Protocols and Procedures for Re-Opening of St. Gregory’s

Dear Families of St. Gregory the Great

RE: School Re-Opening Under COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures

We hope this communication finds everyone well and enjoying some final summer fun as a family. It has been a summer (and year) like no other. Our September beginnings will also be quite unique. We have been presented with challenges and uncertainties, yet we are working as a team to provide the best start up possible for our students.

As you know, the Ministry of Education has provided direction to all schools in Ontario with how our framework will begin. Our WCDSB has been collaborating with our local Waterloo Region Public Heath to plan around all safety measures for our region. Although each school site is unique and protocols may vary slightly, our common approach as a school board remains consistent.

On Thursday, August 27th, we sent out a letter from our Director of Education outlining WCDSB start up protocols, yet we wanted to emphasize some site-specific processes that will be implemented. Information in this letter aligns with our Board’s plan for reopening schools https://www.wcdsb.ca/plan-for-re-opening-schools/ and the Operational Guidelines https://www.wcdsb.ca/operational-guidelines/

We thank all our families for your response to our WCDSB Board Return to School Survey. We now have a sense of those families who have chosen remote learning at St. Isidore for their child(ren) beginning in September. As mentioned in the Director’s letter, this survey and the ability to change from remote and in-class instruction will re-open and be offered after the first four weeks of instruction.

While the following information is lengthy, we hope you find it helpful in terms of preparing yourselves and your child(ren) for the re-opening of our school. While some of the protocols may seem uninviting or inconvenient, kindly remember that it is all about protecting one another while we work together to get through this global pandemic. We appreciate your attention to the details and protocols attached. Please take a look at them prior to the start of school next week.

Thank you,

Mr. Cinti

School Re-Opening Under COVID Protocols and Procedures

Letter from our Director regarding Re-Opening of Schools

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

The start of school is now just around the corner and it is our most sincere hope that while you may have some questions or apprehension about the return, that there is also an equal measure of joy and celebration to be returning just a little bit closer to life and learning as we previously knew it. Throughout the summer planning has been taking place and as we have said before, at the forefront of all our thinking has been a concern for Health and Safety. As you may know, frequent announcements and clarifications continued to be received by WCDSB senior staff and as a result, our plans did continue to be refined and did evolve. We have done our very best to not deviate too greatly from those plans upon which you based your decisions back in early August regarding your learning preference for your child as we return to school.

There is a fair bit of information contained within this letter, but I know you will agree that it is important to communicate what we know and to ensure you understand the plan. With that said, I would like to offer a few very important updates.

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