A whole new school year is just around the corner!

Niagara Catholic offers new and returning families information to make sure you have a happy and successful start to the school year.

If you are new to Niagara Catholic, or have recently moved:

Our elementary and secondary school offices reopen at 8:30 a.m. on August 29. If you have already started the registration process online, please call your child’s school to set up a time to complete their registration. Be sure to have your child’s birth certificate and baptism record (for elementary students) as well as proof of address (a drivers’ license or utility bill) on hand to complete the registration. Families who have recently moved are reminded to check your tax assessment to ensure you are supporting Niagara Catholic. The Application for Direction of School Support form is available here.

If you haven’t started the online registration process, your child’s journey with Niagara Catholic is just a click away. Learn more about Niagara Catholic here, find out your child’s home school here, or jump straight to the online registration page here.

If your child will require transportation, please visit the Niagara Student Transportation Services website for more information. The back-to-school page is now live and includes information for parents to begin the process of registering students for transportation.

If you are a foreign student or worker in new to Canada and wish to register your child for school, please contact our International Students staff at 905.682.3360. They will be happy to walk you through the process of registering your child at Niagara Catholic.

Your baby is starting school!

Time flies and the first day of school is a very special day for parents and our youngest students. Learn more about kindergarten at Niagara Catholic and find some quick answers to questions about starting school here.

Elementary dress code:

Students in Niagara Catholic elementary schools wear a navy blue and white dress code – navy on the bottom, and navy or white on the top. You may buy items wherever is convenient for you or suits your budget. A sample of acceptable clothing items is available here.

Secondary uniforms:

Students in our eight Catholic high schools wear a uniform that must be purchased through your school’s uniform suppliers either through the school on a uniform day, or directly through the supplier. Please check your child’s school website for uniform information. Schools also have a supply of gently used uniform items that can be purchased if necessary.

Returning Students:

Our school year calendar helps families plan for PA days, holidays, and secondary examinations and culminating activities, as well as meeting dates. Please note that the October 24 PA day was adopted to allow our schools to be used as polling stations in the municipal election.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

The Ministry of Education has the same guidance in place for safe school operations for the 2022-2023 school year as was in place beginning in March of this year for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year.

Hand Hygiene/Cough and Sneezing Etiquette

Hand washing and cough/sneeze etiquette signs will continue to be posted in all schools and staff will continue to encourage regular hand washing and/or the use of hand sanitizer throughout the day.

Masks

Masks will remain optional for all students, staff, and visitors at all Niagara Catholic schools and sites, as well as on school buses. The Ministry of Education will continue to supply school boards with masks for those who wish to use them. Niagara Catholic’s Mission, Vision, and Values support respectful and inclusive learning and working environments, and all individuals will be treated with dignity regardless of their masking choice.

Screening

Niagara Catholic continues to support the practice of daily self-screening for all students, staff, and visitors, which can be done through the provincial government’s COVID-19 school and child care screening tool. All students and staff are encouraged to stay home if they feel unwell and to test themselves if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or know they have been exposed to the virus.

Cleaning

Niagara Catholic will continue with vigorous cleaning protocols to ensure our schools and sites are safe, healthy environments for all.

School Ventilation and HEPA Filters

Niagara Catholic has ensured that all classrooms and shared spaces in schools have the ventilation and HEPA filters required by the Ministry of Education. Our ventilation report is a public document for all stakeholders to view.

Absence Reporting and Monitoring

Families are required to report their child’s absence prior to the start of the school day using the Safe Arrival app. Schools will report any schools with absences over 30 percent of the staff and student population to Niagara Region Public Health.

Public Health Programs

Niagara Region Public Health has many programs available to our schools, including dental screening and a live-chat with public health nurses for secondary students.

Scroll to top