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Our Faith as Our Foundation

As a Catholic school district, our faith is integral to all that we do. While we know that the 2020-2021 school year will feel very different from previous years, as always, we will begin the new year with a sense of hope and optimism that is founded in our Faith.​

It will continue to be a priority for us that all learners experience a Catholic learning environment that is rooted in our Gospel values and focused on the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations. ​

Throughout our planning, and as we transition into the new school year, we will be very intentional about creating and promoting opportunities to celebrate our Catholic faith, both in person, and remotely.​

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Planning for 2020-2021 

Our Guiding Principles​

  • Prioritizing the health, safety and well-being of our students, staff and families. ​
  • Developing and promoting enhanced mental health supports and resources for students, staff and families. ​
  • Providing a quality Catholic education that is flexible and engaging. ​
  • Creating and maintaining a sense of community and welcoming spaces in our schools and in our virtual classrooms. ​
  • Ensuring students and staff have the supports needed to create teaching and learning environments that are accessible to all. ​

Our Goals As We Transition Back to School​

  • Ensuring protocols are in place so that students and staff are healthy and safe. ​
  • Providing an enhanced online/distance learning experience for students who continue to learn from home.  ​
  • Assess student learning gaps and develop 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. ​

Following Guidance & Direction of the Ministry of Education and Public Health

We continue to take guidance and direction from the Ministry of Education and Halton Region Public Health in all of our planning and decision-making as we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.​

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Planning for the transition back to school​

The Return to School Planning Committee, comprised of five (5) separate subcommittees, have developed a comprehensive plan for the return to school.

Planning for the transition back to school​ 1. Logistics and planning 2. Creating and Maintaing Community 3. Curriculum and Instruction 4. Promoting Catholic Identity in Remote Spaces 5. Technology Support

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Ministry Direction for ​ Re-Opening Schools ​

On July 30, 2020, the Minister of Education confirmed that schools will re-open in September under the following delivery models:

Elementary (Kindergarten to Grade 8) ​

Students will return to school in a conventional model, 5 days per week, with one cohort for the full day. Enhanced health and safety protocols will be in place.

Secondary (Grades 9-12)​

Students will return to school in an adapted model with class cohorts of approximately 15 students, on alternating schedules with at least 50% of in-class instructional days. Enhanced health and safety protocols will be in place.

Opting Out of In-Class Instruction

  • At both the elementary and the secondary level, parents may choose to opt their child(ren) out of in-class instruction and have them participate in remote learning.  ​
  • As per Ministry direction, students may not necessarily be able to automatically move between remote and in-class instruction. ​
  • The opportunity to switch between remote and in-class instruction will depend on the availability of an appropriate class placement. This may be at the end of an instructional period – i.e. each term at the elementary level and each teaching block at the secondary level.

Additional Details in the Ministry Guidelines – Wearing of Masks

  • Medical masks and eye protection (i.e. face shield) will be provided for all teachers and other staff.​
  • All school-based staff will be required to wear masks, with reasonable exceptions for medical conditions.​
  • At the Special Board Meeting held on August 19, 2020, the Board of Trustees passed a motion that all HCDSB students (K- 12) be required to wear non-medical masks/ face coverings at school. Reasonable exceptions to this requirement will be put in place. We are working with Halton Region Public Health to provide age-appropriate mask education/information for families.
  • Students in Grades K to 12 will be required to wear non-medical or cloth masks/face coverings indoors, including in hallways and in classrooms. Students may wear their own non-medical/cloth masks; non-medical masks will also be made available.

Additional Ministry Requirements – Remote Learning

On Thursday, August 13, 2020, the Ministry of Education released Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) , which provided additional requirements for remote learning. Details are listed under Remote Learning.

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