September 4, 2020
A Message to the DPCDSB Community from Marianne Mazzorato, DPCDSB Director of Education, on Return to School 2020-2021
As we put our final touches on our reopening plans to welcome back, staff, students, parents/guardians, and our faith community, we recognize that each of us has had a different COVID-19 experience. The summer has been filled with trepidation and unexpected wonder as to how we are going to come back together in a safe and caring environment.
Our staff have been working diligently getting ready to welcome back our students to what we hope will be a safe reentry. For many community members, and for our parents and guardians, it has been a challenging and stressful time arranging childcare and wondering what the future holds.
I wanted to assure you that we understand, and share your anxious feelings, and cannot stress enough that we are here with you, and for you. Our first priority is to do all that we can to ensure the health, safety and well-being of your children. In this regard, we have implemented ministry and public health-approved measures within our schools including physical distancing, cleaning, wearing of masks, staggered entry and exit to buildings and much more. You can read more in our Return to School Parent Guide which has been emailed to all DPCDSB families and is posted on the DPCDSB website.
In conjunction with our local public health units and in alignment with the Ministry of Health's COVID Management Guide, we have established protocols for reporting positive cases of COVID-19 in DPCDSB schools, and offices, and will be sharing this information soon on our website.
Like you, we are experiencing a steep learning curve. Our malleability to react to an ever-changing landscape will be a certainty. Know that we are doing it together as a faith community. It is now more than ever that we must listen attentively to God's saving grace, as He invites us to 'Let the light shine out of the darkness' for if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move, for nothing is impossible when we embrace our faith, and our trust in God to help us overcome whatever challenges will be placed before us.
You have our commitment that we will continue to enhance and protect the mental health and well-being of your children as a foundation of student learning at DPCDSB.
We as a Catholic community of faith, comprised of school board staff, and our parish priests, with the support of parents/guardians, each in our respective roles, will strive to support each student spiritually, emotionally and continue to work toward strengthening their faith and sacramental life.
And so, as we get set to begin the 2020-2021 school year, I invite you to reflect on the words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, who invites us to "Let the light of your faith 'shine out of the darkness' every day at home, at work, and in your community. May you be the first sower of a rich seed of faith in someone else's heart."
So, let us begin this new journey in communion with each other. May God continue to bless you, your families and loved ones.
Wishing you all a Blessed year,
Marianne Mazzorato, Ed.D.
Director of Education