Coronavirus (COVID-19) 



All HCDSB Schools Remain CLOSED

On March 31st, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all schools in Ontario until May 1, 2020. This decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

In light of this directive, all HCDSB schools and workplaces will remain CLOSED until Friday, May 1, 2020.​ At this time, schools will reopen to students on Monday, May 4, 2020.

UPDATE: On March 22, 2020, the Minister of Education shared a letter with Ontario parents and guardians. Read the letter from Minister Lecce.​ 

The health and well-being of our students and staff remains our highest priority. We will continue to post updates on our HCDSB website and share new information with parents and staff directly through email as it becomes available.

​What is CANCELLED or CLOSED until Friday, May 1, 2020

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  • All HCDSB elementary and secondary schools will be CLOSED.
  • All childcare and EarlyOn centres will be CLOSED.
  • All before & after school programs will be CANCELLED.
  • Effective March 17 through April 5th - HCDSB Board Office will be CLOSED to public access.
  • Thomas Merton Centres for Adult & Continuing Education will be CLOSED.
  • Credit courses, Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes offered at ALL Thomas Merton Centre locations will be CANCELLED.
  • All Community Use of Schools permits will be CANCELLED.
  • All full day and camp programs originally scheduled during March Break will be CANCELLED. 

Frequently Asked Questions​

We have posted an FAQ to address additional questions and concerns parents and students may have about the closure period.

Cancelled or Postponed Meetings/Events

We have posted a list of CANCELLED or POSTPONED meetings and events in light of school closures and in our ongoing efforts to help minimize the risk of contagion in our community. This list will be updated and reposted regularly. 



What is COVID-19?

In January 2020, coronavirus disease (COVID-19), formally known as 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia, originating in Wuhan, China.​

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that commonly cause mild to moderate respiratory symptoms in humans. Most people with common human coronavirus illness (i.e. the common cold) will recover on their own.

However, some coronaviruses have been known to cause severe illness. Some human coronaviruses spread easily between people, while others do not. It is not yet fully understood how easily the COVID-19 spreads between people.

What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 infection include: fever, cough, and breathing difficulties.

The risk of severe disease may be higher in the elderly and in people with weakened immune systems.

If you traveled to any impacted areas recently and have developed these symptoms, you should avoid contact with others and follow-up with your health care professional immediately.

How to Prevent the Spread of Respiratory Viruses Such as COVID-19

Members of the public are advised to take the usual measures to reduce the risk of transmitting the flu and respiratory illness:

  • Stay at home if ill
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub with 60-90% alcohol
  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or tissue
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth without having washed your hands
  • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces

​Letters from HCDSB

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March 20, 2020
March 18, 2020
March 17, 2020
  • HCDSB Board Office CLOSED Until April 6, 2020
March 12, 2020

Letters from the Halton Region Health Department


March 11, 2020
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March 4, 2020
February 28, 2020 
February 11, 2020 



January 27, 2020
 

    Infectious Disease Emergency Response Plan


    More Information

    Additional information about the COVID-19 is available on the following websites:

    The health and well-being of our students and staff remains our highest priority. We are in close contact with the Halton Region Health Department, who are working closely with the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and local health care providers to monitor this situation and take actions, as appropriate.

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