March Break Postponed until April 12-16, 2021

On February 11, 2021, the Ontario government provided an update on the timing of March Break for the 2020-2021 school year. The announcement indicated that March Break will be postponed until April 12-16, 2021, as a health and safety precaution to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our school communities. 

This means that all HCDSB elementary and secondary instruction will continue as scheduled from March 15 through 19, 2021

Read the Ministry’s News Release here.

Before and during this week-long break, families are advised to stay home as much as possible, and to continue to follow the direction of our Public Health officials to keep our school communities healthy and safe. 

Thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding and support as we adjust to the current requirements.

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World Religion Day

“The different religions, based on their respect for each human person as a creature called to be a child of God, contribute significantly to building fraternity and defending justice in society.” (Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti)

The third Sunday in January is annually observed as World Religion Day. This year, it falls on Sunday, January 17, 2021.  

World Religion Day was established in 1950 to recognize the commonalities that different faiths share, and to promote inter-faith understanding and unity. On this day, members of all faiths are encouraged to share their religious beliefs and listen to others about theirs. 

At HCDSB, we believe in the dignity of all people, knowing that all children are created in the image of God. We recognize and value the importance of freedom of religion, and honour the many customs, traditions and beliefs of the individuals who make up our vibrant HCDSB community.

World Religion Day provides an opportunity to talk to your children about your faith. You may also consider attending a virtual inter-faith service, or researching with your children to learn more about different religions. 

The Interfaith Council of Halton is holding an online multifaith discussion at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 17, 2021. All are welcome to attend. Click here for more information and to register.

In the words of Pope Benedict at the 25th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace in 2011:

“We commit ourselves to educating people to mutually respect and honor each other in order to help bring about peaceful and fraternal co-existence between people of different ethnic groups, cultures and religions.”

On World Religion Day, and every day, let us celebrate our human fraternity and solidarity, as we pray for peace, unity and good will in our community.

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Accessing Your Online Learning Platform

Many students and families were having trouble accessing the log-in page to the online learning platforms on our new HCDSB website.

The access points for all three learning platforms – D2L (Brightspace),  Office 365 and Google Classroom, are available on the HCDSB Learn at Home website here: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/remote-learning-platforms/

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All Schools Moving to Teacher-Led Remote Learning on January 4, 2021

On Monday, December 21, 2020, the Premier of Ontario announced that at 12:01 a.m. on December 26, 2020, our province will enter a period of additional public health restrictions and protocols to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Read the News Release here.

One of these protocols is related to schools, and requires all publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools to move to teacher-led remote learning on January 4, 2021

Expectations for Secondary Schools

  • Secondary schools will be closed for in-person learning between January 4-22 2021.
  • Beginning Monday, January 4th and until Friday, January 22nd students will follow their regular schedule, but all cohorts (A, B, and C) will learn remotely from home. 
  • In-school instruction for secondary school students will resume on Monday, January 25, 2021.

Remote Learning

Remote learning will be provided for all students in accordance with PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, which provides specific expectations around synchronous learning. Learn more: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/return-to-school-2/remote-learning/

The following links and documents provide some guidelines for parents and students to help ensure safe and effective live online learning:

Access to Your Child’s Learning Platform:

Technology Support for Students 

Families requiring a device and/or internet connectivity to support student learning during the period of remote learning will be invited to make a request through an online survey that will be emailed to parents on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.  

Special Education

Additional information will be shared around plans in place to support remote learning for our most vulnerable students with special education needs. 

Supplemental Learning Resources

The Ministry of Education recently announced the launch of two new portals, TVO Learn and TFO IDÉLLO, apprendre à la maison, which provide supports for students learning remotely by accessing additional educational resources developed by Ontario certified teachers. 

In addition, secondary students can continue to access TVO’s Independent Learning Centre (ILC) Open House and Portes ouvertes pour les cours TVO ILC in French-language, which provide access to 144 Grade 9 to 12 courses. These ILC resources are designed to provide flexible learning opportunities to help students keep up with their learning or deepen their understanding of a specific subject.

Mental Health Supports

The holidays can be a very stressful time for many families, and living through a pandemic has created additional challenges for many in our community. School Mental Health Ontario has posted a number of excellent resources to help students, families and staff navigate through this difficult period: www.smho-smso.ca.

Catholic Faith Resources

As a Catholic faith community, we understand the importance of finding time for prayer and reflection – most especially during times of stress and uncertainty. We have posted a number of faith resources on our Return to School website at: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/faith-well-being/. We are also posting daily reflections on our Focus on Faith page on the Board website, under System Chaplain Notes (Grace Notes in Miniature).

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: 

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support as we work with the Ministry of Education and our Public Health officials to keep our community healthy and safe for all. 

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Donate to Halton Food for Thought this Holiday Season

As you may know, many HCDSB schools offer Student Nutrition Programs in partnership with Halton Food for Thought (HFFT).

To ensure the health and safety of all students and staff this school year, HFFT has been providing Grab & Go Healthy Food Boxes to participating HCDSB schools, filled with pre-packaged, nutritious snacks.

Now more than ever, Halton students need access to nutritious food to fuel a full day of learning. 

If you are interested in supporting Student Nutrition Programs, please consider donating to Halton Food for Thought.

Together, we feed their future!

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HCDSB Celebrates International Day of People with Disabilities

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD) on Thursday, December 3rd and throughout the week (November 30 – December 4, 2020).

Over the week, HCDSB schools will be participating in a variety of learning activities to raise awareness, and support the rights and significant contributions of persons with disabilities.

Spreading the Word Through #HCDSBDiverseAbility

Here are some of the themes and topics that will be recognized:

  • Viewing disabilities (both visible and invisible) through a different lens
  • Promoting meaningful acceptance and inclusion in our schools (i.e., building friendships and fostering independence)
  • Celebrating intellectual disabilities
  • Mental health related to disabilities
  • Removing systemic barriers

HCDSB Ability Allies

HCDSB staff are celebrating disabilities, and sharing how they promote acceptance and inclusion in our schools and across our Board.

Click here​ to see a variety of videos from our HCDSB Ability Allies.

More Information

Follow HCDSB on Twitter @HCDSB and on Instagram @haltoncatholicdsb for resources and updates related to IDPwD. Don’t forget to join in the conversation using the hashtag #HCDSBDiverseAbility!

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Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week 2020

The third week in November is the designated Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario.

From November 15-21, 2020, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will join school boards around the province in enhancing awareness and understanding about bullying, and the factors that contribute to safe, caring and inclusive schools.

This week, and every week, we work to ensure that our school is safe and welcoming for all, cultivating a positive sense of belonging and well-being.

For more information about Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, please visit the Board website.

Cyberbullying Parent Resource

As student interactions through online learning environments and social media platforms have increased, it is important to raise awareness and understand the effects of cyberbullying. 

The Ministry of Education has created a Cyberbullying Parent Resource to highlight instances of cyberbullying and provide information to caregivers to support their children’s success. View the Cyberbullying Parent Resource here.​

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 26 to November 20, 2020 marks Cyber Awareness Month. The four-week K-12 campaign, led by The Educational Computing Network of Ontario (ECNO)​ raises awareness of the new educational realities of teaching, learning and connecting that students, parents and staff have experienced this past year.

This awareness month emphasizes how we can all do our part to protect against cyber threats in our new learning environments and workspaces. 

The campaign theme for this year is “Work, Teach, Learn Remote, Secure and Safe” with an objective of helping everyone in K-12 education – teachers, staff, students and parents – be safer and more secure online.

Weekly Themes

The campaign is divided into weekly themes which highlight cybersecurity, online privacy and online safety; all important aspects of K-12 learning. Check out the HCDSB website for learning tips and resources each week!

More Information

Visit ECNO – Cyber Awareness Month 2020 for more information on online security, safety and privacy. Follow @HCDSB on Twitter and @haltoncatholicdsb on Instagram for tips and learning throughout the month!

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Keeping Christ in Christmas Student Contest!

With Christmas just around the corner, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running its annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Wednesday, October 28 through Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!

Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)

Submissions Accepted Online ONLY

To minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of our students, staff and school communities, we will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this yearStudent work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page

Student submissions will be reviewed separately by division group, as follows:

  • Primary (K-3)
  • Junior (4-6)
  • Intermediate (7-8)
  • Secondary (9-12)

Sixteen (16) student entries will move on to the finals! A prize will be awarded to the top student entry in each of the four division groups.

For more information about the contest and submission requirements, please visit the Board’s website: http://bit.ly/keeping-christ

Deadline for Entries: November 25, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

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.

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