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Phone System Repairs

This is a message to the Mackenzie Community that the Mackenzie phone system will be shut down from 12:15-1:30pm.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Terry Fox Run

Once again the Mackenzie Athletic Council will be hosting the Terry Fox Run. To support this year’s initiative we will be accepting online donations in support of cancer research! If you wish to support this year’s Terry Fox Run please visit the following link:
Fundraising Dates: Sept. 23-0ct. 21
Prizes for Top 3 Donors
Thank you in advance for supporting this important initiative!

Great Things Happening at MAC!

Mackenzie’s very own Cyber Security Team finished third in a virtual national cybersecurity competition. The contest started a year ago with 203 teams from across Canada and culminated with the top 10 teams competing for the national title.

The CyberTitan III National Finals took place June 8. Because of the pandemic, the competition was a virtual event, where all 57 student competitors participated from their homes. On June 9, a virtual summit was held where students heard from cybersecurity experts; the official award celebration was held June 10.

Click on the following article for more information: Article – MAC Cyber Security Team finishes number 1 in Ontario and 3rd Nationally

Message from the Ministry of Education

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope that you remain well. The Ministry of Education has requested all school boards in Ontario share the following information with regard to the Province’s plan for COVID-19 testing.

Thank you.

Message from the Ministry of Education

We are writing to let you know that the province released its testing plan on Friday May 29, 2020, Protecting Ontarians Through Enhanced Testing. Ontario now has the most open testing criteria in the country.

Ontario’s testing guidance now indicates that you should visit an assessment centre if you:

  • have at least one of the symptoms of COVID-19
  • do not have symptoms but are concerned you might have been exposed
  • do not have symptoms but think you are at risk through your employment (for example, if you are an essential or health care worker)
  • would like to be tested

To support Ontarians who have identified the need to get tested, as of May 24, 2020, people will no longer need a referral to go to any of the more than 130 assessment centres across Ontario for testing. No Ontarian will be declined a test.

Given this expanded guidance, if you do choose to get tested, here are a few important notes:

  • Testing is voluntary.
  • You do not need an OHIP card to be tested. It is a free service.
  • Some assessment centres may require you to book an appointment first or have certain restrictions (for example, some are unable to test young children). Find out more about an assessment centre near you.
  • You can also take an online self-assessment to help determine if you should get tested.
  • If you are free of symptoms and have not had contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 when presenting for testing, you will not be required to self-isolate. However, you should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days regardless of your test result. If you begin to develop symptoms, self-isolate and contact your local public health unit for further advice.

Stay informed and visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19. Local information is also available from your local public health unit.