Cold and Flu

Dear Families,

The cold weather has arrived and we all are spending more time indoors.  

With close contact between us, the level of flu, COVID-19, RSV and a variety of other illnesses/diseases continue to circulate within our community. 

What can we do to keep ourselves and one another safe?

TBCDSB continues to be a mask friendly space! Schools continue to supply masks to all staff and students who want one! Hand sanitizer is available and our amazing custodians keep our schools squeaky clean! 

Thank you for continuing to consider others during cold and flu season! 

Family Literacy Day + Holocaust Remembrance Day

Each 27th of January, we come together to commemorate Family Literacy Day and Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Through our love of reading, we inspire those around us to learn more about the Holocaust while also raising awareness about the importance of reading and literacy. 

This year, we have shared our love of reading through a Board wide survey asking our staff for their favourite reads in four categories: Holocaust Literature, Children's Literature, Young Adult Literature, and favourite Adult Literature. 

We hope this list inspires you and your family to read something new! Click here to view the complete list!

Career Fair

We’re recruiting for various positions:

  • Occasional Teachers
  • Supply Custodians
  • Supply Student Support Persons
  • Supply Designated Early Childhood Educators
  • Supply Office Staff
  • Classroom Aides

Come meet us!

Date: February 1, 2023

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: 459 Victoria Ave West (Our Board Office)

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring a resume

Chair & Vice-Chair Re-elected

Trustee, Francis Veneruz has been re-elected as Chair of theThunder Bay Catholic District School Board and Trustee, Dina McFarlane was re-elected as Vice-Chair.

As a mother, grandmother and retired teacher, I am an advocate of children, their well-being and their educational environments. Catholic Education is near and dear to my heart and I look forward to working alongside my fellow trustees while we continue to advocate for our children and their future. - D. McFarlane

I am truly honoured and privileged to be re-elected as Chair of the Board. Together with my fellow Trustees, we look forward to serving our community. The staff at TBCDSB continue to amaze me and I am incredibly proud of each individual who makes such a difference within our Board and community. - F. Veneruz

The election took place last night during the inaugural Board meeting.

Respiratory Viruses and Illness in our Communities.

Dear Families,

Please see the attached letter from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. 

As we enter into the wintering months and flu season, please keep the following in mind:

  • Use the school screening tool before attending class.
  • Clean your hands using soap and water or hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your face. 
  • Avoid shaking hands and use alternative greetings.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve; get rid of used tissues immediately in the garbage and clean your hands. 
  • Keep a distance of 2 metres from those showing symptoms (e.g. cough).
  • If you are feeling ill, stay home. 


Hold and Secure | St. Ann

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As a precaution from a situation in the school yard,  St. Ann School was placed in a brief Hold and Secure, which has now been lifted. 

Thunder Bay Police Services have determined the area is safe. A regular dismissal will commence this afternoon. 

We appreciate your understanding during these circumstances, as our students and staff are always our priority.

Thank you,

TBCDSB is not affected by CUPE

With current negotiations ongoing with many educational union groups across the Province, it is important to understand unions within Thunder Bay Catholic.  

Our Unions are comprised of:

OSSTF - Students Support Professionals and Early Childhood Educators 
OECTA - Teachers (Elementary and Secondary)
COPE - Secretaries 
UNIFOR - Custodians 

As we enter into negotiations, it is important to provide information concerning our unions, and their members. With CUPE positioning to strike Friday, this labour action will not affect our Board as we do not have CUPE employees.  

School will resume as normal on Friday, November 4th. 

We will continue to keep you informed on any impacting labour action within our Board. 

TBCDSB Ventilation

School Boards are optimizing air quality within schools with improved ventilation and filtration. Measures are dependent on the type of ventilation and feasibility within the context of school facilities and related building systems.

To learn more, click here!


Welcome Back! 2022

We are so excited to welcome you back!  

Last week we met with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit to discuss COVID-19 protocols for the upcoming school year. Their overwhelming message is, if you are not feeling well, please stay home. The province is taking a ”whole illness” approach to respiratory and gastrointestinal  illnesses. Responsibility is on the individual to complete the school screen and follow the guidelines. 

On the advice of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, for the 2022-23 school year, most health and safety requirements remain unchanged from the previous direction provided to school board partners at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
School Screening
We strongly recommend that staff, students and visitors continue to self-screen every day before attending school using the COVID-19 school and child care screening tool.  Please stay home if you are feeling ill to prevent the spread of illness.

Masking and PPE
Masks will not be required for students, staff and visitors in schools, school board offices, or on student transportation. We will actively promote respectful, welcoming and inclusive environments for individuals who choose to wear, or not to wear a mask within our school community.
We will continue to provide free high-quality masks for students and staff and eye protection for staff, if interested.
Rapid Antigen Tests

Upon request, staff and students will continue to have access to rapid antigen tests from their school office.  
Hand Hygiene
Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette will continue to be promoted and integrated throughout the school day. Hand sanitizer will continue to be provided in our schools.  
Mental Health
Please know that our Lifeworks Employee Family Assistance Program is available to you and your family.  
Students will continue to have access to evidence-based and timely school-based mental health services and support. The government has made unprecedented investments to support student mental health, including over $90 million projected in 2022-23, an increase of $10 million from the previous year.
Enhanced Cleaning
Enhanced cleaning of cleaning/disinfecting high-touch surfaces at least once daily will continue in our schools and on buses.  
The Ministry provided additional HEPA Units to many rooms within our Board.  We have also added improved filters and ventilation throughout our automated ventilation system.  

Ministry Frequently Asked Questions
Please note Public Health Ontario has updated its Frequently Asked Questions document on Use of Portable Air Cleaners and Transmission of COVID-19. 


Wishing everyone an exciting year back! 

Farewell and Hello to TBCDSB’s Superintendent of Business and Corporate Services!

June 28, 2022, Thunder Bay – Sheila Chiodo, Superintendent of Business and Corporate Services will be retiring this week, with over thirty years of service to the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board! Sheila will be succeeded by Brent Mandryk, the current Manager of Business Services.

Sheila began her career with the Board in 1992. As a Certified Management Accountant and a Chartered Professional Accountant, she worked within the purchasing/finance department where she successfully became the Manager of Financial Services. After the retirement of the late Tom Mustapic, Sheila became the Superintendent of Business and Corporate Services and has served in this role for the last eight years. Sheila has been a vital part of the Thunder Bay Catholic team in executing school improvement plans, negotiations, Board ventures and capital projects. We will miss Sheila’s charisma, her love for numbers, her knack for enterprise and her passion for children and their education.

I am thrilled to begin this next chapter! However, I have said it before, the people you work with become your family, and I have been so fortunate. I will miss my work family, incredibly. I am happy knowing the Board is in capable hands and will continue to grow and thrive.
- Sheila Chiodo

Her successor, Brent Mandryk, previously worked at Bombardier Transportation in the role of Director of Supply Management and moved on to the Thunder Bay Catholic School Board in 2016. Here he began his career as Purchasing Officer and currently serves as the Manager of Business Services. Brent holds a BA, a Bachelor of Education and has his Masters in Business Administration. Brent is a life-long learner with a passion for education and the betterment of pedagogy within our city.

I am humbled to be part of a strong legacy that Tom Mustapic and Sheila Chiodo have created here at the Board. I cannot thank the Trustees enough for putting their trust in me and I will continue to do my best in this new role. I am thankful for being part of an amazing team at Thunder Bay Catholic and look forward to continuing to assist the betterment of our educational environments for students, staff and families.
- Brent Mandryk

As a Board, we wish Sheila and Brent the very best on their new and exciting adventures outside and inside the Catholic Education Centre!

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