Message from Minister of Education & Chief Medical Officer

We know how critical in-person learning is to the mental health, well-being, and academic success of Ontario students. As we meet the challenge presented by the Omicron variant, we are building upon Ontario’s cautious and leading plan to protect in-person learning.

Ontario students and children have benefitted from continuous efforts to keep schools and child care settings safer, including high quality masks, enhanced cleaning, and improvements in air ventilation in every school – with more than 70,000 HEPA filter units and other ventilation devices deployed. In December, Ontario sent a total of 11 million rapid antigen tests home with students to help protect against the spread of COVID-19 and to support the safe return to in-person learning following the winter break.

We are taking nothing for granted. Health and safety in our schools and child care settings remains a top priority and we continue to monitor to ensure that every precaution is taken to protect children, students, and staff and to support continued safe in-person learning.

The Children’s Health Coalition – representing Ontario’s children’s hospitals, mental health agencies and rehabilitation centres – has emphasized that in-person education is critical to the mental health, development and well-being of children and youth. Ontario students in publicly funded schools will return to in-person learning on January 5, 2022 for school boards previously scheduled to return January 3 to prepare for the public health measures announced on Dec. 30, 2021.

In response to the highly-transmissible Omicron variant, Ontario is putting in place additional health and safety measures to create more layers of protection to keep schools as safe as possible for in-person learning, which is critical to the positive mental health and academic success of students.

These include:

  • Updating the COVID-19 school and child care screener ahead of the return to school on January 5 and asking students, parents and staff for rigorous screening and monitoring of symptoms.
  • Providing non-fit-tested N95 masks for staff in schools and licensed child care settings as an optional alternative to medical/surgical masks, and additional supply of high-quality three-ply cloth masks that are strongly encouraged and free for students and children in January.
  • Deploying an additional 3,000 standalone HEPA filter units to school boards, building on the existing 70,000 HEPA filter units and ventilation devices already in schools.
  • Continuing PCR testing eligibility for symptomatic elementary and secondary students, education staff and participating private and First Nation operated schools who have received a PCR self-collection kit through their school.

Starting in January, temporarily permitting only low-contact indoor sports and safe extra-curricular activities.

  • Updating COVID-19 reporting requirements for school boards and child care in January.
  • Supporting the projected hiring of over 2,000 staff, funded by a $304 million allocation for second semester that includes additional teachers, custodians, and mental health workers.

Furthermore, to maintain operational safety given anticipated higher rates of absenteeism, school boards are directed to exhaust all efforts to fill staff vacancies, including through substitute and retired teachers, before shifting to online learning.

Ontario’s schools are also benefitting from high rates of vaccination. We thank students, parents, and staff for helping to keep our schools and child care settings safe by getting vaccinated. With 400 school-focused clinics underway, Ontario has one of the highest rates of vaccination in Canada. More than 85.9% per cent of youth aged 12 to 17 have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 82.2% per cent have received a second dose and 43.1% percent of Ontario children between ages 5 and 11 have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

We encourage everyone who is eligible for a vaccination or booster to get vaccinated to further protect students as they return to school. It is natural to have questions about the vaccine. Parents or guardians with concerns can reach out to the SickKids COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Service at www.sickkids.ca/vaccineconsult, or 1-888-304-6558 to book a consultation. The consultation service is available in multiple languages, using over-the-phone language interpretation. Parents and caregivers can also contact the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943- 3900 to receive more information from a health specialist.

By working together, we can help Ontario students achieve a successful continuation of in-person learning this winter.

Please take a moment to review a few key important reminders or visit Ontario’s website to learn more about COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Dr, Kieran Moore

Chief Medical Officer of Health

 

Stephen Lecce

Minister of Education

December 31st, 2021|

WCDSB Before and After School Program Update

Earlier today information was shared via NewsWire to our Waterloo Catholic Community advising that the start of school will be moved to January 5th. There will not be board-operated or child care centre provided school-age care available on January 3rd or 4th. School staff will be focused on preparing our schools and classrooms for the return of students on January 5th.

Communication will be sent directly to parents/guardians of registered children to advise of program closures, fee cancellation and important back-to-school information from the Director of Education. Child care operators will communicate with their affected families directly, or messaging may have already been sent.

December 31st, 2021|

Important Back-to-School Update from the Director of Education

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

I hope that you have enjoyed a pleasant, restful and healthy Christmas season with your family.  While generally a time of celebration and joy, it has been a time of concern for many due to the increase in COVID-19 cases that we have been witness to in our communities and reported in the media.

The omicron variant has become the dominant strain of COVID with unprecedented speed and we have seen case counts grow at an exponential rate – faster than any wave before.  The good news is that both globally and here in Ontario, the greater majority of all cases are relatively mild and the percentage that lead to serious illness seem to be very few.

With that said – the need for caution is very real, given the sheer volume of cases.  Our care and concern for our vulnerable population and our health care workers who have done so much to serve our communities must remain one of our highest priorities.  As a result, the Provincial Government, through the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has updated a number of points of guidance and procedure.

This letter provides very important updates about the return to school this new year.

Return to School:

The return to in-person learning for all students will be delayed to Wednesday January 5, 2022.  (This includes St Isidore and St Louis).  Students should continue to use the Rapid Antigen Tests you received before the break, and any positive result should be considered a final result, confirming a COVID infection.

Please see the note below regarding timing of the last two tests.  No staff or student should attend work or school after a positive result. Instructions on their use were provided by your local school before the break, along with instruction videos in multiple languages.

Testing:

In Ontario, PCR tests will no longer be available to staff and students or the general public, so screening for symptoms and treating any symptom as confirmation of omicron is the recommendation.  The ministry hopes to provide more rapid tests for staff and students in the weeks to come.

With the start of school moved to January 5th we would ask that you use the last 2 tests on January 3rd and the morning of January 5th.

This will ensure the best chance of a safe return for all.  Please make a best effort to honour this request.

Screening:

It is more important than ever before, that anyone feeling ill should not attend school. All children, students, staff, and visitors must be screened for symptoms of illness every day before attending school or childcare.  Any student or staff member with any symptom should not report to school.

To help meet this requirement, you may use the provincial screening tool found here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.

Confirmation of self-screening will still be a requirement when we return to school and we will continue to reinforce masking and hand hygiene, as well as cohorting and physical distancing with students and our staff.

Case and Contact Management:

Public Health will no longer support case and contact management for schools.  Therefore – if you or your child believe that you are dealing with a case of COVID, (because you have one or more symptoms) it is up to you to ensure household contacts remain isolated and to ensure you remain isolated until the positive case is both symptom free for 24 hours and it has been 5 days since symptom onset for vaccinated individuals (2 vaccines) and 10 days since symptom onset for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals.

Household contacts should also isolate for the duration of the isolation of the positive case. We hope to receive further guidance from Public Health and will share it as it becomes available.

Learning Continuity:

We know that many of the doctors and experts believe that the best place for a student is in school, and we know that our students and staff have been very pleased to return to in person learning this school year.  We do agree that for most students it is where they learn best.

We will not be entertaining new requests to switch to St Isidore at this time, as this would necessitate a full re-organization of the school system.

We will be reviewing learning continuity options in the days to come and when students are absent they can check on their class Google or D2L site for their learning.  We will offer more updates in the days to come.

Masks: 

Students will be provided with expanded access to free high quality three-ply cloth masks.  We encourage our students to use these masks and to wash them on a regular basis.  The use of these specific masks is not mandatory but encouraged as they may be more effective than some of the current one- and two-ply cloth masks being used.  In addition, the Ministry will also provide education staff with the option to use either the current medical grade masks or a non-fit-tested N95 mask.

Socializing:

The holidays are typically characterized as a time to gather.  There are only a few days left but please consider if all public health guidelines are being observed and ensure you do not gather if you are not well.  Our children will rely on us to guide them and to make strong, responsible decisions on their behalf.

Vaccination:

Vaccination for children ages 5 – 11 is currently underway.  Booster shots for anyone over 18 years of age have been possible since Monday, December 20th.  Vaccination remains the best defence against COVID-19, as endorsed by experts at the Ontario Science Table, the Chief Medical Officer of Health and our own Region of Waterloo Public Health.

The omicron variant is highly transmissible, and consideration of vaccination for yourself and your child is very important in stopping the disease’s spread and also in ensuring that if COVID is acquired, that symptoms remain mild and manageable.  Stopping the spread is important so that everyone can spend more time in school and so the most vulnerable amongst us are not negatively impacted.

Extra-Curriculars:

With the updated guidance from the government, there will be a pause to high contact sports such as basketball and wrestling, as well as to multi-cohort choirs and wind instrument ensembles.  We will be reviewing our Operational Guidelines to ensure they are consistent with all updated guidance from the province and encourage you to review it here next week:  Operational Guidelines

We know that it may be challenging to be navigating these times.  We understand that many of you will be concerned and will only want the best for yourself and your children.  We encourage you to follow the guidelines as outlined to the best of your ability and to trust that our schools still remain largely safe.

I have been doing a fair bit of reading over the break and many experts have reflected that it is sometimes darkest before the dawn.  Let us continue to be people of hope that brighter days will lie ahead, and perhaps in the not-too-distant future, the days will be significantly brighter.

Let’s us hold to the promise of the nativity and the message of love, hope and joy that it offers.

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

December 31st, 2021|

Important Update From Region of Waterloo Public Health: Student & Staff COVID-19 Case & Contact Management

Dear Parents / Guardians and School Staff:

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise and Omicron spreads rapidly because of high transmissibility, Public Health Units (PHUs) are shifting focus from case management and contact tracing to vaccination. Case and contact management across the province will be shifting from an individual case and contact management to limiting spread in highest risk settings and protecting the vulnerable. Case management will be completed in accordance with the Ministry of Health Omicron Surge guidance.

Public Health Management of Cases and Contacts

  • Cases will receive notification via text or call
  • All cases will be provided with details on isolation, testing, and asked to inform their household and other close contacts.
  • Schools and providers will work with Public Health to identify and provide information to close contacts.
  • Public Health will notify high-risk contacts related to exposures within high-priority settings such as school and childcare centres.
  • All high-risk contacts within schools, childcare centres, camps, post-secondary dormitories or other high priority settings must isolate 10 days from the last exposure to the case regardless if they are fully vaccinated or previous cases. High-risk contacts must be tested immediately and after day 7 from the last exposure.

Instructions for Household Members of a High-Risk Contact:

  • Household members who are fully vaccinated or are a previously cleared positive case in the last 90 days do not need to self-isolate, but should continue to follow public health measures (i.e. masking, physical distancing, handwashing, etc.).
  • Household members who are not fully vaccinated or are not a previously cleared positive case in the last 90 days, should stay home except for essential reasons (i.e. work, school/child care, essential groceries/pharmacy and medical appointments) while the high-risk contact is self-isolating. Household members who cannot isolate away from a high-risk contact (e.g., a young child) must isolate and follow the same isolation requirements as the high-risk contact.

Public health measures, such as appropriate masking, distancing, and optimizing ventilation, reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is still strongly recommended to reduce the risk of severe infection from any COVID-19 variant.

Please refer to the Region of Waterloo Public Health Return to School page for the latest information: https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/return-to-school.aspx

Additional COVID-19 resources can be found on Region of Waterloo Public Health’s COVID-19 webpage at http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/COVID19. See the links below for specific resources:

For further information, please call Region of Waterloo Public Health.

Phone: 519-575-4400

TTY: 519-575-4608

December 19th, 2021|

Important Message from the Director of Education

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

As I write this letter we sit on the cusp of our Christmas break and perhaps more than ever, we can all appreciate the need for a pause.  If I am to be honest, we are not heading into the break as optimistically as we were even just a week or two ago.  The situation has changed fairly rapidly and so we have a few things of which to take note.  I do want to acknowledge that it has been a remarkable fall and early winter, and it is indeed a true testament to everyone in the entire WCDSB community that we made it to Christmas with all our schools still open and truly thriving, despite the reality of the pandemic.  Thank you to everyone in our WCDSB family for your ongoing efforts which have made the school re-opening process so successful, and for adhering to public health and safety measures that have ensured schools remain a safe place for our students and staff.

A few points of update:

Vaccination:

Vaccination for children ages 5 – 11 is currently underway.  Booster shots for anyone over 18 years of age will be possible as of this Monday, December 20th.  Vaccination remains the best defence against COVID-19, as endorsed by experts at the Ontario Science table, the Chief Medical Officer of Health and our own Waterloo Region Public Health.  The omicron variant is highly transmissible and so consideration for vaccination for yourself and your child is very important in stopping the disease spread.  Stopping its spread is important so that everyone can spend more time in school and so the most vulnerable amongst us are not negatively impacted.

Socializing:

The holidays are typically characterized as a time to gather.  Please consider if all public health guidelines are being observed and ensure you do not gather if you are not well.  Our children will rely on us to guide them and to make strong responsible decisions on their behalf.

Rapid Antigen Test Kits:

All students have received 5 rapid antigen test screening kits.  They are to be used in the 10 days proceeding the start of in person schooling.  The earliest date one should be used is December 23rd.  Assuming the start of school remains January 3rd, they should be used every other day starting on the 23rd.  Instructions have been provided by your local school, along with instruction videos in multiple languages.

Potential for School Closure:

At the current time we have no indication from the province or Waterloo Region Public Health that we will not be returning in January.  Nonetheless we are sending children home with Chromebooks where needed, should anything change over the holidays.  If the date for the re-opening of school changes to a date later than January 3rd, we will notify you of the date you should start using the Rapid Antigen Tests.  Otherwise please begin on December 23rd, 2021.

Case and Contact Management:

When a student or staff member is a high-risk close contact of a positive case they must isolate.  You will receive a letter and/or text message from Public Health with these details.  It is important to note that at the current time if the positive case is the omicron variant, even if an individual is vaccinated, they have to quarantine.  This is a change in practice, but it is in response to the highly transmissible nature of the variant.

Sports:

Waterloo Region Public Health has asked us to pause all athletics and extra-curriculars in our schools.  We have had good success with our program and our health and safety support measures, however activity in the community – specifically a large hockey tournament has caused a sharp increase in our community.  It is important to note that if you participate in a large community event, public health measures should still be observed and that when we let down our guard, that is when COVID can take hold and spread.

Screening

As a reminder, anyone feeling ill should not attend school. All children, students, staff, and visitors must be screened for symptoms of illness every day before attending school or childcare. To help meet this requirement, you may use the provincial screening tool found here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.  Confirmation of Self-screening will still be a requirement when we return to school and we will continue to reinforce masking and hand hygiene, as well as cohorting and physical distancing with students and our staff.

Potential Travel

A reminder that students under 12, travelling with vaccinated parents do not have to quarantine per se, but they are not allowed to return to school until 14 days from return have passed.  This guidance is found on our webpage.  This is federal policy we are sharing.

https://www.wcdsb.ca/covid-19-student-screening-and-testing/

We sincerely thank you for journeying with us.   May each of you and your families enjoy a beautiful Christmas Season.   A simpler Christmas firmly focused on family certainly sounds like the ideal and perhaps it will be a simple reminder that the first Christmas was indeed a humble beginning that provided the greatest gift the world has ever known.  Let us continue to be people of hope who celebrate the birth of a tiny babe who shared a powerful message of love and salvation.

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten                                                                       

Director of Education 

December 16th, 2021|

Director’s Report – 2021

The 2020-21 school year was one of many challenges – and many #WCDSBAwesome successes! The Director of Education’s Annual Report – available here: https://annual.wcdsb.ca/ — documents an extraordinary year in the life of Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools! #CalledToBlong #GatheredToBecome #SentToBuild

December 14th, 2021|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — December, 2021

Meetings

Inaugural Meeting of the Board

Monday, December 6, 2021 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, December 13, 2021 — Meeting Agenda Package

Highlights

Election of Chair & Vice-Chair

On December 6, 2021, the Board of Trustees elected Waterloo / Woolwich / Wellesley Trustee Jeanne Gravelle as Chair of the Board, and Kitchener / Wilmot Trustee Brian Schmalz as Vice-Chair of the Board.

The Board of Trustees is comprised of the following representatives:

Bill Conway (Cambridge / North Dumfries)

Manuel da Silva (Cambridge / North Dumfries)

Jeanne Gravelle (Waterloo / Wellesley / Woolwich) — Chair

Shannon Nash (Kitchener / Wilmot)

Wendy Price (Cambridge / North Dumfries)

Hans Roach (Kitchener / Wilmot)

Brian Schmalz (Kitchener / Wilmot) — Vice Chair

Melanie Van Alphen (Waterloo / Wellesley / Woolwich) – Past Chair

Tracey Weiler (Kitchener / Wilmot)

Sarah Simoes and Sarah Wilson are the Student Trustees.

Detailed information about the Board of Trustees – including contact information, board agendas and minutes and board policies is available by clicking —–> HERE … Then click the “Our Governance” link.

Director’s Annual Report for 2020-21

The Multi-Year Strategic Plan provides the roadmap for the staff of Waterloo Catholic District School Board and proclaims to the broader community our goals and aspirations.

Per Section 283(3) of The Education Act, the Director of Education must submit an Annual Report at the first Board meeting of December of each year reporting on the progress of the Board against the stated goals.

As was reflected in the June 2021 Multi-Year Strategic Plan Report Card brought to Board, on the Multi-Year Strategic Plan 2018-2021, there has been strong progress within our three priority areas, against each of our six strategic directions — despite the real and considerable challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To view the Annual Report, please visit: https://annual.wcdsb.ca/

Equity Action Plan Update

As a Catholic learning community, we are inspired and 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. To achieve this vision, we use the following as our guiding, spiritual principles: Collaboration, Equity, Excellence and Accountability, Holism, Life-Long Learning, Reflection, and Reconciliation.

Equity work is pervasive throughout the board with many staff engaging in equity initiatives. Our work is guided by the four priority areas outlined in the Ontario Education Equity Action Plan:

  • School and Classroom Practices
  • Leadership, Governance, and Human Resources Practices
  • Data Collection, Integration, and Reporting
  • Organizational Culture Change

The detailed report presented to the Board on December 13, 2021 addresses these key areas of focus:

  • School and Classroom Practices
  • Leadership, Governance, and Human Resources Practices
  • Data Collection, Integration and Reporting
  • Organizational Cultural Change

Key to the word of the WCDSB are the efforts of the Equity, Diversity, and Learning (EDL) Committee, an advisory committee to the Board’s senior staff leadership.

This committee reviewed the Ministry of Education’s mandate on anti-racism and made concrete recommendations to EC about ways to minimize the institutional barriers to equitable outcomes. This committee consists of staff throughout the board and across regions (i.e., Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, and the Townships). Colleagues who identified as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) and/or part of another equity-seeking group were encouraged to join this group.

The Equity, Diversity, and Learning Committee had four working subcommittees. These subcommittees are listed below:

  • Census/Data Collection
  • Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy: CRRP
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Culture

The report is available beginning on page 21 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Update on WCDSB Pandemic Management

As we have journeyed through November and into December, as was the case last month there are a combination of signs to give us hope, as well as some to give us some opportunity for pause.

As reviewed previously, our models of delivery, our processes, our health and safety protocols and essentially all aspects of our operations are informed by direction through the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province, as well as the Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Waterloo. We continue to receive direction through the Ministry of Education, as well as our local Public Health department. We are continuing meetings with Region of Waterloo Public Health and the Waterloo Region District School Board to attain a measure of understanding and alignment regarding the most prudent courses of action.

The progress report presented on December 13, 2021, includes information regarding the following key issues:

  • Return to (In Person) Learning
  • Vaccination for Staff & Students Aged 12-plus
  • Vaccination for Students Ages 5 – 11
  • Case and Contact Management
  • Masking
  • Daily Screening
  • PCR & Rapid Antigen Tests
  • Rapid Antigen Tests to Support High-Contact Sports
  • Ventilation

The report is available beginning on page 41 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Student Trustees Update

Student Trustees Sarah Simoes and Sarah Wilson presented their monthly update – covering activities in WCDSB’s secondary schools. It is available beginning on page 47 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, January 10, 2022 — Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre

Regular Public Board Meeting

Monday, January 24, 2022 — Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre

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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December 14th, 2021|

Classroom Supervisor

AC-2021-148

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board serves over 38,000 learners and provides services to students in 50 schools (Kindergarten to Grade 12 and adult learners) across the Waterloo Region.

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.

All qualified applicants are welcome and encouraged to apply and applicants may choose to indicate if they are from a group who has experienced racial or social discrimination.  Self-identification data will be used as a consideration in this posting.  Aggregate data will be stored anonymously to support improvements to the Board’s hiring processes.

 

General Description of Duties:

  • Ensure the safe and secure supervision of students in elementary or secondary classes in the event of a teacher absence.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Baptismal Certificate confirming a Roman Catholic baptism.
  • Canadian citizen with Social Insurance Number or valid work permit to be eligible to work in Canada.

 

Desirable Assets:

  • Experience working with and supervising children (ages 3-18)
  • Ability to communicate in a sensitive, courteous manner with students, parents, and staff;
  • Ability to work as a team player;
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification.

Note:

Individuals graduating from a Faculty of Education in the spring of 2022 will not be considered through application to this posting and should not apply to it. Such candidates may apply to a posting for certified Daily Occasional Teachers and Spring 2022 graduates on Apply to Education.

Hourly Rate:  $23.46 per hour

 

Hours of Work: 6 hours per day with a 40 minute unpaid lunch.  Shifts begin 15 minutes prior to a school’s bell time.  Bell times are available at Our Catholic Schools – Waterloo Catholic District School Board (wcdsb.ca)

 

Application Submission:

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a resume and covering letter to:
Catherine.Wendling@wcdsb.ca

Applications will be accepted until January 5, 2022 at 4:00pm

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.

December 10th, 2021|

Spanish Language Instructor and Supply instructors- International Languages

 Spanish Language Instructor and Supply instructors- International Languages

 Temporary Assignment Grade 6-8 January 2022 to June 2022

 Posting # CE 2021-19

 Applications for the position of Temporary Language Instructor and Supply InstructorsSpanish are being accepted by the International Languages Program – Elementary for St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres.

IL Instructors support the language learning of each student in a physical or a remote environment.  They have responsibility related to the program, the students, the parents, the community, and the classroom.  The instructors must understand the concepts of equity and inclusiveness in the Canadian context.

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.

All qualified applicants are welcome and encouraged to apply and applicants may choose to indicate if they are from a group who has experienced racial or social discrimination.  Self-identification data will be used as a consideration in this posting.  Aggregate data will be stored anonymously to support improvements to the Board’s hiring processes.

General Description of Duties:

  1. Supporting student learning, and supporting program success in the remote and physical environment
  2. Foster a safe and secure physical and virtual classroom environment
  3. Identify what students are expected to know and be able to do (learning goals) and what it looks like when they are successful (success criteria), and share this information effectively with students and parents
  4. Interact effectively with students using different technological tools in an organized and systematic way
  5. Explore new solutions, e-tools, platforms to engage all students in a real life, task based, relevant to student experience learning of the second language
  6. Be flexible and innovative while planning, conducting, and managing a physical or a virtual classroom
  7. Develop long and short-term lesson plans to meet the needs and program objectives in virtual and physical classroom environment
  8. Using the target language as the language of instruction and communication whenever possible
  9. Participating in staff meetings, educational conferences, instructor training workshops, and extracurricular cultural events and activities
  10. Collaborate with the school community, parents, and other teachers to improve teaching methods, explore new and safe platforms and improve student wellbeing
  11. Utilize Google Meet when needed to deliver the teaching of reading story/literature, demonstration/writing, reading aloud and conversation with the students

Requirements:

  1. Fluent in oral and written Spanish
  2. Preference will be given to those candidates with professional experience teaching languages & working with children
  3. Passionate about different cultures and the power of learning languages
  4. Ability to deliver programs in a fun and dynamic approach in a physical and remote environment
  5. Professional proficiency in English
  6. Degree in child development, elementary education, foreign language education strongly preferred
  7. Ability to work successfully with colleagues on a team
  8. Must be eligible to work in Canada

 Location and Hours:

  •  Initially Remote Learning on Google Classroom
  • 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
  • Temporary Assignment Position is effective January 8, 2022 – June 30, 2023
  • Moving to In-Person Learning – Date TBD
  • In-Person Location: Main campus, 80 Young St Kitchener

 Salary Range:           

  • $27.47 per hour (plus vacation pay)

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a resume and covering letter or an email expressing interest

 Application Process:

Applications will be received via email at recruiting@wcdsb.caPlease include your first and last name and the posting number (provided above) in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until: January 3, 2022 by 9am

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.

 

December 10th, 2021|
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