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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Donate Your Empty Bottles to Food4Kids Halton!

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! 

For more information and to find out ways to donate, please visit: https://www.food4kidshalton.ca/

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We Want Feedback from Our Community – Multi-Year Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey

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. 

Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021, provides direction that guides the decisions and actions that shape us as a school board – who we are, what we do, and why we do it.

As the fourth year of our multi-year strategic plan comes to an end, we are gathering feedback from the HCDSB community to monitor our efforts this past year.

Submit Your Feedback!

An invitation to submit feedback has been sent through email to parents, staff and secondary students in the HCDSB community. Check your email for the link to the survey!

This survey will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020.

All of the feedback gathered will be shared with our Board of Trustees at a future meeting. Please note that all information collected will remain anonymous; no individual names will be shared.​

More Information

For more information about the Multi-Year Strategic Plan, please visit the HCDSB website.

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Silence is Not an Option

A statement from our Director of Education, Pat Daly, on our commitment to creating safe, welcoming and inclusive school communities across HCDSB.

Like many of you, I was both saddened and outraged to learn of the situation in Minnesota last week that resulted in the death of George Floyd. 

We have all read the reports on social media in disbelief as the disturbing details began to emerge, and with heavy hearts we have watched the outcry that has resulted, not only in Minnesota, but around the world. 

Words fail us, and yet, now more than ever, silence is not an option. 

Events such as this are a sobering reminder of the tremendous responsibility we hold to one another. It is not enough to speak up today about racism elsewhere. We need to recognize that racism exists everywhere, even in our own communities – and we need to work together to put an end to it. As members of a Catholic faith community, we believe that we are all wonderfully made in the image and likeness of a God who created us and loves us unconditionally – just as we are. We are called to know, love and celebrate one another. And we are called to honour the inherent dignity in each other by treating one another with compassion and respect. 

We are committed to the work of equity in our district. We undertake this commitment by building welcoming and inclusive schools and creating culturally responsive and relevant pedagogy in our classrooms. We have made some progress, but our work is not done. 

To our students, families and staff – you have our commitment that we will keep doing all we can to ensure our Catholic schools are places where you feel a positive sense of belonging and know that you are valued, respected, accepted, and safe. 

We hold close in your thoughts and prayers all in our community who are suffering during this time. Let us be sources of peace, comfort and healing to one another as we work together to create a world that is free from all forms of racism, discrimination and hatred. 

Pat Daly 
Director of Education

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Celebrating Filipino, Italian & Portuguese Heritage Month

June is Filipino, Italian and Portuguese Heritage Month in Canada.

This month is an opportunity to honour and celebrate the contributions of Filipino, Italian and Portuguese Canadians to the social, economic, political and cultural life of our country.

Canada is home to many people of Filipino, Italian and Portuguese descent. These communities add to the cultural fabric of Canada, and have played a role in building our prosperous, inclusive and diverse country. 

Join us as we virtually celebrate the unique history and vibrant cultures of Filipino, Italian and Portuguese Canadians across Canada, and across our HCDSB communities!

More Information

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National AccessAbility Week – May 31 – June 6, 2020

May 31 to June 6, 2020 is National AccessAbility Week in Canada.​

National AccessAbility Week​ is an opportunity to celebrate the valuable contributions of Canadians with disabilities. This week, we also recognize the efforts of individuals, communities and workplaces that work to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion.

At the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB), we are committed to ensuring our schools and workplaces are safe and welcoming for all, as we cultivate learning and work environments built upon respect, civility and responsibility.​

Join us this week as we celebrate individuals with disabilities, and those that work to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion!

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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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Staff Appreciation Day – May 8, 2020

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates Staff Appreciation Day on May 8, 2020!

Staff Appreciation Day is a day set aside to recognize the accomplishments and exceptional work of all 4800 employees in our schools and in our workplaces. Thank you to all HCDSB staff for going above and beyond to support our students and families, especially during these uncertain times.

A video has been prepared to acknowledge all HCDSB staff and their amazing contributions to our Board. Watch it here: Staff Appreciation Day Video 2020.

Staff, students, and members of the HCDSB community are invited to share their photos and thank their special “HCDSB heroes” on Twitter using the hashtag: #HCDSBheroes

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Online Registration is Now Available for HCDSB Secondary Schools!

We are excited to announce that online registration is now available for students new to HCDSB entering Grade 9 to Grade 12!

Please note: Online registration is for new students only. If your child is already registered at an HCDSB school, you do not need to register online.

How Do I Register?

Part 1 – Online Registration

Online registration is available as the first step of the registration process.

If you have never used the online registration portal, you will need to create an account first:

  1. Click on the Online Registration link. 
  2. Hit ‘Sign in‘ on the top right-hand corner.
  3. Press the green button to ‘Create an account’.

Once you have done this, you will be able to login with your personal username/email and password. Register Online Now!

Part 2 – In-Person Registration

The second part of the registration process involves visiting our school to show required documents (listed below).

NOTE: At this time, our school is closed as a result of the COVID-19 health situation. You will be contacted to complete Part 2 of the registration process after our school re-opens.

What Will I Need to Register?

After you are contacted by our school, you must bring the following documents with you to your appointment (required documents):

1. Birth Certificate or proof of age 

4. Proof of address ~ phone bills and drivers licenses are not accepted.

How do I know if this is my home school?

Use the School Finder Tool here to determine your home school. 

For more information, please visit the Board’s website.

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