Re-engaging the school community through the reintroduction of extracurricular activities, school social events and home/school/parish initiatives.
Key Areas of Focus:
- Resume sports and extracurricular activities that can safely continue based on input from Halton Region Public Health.
- Introduce a gradual return to in-person Parish/Pastor visits and in-school/in-parish eucharistic celebrations.
- Build on/review new digital skills and processes for parishes to connect with the school community virtually.
- Invite parents and families to join in prayer and faith life activities.
- Structuring social opportunities for students and families.
Implement a gradual return to in-person Parish/Pastor visits and in-school/in-parish Eucharistic Celebrations.
Review processes for parishes to connect with the school community virtually.
One of our desired outcomes is to always ensure that our learners experience a Catholic learning environment rooted in Gospel Values and the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations. We continue to be creative in our changed environments to find ways of doing this, and our experience has shown us that in doing so we have been able to broaden our engagement.
It is important as we come together to acknowledge that the past year and a half has been difficult for many. As people of faith, we can enhance our relationship with God and find hope and inspiration in the love of God.
We continue to value the connections between our home and parishes and will use a variety of resources and tools to ensure that those connections remain strong. Our focus will continue to be on faith formation for our staff and students. We will continue to connect our Pastors to our schools in ways that respect health and safety protocols but still allow for presence. As well we will look to find new ways of focusing on service and social justice opportunities for our students.
- School and Parish teams work closely to establish plans for the year that enable the home school and parish relationship remains strong and our Pastors can be present for our school communities in virtual, hybrid, or in-person ways that respect health and safety protocols.
- Provide a variety of opportunities for students, staff, and parents to experience prayer and liturgies in a variety of formats that may include in-person experiences, hybrid models, and virtual models, allowing for family participation where appropriate.
- As staff and students come back together in person, there are opportunities to acknowledge all that has taken place and experience a healing process using prayer and liturgies.
- Work with staff and parishes to determine service activities that can be completed in a virtual community or hybrid model.
- Continue to participate in and provide Faith Formation opportunities.
Re-introduce in-person social opportunities for students, families, and staff.
Develop a plan to restart volunteer opportunities at the school.
As our students have been away from school for several months, it is important to find ways to re-engage our students, staff and communities into the life of the school.
We continue to put strategies in place to ensure our students feel that they belong. For those students and families new to a school, schools will use a variety of creative considerations to help ensure that students are provided with opportunities to assimilate into their new environment and feel welcome in their new school community.
Schools will find creative ways to maintain the daily rituals for students both physically present and online. Social opportunities for students and families to connect are very important and can be created in ways that allow for participation in virtual, hybrid, or in-person ways that respect health and safety protocols and the comfort of all.
- Where possible use a hybrid approach to activities and opportunities that allows for both in-person and virtual participation where possible.
- Focus on community building activities as a school and in classrooms.
- Develop authentic ways for parents to connect with the school community virtually.
- Consider ways to on-board new students and staff to the school community such as virtual tours.
- Create structured social opportunities in virtual or hybrid models for students and families such as kahoot games.
- Involve Catholic School Councils in planning ways to engage parents in virtual ways for community events, fundraisers, and volunteering.
- Ensure a plan is in place for recruiting and training volunteers around new protocols and for pre-approving and scheduling any volunteers.
Resume sports and extracurricular activities that can safely continue based on input from Halton Region Public Health.
Extracurricular activities and sports are important aspects in the life of the student.
Re-engaging our students safely in the life of the school is a high priority.
Staff will find creative ways to provide extracurricular activities where possible in ways that respect health and safety protocols and the comfort level of students.
- Create opportunities for virtual or hybrid model clubs and extracurricular programs with broad areas of interest to engage as many students as possible.
- Engage students in a variety of sports through intramurals and where appropriate inter-school competition.
- Create opportunities for students to try a variety of new sports through “give it a try days”
- Create school-based activity nights virtually such as Kahoot Competitions
- Follow inter-school athletic guidelines.
- Plan for any spectator protocols for in person events following health and safety.
- Create a resource for coaches to support their re-entry into inter-school athletics.
- Support an increased number of athletes participating in inter-school athletics by encouraging coaches to welcome new athletes.
- MOE Resources
- OPHEA Resources
- OPAASSE Resources
- Public Health Guidance