Monthly Archives: September 2020

IMPORTANT!!!! Parent Sign up for on line communication and payment

Dear Parents and Guardians:

St. Bernadette school is going 100% electronic and paperless to help stop the spread of Covid-19 and be environmentally friendly.  We are no longer sending home paper copies of school forms or accepting cash payments.  Please sign up for the apps and programs to receive school communications and make school payments.

Please use the link below for sign up instructions


Terry Fox Walk – Tues Sept. 29th

St. Bernadette School will be honouring the work started by Terry Fox to develop treatments and find a cure for cancer.  On Tuesday Sept. 29th, staff and students will walk around the school property for the cause.

The scheduled rain date is Tuesday Oct. 6th.



We are Paperless

It is the board policy that schools are 100% paperless.  This is our way to be environmentally responsible and to minimize the spread of COVID-19.  There are four ways to be connected and involved with the school and your child’s education.

  1. Cash online –

2. Newswire

3. Twitter –   @StBernBears

4. Your children’s teacher’s google classroom.


Please sign up for each.


Covid-19 Parent and Caregiver Information – Attending School Protocol

We have received an updated covid protocol from the Public Health and Emergency Service regarding questions and steps that must be taken should your child display symptoms.

If your child has any symptoms they must stay home and get a covid test or see a health care provider for clinical assessment before returning to school.  Their siblings must also stay home and self isolate until the test results are known.

If the test is negative the child and any siblings may return to school they have been symptom free for 24 hours.


Click on the link below to read the full document.




Important Covid Protocol Reminder

If one child in a family or household has symptoms of illness and are kept home, parents must  keep all the siblings at home as well.  If they come to school they will be sent home.  They must remain at home until symptoms have stopped for 24 hours.

If a student comes to school with symptoms of illness they and all their siblings house be sent home and remain home until the ill sibling is symptom free for 24 hours.


These are important measures to keep us all safe.


Vic Longo



The Ontario Public Health Unit has established protocols for schools to respond to student illness.  Please review the following guidelines.

  • Parents should not send sick children to school.
  • If a student arrives at school with symptoms of illness (ie, runny nose, cough, fever) they will be sent home immediately and remain at home until they are symptom free for 24 hours.
  •  If your child is not feeling well or has been in contact with someone with or suspected of having coronavirus, parents should use the Ontario Health COVID-19 SELF ASSESSMENT TOOL.
  • If a child is exhibiting Covid symptoms parents should have them tested.  Siblings will also stay home until results are known.   If the test results are negative the student will remain at home until they are symptom free for  24 hours.  If they test positive a health official will contact you to provide directions on returning to school.
  • If a child is exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 they should isolate for 14 days.

Together we will keep all staff and students healthy.

Vic Longo – principal


Important Dates for switching between in-school learning or virtual learning

Below are the dates that students can make the change between learning in school or learning virtually.


Date the change will take effect                                                   Start Date to request a change                                                 Deadline for requesting change

Oct. 13th, 2020                                                                                            Sept. 24th 9 a.m.                                                                                  Sept. 28th 2020 6 p.m.

November 23, 2020                                                                                    Nov. 4th 9 a.m.                                                                                    Nov. 6th 2020 6 p.m.

Feb 16th 2021                                                                                               January 27th 9 a.m.                                                                             January 29th 2021 6 p.m.


Principal Greeting

Hello St. Bernadette school community,

I apologize for this long overdue greeting and introduction.  As many of you may know Mr. Simoes is now the principal of St. Timothy school and I am the new principal of St. Bernadette Catholic School.

I was previously at Holy Family School as the principal and before that I was the Vice Principal of St. Anne School in Cambridge. I am very excited to be assigned to this school. I requested a school that was rich with culture, diversity and community spirit. I have found all that in St. Bernadette school.

I spent the month of August preparing for the 2020-2021 school year, getting to know the staff and learning about the school and its’ students. Before coming to St Bernadette, I was told how dedicated the staff are.  I quickly experienced this firsthand. Many of them gave up their last few weeks of summer vacation to prepare lessons, organize classrooms and meet as a staff to organize our Covid safety protocols and practices. I am very thankful for their professionalism and dedication to educating the students in mind, body and soul.

I would like to assure you that the school board and school are following the strict safety protocols and guidelines set out by the Department of Health. It is mandatory that staff and students wear masks, maintain physical distancing and sanitize hands regularly.  We are also restricting access the school property and school building of visitors and parents to reduce the risk for the spread of covid-19. We ask that you help us keep your children safe by staying on the public sidewalk when dropping off and picking up your children.

We are going completely cashless starting this year. If you have not signed up through the school website for Cash online, please do so. We will not be accepting cash payments or cheques.   Registration and school forms will also be limited to mostly online as well. Again, this is to help prevent the spread of infection.

I look forward to meeting you and leading St. Bernadette Catholic School.



Vic Longo


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