Dear HDSB families,
We hope you and your families are keeping well. We are writing to provide you with updated information on the start to the 2020-2021 school year.
Information for both elementary and secondary students attending school in-person is included in this letter.
Elementary (Kindergarten - Grade 8) in-person school orientation
Elementary students will be invited to an optional orientation to learn new school routines and health protocols before the official start of school on Monday, Sept. 14.
Students in English, French Immersion and Self-Contained Gifted: These optional in-person orientation dates will take place for a full school day on Thursday, Sept. 10 or Friday, Sept. 11, with students divided alphabetically into two groups. Your school will notify you of the day your child(ren) can attend. Transportation will not be provided on these dates.
Students in Self-Contained Special Education Classes (excluding Gifted): The optional in-person orientation date will be held on Friday, Sept. 11. More details will be provided by your school. It is our intent to provide transportation for these students.
For students unable to attend the orientation, there will be a refresher on health and safety protocols throughout the first week of school.
We encourage all families to view the
Elementary Reopening Schools video
to learn what students can expect on the first day of school.
Elementary schools will advise parents/guardians of their child’s class placement on September 8 or 9.
Secondary (Grade 9 - 12) in-person school orientation
Secondary students who will attend school in-person will receive their timetables via their HDSB email by September 11. They will also receive cohorting information and other messaging specific to school opening. It is important that students regularly check their HDSB email as this is how they will receive important information from their school and teachers. For students new to the HDSB, please contact your school to obtain your HDSB user ID and password.
On Thursday, Sept. 10 and Friday, Sept. 11 students can prepare for the new school year with the following resources:
Grade 9 students: Virtual Grade 9 Link Crew activities will occur online (students will not attend school for these activities) on Thursday, Sept. 10 or Friday, Sept. 11, led by teachers and Link Leaders. Details will be provided by your school.
Students in the Community Pathways Programs (CPP): An optional orientation day will be held on Friday, Sept. 11. More details will be provided by your school.
All families are encouraged to view the
Secondary Reopening Schools video
to learn what students can expect on the first day of school. Secondary students will learn about health protocols and expectations on the first day they attend school in-person.
- Transportation will be provided on Friday, Sept. 11 for elementary students in self-contained classrooms and secondary students in the Community Pathways Program. To confirm whether your child will receive transportation, please contact
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS).
- Transportation is set to commence for all students on Monday, Sept. 14
- Unfortunately, transportation will not be available for orientation programs for students in English, French Immersion and Gifted programs on Sept. 10 and 11
Daily Self-Assessment for HDSB Students
As a reminder, all parents/guardians must complete a
for each child prior to attending school. Please view an electronic version of the
Daily Self-Assessment for HDSB Students
are available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Turkish, and Urdu. A hard copy of the self-assessment poster will be provided to all families during the first week of school. You will be provided a poster for home use and we encourage you to place this in a visible area in your home (e.g., fridge).
Tips for wearing masks/face coverings
Non-medical/cloth masks or face coverings are mandatory for all students in Grade 1-12. Kindergarten students are encouraged to wear a mask or face covering. Families are responsible for providing their child(ren) with the mask(s) or face covering needed each day and are encouraged to find a style that provides fit and comfort. It is also recommended that students come to school with a bag (e.g. zip lock) to safely store their mask during nutrition/mask breaks. The school may assist families who are unable to secure masks for their child(ren); please contact the school for more information.
Halton Region Public Health has shared information on the use of non-medical masks/face coverings in schools. We encourage all families to view this
as it contains helpful tips to support students in wearing masks/face coverings in schools.
Mental Health Resources
The mental health of our students and families is especially important at this time. Please view our
mental health and well-being resources
for supporting others, including information for families on how to prepare children for school this year. Further information
To learn more, visit our
Reopening Schools Plan webpage
. We continue to add to our list of
to help address concerns from families. We will continue to keep you informed through the HDSB website, SchoolMessenger emails and social media (Twitter
Thank you for your understanding and patience.