The first day of instruction for students was originally planned for Tuesday, September 7, 2021. HCDSB has made the decision to implement a gradual return to school for all students learning in-person.  

In HCDSB elementary and secondary schools, there will be a greater number of students in our school buildings this coming year. Most students have not been in an in-person school environment since April 2021 and even longer for students who attended school remotely last year.

Gradual Return to School for All Students Learning In-Person

We will be easing into the new school year by welcoming students back to school in smaller groups, on September 7 and 8. 

The following schedule will apply for all schools:

Tuesday, September 7th        All in-person learners with surnames beginning with the letters A-K will come to school. 

At secondary, all other students (remote learners AND in-person learners with surnames beginning with the letters L-Z will be learning remotely from home). 
Wednesday, September 8th          All in-person learners with surnames beginning with the letters L-Z will come to school. 

At secondary, all other students (remote learners AND in-person learners with surnames beginning with the letters A-K will be learning remotely from home).
Thursday, September 9th                ALL in-person learners (Grades 1 – 8, 9 – 12) will come to school. 

Virtual Elementary School

The above schedule does not apply to students learning remotely. All classes in the Virtual Catholic Elementary School will begin on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.  

Special Education

Students in the self-contained Life Skills, Community Living, Essential Skills, and Structured Teaching special education classes will begin in-person instruction on Tuesday, September 7 and attend school daily thereafter. 

At the elementary level, students with special education needs who are not in self-contained classes will attend school on the designated alpha day with their peers. Parents of students with special education needs who would benefit from daily attendance, and/or additional time to support their transition back to school are asked to contact their School Principal.

A gradual return to school for our students will help to provide a calm environment that will allow everyone to review new and existing health and safety routines at school and practice our entry and dismissal procedures in smaller groups. 

Updates and Additional Information

We will continue to share information and updates with families and staff directly via email. Updates will also be posted on our website at: www.hcdsb.org/return-to-school/.