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September 2020 School Start dates

Earlier this month, the WCDSB issued an online survey to parents/ guardians to determine your preference for face to face learning OR remote learning for your child this September. The results of this survey have been shared with individual schools in order to help us prepare for the start of this school year.

Depending on your selection, your child will be included in face to face instruction beginning the week of September 8th (see specific details below) OR remote learning for a minimum of four weeks at a time (specific dates to be determined).

Face to Face Learning School Start Dates: Grades 1 to 8

Monday September 7th

  • Labour Day (no school)

Tuesday September 8th

  • First day of school for Grade 1 & 2 students ONLY

Wednesday September 9th

  • First day of school for Grade 3 & 4 students (Gr. 1-4 attend)

Thursday September 10th

  • First day of school for Grade 5 & 6 students (Gr. 1-6 attend)

Friday September 11th

  • First day of school for Grade 7 & 8 students (Gr. 1-8 attend)

Monday September 14th

  • ALL students JK- Grade 8 attend school all day (and every day after)

More details regarding Return to School protocols will be communicated in the days ahead. We appreciate your continued patience as we prepare for the safe return of all staff and students beginning September 8th.

Remote Learning School Start Date: September 14th, 2020

If you selected Remote Learning for your child on the survey you don’t need to do anything more to “register” your child for this mode of learning. This virtual environment is currently being developed by the Waterloo Catholic DSB in accordance with the Ministry of Education mandate PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning. You can expect further communication from the administrator of the Virtual School. Your continued patience is appreciated.

Kindergarten School Start

Year 1 (JK) students will attend St. Agnes for a 30 minute visit on Tuesday September 8th. You will receive an individual email communication with the exact time of your visit as well as details about school attendance for September 10th or 11th. Please note the following guidelines for your 30 minute visit:

  • each child can be accompanied by only one parent/ caregiver
  • please don’t bring any additional family members including younger children
  • masks must be worn by the student and the parent
  • all parents must wash hands immediately prior to entering the classroom

Year 2 (SK) students will begin school on Wednesday September 9th, and will attend for the full day. Your child will attend every day from this point on. Year 1 (JK) students do not attend school on Wednesday September 9th.

School Cash Online forms

Regardless of which mode of learning your child will start this September you are required to complete the online school registration forms which were sent via School Cash Online this week. We will keep the forms for students engaged in remote learning on file in the main office. Please complete and return these forms at your earliest convenience.

St. Agnes Return to School Operational Guidelines

As this beautiful summer is drawing to a close it is time for us to begin our transition back to school. After 6 long months away from each other, we are excited for the opportunity to gather again at school. We know things will be very different this September, and this leads to many questions and concerns. Please know our first priority remains the health and well-being of all our St. Agnes students and staff.

Today, you are receiving this email which outlines the Operational Guidelines for St. Agnes CES. These guidelines are compliant with the WCDSB Operational Guidelines which were released on the board website this afternoon. There is a great amount of detail included in both these documents. Please take the time to read through carefully as the answers to many questions are held here.

There will be more communication from both the WCDSB and St. Agnes CES in the days ahead. Please continue to check your email as well as the board and school websites. We are doing our very best to provide you with timely information in a rapidly changing return to school environment.

Return to School letter

Wishing you continued good health and wellness,

Tonya Reesor                            Amanda Kuntz

Principal                                Vice Principal

IMPORTANT!! School Re-opening Survey — Please Complete by August 10th

IMPORTANT!! School Re-opening Survey — Please Complete by August 10th

As we look forward to welcoming our students and staff back to a safe teaching and learning environment on September 8, we have been working diligently with Region of Waterloo Public Health, the Ministry of Education and their connections to the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province — as well as other community and stakeholder colleagues — to ensure we have a School Re-opening Plan that is thoughtful and responsive.

While we all want good learning to happen, we are equally motivated to ensure that all our students and staff are feeling both safe and healthy — in mind, body and spirit.

To help ensure we succeed, we need to know your intentions for your child(ren) to return to school for face to face learning, or to opt to learn remotely instead.

So, it is very important for you to complete this SURVEY by Monday, August 10, 2020.

“The Survey is extremely important for families to complete, as it is how the school board is preparing for the safe return for all of our students.  There is still much planning that must be done in terms of creation of cohorts, individual classroom set up, assignment of seats in both the classroom and on the bus, ensuring technology needs are met, etcetera.  All of this will assist us in ensuring the most thoughtful and safest return for all our students this fall.  It is our sincere hope all families provide a response by the deadline as we need all students to respond in order to plan for each student.  That is – we need to know the status of all in order to facilitate a comprehensive and safe plan, as the well-being of our students is our top priority.”   

~~ Loretta Notten, Director of Education

If you are unable to complete the survey by the August 10th deadline, your school will be following up with you directly to ask you to complete the survey.

We know this is a time of great anxiety for families, but we ask that you make the best decision you can based on the information in the WCDSB School Re-opening Plan, knowing that we will be doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all.

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