August 10, 2020
As we prepare for the reopening of schools on September 8, 2020 the Ministry of Education has indicated that all elementary school students will be able to return to school 5 days a week and receive conventional face-to-face instruction with enhanced health and safety protocols which include mandatory masks for all students in Grade 4-8. We will as well be strongly encouraging a wearing of masks by students in Kindergarten-Grade 3.
The Ministry has further indicated that all secondary students will return to school in an adaptive model with cohorts of 15 students attending on alternate days with all students from Grade 9-Grade 12 required to wear a mask.
In our letter of August 5, 2020, we indicated that a pre-registration process would be provided for parents/guardians to indicate whether their child(ren) will be attending school in September or opting to learn at home via online synchronous learning.
In order to assist with your decision be sure to consider the following:
i) Schools in the HWCDSB are taking all steps possible to create a safe learning environment for our students and staff based on Ministry of Education guidance and the advice of Public Health professionals;
ii) In the event you decide that your child(ren) will not return to in-class learning but will participate in online learning please know that your child(ren) will be committed to online learning and will only be able to rejoin conventional, in-class learning at 3 identified points in the year (Thanksgiving, after Christmas or after the March Break). The process to request a return to school will be provided in advance of these dates.
To further assist you in your decision we refer you to the guidance
provided by the Hospital for Sick Children regarding school reopening.
As well, a Q&A document (in pdf format below) has been prepared to answer some of your questions with regard to school re-opening.
We ask you to please fill out the HWCDSB 2020-2021 Return to School Survey
indicating whether your child(ren) will be attending school in September or opting to learn at home via online synchronous learning. It is essential that we hear from all parents/guardians.The survey must be completed by 11:59 pm on Monday, August 17th.
We pray that through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother, you and your families have an enjoyable remainder of the summer. We look forward eagerly to welcome our students back to school in September.
Patrick J. Daly
Chairperson of the Board
Director of Education