The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) welcomes students and staff back to school for the 2021-2022 school year!

Gradual Return to School for All Students Learning In-Person

In both HCDSB elementary and secondary schools, there will be a gradual return to school for all students learning in-person to ease the transition into a new school year. View the Gradual Return to School schedule online.

Quick Facts

  • HCDSB staff have created the Return to School Plan 2021-2022, which provides the protocols, guidelines and expectations that will be in place to help prevent and respond to cases of COVID-19 in HCDSB schools and workplaces throughout the year. 
  • St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Secondary School is HCDSB’s newest Catholic secondary school in Milton, opening its doors to students and staff this September, 2021.

What to Expect This Year

  • Elementary school students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 will attend school five days per week, with 300 minutes of instruction per day, remaining in one cohort for the full day. 
  • In HCDSB secondary schools, students returning to in-person learning will remain at school for the full day – 300 minutes of instruction (2 classes per day).
  • We will continue to operate the Virtual Catholic Elementary School as a remote (online) learning option for elementary students.
  • Remote (online) learning in our HCDSB secondary schools will remain an option for students.
  • In both elementary and secondary schools, students will be able to use the gyms, and high and low impact activities will be permitted indoors and outdoors, with appropriate health and safety protocols in place. 
  • The reintroduction of a number of extra-curriculars such as clubs, activities, sport teams, and bands will take place.
  • The use of wind instruments will be permitted indoors and outdoors, as well as singing will also be permitted indoors with the appropriate health and safety protocols followed. 
  • Cafeterias will reopen and food programs will be allowed once again in HCDSB schools.

Measures That Will Continue

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection in all schools and workplaces.
  • Student learning gaps will continue to be assessed and appropriate intervention will take place, where needed.
  • Continuation of online/distance learning opportunities to supplement in-school instruction.  
  • Continued focus on mental health supports for students and staff returning to in-person learning and those who continue to learn from home. 
  • Direction taken from Halton Region Public Health when it comes to the symptom protocol and managing positive cases of COVID-19 in HCDSB communities as they arise.


We are excited to welcome back all students as they return for the 2021-2022 school year. This year, we will continue to focus on maintaining safe and healthy schools through enhanced protocols for in-person learning, while continuing to support digital learning across our district.

Guided by our Faith, we will be re-engaging our Catholic school communities through co-curricular activities, school events, and home/school/parish initiatives.

– Pat Daly, Director of Education

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