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.
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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.
Director of Education