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School Newsletter Tips - January

Staying COVID-free​
We must all work together to prevent infections like influenza and COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Stay at least 2 metres from those not in your household 
  • Cover your cough/sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve
  • Stay home when you are ill. Take a self-assessment to see if you should be tested for COVID-19
  • Clean high touch surfaces regularly
​Illness is responsible for millions of lost school days each year. If we all do our part, we are protecting each other and reducing the risk of infections from spreading.
Talking to your child about drugs and alcohol

Although it might not be easy, or even if you are not exactly sure what to say, talking to your kids about drug and alcohol use is an important step to preventing use and experimentation. Consistent communication is one of the best tools parents can use to help their children understand the risks of drug and alcohol use and to set boundaries for their actions.

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Food Safety in a Power Outage
Protect your family from foodborne illness when the power goes out. Throw out food that has been sitting at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Without power, a full upright or chest freezer will keep food frozen for about 2 days, and a half-full freezer for about 1 day if the doors have been kept closed. The refrigerator section will keep food cool for only 4-6 hours.
Tips for Good Oral Health
• Brush your teeth twice daily
• Floss regularly
• Eat healthy foods
• Practice tooth safety, wear a mouth guard
• Visit your dental team regularly
Games, games and more games
Are you looking for games/activity ideas? Visit, Playsport, Active for Life, Fit Kids Healthy Kids for hundreds of fun, easy games for kids.
​Stay warm while playing
All winter activities require warm, dry clothing. To prevent frostbite, warm clothes are best, including a close-fitting hat that covers the ear lobes, mittens, loose layers, wool or wool-blend socks, and boots. Remove wet clothes and shoes quickly as they are the biggest factors in frostbite.
Children’s Snowmobile Safety
Recommendations from: The Canadian Pediatric Society
  • Every rider must use a snowmobile helmet on every trip.
  • Children under the age of 16 should not drive a snowmobile.
  • Children under age six should not ride as passengers on snowmobiles.
  • Avoid 'kid-sized' snowmobiles despite their smaller size. They are still not safe for children's use.
  • Snowmobile drivers should receive instruction in the safe operation of their machine by an instructor. Contact your provincial or local snowmobile association.
  • Never tow a person behind a snowmobile.
Healthy Relationships
Five necessary qualities for a Healthy Relationship are: Safety, Honesty, Acceptance, Respect, and Enjoyment.
The opposite is an abusive relationship. These revolve around control, fear, and lack of respect.
For more information on what a healthy relationship looks like, click here. (
If you suspect your child is in an abusive relationship talk to them as soon as you have concerns, or encourage them to talk to someone else.
Sun Safety
Did you know that you can get a sunburn in the winter? When you are outside during the winter months, it is important to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. It’s important to protect your eyes, too, with sunglasses or goggles that have 100% UV protection.