Mental Health Lead

Job Posting Number: APSSP 2021-05

 

The Board conducts intentional recruitment and selection as it seeks to achieve a state of greater equity for employees and students and to diversify its workforce.

 

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.

 

In keeping with directions outlined in the Ontario Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board is seeking a Mental Health Leader to coordinate, align, and implement a School Board Mental Health Strategy.  In addition to providing leadership within the board and community in the area of school mental health, this individual will serve as a liaison with provincial mental health initiatives and will monitor and share our implementation progress and learning.  Moreover, the Mental Health Leader will support district capacity building for mental health services and support in schools, evidence informed practice, and system navigation.

The Mental Health Leader will report to the Supervisory Officer responsible for: Leadership Strategy, Safe Schools & 21st Century Learning.

 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a liaison for provincial mental health initiatives. Collaborate with other Mental Health Leaders across the province to share learning and to provide input to the development and implementation of provincial resources.
  • Work with system leaders in the board and community to further develop, implement, and communicate a comprehensive board Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.
  • Collaborate with the Special Education Department and the community partners, to develop an integrated system of care, and to facilitate navigation for students and their families.
  • Conduct/update a district needs assessment and resource mapping to identify specific service delivery gaps in the area of mental health and addictions for students.
  • Coordinate the delivery of mental health awareness and literacy programming, for a range of stakeholders within the board.
  • Assist in the selection and implementation of mental health promotion and prevention programming strategies for the board.
  • Submit reports to the Ministry as required throughout the year on project activities and findings. Work with the Special Education Program and Policy Branch to develop a reporting framework.

 

Qualifications:

  • Completion of a Master’s degree in Psychiatry, Clinical/School Psychology or Social Work
  • Registration with the appropriate professional college
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in strategy development, coordination, and implementation, in the area of mental health
  • Extensive clinical experience within a school district setting, across the tiers of mental health intervention (promotion, prevention, intervention, crisis, system navigation)
  • Experience providing and/or facilitating adult learning, professional learning and training
  • Excellent communication, coordination, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Driver’s License and access to a personal vehicle as some travel will be required

 

Salary Range:              $60,947 – $93,719 per (per the APSSP Collective agreement based on 194 school days)

Schedule:                     Full time Permanent Monday – Friday

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

 

Application Process:   If you possess the skills, qualifications and personal attributes listed above and wish to be considered for this position, please send:

  • A complete up-to-date personal resumé or curriculum vitae;
  • Two current professional references;
  • Documentation to support the qualifications and assets identified above.

 

External applicants are required to apply directly through Apply to Education at:  www.applytoeducation.com

For ApplytoEducation assistance, please contact 1-877-900-5627 (Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 7:00 pm EST.)

 

Internal applicants are required to apply by submitting your required documents to 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 4:00 pm on July 14, 2021.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

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.

 

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.

 

The successful candidate will be required to produce a satisfactory Criminal Background Check.  For further information refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board

 

June 30th, 2021|

Secondary School Librarian – Permanent

Job Posting Number: PASS 2021-14

 

The Board conducts intentional recruitment and selection as it seeks to achieve a state of greater equity for employees and students and to diversify its workforce.

 

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.

 

The Secondary School Librarian will provide students and staff with a library learning commons which is managed, organized and administered to serve the educational needs and programs of a Catholic secondary school.

 

Responsibilities:

 

  • Provide instruction regarding online searches and research
  • Maintain the library website and create online help documents
  • Provide reference service and encourage literacy
  • Conduct grade 9 orientations
  • Circulation and inventory of materials including monitoring overdue materials
  • Supervise students during library hours
  • Maintain the library collection including purchasing new materials and discarding outdated
  • Prepare and administer the library budget
  • Consult with teachers on assignments and provide advice and guidance on library resources

 

Qualifications:

 

  • A master’s degree in Library Science from an accredited university;
  • Previous library experience in working with secondary students is preferred;
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated experience with technology in the library;
  • The ability to develop, organize and maintain a collection of library resources using specialized knowledge of library systems;
  • Demonstrated experience in exposing students to a continuum of library and research skills.

 

Salary:                         PASS Level 6, $62,396 – $73,406.00  per year in accordance with the PASS Terms of Employment

Hours of Work:             Permanent full time:   35 hours per week/45 weeks per year

Location(s):                  St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School

 

Application Process:   If you possess the skills, qualifications and personal attributes listed above and wish to be considered for this position, please send:

  • A complete up-to-date personal resumé or curriculum vitae;
  • Two current professional references;
  • Documentation to support the qualifications and assets identified above.

 

External applicants are required to apply directly through Apply to Education at:  www.applytoeducation.com

 

For ApplytoEducation assistance, please contact 1-877-900-5627 (Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 7:00 pm EST.)

 

Internal applicants are required to apply by submitting your required documents to 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 4:00 pm on July 14, 2021.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

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.

 

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.

 

The successful candidate will be required to produce a satisfactory Criminal Background Check.  For further information refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board

 

June 30th, 2021|

Supply Custodian

Job Posting Number: UNIFOR 2021-02

 

The Board conducts intentional recruitment and selection as it seeks to achieve a state of greater equity for employees and students and to diversify its workforce.

 

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.

 

The WCDSB maintains a pool of Supply Custodians who are called to replace permanent custodians who are absent from work.  A Supply Custodian will work approximately 10 to 40 hours per week Monday to Friday.   Supply Custodians are not assigned to one specific location and may have travel to more than one location on a shift. Our geographic region is within Waterloo Region. A supply custodian position could lead to a permanent custodian position with the Board.

 

General Housekeeping Duties:

  • Dusting and sanitizing surfaces
  • Wet and dry mopping
  • Polishing and scrubbing floors, operating auto scrubbers and buffers
  • Stripping and re-finishing floor surfaces
  • Garbage and recycle collection and removal (inside and outside)
  • Snow removal, salting and sanding as required for safety
  • Operation of equipment such as snow blowers, floor buffers, auto scrubbers, and vacuum cleaners.

 

General Responsibilities:

  • Maintain cleanliness of the building and grounds in all respects.
  • Perform related duties as required for the daily operations of the site.
  • Assist with arranging physical set up for site rentals, in-school dances and activities
  • Maintenance of Logs and Files.
  • Follow assigned cleaning schedules to maintain expected standards of cleanliness.
  • Follow Board practices, procedures in relation to attendance, health and safety.
  • Co-operates with colleagues, staff and students to assist in creating positive working relationships.

 

Qualifications:

  • High school (grade 12) diploma or GED preferred but not required.
  • Previous commercial/industrial cleaning experience preferred
  • Basic computer knowledge (Word, Outlook, Excel)
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is preferred
  • Able to communicate effectively
  • Good attendance record.
  • Must be physically capable to meet the physical demands of the job.

 

 

Salary Range:              $22.02 per hour plus shift premium

Location(s):                 Elementary and Secondary Schools in Waterloo Region

 

Application Process:   If you possess the skills, qualifications and personal attributes listed above and wish to be considered for this position, please send:

  • A complete up-to-date personal resumé or curriculum vitae;
  • Two current professional references;
  • Documentation to support the qualifications and assets identified above.

 

External applicants are required to apply directly through Apply to Education at:  www.applytoeducation.com

For ApplytoEducation assistance, please contact 1-877-900-5627 (Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 7:00 pm EST.)

 

Internal applicants are required to apply by submitting your required documents to 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 4:00 pm on July 12, 2021.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

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.

 

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.

 

The successful candidate will be required to produce a satisfactory Criminal Background Check.  For further information refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board

 

June 30th, 2021|

Human Resources Administrative Assistant – Full Time Temporary

Waterloo Catholic District School Board

Invites applicants for the position of:        

Human Resources Administrative Assistant – Full Time Temporary – commencing July/August 2021 approximately 1 year

 

Job Posting Number:  PASS 2021-07

 

The Board conducts intentional recruitment and selection as it seeks to achieve a state of greater equity for employees and students and to diversify its workforce.

 

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.

 

Applications for assignment to a position as an Administrative Assistant will be gratefully received.

This position reports directly to the Human Resource Officer and assists in the administration of the following groups: Administrators, APSSP, PASS, Senior Managers, Superintendents and Unifor.

 

Basic Qualification:

 

  • Responsible for assisting in the processing of collective agreements, HR information maintenance, and staffing;
  • To maintain data, review and assist in OMERS administration;
  • Assist with full scale recruitment processes for the multiple Union and Non-Union employee groups;
  • Assist with transfer process for UNIFOR;
  • Assist with Benefit Trust inquiries;
  • Maintain databases and electronic files and preparation of correspondence;
  • Resource for Collective Agreement inquiries;
  • Maintenance of SmartFind profiles;
  • Carry out ad hoc research projects as assigned;
  • Maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the position;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

 

  • Two-year College level diploma in Human Resource Administration, Business/Secretarial or equivalency of Human Resource Certificate with related experience or experience in a related field;
  • Superior organizational skills;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite programs and relational databases;
  • Knowledge of the principles of human resource practices and administration;
  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation, the Employment Standards Act, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Human Rights Code;
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills (both written and verbal);
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills and analytical thinking and customer service commitment;

 

Salary Range:              PASS Level 1, $51,407. – $60,480 per year in accordance with the PASS Terms of Employment

 

Hours of Work:            Temporary 35 hours per week / 52 weeks per year

 

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

 

Application Process:   If you possess the skills, qualifications and personal attributes listed above and wish to be considered for this position, please send:

  • A complete up-to-date personal resumé or curriculum vitae;
  • Two current professional references;
  • Documentation to support the qualifications and assets identified above.

 

External applicants are required to apply directly through Apply to Education at:  www.applytoeducation.com

For ApplytoEducation assistance, please contact 1-877-900-5627 (Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 7:00 pm EST.)

 

Internal applicants are required to apply by submitting your required documents to 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 4:00 pm on July 6, 2021.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

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.

 

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.

 

The successful candidate will be required to produce a satisfactory Criminal Background Check.  For further information refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board

 

June 28th, 2021|

Summer IT Hardware Technical Support – 2 positions (July – August 31, 2021)

Job Posting Number   SS 2021-03

 

The position will report to the Chief Information Officer and will receive mentoring and direction from the Supervisor the Classroom Services. Primary location will be working at the Facility Services location in Waterloo. This position has been funded by the Ontario Public Service through the Summer Experience Program.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in troubleshooting, diagnosing and repairing laptops and Chromebook
  • All training included with the positions.

 

Qualifications:

  • Must be currently be a Senior Secondary Student or enrolled in a post-secondary institution in a computer science/technology
  • Basic knowledge of hardware
  • Basic knowledge of website maintenance using WordPress and SharePoint Online
  • Attention to detail and strong communication skills are important during all stages of the project.

 

Salary Level:              $16.50 per hour

Hours:                         Monday to Friday 35 hours per week

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

 

Application Process:

 

If you possess the skills, qualifications and personal attributes listed above and wish to be considered for this position, please send:

  • A complete up-to-date personal resumé or curriculum vitae;
  • Two current professional references;
  • Documentation to support the qualifications and assets identified above.

 

External applicants are required to apply directly through Apply to Education at:  www.applytoeducation.com

For ApplytoEducation assistance, please contact 1-877-900-5627 (Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 7:00 pm EST.)

 

Internal applicants are required to apply by submitting your required documents to 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 4:00 pm on July 6, 2021.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

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.

 

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.

 

The successful candidate will be required to produce a satisfactory Criminal Background Check.  For further information refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board

 

 

June 28th, 2021|

IMPORTANT! Vaccine Clinics for Students Aged 12-17: All Schools Welcome!!

The Waterloo Region Vaccine Task Force is hosting school vaccine clinics across Waterloo Region between June 22 – 26, 2021 for youth and their families.

School vaccine clinics

Youth aged 12-17 — and family members they live with — can book appointments at these vaccine clinics to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Daytime, evening, and weekend appointments are available between June 22 – 26, 2021. Free parking is available on-site at all the clinics.

Grand River Collegiate

175 Indian Rd, Kitchener, ON N2B 2S7

Southwood Secondary School

30 Southwood Dr, Cambridge, ON N1S 4K3

Huron Heights Secondary School

1825 Strasburg Rd, Kitchener, ON N2R 1S3

How to book an appointment?

To book an appointment please email youthclinics@regionofwaterloo.ca with your name, contact information, and preferred clinic location. Someone will call you back to complete the booking process (within 48 hours).

You can also book an appointment by calling the YMCA settlement services at 226-339-4964.

These clinics do not take walk-ins, an appointment is needed.

Who can get the vaccine now?

Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 are now eligible to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Youth must be 12 years old at the time of their appointment.

Youth will be able to get their second dose quicker than other people so they will have both their shots before the 2021/2022 school year.

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.

Thank you for your continued support in keeping our community safe.

June 21st, 2021|

Call for Applicants to Fill 2 WCDSB Trustee Vacancies

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is seeking applicants to fill two Trustee vacancies representing Kitchener and Wilmot. The vacancies were created by the resignations of Trustees Greg Reitzel and Kevin Dupuis.

Under the Education Act, when a trustee vacancy occurs, the Board of Trustees must undertake a process to identify a qualified person to serve the remainder of the former Trustee’s current term of office. The Board of Trustees has traditionally used a candidate application / interview process to fill vacant seats, and that process will be employed again. The candidate interviews will be held in public.

At the conclusion of the public interview process, the sitting Trustees will vote to select the successful applicants.

Provincial legislation stipulates any applicants to fill the vacant seats must be:

  • A Canadian citizen at least 18 years of age — and a resident of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo;
  • A baptized Roman Catholic, who is shown as an English-language Roman Catholic school board supporter on the municipal assessment list;
  • Not an employee of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board or any other district school board or school authority in Ontario.

Any person meeting the above requirements may apply for the positions.

A description of the roles and responsibilities of school board trustees is available by clicking HERE

WCDSB will follow Public Health restrictions, and whether virtually or in person, interviews / presentations to the Board will be held on Monday August 30th, 2021.

Applicants must provide a signed resume and confirmation of their qualifications (suggested length: 3-5 pages) by Monday August 23rd, to: Waterloo Catholic District School Board, 35 Weber St. W., Unit A, Kitchener, ON, N2H 3Z1 (Attention Alice Figueiredo). Email: alice.figueiredo@wcdsb.ca

Questions may be sent to the same email address above.

All correspondence is subject to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

WCDSB School

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 48 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 185-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

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June 21st, 2021|

LAST CALL — Links fore Learning Golf Classic … The Tradition Continues!

The 19th Annual Links fore Learning Golf Classic the tradition continues on Thursday, August 19, 2021, at the Conestoga Golf & Country Club.

The event is sponsored by Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools and the Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region (formerly the Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation).

The programing will align with Region of Waterloo COVID-19 protocols but, be assured, this will be another exceptional, unique, experience.

The cost is still $150/golfer and registration is easy and convenient … just visit www.ccfowr.ca/news-&-updates.

For information, contact Ms. Jody Fritz, tel: 519.578.3660 ext.2373 or email: jody.fritz@wcdsb.ca.

June 18th, 2021|

Huron Brigadoon — Notice of Decision

Dear Parents & Guardians:

On Monday, June 14, 2021, the Board of Trustees approved recommendations to change the boundaries for Blessed Sacrament, John Sweeney, Our Lady of Grace, and St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Elementary Schools (CES). The purpose was to establish a boundary for the new Huron Brigadoon CES in advance of its opening, which is anticipated September 2022.

The Board’s decision came after consultation with school communities through the Boundary Review Committee process and public meetings.

The boundary changes in accordance with Staff Recommended Option 1 (described below and map on reverse) will take effect on September 1, 2022:

  • move sub-areas K, M, N, and P from Blessed Sacrament to Huron Brigadoon;
  • move sub-area E from John Sweeney to Huron Brigadoon;
  • move sub-area T from Our Lady of Grace to Huron Brigadoon; and,
  • move sub-areas V, W, Y, and Z from St. Kateri Tekakwitha to Huron Brigadoon.

Grade 7 students enrolled at Blessed Sacrament, John Sweeney, Our Lady of Grace, and St. Kateri Tekakwitha in the 2021/22 school year (or the school year prior to the new Huron Brigadoon CES opening) may remain in their current school. Transportation will be provided if they qualify.

All other students living in areas impacted by the boundary review will attend the new Huron Brigadoon CES as of September 2022. Transition plans will be prepared to support all students through these changes. Further information will follow from each school; parents will be involved in this process through their Catholic School Advisory Councils.

The Board would like to thank all of those who were involved throughout the review. To each of the Boundary Review Committee representatives, parents/guardians and school community members who participated in the review with passion and commitment to ensuring the best outcome for all students – your advocacy is appreciated.

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten , Director of Education

Melanie Van Alphen, Chair of the Board

June 16th, 2021|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — June, 2021

Meetings

Public Board Meeting

Monday, June 7, 2021 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, June 14, 2021 — Meeting Agenda Package

Highlights

2021-22 School Year Budget

The WCDSB’s school year budget for 2021-22 (a balanced budget totaling $322.4 million) was presented to the board of Trustees on Monday, June 7th, and approved on Monday, June 14th.

BUDGET REPORT

> The overall budget is as follows:

  • Total Operating: $301.2 M — ($6.9 M change from 2020-21)
  • Total Capital: $21.2 M — ($0.7 M change from 2020-21)
  • Total Operating & Capital: $322.4 M — ($7.6 M change from 2020-21)

> As always, budget decisions have been guided by the key priorities captured in the following plans:

> Once again, budget decisions have also been guided by new and emerging considerations related to re-opening schools within the current COVID-19 reality – chief among them, health, and safety considerations.

> Key funding areas of the operating budget include:

  • Learning Services — $208 M
  • Special Education – $39.2 M
  • School Operations & Maintenance — $26.6 M
  • Student Transportation — $7.6 M
  • Adult & Continuing Education — $9.4M
  • Board Administration — $10.4M

School Resource Officer Program Review

In January of 2021, the Waterloo Catholic District school board contracted Turner Consulting Group to review the School Resource Officer Program after the Waterloo Region Police Services halted the program in the region due to expressed community concerns. The WCDSB committed to undertaking a review of the SRO program to determine its efficacy in our secondary schools in relation to its stated goals. We sought to answer the following questions:

  1. How effectively the original mandate of the SRO program –related to relational proactive policing –is being realized in the WCDSB?
  2. How (if at all) is systemic racism experienced within the context of the SRO program?
  3. Whether there an overrepresentation of racialized groups that are being suspended/expelled where SRO involvement was also included?
  4. Whether racialized students see/experience police differently within the SRO program versus those they encounter in their community?
  5. How the police need to work in schools to ensure equity of outcomes for all students?

At the present time it is recommended the SRO program continue to be temporarily paused until a system level committee with representation from WRPS and WCDSB is established in the short term to address the following recommendations in an action plan:

  1. Refine the goals of the program. There needs to be a shared understanding of the SRO program with all stakeholders (staff and community members) to ensure knowledge mobilization. The implementation of the program depends on stakeholder understanding.
  2. On the go forward, utilize the information gleaned from the student census, to be initially administered in the fall, to further support the monitoring of the program and the goals it should establish. Further, we can better utilize suspension and Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) data in connection with our census data to determine any required foci for action.
  3. Consider additional resources to ensure the role of the SRO is dedicated to the definition and purpose of the SRO role only. If the goal is to build relationships, this takes time to ensure trust. The duality of the SRO role and role of police can cause confusion and mistrust when the roles of performed interchangeably, so a good examination of how the role should ideally perform within the school environment is needed and how to balance the two potential functions an SRO can fulfill.
  4. As we re-examine now and on an ongoing basis the SRO program, it is imperative to utilize student voice, especially from minority and racialized youth to design a program that works for them.
  5. To build trust and a culture of safety, reporting procedures/mechanisms should be established for students who believe they have been treated unfairly or inappropriately by someone in a position of authority.
  6. As a system, we need to continue our ongoing work on anti-bias training, equity training and responsive pedagogy for ALL staff.

The report is available beginning on page 7 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Huron Brigadoon Boundary Review

On June 14, 2021, the Board of Trustees approved the following staff recommendations:

  • That the boundaries of Blessed Sacrament, John Sweeney, Our Lady of Grace, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, and the new Huron Brigadoon Catholic Elementary Schools (CES) be modified in accordance with Option 1, effective September 2022 or at such time that the new school opens.
  • That grade 7 students enrolled at Blessed Sacrament, John Sweeney, Our Lady of Grace, and St. Kateri Tekakwitha in the 2021/2022 school year, or the school year prior to the new Huron Brigadoon CES opening, be grand parented to finish grade 8 at their current school.
  • That grade 7 students grand parented at their current school be provided with transportation if they qualify in accordance with board procedure APO012 – Transportation.
  • That French Immersion be offered at the new Huron Brigadoon CES upon its opening in September 2022, or at such time that the new school opens, starting with grade 1 and growing a grade per year.

  • That French Immersion be offered at the new Huron-Brigadoon CES starting with one Grade 1 class per year (20 students), and that staff review the opportunity to expand access to French Immersion at such time as a boundary review is initiated to support the opening of a new school in Southwest Kitchener or if there are significant differences in enrolment trends projected by the New Huron-Brigadoon CES Boundary Review.
  • That students enrolled at Blessed Sacrament, John Sweeney, Our Lady of Grace, and St. Kateri Tekakwitha in the 2021/2022 school year, or the school year prior to the new Huron Brigadoon CES opening, who were directed to attend the new Huron Brigadoon CES as a result of the Huron Brigadoon Boundary Review, be considered for grandparenting at such time as future boundary reviews are conducted in Southwest Kitchener.
  • That a Transition Planning Committee be formed to support all students who will be moving to the new Huron Brigadoon CES as a result of the Huron Brigadoon Boundary Review.

The report is available beginning on page 36 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

French Immersion Review

On June 14, 2021, the Board of Trustees approved the following staff recommendations:

  • That the Waterloo Catholic District School Board continue to offer French Immersion in Dual Track (English and French Immersion) elementary schools, and prioritize that French Immersion be offered in a Grade 1-8 configuration or a school configuration consistent with English programming in the same facility.
  • That the Waterloo Catholic District School Board continue to provide a Grade 1 entry point for French Immersion, and that available Grade 1 spaces be determined annually, based on facility and staffing limitations, and that a lottery be held, by site, where interest in French Immersion exceeds available space and that siblings of existing French Immersion students receive priority access when applying to attend French Immersion.

F I Review

  • That consistent with the Board’s priority to keep siblings together, the Board review APA003 – Admission of Out of Boundary Students to reflect the admittance of siblings of French Immersion students in a capped school.
  • That the Waterloo Catholic District School Board continue the practice of not providing bus transportation to elementary French Immersion students who reside outside of a school’s English boundary.
  • That the Waterloo Catholic District School Board assess the impacts of offering transportation to French Immersion students living outside a secondary school’s English boundary, and that a decision on providing transportation to these students be made prior to November 2021.

The report is available beginning on page 42 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Update on WCDSB COVID Education Delivery Plan

The provincial government and the Region of Waterloo have announced that all students aged 12 to 17 will have the opportunity for vaccination. This population will be prioritized above all others in the weeks of June 14th and June 21st, with increased capacity within the Region. Second shots will then be made available in August, with a goal of having all youth aged 12 to 17 fully vaccinated for the start of the school year. If the youth aged 12 to 17 have any family member who has not been vaccinated when the student is coming for vaccination, their family members may also be vaccinated. Capacity for vaccination will be handled not only by the Region’s mass vaccination clinics, but also by pop-up and hot spot clinics that will be set up in schools.

The ongoing targeted testing program was paused as of June 7th, as there is little demand for the asymptomatic testing with schools no longer offering in person learning.

We are now planning for the final days of this year, as well as intensively planning for the 2021-2022 school year.

As we look to the end of this school year, we know that we have thousands of devices – Chromebooks and internet providers – that we have distributed across the system. Similarly, there are textbooks and school materials to return and personal belongings to retrieve. This will be true at all our schools across the system. To facilitate the collection of the devices and textbooks, and retrieval of materials, we are targeting June 24th as the last day of synchronous learning and June 25th to begin retrieval, to allow for library technicians to receive, catalogue and retrieve outstanding devices. This will require asynchronous instruction for the final days of the school year.

As always, health and safety will continue to remain our primary concern and motivator. We are listening keenly to all updates provided regionally and provincially and will respond accordingly in the best interest of our staff and students.

We are hopeful about the possibilities for next year. While we don’t have full clarity as yet, the signs of recovery are increasingly looking positive.

The report is available beginning on page 44 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Multi-year Strategic Plan Report

The Education Act requires school boards to develop multi-year plans that are 3 years or more in scope. The multiyear plan provides focus and direction to the board to achieve both the Ministry of Education goals but just as importantly, the vision of the board. The multi-year plan is aimed at achieving the Ministry of Education goals of increased student achievement and well-being, equity of achievement and opportunity for all students, as well as increased public confidence

In June of 2018, the Board accepted the final report card on the 2015-2018 Multi-Year Strategic Plan. Within that work was found stakeholder feedback regarding our previously identified Mission, Vision, Beliefs and three core Strategic Priorities. There was a high affirmation rate for each and thus it was identified at that time that those would remain constant and provide a foundational framework for a new strategic plan that was to be approved later in December of 2018. Informed by the work and MYSP survey of the spring of 2018, the June 2018 report card, and several conversations throughout of the fall of 2018, the Director and Senior staff worked to identify both new Strategic Directions and corresponding goals for each of the three pre-identified strategic priorities. There was a concerted effort to reduce the number of strategic directions and the number of goals. Nine strategic directions were reduced to 6 and 32 goals were reduced to 17.

The Multi-Year Strategic Plan for Waterloo Catholic sets out to prioritize our work in the areas of:

  • Nurturing Our Catholic Community
  • Student Engagement, Innovation and Achievement
  • Building Capacity to Lead, Learn and Live Authentically.

MYSP

On June 14, 2021, the Director of Education presented a detailed report on the achievements and challenges of the 2020-21 school year. While it is hard to quantify a firm result against our total number of goals, it is a fair statement to say that, despite some very significant setbacks and challenges that characterized the year, there was solid progress made in each of the six strategic directions. Of course, the entire year occurred under the cloud of some significant challenges related to the pandemic, and that impeded the ability of staff to be fully successful against a number of their articulated plans and goals.

The report is available beginning on page 47 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Board Chair’s Update

Each month, the Chair of the Board reports on the activities of the Board of Trustees. Chair Melanie Van Alphen’s report for June 2021 is available on page 144 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Student Trustees Update

Student Trustees Abby Barbosa and Kate Morrison presented their monthly update – covering activities in WCDSB’s secondary schools. It is available beginning on page 135 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

To Be Announced

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 48 schools and four adult education facilities, serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary, and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 185-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

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