We are very excited to start our week in-person in light of recent events including snow impact learning day and recent water pipe bursts!

Please review the important information below.

Daily Screening ~ Families are reminded to continue screening your child(ren) for COVID symptoms before coming to school each day. Please continue using the Covid-19 School Screening tool EACH morning before students arrive at school, and follow the directions provided from the screener. If your child(ren) tell you they feel unwell in the morning and keep your child(ren) home. It is very important that we continue our diligence in keeping all students, staff and families safe. Each student has received a Rapid Antigen Test kit containing 2 tests to be used when a child demonstrates symptoms at home. 

 

NEW ~ Potential for Short-term Switch to Virtual Learning ~ As we continue working to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our students – while also strictly adhering to all public health guidance concerning COVID-19 screening and isolation requirements – we will, from time to time, experience some challenges in ensuring an appropriate number of school staff are available to ensure the safety and security of all.

This could periodically result in the need to switch some individual classes from in-person learning to virtual learning for short periods of time.  At this time, this is not necessary, but I wanted to provide you with a “heads up”, as this may be a reality in the near future.  If a classroom teacher is required to isolate but is healthy and can continue the learning with the students, we believe that this is the best option.

After the most recent period of government mandated virtual learning, we understand that this may not be welcome news, and we assure you that we are striving to maintain in-person learning for all of our students as frequently as possible.

Thank you in advance for your patience, as we continue the fight against COVID-19.

 

NEW ~ Anticipated Transportation Service Interruptions ~ Student Transportation  wants to share an important update. Bus operators are now experiencing an increase in driver absences due to COVID-19 isolation.

Although more than 90% of our routes are operating normally, some routes are experiencing more frequent and prolonged delays (50 minutes or greater). As a result, Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) will need to cancel some routes for a short period of time when driver absences cannot be covered. 

This temporary measure will be effective Tuesday, January 25, 2022, until Friday, February 18, 2022. 

STSWR will continue to evaluate this approach to reducing delays and adjust the approach in order to continue to reduce the impact on students, families, and caregivers.

We understand the significant impact this decision will have on our students and their families and caregivers. STSWR does this only as a last resort. We hope that proactively implementing and communicating this course of action will allow families and caregivers to better prepare for and react to the cancellation of bus routes.

What Happens If A School Bus Route is Cancelled?

Effective January 24, 2022, a school bus route will be cancelled if a driver is isolating due to COVID-19 and there are insufficient drivers to cover the isolating driver’s routes.

The duration of the cancellation period will be communicated immediately to affected students and families. 

For Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) Students and Families

For students and families in the WCDSB, if a school bus route is cancelled due to a COVID-19 related driver absence, there are three options for families: 

  • Where possible, families should find alternative transportation for their students for the 5 to 10 day bus transportation cancellation period.
  • If that is not possible:
    • Students may participate asynchronously remotely by accessing their class Virtual Learning Environment (D2L or Google Classroom) or
    • Students may access asynchronous lessons on TVO and STVLElementary;

Stay Informed

Families will be informed the day prior to any cancellation and cancellation will be posted on the STSWR website with an expected return date.

 

Upcoming / Important Dates: 

Please visit our school calendar regularly for updates.

Jan. 26 ~ Bell Let’s Talk Day

Jan. 27 ~ Gr. 8 Virtual Transition to High School Meeting (6 pm) 

Feb. 1 ~ CSAC Meeting (6 pm) – all welcome to attend