Announcements

Today's Announcement

Amended January 13, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,

As many of you know, yesterday Ontario Premier Doug Ford, announced that Ontario COVID-19 cases are at a dangerous point. A stay-at-home order has been declared, along with Ontario being placed into a second state of emergency.

We are in a situation where we find ourselves in a stay-at-home order but Northern Ontario schools will remain open. Our schools are considered essential and we will continue to operate under the Ministry guidelines. It is important that we take extra measures to do our part in flattening the curve.

To continue to keep students, staff and communities safe, the following new health and safety measures will be put in place for in-person learning by the Ministry of Education:

    1. Beginning Thursday, masking for Grades 1-3 is now required. Masking is also recommended for Kindergarten Year 1 and Year 2.
    2. Also, beginning Thursday, Grades 1 - 12 are now required to wear masks outdoors where physical distancing is not possible.
    3. Enhanced screening protocols; and
    4. Expanded targeted testing will be implemented at a later date by the Ministry.

Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this situation. Please continue to remind your children to be vigilant with social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing.

Please for everyone’s safety, avoid congregating outside of our school buildings before and after school. When dropping off or picking up your child, try and be as efficient as possible in order to avoid overcrowding areas. If you must get out of your vehicle, please adhere to the State of Emergency protocol and wear a mask - lowering the risk of exposure. We all need to be vigilant during these challenging times.

We know this isn’t how we anticipated the beginning of 2021, but we will continue to do our best and continue to remain positive.

TBCDSB




Student Travel Advisory still in Effect

January 8th, 2021

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, 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.

A Letter from Minister Lecce - January 4th

Dear Ontario Parents,

It has been a trying year for all Ontarians. Yet, through the greatest challenges we faced, our province — most especially inspired by our students, parents & education staff — came together. Unified in our effort to stop the spread and save lives.

Please click/tap here to read the letter from Minister Lecce.

Transition to Remote Learning 2021

Dear Staff, Parents and Guardians,

On December 21, 2020, Premier Ford announced that Ontario will go into a Province-Wide Shutdown starting at 12:01 AM on December 26th, 2020. This lockdown is now 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 an extended closure of schools for in person learning. Please see important information below regarding all Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board Students, Staff and Families.

Click here to learn more.

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,

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.

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.

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,

Learn at Home

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

Thank you for your continued patience as we work through our Learn at Home setup and virtual instruction.

Please note, many of you have already been contacted, while others are still awaiting further instruction. Please be patient as we are working our way through phone calls, emails and continuing to make contact with each learner. This process is time consuming as it allows both parents/guardians and students to speak directly with their educator and determine needs and requirements.

If you have not yet heard from your school, please do not panic, you will be contacted.

We are building a virtual school from the ground up, and we appreciate your kindness and patience throughout this process.

Thank you,

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