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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Mental Health Week 2020 ~ Practicing Self-Care

May 4-10, 2020 is the designated Mental Health Week in Canada, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is joining organizations across the country to raise awareness about mental health.

While supporting mental health is always a priority for us, this year Mental Health Week takes on a special significance in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. In keeping with the importance of caring for ourselves as we care for our students and families, our HCDSB Mental Health team has designated Self-Care as the theme of this year’s Mental Health Week.

Daily Mental Health Themes

Our HCDSB Mental Health team are suggesting a daily focus for each day during Mental Health Week:

Movement Monday
Thankful Tuesday
Warm Wednesday
Try Something New Thursday
Focused Friday

Mental Health Week Activities

Listed below are resources and activities put together by the HCDSB Mental Health team for your family to enjoy:

Join the Conversation Online!

Show us how you are practicing self-care by following us on Twitter (@HCDSB) Instagram (@haltoncatholicdsb) and Facebook and include the hashtags: #HCDSBMentalHealthWeek and #HCDSBSelfcare

More Information

For more information about self-care, and mental health resources and supports available in Halton, please visit the HCDSB website.

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Igniting Hope During Catholic Education Week

During the week of May 3 to May 8, 2020, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) joins school boards in celebrating the significant contributions that Catholic education has made to our community and across the province of Ontario! 

The province-wide theme of this year’s Catholic Education Week is Igniting Hope, reminding us that our Catholic schools exist to spread joy and peace in believing; so that our students may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The five sub-themes for Catholic Education Week are:

Monday – Our Hope in Christ
Tuesday – The Hope Within Us
Wednesday – The Hope Among Us
Thursday – Hope for the World
Friday – A Future Full of Hope

HCDSB’s Catholic Education Week Video​

Here are some of the many ways our HCDSB students, families and staff are #IgnitingHope in our communities. Watch the video here.

Live Streaming ~ Catholic Education Week Masses

Wednesday, May 6th – Live Mass
A live Mass in honour of Catholic Education Week will take place on Wednesday, May 6th at 10:00 AM, presided by His Eminence, Cardinal Thomas Collins. Watch the live Mass here.

Friday, May 8th – Live Mass​
A live Mass will also take place on Friday, May 8th at 11:00 AM, presided by His Excellency, Bishop Douglas Crosby. Watch the live Mass here.

At Home Resources

The following resources are provided by the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA). Throughout the week, students, staff, families, parishes and members of our community are invited to participate in virtual activities and reflections at home that celebrate the distinctiveness of Catholic education!

Elementary Resources

Prayer Services – Primary
Prayer Services – Junior
Prayer Services – Intermediate
Family Activities
Book List
Movie Samples
Inspirational & Biblical Quotes

Learn More

Social media activities will be integrated throughout the week in celebration of Catholic education. Members of our community are invited to follow @HCDSB on Twitter, follow on Instagram at: @haltoncatholicdsb, like us on Facebook, and join the conversation using the hashtags: #IgnitingHope and #CEW2020​ on Twitter. 

To learn more about the province-wide initiatives for Catholic Education Week, visit the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association website.

For more information on what’s happening across HCDSB, visit HCDSB’s website.

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You’re Invited to OAPCE’s Virtual Parent Summit!

The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) is holding a Virtual Parent Summit on Saturday, May 9, 2020!

The event will engage the community, advocate, and enhance Catholic Education in Ontario. Guest speakers include Sara Westbrook, Robert Gallo, Paul Davis and Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce.

All parents with children attending a Catholic school in Ontario are welcome to participate – registration is limited, so sign up soon!

Event Details

Saturday, May 9, 2020
ZOOM Online Webinar Conference

Registration

To register for the event, please visit the OAPCE website.

We hope to see you (virtually) there!

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Pathways Voices ~ Submit Your Alumnus Video!

Are you a graduate of an HCDSB Pathways program? Do you want to share your professional success story in the Pathways skilled trades? If so, we want to hear from you!

HCDSB is calling out for alumni entries to share your experience and explain how choosing a Pathway program can lead to success in the workplace.

Submit your Alumnus Video!

Graduates of the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) are invited to share their personal Pathways experience in a brief video clip, 30 to 60 seconds in duration. 

Video messages should be inspiring, powerful, concise, and clearly communicate how your Pathways journey has positively influenced you. While we appreciate all entries we receive, please be advised that submissions must meet the submission criteria.

More Information

For more information on submission criteria and video entry tips, visit the Board’s website: Pathways Voices

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Access to Student Learning Platforms

At HCDSB, we support the use of the following online learning platforms: 

Secondary teachers will use one of the above platforms to provide instruction for students. Visit the website links above to access online learning and for more information about each platform.

Guidelines for Distance Learning

The Ministry of Education has provided school boards with specific guidelines around distance instruction. The following are some of the key expectations.

Hours of Instruction and Focus of Learning

The following is provided by the Ministry of Education as a minimum guideline:

Grade range  
Grades 9-12
  • 3 hours of work per course, per week for semestered students;
    1.5 hours of work per course, per week for non-semestered students
  • Focus: Achieving credits/completion/graduation

NOTE:  ‘hours’ refers to the approximate amount of time students would spend on the work assigned by teachers. This does not mean the amount of time educators or students are expected to be in front of a screen.

Teacher work would include preparation of assigned work and providing feedback or assessment. Teacher engagement with students is expected, but would vary depending on circumstances and could include a range of ways that teachers would connect with their students.

Specialist teachers – such as teachers of the Arts, Core French, and PTMs – may be used to develop assigned work for students in subjects such as art, music, French as a second language and physical activity. 

Our Special Education staff are exploring ways to continue supporting our students with special education needs.

As a Catholic school, we all share in the belief that our faith and Gospel values are integrated in everything we do. 

Assessment

Secondary students will be assigned learning tasks, projects and culminating activities that will be marked by their teachers for the purposes of formative and summative evaluation. Teachers will communicate results of these marked assignments to students. Results will be used by teachers to inform students’ final course marks.

Our school will be issuing final report cards for students in Grades 9-12. For more information, visit the Board’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Updated: Food & Resources Available for Families in Halton

During the school closure period, Halton Food for ThoughtFood for Life and Food4Kids Halton have partnered to provide food and resources for students and families who need it most.

Families in need of additional support are asked to contact Food for Life by phone: 905-635-1106 ext. 7, or through email: goodfood@foodforlife.ca to register.

For more information about additional food services and other resources available in Halton, please visit the HCDSB website.

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All Schools will Remain CLOSED Until Friday, May 1, 2020

On March 31st, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario until Friday, May 1, 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 Friday, May 1, 2020. At this time, schools will reopen to students on Monday, May 4, 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: bit.ly/COVID-19Updates-HCDSB and share new information with parents and staff directly via email as it becomes available.

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