URGENT UPDATE: St. Louis and CUPE Strike – Nov 4, 2022

Labour Negotiations – CUPE 

URGENT Update 

CUPE Strike and St. Louis 

Nov 3, 2022 

Dear St. Louis Students, Parents and Guardians and Community Partners, 

Due to recent developments regarding the strike by CUPE education workers, it will no longer be possible to operate our St. Louis campuses safely and securely.  

As a result, ALL ST. LOUIS CAMPUSES ARE CLOSED — Friday, November 4, 2022  

We sincerely apologize for this unforeseen late notice. 

As we await further details about ongoing negotiations and the continuation of the strike action, please check the St. Louis website daily https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca for the most up-to-date information regarding St. Louis programming and the direction to students. 

You may also subscribe to St. Louis Newswire (found on the bottom of the St. Louis homepage). Or follow StLouisALC on Facebook / @StLouisWCDSB on Twitter. For information about possible school closures of Catholic Elementary & Catholic Secondary schools: Please visit https://www.wcdsb.ca 

NOTE: The St. Louis Graduation Ceremony scheduled for Friday evening at St. Mary’s of the Seven Sorrows Catholic Church, across the street from St. Louis, will proceed as planned. 


Important Message – Possible CUPE Strike and St. Louis

Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Important Message

Possible CUPE Strike and St. Louis


Nov 2, 2022

Dear St. Louis Students, Parents and Guardians and Community Partners,

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board received notice that Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) may strike starting on Friday, November 4, 2022, if an agreement is not reached this week with the Ontario Government.

If the strike happens, all Elementary & Secondary Schools in the Catholic Board will be CLOSED, yet for now All programs at all St. Louis locations will remain OPEN in the event of a CUPE strike.

All St. Louis classes will be running daytime, evening and Saturday as per our usual schedule for currently registered students, but it will not be ‘business as usual’. No CUPE staff will be working on site. There will be no new registrations to any programs should a strike occur. Please be aware there may be picketing near the school. If there is picketing, we ask for your patience and care as you come onto school property.

  • To St. Louis students who are also parents of children who attend our Catholic Elementary and Catholic Secondary Schools: Please arrange alternate care for your children to continue to attend your classes if you are able.
  • To St. Louis students who have children attending Public Board Elementary and Secondary schools: Please continue to attend classes you are enrolled in. You are not directly affected by the strike because the Public Board schools will be open.
  • On-site guests and partners will have their campus visits and services rescheduled after the strike is over.

For Updates: Please check the St. Louis website https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca the most up to date information regarding St. Louis programming. Or follow StLouisALC on Facebook / @StLouisWCDSB on Twitter. For information about possible school closures of Catholic Elementary & Catholic Secondary schools: Please visit https://www.wcdsb.ca

Quick Facts:

  • St. Louis supports approximately 2500 learners at one time (ages 6mths to over 70 years old) meeting the continuing education needs of over 12 000 students annually.
  • St. Louis is funded by various ministries (including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, Ministry of Colleges and Universities; Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Canada; and Employment Ontario)

Hairstyling Intake, Term 2 Classes Start and Graduation

What’s new at St. Louis – Oct 31-Nov 4

Hairstyling & Barber Intake

St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centre is hosting a public Intake session for those potential students interested in enrolling in the Hairstyling and Barber Training program. (Pre-registration online is required)

mannequin head with hair design by a St. Louis hairstyling studentAttend an information session, and registration / intake session

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

4:00- 6:00

St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus


Next class begins January 9, 2023 . In 8 months, learn foundational in-school theory, professional hands-on training, taught by certified teachers, plus  get 2-month work placement experience. Up to 8 elective Secondary School Credits can be earned toward high school completion OR to increase your grades on your transcript, a benefit for any future post-secondary pursuits. AND start your apprenticeship early through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP), and the first 220 hours on placement count toward becoming licensed.


Term 2 Classes

Only a couple of days left to register for in-person, teacher-led Secondary School Credits Day classes held at St. Louis -Kitchener Main Campus from Wednesday, November 2nd – December 22. Morning and afternoon classes available in Math, English, Physics, Biology or Ontario Literacy Course.  **FREE**

**NEWCulinary & Hospitality classes offered every 2 months– cooking and baking courses on a budget, learn for yourself or your family, learn to earn or learn to graduate!  Term 2 offers credit classes specifically Hospitality & Tourism in the morning, Event Planning in the afternoon. $75 materials fee for each Hospitality course.

Visit St. Louis Guidance Services to REGISTER TODAY — Guidance Services are available Monday to Thursday 8:30am-12:30pm / 1:30pm – 4:00pm

It’s never too late to get your high school diploma or

upgrade for your college or university applications.

**Note: St. Louis school will be OPEN and ALL classes will be running during the CUPE Labour disruptions and pending strike.  Please watch for UPDATES on https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca 


The most wonderful time of the year for the St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education school community is GRADUATION!

On Friday, November 4 at 7:00pm. 259 Graduates from the 2021-2022 school year will receive their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.  An additional 53 students will receive their Hairstyling / Barbering or Culinary Training Certificates. For some adults, graduation is the milestone they have been striving for, for a long time.  We are so please to offer an in-person ceremony again at St. Mary’s – Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows Church in downtown Kitchener.




Learn another language at St. Louis.

For any students who are need of an additional secondary credit, talk to your guidance counsellor today about taking one of our International Languages. Classes begin tomorrow — Saturday mornings — and next week Monday and Wednesday evenings. Languages available for credit include Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese and Polish. Again, speak to your guidance counsellor today!

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”  ~ Flora Lewis


Learn Another Language

Always wanted to learn another language?

International Languages Secondary classes will start soon.

Register online at stlouis.wcdsb.ca//il/secondary/ for one of 6 offered languages:

Portuguese on Monday or Wednesday (Kitchener and Cambridge)

Chinese on Saturday (Resurrection CSS)

Arabic, Japanese, Polish and Spanish on Wednesday (Kitchener Main)


Special Message from Director of Education Tyrone Dowling

Dear Waterloo Catholic Families,  

We are excited to be welcoming you and your family back for the start of the 2022-23 school year. We offer a special welcome to all families joining us for the first time this year. We hope that all of you had a great summer and are looking forward to the new opportunities this year will bring.

If you need information about registering for school, please CLICK HERE .

We look forward to joining with you this year in the name of Catholic education to support the academic success and faith formation of all of our students.  We are thankful for the opportunity to work together with you to provide the very best educational opportunity possible for your child and family.   

I am writing to you today to provide important information to assist with your planning as we approach our first day of school next Tuesday, September 6, 2022. 

COVID Health and Safety Protocols

On August 5, the Ministry of Education released the Health and Safety protocols for the start of the school year.  Most protocols and guidelines remain unchanged to those that were in place at the end of June. We continue to work with our local public health officials to ensure we are aligned with the most up-to-date guidance and hope to minimize any potential disruptions to learning throughout this school year.  

The following is a summary of what you can expect in September:  

Ventilation – Over the past several years, significant upgrades have been made in school ventilation systems to support a healthy learning environment.  Our custodial and maintenance staff have been working throughout the summer to ensure our schools are safe, clean and that the ventilation systems have been inspected and properly maintained to welcome staff and students back. UV or combination UV/HEPA filtration units will continue to be present in all classrooms and learning spaces throughout this school year. 

Daily Screening – Staff and students are asked to continue to screen each morning before school using the COVID-19 school screening (ontario.ca) resource, and stay home when feeling unwell or exhibiting symptoms.  We ask that screening become part of your personal daily routines.  The daily screening requirements and related guidance may change throughout the year and notification of any changes will be communicated to our community.    

Masking – Continuing with the protocols in place in June – and based on the advice of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health – masks will remain optional for students, staff and visitors in schools, and on student transportation.  We continue to support a mask-friendly environment in our schools and workplaces and recognize there are times when staff or students may need to wear masks in alignment with provincial or federal guidance or may choose to wear masks if there is a high incidence of illness in our community. Masks will continue to be available upon request to staff and students in the 2022-23 school year.  

Rapid Antigen Tests – Rapid Antigen Test kits will continue to be available to staff and students in schools as needed.     

For more information about school start-up routines, please watch for updates from your school this week.   

Thank you for your ongoing support of Catholic Education.  We look forward with anticipation to the new opportunities this year will bring.

I wish you all the best as we begin this school year in the coming week.


Tyrone Dowling

Director of Education


Term 1 Secondary Credit Courses begin daily classes face-to-face Wed., September 7.

Register NOW! and earn a credit in less than 8 weeks.


IMPORTANT St. Louis Start-up Dates 2022

IMPORTANT St. Louis Start-up Dates 2022

Here are some St. Louis start-up highlights:

  • Term 1 Secondary Credit Courses begin daily classes face-to-face Wednesday, September 7Register online starting Aug 29 and earn a credit in less than 8 weeks.
  • Self-directed online courses begin Monday, September 12 with options to earn credits around your schedule. Register online starting Aug 29 Certified teacher tutor support available in-person.
  • International Languages Secondary School Credit courses are part of the above credit course registration process.  Register online starting Aug 29 for Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish classes.
  • Licensed Child Care is available onsite to support St. Louis students.  Registration will begin on September 6.
  • A NEW cohort of PSW and Hairstyling students begin in September.  St. Louis has small class sizes that will allow for in-person learning and skills development.
  • Core Essentials will be offered in-person in small class sizes beginning September 12.
  • ESL may be offered in-person and online morning, afternoon, evening and Saturdays this Fall sta