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School Vaccine Clinics – Book Now

Attention all Waterloo Catholic District School Board Students age 12-17

The Waterloo Region Vaccine Task Force is hosting school vaccine clinics across Waterloo Region between June 22 – 26, 2021 for youth and their families.

School vaccine clinics

Youth aged 12-17 and family members they live with can book appointments at these vaccine clinics to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Daytime, evening, and weekend appointments are available between June 22 – 26, 2021. Free parking is available on-site at all the clinics.

Grand River Collegiate

175 Indian Rd, Kitchener, ON N2B 2S7

 

Southwood Secondary School

30 Southwood Dr, Cambridge, ON N1S 4K3

 

Huron Heights Secondary School

1825 Strasburg Rd, Kitchener, ON N2R 1S3

How to book an appointment?

To book an appointment please email youthclinics@regionofwaterloo.ca with your name, contact information, and preferred clinic location. Someone will call you back to complete the booking process (within 48 hours).

You can also book an appointment by calling the YMCA settlement services at 226-339-4964.

These clinics do not take walk-ins, an appointment is needed.

Who can get the vaccine now?

Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 are now eligible to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Youth must be 12 years old at the time of their appointment.

Youth will be able to get their second dose quicker than other people so they will have both their shots before the 2021/2022 school year.

What vaccine will be given?

Health Canada has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 12 years of age and older. See the resources below for more information.

Thank you for your continued support in keeping our community safe.

COVID School Closure – What this means for St. Louis Programs

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April 13th, 2021

Dear St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Community –

As you know we have commenced our well-deserved April Break and we hope that for each of you, it is starting as well as it can under our current circumstances.  No doubt you are likely also aware, the Premier of the Province has indicated that the return to school after the April Break will be remote.  That means that, on April 19th all schools in the WCDSB, including St. Louis, will continue their learning virtually.  The decision is being made with an abundance of caution.  Experience has shown us that our schools are generally quite safe.  Our protocols have served us well, and the cases of COVID are not starting, nor are they generally spreading, in our schools – but we are a reflection of the community.  We have also seen an increase in the variants, and they are proving more concerning.  Closing the schools to in person learning for the remainder of April 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.

We do not yet have a firm return date for in-person learning, but we know that we will pivot to virtual for a minimum of 2 weeks.  Once we have a firm return date for in-person learning we share that information with the school community. Visit https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca often for updates.

The move to remote learning for our programs will be as it was in January.  The first day back to learning remains the same as planned for your program, beginning April 19th. There are no changes to the days or times of your programs. All learning that was occurring remotely will continue unchanged.

Students who were learning in-person in any of our campuses will be joining their classes or programs online for the duration of the school closure. They are as follows:

  • Culinary
  • Hairstyling
  • Personal Support Worker (*those in theory classes)
  • LBS — Core Essentials
  • ESL
  • LINC
  • Childminding & Licensed Child Care

Our students who are working on Co-operative education credits (Credits@Work and School to Work placements in essential services) may continue their placement following all COVID protocols and safety measures.

Thank you all for adhering to public health and safety measures that have ensured schools remain a safe place for our students and staff.  This will be more important than ever now – both for our schools and for our community at large.  During the April Break we all must adhere to the public health guidance to limit our contacts and social gatherings.

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 these helpful resources and supports:

I will also take this opportunity to once again point out 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.
  • For adults in the region there is crisis line support available through Here 24 Seven 1-844-437-3247.
  • Need COVID-19 support? Check out here4help.ca/.
  • Other online resources to check out for information and tools regarding mental wellness and health are https://mindyourmind.ca/, wellbeingwaterloo.ca (community collaborative to improve well-being) and https://anxietycanada.com/.

Vaccination does continue to roll out and while we are in the darkest of days right now, there is reason to believe there is light at the end of this dark tunnel. Please be sure to follow the media and be aware of Public Health announcements for vaccine registrations that may be available to you based on age and postal codes within the region as that information is being updated as new information becomes available. Let us continue to be an Easter people, anchored in faith.  Please remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community.  #InThisTogether  #WeGotThis

Please keep in mind that most of our school staff and teachers are on a well-deserved break and will be available for questions, guidance and updates as of April 19th, 2021.

Sincerely,

Lisa Mackay

Principal

For Staff & Students During “April Break”

Additional Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing for Staff & Students During “April Break”

The Ontario government has announced several opportunities to access COVID-19 testing for staff and students during the upcoming April Break.

Asymptomatic targeted testing expansion

The following options will be available to staff and students in the community.

In-Pharmacy Testing:

Existing Pharmacies

  • For the week of April 12-18 only, pharmacies that currently offer asymptomatic testing for education staff, will now accept appointments from students.
  • Children attending child care located within schools will also be eligible to access this testing. Please check with your local pharmacy on minimum testing age.
  • While students/children can access testing in pharmacies for April 12-18 only, this testing will continue to be available for all staff.
  • To book an appointment, visit the Covid-19 Testing Locations website, and select “pharmacy” as your location type, with the booking details requested.

New Pharmacies

  • In addition to these pharmacies, Shoppers Drug Mart is also able to offer additional in-pharmacy Rapid Antigen Screening for students and staff beginning April 14, 2021
  • Please see the accompanying list of participating stores
  • To book an appointment, please contact the store directly.

Assessment Centres

  • For the week of April 12-18, students and staff will also be able to access asymptomatic testing at local assessment centres.
  • Children attending child care located within schools, and child care staff, will also be eligible to access this testing.
  • This testing is only being offered to students, children and staff from April 12-18.
  • To book an appointment, visit the Covid-19 Testing Locations website, and select “assessment centre” as your location type, with the booking details requested

Participating Shoppers Drug Mart Stores

St. Louis Closed April 12-17. Stay Home, Stay Safe.

St. Louis will be closed for the April Break (April 12 to 17) to all in-person and remote learning. ESL, Citizenship and International Languages classes offered on Saturday, April 9, yet not on Saturday April 17.   We expect to return to current learning formats on Monday, April 19, however we respond to Provincial orders daily.

Please visit https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca for updates!

Letter to Students (and Parents) below:

Dear Students and Parents,

Thank you for continuing to follow the public health and safety measures that have kept schools open and safe for students and staff. It is our collective effort that continues to ensure you (and your children) can learn in the classroom.

As per recent announcements, the province has implemented a provincewide shutdown for four weeks in response to worsening trends in key health indicators across the province.

Schools will remain open for in-person learning through the Provincial Emergency and Stay at Home Order. The Spring Break will continue as planned, from April 12th to 16th, and schools including St. Louis will reopen for in-person learning and other learning formats on April 19th.

In light of the recently announced measures, it is more important than ever that we continue to follow health advice over the Spring Break to do our part to keep schools open, for in-person student learning.

At this critical point in the pandemic, the following  public health measures are crucial to help prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Socialize with your own household only.
  • Stay home.
  • Get tested, if you feel ill.
  • Participate in the targeted testing offered by your school board.
  • Screen every day, including during spring break, for COVID-19 symptoms before going to other approved locations (the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool is available to assist families with symptom screening).
  • Practice good hand hygiene habits, masking, and physical distancing.
  • Refer to ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community.
  • Refrain from travelling.
  • Check wcdsb.ca and https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca websites for updates.

For the week of April 12-18, pharmacies that currently offer testing and assessment centres across the province will accept appointments from students and education staff for asymptomatic testing. The Ministry of Education will be working with school boards to offer school-based clinics. People are encouraged to take advantage of this testing capacity to be tested to support a safe return to school on April 19. Children attending St. Louis or any other childcare, and childcare staff, will also be eligible to access this testing.

As a reminder, before coming back to school on April 19th, you must screen for COVID-19 symptoms. If you, your child or anyone in your household is ill, stay home and follow the guidance in the school screener.

Your mental health and well-being and that of our school’s children continues to be a key government priority.  If as a St. Louis student, you wish to learn how to manage your stress better, drop-in to a virtual St. Louis student presentation https://meet.google.com/msp-bxwf-csj on Monday, April 12 at 2:00pm or Wednesday, April 14 at 10:30am. There is no need to register.

By following public health advice, we can all enjoy a safe Spring Break and continue to support in-person learning in our school. Have a safe, fun and restful break.

Sincerely,

Lisa Mackay, Principal

St. Louis School Breaks in March and April – Revised

We wanted to take this opportunity to share widely the St. Louis plan for the upcoming March and April break weeks.

March

On February 11th, The Minister of Education announced that March Break would be postponed. St. Louis offers programs under multiple Provincial and Federal government Ministries.  Unfortunately, the following programs are unable to change those predetermined breaks and the following classes will be cancelled March 15  to March 20 (this includes day, evening and weekend in-person and remote programs).

  • Core Essentials (Literacy & Basic Skills)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) (classes are held Saturday March 13 only)
  • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
  • Care for Newcomer Children (childminding) AND Licensed Child Care (Spots for Tots) -correction notice

Easter

Easter weekend is from Good Friday, April 2 to Easter Monday, April 5 and ALL St. Louis programs at ALL locations are CANCELLED during this holiday.

April

In alignment with the Ministry of Education’s directive to school boards to shift the March Break to an April Break, ALL St. Louis programs at ALL locations will be cancelled April 12 to April 17 (this includes day, evening and weekend in-person and remote programs).

To be clear, the previously mentioned programs will be cancelled for a second week and will be included in the list of all St. Louis program cancelled that week.

  • International Languages – Elementary (classes are held Saturday, April 10 only)
  • International Languages – Secondary (classes are held Saturday, April 10 only)
  • Term 4 Secondary School Credit courses
  • Correspondence courses
  • Credits@Work (no co-op teachers are available, yet you may continue to accumulate hours)
  • Culinary Arts Training
  • Hairstyling & Barber Training
  • Personal Support Worker Certificate Program
  • Core Essentials (Literacy & Basic Skills)
  • Homework Clubs (Gr. 7 – 10)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) (classes are held Saturday, April 10 only)
  • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
  • Care for Newcomer Children (childminding)
  • Licensed Child Care (Spots for Tots)

Take advantage of this opportunity for a well-deserved rest.

March and April School Breaks Calendar 2021

Hairstyling and Barber: New class starts March 29

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St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres has the safety and well-being of all students and staff as our top priority. We all appreciate that hands-on, service professionals require strong in-person training to be successful.  It is even more critical that the art and science of teaching and learning Hairstyling and Barbering prepares our students.   Teach to the future, they say. Even if Covid-19 precautions are temporary, the adaptability, sanitary processes, and creative problem-solving are enhancements imbedded in student learning.

Yes, we still have all the pre-apprenticeship, in-class elements covered to become a licensed stylist or barber.  We even have Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) options available for adults working toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.  We teach the foundational skills of cutting, colouring, lightening, relaxing and styling hair, while helping you bring out your flair for hair design, colours, business and communication with clients. Of course, we’ve expanded on infection control, health and safety that we have always taught. And we’ve increased the necessary and appropriate digital means of teaching and learning.

So if you are ready to make 2021 YOUR year of Hope and Opportunity, Register NOW for the few spots left in this stellar Hairstyling and Barber Training program. Next class start Monday, March 29.

LAST INTAKE /INFORMATION SESSION: Wednesday, March 3, 4:30pm, 5:30pm & 6:30pm

For more information visit our website or email stlouis@wcdsb.ca

 

St. Louis CLOSED Feb 22 due to weather

All St. Louis campuses are closed to staff and students for Monday, February 22nd due to poor weather conditions.

ALL in-person programs and services offered by St. Louis Continuing Education and Adult and Learning Centres will be done through remote learning from home. Students should access their program or class virtual sites for instructions from their teacher for the day.

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Weather Alert – St. Louis closed to staff and students Feb 16

weather alert using a snowflake and caution signAll St. Louis campuses are closed to staff and students for Tuesday, February 16th due to poor weather conditions. ALL in-person St. Louis programs will switch to remote learning from home for today. Students should contact their teacher directly for today’s course work.

Date Change for Hair, Culinary and PSW students

Hair and Culinary Students

ALL Hairstyling, Barbering and Culinary students will return to in-person learning starting Wednesday, February 10th . This delay will allow time to set up a few new safety measures we are implementing in these learning environments at St. Louis. Remote learning from home will continue on Monday February 8th and Tuesday February 9th and attendance will be taken.

Personal Support Worker Students

Effective February 8, ALL PSW students will be working remotely for theory components. Only lab and placement components will be in-person. Students will get specific direction from their instructors based on the stage of their training and their class specific schedule for the lab and placements.  If you need to reach your instructor, please call 519-745-1201 x288.

Students from the following programs return to in-person learning on Monday, February 8th:

  • Core Essentials
  • ESL & LINC for CLB  Literacy to Level 1 who attended class in December (Note: St. Francis Campus re-opens for Literacy and Level 1 students on Feb 16)
  • Pre-approved Childminding and Child Care Services at Main Campus and Highland Campus

The following programs will continue in a REMOTE LEARNING environment until further notice:

  • Secondary School Credit day classes and online learning
  • ESL & LINC for CLB Level 2 or higher
  • ALL International Languages Elementary and Secondary
  • Grades 7-10 Homework Clubs

 IMPORTANT for ALL St. Louis students

A few reminders for everyone’s safety:

  • Students must complete the self-screening tool before arriving at the school. This self-screening can be found on the St. Louis website, at the top of the homepage.  A QR code to complete the self-assessment on your device will also be available upon arrival at the school.
  • Teachers will confirm with students that they have completed the self-screening tool, when taking DAILY attendance.
  • Staff and students need to sanitize their hands when entering the school, as well as when entering and leaving the classroom.
  • Students must wear masks or face coverings properly at all times (unless an approved exemption form has been received):
    • in schools, including in hallways, washrooms and during classes;
    • outdoors, where physical distance cannot be maintained;
    • eating and drink during class time is not permitted. Drinking with a straw under a mask is allowed.
    • small group lunch rooms are being created for full day students.  Eating lunch is the only time a mask may be down.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and caring for the health and well-being of all.

Some St. Louis students return to in-person learning on Monday

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Effective Monday, February 8, 2021, St. Louis will be have all staff return to our campuses and students from the following programs return to in-person learning:

  • Core Essentials
  • ESL & LINC for CLB  Literacy to Level 1 (St. Francis Campus return date to be determined)
  • Childminding and Child Care Services
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Hairstyling / Barber
  • Culinary Arts

The following programs will continue in a REMOTE LEARNING environment until further notice:

  • Secondary school credit day classes and online learning
  • ESL & LINC for CLB Level 2 or higher
  • ALL International Languages Elementary and Secondary
  • Grades 7-10 Homework Clubs

ENHANCED COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Mandatory Masking

Students in Grades 1 to 12 and adults must wear masks or face coverings, unless an approved exemption form has been received:

  • in schools, including in hallways and during classes
  • on school transportation
  • outdoors, where physical distance cannot be maintained

Students in kindergarten are also required to wear non-medical or cloth masks in indoor spaces, including school transportation.

Mandatory Self-Screening of Students & Staff

Students and staff need to check for symptoms of illness every day before going to school. You can screen your child or yourself by taking the COVID-19 school and child care screening

Enhanced On-site Screening

Schools will conduct daily on-site confirmation of self-screening for secondary students, staff and visitors – either before entering the school, or at the start of the school day.

Secondary students

As of February 10, all secondary students must confirm their COVID-19 self-screening result daily.

Teachers and staff

As of January 25, all school staff must confirm their COVID-19 self-screening result daily.

Visitors to Schools

Non-essential visitors, including parents, are not allowed in schools. Only essential visitors are allowed to enter schools. Essential visitors include people who:

  • ensure school safety, such as through inspections by the fire marshal’s office or by public health
  • provide school-based health services to students
  • are parents (properly masked), dropping off extended day students

 

**If you are a parent of a child who attends a WCDSB Catholic elementary or secondary school, please read the following message from the WCDSB Director of Education:

Special Welcome Back to School Message from the Director of Education

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

We have made it through what felt like a long January.  We sincerely hope that this letter finds you and your family well, and that you and your families are finding ways to stay positive during this challenging time.  Today’s letter brings another update – one that has been eagerly awaited by many of our staff and students.

On Wednesday, February 3rd the Minister of Education, informed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, declared that schools in Waterloo Region could return to in person learning.   As I said, I know that our staff have been amazing in delivering learning remotely for the past several weeks, be we also know that the majority of staff and students are keen to return to their schools and in person learning.  Thank you to our staff and to all our students and families who have been so wonderful during this time.  We know it was not always easy.

The numbers for COVID-19 positive cases in the region have come down dramatically and this is a very good thing.  As I have said in previous communications, working remotely for a few weeks now ensures that as our staff and students return to the classroom, we will be doing so safely.  With that said – there are a few updates and reminders of which to be aware:

Masking:

Students in Grades K -12 require masks, and students from grades 1-12 will require a formal approved exemption form if they are unable to wear a mask. (The requirement for a formal exemption form in grades 1-3 if a child is unable to wear a mask is a new addition) Students in Grades 1 – 8 should bring a second mask daily that they can use for outdoor activities, such as recess.  Washing masks on a daily basis so that they remain clean and effective, is recommended.

Screening:

Staff and students continue to be required to Self Screen before arriving at school (or immediately upon arrival).  Staff and secondary students will now have to provide confirmation of having completed their self screening on a daily basis.  Secondary classroom teachers will complete that confirmation upon the student’s arrival in class.  The student self-screener is found here:  COVID-19 school and child care screening

Elementary Transition Survey:

I would also like to provide an update on the elementary school transition survey.  There was to be one final opportunity for parents of WCDSB children to indicate if they wanted their children to return back to in person learning or if they wished to switch to remote learning for the remainder of the year.  This survey was originally to take place January 27th to 29th.  WCDSB will now administer the survey on February 16th – 18th, immediately after Family Day Weekend.  The official transition date for any student who chooses to change their learning method will be Monday March 8th, 2021.

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.  If you have any questions about what your particular school is doing, please reach out to your local school principal.

I will continue to remind all community members 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.

If there are any further updates we will certainly share them as soon as possible.  Please know that we continue to be in this together and day by day we will make it through.  Thank you for all that you have done to walk with us through this time.  Let’s continue to remain people of hope, informed by our Faith.  Please reach out to us if you need help or guidance, and remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk together as a hope-filled community.  #InThisTogether 

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten                                                                       

Director of Education