Director of Education Update re: Extended School Closure Period

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

We hope this letter finds you and your family well, and that you and your families are managing to stay positive during this most unique of years.

I must begin as I did at the beginning of the month by sincerely thanking all our staff for their exceptional efforts since our return from the break. It has been a learning curve for so many and we know that learning remotely as a full system, requires a great effort from everyone involved. In that spirit I also want to applaud our students and parents for their flexibility, as we have all adjusted to a new way of learning. We all continue to adapt throughout this year but at every turn, our students continue to learn and make strides forward. But more than that – they are hopefully understanding that there is a foundation of care, where their well-being is our highest priority.

The main purpose of this letter is to inform you that the government and Ministry of Education specifically, have communicated that Waterloo Region will continue learning remotely at this time. While a number of regions across the province have now returned to face-to-face learning, each region is being assessed based on the COVID positivity rates within that region. This approach will ensure that when our staff and students do return to the classroom, we will be doing so safely.

We know our schools are safe and there is a desire to ensure they remain safe. Closing the schools to in person learning for the remainder January and early February will help us contain the cases that come into schools and ensure that when we return to our buildings, we are doing so in the safest manner possible. It is our understanding that the next window for return will occur on February 11th. We would expect to hear approximately a week before then as to which regions will be permitted to return to face to face learning.

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Elementary Closure Extended to Jan 25th

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

Happy New Year! We hope that you are well, and that you and your families are managing to stay positive during these challenging times.

I want to begin by sincerely thanking all our staff for the exceptional effort since our return from the break. They continue to respond with dedication and care to the new requests, and to our evolving learning environments. Similarly, we want to congratulate our students and parents for their flexibility, as we have all adjusted to a new way of learning. Excellent learning continues to happen for our students and for that everyone should be very proud. It is genuinely inspiring to observe. We know it is not always easy.
As you are likely aware, the Premier of the Province has indicated that the remote return to school will continue until January 25th, not only for our secondary students but also for our elementary students.

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