Dear St. Ignatius School Families,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! It is with great excitement that we begin a year that is filled with hope for the future!
After 18 months of navigating the impacts of COVID-19 as a community, St. Ignatius School is well prepared to welcome students back on September 8, 2021. For the 2021-2022 school year, all COVID related protocols will remain in place. Our re-opening plan is a complete and comprehensive plan that is unique to our School Facility based on the most up-to-date public health information and guidance available to us. Careful planning will ensure the safety and well-being of our students and our staff throughout the school year. It will also ensure that we can safely deliver programs that families rely upon such as our extended day program. Our school plan will continue to evolve as the COVID-19 situation changes, as consultations continue to occur with various governing bodies.
Three Priority areas will guide the practice at St. Ignatius School.
- The Health and safety of our students and our staff
- Promoting mental health and wellness
- Assessing and addressing the impact COVID-19 has had on student learning
- All students and staff will be required to wear masks. This includes Nursery to grade 8 regardless of vaccination status.
- All staff is required to be vaccinated, or will be required to have regular rapid testing done
Summary of Public Health Measures
- On September 8, 2021, classes will resume with all Nursery to Grade 8 students returning to in-class learning.
- Schools will be re-opening at Caution Level (Yellow) on the Pandemic Response System.
- Although Public Health Recommendations will be strongly considered, St. Ignatius School may choose to implement measures beyond the recommendations of Public Health
- Although all COVID-19 safety protocols will remain in place, school will resume with as near-normal operations as possible. We will return to our pre-pandemic timetable. French, Music and Physed classes will resume.
- Staggered drop off between 8:35 and 8:55 will continue throughout the school year.
- Each class cohort will be assigned an entrance. Entrances will be clearly marked with grade levels.
- Assemblies, gatherings and events in the school and in the Church can proceed in accordance with Public Health Orders or recommendations. However, for schools, Small/cohorted or grade specific assemblies are recommended.
- Extra-curricular activities, sports and field trips can proceed as long as all guidelines can be followed.
- Sharing books, equipment and toys that can be cleaned
- Libraries are open for use by students in small groups where social distance can be maintained.
- Self-screening and staying home when sick/preventing individuals who are ill from entering the school
- Cleaning and disinfecting will focus on high-touch surfaces and common areas
A return to normalcy is on the horizon. The past school year was very different than previous years. Students sat two meters apart, were behind desk shields and masks. Students and families were unable to participate in all of the school events that are such an important part of our community. Team building events were cancelled, community building events were cancelled, our sacramental celebrations were delayed and even some of our regular classes were not possible.
As I reflect on the past year, I am deeply grateful for all of the gifts the St. Ignatius School community has. In spite of all of the challenges we faced, our community came together, protected each other, supported each other and remained steadfast in our faith and our commitment to one another.
This year marks a new beginning. We will once again have music, French and Physed. We will catch up on missed sacraments, and eventually we will have the opportunity to come together as a community and participate in events that we have missed so much over the past 18 months.
It is truly a privilege to work with and learn beside our gifted students. It is an honour to serve this amazing community. The staff at St. Ignatius School is very excited to introduce new leadership opportunities for our middle years students. The St. Ignatius School Board is eager to move forward with our next five year strategic plan. Once this plan is in place, we will embark on the next chapter of the St. Ignatius School story which has a long history in the community. Founded 110 years ago, St. Ignatius School is proud to continue its mission to provide quality spiritual and academic growth based on the principle that every child is created in the image of God.
Trusting in His care,
Mrs. Jeannine Pistawka