Letter to Community about Youth Vaccinations

Dear WCDSB Community,

You will receive a letter today from your school principal.  It will echo the information found below.  While a choice for every family, we do encourage all members of our community to be vaccinated.  We are a connected community with collective responsibility to one another and this is one significant way we can move towards a more normalized school year next year.

The Waterloo Region Vaccine Task Force is helping youth between the ages of 12 and 17 and family members they live with (who do not have their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine) get the vaccine.

Getting youth the vaccine is important to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and make it safer when we return to school in-person.

Who can get the vaccine now?

Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 can now . Youth and family members they live with will be able to book a time for their first dose between June 7th and June 20thYouth must be 12 years old at the time of their appointment. It is likely that youth will be able to get their second dose quicker than other people so they will have both their shots before the 2021 school year. At this time, family members cannot get their second dose quicker unless they are part of another eligible priority group.

What vaccine will be given?

Health Canada has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 12 years of age and older. See the resources below for more information.

How to pre-register?

Click here to

  • Please select “youth 12-17 years of age” as the priority group
  • Complete the form with the youth’s personal information, family members do not need to complete a form.
  • When the youth gets their booking code, family members in the same house can use the same booking code to book a time for their first dose.

If you need help filling out the form, please watch the video about how to fill out the form, or ask someone you trust to help you. If you need extra support call 519-575-4400, support is available in over 200 languages. Deaf and hard of hearing (TTY): 519-575-4608.

You will get your booking code in the way you asked to get it when you filled out the form. Please check your JUNK/SPAM folder in your email regularly.

When you get your booking code, please book your time slot as soon as you can. If family members have already pre-registered with Region of Waterloo Public Health, they can make an appointment with the same booking code their youth received and delete any booking code they get later.

Where can youth get their shot?

Youth need to book a time at a clinic that offers the Pfizer vaccine. Please select one of the clinics below when booking an appointment:

  • Cambridge Pinebush, Cambridge
  • Health Sciences Campus, Kitchener
  • The Boardwalk, Waterloo
  • Wellesley Clinic, Wellesley
  • New Vision FHT, Kitchener

Visit our COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics Map to see where the clinics are.

Youth should bring their health card on the day of their appointment. If they do not have a health card, please bring another piece of identification that confirms who they are and has a number/code on it. To learn more about what to do before and after your appointment visit the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Waterloo Region page.

To reiterate the Waterloo Catholic District School Board encourages all who are eligible to . When possible, and to best support your children with their learning, please be mindful of school hours. However, if you are only able to book an appointment during the school day, please do so. This is an important opportunity to prioritize the health of all in our community.

Thanks for your continued support in keeping our community safe.

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten
Director of Education

May 31st, 2021|

Important Message for Families of Elementary Transported Students

Dear parents and guardians of ELEMENTARY transported students,

Student Transportation Services Waterloo Region (STSWR) is eagerly preparing to transport students for the upcoming school year and we need families in bus zones to tell us their needs by Friday, July 1st, 2021 so we can provide smooth bus service for all in September. You can always let us know later if your plans change and you may opt out of busing altogether, or for either morning or afternoon busing only.

Parents/guardians can find out if they live in the bus zone by using the “Transportation Eligibility” portal on our website at www.stswr.ca.

Our “Do Not Ride” form is the right tool to communicate your transportation needs effectively now and any time your plan changes.

The “Do Not Ride” form lets your school, your bus driver, and STSWR know that your child will not be taking the bus in one, or both, directions. When STSWR receives this form from you, your child’s transportation arrangement will be changed accordingly within 2-3 business days.

For younger students, it is especially important to keep us informed of changes immediately to ensure your child is not assigned to a bus in error and inadvertently put on a bus at the end of the day if you are expecting them to walk or be picked up. 

Both WRDSB and WCDSB schools support active travel as a preferred method of transportation to school and offer a variety of programs that may be available to you. They also support a “Drive to 5” program to encourage those who must drive, to park a safe distance away from schools.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I use the “Do Not Ride” form if my child is eligible for transportation, attended in-person during the 2020-2021 school year and is continuing in-person for September 2021?

  • If your child is assigned to the bus this school year, do not use the form; they will be automatically assigned for September 2021.
  • If your child opted out of transportation this school year, but now requires transportation for September 2021, please use the “Do Not Ride” form to have their busing reinstated.

Do I use the “Do Not Ride” form if my child is eligible for transportation, enrolled in distance learning during the 2020-2021 school year, but is switching to in-person for September 2021?

  • Your child will be automatically assigned for September 2021.
  • If your child requires partial or no busing, please fill out the “Do Not Ride” form.

How do I opt back in to busing?

If your child qualifies for busing you can opt-in again at any time using the same “Do Not Ride” form.

What if my address changes?

All address changes must be completed at your child’s school before STSWR can add students to the bus to be picked up at that address. Call your school’s office to do so.

Does my child need to wear a mask on the bus during the 2020-21 school year?

Currently it is Public Health guidance that non-medical grade face masks are required on buses for all grades since physical distancing can be challenging on buses. STSWR will be taking direction from Region of Waterloo Public Health should this requirement change.

We encourage all parents to teach their children how to wear a face mask safely.

More details regarding busing for September 2021 will be posted when directives from the Ministry are announced. This will include any changes to Secondary busing. If you have any questions about your child’s school transportation, please contact Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region at 519-744-7575 ext. 221.

 

 

Benoit Bourgault, General Manager, STSWR, Inc.

 

May 31st, 2021|

Get Vaccinated: Priority Access for Youth Aged 12 to 17

The Waterloo Region Vaccine Task Force is working to make sure that our youth can be safe to learn for September 2021.

Who can get the vaccine now?

Youth who are 12-17 years old in Waterloo Region and their family members who live in the same house can to get their first dose appointments between June 7 and June 20.

  • Youth must be 12 years old by the time of their appointment.
  • We expect that youth will be able to get both their first and second dose for full vaccination before the 2021/22 school year.
  • Family members may have to wait the regular time between their first and second dose unless they are part of another eligible priority

What vaccine will youth get?

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is approved by Health Canada for anyone 12 years of age and older.

More information: