News & Announcements

2020 Christmas Card Contest

Hello creative friends, are you ready to make the world a little bit merrier?

Let's get started with our 2020 Christmas Card Contest!

This year we will have five winning categories:
Year One and Year 2 Kindergarten. Primary. Junior and High School!

ENTRIES MUST be received by December 10th, 2020.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Must be a student of TBCDSB
  • All artwork must be submitted on an unfolded 8.5x11 sheet or emailed (scanned) to
  • Entries may be landscape or portrait format
  • Entries can be digital artwork
  • All entries must include: student’s name, school and grade on the back of the submission
  • Each winner’s first and last name, grade and school will appear on our Board website and social media channels with their entry.
  • To be considered, submissions must be delivered (emailed) to the Director’s Office on time.
  • Be creative, be fun and let the magic of Christmas inspire you!

• Preference will be given to designs that reflect our Catholic beliefs

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.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

Bullying is a serious issue that can affect students’ learning, sense of safety and overall well-being. Cyberbullying is a form of bullying; and bullying in any form is never okay.

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week Ontario has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday of November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment.

During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 15-21, 2020 – Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying, including cyberbullying, and its effect on student learning and well-being.

Attached below is a parent guide from the Ministry of Education.

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,

New Updated Information from the TBDHU on Return to School (as of September 15, 2020

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,

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).

August 26 - Letter from the Minister of Education

Dear Parents,

We are committed to ensuring the return to school is safe for students, teachers and staff. Our comprehensive plan for reopening schools leads the country in robust public health protocols and per-pupil funding. Money will be going towards personal protective equipment (PPE), enhanced cleaning of our schools and buses, improving ventilation, and hiring more cleaning and teaching staff. We are also adopting additional public health protocols for our schools, such as the hiring of up to 500 public health nurses, an aggressive mandatory masking policy for grades 4-12, and a surveillance testing strategy on our secondary school students.

We believe these measures are essential to ensure a successful return to our classrooms. Earlier today, our government announced the details of how we will prevent and minimize COVID-19 outbreaks in our schools and keep our kids safe. This document has been informed by advice from leading medical and scientific experts — including the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Read the full letter here:

Return to School

Today, the Government announced a return to school protocol for all publicly funded Ontario schools.

For Thunder Bay Catholic, this announcement provides further clarification and detail on the Minister’s selection of the Conventional (5 Day) Model for return to school 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.

Throughout the pandemic, we have diligently been preparing for various return to school models (conventional, adaptive and remote learning). The details announced today will assist us to prepare even further, for the upcoming conventional school year model. The Conventional Model will consist of a normal school week (5 days) with some instructional adaptations and enhanced safety protocols. It has always been our priority to keep our students, staff and families safe. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure health and safety precautions are adhered to, with the assistance of the additional Ministry resources provided.

We will continue to communicate to our TBCDSB family of our reopening plans, with transparency being of utmost importance. We will have more information in the near future as we work with the information provided today.

The Ministry recommends pre-registration, the limitation of visitors within schools/sites and cohorting.

* For those who have completed our Return to School Survey, please know your responses can be amended. Further details regarding today’s announcement are as follows:

Conventional Model

  • Students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 will attend school 5 days per week, with one cohort for the full day, including recess and lunch.
  • High Schools will be permitted to open with daily attendance by students with cohorting in place to limit the number of student-to-student contacts. Distancing measures will be in place in all elementary and secondary schools.
  • Parents will make decisions regarding in-person attendance for their children for this school year. They will also have the option of remote learning, delivered by TBCDSB.
  • Our Board will be ready to implement adapted and remote learning models, should they be required.


  • Students in Grades 4 to12 will be required to wear non-medical or cloth masks while in school.
  • Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will be encouraged but not required to wear masks in common spaces.
  • Medical masks will be provided for teachers and Board Staff.
  • Reasonable exceptions to the requirement will be put in place by our Board.

Special Education

  • Students with special education needs will attend school 5 days per week with the same supports students have been accustomed to.


  • Transportation (busing) will have enhanced health and safety protocols implemented
  • A new school health monitoring system will be established through a partnership between the ministries of Health and Education. TBCDSB and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit will monitor and respond to reports of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Board Staff will receive training on required processes and procedures on three Professional Development days to begin the school year.
  • The Ministries of Education and Health are working together to provide testing capacity to keep schools safe and treat any affected student or teacher/staff member.

Thank you to everyone for your continued patience, support and understanding during these unprecedented times. Please remember, for those who have completed our Return to School Survey, please know your responses can be amended. More information will be forthcoming.

Please read the Minister's Message to parents, here:

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