MDJH Update – Jan 22

Thank you for picking up the Rapid Test Kits so rapidly. You were instrumental in our distribution success!

On Monday, January 24, there will be no school for students. We will be back to in-school instruction on Tuesday, January 25, and it will be Day 6.

The first Rapid Test needs to be completed by students on Saturday, and the second test needs to be completed on Tuesday morning before school. This is a change from an earlier email.

Proper mask-wearing is extremely important while in the building. This current COVID variant is highly transmissible. The first line of defence is wearing a mask, and we will be strictly enforcing mask usage. Students who consistently refuse to comply will be sent home until they agree to follow the masking rules. The only exceptions will be while eating or drinking, during vigorous physical exercise, or for students who have a medical exemption.

Please use a medical mask or a three-layered cloth mask. One-layered masks and buffs are not to be used.  

Our goal is to stay safe and healthy during this time while providing the best educational opportunities for students. This is a difficult time for everyone, thank you so much for your support.

Also, here is some information for when you complete your Rapid Test:

UPDATE – Rapid Test Kit Distribution 

January 19, 2022 – Time Sensitive

Good Morning, 

In order to prepare for the possible reopening of in-school instruction on Monday, January 24, the Education Minister and the NLESD have said that COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits will be made available to all students. As per this advisory, we will begin dispersing the rapid kits today

In order to ensure everyone’s safety, we will have a drive-through pick-up at the Student Entrance at MDJH, alphabetically, according to student last name. Families can arrange to have another parent/guardian pick up their child’s kit if they are unable to make their allotted time. Students in Grades 7-12 can also pick up their own kit during the allotted time.

Kits cannot be left in the cold because  they are temperature sensitive and cannot be stored below 15 degrees Celsius. 

To keep traffic moving in a timely fashion, we will have two lines of traffic at the Student Entrance. One line will move through the Bus Lane and the second line will move through the Student Pick-up lane.  Please wear a mask and stay in your car. Staff will be onsite to verify the student(s) names and distribute the rapid kits.  

MDJH Rapid Test Pick-up Schedule

Wednesday, January 19, 11 am – 2 pm

Last nameTime
A-B11 am – 12 pm
C-E12 pm – 1 pm
F-H1 pm – 2 pm

Thursday, January 20, 9 am – 2 pm

Last nameTime
I-M9 am – 10:30 am
N-R10:30 am – 11:30 am
S-T12 pm – 1 pm
V-Z1 pm – 2 pm

Friday, January 21, will be set aside for any parent/guardian that missed their pick-up time. Please come to the MAIN Office and BUZZ. 

Please hold your kit in a secure location until receiving the official go-ahead to begin the testing process. This notification will come in the form of a public advisory from the Provincial Government and communication from your school administrator. If we get this notification, and in-school instruction starts as planned on Monday, January 24, the first test MUST be taken on Friday, January 21, with a second test before school on Monday, January 24.

Rapid Test Kit Distribution

In order to prepare for the reopening of in-school instruction on Monday, January 24, the Education Minister and NLESD have said that COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits will be made available to all students.

Please note: if it is confirmed by the Minister, Department of Health and the NLESD tomorrow (Wednesday, January 19), and we will be going back to in-person instruction on Monday, January 24, we will begin dispersing the rapid kits on Wednesday. Confirmation will be sent through a follow-up email.

In order to ensure everyone’s safety, we will have a drive-by pick-up at the Student Entrance at MDJH, alphabetically according to student last name. Families can arrange to have another parent/guardian pick up their child’s kit if they are unable to make their allotted time.

To keep traffic moving in a timely fashion, we will have two lines of traffic at the Student Entrance. One line will move through the Bus Lane and the second line will move through the student pick-up lane. Staff will be onsite to verify the student(s) names and distribute the rapid kits. See the schedule below.

MDJH Rapid Test Pick-up Schedule

Wednesday, January 19 – 11am – 2pm

Last name Time

  • A-B 11 am – 12 pm
  • C-E 12 pm – 1 pm
  • F-H 1 pm – 2 pm

Thursday, January 20 – 9am – 2 pm

Last name Time

  • I-M 9 am – 10:30 am
  • N-R 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • S-T 12 pm – 1 pm
  • V-Z 1 pm – 2 pm

Friday, January 21, will be set aside for any parent/guardian that missed their pick up time. Please come to the MAIN Office and BUZZ.

It is important to note that the first test MUST be taken on Friday, January 21, with a second test before school on Monday, January 24.

A follow up email will be sent following the announcement on Wednesday to confirm these times.

Update on K-12 Classes and Rapid Test Rollout

January 13, 2022

A target date of Monday, January 24 has been set for the return to in-class instruction for students under the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) and the Conseil Scolaire Francophone Provincial (CSFP).

The Department of Education will continue to work with public health officials to monitor the risk level, and final confirmation of this targeted return date will occur on Wednesday, January 19. A key component of this plan to return to in-class instruction is the use of COVID-19 rapid test kits for students, teachers, administrators and staff.

Distribution of rapid tests to schools is already underway, and kits will be rolled out to families and staff once a date to return is finalized, in advance of required testing. School administrators will provide information to parents and guardians on how to access their kits.

Prior to the resumption of classes, all students, teachers and staff will be required to take two tests at home approximately 72 hours apart. If classes resume on Monday, January 24 as planned, the first test should be done on Friday, January 21 and the second on the morning of January 24.

Further details on the use of rapid tests in schools, including symptomatic testing once schools reopen, can be found here.

Public Advisory: K-12 Classes to Remain Virtual Next Week

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

January 6, 2022

Classes for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) and the Conseil Scolaire Francophone Provincial (CSFP) will remain virtual next week (January 10-14). A further update will be provided no later than Thursday, January 13 on the following week.

Since the initial announcement of a return to virtual learning, the entire province has moved to Alert Level 4. The Department of Education and the school districts are working with public health to monitor the risk level, with a view to resuming in-person classes at the earliest possible opportunity.

The Departments of Education and Health and Community Services are working with the NLESD to coordinate distribution of COVID-19 rapid tests to all schools in both districts throughout the province over the coming days. It is anticipated that rapid testing will play a role in the resumption of classes in the coming weeks, as well as for the ongoing operations of schools going forward. Details on how these tests will be used are still being finalized, and the department expects to provide an update with further details next week.