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Important Information Regarding Asymptomatic Testing of Students and Staff

ENHANCED COVID-19 TESTING PROTOCOLS

Voluntary Asymptomatic Testing of School Staff at Pharmacies

>> As part of an enhanced testing strategy to support in-person learning in Ontario, Region of Waterloo Public Health has worked with the Province on the expansion of asymptomatic testing at pharmacies to include school staff. Interested school staff will need to make an appointment at participating pharmacies and provide the name of their school/work location.

>> Interested school staff will need to make an appointment at participating pharmacies and provide the name of the school/work location. Testing is voluntary.

Targeted Asymptomatic Testing of Students and Staff

>> As of February 22, 2021, school boards must provide asymptomatic targeted testing in at least 5% of the elementary and secondary schools within their jurisdiction, each week. In WCDSB, this means 2 schools per week, until all schools have had the opportunity to participate in testing.

>> School locations are being selected in consultation with Region of Waterloo Public Health. Participation in testing is completely voluntary.

>> School Boards have been asked to prioritize schools in areas of high transmission, previous or continuing high case numbers, and schools where access to current testing programs may be challenging. Dates, times, and locations are still being determined.

>> The initial WCDSB schools identified are:

  • Resurrection CSS / St. John CES / St. Dominic CES
  • Mary’s H.S. / Blessed Sacrament CES
  • Our Lady of Grace CES / St. Bernadette CES / St. Daniel CES
  • Doyle CSS / Holy Spirit CES
  • Gregory CES / St. Vincent de Paul CES
February 23rd, 2021|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — February, 2021

Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, February 8, 2021 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, February 22, 2021 — Meeting Agenda Package

Highlights

Early Years Report

In February 2020, the Board of Trustees was apprised of ongoing progress in implementing two renewed policies and programs in Ontario which form the core of Kindergarten: The Kindergarten Program 2016 and Growing Success: The Kindergarten Addendum 2016.

This year’s report provides further details regarding the ongoing implementation of the Kindergarten program, and the shifts that have occurred during the global pandemic to ensure the well-being of educators, students, and families and the integrity of the pedagogies within the Kindergarten program.

The report provided an overview of activities in the following key areas:

  • Getting Ready for School Re-opening in September
  • Early Literacy Skills and Development
  • Early Mathematical Skills and Development
  • The Communication of Learning (COL)
  • Community Partnerships

Next Steps toward 2021-22:

  • Partnership with local libraries across Waterloo Region to support Reading for Joy at Home, by getting more families connected to their libraries and more hard copies of books to kids on topics that interest them. This partnership includes: Waterloo Region District School Board, Waterloo Public Library, Kitchener Public Library, Idea Exchange and Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir.
  • Build timely supports for administrators in using The Kindergarten Program 2016 as a professional learning tool to support deep learning in our Kindergarten programs Continue to develop accessible opportunities to build system understanding of learning through play and the significance of belonging and contributing to all classroom environments
  • Continue to support educators with intentional and collaborative planning practices using assessment data, program expectations, and student interests
  • Continue to support educators with pedagogical documentation practices
  • Continue to share Balanced Literacy Assessment strategies to support the development of phonological awareness and early reading development
  • Continue to align The Kindergarten Program with the new Ontario Mathematics Curriculum, 1-8.

The report is available beginning on page 10 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Annual Report – Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR)on STSWR

Each year, Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR), provides an annual report to the Board of Trustees.

Key highlights from this year’s report include:

  • Significant monetary savings resulting from not delivering services after March Break. These savings were re-invested into PPE and other equipment in preparation for the 2020-21 school year
  • Transition to a new provider for GPS services
  • Deferral of activities and training associated with active school travel (Sidewalk Smarts, Walk in Their Shoes, Bike to School)
  • Supported activities for families out walking during COVID19 school closure
  • Seat belt pilot
  • Customer service infrastructure investment and expansion of text-notification program for late buses
  • Bus driver pool was limited, but did not result in service disruption with thanks to bus operators
  • Planning for 2020-21 – multiple scenarios due to COVID19 and fluid direction from government

The report is available beginning on page 15 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Huron Brigadoon Boundary Review Timelines

On January 25, 2021, the Board of Trustees received a report entitled Huron Brigadoon Boundary Review – Initial Staff Report and Initiation of Review, which included a proposed timeline for the boundary review. The Board of Trustees approved the initiation of the boundary review and directed staff to return to the February 8, 2021 Committee of the Whole meeting with alternative timelines for the execution of the review.

Board staff presented timeline options which would see the review extend from either March to June 2021 or April to December 2021 – with the board opting for the March to June, 2021 timeline.

The new school is anticipated to open in September 2022.

The report is available beginning on page 32 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Parent Engagement Update

Ontario’s parent engagement policy recognizes many different forms of parent engagement, and that each is an important contributor to student and school success. Within the policy, parent engagement includes:

  • Providing a positive learning environment at home, actively working with children to support what they are learning in school, and making learning an important part of the day
  • Having productive conversations with teachers so that there is clear communication between the school and the home
  • Becoming involved in school activities and volunteering to help with school events, trips, and other activities
  • Participating in School Councils at the school level and Parent Involvement Committees at the board level to provide perspective.

The WCDSB has continually focused on supporting the partnership between home and school to meet the various forms of parent engagement as presented in the Ontario Parent Engagement Policy by promoting and supporting:

  • Celebration of our Catholic School Advisory Council Chairpersons through our WCDSB annual commissioning ceremony
  • Parent Reaching Out Grants
  • Catholic Parent Involvement Committee Support to Schools and Catholic School Advisory Councils

The Catholic Parent Involvement Committee has been very deliberate in creating strategies to support a stronger presence in the WCDSB. A formal communication strategy has been developed and shared with all CPIC members, and structures for maintaining an open dialogue for CPIC members via a Microsoft Teams Group have also been established.

A list of the various upcoming events planned to support parent engagement in our WCDSB community and to find local solutions to involve more parents in support of student achievement and well-being will be provided as they are confirmed.

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

Special Education – Multi-Disciplinary Team Approach

The Ministry of Education has been allocating funds for the hiring of professionals and processes to support to use of Multi-Disciplinary Teams in school boards across the Province. As a result of new funding in 2018, the WCDSB Special Education Department was able to hire several staff to enhance the Family of Schools (FOS) Collaborative team model currently in place, which also includes other members of the Student Services Department. For example, the newly developed position of an Educational Assistant Liaison Officer has been a significant support. This role involves providing professional development to support staff as well as working closely with Health & Safety to review each incident form submitted. By reviewing each incident report, we can look for trends, make recommendations or provide additional training to support staff and students to prevent future incidents. This is relevant to the Multi Year Strategic Plan (MYSP), as decreasing the number of reports of violent incidents is a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) under the strategic direction of nurturing the well-being of all students and staff.

All Student Services disciplines and members of our collaborative teams utilize evidenced-based frameworks (e.g., Logic Models) to plan and monitor their collective efficacy to improve outcomes for the students they serve. All disciplines have a common theme of providing direct services to students and/or staff, providing recommendations for accommodations with the goal of improving outcomes for student learning. Team members gather information through observing, assessing, and discussing the exceptionalities of the learner through the lens of their various disciplines. Members of the FOS Collaborative team come together to assist students through a multidisciplinary approach, which means that they consider a holistic view of the student. Following their direct service, this multidisciplinary approach is used to collectively identify the learning needs of each student and provide recommendations for accommodations that are consistent with the profile of the learner and through the lens of all disciplines.

The report is available beginning on page 35 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Grade 7-12 School Program Review Draft Recommendations

In September 2020, management initiated a review to establish program recommendations related to the opening of WCDSB’s new 7-12 school in East Kitchener. The first phase of the review is now complete. The report presented on February 22 provided the Board of Trustees with key considerations resulting from this phase and provided next steps for phase two of the 7- 12 Program Review process.

Within the Grade 7-12 Catholic School, programming will be offered in a manner that is consistent with the Board’s existing elementary (grades 7 and 8) and secondary (grades 9 to 12) schools. The elementary students will take the same subjects as other grade 7 and 8 students, using similar learning blocks and breaks during the instructional day.

For the secondary school students, credit accumulation and courses will be delivered in a manner consistent with other Catholic secondary schools. What will be unique to a Grade 7-12 school program is the sharing of some larger and specialized spaces that a traditional JK-8 elementary school facility would not have. Specialized spaces would include a larger gymnasium, a library/learning commons, chapel, cafeteria, and classrooms set up for science, art, and instrumental music.

The report is very detailed, and begins on page 40 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

South East Cambridge Joint Use Feasibility Study

A joint school and community centre development has been proposed in south east Cambridge since the late 1990s. In 2007, the City of Cambridge acquired 32.5 acres of land in an area of future residential development east of Dundas Street South. The property was envisioned to accommodate a community centre, public library branch, and two elementary schools.

In June 2020, the City of Cambridge, Waterloo Catholic District School Board and Waterloo Region District School Board signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize their commitment to proceed with a Feasibility Study and future agreements to facilitate the development of the site and cost sharing of expenses related to that development. The MOU also established a terms of reference and timeline for the Feasibility Study, and parties to participate on a Steering Committee on behalf of the parties.

WCDSB Building Program

The Ministry of Education capital priorities grant approved in 2020 identified a $8,652,378 construction program premised on provincial standards for 354 pupil places and 42,645 sq. ft. Based on the Ministry templates and board preferences, the building program includes:

  • 354 students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8
  • 3 Kindergartens, 11 Classrooms, Art, Science, Special Education
  • Gymnasium, Library/Learning Commons
  • General Office, Staff, Custodial and support spaces
  • Outdoor amenities, such as asphalt play area
  • Space for up to 6 portables

The report – including the Feasibility Study – is available beginning on page 56 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

COVID-19 Update

With the return to face-to-face learning, there have been some additional safety enhancements that have been put into place in our Operational Guidelines. The changes have included mandatory masking in grades 1 – 3, so that now an exemption form is required if a child does not want to wear a mask in those grades. Locally we are still asking for masks in kindergarten. Masks are also now required outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Further – confirmation of daily screening is required by all staff and by our secondary students. This is an enhancement from the previous honour system. Now a firm confirmation is required. A staff system has been set up to facilitate this and students have a variety of ways they can confirm their screening, with a poster being available in every room should they arrive not having completed their screening.

Further, in terms of COVID-19 testing, the province is moving toward pop-up community sites for symptomatic individuals and we are helping to publicize these sites through school-based communication in the communities where the pop-up sites are located. As well – asymptomatic testing is now available for staff at local pharmacies.

Finally, 2 schools each week — representing approximately 5% of our schools or 2% of our student population — will be identified for targeted asymptomatic testing. Schools will be selected in collaboration with Public Health. Testing will be completed primarily by contracted companies and will be in both the PCR and antigen format.

As reported in January, at the conclusion of the secondary school survey – which was administered January 4th to 6th, we had 259 students who wanted to make the switch to virtual and 84 who wanted to make the switch back to face to face, with a net change/gain of 175 students to St Isidore.

The elementary school survey assessing families’ desire to transition was open Feb 16-18th – and the transition will be effective March 8th.

A total of 262 students will be moving from conventional learning to virtual learning and 290 students shifting back to conventional learning. This may necessitate some class reorganization, but we are hoping that it will be minimized.

The report is available beginning on page 208 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 January 2021 is available on page 214 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 211 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, March 8, 2021

Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre

Regular Public Board Meeting

Monday, March 22, 2021

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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February 23rd, 2021|

Nominations Still Open: Distinguished Graduate, Community Partner & Chair’s Awards

Nominations are still open for the annual WCDSB “Distinguished Graduate Award”“Community Partner Award” and “Chair’s Award”. Information about the awards (including the Distinguished Graduate Award nomination form) is available HERE. There are no nomination forms for the Community Partner and Chair’s Awards.

If you wish to make a nomination in any of the categories, please submit your rationale in writing along with any supporting documentation you feel appropriate, to Alice Figueiredo by Monday, March 31, 2021. Hard copy or emailed nominations are equally acceptable. Alice can be reached via email at alice.figueiredo@wcdsb.ca.

Distinguished Graduate Award

The Distinguished Graduate Award was established in 2005 under the Board’s “Celebration of Excellence” policy. It is presented annually to a graduate of 10 or more years from Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools who has provided an outstanding example of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations in action. The award is presented at the graduation exercises of the recipient’s Secondary School or another appropriate public venue.

Recipients

  • 2020 – Michael Dopp
  • 2019 – Richard Hepditch, Chief, Waterloo Fire Rescue
  • 2018 – Paul Heinbecker, former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations
  • 2017 – Most Reverend Bishop Daniel Meihm, Bishop of Peterborough
  • 2016 – Michael Schmitt, Former WCDSB teacher, Principal, Superintendent & Director of Education
  • 2015 – Douglas Letson, C.M., Former President & Vice-Chancellor, St. Jerome’s University
  • 2014 – Katherine Bergman, President & Vice-Chancellor, St. Jerome’s University
  • 2013 – Mary Jo Fedy, Managing Partner, KPMG — Waterloo
  • 2012 – Toby Collins, C.R., Vocation Director for the Congregation of the Resurrection
  • 2011 – Teacher / missionary Sister Barbara Paleczny, SSND
  • 2010 – David Eby, Executive Director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association – and current Attorney General of British Columbia
  • 2009 – Paul Voisin, C.R., Vicar General of the Diocese of Hamilton (Bermuda)
  • 2008 – Former Ontario cabinet minister – and current Wilfrid Laurier University Professor —John Milloy
  • 2007 – Lisa LaFlamme, Anchor – CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme
  • 2006 – University of Waterloo professor Brian Orend
  • 2005 – Ontario Superior Court Justice Patrick J. Flynn

Community Partner Award

The Community Partner Award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions made to Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools by a community partner or agency serving the students, staff and greater community of Waterloo Region.

Recipients

  • 2020 – Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate
  • 2019 – Langs Community Health & Wellness Centre
  • 2018 – St. Vincent de Paul Store (Cambridge)
  • 2017 – Settlement and Education Partnership of Waterloo Region
  • 2016 – Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
  • 2015 – Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council
  • 2014 – Strong Start Charitable Organization
  • 2013 – Barrday Inc.
  • 2012 – Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region
  • 2011 – Nutrition for Learning
  • 2010 – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
  • 2009 – Rex Barger
  • 2008 – Reid’s Heritage Homes
  • 2007 – Congregation of the Resurrection in Waterloo Region
  • 2006 – Region of Waterloo Public Health
  • 2005 – Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation
  • 2004 – St. Jerome’s University
  • 2003 – Waterloo Regional Police Service
  • 2002 – Catholic Family Counselling
  • 2001 – Waterloo Region Catholic Community Foundation

Chair’s Award

The Chair’s Award is presented to a person (or group of people) in the school system who has contributed significantly to Catholic Education. It is given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions made in serving the students, staff and greater community of Waterloo Region and/or to the betterment of Catholic Education in Ontario in general.

Recipients

  • 2020 – Paul Cox
  • 2019 – Mary Jo O’Brien
  • 2018 – Tom Denomme
  • 2017 – Glenda Leusink
  • 2016 – Nancy Sabo
  • 2015 – Joni Grundy
  • 2014 – Marianna Worth
  • 2013 – Michelle Flood and Mary Stevens
  • 2012 – Bruce Cameron
  • 2011 – Gai Brown
  • 2010 – Theresa Horan
  • 2009 – Jeannie McCarroll
  • 2008 – Angela Davis
  • 2007 – Thomas Forestell, Mervyn J. Villemaire, Charles Van Alphen
  • 2006 – Deb Zettel-Schmitt
  • 2005 – Allan Hoch, Jennifer Rodrigues, Louise Ervin
  • 2004 – Gary Leduc
  • 2003 – Pat Brannigan, Michael Schmitt
  • 2002 – School Sisters of Notre Dame / Sisters of St. Joseph
  • 2001 – Dave Schnarr, Bill Brazeau, Pat Cannon, Warren Grafton, Horst Schweinbenz
  • 2000 – Fr. Fred Scinto, C.R.
  • 1999 – Ann O’Donnell-Beckwith
  • 1998 – Bob Anderson
February 19th, 2021|

Upcoming “Virtual” Board Meeting – Monday, February 22, 2021

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. — Monday, February 22, 2021. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be streamed live on Youtube:

WATCH HERE

Agenda

General Information About WCDSB Board Meetings

Information About the Board of Trustees

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.

February 19th, 2021|

Revised Huron Brigadoon Boundary Review Meeting Dates

The postponement of March Break until April has made necessary an adjustment to previously planned Huron Brigadoon Boundary Review meeting dates.

The new list of dates is provided below.

For further information please visit the Huron Brigadoon web page or email HuronBrigadoon@wcdsb.ca

Boundary Review Committee Meetings

  • March 4, 2021
  • March 11, 2021
  • March 24, 2021
  • April 21, 2021
  • April 28, 2021

 Public Meetings

  • March 18, 2021
  • April 6, 2021
February 18th, 2021|

Huron Brigadoon Boundary Review

On January 25, 2021, the Board of Trustees received a report entitled “Huron Brigadoon Boundary Review – Initial Staff Report and Initiation of Review”, which included a proposed timeline for the boundary review. The Board of Trustees approved the initiation of the boundary review and directed staff to return to the February 8, 2021 Committee of the Whole meeting with alternative timelines for the execution of the review.

Board staff presented timeline options which would see the review extend from either March to June, 2021 or April to December, 2021 – with the board opting for the March to June, 2021 timeline.

The new school is anticipated to open in September 2022.

Applications are now open to become a parent representative on the Boundary Review Committee. Applications close on Friday, February 19, 2021.

Please click HERE for the parent representative job description.

Please click HERE for the parent representative application form.

For further information please visit the Huron Brigadoon web page or email HuronBrigadoon@wcdsb.ca

 

February 11th, 2021|

Final WCDSB Elementary School Transition Survey

Dear Parents / Guardians of WCDSB Elementary School Children:

Please note that your final opportunity to state your preference for a transfer for your child’s elementary school learning mode begins at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, and ends at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

A special online survey has been created for you to state your choice. The survey is not yet active. It will be activated at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16th.

The form will be available on our main webpage in the spotlight section – www.wcdsb.ca

You only need to complete the survey if you are looking for a transfer.

Please ensure you complete the survey during the stated February 16th to 18th time fame, as there will be no requests for changes granted after the survey closesAdditionally, as this is the final transition point for the 2020-21 school year, there will be no requests to change learning mode granted through to the end of June.

Again — the survey closes at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to state your choice and for assisting us in having the staffing, resources, and programming in place to assist the ongoing learning and success of your children.

February 11th, 2021|

Special Welcome Back to School Message from the Director of Education

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

We have made it through what felt like a long January.  We sincerely hope that this letter finds you and your family well, and that you and your families are finding ways to stay positive during this challenging time.  Today’s letter brings another update – one that has been eagerly awaited by many of our staff and students.

On Wednesday, February 3rd the Minister of Education, informed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, declared that schools in Waterloo Region could return to in person learning.   As I said, I know that our staff have been amazing in delivering learning remotely for the past several weeks, be we also know that the majority of staff and students are keen to return to their schools and in person learning.  Thank you to our staff and to all our students and families who have been so wonderful during this time.  We know it was not always easy.

The numbers for COVID-19 positive cases in the region have come down dramatically and this is a very good thing.  As I have said in previous communications, working remotely for a few weeks now ensures that as our staff and students return to the classroom, we will be doing so safely.  With that said – there are a few updates and reminders of which to be aware:

Masking:  Students in Grades K -12 require masks, and students from grades 1-12 will require a formal approved exemption form if they are unable to wear a mask. (The requirement for a formal exemption form in grades 1-3 if a child is unable to wear a mask is a new addition) Students in Grades 1 – 8 should bring a second mask daily that they can use for outdoor activities, such as recess.  Washing masks on a daily basis so that they remain clean and effective, is recommended.

Screening:  Staff and students continue to be required to Self Screen before arriving at school (or immediately upon arrival).  Staff and secondary students will now have to provide confirmation of having completed their self screening on a daily basis.  Secondary classroom teachers will complete that confirmation upon the student’s arrival in class.  The student self-screener is found here:  COVID-19 school and child care screening

Elementary Transition Survey:  I would also like to provide an update on the elementary school transition survey.  There was to be one final opportunity for parents to indicate if they wanted their children to return back to in person learning or if they wished to switch to remote learning for the remainder of the year.  This survey was originally to take place January 27th to 29th.  We will now administer the survey on February 16th – 18th, immediately after Family Day Weekend.  The official transition date for any student who chooses to change their learning method will be Monday March 8th, 2021.

Once again, we encourage you to visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community – but also please be aware that these could change depending on the most current public health advice. We also suggest checking out the WCDSB website https://www.wcdsb.ca/living-learning-looking-forward/  and Region of Waterloo Public Health website https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/2019-novel-coronavirus.aspx as they contain helpful resources and supports.  If you have any questions about what your particular school is doing, please reach out to your local school principal.

I will continue to remind all community members that mental health resources are available to students and families through Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868.

If there are any further updates we will certainly share them as soon as possible.  Please know that we continue to be in this together and day by day we will make it through.  Thank you for all that you have done to walk with us through this time.  Let’s continue to remain people of hope, informed by our Faith.  Please reach out to us if you need help or guidance, and remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community.  #InThisTogether 

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten                                                                       

Director of Education 

ENHANCED COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Mandatory Masking

Students in Grades 1 to 12 must wear masks or face coverings, unless an approved exemption form has been received:

  • in schools, including in hallways and during classes
  • on school transportation
  • outdoors, where physical distance cannot be maintained

Students in kindergarten are also required to wear non-medical or cloth masks in indoor spaces, including school transportation.

Mandatory Self-Screening of Students & Staff

Students and staff need to check for symptoms of illness every day before going to school. You can screen your child or yourself by taking the COVID-19 school and child care screening

Enhanced On-site Screening

Schools will conduct daily on-site confirmation of self-screening for secondary students, staff and visitors – either before entering the school, or at the start of the school day.

Secondary students

As of February 10, all secondary students must confirm their COVID-19 self-screening result daily.

Teachers and staff

As of January 25, all school staff must confirm their COVID-19 self-screening result daily.

Visitors to Schools

Non-essential visitors, including parents, are not allowed in schools. Only essential visitors are allowed to enter schools. Essential visitors include people who:

  • ensure school safety, such as through inspections by the fire marshal’s office or by public health
  • provide school-based health services to students
  • are parents (properly masked), dropping off extended day students
February 4th, 2021|

Upcoming “Virtual” Board Meeting – Monday, February 8, 2021

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. — Monday, February 8, 2021. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be streamed live on Youtube:

WATCH HERE

Agenda

General Information About WCDSB Board Meetings

Information About the Board of Trustees

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.

February 4th, 2021|

February 1 to 5 is #WCDSBPetWeek!!

February 1 to 5 2021 is #WCDSBPetWeek in Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools.

Throughout the week, we invite all students and staff to share on social media their pets, and how their pets are helping them cope with COVID-19.

If your family doesn’t have a real pet, please feel free to create a “virtual” pet and share that …. or share a favorite stuffy.

We are all #InThisTogether – and everyone can play!!

Remember to use the hashtag #WCDSBPetWeek when you share.

And then check out www.wcdsb.ca/wcdsbpetweek frequently as all the posts are gathered!!

 

January 29th, 2021|