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  • Mississauga ON , L4T 3H7
  • Principal: Kylie Richardson
  • Vice Principal(s): Joanne Le Prevost-Groves
    Kwadwo Adusei


  • Superintendents: Jodi Kuran
  • Trustee: Thomas Thomas (Mississauga Ward 5)
    Shawn Xaviour (Brampton Ward 8)
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Thomas Thomas-Trustee Ward 5

January 2022

New Year brings renewed opportunities to reflect, to learn and to live more like Christ. May we open wide the doors of this New Year to Christ, to nurture the future we hope for in our schools, in our homes and in our hearts.

Remote Learning - On January 3, the Ministry of Education mandated that all schools transition to remote-only learning from January 5 until at least January 17, 2022. For more information visit the DPCDSB website's School Information and Updates page.

 

Remote learning is provided for all students in alignment with Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) No.164: Requirements for Remote Learning. This PPM provides standards for synchronous learning so that parents/guardians and students know what to expect and there is a consistent approach across the province to ensure students are fully engaged in their learning.

 

Our board has distributed technology devices to students and staff to support remote learning, as required. Parents/guardians can contact their child(ren)'s school if a device is needed. Based on supply and demand, our board may not be able to provide a device for every student and this may be done on a per family basis.

 

As in previous shifts to remote learning, boards must ensure that plans are in place to support students with special education needs to learn remotely. DPCDSB is leveraging the capacity of our education workers and board professionals (e.g., behavioural experts, speech language pathologists etc.) to support remote learning. Parents/guardians are encouraged to communicate with their child(ren)'s teacher and school administrator if they have questions or concerns regarding their child(ren)'s learning needs.

 

Student Transportation – While elementary and secondary students are learning remotely, student transportation services are only being provided for special needs students who cannot be accommodated through remote learning based on student needs.

 

Mental Health - Students and families can access mental health resources, including Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868. School Mental Health Ontario also has resources available for students, parents and families on their website at www.smho-smso.ca.

Learning Resources – The Ministry of Education's TVO Learn and TFO IDÉLLO, apprendre à la maison portals will continue to provide supports for students learning remotely by accessing additional educational resources developed by Ontario certified teachers. In addition, secondary students can continue to access TVO's Independent Learning Centre (ILC) Open House and Portes ouvertes pour les cours TVO ILC in French-language, which provide access to 144 Grade 9 to 12 courses. These ILC resources are designed to provide flexible learning opportunities to help students keep up with their learning or deepen their understanding of a specific subject.

 

TVO Mathify provides free, one-on-one online support by Ontario Certified Teachers, to help students improve their math skills. Eurêka is a service available to French-language students and families that provides resources and supports for all subjects, Grades 1-12.

 

Childcare Centres – The childcare centers in DPCDSB schools continue to operate for children 0-4 years, with strong health and safety protocols in place. The ministry is working with the Consolidated Municipal Service Managers and District Social Service Administration Boards to provide Emergency Child Care (ECC) programs for school-aged children for health care and other frontline workers, free of charge for parents.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination – Vaccination continues to be the most effective strategy to prevent COVID-19 transmission during this pandemic. The Region of Peel is seeing vaccination rates improving for residents, school staff and eligible students. For more information please visit: COVID-19 vaccine - Region of Peel (peelregion.ca)

 

2020-2021 Director's Annual Report – The 2020-2021 Director's Annual Report outlines the goals of the Board of Trustees' Multi-Year Strategic Plan and how we, as a system, have strived to meet the goals of that plan. This past year was the second year of implementation for the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan, which was approved by the Board of Trustees in 2019. This plan, around which much of this report is focused, directs all we do as a Catholic school board. It was shared publicly at our Board of Trustees meeting on December 14, 2021, and is available on the DPCBSB website.

 

ROPSSAA – With the decision by the Ministry of Education and provincial government to pivot to virtual learning for at least two weeks among other restrictions, the Region of Peel Secondary School Athletics Association (ROPSSAA), in discussion with both DPCDSB and PDSB, has postponed all events scheduled during January. Further postponements or cancellations may occur because of government restrictions. When a return to play is possible, relevant league structures will need to be altered in accordance with OFSAA entry deadlines. Non-OFSAA leagues and events structures may need to be adjusted as well. The possibility exists that advancement to OFSAA will not occur based on government restrictions and public health guidance.

 

Catholic School Council (CSC) Funds – The underlying philosophy of CSC funds, similar to School Generated Funds (SGF), is that funds raised by students/parents in a given year should be spent on students within the same year. However, there may be times when funds raised in one year will need to be carried forward into future years, due to potential timing differences and savings for longer-term projects. All funds raised should have a specific purpose, as defined and approved by the CSC and be accurately reflected in the CSC meeting minutes. Any expenditure disbursement from the CSC account requires the approval of the CSC Chair and/or Treasurer as well as the Principal. There should be no expenditures from CSC accounts unless the appropriate form is completed with Chair and/or Treasurer approval.

 

Change of Learning Mode for Term 2 – Prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year, parents/guardians of elementary students were provided an opportunity to select a preferred learning mode (i.e., in-person or remote only) for their child(ren) with an opportunity to change this learning mode in February 2022. A Community Information Bulletin was sent to all DPCDSB elementary families via School Messenger on December 6, 2021, informing parents/guardians they would be provided with direction as to how to inform their school should they wish to change learning modes. This change will take effect on February 22, 2022, for elementary students and February 3 for secondary students. As a result, schools may be required to reorganize classes and this may result in elementary students having a different teacher for the remainder of the school year, even if their learning mode remains unchanged. If parents/guardians have any questions, they can contact their school principal.

 

Portable Air Scrubbers – DPCDSB has deployed portable HEPA filter units (scrubbers) in all secondary school portables. In total, over 1,800 scrubbers have been deployed across DPCDSB schools with the federal/provincial ventilation and air quality funding. The units have mainly been deployed in classrooms of schools based on the degree of fresh air intake coming through the school's mechanical ventilation systems. This includes schools with no or minimal amounts of air conditioning in classrooms. In addition, scrubbers have been deployed in many self-contained special education classrooms and in all portable classrooms (elementary and secondary). In August 2021, the Ministry of Education required all schools with mechanical ventilation systems, which includes all DPCDSB schools, to also have a unit placed in each full-day kindergarten classroom. The Ministry of Education recently announced that DPCDSB would receive an additional 84 scrubbers, which are anticipated to arrive in January.

 

Staff COVID-19 Vaccinations – DPCDSB follows all Ministry of Education reporting requirements for vaccination attestations for staff. For information on staff vaccination status, visit the DPCDSB COVID-19 Vaccination Disclosure webpage.

 

Kindergarten Registration – Kindergarten registration for the 2022-2023 school year at all DPCDSB schools will take place January 10-14. DPCDSB offers Kindergarten programming in 125 Catholic elementary schools in Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Bolton and Orangeville. Parents/guardians can register online at dpcdsb.org. Registration is open to Catholic children and children of Catholic parents. Kindergarten students must be at least four (4) years of age by December 31, 2022. Please refer to the DPCDSB Register for School webpage for accepted forms of documentation and submission process. Inquiries about home school locations/boundary areas should be directed to the DPCDSB Planning Department at 905-890-0708 ext. 24440.


Virtual Information Session to Support the Transition of Children with Differing Abilities: January 27 - The DPCDSB's Special Education and Learning Services Department will host a Virtual Information Session to Support the Transition of Children with Differing Abilities into a DPCDSB school in September 2022. This meeting is for families of children with differing abilities, such as vision, hearing, speech, autism, physical/medical and/or developmental delays in the cognitive and/or motor areas. The meeting will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. For more information, parents/guardians should contact their local Catholic school, or visit the DPCDSB website.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you have. And, as always, thank you for choosing Catholic education for your child(ren).

 

Take care and God bless.

 

 
                                        Thomas Thomas
                                                Trustee – Mississauga Ward 5
                                                            Mobile:905-601-345
   Thomas.thomas@dpcdsb.org




November 2021

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people." - Colossians 3:23


This month’s virtue of Conscience is a reminder to welcome Christ into our minds and our hearts through the love with share with others. 
Our DPCDSB Mission: Disciples of Christ, nurturing mind, body and soul to the fullness of life.
Our DPCDSB Vision: Changing the world through Catholic education.

Policies Review – All policies in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) undergo an initiation process approved by the Board of Trustees. The process includes trustee input, followed by consultation with various community stakeholders (internal and external) depending on the nature of the policy. The Education Act requires school boards to develop and maintain policies and organizational structures that promote the goals set out in their Multi-Year Strategic Plan and encourage pupils to pursue their educational goals. 

There are 28 policies that are recommended to be initiated for review and/or development and two policies that are recommended for rescission. The chart below identifies those policies for the 2021-2022 school year.



Peel Public Health Update - As of October 25, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., capacity limits in various Ontario settings including restaurants, bars, indoor sports and recreational facilities, gaming establishments, indoor meeting and event spaces, and some outdoor settings were lifted as part of Ontario’s Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term. The removal of capacity limits does not apply to schools. More information is available on the DPCDSB website: School Information and Updates (dpcdsb.org)

Mask Requirements on School Property – Effective immediately, DPCDSB requires all staff, students, parents/guardians and visitors be masked while on school property during morning arrival (drop-off) and afternoon dismissal (pick-up) times. Based on discussions with our local public health authorities, as well as the difficulty to maintain physical distancing with the increased congregation of individuals in close proximity to one another, the mixing of cohorts and the increased risk of transmission of COVID-19, this additional safety layer will help protect, not only our more vulnerable younger unvaccinated students, but indeed all who are present during these daily dropoff/pick-up activities. Please see the Community Information Bulletin sent to DPCDSB families on October 27, 2021. COMMUNITY BULLETIN Masking During Drop Off and Pick up and Increased Capacity Oct 27 2021 FINAL.pdf (dpcdsb.org)

Courtesy Ridership – Peel Public Health has provided updated communication regarding courtesy ridership on their website and additional information is contained in the COVID-19: Health, safety and operational guidance for schools (2021-2022) advising the operation of school buses at less capacity, where possible. “To reduce the risk of transmission, courtesy ridership programs should not be permitted for the 2021-2022 school year. In line with the Ministry of Education’s direction, this prevention measure reduces the risk of COVID-19 within school bus cohorts by allowing for students to be seated in a manner that maximizes physical distancing.” For more information please visit: https://peelregion.ca/coronavirus/schools/guidance/#transport

Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Testing - Our regional public health authority, Peel Public Health, has indicated they are in ongoing discussions with the province regarding rapid antigen testing in schools. DPCDSB continues to work with our local public health units, as well as the Ministry of Education, as they move to implement the program in our schools. DPCDSB is currently participating in a Ministry-initiated pilot project with respect to PCR testing in 19 of our secondary schools. More information will be forthcoming to parents/guardians and students.

COVID-19 Advisory – As per the direction from our local public health units, DPCDSB automatically dismisses entire classrooms anytime there is a reported positive exposure, where the person is identified as being in school during their period of communicability (POC). In elementary schools, each positive exposure typically results in one class being dismissed. In secondary schools, each positive exposure typically results in two classes being dismissed. These classes continue to operate remotely online during the time that students are required to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19 exposure. For current case information, please refer to the DPCDSB COVID Advisory webpage.

COVID -19 Screening Tool – The Ministry of Education recently announced updates to the provincial screening tool for schools and childcare centres. The revised school and childcare screening tool can be found online at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/. These updates include:

Symptoms - Staff, students and children should stay home from school and childcare if they are unwell, even if they do not have symptoms associated with COVID-19 and monitor before returning to school.  
Testing - Rapid antigen tests are not for use with symptoms of COVID-19 or with high-risk close contacts. 
Vaccination and Immunization Status – Regarding vaccination status and COVID-19 case history questions, it clarifies that the individual could be vaccinated or had previously tested positive within the last 90 days. 
Personal Health Information and Immunization Status - The purpose of asking if an individual is fully vaccinated or was previously positive with COVID-19 in the past 90 days is for providing correct isolation requirements. A reminder has been added that no public health information is collected when individuals complete the screening tool. 
International Travel – The international travel question has been revised to provide better clarity about who can and cannot attend school after travelling. While unvaccinated children under the age of 12 are exempt from the Federal quarantine (if they travelled in the company of someone who qualified for an exemption from quarantine based on vaccination status), they cannot attend school or childcare for 14 days upon their return. Individuals with all other quarantine exemptions (e.g., travelling for cross-border custody arrangements; travelling for medical treatment) may continue to attend school or childcare. 

Secondary School Lockers – Our Board of Trustees has advocated on behalf of secondary students, for the request to allow the use of lockers during the school day. Through collaborative conversations and consultations with Peel Public Health, and in alignment with our cautious reopening plan, DPCDSB will permit the use of lockers, while adhering to health and safety measures in an effort to minimize congregation of students. Secondary schools will be reintroducing the use of lockers effective Monday, November 1 and principals will be communicating this change to students.

Cafeteria Services – As DPCDSB schools began the 2021-2022 year, a cautious approach was taken on many fronts, including field trips, visitors, and cafeterias. A decision was made to phase-in the reopening of cafeterias, targeting those located in remote areas and/or have no other food retail options nearby for student access. Phase One schools opened on the first day of classes, September 7, 2021, and included Robert F. Hall, St. Michael, and Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary Schools. 

Following a review of operations to-date, a plan has been established for the next two phases, which will target another six schools. Three (3) cafeterias will reopen during the week of October 25, 2021, and another three (3) will reopen by the end of November 2021. St. Joan of Arc CSS and Our Lady of Mount Carmel CSS in Mississauga North are among this group of schools. Finance staff have been meeting regularly with our cafeteria services provider, Aramark, to ensure a progression of re-opening phases continues to take place during this year. 

Free Menstrual Products in Schools – On October 8, 2021, the Minister of Education announced that the provincial government will distribute six million free menstrual products per year to school boards, under a new partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart, to improve access to menstrual products for students and address the issue of period poverty. According to a survey conducted by Plan International Canada, 63% of women and girls have regularly or occasionally missed an activity because of their period and concerns of not being able to access menstrual hygiene products or proper facilities. The report also noted that 34% of women and girls have had to sacrifice, regularly or occasionally, something else within their budget to afford menstrual products. Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, this supply of free menstrual products will be provided to all school boards. School boards will make decisions about the distribution of products based on local needs. Ontario Launches Free Menstrual Products in Schools | Ontario Newsroom

Curriculum – The DPCDSB supports the transparency and availability of making curriculum documents easily accessible to the public. DPCDSB Policy 5.02: Public Access to Curriculum Support Materials - has recently undergone a board review. At the October 2021 Bylaw and Policies Review Committee meeting, the Board of Trustees approved rescission of the policy, given the availability of all curriculum materials on the Ontario Ministry of Education website. The Curriculum and Resources website provides a modern and interactive way to access Ontario’s curriculum and learning resources. Parents/guardians can find all curriculum documents of Kindergarten through to Grade 12, including the achievement charts providing guidelines for assessing students' work. For more information please visit: Curriculum (gov.on.ca)

Chaplaincy Leaders – Chaplaincy Leaders play an integral role in supporting DPCDSB secondary students to explore and nurture their faith. As a result, the DPCDSB supports one full-time Chaplaincy Leader in each of our secondary schools (where deemed reasonable and is subject to enrollment considerations). To ensure that DPCDSB Chaplaincy Leaders are appropriately equipped to support students in their faith formation experiences, Policy 1.76: Chaplaincy Leaders was updated at the October, 2021 Bylaw and Policies Review Committee meeting: Board Meetings (dpcdsb.org). Specifically, the policy has been updated to reflect that Chaplaincy Leaders must maintain the “Nihil Obstat” throughout their tenure as a Chaplaincy Leader.

ShareLife – Our Dufferin-Peel community once again distinguished itself among all the school boards within the Archdiocese of Toronto by leading the 2020-2021 ShareLife campaign. Our school board campaign raised $114,115. Despite the closures of schools due to COVID-19, 100% of our schools contributed, supported, and participated in ShareLife activities. The school campaign is currently finding creative and innovative ways of supporting ShareLife at the school and board level, while adhering to the protocols established by Peel Public Health. Thank you to our parents/guardians, families, and staff for your ongoing commitment in responding to the call to “Rebuild, Restore, Renew Together”, recognizing that the need to support our local charities is even greater during this pandemic. 

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October 2021

"Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths." Psalm 25:4

This month’s virtue of EMPATHY reminds us of the dignity in ourselves, and the ability to recognize it in others. As a Catholic community, we believe that the cross is the ultimate sign of compassion and forgiveness. As we embark on a new school year, we will focus on rebuilding, restoring and renewing together, to support our Catholic community of learners.
Our DPCDSB Mission: Disciples of Christ, nurturing mind, body and soul to the fullness of life.
Our DPCDSB Vision: Changing the world through Catholic education.

Mental Health – Schools provide an optimal setting for supporting positive mental health for students. We endeavour to provide school environments that are compassionate, just, and inclusive of diverse students. This is evident in the DPCDSB Board of Trustee’s Multi-Year Strategic Plan (2019-2023), the Catholic Board Improvement Learning Cycle and the Mental Health and Well-Being Guiding Framework (2018-2021). For more information, parents/guardians can review the September 21, 2021 DPCDSB Faith and Program Committee Meeting agenda item G3 - Together we are Resilient: Support for a Mentally Healthy Back to School. 

PRO Grants – The Ministry of Education has informed school boards they will receive a predetermined funding amount for Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants. The amount of $82,657.37 has been allocated to the DPCDSB for the 2021-2022 school year. Proposed projects will be required to demonstrate a commitment to respecting the roles of parents in students’ educational experiences by working with parents or seeking parent input on how schools can: 

• Address social inclusion and racism, specifically anti-Asian, anti-Black, and anti-Indigenous racism and other prejudices toward racialized and marginalized groups.
• Create a safe and welcoming environment. 
• Demonstrate respect for parents as valued partners within the education system regarding decisions about their child’s education. 
• Enhance communication with teachers. 
• Inform parents about the expectations of the Ontario Curriculum and supporting resources. 

Our Central Committee for Catholic School Council (CCCSC) and Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will be consulted to provide feedback on how funds could be distributed and shared with our schools. More information will be communicated to schools regarding the allocation of the PRO Grant funds for this school year.

Photography Protocol - To support our cautious re-opening and a safe return to normal school practices, photography vendors were not permitted in schools during September. Schools have been instructed to book dates for photos to be taken at the school into October, November and later, with the following disclaimer: The photography vendor onsite will be cancelled should the conditions of COVID-19 worsen, the community has a high positive case count and/or Provincial Government/Public Health Authorities issue a recommendation against any visitor in the schools. Photography vendors will be expected to follow all DPCDSB health & safety protocols, in addition to their own protocols. Only individual photos will be taken for all grades. No class photos will be taken at this time. Students learning remote-only will be provided an opportunity to attend their home school for photos. Principals will establish a plan to allow remote-only students to attend their home school, either at the end of the school day or during a time reserved for remote-only learners to avoid mixing cohorts of students. In addition, grade composites can be done that will include remote-only learners as part of the home school community.

Athletics and Extra-curricular Activities – Peel Public Health (PPH) supports extra-curricular sports and school-based clubs. Preliminary plans are in place to begin a variety of athletic seasons under the safety protocols recommended by PPH. Schools are permitted to move forward with extra-curricular activities, contingent on the provision that they have staff volunteers to supervise and coach school teams. Spectators/parents will not be permitted at this time, so teams can focus on our student athletes. However, in open field situations, the host school is responsible for ensuring there are no spectators congregating at the facility who are not involved in the activity.

Regarding secondary school athletics, in collaboration with Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association (ROPSSAA), and under the direction of PPH, DPCDSB has created guidelines for the provision of athletics for the Fall and Winter seasons. As per the guidelines, PPH is strongly recommending that all eligible coaching staff and students have received full vaccination. A letter from PPH will be shared with any student(s) and parents who wish to participate in athletics this year providing more information. 

I extend my sincere appreciation to all of our staff who give of their time and share their enthusiasm for providing our students with enriching and fun extracurricular school experiences.

Flu Prevention – Flu Prevention Week takes place during October. Some of the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu and it may be hard to tell the difference based on symptoms alone. You may need a COVID-19 test to help confirm a diagnosis. Together, we can help protect the health of our children and ensure healthy school environments. To prevent getting and/or spreading the flu, please remember:

Flu shot vaccination is the best defense.
Keep children home when they are sick or showing flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, vomiting or diarrhea). 
Wash hands frequently. Cover your cough or sneeze. The flu can spread up to six feet away.
For more information, please visit: www.peelregion.ca/flu or call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700, or you can call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 to speak with a Registered Nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Wishing you all a wonderful and blessed time of worship and thanksgiving! I invite you to follow me on my social media platforms. You are welcome to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. 
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Yours in learning, growing and leading with Christ,


Trustee Thomas Thomas
DPCDSB Trustee - Mississauga, Ward-5
Chair – Contract Negotiations Committee
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board – 40 Matheson Blvd West, Mississauga ON L5R 1C5
Mobile: (905) 601-4345/ 416-845-8225 |Email: thomas.thomas@dpcdsb.org 
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