~Sept 29, 2021
Dear Parent / Legal Guardian / Student,
As the 2021-22 school year begins, we remain committed to the health, well-being and safety of students, educators, school staff and the broader community. Keeping our schools open this year is our collective priority.
Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect yourself, your child, and your family from COVID-19. Vaccines help to stop the spread so we can safely and gradually resume more activities.
COVID-19 immunization for students is not mandatory. However, understanding the student immunization status and coverage within classes and schools will better enable public health units to respond if there is an outbreak.
Local public health units will be reviewing and assessing students’ COVID-19 vaccination information together with class lists to support case, contact and outbreak management within schools. This is only applicable to students eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (i.e., those born in 2009 or earlier).
All information collected by the public health unit will be kept confidential and used only for the purposes described in this letter. Further, these immunization records are being disclosed to local public health units under Section 39(2)(a) of the Personal Health Information and Privacy Act (PHIPA) as a disclosure that is made for the purposes of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA).
Public health units may reach out to parents/legal guardians/students, as applicable, if they have questions about a student’s immunization status. For example, they may have questions about a particular immunization record (e.g., dose timing), or information that is missing. They can also answer any questions you may have and provide information related to COVID-19 vaccines. It is important that this information is complete and accurate since it will inform public health units in the event of an outbreak.
Please see the following COVID-19 Information Resources for Parents/Guardians and Youth and the COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs for Parents and Guardians for information about COVID-19 and vaccines.
Should you have questions on how to access COVID-19 vaccines for yourself, your child, or your family, please visit www.regionofwaterloo.ca/GetVaccinated
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to keep our students safe.
Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang (she/her)
Commissioner and Medical Officer of Health
Region of Waterloo Public Health & Emergency Services
Director of Education, Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB)
jeewan chanicka (he/him)
Director of Education, Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB)
August 26th, 2021
Dear WCDSB Community,
The last days of summer are winding down and we know that everyone’s thoughts have turned to the return to school. We cannot wait to welcome all our staff and students back! We hope you have had a safe, restful and enjoyable summer. This letter brings a few important updates about our return and provides a link to a much more detailed overview of our Operational Guidelines.
Return to In Person Learning
All schools will be open this September and St. Isidore (our virtual school, for those who enrolled last June) will operate dedicated classes at the elementary level. We will use a hybrid model in secondary for those students who have selected online learning for this year. Our St. Louis programs will be returning in varied formats to start the year. Specific program-based places will be shared next week.
On August 17th the Government of Ontario announced that they (and we by extension) will implement an immunization disclosure policy for all publicly funded school board employees and licensed child cares. For those staff who cannot attest that they are fully vaccinated, they will be completing regular testing before reporting to their school or workplace. The Chief Medical Officer of Health and Waterloo Region Public Health also strongly endorse all students ages 12 and older to access vaccination.
Students from K to 12 and all St. Louis students will continue to wear masks. An exemption form is required for any student in grades 1 to 12 who is unable to wear a mask. We will be strongly supporting this precaution, as Public Health and provincial guidance suggests that outside of vaccination, it is our best strategy to promote a healthy and safe environment for all. We ask you to work with us to support students in understanding why we wear a mask and how to do so safely.
Masks do not have to be worn outside but it is always an option to do so and if no mask is being worn outside students should use physical distancing. Those requesting an accommodation under the Human Rights Code should submit their exemption request to their school Principal.
Hand Hygiene and Distancing
We are pleased to share that there will be more access to resources and learning materials. We will take a cautious approach, but students will be sharing more objects within their classroom, so hand hygiene and distancing will remain important practices. School staff will work with students to reinforce the strong habits that ensure a robust and safe learning environment for all.
All staff and students are still required to complete daily screening, using the Ontario School Screener. The tool is being updated to reflect the new protocols and we will share it and post it in our Operational Guidelines as soon as it is available. This request is extremely important. Any individual who is symptomatic should not come to school, even if they believe it is not COVID-19.
Lockers, Lunches and Breaks
Please review our full Operational Guidelines to ensure you understand how we are ensuring a safe and happy return to school.
We are truly looking forward to a year that allows us to embrace a renewed love of learning, within our faith-based communities. We remain every grateful for your continued support and remain ready and willing to assist you as we transition back to what will undoubtedly be a #WCDSBAwesome year!
Director of Education
The Waterloo Region Vaccine Task Force is hosting school vaccine clinics across Waterloo Region between June 22 – 26, 2021 for youth and their families.
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
To book an appointment please email email@example.com 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.
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.
Thank you for your continued support in keeping our community safe.
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:
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:
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.
The Ontario government has announced several opportunities to access COVID-19 testing for staff and students during the upcoming April Break.
The following options will be available to staff and students in the community.
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 province-wide 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:
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.
Lisa Mackay, Principal
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).
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.
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.
Take advantage of this opportunity for a well-deserved rest.
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
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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.