Summer Updates - Survey and School Calendar

Dear parents and guardians,

We know this year has been a challenge, and the unknown has been daunting.

Not only have you had to navigate through a pandemic, you’ve had to wear multiple hats as both parent and teacher. You’ve had to keep your children safe, occupied and engaged… all while trying to balance your own workload while attempting to keep things “normal”. We value you, your efforts and your continued positivity throughout these times - it has not gone unnoticed.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for all you have done and continue to do for your children.

Return to School Survey

It is important your voices are heard and we request all families to complete our Return to School survey. The survey pertains to the possible re-opening scenarios (Conventional *regular*, Adaptive and Remote Learning) and Student Transportation (busing). Your feedback matters and is NEEDED.

Important changes to the 2020-21 School Year Calendar

During a special Board meeting held on Wednesday, July 15, our Board of Trustees approved a modified 2020-21 School Year Calendar. The 2020-21 School year will now begin on Thursday, September 3rd. Educators and Support Staff will be in schools on Monday, August 31st, until Wednesday, September 2nd. These days will be used for Professional Learning and finalizing school health and safety measures. Please see the revised Elementary and Secondary School Calendars.

Preparations for Fall

There are many questions from staff, students and parents about what next year may look like.

Further guidance from the Ministry of Education will continue to be released throughout the summer. Our Board is currently working on plans to be ready for the fall. Our return to school plan will address 7 key areas for a safe return for staff and students.

  1. Staff/Parent Consultation
  2. Thunder Bay Health Unit Consultation
  3. School Site Preparation
  4. Staff Preparation
  5. Student Preparation
  6. School Operations
  7. Hygiene and Cleaning

Ongoing Communication

As always, we will continue to keep you informed as we receive further information. We will work to find creative solutions designed to safeguard the health and well-being of our students, staff and families.

If you haven’t had the chance, please view our end of year video.

Take care of yourself, and have a wonderful and well-deserved summer.

We’re looking forward to seeing you and your children in September.

© Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board 2020