News & Announcements

Farewell and Hello to TBCDSB’s Superintendent of Business and Corporate Services!

June 28, 2022, Thunder Bay – Sheila Chiodo, Superintendent of Business and Corporate Services will be retiring this week, with over thirty years of service to the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board! Sheila will be succeeded by Brent Mandryk, the current Manager of Business Services.

Sheila began her career with the Board in 1992. As a Certified Management Accountant and a Chartered Professional Accountant, she worked within the purchasing/finance department where she successfully became the Manager of Financial Services. After the retirement of the late Tom Mustapic, Sheila became the Superintendent of Business and Corporate Services and has served in this role for the last eight years. Sheila has been a vital part of the Thunder Bay Catholic team in executing school improvement plans, negotiations, Board ventures and capital projects. We will miss Sheila’s charisma, her love for numbers, her knack for enterprise and her passion for children and their education.

I am thrilled to begin this next chapter! However, I have said it before, the people you work with become your family, and I have been so fortunate. I will miss my work family, incredibly. I am happy knowing the Board is in capable hands and will continue to grow and thrive.
- Sheila Chiodo

Her successor, Brent Mandryk, previously worked at Bombardier Transportation in the role of Director of Supply Management and moved on to the Thunder Bay Catholic School Board in 2016. Here he began his career as Purchasing Officer and currently serves as the Manager of Business Services. Brent holds a BA, a Bachelor of Education and has his Masters in Business Administration. Brent is a life-long learner with a passion for education and the betterment of pedagogy within our city.

I am humbled to be part of a strong legacy that Tom Mustapic and Sheila Chiodo have created here at the Board. I cannot thank the Trustees enough for putting their trust in me and I will continue to do my best in this new role. I am thankful for being part of an amazing team at Thunder Bay Catholic and look forward to continuing to assist the betterment of our educational environments for students, staff and families.
- Brent Mandryk


As a Board, we wish Sheila and Brent the very best on their new and exciting adventures outside and inside the Catholic Education Centre!

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Enrolling in Virtual/Remote Learning for the 2022/23 School Year

Dear Families,

Thunder Bay Catholic recognizes that in-person learning is the best method of academia for the majority of students. However, we are also aware that some families may wish to opt-in for a remote learning model for the 2022/23 school year.

Students who were previously enrolled in Virtual/Remote learning during the 2021/22 school year will need to re-enroll in virtual/remote learning if they wish to continue in virtual/remote learning.

K-6 Elementary students enrolling into remote learning:

An elementary student requesting remote learning must take all virtual/remote classes which would entail the following:

  • The ability to move to a virtual class is based on availability in the virtual class to accommodate students. Class cap sizes will be adhered to. Based on enrollment, there is a possibility of split or multiple grades.
  • French Immersion and Ojibwe Language classes will not be offered virtually.
  • Students start class on the first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 and will follow the Elementary Schools 2022-2023 calendar
  • If at some point during the school year students decide to register in conventional in-person school, it will be accommodated. However, once a move to in-person has been made, a move back to virtual will not be permitted.
  • Families wishing to move to virtual learning must call St. Paul School at 683-8941 by noon, Friday May 20, 2022. Following this date, registrations into a virtual class will not be accepted.

7-8 Senior Elementary students enrolling into remote learning:

A senior elementary student requesting remote learning must take all virtual/remote classes which would entail the following:

  • Parents/Guardians must opt for Remote learning by contacting their school through e-mail by noon, Friday May, 20th 2022.

bishopeqjennings@tbcschools.ca

bishopgallagher@tbcschools.ca

popejohnpaul@tbcschools.ca

  • Students opting for remote learning will have a 1 time option to move back to in-person learning. Once a student has returned to in-person learning, they will not have the option to move back to remote learning.
  • French Immersion, Ojibwe Language, Lifeskills and Transitions classes will not be offered virtually.
  • Once registrations are collected, a decision will be made regarding how remote learning will be delivered.
  • Students begin class on the first day of Term 1, Tuesday, September 6th, 2022.

9-12 High School Students Enrolling into Remote Learning Classes:

The availability of Remote course options are limited at the High School level. A high school student requesting remote learning must take all virtual/remote classes which would entail the following:

  • Students must enroll in remote learning by emailing the school account stpatrick@tbcschools.ca or stignatius@tbcschools.ca by noon, Friday May, 20th 2022. A Vice Principal will contact you to make arrangements. In your email please include the student’s name and state the request for Remote Learning
  • Students entering grade 9 in 2022/23 must contact their respective High School Vice Principal if they wish to enroll in Remote learning.
  • Students who were previously enrolled in Remote courses during the 2021/22 school year need to re-enroll in remote learning if they wish to continue in remote learning for the 2022/23 school year.
  • Once registrations are collected, a decision will be made regarding how remote learning will be delivered.
  • Students start class on the first day of Semester 1, Tuesday, September 6, 2022.
  • Students enrolled in Remote learning will have the 1 time option to move back to in-person learning during the semester. Once a student has returned to in-person learning, they will not have the option to move back to Remote learning.

Thank you, have a great weekend.

Welcome to Grade 7!

Welcome to Grade 7!


Grade six is coming to a close and you're on your next adventure to Senior Elementary School!

Get ready for a new environment, exciting classes, passionate educators and the beginning of new friendships and memories.

Come visit our schools, and learn more on:

Wednesday, May 11th
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join us at

We can't wait to meet you and your family!




Missed Vaccinations

A message from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit:

Senior Elementary IN-SCHOOL Clinics:

Monday, March 21 - Bishop E.Q. Jennings School
An immunization clinic will be held on Monday, March 21 during school hours for those students who returned a signed consent form. Please call the Health Unit at 625-5900 with any questions.

Thursday, March 24 - Bishop Gallagher School
An immunization clinic will be held on Thursday, March 24 during school hours for those students who returned a signed consent form. Please call the Health Unit at 625-5900 with any questions.

Monday, March 28 - Pope John Paul II School
An immunization clinic will be held on Monday, March 28 during school hours for those students who returned a signed consent form. Please call the Health Unit at 625-5900 with any questions.


Students in Grades 7 through 12 who are missing vaccines offered through Ontario's free publicly funded vaccine program can now make an appointment to receive the missing vaccines at TBDHU’s CLE Coliseum Clinic, with their health care provider or at a school-based clinic. These vaccines may have been missed due to the cancellation of school-based clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic (2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years).

Please call (807) 625-5900 to speak with a TBDHU vaccine nurse regarding the vaccines needed and to make an appointment at the CLE Coliseum Clinic.

School based clinics were offered this school year to allow Grade 7 and 8 students to receive the first dose of the immunizations at school; the majority of clinics were held in the fall of 2021 and the remaining schools (Pope John Paul II, Bishop Gallagher and Bishop E.Q. Jennings) will be visited in March 2022 and dates will be available at TBDHU.COM/schoolimmunizations.

Clinics will be held in all Thunder Bay high schools prior to the end of this school year and they will be posted at TBDHU.COM/schoolimmunizations once confirmed.

As students will require a second dose of Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus (HPV-9) vaccines in 6 months after their first dose, please follow our social media channels or visit TBDHU.COM/schoolimmunizations for information about additional TBDHU clinics that will be offered in late April/May, 2022.

Changes to COVID-19 requirements in Ontario

Dear Families,

Today, Dr. Moore announced changes to COVID-19 requirements in Ontario. The following changes will be visible within our community and schools:

Effective March 21,2022

  • Masks will no longer be required in indoor public settings and schools for staff, students and visitors. However, we will support any individual who would like to continue wearing PPE (Masks and Eye Protection). PPE will still be available throughout this year. We ask everyone to be respectful to anyone who continues to wear PPE

  • Cohorting and Distancing will no longer be required indoor/outdoors or on student transportation

  • Capacity Limits for indoor gatherings will be lifted
  • Voluntary non-confirmatory COVID-19 case information will no longer be disclosed to staff and families

Important Information:

The School Screening Tool has been updated with new isolation requirements depending on vaccination status.

Hand Hygiene, improved ventilation and enhanced cleaning will continue within our schools, thank you to our incredible custodial staff who continue to keep us safe!

Absenteeism reporting will still continue until further notice.

Please be advised that rapid antigen tests will still be available for all symptomatic staff and students. These tests can be picked up at any TBCDSB office.

Staff and Students are still required to self screen daily before attending school using the school screening tool.


We know these last two years have been trying; looking back it is surreal to think, at this time two years ago, our lives changed forever. We are blessed and grateful to have so many incredible families, students and staff members throughout our Board. Thank you for your patience throughout this time, and the efforts and sacrifices you have made - they haven’t gone unnoticed.

Reschedule of March PD Day

Dear Families,

We must apologize, we have rescheduled our March 4th PD Day, to Friday May 6th.

This change will be reflected in the school calendar, ensuring March 4th will be an in-person instructional day for our students.

Thank you for your understanding.

-TBCDSB

First Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at School During Instructional Time with Consent of Parents/Guardians for Kindergarten to Grade 8

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership in helping us to keep your school open and safe for in-person learning. As vaccines are safe and continue to represent the most effective strategy to protect

Ontarians from COVID-19, TBDHU is pleased to work with your school to offer first dose clinics for students in Kindergarten to grade 8 during school hours but only with the consent of parents/guardians.

Please see the letter here, from the TBDHU.

Thank you,


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

Please find attached a letter to parents from Minister of Education Stephen Lecce and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore.

Potential Positive Case Notifications

As a short term measure, beginning Wednesday, January 19, if your child’s school receives notification from a parent/guardian or staff member of a positive COVID-19 test result from a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or PCR test, the school will email a message to parents of impacted students and school staff.

Parents/guardians and staff members can voluntarily inform their school if their child has tested positive on a RAT or PCR test.

It is important to note that Principals will not be involved in contact tracing and they will maintain confidentiality at all times. As a reminder, the Thunder District Health Unit has advised us that most school contacts are not considered high-risk and only need to self-isolate if they show symptoms or fail the screening tool.

Please note, we will not be publicly posting these advisories.

Transition to Remote Learning - 2022

Dear Families,

With the introduction of the new Omicron variant and hospital overload, today, Premier Doug Ford announced that we are heading into a two week school closure.

What does this mean?
Sadly, this entails virtual learning for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Kindergarten - Grade 8
Tuesday and Wednesday (January 4th and 5th) will be a transition day for students, staff and families into virtual Learning. Educators will communicate with students/families throughout the day.

All Grades (Kindergarten-8) will learn remotely (full day) from Thursday, January 6th, until at least January 17.

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 Grade 9-12)
Tuesday and Wednesday, (January 4th and 5th) will be transition days for students, staff and families into virtual Learning. High School students will resume classes remotely (full day) beginning Thursday, January 6th, until at least January 17.

Attendance will continue to be taken daily as usual.

Class Schedule:

Period 1 - 8:40 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.
Period 2 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Lunch - 11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
Period 3 - 12:15 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Period 4 - 1:35 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Cooperative Education (Co-Op)
All in-person placements are suspended on Wednesday, January 5th. Co-op students will be contacted this week 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
In-person instruction for some students with special needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning, can continue to attend school. Please note, we are awaiting N95 masks from the Ministry and may need to transition students slowly back into the classroom upon the shipment arriving. We will keep parents informed of specific transition dates.

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.

Devices
Educators will connect with you on Tuesday and Wednesday, (January 4th and 5th), and your school will communicate device pick-up arrangements. Please be patient with this process as we require everyone to adhere to the physical distancing measures and COVID-19 precautions and protocols.

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. Student Transportation Services will resume when school begins on January 17, 2022.

Catholic Education Centre (Board Office)
The Catholic Education Centre will be closed to visitors at this time. 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.


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