Monthly Archives: February 2021

Isidore Report Cards…

Pick up has been extended into next week daily between 1:00 and 3:00.

Please park in the parking lot.
Please have only one parent come in for pick up.
Please ensure you are wearing a mask.
Please ensure you hand sanitize.
Please maintain distance.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.

We look forward to seeing you.

Be well,
St. Anne School Staff

My child does not feel well – now what?

My child tells school staff they do not feel well – now what?

Hello Families,

You will have noticed in the letter we sent out from the Director yesterday some important changes to our COVID protocols.

Please know these changes are Ministry mandated.

When your child is at school and expresses, they do not feel well (one symptom) we are obligated to treat the situation as a possible COVID case. Please know this is out of an abundance of caution, in the effort to keep all staff, students, and their extended families safe.

You will need to make arrangements to pick your child up from school, along with their siblings, and begin the isolation period.

This isolation period for the symptomatic individual can end when ANY of the following happen:

  • There is a negative COVID-19 test
  • There is an alternate diagnosis from a medical professional
  • 10 days have passed since the symptom started, and it has not gotten worse, however the remainder of the household must isolate for 14 days after the last contact with the symptomatic individual

This isolation period for the asymptomatic family members can end when ANY of the following happen:

  • The negative test results are received and confirmed
  • There is an alternate diagnosis from a medical professional
  • 14 days have passed since the last contact with the symptomatic family member (if there is no test result or alternate medical diagnosis

Please know that we understand that this is a change from past practice. Also, please know that this is the mandate of the Ministry and Public Health

Prior to the start of the school day, if your child has symptoms that are found on the COVID-19 School Screening Assessment found here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ they should stay home.

WHAT DO I SAY WHEN I AM CALLING MY CHILD IN SICK?

When calling your child in ILL from school, please describe the symptoms and let the office know which of the following you will seek:

  • A COVID-19 test
  • Going to the doctor, or
  • Self-isolating your family (siblings included)

A reminder that if one of your children has a COVID symptom ALL siblings from the school must stay at home as well.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.  We know that the next few months might be very challenging for your family as we follow these new protocols.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support.

St. Anne School Staff

St. Isidore Report Card Pick Up…

Hello Families,

The St. Isidore report cards have arrived.

Pick up with be at St. Anne school, Wednesday February 24 and Thursday February 25 between 1:00 and 3:00.

Please park in the parking lot.

Please have only one parent come in for pick up.

Please ensure you are wearing a mask.

Please ensure you hand sanitize.

Please maintain distance.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.

We look forward to seeing you.

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff

Directors Update…

February 22nd, 2021

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

As we approach the end of February, we sincerely hope that this letter finds you and your family well.  Today’s letter brings a number of very important updates that are important to continuing to provide safe, welcoming learning environments for all our Waterloo Catholic staff and students.  Please take the time to read each of these updates, and do not hesitate to reach out to your local school if there are items for which you require further information or clarification.

On Wednesday, February 17th the Minister of Education, informed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, informed all school boards that there was an enhancement that would be adopted in terms of both screening and isolation guidance, as well as testing opportunities.  Please see below for these and other updates.

Screening:  Staff and students continue to be required to Self Screen before arriving at school (or immediately upon arrival).  Confirmation of screening continues to be required for all staff and our secondary students. The change is that  the new provincial direction requires that staff, students and children with any new or worsening symptom of COVID-19, as indicated in the school and child care screening tool, even those with only one symptom, must stay home until:

  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional, or
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset and they are feeling better.

The student self-screener is found here:  COVID-19 school and child care screening

Isolation requirements:

Further – all asymptomatic household contacts (siblings, parents, grandparents) of symptomatic individuals are required to quarantine until the symptomatic household member:

  • receives a negative COVID-19 test result, or
  • receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional

If the symptomatic individual tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional, the symptomatic individual must isolate (including from household members) for 10 days from symptom onset, and all household contacts must isolate until 14 days from their last contact with the symptomatic individual.

We realize this is a significant change and requirement for a family.  This is by provincial order and does not just apply to the education sector, but everyone in the province.  We may have to close some schools if too many staff are affected by this new requirement.  We will make every effort to avoid this reality.

Targeted Testing:

On February 16th, 2021 The Ministry informed us of some enhancements to Testing that will be implemented provincially.  These include:

  • Community Testing in selected sites: These are additional centers for any community member who is trying to access testing due to symptoms or as a result of being a contact.  You will receive a letter if your school community is being offered this service.
  • Increased Staff Testing: All asymptomatic staff have the ability to access selected community Pharmacies if they feel they want to access a test.
  • Targeted Testing for staff and students of selected schools: The Ministry has contracted companies to help in administering COVID tests to 5% of the schools within the Board (2-3 per week), representing 2% of our student population.  This service is for asymptomatic staff and students.  You will receive a letter if your community / school is being offered the opportunity.  It is fully voluntary and free of cost.  Clinics will run on weekends.

March Break:

On February 11th, The Minister also announced that March Break would be postponed.  We realize this is a disappointing development for children and families, but the good news it has not been cancelled altogether.  The Break will now occur after Easter, in the week of April 12th -16th.  We look forward to the well-deserved rest all staff and students will have the opportunity to enjoy in April.  Schools will communicate some changes that will occur in secondary as a result of this shift in dates.

Elementary Transition Survey:

We administered the elementary transition survey from February 16th – 18th, immediately after Family Day Weekend.  The official transition date for any student who chose to change their learning method will be Monday March 8th, 2021.

The results saw almost equal movement both ways – with 262 students moving to virtual learning at St Isidore and 290 students making the move back to in person learning.  This will necessitate some class re-organization but we are hoping that it will be minimized.  As previously indicated, there will be no more movement from one mode to the other for the remainder of the year.

Graduations:

We have made a decision that all elementary and secondary graduations will be virtual /adapted once again this year.  All indications would seem to suggest that while we hope to be in a much better place in terms of COVID transmission by the later spring and summer months, but planning starts much sooner than that.  We do not have enough assurances that large gatherings will be possible by then, so we have made a proactive decision that we will not run a traditional graduation celebration.  Your local school will be in touch about how this will be approached in your local site.

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.  As we journey thought Lent toward our Easter Season, 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 

FINAL — INFOSheet Enhanced COVID-19 Isolation Protocols – Feb 22 2021

FINAL — INFOSheet Enhanced COVID-19 Testing Protocols – Feb 22 2021 (002)

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

Snow Day – Schools Closed…

Weather Impacted Learning Day, All Buses Cancelled, All Schools Closed

  • Due to the current weather conditions ALL SCHOOL BUSES, TAXIS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUTES operated by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and Waterloo Region District School Board are cancelled.
  • All WCDSB and WRDSB schools and sites are CLOSED and it will be a Remote Learning Day.
  • Students should visit their respective virtual classrooms or WCDSB and WRDSB Learning @ Home for resources.
  • All before and after school programs and child care centres co-located in schools are CLOSED.
  • All programs and services offered by St. Louis Continuing Education and Adult and Learning Centres will be done through remote learning from home.

Isidore report cards…

Hello Isidore Families,

Report cards will be delivered to St. Anne next week. Once they have arrived, we will set up a day and time for pick up.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

Isidore students in grade 2……

Hello Families,

For those with children in grade 2, St. Ambrose parish requires the attached for to be handed in this weekend.  Please contact the church asap.

FC forms

Please note that the Church is closed, and the form must be dropped off at the office mail slot.

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff

Snow Day Learning Expectations…

Today the weather is extremely “wintery” and busses are canceled, which means the school will also be closed for the day.  Students will be provided activities and tasks via their Google Classroom accounts and they will be required to complete some tasks for a portion of the day.  There is no expectation of a live whole-class meeting on these days.  We have collected computers back from students for use at school and we are not expecting each child to have a device – just access to one so that they can complete the work assigned.  If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact your child’s teacher.

Have a wonderful extended family weekend!  Try to get out and enjoy the snow.

Schools Closed

Tuesday February 16, 2021

  • Due to the current weather conditions ALL SCHOOL BUSES, TAXIS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUTES operated by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and Waterloo Region District School Board are cancelled.
  • All WCDSB and WRDSB schools and sites are CLOSED and it will be a Remote Learning Day.
  • Students should visit their respective virtual classrooms or WCDSB and WRDSB Learning @ Home for resources.
  • All before and after school programs and child care centres co-located in schools are CLOSED.
  • All programs and services offered by St. Louis Continuing Education and Adult and Learning Centre are cancelled.

Benoit Bourgault

General Manager

Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region

Phone 519 744 7575 Ext 222

Register for Online School…

Register for Online School

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 closes. Additionally, 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.

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