School continues to be closed to in-person learning
All St. Louis classes, including secondary school credit courses, school-to-work skills training (Hair, Culinary and PSW training), English and children’s language programs and other support services such as Guidance, Core Essentials and Child care services will ALL continue in remote learning environments until at least February 11, 2021.
If you are a current St. Louis student and have specific questions about your remote learning continuance, please contact your instructor directly.
This clarification notice stems from communication circulated within the Director of Education Update, published January 21st. The following excerpt applies to St. Louis students, however we invite all students and parents of the WCDSB to read the Director’s Update in its entirety.
Excerpt from Director of Education Update
“Dear Waterloo Catholic Community…
… The main purpose of this letter is to inform you that the government and Ministry of Education specifically, have communicated that Waterloo Region will continue learning remotely at this time. While a number of regions across the province have now returned to face-to-face learning, each region is being assessed based on the COVID positivity rates within that region. This approach will ensure that when our staff and students do return to the classroom, we will be doing so safely.
We know our schools are safe and there is a desire to ensure they remain safe. Closing the schools to in-person learning for the remainder January and early February will help us contain the cases that come into schools and ensure that when we return to our buildings, we are doing so in the safest manner possible. It is our understanding that the next window for return will occur on February 11th. We would expect to hear approximately a week before then as to which regions will be permitted to return to face to face learning.
Once again, we encourage you to visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community – but also please be aware that these could change depending on the most current public health advice. We also suggest checking out the WCDSB website https://www.wcdsb.ca/living-learning-looking-forward/ and Region of Waterloo Public Health website https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/2019-novel-coronavirus.aspx as they contain helpful resources and supports…
… I will also take this opportunity to remind that mental health resources are available to students and families through Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868 …”
~ Sincerely, Loretta Notten, Director of Education