IMPORTANT – Student Vaccine Message from WCDSB, WRDSB & Region of Waterloo Public Health

September 29, 2021

Dear Parent / Legal Guardian / Student:

As the 2021-22 school year begins, we remain committed to the health, well-being and safety of students, educators, school staff and the broader community. Keeping our schools open this year is our collective priority.

Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect yourself, your child, and your family from COVID-19. Vaccines help to stop the spread so we can safely and gradually resume more activities.

COVID-19 immunization for students is not mandatory. However, understanding the student immunization status and coverage within classes and schools will better enable public health units to respond if there is an outbreak.

Local public health units will be reviewing and assessing students’ COVID-19 vaccination information together with class lists to support case, contact and outbreak management within schools. This is only applicable to students eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (i.e., those born in 2009 or earlier).

All information collected by the public health unit will be kept confidential and used only for the purposes described in this letter. Further, these immunization records are being disclosed to local public health units under Section 39(2)(a) of the Personal Health Information and Privacy Act (PHIPA) as a disclosure that is made for the purposes of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA).

Public health units may reach out to parents/legal guardians/students, as applicable, if they have questions about a student’s immunization status. For example, they may have questions about a particular immunization record (e.g., dose timing), or information that is missing. They can also answer any questions you may have and provide information related to COVID-19 vaccines. It is important that this information is complete and accurate since it will inform public health units in the event of an outbreak.

Please see the following COVID-19 Information Resources for Parents/Guardians and Youth and the COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs for Parents and Guardians for information about COVID-19 and vaccines.

Should you have questions on how to access COVID-19 vaccines for yourself, your child, or your family, please visit www.regionofwaterloo.ca/GetVaccinated

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to keep our students safe.

September 29th, 2021|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — September, 2021

Meetings

Committee Of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, September 13, 2021 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, September 27, 2021 — Meeting Agenda Package

Highlights

WCDSB Promotional Video

The WCDSB’s new promotional video was officially launched at the September 13, 2021, meeting of the Committee of the Whole Board. Titled “Welcome to Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools”, you can view it HERE.

Summer Boost/Summer Programming Update

Similar to last year, the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) provided school boards with funding to deliver 2021 Summer Learning Programs (SLP) with the intent to meet the needs of our most vulnerable students, parents, and communities.

Key focus areas included Numeracy, Literacy and preparing students for Gr. 9 Math De-streaming.

The funding directly supported the WCDSB Summer Boost Program that has run each summer for the past several years. Due to the Covid pandemic, as well as to ensure the safety of staff and students, the Summer Boost program was held virtually for all participating students and staff.

The 2021 Summer Boost program consisted of 9 classes and ran from July 5th – July 23rd inclusively for 3 hrs/day for a total of 45 hours serving 180 students.

Some key outcomes included:

  • 30% of our Early Learners and Grade 1-2 students progressed to the next stage of phonemic awareness, and 28% showed an increase in the same stage. In Grade 2 a greater percentage increased in the same stage (40%) while 10% advanced to the next stage.
  • In Grade 3 to 8, we observed an increase in the number of students at the “Got It” (60%) and “Getter There” (30%) stages, which is considerably higher than pretest levels of 33% percent in the “Got It” and “Getting There” stages
  • In Numeracy we witnessed an increase to “Got It” from PRE to POST in most questions across all grades. Student fair share, fraction, decimal. percent and equalities & inequalities capacity grew considerably across the 3 weeks.

The report is available beginning on page 11 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Equity Update

As a Catholic educational institution, we are guided by the Gospel in our pursuit of equity and justice as a value rooted in our faith. In our Catholic/Christian tradition, we have a moral imperative to act intentionally to ensure those we serve – staff, students, and communities – are treated with respect and dignity as brothers and sisters in Christ.

The WCDSB’s new equity officer role began March 1, 2021 — and became a full-time position May 3, 2021.

Key activities since then include:

  • Finalizing the Student Census Process
  • Creating Equity Professional Development Materials
  • Major Revision of the Equity Webpage

The new website includes a main page introducing the importance of equity at WCDSB. This page is titled Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: A Transformational Lens. Then there are tabs to the following pages:

  • A Strategic Framework for EDI throughout the Board
  • A Multicultural Calendar
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Conversations and News
  • An Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Glossary of Terms
  • Dismantling Racism
  • Human Rights and Equity
  • EDI Toolkit
  • Equity Quiz

The webpage will be periodically updated (e.g., equity quiz, calendar) to keep the information current and interactive. The purpose of the page is to educate, but also to pique people’s interest in equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The report is available beginning on page 22 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

2021-2022 Re-Opening Update

As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, we once again find that the schools of Waterloo Catholic are opening and operating within a pandemic reality that has caused us to consider our models of deliv