Updated Aug. 5, 2021
Introduction by Director of Education Joan Carragher
While elements of the COVID-19 protocols that have been in place over the past year will continue in schools including daily screening, cohorting, masking in doors and physical distancing, we are excited to see the gradual return to many normal school activities such as school assemblies and masses, extracurricular sports, school clubs, music programs, field trips and overnight excursions.
Our return to school planning is focussed on safeguarding the health and wellbeing of students, staff and the community based on guidance and directives from the Ministry of Education as well as provincial and local public health officials.
We will begin the 2021-2022 school year cautiously, but optimistically. While vaccination rates continue to rise in our communities, we know COVID-19 variants will continue to be a concern. That is why it is crucial that we maintain the protective strategies outlined below while slowly reintroducing elements of the normal school year that so enrich the lives of our students and make our Catholic schools safe and welcoming places.
If we have learned anything from the previous school year, it is to expect the unexpected. We will be prepared to transition our schools to remote learning should the need arise and our plans will continue to adapt and evolve throughout this school year.
Please know whether you are sending your child back to school or if your child has enrolled in our St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Virtual School, our administrators, educators and support staff are committed to providing our students with safe learning environments that promote student achievement and well-being in the Catholic education system that our families have come to expect.
We wish all staff, students and families a safe and happy return to school in September.
Director of Education
Return to School 2021-2022
On Aug. 3, 2021, the Ministry of Education released its guidance on the return to school for 2021-2022 that will guide our safe return to in-person learning for the upcoming school year.
Click here to view the full PVNC Return to School Plan, which builds on the Ministry’s guidance and outlines important information for students, parents and guardians about what a school day will look like both for in-person and virtual learners, health and safety protective strategies, student supports and more. It will be updated with new resources as they are available so please check back regularly.
COVID-19 Protocol Flowcharts:
- My Child Did Not Pass the COVID-19 Daily Screening, now what?
- You’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, now what?
- COVID-19 Protocol for Individual with Symptoms
- COVID-19 Return to School or Child Care: Protocol for Employees/Visitors
- Return to School or Child Care
- School Protocol When Student/Staff Tests Positive for COVID-19
- Guidance for Children/Staff who are High Risk Contacts of a Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Case
- School Protocol When COVID-19 Outbreak is Declared
We are committed to providing families with timely, accurate and up-to-date information throughout this school year.
Please check back to our website regularly for new updates and follow us on Twitter (@PVNCCDSB) for the latest information.
Please note, for school-specific concerns, please contact your child’s school. For all other inquiries, please complete our Board contact form, filling out as many fields as possible, which helps us assign it to the correct staff person for response.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
Travel Advice and Advisories
Ministry of Health
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
Peterborough Public Health
Durham Region Health Department