D2L Virtual Learning Platform Currently Down – Sept. 11, 2020

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.

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Start of School for Secondary Students

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.

Special Education 

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.

Adapted Instruction in Our Secondary Schools

For more information about the Secondary Schools Adapted Delivery Model, visit our Return to School website.

Updates and Additional Information 

We will continue to share information and updates with parents directly via email, as well as post updates on our Return to School Plan website and through our social media channels: 

We will also keep updating the FAQs on our website for more information about the return to school.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support. 

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Return to School Plan & Survey Now OPEN

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.

‘Intent to Return to School’ SECONDARY Survey

To help us plan for September, we are asking families to decide whether their children will attend in-class instruction at school or participate via remote learning

Important notes before you begin the survey: 

  • 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. 

Respond to the Intent to Return to School SECONDARY Surveyhttp://bit.ly/Intent-to-Return-to-School-SEC

This survey will remain open for responses until 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support.

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Ministry of Education Releases Guide for Safe Reopening of Schools in September

On Thursday, July 30, 2020, the Minister of Education announced that all HCDSB secondary schools will open in an adapted model with enhanced health and safety protocols in September, 2020.  

This means students will return to school in class cohorts of approximately 15 students, on alternating schedules. 

Multiple strategies will be employed to ensure our schools are healthy and safe for students and staff, including:

  • Self screening 
  • Adapted school environments 
  • Hand hygiene 
  • Masking
    • Students in Grade 9 to 12 will be required to wear non-medical or cloth masks while in school. 
    • Medical masks will be provided for teachers and all other school staff. 
    • Reasonable exceptions to the requirement will be put in place. 
  • Cohorting 
  • Distancing 
  • Limiting visitors in schools

More information is available in the Ministry of Education’s Guide to reopening Ontario’s schools.

Option of Remote Learning

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.

More Information

In August, families and staff will be receiving additional details about the return to school plan.

For answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) and updates, please visit HCDSB’s Return to School website.

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Return to School Options ~ We Want Your Feedback

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 comments@hcdsb.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.

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All Schools will Remain CLOSED Until the End of the School Year

On May 19th, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario for the remainder of the school year. This decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and staff, and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

In light of this directive, all HCDSB schools and workplaces will remain CLOSED until Friday, June 26, 2020.

At this time, we do not have any additional information, but we will continue to share any new updates with you as they become available. 

The health and well-being of our students and staff remains our highest priority. For the latest news and answers to frequently asked questions related to COVID-19, please visit the HCDSB Learn at Home website.

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All Schools Will Remain CLOSED Until At Least May 31, 2020

On April 26th, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario until at least May 31, 2020. This decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and staff, and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

In light of this directive, all HCDSB schools and workplaces will remain CLOSED until at least Sunday, May 31, 2020. At this time, schools will reopen to students on Monday, June 1, 2020.

The health and well-being of our students and staff remains our highest priority. We will continue to post updates on our website at: https://bit.ly/HCDSB-COVID-19-Updates and share new information with parents and staff directly via email as it becomes available.

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An Easter Message from the Chair of our Board

To Our HCDSB family, 

As Catholics, Holy Week is a marked time of renewal and hope, typically pronounced by the physical church as a visible social institution where our clergy are able to tend to us. During these unprecedented times of a pandemic which has led to schools and churches being closed, social distancing, isolation from family, friends and co-workers, our priests are having to find new ways to connect so that we may remain united. 

During this difficult, unsettling time we are privileged that the use of media tools can provide faith-filled content which brings consolation and hope into our homes. We are fortunate that livestreams of Masses are now available, with parishes offering various forms for confession.  

Likewise, Catholic schools have always served to evangelize our culture so that our faith in Christ is never quarantined and grows daily.  

HCDSB teachers, through Distance Learning, continue to build positive online faith-filled communities. As we move through these new, uncharted times, we are faced with challenges for creating community remotely on large scales. HCDSB continues its leadership with a commitment to our parents who’ve entrusted their children to our system, as our educators will continue to connect with kids, authentically and sincerely, to achieve excellence. 

The Board, through its dedicated administrative staff, principals, teachers and educational workers have been working diligently so that every online session explores how to continue community-building and relationship-building strategies, to support children, infusing elements of our faith. Patience will be necessary from everyone as all the elements for delivery to the system are rolled out, tested and tweaked. 

As we enter the “Triduum”, the last three days of prayer before we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, I cannot help but to make the connection that this is also the third day of Distance Learning! The timing of Easter when we most need to have faith and hope for a renewal in life is direly needed and welcomed. 

Thank you to one and all for your efforts and please be assured that the HCDSB family will continue with our prayers. Let us keep in mind all those suffering from sickness, who have lost loved ones and those who are stepping up daily to keep us moving in a positive direction. Gratitude is the underpinning of our faith and will help us navigate our daily lives, especially over the next few months. 

Finally, upon reflecting on the current situation, I am struck by the spirit that drives the human soul and the way in which we rise collectively to overcome adversity.  

May God Bless you and keep you safe as we navigate together through these unprecedented times. Let our Easter season be a reminder that there is much light and power in our presence if we follow in the footsteps of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Vincent Iantomasi
Chair of the Board

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Televised Sunday Mass with Bishop Crosby

Each week, the Diocese of Hamilton will be televising Sunday Mass live from the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King.

Tune in live each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. on Cable 14 or watch the rerun at 1:00 p.m. on CHCH TV.

For more information about televised Masses, and to see a list of online Mass services available, please visit the Diocese of Hamilton website.

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