October is the designated Hispanic Heritage Month in Ontario.
The Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in the province, with Ontario being home to more than 400,000 first-second and third-generation Canadians of Hispanic origin. At the Halton Catholic District School Board, our largest newcomer population is Hispanic!
Each year, during the month of October, peoples of Hispanic origin come together and pay tribute to their shared culture. Celebrations are held around the world, such as Hispanic Day, the Day of the Cultures, and the Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity.
This month, HCDSB recognizes the dynamic community that has made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of the Province of Ontario. Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the outstanding achievements and contributions of Hispanic people in our province, and around the world.
See how we are virtually celebrating our Hispanic community by visiting the Board website.
In 2007, the Parliament of Canada proclaimed October as Canadian Islamic History Month in recognition of the significant contributions the Muslim community has made to Canadian society.
Muslim-Canadians contribute to the prosperity and heritage of our country through their outstanding achievements in many fields, including literature, mathematics, science, sports and the arts.
Islamic History Month gives Canadians the opportunity to reflect on and learn more about the history of Islam in Canada and the cultural diversity of Canada’s Muslim community.
Throughout October, we invite you to learn more about the fascinating heritage of Canada’s Muslim citizens. Together, let’s celebrate the people that make our communities so unique! Happy Canadian Islamic History Month!
For a list of Islamic History Month activities to do at-home, please visit our Board website.
Gligoric, JulianaHCDSB Celebrates Islamic History Month
On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, the Halton Catholic District School Board will be marking Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussions.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head, face, neck, or body that can cause a sudden jarring of the head. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious.
Research indicates that a concussion can affect a student’s school performance in both cognitive activities (school work) and physical activities (physical education program/interschool activities). Research also indicates that engaging in cognitive and/or physical activities, while a child has a suspected and/or diagnosed concussion, can worsen concussion symptoms and delay the student’s recovery.
What is Rowan’s Law Day?
In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan Stringer died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries.
The health and safety of our students is our priority, and on September 30th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.
For more information on our concussion protocol, visit our Board’s website.
Sept. 11, 2020 – We were just informed that D2L Brightspace, the platform that hosts the virtual learning environment for school boards across the province, is currently performing emergency maintenance on their site. As a result, the site may take longer to load, or may be off-line for some users.
We apologize for this inconvenience. D2L is working with the highest urgency to resolve the issues as quickly as possible, and hope to have the site back up to optimal functioning soon.
Gligoric, JulianaD2L Virtual Learning Platform Currently Down – Sept. 11, 2020
The first day of instruction for students was originally planned for Tuesday, September 8, 2020. We are now delaying the start of school for secondary students by one day, with the first day of instruction now taking place on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
Why Are We Delaying the Start of School for Secondary Students?
Delaying the first day of school by one day will allow staff to rehearse the new health and safety protocols, and adapt their practices to ensure an organized transition for students. It will also facilitate the set-up of the learning management systems and resources for remote learning.
Secondary schools will start instruction on Wednesday, September 9th in their Week 1 schedule, with all grades (9-12) beginning in Period 1, with Cohort A at school.
View the Sample September Schedule for ALL Secondary Students HERE.
Students in the self-contained Life Skills classes in our secondary schools will begin in-class instruction at school on Tuesday, September 8 and attend school daily thereafter.
The Return to School Plan is now available for review on HCDSB’s Return to School website: http://bit.ly/HCDSB-ReturntoSchool. Please note that information and updates will continue to be added to this website as they become available.
You may also find it helpful to review the FAQs on our website for more information about the return to school.
You are asked to submit a separate survey response for each child.
You will need to provide your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) in order to submit a response to the survey. The OEN number can be found on a recent report card.
There are two (2) separate surveys – one for elementary students; and one for secondary students. If you also have one or more children enrolled in an HCDSB elementary school, you will have received a separate email with the link to the Intent to Return to School ELEMENTARY Survey.
We encourage you to review the Return to School Plan BEFORE you complete the survey so that you have a good understanding of the options available for your son or daughter.
Parents and guardians will make decisions regarding in-person attendance for their children and will have the option of remote learning if they do not wish to send their child(ren) back to school in September. In August, we will be sending out an Intent to Return to School survey to all parents and guardians.
Our Goals As We Prepare to Transition Back to School
Ensuring protocols are in place so that students and staff are healthy and safe.
Providing an enhanced online/remote learning experience for students who continue to learn from home.
Assessing student learning gaps and developing plans to provide appropriate intervention, where needed.
Maintaining a focus on mental health supports for students and staff returning to school and those who will continue to learn and work from home.
In August, families and staff will be receiving additional details about the return to school plan.
In preparation for the return to school, we are taking into consideration what the current COVID-19 situation may look like in September by planning for all potential scenarios.
As we await further direction from the Ministry of Education, we are seeking parent feedback about some of the options we are considering.
Let Us Know What You Think
An invitation to submit feedback has been sent to parents and guardians through email. Please check your email for the link to the online feedback form(s).
NOTE: if you did not receive the email from the Halton Catholic District School Board, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The online forms will remain open until Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
The feedback gathered will be shared with our Return to School Planning Committees and will be used to finalize our return to school plans once we receive further direction from the Ministry of Education and Public Health officials in August.
Your perspective is critical to our planning. Thank you for your time.
Gligoric, JulianaReturn to School Options ~ We Want Your Feedback
Food4Kids Halton is a not-for-profit organization that provides healthy food packages for at-risk children who have limited access to food.
From June 22 to July 9th, Food4Kids Halton will be available to collect empty bottles from families in our community. If you have empty bottles (wine, beer, coolers, liquor bottles or cans) Food4Kids Halton will take them!
In September, 2016, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) launched a new multi-year plan. Each year, the Director of Education reports back to the Board of Trustees on the specific steps undertaken across our school system that align with the goals established in our strategic plan.