IMPORTANT! Updated Closure Information Concerning Strike Action on Tuesday, February 4, 2020

January 30, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, February 4. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 4.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

ADDITIONALLY – As a result of pending strike action announced today by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF), all of the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will also be closed on February 4 — except for all PSW (Personal Support Worker) programs that will be running as per the normal schedules and locations.

As before, we remain hopeful the government, OECTA and OSSTF will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

January 30th, 2020|

Special Message from the Board of Trustees

January 30, 2020

At the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, we are grateful for the quality, inclusive, faith-based education provided to our students.

We are proud and thankful to all stakeholders for their contribution to the education provided in our Catholic schools across Waterloo Region and Ontario.

As elected representatives for the WCDSB our primary focus is and always has been on student achievement, well-being and the preservation of Catholic education. Student success is achieved when all board staff, including, but not limited to, teachers, administrators, senior administration and support staff work collaboratively with one another, families, students and the broader community. As a system, we are dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming place for all learners, where all are called to belong and for this, we are thankful.

This is certainly a challenging time for education in Ontario, which is why we will continue to advocate on behalf of students, families and staff to receive the funding and support needed for success. As a Board of Trustees, we believe education must be seen as an investment and a priority.

We hope that there is a return to the bargaining process and that all work collaboratively to reach a resolution that puts our students’ success and well-being first, while continuing to improve upon our world-class education in a responsible, respectful and equitable manner.

Bill Conway, Chair — Waterloo Catholic District School Board

(On Behalf of the WCDSB Board of Trustees)

January 30th, 2020|

WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, February 4. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 4.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Secondary school credit courses, hair styling courses and culinary arts courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on February 4. St. Louis guidance and correspondence services will also be unavailable on February 4. All other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after February 4.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

January 28th, 2020|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — January, 2020

Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, January 13, 2020 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, January 27, 2020 — Meeting Agenda Package

Highlights

Healthy Active Living

WCDSB’s commitment to Healthy Active Living among our students continued to be strong in the 2018-19 school year. This year’s report draws attention to a number of key advancements and a great set of celebratory achievements:

Looking ahead in 2019-20, schools will continue to be supported with Healthy Schools planning as the St. Mary’s family of schools will be the last family brought into the Region of Waterloo Public Health nurses support model. The Don’t Walk in the Hallway program will be rolled out in all schools. The new PPM 158, School Board Policies on Concussions, requires significant attention regarding concussion education, training and tracking within our system. Professional development will continue throughout all elementary school levels as the new Health & Physical Education curriculum dictates. All outdoor education teachers in the secondary school panel will undergo rigorous retraining as required every three years.

The full report is available on pages 8-11 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Mathematics Update

The report presented to the Board of Trustees on January 13, 2020 provided updated information with respect to the following:

  • Math Lead Teacher (Elementary)
  • Mathematics PD Day (Nov. 15, 2019)
  • Math Coaching Update for Targeted-Support, Board-Identified & Intermittent schools
  • Mathematics Leadership Learning Series for elementary principals
  • Priorities within Secondary Math
  • Next Steps for Math Professional Learning: Elementary & Secondary

 

The report is highly detailed, with numerous charts and graphs, and can be viewed on pages 12-18 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Strong Start Program

For fifteen years, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board has worked with the Strong Start Charitable Organization as a community partner in raising children’s literacy levels and more effectively utilizing our volunteer allies. In 2004, the Letters, Sounds and Words program was first offered in five schools within the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. It has now grown to all 43 elementary schools. Strong Start began in Waterloo Region and has now been adopted by seven other school boards. In 2014 the WCDSB awarded its Community Partner Award to Strong Start.

The report presented to Board of Trustees on January 27 focused on the following key Strong Start programs:

  • Letters, Sounds, and Words (LSW)
  • Get Ready for School (GRFS)
  • Baby Connections