On January 20, 2021, Ontario school boards received a memo from the Minister of Education that provided an update on the period of school closure and teacher-led remote learning. The memo indicated that in-person learning will resume next week in schools that fall within 1 of 7 public health units listed in the memo.
Halton Region was not on this list, and therefore HCDSB schools will remain closed for in-person learning until further notice.
The Ministry has not provided a date when our Halton schools are expected to reopen for full in-person instruction.
What We Know at This Time:
- Elementary and secondary students will continue to learn remotely until further notice.
- Students enrolled in the Virtual Elementary School will continue to follow their established schedules.
- The change in learning format between in-person and virtual instruction will be delayed until schools re-open for in-person learning.
- Students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning will continue to receive in-person support during the extended remote learning period.
- Child care centres will remain OPEN for the duration of these time-limited public health actions.
- All Before and After School Programs will remain CLOSED until in-person learning resumes.
We recognize that another extension of remote learning, and especially not having a sense of timelines, will create additional challenges and burdens on families and staff. Unfortunately, this is all the information we have to share at this time. If we receive any additional details, we will share them with all HCDSB families and staff.
We will continue to share any new updates from the Ministry as they become available, in the following ways:
- Email to Parents/Guardians and Staff
- Updates to our Return to School Plan website
- Twitter: @HCDSB
- Instagram: @HaltonCatholicDSB
- Facebook: Halton Catholic District School Board
Resources & Supports
This period of remote learning is hard on students, families and staff. The following are a list of resources and supports that families may access during this difficult time.
Financial Support for Parents
The Ontario government has made financial support available for families during this remote learning period through the Support for Learners program. An expanded Support for Learners program is providing $200 for each child or youth up to Grade 12 and $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs. Applications will be open until February 8, 2021: Apply for Support for Learners Funding Here
Faith & Well-Being Resources
- School Mental Health Ontario: www.smho-smso.ca
- Kids Help Phone at 1 (800) 668-6868 or visit: KidsHelpPhone.ca for 24/7 support.
- Mental Health Supports for Students & Staff
- Faith & Well-Being Resources
We are grateful for the ongoing understanding and support of students, families and staff as we work with the Ministry of Education and our Public Health officials to keep our school communities healthy and safe.