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Region of Waterloo Public Health Now Offering Grade 7 to 12 Immunization Catch-Up Clinics

Region of Waterloo Public Health Now Offering Grade 7 to 12

Immunization Catch-Up Clinics

Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, all primary and secondary students need to have proof of immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal disease, pertussis and varicella (chickenpox).  If your child was born in 2006 or later, they are also eligible to receive or complete their series of Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.   Public Health is offering clinics to help get students back on track with their vaccinations.

If your child is in grade 7 to 12 this school year (2021/2022) and not up-to-date on their routine vaccines, you will receive a letter in the mail letting you know which vaccines are missing.

Parents of students in grades 7 and 8 will also be sent information through the school to invite them to book an appointment to start or complete their child’s school program vaccines (hepatitis B, HPV and meningococcal).

Starting in April 2022, appointments will be available at The Public Health Vaccine Clinics at 435 The Boardwalk in Waterloo and at 99 Beechwood Rd in Cambridge for students who need immunization.

Before booking an appointment, parents/students should update their immunization records with Public Health using one of the following methods:

  • Online at the following link: https://bit.ly/3v9rwPT
  • By calling 519-575-4400 ext. 5001 (Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm)
  • Phone 519-575-4400 Ext 5001
  • Fax 519-885-7260

Appointments for students in grade 7 to 12 can be booked online using the following link https://bit.ly/3pyLr8f or by calling 519-575-4400 ext 5001.  Translation is available for those who require it. 

If you have questions about the Vaccine Program catch-up process, please call 519-575-4400  ext. 5001.

#UkraineStrong

#UkraineStrong

Hello St. Aloysius Families,

St. Aloysius is fundraising to assist humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine. Funds raised will be forwarded by the school board to the Canadian Red Cross on behalf of all students and staff. We will be accepting donations until March 25.

If you require a tax receipt please donate directly to the Canadian Red Cross at:

https://www.redcross.ca/

All donations are greatly appreciated.

March School Update to Parents from the Director of Education

March 10th, 2022

Dear Waterloo Catholic Community –

We sincerely hope that this letter finds you well.  It has been exactly 2 years since we sat on the cusp of the 2020 March Break and we began to receive the news that the arrival of COVID-19 was going to be changing our lives rather significantly.  We did not know then what we know now – just how dramatically our lives would change and what a seemingly long journey it would be.  During that time our staff have been nothing short of heroic in their efforts to respond to the ever-evolving demands of the pandemic.  Similarly – our students and families have also been truly remarkable in their partnership and willingness to journey with us, through each new challenge that came our way.  In an announcement yesterday, the provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health, (along with many other leaders in various parts of the country and world), has signalled that it is time to start transitioning to a more normalized life.

While this is welcome news, and an update we have desired for some time, it is going to evoke mixed reactions amongst our staff and families.  Above all else, we would encourage cultivating an environment of respect and tolerance for views that may differ from our own.  Throughout the pandemic we have relied on the Guiding Principle of following the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province, and that of Waterloo Region Public Health.

This letter brings some critical updates about the return to school on Monday March 21st:

Screening:

It is still extremely important that anyone feeling ill should not attend school. All children, students, staff, and visitors must be screened for symptoms of illness every day before attending school or childcare.  Any student or staff member with any symptom should not report to school.  To help meet this requirement, you should use the provincial screening tool found here:  COVID-19 school and child care screening tool.  Using the screening tool will lead you to the right process for family/household contacts as well.  Please use the screener and review your full outcome carefully.  While screening is mandatory, confirmation of screening is no longer required.

Masks: 

In alignment with community masking requirements, masks will no longer be required by staff or students.  With that said, we would encourage a gradual release of their use.  We are still not quite through winter, and staff and students might do well to continue mask wearing until we get firmly into the spring months.  Staff who desire a mask will still be provided with them, per current practice, (and students have their own previously provided cloth masks).  Again – we will have to be mindful not to engage with or judge others if their views do not align with our own.  We do well to remind our children of the same.

Testing:

Rapid tests are to be used when an individual feels symptomatic, and schools will continue to provide them in those cases (replenish supply if they were used due to feeling symptomatic).

Cohorting and Distancing:

We will start to see a loosening of distanced seating and cohorting and classrooms will start to return to less restricted practices for teaching, collaborating and communicating.

Case and Contact Management:

We will be continuing to report upon and monitor school absenteeism rates and will work with Public Health if concerning thresholds are reached.  The Ministry of Health has revised the COVID-19 Integrated Testing & Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance: Omicron Surge, with updated guidance for close contacts in the community and in households.

Graduations:

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education has indicated that we can begin planning for the normal celebratory events connected with graduation.  We will now begin the process of planning and seeing what is possible.

Travel:

March Break does sometimes signal travel.  A reminder that under current federal travel requirements, upon return from international travel, individuals must, wear a mask at all times when in public spaces (including schools and child care), maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada, and monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Vaccination:

Vaccination for children 5-11 is currently underway.  Booster shots will be available over the March Break for our youth who are 12 to 17 years of age.  Booster shots for anyone over 18 years of age continues.  Waterloo Region Public Health will help us continue to support school based clinics for vaccination.

Extra-Curriculars:

As previously reported, all athletics and extra-curriculars can now begin to fully resume.  We know these activities can do much for a child’s mental health and well being so we are happy to see their return and grateful to our many staff who step forward to coach and moderate these activities.

We are very grateful for your support and partnership as we do our best to keep our students learning, healthy and engaged.  The March Break signals that the season of spring will soon be upon us.  As we journey toward Lent, let us remember that we are an Easter people and we are now journeying toward the season of rebirth and new life.

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

Covid-19 Vaccine clinic on Wednesday March 9, 2022 from 3:00 PM-7:00 PM @ St. Aloysius School

Parent Letter – Vaccination clinic

English Fact Sheet

https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Toronto-childrens-resource/ENGLISH—COVID-19-Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-for-Children-Age-5-to-11.ACCESS.pdf

 

Arabic Fact Sheet

https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Toronto-childrens-resource/ARABIC—COVID-19-Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-for-Children-Age-5-to-11.pdf

 

Amharic:

https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Toronto-childrens-resource/AMHARIC—COVID-19-Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-for-Children-Age-5-to-11.pdf

 

Bilen: https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Toronto-childrens-resource/BILEN—COVID-19-Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-for-Children-Age-5-to-11.pdf

 

Chinese (Simplified): https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Toronto-childrens-resource/CHINESE-SIMPLIFIED—COVID-19-Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-for-Children-Age-5-to-11.pdf

Chinese (Traditional): https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Toronto-childrens-resource/CHINESE—COVID-19-Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-for-Children-Age-5-to-11.pdf

 

Farsi: https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Toronto-childrens-resource/FARSI—COVID-19-Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-for-Children-Age-5-to-11.pdf

 

Hindi: https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Toronto-childrens-resource/HINDI—COVID-19-Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-for-Children-Age-5-to-11.pdf

Malayalam :  https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/community-and-cultural-resources.aspx/#Malayalam

Spanish: https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Toronto-childrens-resource/SPANISH—COVID-19-Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-for-Children-Age-5-to-11.pdf

 

Tagalog: https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Toronto-childrens-resource/TAGALOG—COVID-19-Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-for-Children-Age-5-to-111.pdf

 

Tigrinya

https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Toronto-childrens-resource/TIGRINYA—COVID-19-Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-for-Children-Age-5-to-11.pdf

 

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