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Distinguished Service Award, Jan Bazaluk

In recognition of School Principal Day tomorrow, our Board is proud to announce that Jan Bazaluk, has been awarded a Distinguished Service Award from the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario

As Principal of Our Lady of Charity School, Jan has worked for TBCDSB for 34 years, and has been an administrator for 17. Over the course of her career, Jan has illustrated dedication and passionate commitment to Catholic education, her staff and most importantly her students.

It is a great honour for me to be bestowed this provincial Distinguished Service Award by the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario. I am humbled to now join ranks with all former recipients of this prestigious CPCO award. I am grateful for the opportunity I have had for the last 34 years to be employed by the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board as a teacher, Vice-Principal and Principal. I continue to thoroughly enjoy and am passionate about serving, advocating and leading, not only in our Board and all affiliate partners, but also in the school communities in which I have had the privilege of leading, as well as in our local and provincial professional Principal organizations. I have been very fortunate to have been among, and work for and with many quality individuals along my career path, many of whom have become cherished colleagues and friends. I have been truly blessed with a fulfilling career, and at the core of that success is the support of family, friends, colleagues, students, parents, parish partners, community partners and so on. I am truly humbled to be the recipient of this Distinguished Service Award, and am sincerely appreciative of all the contributions others have made to my career accomplishments and ultimate success. With faith all things are possible! - Jan Bazaluk

Jan is a member of the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario, a leader within the Our Lady of Charity School community and a passionate educator inside and outside of the classroom.

Jan continues to illustrate her call to serve, advocate, and lead within our city and Board community. Her faith and commitment to her students has been evident throughout her career and continues to blossom.

Congratulations Mrs. Bazaluk! We’re so proud of your accomplishments and all that you do for your school community and our Board.

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

Extension of Remote Learning

March 24, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit unfortunately continues to see elevated numbers of school-aged children testing positive for COVID-19. The TBDHU has directed Boards to extend virtual learning for an additional two weeks (until April 12).

We know this has been a difficult year - and we know the fatigue you are feeling. Many of us are parents and guardians of school aged children and we are experiencing this as well. We are extremely grateful for you - balancing work, life, and school from the safety of your homes. We are grateful for our incredible educators who continue to keep our students engaged - we know virtual learning is a challenge at the best of times, but they continue to persevere through it together.

We would like to send our sincere thank you to all staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and ALL frontline workers. We see you working round the clock to keep our community safe and the risks you take everyday for your community. We pray for you and your families, we cannot adequately thank you enough for what you do.

Please see the link below for more information.

https://www.tbcschools.ca/…/ne…/transition-remote-learning-1

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,

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.


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