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System-Wide Mass Celebrates the Beginning of the School Year and Welcomes New Employees 

A system-wide Mass was celebrated on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Wallaceburg. The Mass is an annual back-to-school tradition at St. Clair Catholic, as the school communities gather in thanksgiving to God for... read more
Sep 20, 2019

St. Clair Catholic Congratulates LiUNA on New State-of-the-art Training Facility in Sarnia 

The Labourers' International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 1089 opened its brand new state-of-the-art training facility in Sarnia yesterday. Dignitaries from across the province joined union members for a grand opening and ribbon cutting... read more
Sep 18, 2019

Lancer Link and Irish Link Programs Welcome Grade 9 Students to UCC and St. Patrick's Catholic High School 

Grade 9 students at Ursuline College, Chatham and St. Patrick's Catholic High School, Sarnia were welcomed to their new high schools by the Link teams today. The Link programs are coordinated by trained staff at the schools, working with... read more
Aug 29, 2019

Lambton County Employees and Marshall Gowland Manor Residents Donate Backpacks to St. Clair Catholic Students 

Students in the St. Clair Catholic District School Board have once again been blessed by a generous donation of backpacks and school supplies from employees of the County of Lambton and residents of Marshall Gowland Manor. The residents give... read more
Aug 29, 2019

Successful Head Start Program at St. Patrick's Catholic High School, Sarnia and Ursuline College, Chatham 

The 2019 Head Start program is being held this week at St. Patrick's Catholic High School in Sarnia and Ursuline College in Chatham. Head Start is a free summer program offered to all students entering Grade 9 Applied Math. It is being held on... read more
Aug 27, 2019

Back to School Jitters - Helping Children Manage Their Anxiety 

Children can sometimes feel anxious or excited when they are about to start something new or different. Getting ready to go either back to school, or starting school for the very first time, can be stressful. Click here for resources you can use ... read more
Aug 22, 2019

CLASS and Local School Bus Operators Host Annual 'First Time Rider' Orientation Day - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

Annual safety program for students from the St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent District School Boards to be held at two locations on Saturday, August 17, 2019. For more information, click here. read more
Aug 09, 2019

Welcome Back! Classes Resume Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

Classes at all St. Clair Catholic Elementary and Secondary schools resume on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. For more information, please click on the links below. Chatham-Kent Family of Schools Sarnia-Lambton Family of Schools read more
Aug 07, 2019

STEAM is the Focus of St. Clair Catholic's 6th Annual Summer Learning Camps 

STEAM is the focus for students attending St. Clair Catholic's Summer Learning Camps for primary students this year. "STEAM is an integrated approach to learning that teaches students to innovate and think critically in problem solving, through... read more
Jul 13, 2019

Holy Rosary Catholic School in Wyoming Attains EcoSchools Gold Status Second Year in a Row 

Students and staff at Holy Rosary Catholic School in Wyoming have attained 'gold' status from EcoSchools Canada for the second year in a row. "We were thrilled to hear that the environmental projects we worked on throughout the school year have... read more
Jun 27, 2019
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Fair Notice Communication Regarding Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol 

To Parents, Guardians and Caregivers of Students in the St. Clair Catholic District School Board:

The St. Clair Catholic District School Board is committed to providing safe learning environments for all students, staff, school visitors and community members. When a student behaves inappropriately, principals will most often employ progressive discipline strategies to help a student take responsibility for their actions, learn from their mistakes and make better choices in the future.

In more extreme cases however, when a student’s behaviour poses a potential threat to their own or others’ well-being, the Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol (VTRA) supports principals in taking further steps to safeguard everyone.

The VTRA protocol outlines how a school responds immediately to threatening incidents including but not limited to:  possession of a weapon or replica weapon, bomb threat or plan, verbal or written (including electronic) threats to harm oneself or others, other threats of violence, and fire setting.

The initial response team is likely to include the Principal / Vice Principal, police and board staff.  Should conditions warrant, a Community Threat Assessment Team will be convened. This community team includes representatives of community agencies who work with schools and boards to keep our students and staff safe, such as local police and children’s mental health organizations.

Parents and guardians will be notified if their child will be discussed through the Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol.  If parents/guardians cannot be reached, or if they choose not to provide consent, but a concern for safety still exists due to threatening behaviour, the threat assessment may still proceed. Personal information shared throughout this process will respect and balance each individual’s right to privacy with the need to ensure the safety of all.

As always, student safety is our first priority. This notification is being provided via avenues such as school newsletters and school and board web sites as fair notice to parents and guardians of the existence of the VTRA Protocol and its application if situations warrant. If you have any questions regarding the St. Clair Catholic District School Board Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol, please contact your school principal as the first step.

Sep 04, 2019
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