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 pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine. 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 pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine

  • 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 pre-register to receive their vaccine. 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 pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccination 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:

Pre-Register

Youth must pre-register

Pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine on the Region of Waterloo Public Health website.

  • Select which group you belong to:youth 12-17 years of age
  • Complete the pre-registration form with the youth’s personal information
    • Family members do not need to pre-register
  • When the youth receives their booking code, family members living in the same household will be able to use the youth’s booking code to book an appointment for themselves.

Youth can be vaccinated at 1 of 5 clinics in Waterloo Region

Youth must book an appointment at a vaccination clinic that offers the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Choose one of these clinics when booking an appointment to make sure there is Pfizer vaccine available for youth:

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

For clinic locations, visit our COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Waterloo Region Map.

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.

Get vaccinated if you are eligible

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) encourages all who can to pre-register to receive their vaccine from Region of Waterloo Public Health. This is an important opportunity to prioritize the health of all in our community.

We are asking anyone who is eligible, including education workers, to make sure they are pre-registered on the Region of Waterloo Public Health website.

May 28th, 2021|

Important Message from the Director of Education re: Planning for the 2021-2022 School Year

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

We are sitting on the cusp of June and at this point it is not 100% clear if we are headed back to face-to-face learning in this school year.   We will certainly be in touch should any development arise in this regard.   We know that this has been a challenging time for many students, their families and for staff to learn remotely online, but we are grateful to all for the many efforts you have made to make it work.  With that said – we are also very much planning ahead to next year at this time.  In that spirit, this letter contains a number of updates about the end of this year and the planning for next year.  I encourage every parent or guardian to read each of the updates very carefully.

Vaccination:

All students ages 12 to 17 years of age are now eligible for vaccination.  This is excellent and welcome news as we know that it will bring our students, their families and our schools an added measure of protection and safety.  Students who are 12 to 17 years of age (and any family member who is not vaccinated as yet) may register for and attend the vaccination clinics that will be available the weeks of June 14th and June 21st.  Some clinics will also be available the week of June 7th.  During those weeks – 12 to 17 years olds (and their families) will be the highest priority for vaccination.  Second booster shot vaccines will be available in August so that students can return to school fully vaccinated.   Further details will be shared through your local school as they become available, but all 12-17-year-olds are now eligible for vaccine pre-registration.

Waterloo Region Vaccination Pre-Registration

Transition Survey for 2021-22 School Year:

As mentioned in March and even more so now, our planning for the 2021-2022 school year is now underway.  We are working on staffing and budget, and we must make decisions for next year at this time.  For this reason, we are now asking ALL families to confirm if they have a desire for online learning for their child(ren).   Even if you completed the survey in March, you are asked to complete the survey again to confirm your choice.   If you do not complete the survey – we will assume your child is returning to face-to-face learning.  Next week – May 31st through June 3rd – we will have a survey on our Board website for any parent/family that wishes to choose virtual learning again for next year.  That said – it will be a one-time choice.  That is, there will not be transition periods during the year.  A choice for virtual will be a choice for September through June.  If you register for St. Isidore, our virtual school, you will no longer be affiliated with your current home school, (for the 2021-2022 school year).  You will have the option to re-register for the following school year (2022-2023).

A few things to note about your choice for online learning:

  • This is a single choice for the full year (September through June)
  • Vaccinations are expected for students 12 – 17; pediatric vaccine for those 5-11 are in development but cannot be confirmed at this time
  • All staff that wish to be vaccinated will be vaccinated by September
  • If you were a French Immersion student and you were online this year, if you choose a second year of online learning you will forfeit your spot in French Immersion
  • In secondary schools we expect to begin the year in a quadmester model with students attending two classes per day. If things progress well, we hope to see a semester model (carrying 4 courses over the course of half the year) by the second half of the year.  There is also the hope that extra-curriculars may return at some point next year.
  • There will not be the opportunity for inter-scholastic or varsity sports if you attend school virtually.
  • If there are not sufficient numbers for a dedicated online secondary school, a hybrid model will be considered.  This involves students connecting remotely to the face-to-face class using video conferencing, (as opposed to a dedicated virtual class).
  • Certain secondary subjects may not be possible or may be significantly compromised in their delivery through our online offering – for example, technology courses, some Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) red seal specialities, senior level sciences and some performing arts.

We know that some students have found virtual to be a good way to learn.  We do, in the main, feel that for a variety of reasons not only connected to academics, but to a young person’s social emotional well-being, that attending school in person is likely the preferred option for most students, when all things are equal.  Please give this decision careful consideration.

The transition survey will be available beginning on Monday, May 31 2021, directly from our Board homepage — or can be accessed directly here:

Transition Survey 2021-22

Graduation:

After further discussion with school and senior administrators about the best way to support and honour our 2021 graduates, it has been decided that the release of all WCDSB secondary school virtual graduations for this year will be postponed until October 2021.  This will allow time to properly gather data for all awards and designations and allow for schools to complete graduation preparations that were not yet completed due to COVID restrictions.

We will continue to plan for alternative ways to celebrate our graduates in June based on Ministry of Education and Public Health announcements and guidelines.  Any additional information will be posted to our Grade 12 Google classroom.  Similarly local elementary schools will share the details of graduations with parents.  While not the graduation celebrations we might have hoped for, we will do our best to honour this significant milestone in our students’ lives.

Once again, we suggest checking out the WCDSB website https://www.wcdsb.ca/living-learning-looking-forward/ and Region of Waterloo Public Health website https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/2019-novel-coronavirus.aspx as they contain helpful resources and supports.  If you have any questions about what your particular school is doing, please reach out to your local school principal.

If there are any further updates we will certainly share them as soon as possible.  Please know that we continue to be in this together, we have almost made it through this most exceptional of years and we are now looking forward to the promise of a new school year.  Thank you for your patience, your partnership and your support as we have journeyed through this year.  Please reach out to us if you need help or guidance, and remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community.  #InThisTogether 

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten, Director of Education

May 26th, 2021|

Updated Public Health Guidance: Employees with COVID-19 Symptoms Following Vaccination

The Ontario government recently updated its Public Health guidance for employees with COVID-19 symptoms within 48 hours of COVID-19 immunization.

The updated guidance is available via this link: Guidance for Screening Vaccinated Individuals (gov.on.ca)

The main intent is to provide guidance related to COVID-19 workplace screening for workers experiencing post-vaccine symptoms. This guidance does not apply to screening outside of workplaces.

This guidance document pertains only to workers who:

*Are required to be at work in-person; AND

* Have received a COVID-19 vaccine 48 hours prior to being at work (including day of vaccination, which is considered day 1); AND

*Do not have a known exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days.

Workers who have received a COVID-19 vaccine in the past 48 hours and are experiencing symptoms, and/or also have a known exposure to someone with confirmed COVID-19 in the last 14 days should not attend work in-person, and should self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.

Workers who are advised to self-isolate due to an exposure to a COVID-19 case or for any other reason, should also be excluded from in-person work.

May 25th, 2021|

Payroll Supervisor

Job Posting Number: PASS 2021-11

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is welcoming of candidates from diverse communities, backgrounds and identities and encourages applications from qualified members of these groups.

Applicants are invited to self-identify if you are First Nations, Metis, Inuit, a member of a visible minority group(s) or a person with disabilities. This information is collected under the authority of the Ontario Human Rights Code and will be used to keep track of recruitment information. No personal information will be included.

 

Reporting to the Manager of Budget and Financial Reporting, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Day to day operation, supervision, and support of the Payroll Department
  • Providing technical support, including training to Payroll Administrators to ensure compliance with board policies and relevant legislation
  • Building and maintain collaborative relationships with Human Resource Services, stakeholders and service providers
  • Reviewing and approving bi-weekly payrolls for 10 unique payrolls to ensure accuracy and timeliness of processing
  • Ensuring the data integrity of OMERS and TPP pension information submitted as well as ensuring deadlines for completion of annual reconciliations as required (i.e T4s, EHT, TPP/OMERS reconciliations etc.)
  • Responding to staff and service providers in a timely manner with focus on customer service
  • Assisting with annual payroll accruals, monthly account reconciliations and journal entries
  • Developing, implementing and maintaining procedures, records and payroll manuals
  • Assisting with retirement meetings, Administrative Assistant in-services and attend Labour Management meetings as required
  • Understanding and serving as back-up for Payroll Administrators as well as assisting Payroll Administrators during peak workloads
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications:

  • Active Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) designation or working towards designation
  • Completion of College or University education in a related field such as Business Administration, Human Resources or Accounting or a combination of education, training and experience deemed to be equivalent.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with technology and advanced computer applications, including advanced Excel skills
  • Minimum 3 years current, relevant experience in a supervisory role working with multiple union payrolls, pensions and benefits
  • Advanced analytical, problem-solving and planning skills with an ability to work independently while continually multi-tasking
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, interpersonal and conflict resolution skills

 

Desirable Assets:

  • School board or other public sector experience
  • Knowledge of ISYSWorks payroll and MS Dynamics NAV

 

Salary Level or Salary Range Starting At PASS Level 6, $70,679. per year in accordance with  the PASS Terms of Employment

Hours of Work: Permanent full time: 35 hours per week / 52 weeks per year

Location(s): Catholic Education Centre, 35 Weber St., Kitchener

 

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a resume and covering letter.

Applicants must attach all required documentation required for this position to the resume in order to be considered a candidate for the position.

 

For external applicants: applications will be received via email at recruiting@wcdsb.ca

Internal applicants must apply via internalrecruiting@wcdsb.ca

 

Please include your first name, last name and posting number (provided above) in the subject line. Further information on the application process can be found at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/

 

Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2021

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

 

At WCDSB, we are committed to respecting your privacy, and will take appropriate measures to protect any personal information you may share with us through the job application process. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to determine qualifications for employment. For more information about the Board’s Privacy Policy, please contact our Privacy Officer at 519-578-3660 Ext. 2381.

 

To request this file in large print, please email aoda@wcdsb.ca.  If you require a disability related accommodation to participate the recruitment process, please contact us at (519) 578-3677, extension 2368 to discuss your needs under the Human Rights Code.  Responses to inquiries will be provided within 72 hours. Please use one method of application only.

This is a non-denominational equal opportunity position.

 

May 21st, 2021|

Invitation to Leadership for Diversity Candidates

This message may be for YOU.  If you are a diversity candidate, please consider joining us on June 10th at 4:30 p.m. and PLEASE consider tapping any diversity candidates you know–both within and out of our system – who you feel should be considering the leadership journey!

We cannot wait to welcome you to our evening and to the invitation to leadership at WCDSB!

Date: June 10, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Registration Link:  https://forms.office.com/r/faR6Wbrq38

 

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May 20th, 2021|

Vaccine Pre-registration for Children Aged 12 -17!!

Yesterday, the Province of Ontario announced that as of the week of May 31, youth in Ontario between 12 and 17 years of age and their family members who have not received a vaccine, will be eligible to book an appointment to receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, including at special dedicated youth and family clinics throughout the weeks of June 14 and 21, 2021.

The province will work with Region of Waterloo Public Health and our school board to offer second doses of the vaccine by the end of August.

Click Here to Read the Provincial Announcement

Get Vaccinated If You Are Eligible!

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) encourages all who are eligible to pre-register to receive their vaccine from Region of Waterloo Public Health.

When possible – and to best support your child(ren) 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.

We are asking anyone who is eligible, including education workers, to make sure they are pre-registered on the Region of Waterloo Public Health website.

Details to Follow

The WCDSB will be working in coordination with Region of Waterloo Public Health and other local partners to develop a plan, and will share more information as it becomes available.

 

May 14th, 2021|

BUILD A DREAM – TRADES WEEK

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,

On behalf of Build a Dream and in partnership with School Boards across Ontario, you are invited to TRADES WEEK – a FREE 2-day event taking place on Wednesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 20 from 6:00pm-8:30pm EST for parents and high school students.

This interactive virtual event will highlight opportunities in a number of careers, along with OYAP/Pre-apprenticeship to better assist students to make informed career choices. This event will include careers in:

SKILLED TRADES

Industrial
Construction
Motive Power
Service

Parents play critical roles in the education of their children. This is an opportunity for families to learn collaboratively about the many careers in these growing sectors.

The event features:

  • Keynote speakers and informative panelists
  • Q&A with speakers and industry reps
  • Career planning advice and a skilled trades career guide
  • A live demonstration to illustrate the impact of Trades
  • FREE pizza (for early registrants)
  • Games, Prizes, Survey and More!

REGISTER TODAY AT: https://tradesweek.eventbrite.ca
Use password: TheFutureIsTrades

For additional information, please contact: info@webuildadream.com

Trades Week Poster

May 13th, 2021|
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