Principal’s Blog

Family Communication | Jan 7

January 7, 2022

Dear STMC Parents,

This is the third in our series of three IMPORTANT School Reopening Emails – Please Read

Our staff has been working hard behind the scenes this entire week to ensure that we are prepared for the return to in-person learning on Monday morning (January 10, 2022).  This plan, however, is predicated in the need to ensure that EVERYONE entering our school is in total and full compliance of the measures communicated in the Updated STMC COVID-19 School Safety – Communicable Disease Plan.  This updated plan was shared with you in our communication with you on Wednesday.  It has now been posted on the main page of our school website [link]. Families are reminded to review these measures with their daughter/son in advance of our school reopening on Monday.

Key Reminders

  • Full compliance with masking and hand hygiene measures:
    • Enter the school only through the doors at the Main Entrance on 12th
    • Students will be greeted by members of the Admin Team prior to entry each morning.
    • Always be conscious of your levels of personal responsibility – Control the controllables!
  • Students/Visitors must enter the building already wearing a mask.
  • Come prepared.  You remembered phone… Remember your face mask!
  • Masks are to be worn properly at ALL times.  They are neither ear-muffs nor chin-hammocks.  Ensure that both nose and mouth fully covered.
  • None of the above are things you should ever have to be reminded about.


Adjusted Daily Schedules for Gr. 8/9s & Gr. 10-12s

We are enacting the following schedule for the next month.  We will review and will re-adjust if it is deemed necessary at any time between now and then.

Junior Schedule 8/9

7-8:15 – X block
8:20 – Warning bell
8:25 – 9:45 – 1st block
9:50 – 11:05  – 2nd block
11:05 – 11:45 – Lunch
11:50 – 1:05 – 3rd block
1:10 – 2:25 – 4th block
2:30 – 3:45pm Y-block

Senior Schedule 10/11/12

7-8:15 – X block
8:20 – warning bell
8:25 – 9:45 – 1st block
9:50 – 11:05  – 2nd block
11:10 – 12:30 – 3rd block
**Staff will incorporate a stretch break for all Gr. 10-12s into their 3rd block classes**
12:30 – 1:05 – Lunch
1:10 – 2:25 – 4th block
2:30 – 3:45pm Y-block

 Only those students who have scheduled classes/tutorial, practices/games, or are actively involved in scheduled servant leadership activities (e.g. BERT or Green Team) will be invited to remain at the school after 2:25pm each day.  Classrooms will be closed to allow for enhanced cleaning.  Only the Library-Learning Commons and the Cafeteria-Student Commons will remain open for limited student use.  The gymnasium will be limited to scheduled team use only and will be closed to ALL spectators.

 Completion of the Daily Health Check

As we prepare to return to school on Monday, our school safety plan mandates that we must diligently enforce our daily health check protocols. Emails containing your personal health check link will be sent daily at 4:00 AM, and it is essential that your health check be submitted prior to 8:00 AM on every school day.

Our office staff will be validating health checks for every student each morning, and will need to contact families immediately if a negative check has not been received for a student in attendance. If we are unable to confirm student health status with a family, school administrators will have to remove affected students from class until the issue has been resolved.

If you are unable to complete your daily health check online for any reason, please call the school at 604-521-1801 x1196 before 8:00 AM in the morning and leave a message as to the student’s health status.

STMC Protocols for Families

Please review the attached STMC Protocols for Families with respect to the need to Self-Isolate or Self-Monitor.  The procedures outlined are aligned with the measures directed to us by the BC Center of Disease Controls.

It is absolutely imperative that…

If someone displays symptoms of COVID-19 or is concerned in any way they need to stay home.  We also encourage that they call 8-1-1 or use the online self-assessment tool, If a student or a school staff member tests positive for COVID-19, we ask they isolate at home AND that they inform the school immediately. The current Omicron variant has overwhelmed each of the respective Provincial Public Health Authority’s ability to adequately conduct timely contact tracing. Public Health staff are doing their absolute utmost to manage any clusters or outbreaks. Sadly, if you do not inform us… we may not be notified of ANY confirmed positive cases until long after an individual is cleared to return to the school.

Declaring a “Functional Closure” & Shifting to On-Line Learning

We have been working on a variety of scenarios in the event that in-person learning is halted for any reason.  The only time we will need to shift to an on-line learning platform is IF:

  • The MoE directs all school to suspend in-person learning for a period of time (as they have done in other provinces)


  • Our staffing levels do not permit us to provide adequate services based on reported staff illnesses.

We will send a more detailed communication to families early next week outlining the rationale and need to potentially – on a temporary basis – shift from in-person to on-line learning.  We hope and pray that we do not need to activate plans as a result either of these two particular scenarios.  However, with that said… we will – as we have this entire pandemic – be ready to shift and alter our plans should we need to do so.

Finally, as we have asked in each of our correspondences with you since the start of the pandemic we ask that you pray for the continued good health of our two resident Christian Brothers – Bro. Bassett, Bro. Cass – as well as everyone associated with our St. Thomas More family!

Pax et Bonum!


Yours in Christ,
Dianne Doyle – President, STMC
Steve Garland – Principal, STMC

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