Announcements

Tuesday January 18, 2022

Monday, Jan 17, 2022

Return to School - January 17th

January 12, 2022

Dear Families,

We’re looking forward to seeing our students back in school on Monday, January 17th!

A few important reminders for our return to school:

  • Please ensure you are completing the daily School Screening Tool prior to school.
  • Masks must be worn in all grades from Kindergarten through grade 12.
  • Communication will be provided shortly on Rapid Antigen Testing in our schools.
  • Continue to promote hand washing/sanitizing and maintaining physical distance.
  • If you have borrowed any devices, please ensure they are returned to the school on Monday - along with any power cords. These devices are NEEDED for programming within our schools.

Although we continue to remain optimistic, please know that in the face of this new variant, we could potentially experience absenteeism due to isolation requirements. With this being said, classes may be canceled on short notice or switched to virtual learning. We know this is not an ideal situation, however we would like to be as transparent with you as possible during these circumstances.

**Please, for everyone’s safety and as advised by public health, avoid congregating outside of our school buildings before and after school. When dropping off or picking up your child(ren), please try and be as efficient as possible in order to avoid overcrowding areas; keeping the risk of exposure low for our families. We all need to be vigilant during these challenging times.

Please click here to find out more information regarding Virtual and Hybrid Learning.

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep your children safe and our staff safe.

COVID-19 Vaccine Bookings for Children aged 5 to 11

Children aged 5-11are currently eligible to receive the pediatric Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) has arranged dedicated appointment times for them to be immunized.

Additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be set up at the CLE Heritage Building (note, not the Coliseum Building) at 425 Northern Avenue during the weeks of January 21 through February 11. At these clinics, several appointment times have been set aside for children aged 5-11 who need a first or second dose of vaccine.

An appointment will be required for children to attend these clinics. Please book an appointment online through the provincial booking system at COVID-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine If your children are unable to attend any of the clinics during these weeks, please book appointments as soon as possible through the provincial booking system at the link above or through a pharmacy location or primary care provider offering COVID-19 vaccines.

Everyone who is eligible is strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccines are safe and offer the best protection for children, families, schools, and broader communities. For current and credible information about COVID-19 vaccines, visit TBDHU.com/covidvaccines. If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines, call 625-5900 to speak to a staff member.

Please see the attached letter from the TBDHU here.

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.


Return to in-person learning | January 2022

Dear Families,

Today, the Chief Medical Officer of Health announced that our students will return to in-person learning on Wednesday January 5th, rather than Monday, January 3rd.

What does this mean?
All Grades (Kindergarten -12) will continue to learn in-person at their school.

At this time, we encourage you to keep informed and be proactive during this time. Please continue to do the daily self-screen with your children. Please do not send your child to school if they are experiencing any symptoms. Please also send your child to school with extra masks and continue to encourage hand washing.

We will continue to keep you updated with the new Ministry COVID-19 Guidelines regarding school.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

See you Wednesday!

Friday December 17, 2021