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PASS-2022-06 Community Transition Worker

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WATERLOO CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

Invites applicants for the position of:

COMMUNITY TRANSITION SUPPORT WORKER

Job posting number: PASS-2022-06

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board with a total student population of over 38,000, provides services to students in 52 schools (J.K. to Grade 12) 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.

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.

 

General Description of Duties:

Reporting to the Principal of Student Services, the Community Transition Support Worker liaises and communicates with community agencies and organizations including committee membership and establishment of community partnerships, helps families navigate the transition from secondary school to the workplace or community placements, and assists with securing co-operative learning and community placements for students with special needs.

 

Basic Qualifications:

  • A post secondary degree in a human services related field, or the equivalent combination of formal training, specialized coursework and related experience
  • Three years of related experience
  • The ability to clearly communicate in both verbal and written form and possess excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with relevant community agencies and organizations
  • Knowledge of Ontario Disability Support Program and Passport Program Funding
  • Demonstrated project management skills and the ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Proficiency with technology and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Proven organizational and time-management skills
  • Knowledge of Ministry of Education initiatives and Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services initiatives
  • Valid G driver’s license and have access to a reliable vehicle

Applications must include:

•           A complete and up to date personal resume or curriculum vitae

•           Documentation to support the qualifications and assets identified above

Salary Range: PASS Level 4,  $51,375 to $60,439

Hours of Work:  35 hours per week, 42 week per year

Location(s):  Catholic Education Centre – 35 Weber Street West, Unit A, Kitchener, Ontario (currently staff are working a combination of Catholic Education Centre, schools and remotely).

Application Process

External applicants:

Applicants are required to apply directly through Apply to Education at:  https://wcdsb.simplication.com

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

In the application process, identify your qualifications and abilities, such as relevant experience to perform the duties of this job.  Include your resume, covering letter and diplomas/certificates in your application.

Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Detailed information on the application process can be found at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/

Internal Applicants:

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/

In the application process, identify your qualifications and abilities, such as relevant experience to perform the duties of this job.  Include your resume, covering letter and diplomas/certificates in your application.

Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm on Friday February 11, 2022.

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.

The successful candidate will need 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.

January 30th, 2022|

The Skilled Trades & Tech – UMOJA Series

 

This highly anticipated virtual conference is comprised of three sessions (Elementary, High School and Parent/Guardian) and focuses on promoting careers in the Skilled Trades and Technologies industries for Black students and their families.  It includes an information packed Skills Ontario presentation and students will also have the opportunity to hear from featured speakers in the trades/technologies industries from the Black community.  Following the conference, students will receive a comprehensive digital package that summarizes the conference content, assists with navigating post-secondary pathways and assists with identifying and accessing programs and resources.

The Skilled Trades & Tech – UMOJA Series learning objectives are:

  • What is a Skilled Trade and Technologies Career?
  • Post-secondary pathways, programs and resources
  • How to recognize and access programs and resources to succeed
  • The Black experience in pursuing success and fulfillment in trades and technologies
  • How to overcome barriers and challenges

SESSION DATES:

Grades 7 & 8: Wednesday, February 2, 2022  |  1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

Grades 9 – 12: Wednesday, February 9, 2022  |  1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

Parent Session: Thursday, February 10, 2022  |  6:30 – 7:30 pm EST

COST: FREE

REGISTER for the Skilled Trades & Tech – UMOJA Series here.

 

January 27th, 2022|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — January 2022

Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, January 10, 2022 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, January 24, 2022 — Meeting Agenda Package

Highlights

Learning Recovery Strategy Update

On January 10, 2022, WCDSB staff presented a highly detailed report reviewing the Board’s committed response to the interruption of learning that has occurred over the past two years.

As we work to recover some of the implicit learning opportunities that our students have missed, our planning and curriculum focus remains strong. Our work to move students along the continuum of learning has not faltered – particularly with respect to numeracy and literacy, core priorities in our Multi-Year Strategic Plan.

This report highlights three important elements of this overall strategy:

  • Mathematics Grades K to 8 Student & Educator Supports: Summer Learning (for students who are identified as needing additional supports), Math Professional Learning of Social Emotional Learning and Targeted & Board Identified School Math Coaching.
  • Mathematics Grades 9-12 Student & Educator Supports: Grade 8 and 9 Transition Teams, Grade 9 De-streamed Math, and Creating Teacher-Student Partnerships in Math Learning.
  • Literacy Grades K to 8 Student & Educator Supports: Supporting the Development of Early Literacy Skills, Kindergarten-Grade 3, In-year Evidence Based Reading Intervention and Summer Evidence-Based Reading Intervention Programs.

Going forward, while we continue to navigate learning challenges with some of our students, we are wholly committed to a very specific student achievement agenda with the goal of student academic success. Literacy and numeracy development will continue to be high focus areas, and while there are inherent challenges to moving forward in the current landscape, we are applying a lens of resilience and creativity in how we bring some fidelity to our stated goals. We continue to creatively approach our students’ learning with vigour and from all possible angles of support, to aid in them finding a high level of confidence in their ability to learn despite the setbacks that have occurred.

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

Well Being – Healthy Active Living

The 2020-21 school year saw evidence of much success within the Healthy Active Living program’s five key priority areas:

  • School Step Challenge
  • Physical Education/Daily Physical Activity COVID Supports
  • Cannabis & Vaping Education
  • Staff Wellness
  • Outdoor Education

Teaching Physical Education and DPA through COVID — with all the restrictions placed on movement, spacing and manipulatives — was a significant challenge in 2020-21. Teachers were challenged with teaching lessons, “outside where possible, inside when necessary” to provide the safest environment for physical activity as possible.

Additionally, the Outdoor Education program needed to pivot to a virtual mode of learning this past year. While visits to Shades Mills/Laurel Creek could not exist in person in the 2020-21 school year, our partners at the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) converted all lessons such that they could be offered to classes virtually both in school and when in at-home learning mode. Feedback received from teachers was overwhelmingly positive. Educators appreciated the new learning opportunity for students and the flexibility provided by the GRCA staff.

Finally, a highlight of the year was a seven-part virtual learning series for students and educators on the important issue of cannabis use and vaping. Led by addictions specialist Jackilyn Vallesi and supported by WCDSB staff, the series yielded an important ongoing support document for educators.

The report is available beginning on page 20 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

French as a Second Language (FSL) Update

English-language school boards in Ontario are required to provide students with a minimum of 600 hours of French instructional hours by the end of elementary school. In Secondary, one FSL credit (110 hours) is compulsory for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). A second FSL course can be counted towards the compulsory credits required for the OSSD.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board currently offers three program options for French as a Second Language:

  • Core French
  • Advanced Placement French
  • French Immersion

Below are some of the highlights and key accomplishments of the various FSL programs:

  • French Immersion continues to be a popular choice. 142 Grade 1 students were registered in Fall 2021, while 41 were not able to be accommodated. In total 706 students are registered in the program this year.
  • 1300 students participated in virtual events and concerts in French in 2020-21.
  • Teachers spent more time outdoors with students, connecting learning to real life situations.
  • Smash Education has been widely implemented as a teaching tool for virtual and in person learning, with 5000 students, 120 teachers, and 46 schools registered.
  • Five French teachers became certified to administer and mark DELF exams. This will expand our capacity to offer the DELF exam by allowing us to run 2 sets of oral interviews at the same time.
  • A teacher was certified over the summer to teach the Grade 12 AP course at Resurrection.
  • The FI Review was completed in June 2021 and recommendations were shared with the Board.

The report is available beginning on page 23 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Early Literacy Strategy

The highly detailed report presented to the Board of Trustees on January 24, 2022, covered the following main topics with respect to literacy programs, Kindergarten to Grade 12:

  1. Overview of the updated resources purchased to support effective literacy instruction using culturally responsive texts, resources and materials

What’s Next? We will continue to update our literacy resources, texts, and materials to ensure students are receiving instruction rooted in current research and pedagogy. We will continue to update the instructional texts we use to ensure students are exposed to current and culturally responsive information within lessons that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  1. Professional Learning

What’s Next? We will continue to support the professional development of our educators to ensure students receive responsive and effective literacy instruction across the grades rooted in updated assessment practices. This will ensure that we are meeting students where they are — moving them forward within their zone of proximal development.

  1. Itinerant Early Literacy Support Teachers (IELST) — supporting growth in literacy learning through responsive instruction

What’s Next? IELSTs are continuing to work with classroom educators to support their professional learning. They are continuing to work collaboratively with educators to provide targeted and responsive small group instruction to students who would benefit from this approach based on assessment data. We are preparing to transition from Term 1 into Term 2 schools.

 

  1. Phonological and Phonemic Awareness Support — provided by Speech Language Pathologists in Kindergarten classrooms

What’s Next? Additional Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) and Communicative Disorder Assistants (CDA) are being hired to provide more specific and targeted SLP’s in classrooms, increased SLP time focused on phonological awareness and oral communication skill development for students who are scoring below standard on the Rosner Test of Auditory Skills and Oral Language Tool B in our Balanced Literacy Assessment Measures (BLAM), K-3. A new cycle will begin in Term 2 as we hope to reach as many students and educators as possible.

  1. Reading at Home

What’s Next? We are continuing to build awareness of this issue with educators and families and will continue to promote our Cuddle Up and Read Initiative and library partnerships in our communities.

  1. WCDSB Joy of Reading Clubs — After School Literacy Program
  • Book Club – 33 schools
  • Creative Writing/Storytelling Club – 14 schools
  • Literacy Gamify (board games for Literacy) – 25 schools, all divisions
  • Cursive Handwriting Club (using workbooks supplied by us) – 15 schools

The report is available beginning on page 27 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Leadership Strategy Update

The Ontario Leadership Strategy was developed in 2008-2009 to foster leadership of the highest possible quality in schools and school boards. The WCDSB maintains that our goals mirror the goals of the OLS – that is, to:

  • attract the right people to leadership roles;
  • develop personal leadership resources in individuals and promote effective leadership practices, to have the greatest possible impact on student achievement and well-being; and,
  • develop leadership capacity and coherence in organizations to strengthen their ability to deliver on education priorities.

The Board Leadership Development Strategy goals for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board are the following:

OVERALL GOAL:

To develop leadership capacity to support the achievement of goals outlined in the Multi-Year Strategic Plan and the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement.

Goal One:

Create and promote leadership opportunities that engage all school and system leaders to strengthen staff capacity for instructional and spiritual leadership, to enhance organizational effectiveness, and to support succession planning as defined by research, Strong Districts and their Leadership and the Catholic Leadership Framework.

Goal Two:

School and system leaders in the WCDSB will develop the capacity to appropriately respond to the needs of learners by fostering a holistic view of student learning that encourages shepherd, servant and steward leadership.

Goal Three:

Create and provide opportunities for enhancing leadership capacity for the entire system by engaging in active professional lifelong learning, faith formation, mentorship, and coaching.

Waterloo Catholic District Leadership 2021-2022 Strategic leadership planning has been responsive to the ever-shifting landscape that has shaped our most recent experiences since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For 2021-2022 our comprehensive leadership strategy is structured around the following robust offerings which include:

  • Catholic Leadership Through an Equity Lens (April 2021)
  • Catholic Leadership Program: Part 1, 2 and 3
  • Seeking Positive Solutions: Conflict Management and Equity — Recognizing Power & Privilege
  • Deepening the Personal Leadership Resources: Institute for Education Leadership
  • Onward Workshop Series
  • Information to Transformation Program
  • Crucial Conversations Training
  • Mentorship 101 Learning Series
  • New Teacher Induction Program
  • Induction Series for Newly Appointed Administrators
  • CPCO Principal’s Qualification Part I and II
  • Building Thinking Classrooms Book Club
  • Learning and Innovation Fund for Teachers (LIFT)
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee (next steps and planning)

The extensive report is available beginning on page 38 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Period Poverty/Menstrual Equity Update

On October 8, 2021, the Ministry of Education announced an initiative which will increase student access to free menstrual products in all Ontario schools. The ministry has accepted a donation from Shoppers Drug Mart Incorporated, to provide six million menstrual pads each year, over a three-year term, beginning with the 2021-22 school year. Additionally, 1,200 product dispensers will be provided to facilitate the distribution of the menstrual products within schools.

Each school board, school authority and consortium will be provided an allocation of menstrual products for 2021- 22, 2022-23 and 2023-24, and a one-time allocation of product dispensers (in 2021-22). Board allocations of menstrual pads are based on 2019-20 student enrolment data of female students aged 13-18 taken from the Ontario School Information System (OnSIS). Allocations of product dispensers were calculated using the number of secondary schools (2019-20) by board as a proxy for distributing the 1,200 dispensers across all boards.

WCDSB will receive 7 dispensers to use in our Secondary schools and 649 cases of menstrual pads to be distributed to both the Elementary as well as the Secondary panel. The Board expects delivery this month. Dispensers will be distributed as follows:

  • 1 at each of the following schools (Monsignor Doyle CSS, St. David CSS, Resurrection CSS)
  • 2 at each of the following schools (St. Benedict CSS, St. Mary’s H.S.)

The report is available beginning on page 53 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Update on WCDSB Pandemic Management

The latter half of December and the return to school in January has once again provided Waterloo Catholic and indeed the entire province, with a new and significant set of challenges in relation to our ongoing management of COVID-19 and the pandemic.

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. This will be more important than ever has we examine what has happened and the direction we are following as we review the month of January.

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 Waterloo Region District School Board to attain a measure of understanding and alignment regarding the most prudent courses of action.

Case and Contact Management is an area where there has been a significant departure in protocol. Schools are no longer considered high risk settings in the guidance set out by the Ontario government.

As per provincial government directive, Region of Waterloo Public Health will no longer be involved in any individual case and contact management. In the Interim Guidance received through the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the threshold for Public Health notification and involvement has changed to 30% absenteeism. Region of Waterloo Public Health has confirmed that this would be the threshold – and even at that benchmark, it would be an invitation to a dialogue to better understand if the school was reflecting the broader community, or an anomaly and/or if there were other reasons that could be contributing to high rates of absenteeism (e.g., parental choice).

Letters will now only be sent home when a school reaches the 30% absenteeism threshold.

The progress report presented on January 24, 2022, includes information regarding the following key issues:

  • Return to (In Person) Learning
  • Case and Contact Management
  • Vaccination and Staff Testing
  • Vaccination for Students Ages 5 – 11
  • Staffing Pressures
  • Masking
  • Daily Screening
  • PCR & Rapid Antigen Tests
  • Sports
  • Ventilation

The report is available beginning on page 55 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 61 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 Jeanne Gravelle’s report for January 2022 is available on page 64 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, February 7, 2022

Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre

Regular Public Board Meeting

Monday, February 28, 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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January 26th, 2022|

Upcoming Meeting of the Board of Trustees

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. — Monday, January 24, 2022. The meeting will be streamed live due to current pandemic restrictions on public gatherings.

Agenda:

Public Board Meeting

VIDEO LINK:

https://youtu.be/CkKIzQeuin4

Other Information:

General Information About WCDSB Board Meetings

Information About the Board of Trustees

(Agenda files can be large. If you are experiencing issues downloading a file, right click on the link and choose “Save Target As…”.)

January 21st, 2022|

English as a Second Language Supply Instructors

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English as a Second Language Supply Instructors                                        

 St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centre                  

Posting Number – CE-2022-01

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board with a total student population of 23,000, provides services to students in 50 schools (Kindergarten to Grade 12) 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:

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Preparing and delivering Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) level appropriate lessons based on the ESL/LINC guidelines
  • Providing learner–centered language instruction using resources and activities sensitive to cultural differences and inclusivity
  • Assessing learners’ needs, development, and skill levels in accordance with CLB guidelines using CLB based assessment tools
  • Implementing PBLA approach to teaching and assessment
  • Using an online platform for posting asynchronous learning materials (Google classroom, Onyx, Avenue, etc.) in a face to face or remote situation.
  • Delivering both synchronous (Google meet etc) and asynchronous learning.
  • Supporting students to work online using chrome books in both face to face and remote learning scenarios.
  • Using professionally acceptable and effective classroom management strategies following LINC/ESL procedures
  • Sharing community support contact information with students

Minimum Requirements:

  • Current TESL Ontario Accredited Certification
  • Recent Canadian Language Benchmarks training or willingness to complete
  • Demonstrated proficiency in oral and written English

Desirable Assets:

  • Experience teaching in an ESL setting
  • Experience working with adult learners
  • Completed PBLA training and/or experience working with PBLA
  • Knowledge of Google Classroom and/or other platforms for learning
  • Comfortable using and learning more technology for teaching English

Salary Level

  • $34.66 per hour, plus Vacation Pay

Hours of Work:  Casual on call as needed for daytime or evening classes

Application Process:

Applicants are required to apply directly through Apply to Education at:  https://wcdsb.simplication.com

A Complete Application Checklist for Teachers can be found at:

https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/wcdsb-complete-application-checklist-teachers/

Please ensure all documentation required in the checklist is submitted – “incomplete applications are not considered”

Applications will be accepted until January 31, 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 in 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 Vulnerable Sector Criminal Background Check.  For further information on Criminal Background Checks, please refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

January 18th, 2022|

Certified Teachers and Spring 2022 graduates – Daily Occasional Supply List

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Job Posting Number: AC-2022-007

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board serves over 30,000 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:

At the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, we believe that preparing students today for the challenges of an ever-changing world is our highest priority and our reputation is proof that we work hard to accomplish this. In meeting the demands of today’s educational needs, we invite all interested Certified Teachers and Spring 2022 graduates to apply directly to the posting that can be found on Apply to Education at:  https://wcdsb.simplication.com

Listed below are the areas for which applications are currently being accepted for:


Elementary: All
Secondary: All

Minimum Requirements to be considered for daily occasional, long term occasional, and permanent teaching assignments:

  1. Cover letter and resume
  2. A complete Profession of Faith document – available on our website: https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/
  3. Copy of Roman Catholic baptismal certificate. A confirmation certificate from a Roman Catholic Church is sufficient ONLY if you were baptized in affiliation with a Christian denomination other than Roman Catholic
  4. Catholic Pastoral Reference form – found on our website https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/
  5. Two (2) professional academic references
  6. Ontario College of Teachers’ Certificate of Qualification (if applicable)
  7. Most recent teacher performance appraisal summative reports OR practice teaching reports (if applicable)

Minimum Requirements to be considered for daily occasional supply teaching assignments only:

  1. Cover letter and resume
  2. Copy of a Roman Catholic baptismal certificate from a Roman Catholic Church
  3. A complete Profession of Faith document – available on our website: https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/
  4. Two (2) professional academic references
  5. Ontario College of Teachers’ Certificate of Qualification (if applicable)
  6. Most recent teacher performance appraisal summative reports OR practice teaching reports (if applicable)

Application Process:

Applicants are required to apply directly through Apply to Education at:  https://wcdsb.simplication.com

A Complete Application Checklist for Teachers can be found at:

https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/wcdsb-complete-application-checklist-teachers/

Please ensure all documentation required in the checklist is submitted – “incomplete applications are not considered”

Applications will be accepted until 4:00pm on February 11th.

Virtual interview session date TBD

Virtual orientation session date TBD

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 in 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 Vulnerable Sector Criminal Background Check.  For further information on Criminal Background Checks, please refer to policy APS 038 on the website of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

January 18th, 2022|

JAN 17 – SNOW DAY: All schools and sites are CLOSED and it will be a Remote Learning Day

January 17, 2022

Due to the current weather conditions ALL SCHOOL BUSES, TAXIS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUTES operated by the Board are cancelled. All schools are CLOSED and it will be a Remote Learning Day. Students should visit their virtual classrooms for resources. All before and after school programs and child care centres co-located in schools are CLOSED.

January 17th, 2022|

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

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

We hope that this letter finds you well.  We offer each of you sincere thanks for your collaboration and partnership as we moved student learning virtual over the past 2 weeks.  We know it has not been easy and we are grateful to our staff, students and parents alike.  As you have no doubt followed in the media, schools will be re-opening to in-person learning beginning on Monday January 17th, 2022.

As previously noted, 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.  The approach to how cases are managed and the various safety protocols and strategies are all adapting to our new reality.  As a result, the Provincial Government, through the Chief Medical Officer of Health, have updated a number of points of guidance and procedure.

This letter provides very important updates about the return to school on Monday January 17th.

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 should use the provincial screening tool found here:  COVID-19 school and child care screening tool.  Using the screening tool will lead you to the right process for family/household contacts as well.  Please use the screener and review your full outcome carefully.  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.

Testing:

In Ontario PCR tests are no longer 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 government is providing 2 rapid tests for each staff person and all elementary students.  We hope to also have sufficient supply to share with secondary students, though that supply has not been fully promised by the government.  They are to be used when an individual feels symptomatic.   Please make a best effort to honour this request.  No staff or student should attend school after a positive result. Instructions on their use have been provided by your local school before the break, along with instruction videos in multiple languages.  The Rapid Antigen Test will evolve to become the standard for testing in school settings.

Case and Contact Management:

Public Health will no longer support case and contact management for schools.  Per the new provincial school guidance, principals will not be routinely notifying the class or school community when there is a suspected or confirmed positive case in the school.  Therefore – if you or your child believe that you are dealing with a case of COVID, (because you have one or more symptom) it is up to you to ensure you/your child remains 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 will be monitoring school absenteeism rates and will work with Public Health if concerning thresholds are reached.

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.  As previously shared, 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 system.   If a student is in isolation or chooses to learn remotely (which we would generally discourage), we will provide strategies to keep students connected to their core class.

For a limited period of time, during this Omicron surge we will be allowing the option of learning remotely.  A student who chooses to do so will be committing for blocks of 2 weeks (10 school days) at a time, with the option to repeat for a 2nd 2-week block.

(Potential for a maximum of 4 weeks and we will re-evaluate if this strategy needs to continue beyond the Family Day Weekend.)

While we should be able to accommodate a hybrid (live/synchronous) class in secondary, in elementary that will not be possible.  There will be brief check-ins twice a day (early morning and early afternoon) and students will find their work on their class Google or D2L site for their learning.  We will offer more updates in the days to come through your local school.   For those students that are working remotely this may lead to disruptions in delivery.  In this circumstance, students are asked to work asynchronously on preassigned work or on materials posted on their LMS system.

Semester 2:

Throughout the pandemic many staff and students have been keen to return to a full 4 period a day semester model.  We now have the support of both the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local Public Health to move back to our traditional model of delivery for our secondary students.  Therefore, beginning in February all secondary students will return to a traditional 4 period day.

School Closures:

One of the challenges that will be present in the next short while is managing and maintaining our full staffing levels in our schools.  Given the requirement to isolate as a household contact or if symptomatic, we could have high levels of staff absenteeism.  We will be monitoring schools on a daily basis, and while it will be a last resort, parents should be aware that on short notice we may have to temporarily close a school or pivot a class to remote due to operational safety concerns.

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 highly 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.

Vaccination:

Vaccination for children ages 5 – 11 is currently underway.  Booster shots for anyone over 18 years of age continues, and our education staff are currently being prioritized for boosters.  Waterloo Region Public Health will soon start operating school based clinics to deliver second doses to interested families.  Further the government announced yesterday the intention to sponsor school based clinics during the school day, for parents who have previously given permission for their children to be vaccinated.  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 and also in ensuring that if COVID is acquired, that symptoms remain mild and manageable.  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.

Extra-Curriculars:

As previously reported, 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 continue reviewing our Operational Guidelines to ensure they are consistent with all updated guidance from the province and encourage you to review it here:  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 do pray that this will be the last significant hurdle for our community as we navigate this pandemic.  We are very grateful for your support and partnership as we do our best to keep our students learning, healthy and engaged.  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.

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten                                                                                     

Director of Education

January 13th, 2022|

Online Pre-registration for Kindergarten is Open: It’s Time to Sign Up for School!!

It’s time to sign up for the 2022-23 school year – and registering to attend one of Waterloo Region’s 43 Catholic elementary schools has never been easier.

  • Children born in 2018 are eligible for Year 1 Kindergarten (JK).
  • Children born in 2017 are eligible for Year 2 Kindergarten (SK).

Parents can access the Online Pre-Registration form by clicking on the Register for School link on the WCDSB Homepage and then choosing Kindergarten Registration.

To finalize your child’s registration, please contact your local Catholic school directly, for individual registration dates and times.

QUICKFacts

~~ When registering your child to attend a Catholic elementary school you must be prepared to provide proof of the child’s date of birth and either the child’s Catholic baptismal certificate or the Catholic baptismal certificate of at least one parent or guardian.

~~ If you are non-Catholic (including a non-Catholic newcomer to Canada), but wish to explore a Catholic education for your child(ren), please review the WCDSB Admissions to Catholic Elementary Schools policyOur secondary schools are open to students of all faiths.

~~ A complete list of WCDSB schools that will offer the Extended Day Program in 2021-22 will be web-posted before the end of this current (2020-21) school year. Please call your school directly for information about the Extended Day Program. A complete list of WCDSB schools currently providing the program is available via this link: Extended Day Program.

~~ For information about French Immersion programs in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, please click here: French Immersion Registration Information.

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 186-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

 

January 13th, 2022|
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