Monthly Archives: April 2020

St. Clement Updates and Reminders!

Happy Wednesday Saints!

Please see below for some reminders and updates.

Please take a look at the following information that is meant to help you with your WCDSB@Home learning.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher:

  1. WCDSBLearn@Home is a great link that you can use to access any ADDITIONAL learning opportunities that you may want for your children.  Here you will also find Mental Health, government updates, using and tips for parents involving Chromebooks/Laptop/iPad:  https://wcdsblearnathome.wcdsb.ca/tips-for-parents/
  2. WCDSBPray@Home is a great link for resources for you and your family in regards to prayer and reflection.  Please take a look at this when you can!  It can be really helpful and will be a way for you to connect during Catholic Education Week!
  3. Do you need a computer or internet at home?  Please check out this link to see if you qualify for a free device or free/subsidized internet at home!  This will apply even after the COVID-19 Pandemic is behind us!
  4. COVID-19 Updates on the board website is a great location to get the most updated information about the current pandemic.

As we move forward, please remember that on our WCDSB board website you will find from our home page a link to WCDSBLearn@Home where a host of additional resources for all learners will be found.  We also encourage you to continue to visit our WCDSBPray@Home webpage as well as our FAQ page.  You can also follow the #STEAMDays hashtag where lots of fun and engaging activities are being posted.

5. Catholic Education Week – May 3-8, 2020

We invite our families to celebrate Catholic Education Week 2020 with us during the week of May 3 – May 8, 2020. The overall theme for Catholic Education Week is: Igniting Hope and there are five sub-themes for each day of the week:

Monday: Our Hope in Christ

Tuesday: The Hope Within Us

Wednesday: The Hope Among Us

Thursday: Hope for the World

Friday: A Future Full of Hope

6. Take-Home Device Support 

Please call the device support number below for issues such as connecting to the internet or hardware issues with WCDSB-owned devices.

Hours of support are 8AM to 4PM, Monday to Friday.

519-578-3677 Ext: 2316

Finally, we want to ask: “How are you?”  This can be a very difficult time for students and parents.  Please make sure that you are touching base with each other, with your child’s teachers or personally, with me,  via email if you have any questions, concerns or feel you need some assistance.  We are here for you and we are happy to help.  Please reach out!

Stay Safe Saints!  Stay Healthy, Stay Home and Stay CONNECTED! God Bless.

A Message from the Minister of Education to Ontario’s Parents

Please click on the letter attached from the Ministry of Education outlining information about the following:

  • Extension of closure to May 31, 2020
  • Standards for instruction
  • Converting PA Days into instructional days for students
  • The partnership of Rogers Communication, Apple and the Government of Ontario for the Connected for Success Program and Connecting Families Initiative so students have access to devices and internet
  • Mental health services available

Minister letter to the parents v9 FINAL EN – April 28 2020

Kindergarten Registration is STILL Open!!

Several years ago, we established a very easy-to-use online pre-registration portal to make the registration process as convenient as possible.

Parents of children scheduled to begin JK in September 2020, are encouraged to complete the pre-registration process as soon as possible.

There will still need to be some in-person contact with the school, but that will be handled at an appropriate time after the COVID-19 crisis has passed.

For non-Catholic families wishing to register in a WCDSB elementary school, your school Principal will reach out to you to complete the required interview process – again – at an appropriate time in in the most appropriate manner, including via phone.

Please CLICK HERE for all the information you need to start the registration process!

News Release: Ontario Unveils Guiding Principles to Reopen the Province Premier and Ministers Commit to New Phased Approach for a Safe Restart and Recovery

Office of the Premier

TORONTO — Today, the Ontario government released A Framework for Reopening our Province, which outlines the criteria Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will use to advise the government on the loosening of emergency measures, as well as guiding principles for the safe, gradual reopening of businesses, services and public spaces. The framework also provides details of an outreach strategy, led by the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee, to help inform the restart of the provincial economy.

Details were provided by Premier Doug Ford, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

“Our top priority remains protecting the health and safety of the people of Ontario and supporting our frontline heroes as we do everything in our power to contain and defeat this deadly virus,” said Premier Ford. “At the same time, we are preparing for the responsible restart of our economy. This next phase of our response to COVID-19 is designed to help us map out what needs to be done, and when, to get us back on the road to recovery.”

The government is planning a stage-by-stage approach to reopening the economy to ensure there are appropriate measures in place so workplaces can open safely. Public health officials will carefully monitor each stage for two to four weeks, as they assess the evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak to determine if it is necessary to change course to maintain public health.

  • Stage 1: For businesses that were ordered to close or restrict operations, opening select workplaces that can immediately modify operations to meet public health guidance. Opening some outdoor spaces like parks and allowing for a greater number of individuals to attend some events. Hospitals would also begin to offer some non-urgent and scheduled surgeries, and other health care services.
  • Stage 2: Opening more workplaces, based on risk assessments, which may include some service industries and additional office and retail workplaces. Some larger public gatherings would be allowed, and more outdoor spaces would open.
  • Stage 3: Opening of all workplaces responsibly and further relaxing of restrictions on public gatherings.

Throughout each stage, continued protections for vulnerable populations must be in place, along with the continued practice of physical distancing, hand washing and respiratory hygiene, and significant mitigation plans to limit health risks.

“Recent public health indicators show us that we’re beginning to turn a corner in the COVID-19 outbreak, while economic data, feedback from businesses and insights from our communities are outlining how we need to plan for economic recovery,” said Minister Phillips. “Turning on an economy after an unprecedented shut-down is not as simple as flipping a switch. We need to plan this out carefully to ensure we do not spark a sudden outbreak, undo the progress we have made and put the safety of the public at risk.”

To reopen the economy, the government will consider factors such as the risk of the spread of COVID-19 and the ability to implement protective measures to keep workplaces safe. The Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will provide advice to the government about easing public health measures using a range of set criteria, including:

  • A consistent two-to-four week decrease in the number of new daily COVID-19 cases;
  • Sufficient acute and critical care capacity, including access to ventilators and ongoing availability of personal protective equipment;
  • Approximately 90 per cent of new COVID-19 contacts are being reached by local public health officials within one day, with guidance and direction to contain community spread; and
  • Ongoing testing of suspected COVID-19 cases, especially of vulnerable populations, to detect new outbreaks quickly.

“It is because of the collective efforts of all Ontarians to stay at home and stop the spread of COVID-19 that we are able to consider plans to move into the next phase of our battle against this virus,” said Minister Elliott. “The Chief Medical Officer of Health has outlined some criteria he will use to advise government on when we may begin to slowly and safely ease public health measures and restart our economy. To be able to do so, we need everyone to continue their extraordinary efforts so that we can meet these thresholds and begin to move forward.”

Supporting the next phases of Ontario’s Action Plan, the new Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee, chaired by Minister Phillips, will be consulting with key sectors in all regions to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the provincial economy and develop a plan to move forward. The government and Members of Provincial Parliament will lead discussions with business associations, chambers of commerce, municipal leaders, the postsecondary sector, corporate leaders, small business owners, community and social service providers, Indigenous partners, Franco-Ontarians, entrepreneurs and others.

The work of the committee will build on Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19, the first phase of the government’s $17 billion response, that is delivering targeted relief for businesses and families across Ontario.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has had far-reaching economic impacts for businesses and communities across Ontario,” said Minister Fedeli. “In the face of these challenges, businesses and individuals have stepped up to support our frontline workers, produce essential equipment and keep our supply chains moving. Our plan to carefully and methodically reopen Ontario’s economy will ensure that businesses are supported on our path to renewed economic prosperity.”

Additional Resources

“For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required.” — Luke 12:48

”Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Update from St. Clement CES

Good Morning Saints:

I wanted to take a moment by thanking all of you – parents and students!  We realize that this is a challenging time for all of us, and all the staff at St. Clement wanted to let you know that we are so proud of your efforts over these weeks of distant learning, and so thankful for your teamwork!  This would not be a successful endeavor without you.  Many of you parents are still working and trying to balance that with so many added pressures at home – we see this and say THANK YOU!  Many of you students are working so hard, connecting with their teachers, completing and submitting tasks and facing the challenges of learning independently.  THANK YOU!

The entire staff is hopeful that this method of teaching and learning will end soon and that we can all be back at school together in the near future.

God bless and be kind to one another

School Closures Extended to Keep Students and Families Safe Students Will Still Be Able to Complete School Year

Ministry of Education

TORONTO — Yesterday, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that all publicly-funded schools will remain closed until at least May 31, 2020, as part of an effort to keep students, staff and families safe from COVID-19.

The extension was based on expert advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and health officials on the COVID-19 Command Table and is part of the government’s ongoing effort to stop the spread of the virus. The advice was to extend school closures for an additional period of time to permit updated modelling and data to inform next steps, given the government’s absolute commitment to safety.

“We will do whatever it takes to keep our students safe,” said Minister Lecce. “The government is taking a careful approach which provides our medical experts the time to review the modelling and make the best decision for the safety of our students and the future of learning.”

The government took immediate action to close schools in Ontario, the first in Canada to do so. The ministry continues to monitor the evolving situation and if necessary, the closure may be extended further to protect the health and safety of Ontario’s school communities.

At the same time the Ontario government is taking steps to ensure learning can continue. In March the province unveiled its Learn at Home portal. It offers all students high-quality resources, featuring made-in-Ontario math and literacy resources, created by Ontario-certified educators, in both English and French. Elementary resources are designed to help young students learn at home with interactive activities that encourage participation through entertaining and stimulating digital content. High school content was designed with a focus on STEM courses and ensures core competencies and skills are reinforced.

At the end of March the Ministry of Education unveiled the second phase of Learn at Home to ensure the continuity of learning for students. This included providing clarity for parents, enhancing education supports and creating opportunities for educators to connect with students.

The government has also partnered with Rogers Communications and Apple to help meet the educational needs of students and families during the COVID-19 outbreak. iPads are being purchased and distributed by Ontario school boards, pre-equipped with free Rogers LTE wireless data. Apple is providing on-going support in French and English to teachers, parents and students, with a collection of resources to support learning and working from home. To date, over 20,000 iPads have been sent to targeted families in need. The free Rogers wireless data will be available until the end of June.

“Regardless of what transpires over the coming weeks, Ontario’s students will be able to complete their school year with confidence,” added Minister Lecce. “In particular, for students in their final year, we are removing all impediments to ensure students graduate and pursue post-secondary education.”

Quick Facts

  • Should schools be permitted to reopen, school employees will have access as of May 29, 2020.
  • The Ministry of Education will move forward to replace the remainder of Professional Activity (PA) days and examination days with instructional time, as well as the introduction of an expanded summer learning program that will focus on credit recovery, supports for vulnerable students, and course upgrading. Boards are to find solutions at the local level in keeping with this direction while upholding collective agreement obligations.
  • Private schools, First Nation schools, licensed child care centres and EarlyON programs will remain closed until May 6, 2020, with certain exceptions for licenced care, under an emergency order made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, which only allows closures to be extended for 14 days at a time.
  • Through the Ontario Together web site, the province received more than 300 proposals from businesses, organizations and everyday Ontarians to provide solutions to remote learning while schools are closed during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Next steps will be shared soon.

Additional Resources

Supporting Children After a Tragedy Resource

Good Morning Saints:

As you are probably aware, there was an awful incident that occurred in Nova Scotia over this past weekend.  Due to this event and our current pandemic situation, some of our students may have questions or concerns regarding their safety.  We have attached a resource that you may use to answer some of their questions and support them if needed.  The bottom two boxes in the infographic has links/contact information for supports that are available to you. You can find resources here: https://www.wcdsb.ca/programs-and-services/mental-health-and-well-being-at-wcdsb/

As always, we pray that you continue to stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to the time when we can all be together again.  God Bless you and your family.

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