A Second Case of CoVid 19 Confirmed at School

A  second case of COVID-19 has been identified at Blessed Sacrament School.

Blessed Sacrament is working with Region of Waterloo Public Health to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in students, staff and the community.

 What does this mean for students at the school?

  • Public Health will work with the school to identify high-risk student and staff contacts of the confirmed case.
  • Students who have been identified as high-risk contacts of a confirmed case have already been sent a high-risk contact letter via email by the school with information on dates of exposure, testing information, and the cohort end of isolation date.
  • Public Health/Ministry of Ontario will contact the student via text and phone, to reinforce specific directions related to the need for the student to self-isolate and get tested
  • Students who have been identified as low-risk contacts of a confirmed case will not be contacted and are not required to self-isolate. The school will provide general information for these students and families.
  • In the event a cohort must self-isolate or the school must close, you will be notified by the school. The school will keep you informed about any plans regarding return to school.
    • The term cohort includes students and staff in the same class, students involved in group activities or who have been in shared spaces during school, students that ride the same bus, attend before/after school care, or participate in extracurricular programming together.
  • Continue to monitor and screen your child for symptoms of COVID-19 daily.

 

What is COVID-19?

·  COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans

  • COVID-19 symptoms include, but are not limited to fever, cough, trouble breathing, sore throat or nasal congestion. A list of symptoms, including atypical signs and symptoms, can be also be found in the ‘COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms’ on the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website
  • People may be able to pass COVID-19 to others from 48 hours before symptoms begin to 10 days after the start of symptoms

 

Additional COVID-19 resources can be found on Region of Waterloo Public Health’s COVID-19 webpage at http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/COVID19.

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School COVID-19 Case Information for Parents/Guardians

A case of COVID-19 has been identified at Blessed Sacrament School.

Blessed Sacrament is working with Region of Waterloo Public Health to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in students, staff and the community.

 What does this mean for students at the school?

  • Public Health will work with the school to identify high-risk student and staff contacts of the confirmed case.
  • Students who have been identified as high-risk contacts of a confirmed case have already been sent a high-risk contact letter via email by the school with information on dates of exposure, testing information, and the cohort end of isolation date.
  • Public Health/Ministry of Ontario will contact the student via text and phone, to reinforce specific directions related to the need for the student to self-isolate and get tested
  • Students who have been identified as low-risk contacts of a confirmed case will not be contacted and are not required to self-isolate. The school will provide general information for these students and families.
  • In the event a cohort must self-isolate or the school must close, you will be notified by the school. The school will keep you informed about any plans regarding return to school.
    • The term cohort includes students and staff in the same class, students involved in group activities or who have been in shared spaces during school, students that ride the same bus, attend before/after school care, or participate in extracurricular programming together.
  • Continue to monitor and screen your child for symptoms of COVID-19 daily.

 

What is COVID-19?

·  COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans

  • COVID-19 symptoms include, but are not limited to fever, cough, trouble breathing, sore throat or nasal congestion. A list of symptoms, including atypical signs and symptoms, can be also be found in the ‘COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms’ on the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website
  • People may be able to pass COVID-19 to others from 48 hours before symptoms begin to 10 days after the start of symptoms

 

Additional COVID-19 resources can be found on Region of Waterloo Public Health’s COVID-19 webpage at http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/COVID19.

 

 

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Lenten Almsgiving Opportunity – A Better Tent City

Dear Bears!  This evening you will receive and email from School CashOnline about our 2021 Lenten Project this year.  As a Catholic Community, we practice the three tenets of Lent: Fasting, Prayer and Almsgiving.  Traditionally at Blessed Sacrament School we collect funds to support a global charity, however this year we are supporting a local charity very much in need. This is why we are supporting A Better Tent City.  This is local outreach program establish by Father Toby Collins of St. Mary’s Church in downtown Kitchener. We are joining many other schools in our community and making this our school’s 2021 Lenten Almsgiving Project. More information will be found in the School CashOnline notice. Thanking you in advance for your generosity.  For “whatsoever you do to the least of your brothers and sisters, you do unto me,” says the Lord Jesus. (Matthew 25:40)

 

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Don’t Forget Tonight is Pizza Night!

We just made your dinner tonight easy… please support our school through this fundraiser… every Wednesday for the next three weeks! Order online and use the code: CARE – Thanks for your support!

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CoVid Protocol Updates for Parents

February 22nd, 2021

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

As we approach the end of February, we sincerely hope that this letter finds you and your family well.  Today’s letter brings a number of very important updates that are important to continuing to provide safe, welcoming learning environments for all our Waterloo Catholic staff and students.  Please take the time to read each of these updates, and do not hesitate to reach out to your local school if there are items for which you require further information or clarification.

On Wednesday, February 17th the Minister of Education, informed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, informed all school boards that there was an enhancement that would be adopted in terms of both screening and isolation guidance, as well as testing opportunities.  Please see below for these and other updates.

 

Screening:  Staff and students continue to be required to Self Screen before arriving at school (or immediately upon arrival).  Confirmation of screening continues to be required for all staff and our secondary students. The change is that  the new provincial direction requires that staff, students and children with any new or worsening symptom of COVID-19, as indicated in the school and child care screening tool, even those with only one symptom, must stay home until:

  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional, or
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset and they are feeling better.

The student self-screener is found here:  COVID-19 school and child care screening

 

Isolation requirements:  Further – all asymptomatic household contacts (siblings, parents, grandparents) of symptomatic individuals are required to quarantine until the symptomatic household member:

  • receives a negative COVID-19 test result, or
  • receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional

If the symptomatic individual tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional, the symptomatic individual must isolate (including from household members) for 10 days from symptom onset, and all household contacts must isolate until 14 days from their last contact with the symptomatic individual.

We realize this is a significant change and requirement for a family.  This is by provincial order and does not just apply to the education sector, but everyone in the province.  We may have to close some schools if too many staff are affected by this new requirement.  We will make every effort to avoid this reality.

 

Targeted Testing:

On February 16th, 2021 The Ministry informed us of some enhancements to Testing that will be implemented provincially.  These include:

  • Community Testing in selected sites: These are additional centers for any community member who is trying to access testing due to symptoms or as a result of being a contact.  You will receive a letter if your school community is being offered this service.
  • Increased Staff Testing: All asymptomatic staff have the ability to access selected community Pharmacies if they feel they want to access a test.
  • Targeted Testing for staff and students of selected schools: The Ministry has contracted companies to help in administering COVID tests to 5% of the schools within the Board (2-3 per week), representing 2% of our student population.  This service is for asymptomatic staff and students.  You will receive a letter if your community / school is being offered the opportunity.  It is fully voluntary and free of cost.  Clinics will run on weekends.

 

March Break: On February 11th, The Minister also announced that March Break would be postponed.  We realize this is a disappointing development for children and families, but the good news it has not been cancelled altogether.  The Break will now occur after Easter, in the week of April 12th -16th.  We look forward to the well-deserved rest all staff and students will have the opportunity to enjoy in April.  Schools will communicate some changes that will occur in secondary as a result of this shift in dates.

 

Elementary Transition Survey: We administered the elementary transition survey from February 16th – 18th, immediately after Family Day Weekend.  The official transition date for any student who chose to change their learning method will be Monday March 8th, 2021.

The results saw almost equal movement both ways – with 262 students moving to virtual learning at St Isidore and 290 students making the move back to in person learning.  This will necessitate some class re-organization but we are hoping that it will be minimized.  As previously indicated, there will be no more movement from one mode to the other for the remainder of the year.

 

Graduations: We have made a decision that all elementary and secondary graduations will be virtual /adapted once again this year.  All indications would seem to suggest that while we hope to be in a much better place in terms of COVID transmission by the later spring and summer months, but planning starts much sooner than that.  We do not have enough assurances that large gatherings will be possible by then, so we have made a proactive decision that we will not run a traditional graduation celebration.  Your local school will be in touch about how this will be approached in your local site.

 

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.  As we journey thought Lent toward our Easter Season, 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

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Weather Impacted Learning Day, All Buses Cancelled, All Schools Closed

 

February 22, 2021

Due to the current weather conditions ALL SCHOOL BUSES, TAXIS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUTES operated by the Board are cancelled. All schools are CLOSED and it will be a Remote Learning Day. Students should visit their virtual (google) classrooms for resources. It will be an asynchronous learning day.

Take care and stay safe!

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School Pizza Nights are Wednesdays!

Hi Families

When you order a $10 pizza from any Kitchener, Cambridge or Paris Domino’s Pizza and we get $5 donated back to the school!

This applies to the nest three Wednesdays only.  Please use the code CARE when you place the online order.  More information is below.

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Transition Survey Closes Tomorrow!

Dear Parents / Guardians of WCDSB Elementary School Children:

Please note that your final opportunity to state your preference for a transfer for your child’s elementary school learning mode ends at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

A special online survey has been created for you to state your choice.

The form will be available on our main webpage in the spotlight section – www.wcdsb.ca

You only need to complete the survey if you are looking for a transfer.

Please ensure you complete the survey during the stated February 16th to 18th time fame, as there will be no requests for changes granted after the survey closes.

Additionally, as this is the final transition point for the 2020-21 school year, there will be no requests to change learning mode granted through to the end of June

Attendance at school is mandatory and the two options are: remote learning through St. Isidore or in person at Blessed Sacrament. 

Please take the time to consider what is best for your family and your child. Whatever  choice you make, must be made before Thursday February 18th and entered into the survey.

You will not be able to change your mind after the transition date. If in choose in person, your children must come to school daily for the rest of the school year. 

Again — the survey closes at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to state your choice and for assisting us in having the staffing, resources, and programming in place to assist the ongoing learning and success of your children.

By |2021-02-17T13:40:49-05:00February 17th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Transition Survey Closes Tomorrow!

It’s a Remote Learning Shrove Tuesday

Tuesday February 16, 2021

  • Due to the current weather conditions ALL SCHOOL BUSES, TAXIS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUTES operated by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and Waterloo Region District School Board are cancelled.
  • All WCDSB and WRDSB schools and sites are CLOSED and it will be a Remote Learning Day.
  • Students should visit their respective virtual classrooms. Teachers will have a couple of assignments posted by 9:30 a.m.
  • All before and after school programs and child care centres co-located in schools are CLOSED.

Here is a little link with a story about Shrove Tuesday for you to explore:

Here is also a little video on Ash Wednesday which begins tomorrow…

Have a great day! Stay safe and enjoy your pancakes today!

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Final WCDSB Elementary School Transition Survey

Dear Parents / Guardians of WCDSB Elementary School Children:

Please note that your final opportunity to state your preference for a transfer for your child’s elementary school learning mode begins at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, and ends at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

A special online survey has been created for you to state your choice. The survey is not yet active. It will be activated at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16th.

The form will be available on our main webpage in the spotlight section – www.wcdsb.ca

You only need to complete the survey if you are looking for a transfer.

Please ensure you complete the survey during the stated February 16th to 18th time fame, as there will be no requests for changes granted after the survey closesAdditionally, as this is the final transition point for the 2020-21 school year, there will be no requests to change learning mode granted through to the end of June.

Again — the survey closes at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to state your choice and for assisting us in having the staffing, resources, and programming in place to assist the ongoing learning and success of your children.

By |2021-02-11T10:15:19-05:00February 11th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Final WCDSB Elementary School Transition Survey
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