemon Park.

The drop-in options are available in O’Leary, Summerside, Borden, Charlottetown and Three Rivers. Testing at these locations is offered on a first-come, first serve basis, with no referral necessary for symptomatic children and any symptomatic household members, as well as essential workers and any of their symptomatic household members. However, only people who meet criteria for testing will be swabbed.

Islanders do not have to call 8-1-1 to access these services.

Drop-in Testing Clinic Locations and Hours of Operation
O’Leary testing clinic (O’Leary Health Centre)
• Monday: 1-4 PM
• Wednesday and Friday: 8 AM – 12 PM
Summerside testing clinic (Slemon Park)
• Monday-Friday: 8 AM – 12 PM
• Saturday: 8 AM – 4 PM
• Sunday: 1 PM – 4 PM
Borden-Carleton (20 Dickie Rd)
• Monday & Wednesday: 8 AM – 12 PM
• Saturday: 8 AM – 11 AM
Charlottetown (64 Park Street)
• Monday to Saturday: 8am-4 pm
Montague (Montague Health Centre Parking lot)
• Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 AM-12 PM

The hours of the Drop-in Testing Clinics are subject to change so we would encourage individuals to check the website before visiting: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/information-about-covid-19-testing-pei

As well, Islanders who have tested for COVID-19 can now access their negative test results online within 72 hours.
Individuals must enter their PEI Health Card number information, date of birth and date of testing to access the results. Only negative test results are displayed online. The Chief Public Health Office (CPHO) will continue to contact individuals directly if they have tested positive for COVID-19.

Unless otherwise instructed, individuals are required to self-isolate until their COVID-19 test results are confirmed to be negative. Household members do not need to self-isolate with the person awaiting the test results, however, they should continue practicing public health measures like washing hands frequently, maintaining physical distancing and masking when in indoor public settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Cases within a school

Our response to a positive COVID-19 case within a school will be proactive. The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning and Chief Public Health Office have developed an outbreak management process to ensure that roles and responsibilities are understood when there is a positive COVID-19 case identified in the school system.

Each school has identified a school-based COVID-19 Response Team who are organized and prepared to respond to a positive case of COVID-19 should one be identified in their school. The Education Authorities (Public Schools Branch and Commission scolaire de langue français) also have response teams that will work closely with the school to support a response.

School closures will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Chief Public Health Office in consultation with the Education Authority and school administration. The recommendation to close schools will be based on the risk to students, teachers and staff and the operational needs of the school while also considering and balancing the public health risks associated with COVID-19. A school closure could be anywhere from one to 28 days.

More information to help keep our school community safe can be found here. https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/keeping-everyone-safe.

Norbert Carpenter
Acting Director
Public Schools Branch
902-368-6850
nmcarpenter