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Heightened Surveillance Over - St. Ignatius

Dear Families,

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) has informed us that the period of heightened surveillance at St. Ignatius High School, due to the recent case, is now over.

The school is no longer considered to be at increased risk.

Please see the attached letter from Dr. DeMille, here.

Thank you,

Positive Case - St. Ignatius

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a COVID-19 case associated with St. Ignatius.

Parents, Guardians and Staff of these cohorts have been contacted by members of TBCDSB.

This situation also impacts one school bus cohort. These students have been notified by the school.

A thorough cleaning and disinfection process is underway within the school. This deep clean will be performed by a third party, which entails disinfectant fogging.

ONLY those who are symptomatic or not fully vaccinated will remain at home. TBDHU will continue to monitor the situation and advise if there are any changes.

Privacy is extremely important to us, our staff and our families. The identity of the positive case will not be disclosed.

Please read the letter from Dr. DeMille and the TBDHU here.

A Message from the Minister of Education to Ontario’s Parents

September 3, 2021

Dear Ontario Parents,

We hope your summer is going very well. With the return to in-person learning this September, we are excited to see students heading back to class for a more normal learning experience – alongside their friends and teachers. We know that in-person learning is essential for the mental and physical health, academic achievement, and overall well-being of our young people.

Developed in consultation with medical experts, including the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and in review of the Provincial Science Table report, the measures we are taking are designed to keep students as safe as possible when at school.

In the 2021-22 school year, students across the province will:

  • Return to in-person learning for the full school day, though synchronous remote learning will remain an option;
  • Learn in classrooms supported by physical distancing, and enhanced cleaning;
  • Be able to participate in extracurricular activities, clubs, music, and the arts, as well as a full range of sports within the school and through inter-school sport activities with some modifications; and
  • Benefit from improved ventilation and other air quality infrastructure upgrades, including HEPA units in all kindergarten classrooms and in all learning spaces that are not connected to mechanical ventilation systems.

More details of the plan are available on the Ministry of Education’s website.

In addition, our government is working with public health units and publicly funded school boards to plan and host voluntary vaccination clinics in or nearby schools to continue to fight COVID-19covid 19. Clinics are expected to run before school starts and during the first few weeks of school. The program is part of the province’s last mile strategy to target those who have yet to receive a first or second dose and will provide accessible and convenient access to voluntary vaccines for eligible students and their families, as well as educators and school staff who are returning to school this fall.

We are dedicating more than $80 million in funding for student mental health supports. That’s more than four times the investments made in 2017-18 under the previous government.

Making Ontario’s return to school as safe as possible is supported by significant investments, including more than $1.6 billion in targeted COVID-19covid 19 supports, and $85.5 million in learning recovery and renewal to help students overcome any learning gaps the pandemic has created.

Improving air quality in schools is critically important for keeping school communities safe from COVID-19covid 19. That’s why I’m proud to add that our government has invested more than $600 million to improve school ventilation systems, following emerging scientific advice throughout the pandemic. That’s on top of the $1.4 billion in annual funding we provide to school boards to renew school facilities, including HVAC and windows.

Improvements to ventilation have been made across all schools and all boards in Ontario. In total, we will have provided over 70,000 standalone HEPA filtration units and other ventilation devices to keep classrooms safe.

To improve air quality at schools with mechanical ventilation, we are instructing boards to use the highest-grade filters – MERV-13 where possible – perform more frequent filter changes, operate air systems longer, and calibrate HVAC systems for maximum air flow and fresh air intake. For our youngest learners in junior and senior kindergarten, we are placing a standalone HEPA filter in their classrooms – regardless of whether or not the school has mechanical ventilation – as an added layer of protection. In the interest of transparency, we will provide school boards with a standardized public reporting tool on ventilation improvements.

Our government will continue to work closely with the education sector and medical experts to help ensure that the safety, well-being, and academic success of students remains front and centre. As part of that commitment, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health has released updated guidance to local public health units on the management of COVID-19covid 19 cases, contacts, and outbreaks. The guidance covers key topics associated with the management of COVID-19covid 19 in school settings, including guidance for managing symptomatic individuals, probable and confirmed cases, and suspected and confirmed outbreaks.

Our vaccine rollout continues. Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19covid 19 and variants, and will help protect our students, our loved ones, and our communities from illness. And as Ontario’s Minister of Education, my top priority will always be the health and safety of the province’s students, educators, and parents. I thank all of you for the patience and resilience you have demonstrated through some very challenging times. Let’s continue our positive momentum and keep working together to ensure our kids are safe, as they enjoy a well-deserved, more normal school year.

I wish everyone a safe and happy return to school.

Sincerely,

The Honourable Stephen Lecce
Minister of Education

Screening Confirmation

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Ministry of Education has required that as an additional safety measure, parents/guardians must confirm that they have completed the provincial COVID-19 School and child care screening tool (covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening) for their child/children for the first two weeks of school.

This screening confirmation may continue throughout the year and as a Board, we feel this is an important protocol in keeping our students and staff safe.

Parents/guardians are required to screen their child using the provincial COVID-19 School and child care screening tool prior to sending their child to school every morning. If your child does not pass this mandatory screen, do not send your child to school.

Kindergarten to Grade 3 and Students with special needs:

Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 and students with special needs who are unable to verbally verify their screen, are required to utilize this form which will be sent home on Tuesday. Please complete this form and return to your school to verify this screening will occur.

Students in Grades 4 – 12:

Students in Grades 4 - 12 will verbally confirm that they have completed the screening during attendance with their classroom teacher.

Have a printer at home? Click here to download the Kindergarten - Grade 3/Student with special needs screening confirmation form, and send it back to the school with your child.

COVID-19 Portal - Information for students, families and staff

We're really excited to have everyone back in-person this year!

We have updated our COVID-19 Portal with everything you need to know regarding back to school safety.

Please take the time to read through the portal, hours of work were spent in making this an easy area to navigate and find answers to any possible questions.

Click here to learn more https://www.tbcschools.ca/about/covid-19

Health, safety and operational guidance for schools (2021-2022)

Dear Families,

As many of you may have heard, a return to school guidance document was released today from the Ministry of Education.

This document outlines a school year which reflects a pre-pandemic “normal”with health and safety measures still in place. We are excited for the return of some extracurricular activities, field trips, music programming and assemblies.

We remain optimistic about the year ahead and will continue to keep you updated.

Please see the guidance document here.

Continue to have a great and restful summer!

Host Family Outreach

YES Canada, in partnership with the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, is seeking families to host international high school students from countries around the world who are scheduled to attend our schools this fall. We are welcoming students from France, Denmark, Sweden and Japan for durations ranging from 2 months to the full school year.

Host families are responsible for providing three meals a day in a safe and nurturing environment. Host families are compensated with a monthly stipend of $500.

These international students have planned their study abroad program months in advance and are excited to learn more about the exchange country's culture and language.

Students are required to comply with all Government of Canada and Public Health requirements during Covid-19 including any testing and quarantine requirements both prior to departure and upon arrival in Canada. Additionally, protocols and expectations regarding COVID-19 safety are provided to both the student and host family throughout the process - including prior to arrival and throughout the program. The YES Canada team are available to answer questions and provide information.

These exchanges are important as they connect individuals and cultures and remind us of the common interests, passions and goals. It is also a great way to establish life-long friendships and connections.

If you are interested in hosting an international high school student or would like to learn more about YES Canada's homestay program, please contact scott@youthedservices.ca or call 416-623-6220 ext. 403.

To review program details, click here.

Summer Mental Health Services

While we hope everyone is enjoying their summer, we’d like to remind everyone of how to access support or mental health services during the summer months. Remember that there is no problem #TooBigOrTooSmall to ask for help. We have Social Workers available to support you with whatever is bothering you.

How are counselling services offered?

The Social Worker will negotiate this with you. Options include virtual counselling, phone-based services or in-person with screening and safeguards. Services are voluntary (your choice) and confidential.

Interested? Complete the referral form here

We accept referrals from parents of youth under 12, self-referrals from youth over the age of 12, and third-party referrals from community service providers.

Call the Mental Health Leader, Katie Matthews, at 625-1538.

What if help is needed NOW?

  • Call CMHA Thunder Bay’s Crisis Line (346-8282) for immediate mental health support or information any time of the day, evening or night (24/7).
  • If this is an emergency situation and you or someone else's safety is at risk, call 911 or get to the emergency department of the local hospital.
  • Parent and School Community Mental Health Information Sheet

Talk4Healing: Help Line for Aboriginal Women living in Northern Ontario

  • (1-855-554-4325)
  • Help line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Talk4Healing offers services in English, Ojibway,
  • Oji-Cree & Cree. You can call the help line from anywhere in northern Ontario.
  • For on-line information: http://www.talk4healing.com

Feeling anxious? Sad? Not yourself?


End of Year Events

June 10, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As a Board, we have taken every safety precaution throughout this pandemic ensuring the safety of our students and staff. Thank you to our students, parents, guardians and staff for all of your hard work throughout this school year, we know it hasn’t been easy. You have each stepped up and endured so much, and you have helped your children accomplish an incredible amount. We are looking forward to having all students back in our schools for the 2021-2022 school year.

Please find information regarding end of year activities and the wrap-up of the school year :

Important Note:

  • June 24th and 25th (the last two days of school) are deemed non-instructional year-end wrap-up days. There will be no virtual instruction for students on these two days. This will provide parents/students with time to drop-off devices/textbooks and pick-up personal belongings.
  • As per Ministry Guidelines, our schools are currently open for in-person learning for students with Special Needs. These programs are considered to be essential and we will continue to operate under Ministry directives until June 23, 2021.
  • Regarding year end celebrations: Not every school is the same and each school will be celebrating the end of the year differently. The Government has ambitiously volunteered Boards across Ontario to provide an end of year celebration for all grades, but this is not a realistic possibility for all schools. We are all doing our very best to get through the year virtually and attempting to celebrate in our own ways, in accordance with public health measures. Please be kind and considerate during this time - staff have been doing their best to make this year end a memorable one.

Please keep an eye out for communication from your home school regarding year end activities.

Our Board cannot thank you enough for all you have done for your children and your continued support this year. Let’s try and make these next few weeks positive and fun. Let’s set our sights for a well deserved, relaxing summer and a great 2021-2022 school year ahead!

God Bless,

Pino Tassone, Director of Education

Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF)

Latest Announcement on Return to School

Dear Families,

Today, Premier Ford has directed Boards across the Province to extend virtual learning as a proactive and preventative measure. Therefore, elementary and secondary school students province-wide will participate in remote learning for the remainder of the school year.

As per Ministry Guidelines, our schools are currently open for in-person learning for students with Special Needs. These programs are considered to be essential and we will continue to operate under Ministry directives.

We were all hopeful for a return to school. We miss our students and we know they miss their friends. We're praying that September brings a fresh start; with undisrupted learning and a chance for normalcy.

Thank you again for everything you do, we know this year has not been easy.

In Honour of Children from the Kamloops Indian Residential School

Heartbroken.

Devastated.

Shocked.

Saddened.

Outraged.

Words cannot describe the hurt we feel in hearing about the remains of 215 children found in an unmarked grave, at the former Kamloops Residential School.

These were young, defenceless children - many were kindergarten aged. 215 children (almost an entire school) of Indigenous children who never made it home, secretly buried in an unmarked grave… unforgivable.

We’re a Catholic School Board composed of parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and siblings; and words cannot describe the pain in knowing what these children were subjected to within a Catholic Institution. As Thunder Bay Catholic, we apologize to all Residential School survivors and their families - especially to those who never made it home. Never should history like this repeat itself, nor be forgotten or discarded.

Beginning tomorrow, a sacred fire will be lit at Pope John Paul II school, the former St. Joseph’s Indian Residential School. Fire Keepers will be on site, along with tobacco for offerings. The public is welcome to come and pray, give offerings and reflect during this sacred time. Flags at all Board sites will be flown at half mast. This is a time to grieve and heal, together.

We are asking our entire community to wear orange tomorrow (May 31), as we reflect and pray for the families and for the spirits of the children who never returned home. We pray for their families who have never had closure and who never knew what happened to their loved ones.

For survivors and families who need support, please contact Indian Residential School Survivors Society at 1-800-721-0066 or NAN HOPE at 1-844-626-4673.

*We kindly ask to please remember to mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines at our sites.

COVID-19 Vaccine Booking for Youth aged 12 and up

Youth aged 12 and up are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) has arranged for special clinics for them to be immunized. Any family members who are at least 12 years old and who have not already received their first dose of vaccine are also eligible to book appointments at these clinics.

To book a vaccine appointment online at one of these dedicated clinics, please click here

Details on the vaccine clinic location are provided at the time of booking. More clinics will be added if needed. If you are not able to book online, call the TBDHU Call Centre at 625-5900. In addition to these dedicated clinics, vaccine appointments can also be made through the provincial booking system or through a pharmacy location offering vaccines to youth.

Other options may also be available. Please check our website at TBDHU.com/covidclinics for more vaccine opportunities.


Please read the letter from the TBDHU below:


Hope

Meet Todd!

Known as Mr. Perrier by his students, he is one of our incredible Attendance Counsellors.

This week both the Globe and Mail and CBC Radio Canada reached out to chat with him about the challenges Boards across the province have faced with student absenteeism. It’s no secret, we currently have 360 students absent from school this year due to the pandemic.

Mr. Perrier and his colleagues have been tirelessly bridging gaps and offering support where they can. If you happen to be one of the 360 reading this, we see you, we miss you and we understand. There is hope. It will get better.

CBC’s Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco of Ontario Today asked Todd: “Are you hopeful for the future?” and he responded with this message:

“I really am. I look at my own two children and adversity builds strength. We have to start giving messages of hope because people are starting to feel hopeless. I am blown away with our school system and how amazing they have been at adapting to all these changes that have come their way. Just hearing my own two children’s teachers; how caring and compassionate they are - that goes such a long way and so yes, I am very hopeful. When it comes to gaps I am very confident with our school system and their ability to help people bridge those gaps. Kindness and compassion go a long way."

You can listen to Todd’s interview on CBC radio and read the article by Caroline Alphonso here.

Thank you to not only our Attendance Counsellors, but to all Attendance Counsellors working to help students and families throughout this challenging time.

Register for Temporary Virtual Schooling

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As a Board, we are committed to the academic success of each and every student. COVID-19 continues to impact traditional educational methods worldwide, with many students having to learn remotely. Temporary Virtual School may be a Ministry option depending on the COVID-19 situation at the beginning of the upcoming school year. The reasons this is considered temporary, is in the hope that all students will be able to return to face-to-face learning.

Please click here to learn more about Temporary Virtual Schooling.

Extension of Remote Learning

Dear Families,

Today, Premier Ford and the Minister of Education Stephen Lecce have directed Boards across the Province to extend virtual learning as a proactive and preventative measure.Therefore, elementary and secondary school students province-wide will participate in remote learning following the April Break. We are awaiting further directive from the Government on when we can return to the classroom.

Only a few days ago we were told we would be returning to the classroom directly after the April Break. This has been a lot for everyone, especially after being online for the past six weeks. With the case numbers rising across Ontario, it is vital we reduce community transmission, especially with the new variants.

As per Ministry Guidelines, our schools are currently open for in-person learning for students with Special Needs. These programs are considered to be essential and we will continue to operate under Ministry directives.

Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this situation.

We will keep you updated as we receive more information regarding return to in-person learning.

Thank you again for everything you do,


A letter from the TBCDSB Trustees regarding Vaccination of Educational Workers

Dear Families,

Please see the attached letter from our Board Chair and Trustees regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for all Educational workers in the province. Read the full letter here.

April Return to In-Person Learning

Dear Families,

We received a letter from Dr. Janet DeMille from the TBDHU which indicates in-person learning will resume after the Spring Break, on April 19th 2021.

Please see the attached letter here. Please know, we will continue to follow the advice of Public Health and their recommendations.

All schedules and calendars will remain the same.

We want to take this time to thank you for your commitment and hard work over the past 6 weeks, we know it hasn’t been easy. We’re proud of your children and their resilience - this is something they will look back on - it is part of their history.

To our Educators- thank you for everything you have done to make these six weeks engaging, creative, inspiring and educational - despite the challenges. We know how much extra work and time has gone into preparing for each day.

To our support staff, both within our schools and at the Board Office, thank you for continuing to keep operations running smoothly and efficiently. We are blessed to have such an amazing team.

The Ministry of Education has provided a new guide with information pertaining to a return to school protocols. Please click here to familiarize yourself with its contents.


Spring Break and COVID-19

It is important to remember the role you play during the upcoming spring break. We must ensure we all do our part in continuing to flatten the curve, and adhere to all public health guidelines.

At this critical point in the pandemic, the following public health measures are crucial to help prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Socialize with your own household.
  • Stay home and get tested if you feel ill.
  • Participate in the targeted testing offered by your school board.
  • Screen every day, including during spring break, for COVID-19 symptoms before attending child care (the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool is available to assist families with symptom screening).
  • Practice good hand hygiene habits, masking, and physical distancing.
  • Refer to Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community.
  • Refrain from travelling.

As a reminder, before coming back to school on April 19th, you must screen for COVID-19 symptoms. If your child or anyone in your household is ill, stay home and follow the guidance of the school screen. Please remember to return any borrowed devices with your child to school as well.

More information is provided in a parent and guardian letter here.

PLEASE, enjoy the upcoming break - you and your family deserve some time away from the screens. Enjoy the weather and quality time together.
- TBCDSB

Heightened Surveillance OVER at St. Bernard

Dear Families,

The TBDHU has declared the heightened surveillance at St. Bernard is now over.

Please see the attached letter, here.

Thank you.

Extension of Remote Learning

Dear Families,

With rising COVID-19 cases within our city, the TBDHU has directed Boards to extend virtual learning for an additional two weeks (until March 29th).

We know this is a challenging time, and we know it has been a lot for everyone. Dr. DeMille meets regularly with school board officials and any decision to re-open schools to in-person learning will be made by the Medical Officer of Health. Please see the letter from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, here.

Child care continues to be a significant challenge for many families in our community. Please see information below regarding Emergency Child Care opportunities.

The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB), is looking into the possibility of Emergency Child Care for families of essential workers. Please know, not all programs have the capacity to provide child care at this time due to staffing and space limitations. In the event that TBDSSAB is able to support the provision of Emergency Child Care, specific public health protocols will be in place in order to maintain existing cohorts of children. Emergency Child Care would only be available to essential services workers with no other options for child care, who require full-time care, and who are already registered with a child care centre. Families would be responsible for the costs of Emergency Child Care. Inquiries about Emergency Child Care please click here.

We will continue to make the best of our situation. Further information for parents can be found here.

Thank you again for everything you do,

Heightened Surveillance OVER at PJPII + Corpus Christi

Dear Families,

The TBDHU has declared the heightened surveillance at both Pope John Paul II & Corpus Christi is now over.

Please see the letters from Dr. DeMille, above.

Thank you,

Heightened Surveillance OVER at St. Elizabeth

Dear Families,

The TBDHU has declared the heightened surveillance at St. Elizabeth is now over. Please see the letter here.

Thank you.

Positive Case - St. Bernard

Dear Families,

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a COVID-19 case associated with St. Bernard School.

Parents, Guardians and Staff of this cohort have been contacted by members of TBCDSB.

The cohort will remain home and a thorough cleaning and disinfection process will be underway within the school. Privacy is extremely important to us, our staff and our families and the identity of the associated case will not be disclosed.

Please see the letter from Dr. DeMille, here.

We continue to pray for all those affected today.

Thank you,




Positive Cases - St. Martin & St. Patrick

Dear Families,

The last few days have been extremely overwhelming for all of us. With the additional number of COVID-19 cases, the recent switch to remote learning and a citywide grey-lockdown, we have been inundated with information and news.

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit identified a COVID-19 case associated with St. Martin Elementary School, and two additional cases at St. Patrick High School (which is not considered an outbreak). These cases also impacted one school bus cohort for Pope John Paul II. These students have been notified by the school and public health will be in contact with them. Please see the school community letters (above) from Dr. DeMille we received Friday.

Parents, Guardians and Staff of these cohorts were contacted by members of TBCDSB and are being contacted by a Public Health Nurse.

This year has been challenging for everyone involved. We would like to sincerely thank our staff, especially those affected by these cases, along with our administration and of course, our TBCDSB families. With the increase in cases we know how much pressure has been put on our healthcare system and our community healthcare employees. The TBDHU Nurses continue to work long and tireless hours, ensuring our school and community safety.

We appreciate everyone’s efforts throughout this time and send our prayers to all those affected.

Transition to Remote Learning

April 12, 2021

Today, Premier Ford and the Minister of Education Stephen Lecce have directed Boards across the Province to extend virtual learning as a proactive and preventative measure.Therefore, elementary and secondary school students province-wide will participate in remote learning following the April Break. We are awaiting further directive from the Government on when we can return to the classroom.

Only a few days ago we were told we would be returning to the classroom directly after the April Break. This has been a lot for everyone, especially after being online for the past six weeks. With the case numbers rising across Ontario, it is vital we reduce community transmission, especially with the new variants.

As per Ministry Guidelines, our schools are currently open for in-person learning for students with Special Needs. These programs are considered to be essential and we will continue to operate under Ministry directives.

Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this situation.

We will keep you updated as we receive more information regarding return to in-person learning.

Thank you again for everything you do,

Virtual school

Resume as usual.

Kindergarten - Grade 8

Attendance will continue to be taken daily as usual.

As stated by the Ministry, Remote Learning will be provided for all students in alignment with Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) No.164: Requirements for Remote Learning. This PPM makes clear and very specific standards for instruction of synchronous learning so that parents and students know what to expect and there is a consistent approach across the province to ensure students are fully engaged in their learning. This will mean a synchronous learning requirement of 225 min./day for elementary students (75 minutes of asynchronous).

High School (Secondary)

Attendance will continue to be taken daily as usual.

Period 1 will run from 8:40 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. and Period 2 will run from 12:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Cooperative Education (Co-Op)
All in person placements are suspended. Co-op students will be contacted on Monday with further instructions.

SHSM Certifications
All in person certifications are not permitted during this time. Certifications should be rescheduled for a later date. Virtual certifications may continue.

Alternative Education and Late Leaver Teachers
Will continue with remote instruction.

Special Education - Kindergarten to Grade 12
As per Dr. DeMille’s letter, in-person instruction for some students with special needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning, can continue to attend school.

Childcare

Childcare facilities within our schools are operated by third parties. Please check with your daycare provider for details on whether or not they are operating during the shut-down. Before and After Care and recreational programs, NRP or Biwaase’aa, will not be open for any school age children.

Devices

It is expected that devices will be returned to school when we are back to in-person.

Mental Health Resources for Students

The wellbeing and the mental health of our students and families is incredibly important during this time. For additional Mental Health resources, please click here.

Student Transportation

Because both elementary and secondary will be learning remotely, student transportation services will not be provided during this time.

Catholic Education Centre (Board Office)

The Catholic Education Centre will be closed to visitors. There will be limited staff in the building and deliveries will be accepted by the Catholic Education Centre custodial staff. All Staff will continue to adhere to all TBCDSB Health and Safety Protocols when attending Thunder Bay Catholic Sites.

TBCDSB School Sites

TBCDSB sites will be closed to visitors. There will be limited staff in the schools and deliveries will be accepted by the school custodial staff. All Staff will continue to adhere to all TBCDSB Health and Safety Protocols when attending Thunder Bay Catholic Sites.


Transition to Remote Learning

February 25, 2021

Dear Families,

Today at 3:31 p.m we received this letter from Dr. DeMille from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

Under the recommendation of Dr. DeMille, we will be transitioning to remote learning beginning Monday, March 1st. We are awaiting a letter of instruction which will provide more details from the TBDHU. We will continue to notify our TBCDSB community as we receive further information.

Thank you for your continued support throughout this challenging time.

Thank you,

Positive Case - St. Patrick

February 25, 2021

Dear Families,

Late last night, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit identified a COVID-19 case associated with St. Patrick High School.

Parents, Guardians and Staff of this cohort have been contacted by members of TBCDSB and will be contacted by a Public Health Nurse.

The cohort will remain home and a thorough cleaning and disinfection process took place within the school. Privacy is extremely important to us, our staff and our families and the identity of the associated case will not be disclosed.

Please see the letter from Dr. DeMille, here.

We continue to pray for all those affected today.

Thank you,

Outbreak Declared - St. Martin

Dear Families,

Today we were notified by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit that St. Martin school has been declared as an outbreak. The situation meets the criteria for a school outbreak set by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.

What does this mean?

  • At this time, one additional individual associated within the dismissed cohort, has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual is deemed to have acquired the infection in the school setting. All other individuals within the cohort, have tested negative.
  • The School will remain open, as all individuals associated with the impacted classes/cohorts have already been at home isolating.

Please see the attached letter from Dr. DeMille from the TBDHU.

Thank you.

Positive Case - Corpus Christi

Dear Families,

This morning we were notified that an individual within Corpus Christi school tested positive for COVID-19.

Parents, Guardians and Staff of this cohort have been contacted by members of TBCDSB and will be contacted by a Public Health Nurse.

The cohort will remain home and a thorough cleaning and disinfection process will be underway within the school. This deep clean will be performed by a third party, which entails disinfectant fogging of the entire school.

ONLY those identified by Public Health as a close contact will be required to stay home and will not return to the school setting until cleared by Public Health. TBDHU will continue to monitor the situation and advise if there are any changes.

Privacy is extremely important to us, our staff and our families. The identity of the individual who tested positive will not be disclosed.

Please see the attached letter from Dr. DeMille today.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.

Positive Case - Pope John Paul II

Dear Families,

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a COVID-19 case associated with Pope John Paul II Senior Elementary School. This case is not associated with the previous case at Pope John Paul II.

Parents, Guardians and Staff of this cohort have been contacted by members of TBCDSB and will be contacted by a Public Health Nurse.

This situation also impacts two school bus cohorts, with one impacting St. Patrick. These students have been notified by the school and public health will be in contact with them.

The cohort will remain home and a thorough cleaning and disinfection process will be underway within the school. This deep clean will be performed by a third party, which entails disinfectant fogging of the entire school.

ONLY those identified by Public Health as a close contact will be required to stay home and will not return to the school setting until cleared by Public Health. TBDHU will continue to monitor the situation and advise if there are any changes.

Privacy is extremely important to us, our staff and our families. The identity of the probable case will not be disclosed.

Please see the attached letter from Dr. DeMille today.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.

Positive Case - St. Elizabeth

Dear Families,

This evening we were notified that an individual within St. Elizabeth school tested positive for COVID-19.

Parents, Guardians and Staff of this cohort have been contacted by members of TBCDSB and will be contacted by a Public Health Nurse.

The cohort will remain home and a thorough cleaning and disinfection process will be underway within the school. This deep clean will be performed by a third party, which entails disinfectant fogging of the entire school.

ONLY those identified by Public Health as a close contact will be required to stay home and will not return to the school setting until cleared by Public Health. TBDHU will continue to monitor the situation and advise if there are any changes.

Privacy is extremely important to us, our staff and our families. The identity of the individual who tested positive will not be disclosed.

Please see the attached letter from Dr. DeMille today.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.

Positive Case - St. Martin

Dear Families,

This evening we were notified that an individual at St. Martin School tested positive for COVID-19. This is not an outbreak, as this case is not connected to the previous case.

Parents, Guardians and Staff of this cohort have been contacted by members of TBCDSB and will be contacted by a Public Health Nurse.

The cohort will remain home and a thorough cleaning and disinfection process will be underway within the school. Privacy is extremely important to us, our staff and our families. The identity of the individual who tested positive will not be disclosed.

Please remember to stay vigilant in donning masks and eye protection, physical distancing and hand washing within our schools. These methods are vital in keeping us all safe.

Please see the letter from Dr. DeMille, here.

Thank you for everything you do. We continue to pray for all those affected today.

Thank you,

St. Bernard heightened surveillance is OVER

Dear Families,

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has informed us that the period of heightened surveillance at St. Bernard School is now over. The school is no longer considered to be at increased risk related to COVID-19.

Please see the attached letter from Dr. DeMille.

Thank you,

Associated COVID-19 case - Pope John Paul II

Dear Families,

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has identified a COVID-19 case associated with Pope John Paul II Senior Elementary School.

Parents, Guardians and Staff of this cohort have been contacted by members of TBCDSB and were dismissed this afternoon and will be contacted by a Public Health Nurse.

This situation also impacts two school bus cohorts, with one impacting St. Patrick. These students have been notified by the school and public health will be in contact with them.

These cohorts will remain home and a thorough cleaning and disinfection process will be underway within the school. Privacy is extremely important to us, our staff and our families and the identity of the associated case will not be disclosed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.

Please see the attached message from Dr. DeMille.

Thank you,
TBCDSB

Positive Case - St. Martin

Dear Families,

We were notified by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit that an individual associated with St. Martin School has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual is currently isolating at home and has been in contact with Public Health.

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has initiated a thorough investigation and assessed the possible exposure within St.Martin. Through the investigation, they have determined that St. Martin students, staff and school community are considered low risk for COVID-19 at this time. All students and staff can continue to attend school in-person, as the exposure is considered low within the school.

The TBDHU will continue to work closely with our Board to monitor the situation at St. Martin and advise if there are any changes. Understandably, for privacy reasons, the identity of the individual who tested positive will not be disclosed.

A thorough cleaning and disinfection process has already taken place in the school as an added precaution.

Please see the attached message from Dr. DeMille.

Thank you,

Update St. Bernard School (Letter from TBDHU)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please click/tap here to read an update from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, regarding St. Bernard School.

As stated by the TBDHU, no additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified and we have no evidence that the virus has spread in the school setting.

We are grateful for everyone's kindness and understanding at this time.

Thank you,

Positive COVID-19 St. Bernard

1/28/2021

Dear Families,

This afternoon we were notified that individuals within St. Bernard school tested positive for COVID-19.

Parents, Guardians and Staff of this cohort have been contacted by members of TBCDSB and were dismissed this afternoon and will be contacted by a Public Health Nurse.

The cohort will remain home and a thorough cleaning and disinfection process will be underway within the school. This deep clean will be performed by a third party, which entails disinfectant fogging of the entire school.

ONLY those identified by Public Health as a close contact will be required to stay home and will not return to the school setting until cleared by Public Health. TBDHU will continue to monitor the situation and advise if there are any changes.

Privacy is extremely important to us, our staff and our families. The identity of the individuals who tested positive will not be disclosed.

I will continue to keep you updated on the investigation from Public Health.

Please see the attached letter from Dr. DeMille today.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.

TBDHU Update - Holy Family & St. Bernard School

Dear Families,


Please see below, letters from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, regarding Holy Family and St. Bernard School.
The period of heightened surveillance at both schools is considered over. The schools are no longer considered to be at increased risk related to COVID-19.


We are grateful for your kindness and understanding throughout these past few weeks.

Provincial-wide Lockdown - Our Schools

Dear Families,

Today, Premier Ford announced that Ontario will go into a Province-Wide Shutdown starting at 12:01 A.M. on December 26th, 2020. This lockdown will be in effect in Northern, Ontario for 14 days with the possibility of an extension depending on the rise of COVID-19 cases. Premier Ford also released information regarding our schools with an extended closure of schools for in person learning.

What does this mean?
All Grades (Kindergarten -12) will learn remotely from January 4, 2021 to January 8, 2021 and return to in-class learning on January 11, 2021. Our region allows for in-person instruction for all grades to commence on Monday, January 11, 2021.

We know this isn’t the news anyone wanted right before Christmas. Anxieties are already high and we know that as both parents/guardians you are also professionals with careers and jobs to return to after the holidays.

At this time, we encourage you to stay close to home, keep informed and be proactive during this time.

We know you have questions.
This government announcement has come on suddenly, we will continue to update you as information becomes available. Please continue to check our social media channels and website for updates.

More information will follow in the coming weeks.

Thank you,

St. Martin Update

Please click/tap here to read an update from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, regarding St. Martin School.

We are grateful for your kindness and understanding throughout these past few weeks.

Thank you and Merry Christmas

Positive COVID-19 St. Bernard

December 16, 2020

Dear Families,

Early this afternoon we were notified that an individual within our school tested positive for COVID-19.

Parents, Guardians and Staff of this cohort have been contacted by members of TBCDSB and were dismissed this afternoon and will be contacted by a Public Health Nurse.

The cohort will remain home and a thorough cleaning and disinfection process will be underway within the school. This deep clean will be performed by a third party, which entails disinfectant fogging of the entire school.

ONLY those identified by Public Health as a close contact will be required to stay home and will not return to the school setting until cleared by Public Health. TBDHU will continue to monitor the situation and advise if there are any changes.

Privacy is extremely important to us, our staff and our families. The identity of the individual who tested positive will not be disclosed.

I will continue to keep you updated on the investigation from Public Health.

Please see the attached letter from Dr. DeMille today.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.

Positive COVID-19 Case Holy Family

Dear Families,

This morning we were notified that an individual within our school tested positive for COVID-19.

Parents, Guardians and Staff of this cohort have been contacted by members of TBCDSB and were dismissed this morning and will be contacted by a Public Health Nurse.

The cohort will remain home and a thorough cleaning and disinfection process will be underway within the school. This deep clean will be performed by a third party, which entails disinfectant fogging of the entire school.

ONLY those identified by Public Health as a close contact will be required to stay home and will not return to the school setting until cleared by Public Health. TBDHU will continue to monitor the situation and advise if there are any changes.

Privacy is extremely important to us, our staff and our families. The identity of the individual who tested positive will not be disclosed.

I will continue to keep you updated on the investigation from Public Health.

Please see the attached letter from Dr. DeMille today.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.

St. Martin COVID-19 Update

December 9, 2020

Please see the attached letter from the Thunder Bay District Health unit regarding St. Martin School.

Please know, additional St. Martin cohort Parents and Guardians were contacted this afternoon and asked to pick up their children to isolate and await direction from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. Impacted staff were released and asked to follow the same protocol.

Our prayers are with all impacted at this time.

Update from the Health Unit - St. Martin

Dear Families,

Please click/tap here to read an update from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, regarding St. Martin School.

Thank you,

Positive COVID-19 Case St. Martin


Dear Families,

Late last evening we were notified by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit that an individual at St. Martin School tested positive for COVID-19.

At this time, there is no evidence of school related spread of the virus.

At this time an investigation is underway by Public Health and our Board is working very closely with their team. We will continue to follow the directives of the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

The cohort will remain home under the direction of Public Health. A thorough cleaning and disinfection process will be taking place. This deep clean will be performed by a third party, which entails disinfectant fogging.

We are all feeling the effects of this pandemic and we want you to know that we are doing everything we can to ensure our health, safety and well-being. We will continue to be transparent in what is happening within our schools and sites and we will continue to work alongside Public Health.


Our thoughts and prayers are extended to all individuals and families affected.

Thank you,




Student Travel Advisory


Dear Parents and Guardians,

With the rising COVID-19 cases across the province and within our city, we are taking additional precautionary measures to protect our students, staff and families.

In accordance with our staff travel advisory memo that was released last week, we are also advising our students to avoid all travel. Students who have travelled outside of the Northwestern Ontario region are not permitted to enter any of our school sites.

Students must stay home for 14 days, be symptom free and follow the guidance of the Thunder Bay District Health Unit before returning to school. The school will provide a return to school date to parents/guardians as per the recommendation of the Health Unit.

The Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board recognizes some students may have to travel for essential reasons such as medical care or other reasons protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code. If you believe that your child may have such extenuating circumstances, you are encouraged to reach out to your school Principal or Vice-Principal.

If your child has travelled, please follow this process:

  • Do not send your child to school.
  • Contact your school Principal to let them know that your child has travelled.
  • Discuss a work plan for your child with your school Principal.
  • If you or your child are displaying any symptoms, please contact the Thunder Bay District Health Unit for further guidance.

This advisory is to ensure that we all remain safe. The health and safety of our students, staff, families and community are of utmost importance. We must all ensure we do our part to flatten the curve.

LIFTED | Hold and Secure - St. Pius X

Hold and Secure has been Lifted for St. Pius X.

Thank you.

School Climate Survey

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have an upcoming school climate survey called Our School Survey for students in grades 4-12. The survey will ask respondents to comment on matters about bullying, equity, inclusivity, and harassment at school in accordance with the Ministry of Education policy #144 “Safe Schools”.

Students in grades 4-6 are asked to complete the Our School Elementary Survey while grades 7-12 students complete the Our School Secondary Survey. The survey will be open to respondents between November 30 to December 18, 2020. Students will complete surveys in class. Student participation is voluntary, however all students are encouraged to participate. All responses to the Our School Student Survey will be anonymous. Students enrolled in Learn@Home (Virtual School) will not complete the survey.

Parents and Guardians are encouraged to complete a school climate survey called the TBCDSB Parent/Guardian Survey.

Click here to begin the Parent/Guardian Survey

Safe School Teams at each school will review and utilize the data from the Our School Survey and the Parent/Guardian Survey to promote and enhance an environment of respect, safety and belonging for all students.

Jerry Izydorczak, our Technology Enabled Teaching and Learning contact will act as our Board’s district contact for the school climate survey.
If you have any questions, please contact him at 625.1512.

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in this initiative.

Positive COVID-19 Cases - St. Margaret School

Please see the latest update from the Health Unit regarding St. Margaret School.


Please click here to see the attached message from The Thunder Bay District Health Unit regarding positive COVID-19 cases at St. Margaret School.

Please click here to view the FAQ from the TBDHU.

Our thoughts and prayers are extended to all individuals and families affected.

Thank you,

* November 9th Update from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, click here


Kindergarten to Grade 3 Face Shields

Kindergarten to Grade 3 Face Shields

A letter was recently sent home with your child, along with a face shield.

The Ministry of Education provided one face shielf per student, as an additional precaution, they are not mandatory to wear in Kindergarten to grade 3.

If you choose to have your child wear a face shield, they are fairly easy to wear. To ensure your child is protected while wearing one, the panel of the shield should extend well past the chin and curve around the sides of their face, without gaps.

Face Shields will need to be cleaned after every use, each day.

You can submerge the protective panel in warm, soapy water and gently clean the surface with a soft sponge or cloth. Rinse and gently dry your face shield with a soft towel (cotton or microfiber). You can clean the headpiece separately.

For additional protection, you can pair your child’s face shield with a cloth mask, neither precaution is mandatory in these grade levels.

New Screening Tool

Dear Parents and Guardians,

There have been updates to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool.

As of October 1, the government has made updates to their testing guidelines for children.

The main update is a two-tiered approach to symptom management which determines if a student should stay home or receive a Covid-19 test.

Please know the symptom list has been changed, and you can view the new screening tool here.

Please utilize this screening tool each morning prior to your child attending school or childcare.

Thank you,

Everything for Return to School

As we head back to school, please familiarize yourself with our Return to School webpage and resources.

Please remember to complete the daily screening tool with your child(ren).

Changes to Secondary Plan

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This year looks entirely different than any other year due to the added safety precautions being put in place. High school in particular is not going to look the same as before with many changes recently made.

As a result of further feedback from the Ministry of Education regarding reducing the risk of exposure to Covid-19, (specifically the requirements of 100 student indirect and direct contacts), changes to the original plan are necessary. Given the large size of our high schools, this schedule allows the school to be compliant with Ministry requirements. The plan includes a hybrid or blended approach to instruction. This change to the plan significantly minimizes the size of student groups thereby minimizing the number of students who would need to isolate in the case of an outbreak. This reduces the risk to the greater community and is part of the community strategy to manage outbreaks.

Student direct and indirect contacts must be limited to 100 students. A day of in-class learning that includes two courses, (despite reduced class movement and physical distancing) would exceed 100 students. With this being said, we cannot offer full day face-to-face learning at St. Ignatius and St. Patrick without significantly limiting course options for many students. In order to maintain previously selected courses by students all courses will include in person and online instruction.

With these health regulations, we have amended the quadmester model. All courses will include in person and online instruction, with students attending every morning and then learning from home every afternoon. Morning and afternoon sessions will alternate weekly.

This is how High School will look in 2020-2021:

  • For both the Conventional and Learn at Home models, the school year will be divided in quarters or approximately 44 days each called a quadmester.
  • At the end of each quadmester, students will write a final exam. Students will receive a report card after each quadmester once final marks have been determined.
  • Quadmesters will stay in place regardless of the delivery model (conventional, adaptive, or remote).
  • Students will complete 2 courses per quadmester working on 1 course in a morning session and 1 course in an afternoon session. Each session will be 150 mins.
  • Courses will switch in a two week rotation:

Example: Students enrolled in French and Science in week 1 would receive instruction from the French teacher in-class (morning) and Science (afternoon) virtually online. In week 2, they would switch, with Science being taught in-class (morning) and French online (afternoon).

  • The school day will start at 8:40 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m.
  • Courses will be delivered with approximately 50% in person and 50% virtually. The timetable will alternate each week in order to provide both in person and virtual instruction.
  • Students will attend in-person in the morning, return home over lunch and then attend their afternoon classes online from home.
  • Students in the Life Skills and Transition Programs will attend full-day classes in person at their school every week.

Full-time Learn at Home is still available, should students choose this option, they can opt-in here.

To view the quadmester schedule, click here.

Thank you for everyone’s patience and understanding. The safety of our students and staff is our priority. We will continue to provide information as it is made available to us.

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 Tuesday, September 8th. As stated throughout the pandemic, the safety of our students and staff is paramount and after careful consideration, we are opting for a student staggered entry to occur from September 8th to September 11th. This allows all of us, additional time to refine our plan and prepare further. 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.


Item Return & Drop-off

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please check your school’s social media pages and website for further information this week regarding item drop-off.

Note: not all schools will have the same procedures and dates.

Please be patient and please maintain all social distancing practices. Although we are happy although we are happy to see one another, we have to ensure we make this day as efficient as possible, please keep this in mind while you are at the school.

Assessment, Evaluation & Reporting Update

Elementary


Dear Student, Parent or Guardian,

On May 27th, the Ministry of Education provided further clarification to Boards regarding Assessment and Evaluation standards for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, with all students receiving a final report card by mail.

This letter serves the purpose of providing clarification to students, parents, and guardians regarding final evaluations and reporting. Schools will continue to use the document titled: Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2010 and Growing Success – The Kindergarten Addendum: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2016.

Recognizing the exceptional circumstances at present, schools have made assessment and evaluation practices flexible by way of extending timelines, changing tasks and tailoring instruction for a Learn at Home environment.

The Kindergarten Communication of Learning will be based on observations of key learning and growth from the beginning of Term 2 to March 13th, in each of the Four Frames. Teachers may choose to include comments on growth in learning demonstrated during the school closure period when it is to the child’s benefit.

For grades 1 to 8, final letter grades/marks will reflect work completed by March 13th, as well as any work completed after the March Break that serves to improve the student’s final mark. Teachers will consider that evidence of learning carries greater weight than other evidence, for example; some performance tasks are richer and reveal more about students’ skills and knowledge than others. Teachers will weigh all evidence of student achievement in light of these considerations and will use their professional judgement to determine the student’s report card grade. In some cases there may be insufficient evidence of learning in a particular subject or strand (including math strands), and the code “I” (An “I” denotes insufficient information to determine a grade/mark.) may be used on a student’s report card. Teachers will use their professional judgement to determine when the use of “I” is appropriate ,when it is in the best interest of the student.

Reporting of Learning Skills and Work Habits will reflect information gathered prior to March 13th. Teachers may choose to include comments on growth in Learning Skills and Work Habits demonstrated during the school closure period when it is to the student’s benefit.

For student’s on an Individualized Education Program (IEP), where an alternative format is being used, (that is not based on expectations from the Ontario curriculum for Grades 1 to 8), an alternative report will accompany the Provincial Report Card.

If you have any other questions please contact your school Principal.


Sincerely,
Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board



Secondary School

Assessment, Evaluation & Reporting Update

Dear Student, Parent or Guardian,

On May 27th, the Ministry of Education provided further clarification to Boards regarding Assessment and Evaluation standards for the remainder of the 2020 school year. This letter serves the purpose of providing clarification to students, parents, and guardians regarding final evaluations and reporting. Schools will continue to use the document titled: Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2010.

Recognizing the exceptional circumstances at present, schools have made assessment and evaluation practices flexible by way of extending timelines, changing tasks and tailoring instruction for a Learn at Home environment. For all grades, final grades will reflect work completed by March 13th, as well as any work completed after the March Break that serves to improve the student’s final mark. Teachers will consider that some evidence of learning carries greater weight than other evidence, for example; some performance tasks are richer and reveal more about students’ skills and knowledge than others.

Teachers will assign learning tasks, projects and culminating activities for both formative and summative purposes. Teachers will communicate the results of these marked assignments to students. Results will be used by teachers to determine students’ final course marks.

The March 13th Mark / Mid-term mark for Grade 12s and Calculating a Final Mark

By June 4th, teachers will inform students of their mark as of March 13th. Grade 12 Teachers will use the Mid-term mark. Once this mark is sent to students, it will establish the lowest mark the student shall achieve. Teachers will then calculate a mark based on assessments until the end of the year. If this mark is higher than the March 13th mark / Mid-term mark, this new mark will be used in the final report. If it is lower than the March 13th / Mid-term mark, then the March 13th/ Mid-term mark stands as the final mark.

Careers and Civics Courses
For students enrolled in Civics and Careers (half-credit courses in the second semester), their final mark for these courses at the time of school closures, will be based on work completed as of March 13th. For the second half-credit in Civics or Careers, there is an expectation that some demonstration of learning will be provided by students in order to successfully complete the course. When the student does not provide sufficient evidence of learning, the student will be assigned an "I" designation, and will not receive the half-credit for that course.

What an “I” means on a Report Card
An “I” reported as a final mark denotes insufficient information to determine a grade/mark. Students receiving an “I” as a final mark will not receive the credit.

Alternative Report Cards
For student’s utilizing alternative programming (grades 9-12) where an alternative format is being used, (that is not based on expectations from the Ontario curriculum), an alternative report will accompany the Provincial Report Card.

Specialist High Skills Major Courses
The SHSM program has an override request process already in place for school boards. Graduating students in the SHSM program unable to complete class requirements (due to extenuating circumstances, including the impacts from COVID-19), will be supported through the override request process.

College Dual Credits
The college instructor or professor is responsible for the assessment and evaluation of student achievement.

If you have any other questions please contact your school Principal.

Sincerely,
Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board

Cycling for a Cause

Our very own St. Bernard Elementary School Flame is cycling throughout quarantine for a cause!

Michael is kicking off Catholic Education week in a big way! He has decided to bike at least 1,000 kilometres to help raise money for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.

This is a family affair; along with the support of his friends, his family is beside him every kilometre of the way! Micheal wants to give back to the community, and this is his way of helping!

From his Principals, Mme Strickland and Mme Pascuzzo:

Michael, you have embarked on quite an adventure! Fundraising for our local Health Sciences Foundation is such a wonderful act of charity. This week is Catholic Education Week and our theme this year is 'Igniting Hope'. Michael, you are not only igniting hope for the Foundation but for the future of our youth. You will be an inspiration to many. Good luck, Michael!

You can follow Michael along on Facebook and Instagram! you can also donate to his cause here!

Largest Canadian STEM Scholarship!

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, April 27, 2020 --- Kiara Bergagnini has been selected to receive an $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship to study Science at Dalhousie University. A graduate of St. Ignatius High School in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Bergagnini will be entering the Bachelor of Science program this Fall. Bergagnini was selected by her school team for her outstanding Academic achievements. This is the 2nd Nominee to win a Schulich Leader Scholarship at St. Ignatius High School.

Given the unparalleled current disruption, there is a much greater need for students to get financial support in order to pursue their university education. This year, The Schulich Foundation has decided to award an additional 50 scholarships, for a total of 100.

“Schulich Leader Scholarships are the premiere STEM scholarship program in Canada and the world. With 100 outstanding students selected in Canada this year, it is all but guaranteed that this group will represent the best and brightest Canada has to offer. These future leaders will make great contributions to society, both on a national and global scale. With their university expenses covered, they can focus their time on their studies, research projects, extracurriculars, and entrepreneurial ventures. They are the next generation of technology innovators,” says Mr. Schulich.

From Kiara:
When I found out I was selected as a Schulich Leader I was in shock and disbelief. Throughout high school, I have always tried to give a hundred percent to my studies with the philosophy that my future self would thank me later. Receiving this scholarship
has shown me that all of my hard work and dedication was worth the sacrifices I had to make along the way. I am extremely thankful to be recognized and provided with this generous scholarship which will allow me to pursue my passions and give back to the community without being weighed down by the financial burden created by university.

From St. Ignatius:
Having Kiara receive this prestigious award reinforces the importance in academics for our students. It also emphasizes the impact that our students can have on a national scale when they commit to their studies. Congratulations also goes out to the dedicated teachers and staff who worked with Kiara throughout her years in the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board and Holy Cross School, Bishop E.Q. Jennings Senior Elementary School and St. Ignatius High School.

About Schulich Leader Scholarships Canada
Recognizing the increasing importance and impact that STEM disciplines will have on the prosperity of future generations, businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich established this $100+ million scholarship fund in 2012 to encourage our best and brightest students to become Schulich Leader Scholars: the next generation of entrepreneurial-minded, technology innovators.

A letter from the Minister of Education

Dear Parents,

I sincerely hope that you, your children, and your families are staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. Over these past weeks, our government has been inspired by you and your children’s eagerness and flexibility in transitioning toward remote learning. We know that this has not been easy, especially with the profound impact COVID-19 has had on your lives and livelihood. The ability to keep our students engaged in their learning journey has been remarkable.

Read more: English | French

From the Desk of the Director

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The last few weeks have been surreal, for all of us. I pray everyone is well, and you and your families are taking the necessary precautions to remain safe during the COVID-19 closure.

It was a priority of the Ministry of Education to close schools, ensuring the safety of our students, families and Board Staff. School closures are vital in the fight to flatten the curve. Yesterday, the Minister of Education announced that the school closure will extend until May 4, 2020 and we are thankful for this decision of safety.

Our shared goal is to ensure the successful completion of the school year for all students, and to support students to advance to the next school year, earn credits and to graduate.

The Minister launched Phase II of the Learn at Home Initiative, indicating the following:

  • Reconnecting students with teachers and other school staff, including mental health workers;
  • Re-establishing teacher-led learning by grade groupings as follows:
  • Kindergarten-Grade 3: five hours of work per student/week
    (focus on literacy and math)
    • Grades 4-6: five hours of work per student/week
      (focus on literacy, math, science and social studies)
    • Grades 7-8: 10 hours of work per student/week
      (focus on math, literacy, science and social studies)
    • Grades 9-12: three hours of work per course per week for semestered students; 1.5 hours of work per course per week for non-semestered students
      (focus on achieving credits/completion/graduation)
  • Leveraging digital resources and identifying alternative forms of teacher-student connectivity, such as phone and mail;
  • Requiring final report cards for all students;
  • Prioritizing and supporting students on track to graduate;
  • Distributing laptops and/or devices from schools as needed, while observing public health direction;

The Minister touched upon Special Education and ways to utilize non traditional methods of delivery and assistance with additional benefits to these families and their children. We are awaiting further information and directives on this.

As a parent, I understand there are many unknowns, which can be daunting. Discussing the current situation with your children pose challenges, especially for younger minds. With this being said, we have created an online tool-kit with mental health resources to help bridge this gap. I hope these tools assist in the communication with your children and I encourage you to take a look at these resources located on our website in the navigation menu entitled: COVID-19.

Many of you have been trying to keep your children occupied, focused and engaged in a routine over the past few weeks. I’ve had many comments from parents about what they’re doing to keep their children learning while being at home. Many of you have been utilizing the Ministry’s Learn at Home resources, or various other assistive materials; some of you have even been creating your own lesson plans. For this, I applaud you. Important lessons can be learned at home, that do not necessarily involve a textbook or technology.

Over the past two and a half weeks, our Team has been working diligently, preparing for phase two of the Ministry Learn at Home directive. This continuation of learning will incorporate our educators, many who have already reached out to their students; checking in on their well being and even providing some instruction on their own initiative. I cannot thank our educators enough, these gestures further illustrate how much they care about their students and their love for their vocation, especially during this time of need.

What can you expect in the coming days regarding your child's education:

  • Principals will be reaching out to you, regarding your child's devices and connectivity within your home.
  • Educators will be checking-in.
  • Educators will provide information on next steps for the continuation of learning. They may have some questions regarding the best way to communicate with your family.
  • Instructional Videos will be located on our website to show students and parents how to connect to many of the resources we have available.
  • Please know, we do not expect students to complete the same amount of work that they would complete during a typical day. We encourage students to continue to work on their academics, however we understand that some families are going through some difficult times. The Ministry has set out the hours of school expectations, as seen above, which are still necessary - as Educators will be grading and providing report cards. *For clarification the hours indicated by the Ministry, along with work provided by the Educators, are mandatory and must be completed by students.

I would like to say thank you, for your flexibility and understanding regarding your child’s education. Know we value your time and your desire to continue your child’s education from home. We’re all in this together, and I hope soon, we will be learning again inside our classrooms at Thunder Bay Catholic.

Please take care, be safe and God Bless.

P. Tassone
Director of Education

COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions.

ALL TBCDSB SITES WILL BE CLOSED (MARCH 14 - APRIL 5)

  • I am travelling out of the country with my family outside of the week of the March Break, do we need to self-isolate ?
    Yes. If you are planning a trip outside of the week of March Break, Canadians are advised by the Ministry of Health to self-isolate. This would be 14 days of isolation upon your date of arrival home. This is a preventative measure to stop the spread of this virus. To learn more, please visit the Thunder Bay District Health Unit site, for more information. Signs will be posted outside of our buildings indicating this procedure as well.
  • Will my son or daughter still receive Social Work Services?
    Yes. School Social workers will be working throughout the closure and reaching out to youth/families via phone support and scheduling appointments at Children’s Centre Thunder Bay.
  • Will Daycares within schools and Before and After school programs be running?
    No. Closure of all Daycares and before and after school programming within our schools is a preventative measure to stop the spread of this virus among our TBCDSB Family and community.
  • Will Community Use of Schools still be running?
    No. All community programming within our schools will not be running. This is a preventative measure to stop the spread of this virus among our TBCDSB Family and community.
  • Will Home Instruction still be administered?
    No. All home instruction programming will be cancelled. This again is a preventative measure to stop the spread of this virus among our TBCDSB Family and community.
  • Will Co-Op/OYAP and Dual Credit programming still be running?
    No. All programming within our schools will not be running. This again is a preventative measure to stop the spread of this virus among our TBCDSB Family and community.
  • Will Extracurriculars (sporting events etc.) still be running?
    No. All extracurriculars have been cancelled until further notice. This again is a preventative measure to stop the spread of this virus among our TBCDSB Family and community.
  • Will the After School Skills Development Program be running?
    The next session is scheduled to begin on April 6th however, the start date will be delayed. Once program staff have more information, they will communicate it to parents.
  • What is Deep Cleaning?
    In addition to our rigorous cleaning practices, disinfecting will take place with focus on high-touch surfaces.
  • Who can I contact during the closure?
    Please connect with us online. Schools can be contacted via email through their school website. For Board Office contact, please email communications@tbcschools.ca
  • Will my student be provided with assignments and work over the closure?
    No. With the shock of the province-wide shutdown, educators have not had adequate time to prepare to provide any homework/assignments, nor would this be expected of them at this time. We are awaiting Ministry directives on this, continue to check the Ministry of Education website for details pertaining to further educational initiatives during the closure period.

OECTA Update

OECTA (Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association), the union representing our Elementary, Secondary and Occasional Teachers have reached a tentative agreement at the provincial table. This has been a challenging year for all in labour negotiations and we are pleased that a tentative agreement has been reached.

Details of the tentative agreement will be shared following ratification. We are appreciative of the efforts of our bargaining team and Crown partners, and the representatives of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association.

Sincerely,

Thunder Bay Catholic

Thunder Bay Police Celebrate Family Literacy Day!

Watch the Video, below!

New Chair & Vice-Chair

Trustee, Francis Veneruz has been elected as Chair of the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, and Trustee, Loretta Fonso was elected as Vice-Chair.

Both bring a variety of experience and knowledge as retired teachers from our Board, with Mr. Veneruz retiring as a Principal from St. Patrick high school.

The election was held Monday evening, following the Trustee & Senior Administration annual mass and commissioning service.

How a Thunder Bay satellite kindergarten class...

Every weekday morning, in a scene that might play out in classrooms across the country, Kimberly John leads her four- and five-year-olds in a song about the weather and helps them count out loud and answer questions about how they are feeling that day.

Read more from Caroline Alphonso's Article in the Globe and Mail, highlighting our amazing Kindergarten class at Fort William First Nation!

No Bully Zone!

Draft an Athlete!

This morning, St. Francis School welcomed guests Warren, and Special Olympic Athlete, Nicole to their school.

Nicole had the opportunity to tell students about her skills and favourite sports to compete in, while also talking about the upcoming Special Olympics Winter Games.

This year, our amazing city is hosting the Special Olympics Winter Games (February 25-29). St. Francis, along with the rest of our schools in our Board, are raising funds to draft an athlete!

- What’s Draft an Athlete? -

Draft an Athlete is a program that allows supporters of the movement to fund a Special Olympics athlete’s journey to a regional, provincial, national or world competition. The cost of sending athletes to competitions is high. Through the Draft an Athlete program, more athletes are able to attend a competition through direct support.

Thank you Warren and Nicole for visiting, taking the time to let these lions know some more information about the Special Olympics and the Draft and Athlete Campaign!

Tbaytel for Good - WINNER!

Students at St. Martin were shocked this morning, when they learned they were winners in the Tbaytel for Good contest!

Tbaytel surprised the entire student body, and presented all winners with their awards this morning in the school gymnasium.

The students in Mme Auger’s grade six class submitted the idea to build a Blessings Cupboard. With the help from Mme Redfern-Pucci, a video was submitted to Tbaytel, outlining the need for the cupboard and the items it will contain. Necessities such as: winter clothing, hygiene products, and other items will be made available to any student who may need it.

The school received $1,500 through the program and the students cannot wait to get started to help others, especially their classmates in need.

Way to go Mustangs! We are so proud of you. Thank you to EVERYONE who voted, and continued to vote on daily basis!

Nolan's Journey

Nolan Connelly, is a former Pope John Paul II School Community French immersion student from Mme Antaki’s class.

Last summer, Nolan experienced an accident this past summer leaving him a paraplegic. Nolan was an active 21 year old student at Lakehead university studying kinesiology, when in a flash, his life changed forever.

Pope John Paul’s student council, known as JCC, decided to raise money to assist Nolan in his recovery process. The students wanted Nolan to know that they are thinking of him and wish him well as he rebuilds his life.

JCC held a hat day, sold cookies and candy bags, organized a trivia lunch game and hosted a dance. Through the students we were able to raise $2,200.00 dollars for Nolan and his family!

Nolan is presently in Toronto undergoing physical therapy but will be visiting the school in the new year to show his appreciation. The students are excited and looking forward to meeting Nolan and will find inspiration in his touching story.

We are praying for you Nolan! thank you to these amazing students at PJP for their selflessness, in order to help one of their alumni.

Remembrance Day

Today, Mrs. Halushak's class from St. Pius X School joined hundreds of others at the Port Arthur Cenotaph for the Remembrance Day Ceremonies. Two of her students had the honour of laying a wreath.

Students across our Board participated in Remembrance Day ceremonies today, and have been engaged in various activities - from prayer services to crafts and history projects for Remembrance Week.

We ran into several alumni, two of these faces you may recognize in particular - Sgt Billy McElroy and WO Jon O'Connor, who helped us with our Remembrance Day video. We also caught up with many of our alumni from Thunder Bay Police Service and the LSSR who attended St. Ignatius High School Thunder Bay and @StPatrickhigh

We recognize the courage and sacrifice of those who served and who continue to serve. Thank you.

Lest we Forget.

November Tulips

Grade 10 History students in Ms. Etienne & Ms. Papich's classes St. Ignatius High School Thunder Bay participated in a ceremonial tulip planting service at Current River Park in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland.

The tulips were planted in pots on site, and will eventually be transplanted into the St. Ignatius Outdoor classroom area.

The new monument was embraced as an outdoor classroom. Here, the classes had the opportunity to discuss local World War I history and have a prayer service, honouring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

They also discussed the relationship between Canada and the Netherlands since World War II. The Canadian forces led the liberation of the Netherlands, and provided sanctuary for the Dutch Royal Family while their country was under Nazi occupation.

Tulips are a symbol of the enduring friendship between Canada and the Netherlands because of Canada’s selfless actions to assist. Thank you for inviting us! It was a great addition to Remembrance Week services.

We Remember

Nearing the end of October, St. Pius X School & St Jude Elementary School students in Mrs. Halushak & Mrs. Boyd's classes ventured to Hillcrest Park and the Port Arthur Cenotaph.

Each student wrote down the meaning of peace to them, and learned about Remembrance Day, the Cenotaph, the Armoury and why it's important to remember.

The peace sign images will be used in Remembrance Day ceremonies at their schools, taking place tomorrow.

Sound Structures

Sean, Doug and Richard, Architects from Brook McIlroy, along with Dan, from Dan Pradal Construction, were on site to teach the students all about investigating strong and stable structures!

This deep learning project became even more fun and engaging with the help of marshmallows, Swedish Berries and toothpicks to create their very own mini stable structures.

Students had the opportunity to put their lesson to work in creating different shapes - such as triangles, to create a solid foundation for their structure.

Thank you to Sean, Doug, Richard and Dan for taking time out of your day to help the Students with their Deep Learning project. It's always great to have local professionals come into the classroom!

Thank you Mrs. Meo for inviting us!

Checkout all of our photos from today on Facebook!

Kindergarten Inquiry Excursion!

This week, we were invited by Ms. Turco and Ms. Aube from St. Bernard School to tag along on their Kindergarten Inquiry Excursion!

Even more fun, we had Ms. Lenardon and Ms. Grann's class with us, along with our guides/educators from the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority!

These amazing classes have been involved in a fall inquiry focus on the natural environment trees, leaves and animals. Exploring the Cascades together was a lot of fun, especially when you have parent, grandparent and canine helpers!

Thanks for the inquisitive morning!

- Treaties Week - Birchbark Canoe

This week honours the importance of treaties and helps students and residents of Ontario learn more about treaty rights and relationships.

Mr. Angus visited several classrooms and schools, and has been active in sharing his knowledge and songs with students.

This week, Bishop Gallagher Senior Elementary School with the help of Mr. Ramage and Mr. Angus, created Birch Bark Canoes. This birch was all harvested from Mr. Angus' property. Thank you for this!

Busy Jaguars!

Last week, we visited Pope John Paul II School Community... and the word "busy" is quite the understatement!

This school is HUSTLING!

We learned all about Nolan's journey, and then discovered that Ms. Harrison, Ms. Racco, Mr. Dubeau, Mr. Erdman and Ms. Lamothe along with their students are weaving sleeping mats for the homeless. This is a TEDIOUS project! The plastic bags were collected, then the students have to flatten the bags, cut them into strips (to make "yarn") and crochet them together. We will check back on their progress!

We then dropped by class 73, where Mrs. Henderson's class are collecting socks and underwear for a local agency. IF you want to donate! Please drop off NEW socks and underwear to the office!

THEN... oh yes, there's a "then", we made our way to the culinary room, where the scent of garlic and cilantro greeted us! Mrs. Harrison's class was busy preparing their "Last Supper" - a final meal preparation for the semester.

Jaguars - keep up the amazing work, you're doing amazing things!

St. Martin's Mustangs' Blessing Cupboard

Click here, to vote for the St. Martin's Mustangs' Blessing Cupboard through Tbaytel for Good contest!

The school community will stock a Blessings Cupboard with food basics, personal care items, clothing and household essentials for students to access year round.


  • You can vote as many times as you want until Friday, November 8th, 2019 at 4 p.m. ET, so vote now and vote often!

OPT In!

Did you receive a text this morning? Yes, that was us!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Text messaging service is now available!

Our schools utilize the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages, straight to your mobile phone. Important information about events, school closures, safety alerts and more will be delivered to you, promptly.

Text “YES” to this number:

978338

And you’re done!

You can also opt out of these messages at any time, simply in responding to one of our messages with the response: “stop”.

First Communion Welcome


Our Southside schools participated in a beautiful mass yesterday, at St. Agnes Church, Thunder Bay

These young grade two students are preparing for their first Holy Communion, and were welcomed, together with their families to a celebratory mass.

The First Communion team, including teachers Maureen Van Dyk and Kristen Veneziale, from St. Agnes Church, invited the students.

The mass was introduced to help build excitement and prepare the students for enrolling in First Reconciliation and Communion at their family parish.

Thank you to everyone who attended. It was a beautiful afternoon.

To learn more about First Communion, please contact your family Parish.

Friendship has no Age!

Today, students from Holy Cross Elementary School had the opportunity to meet students from Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School!

As part of their deep-learning initiatives, Mrs. Arthur's former grade 4 class wanted to do something special for fellow students.

Living in Thunder Bay is something many take for granted, especially when you are a student who was born and raised in the community. Holy Cross students took a great interest in learning more about students in northern communities, who must leave their homes in order to pursue their education in Thunder Bay.

Because of this transition, and introduction to a new city and new surroundings, the students wanted to make new DFC students feel welcome. As an extension of camaraderie, these new grade five students created welcome care packages with the help of many local businesses!

Thank you to the staff, students and Elders of DFC for making us feel so incredibly welcomed. The homemade bannock and cookies were delicious, and the students really enjoyed having a school tour while getting to meet "big kids".

St. Francis Day!

Did you know, October 4th is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi?

Did you know St. Francis is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment? AND during this day, it is a popular day for pets to be blessed.

Today, Father Jerin was at St. Francis School celebrating St. Francis of Assisi Day with a beautiful outdoor mass.

Students, Staff, families and furry friends were all invited to participate and many furry and fishy friends were blessed.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Shout out to Luna, the most patient and easy going cat we've ever met!

We Matter!

"I matter, you matter, we matter." - St. James Public School

Today we celebrated with our friends at Lakehead Public Schools, where Staples and The Kiwanis Club of Thunder Bay presented extremely generous donations to our students and their school communities.

International Walk to School Month!

We started our morning with St. Margaret Elementary School and EcoSuperior with a great walk!

Did you know that walking to and from school has so many wonderful benefits, which include: staying active, improving overall health, AND making sustainable transportation choices. Schools such as St. Margaret can even track their class’ trips, and the highest participating classes and schools win prizes!

The event is part of the WOW TBay project, which is co-led by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and EcoSuperior. This project is made possible through financial support from Green Communities Canada and the Government of Ontario.

Terry Fox Run

Students, staff and their families at Holy Family School took to the street, and walked in honour of Terry Fox and their loved ones, battling cancer.

"It's got to keep going without me..." - Terry Fox

These amazing students are continuing his legacy, with a goal of raising funds for cancer research.

Within the last nine years, Holy Family School alone has raised over $26,000.

We're so proud of ALL of schools... and our entire Thunder Bay community who participate in this yearly event.

We all know how near and dear Terry is to our community, with his running journey sadly ending here in our city.

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"Doctors in Thunder Bay confirmed that cancer had spread from his legs to his lungs. He phoned his parents who caught the first plane to Thunder Bay. Terry was so weak when he tried to walk across the street to a car so they could get a bite to eat outside the hospital, he collapsed. “The day before I’d run 26 miles and now I couldn’t even walk across the street,” he said." - Marathon of Hope website

Orange Shirt Day!

We kicked off the morning at St. Ann Elementary School and caught up with our students in their very best orange apparel!

We then headed over to St. Martin Elementary School where students in Mme Auger and Mme Wowchuk's classes showed us the attachment hearts they loving sewed.

Attachment hearts are used to support kinship, connection and relationships for Aboriginal children, youth, families and communities. They are filled with traditional Indigenous medicines *tobacco* and given to someone who is a friend, family member or caregiver to demonstrate your attachment to that person.

WE then headed to the gym, where we took a massive photo with all of the students and staff members wearing orange. Those who forgot to wear orange, helped us capture the perfect photo! Thanks Assistants!

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