Easter Greetings and Welcome the Season of Renewal 

Waterloo Catholic Community, 

As we slowly begin our journey into spring – being reminded of life’s continuous cycle of renewal and growth – we are also entering into the holiest days of our Catholic Church year.  

This winter our weather may have been a bit milder, yet its length and unpredictability have presented challenges to many of us. This provides the backdrop of Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, reminding us that the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise of new and abundant life and new beginnings are upon us. 

In Pope Francis’ message for Lent he reminded us “to pause in prayer, in order to receive the word of God, to pause like the Samaritan in the presence of a wounded brother or sister [because] love of God and love of neighbour are one love.” This continues for us in the Easter season, and we take time to reflect on those in our community and the world who are without necessary resources for survival, or suffering from violence, including ongoing wars.  

Just as spring kicks off the awakening of nature with vibrancy and new life, Easter invites us to reflect on our own journeys of faith and renewal. This marks a time to rejoice in the blessings we have received and to look forward, with joyful hope, to the opportunities that await us.  

Thank you to our staff for their continued work and the support of our students and their families. Let us continue to cultivate an atmosphere that reflects our Catholic faith’s teachings of love, forgiveness, and service to others. Together, we can inspire hope and foster a community where everyone is empowered to learn and thrive, both inside and outside of the classroom.  

Wishing you and your loved ones a safe, blessed, holy, and happy Easter.  

Tyrone Dowling
Director of Education 

March 28th, 2024

PUBLIC HEALTH – Measles Update – March 25, 2024

MEASLES INFORMATION for Parents/Guardians and Students

Re: Measles Update – March 25, 2024

WHAT IS MEASLES?

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially serious viral infection. There have been recent measles cases in several Ontario jurisdictions and large outbreaks in Europe, the United States and elsewhere. Most cases of measles have been linked to travel outside of Ontario.

Measles can cause serious illness and death. Infants under one year of age, unimmunized pregnant individuals and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of complications.

Measles symptoms begin 7 to 21 days after infection and may include high fever, cough, runny nose, red watery eyes (pink eye) and a red rash lasting 4 to 7 days.

What can I do to protect myself and my family?

    1. Ensure you are up to date with measles vaccination, especially ahead of international travel.

Individuals without an immunization record of their measles vaccines may need to repeat vaccination – it is not harmful to receive an additional dose(s).

Children
  • Children receive two doses of measles vaccine as part of routine vaccination, one dose at 12 months of age and a second dose between 4-6 years old
    • Infants between 6-11 months may receive a dose of measles vaccine if travelling (Note: Two additional doses of measles vaccine must still be administered after 12 months of age to ensure long-lasting immunity)
    • Children under 4 years of age who have received one dose of measles vaccine on or after 12 months of age, may receive a second dose of measles vaccine if travelling (Note: there must be 4 weeks separating doses of measles vaccine)

It is important that parents/guardians report their child’s vaccinations to Public Health. Health care providers do not report these vaccinations to Public Health.  Visit regionofwaterloo.ca/vaccines to report your child’s vaccinations.

Adults
  • Adults born prior to 1970 are generally considered immune to measles
    • A dose of measles vaccine is recommended for those travelling
  • Adults born in or after 1970 may have received 1 or 2 doses of measles vaccine. If one dose has been received, a second is recommended for:
    • Travellers
    • Healthcare workers
    • Post-secondary students
     2. Monitor for signs and symptoms of measles.

Monitor yourself and your family for signs and symptoms of measles, especially after you return from international travel. If you develop symptoms:

  • Limit your contact with other people
  • Call your health care provider or a walk-in clinic and notify them about your symptoms before an in-person appointment so that they can take precautions to prevent others from getting sick
  • Wear a medical mask when seeking care

WHY IS MEASLES AN ISSUE FOR STAFF IN SCHOOLS?

If a single case of measles occurs in a school setting, the entire school may be considered exposed. If this occurs, everyone – students and staff – will need to provide proof of measles immunity or be/may be excluded from school for up to 21 days. According to the Immunization of School Pupils Act, students are required to submit their vaccine records to Public Health to attend school in Ontario. As such, the Region of Waterloo Public Health will have immunization information for most students.

Region of Waterloo Public Health will not typically have immunization records for education staff unless the staff person went to school in Waterloo Region and records were submitted to Public Health. Public Health recommends that all staff should ensure they are up-to-date with measles vaccines and have proof of vaccination readily available. Public Health may request staff vaccine records on short notice to quickly determine who is protected and who is vulnerable if staff are exposed to a case of measles at school.

For more information about measles, visit https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/measles

 

 

 

March Break at St. Louis

Friday is NOT a PD Day

St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres have regularly scheduled classes on Friday March 8 at all campuses.

March Break (March 11-16)

St. Louis’ International and Indigenous Language Program will also have regularly scheduled Elementary and Secondary classes on Saturday March 9, at all locations.  Due to March Break, there are NO International Language classes on Saturday March 16.  There are also NO Saturday Skills Builder classes for Grades 7 & 8 students on either March 9 or March 16.

ALL other classes, programs, guidance, registration and office services will be CLOSED for March Break.

If you are looking for program details, browse our website thoroughly or email stlouis@wcdsb.ca for further inquiries.  Staff will reply upon their return.

Welcome Back

School will re-open Monday, March 18. ALL daytime, and evening classes will resume and the NEW Hairstyling / Barber Training class begins.

NOTE:  Children’s Summer Program Registration will launch Tuesday, March 19.  For details, visit: https://www.wcdsb.ca/summer-learning/

 

Have a safe and restful break!

REMINDER: Weather Procedures

REMINDER: Weather Procedures

As the winter weather gets more intense in the next couple of months, students, staff and guardians of students who attend St. Louis programs should monitor the WCDSB and St. Louis websites, social media feeds (Facebook, X and Instagram), and radio stations for information on cancellations. Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region is responsible for communicating all weekday early morning decisions with respect to inclement weather to the media, school bus operators, and taxi companies. Evening and Saturday communication comes directly from St. Louis.

When you see this image of a cloud on our websites, socials or newswires, this is news of a Weather Alert

SAMPLE:

Weekdays

Whenever Waterloo Catholic District Schools are announced as CLOSED due to extreme weather, all St. Louis Adult Education sites will be closed as well.

Evening Classes

When conditions deteriorate during the day, a decision will be made by 3:00 p.m. about running evening classes. If a decision to cancel is made, the WCDSB and St. Louis websites and social media feed will be updated, and when possible, media will be contacted.

Saturday Classes

For Saturday morning (International Languages & Skills Builder) classes, a decision to cancel would be made Saturday morning by 7:00 a.m. If classes are cancelled, the Program Manager of International Languages and Saturday Skills Builder will contact classroom teachers who then contact their students and or guardians to alert them that Saturday morning classes have been cancelled. The Board’s website and social media feed will be used as a secondary measure to broadcast this message where possible.

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St. Louis Holiday Schedule 2023-2024

St. Louis Holiday Schedule 2023-2024

Many  St. Louis programs have already paused and others are winding down in the next couple of days. St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education CLOSES for the Holidays from December 23 to January 7.   Please refer to the  Dec-Jan 2024 Holiday Calendar-All Campuses for all dates when programs, classes and services resume in 2024.

Have a blessed holiday and restful break.

See you in the New Year!

Don’t Let Anything Stop YOU!

Summer Break  is drawing to a close and Back to School is around the corner!

Don’t let anything stop you on your journey toward success!

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