Frequently Asked Questions

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What measures will continue this school year?

  • Ensuring protocols are in place for students and staff to remain healthy and safe:
    • All staff will be provided with Health and Safety training prior to the start of the school year. This includes training on COVID-19 awareness education.
    • daily self-assessment must be completed by all staff, elementary students and visitors prior to entering the school using the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool.​ Visitors will need to provide confirmation/proof of successfully completing their daily screening before entering our schools.
    • Hand hygiene education, routines and practices will be reinforced regularly.
    • All HCDSB students (K-12) will be required to wear non-medical masks/face coverings at school.
    • All staff and visitors in schools must wear medical masks.
    • Physical distancing strategies will continue: staggered lunch/recess, staggered periods of movement for students, and outdoor classes held, when weather permits.
    • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection: all high-touch points in common areas and washrooms will be disinfected midday or when visibly dirty. Common areas, washrooms and classrooms will be disinfected each evening.
  • We will continue to assess student learning gaps and develop plans to provide appropriate intervention, where needed.
  • We will continue to offer remote learning as an option for elementary and secondary students who wish to learn from home.
  • 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.
  • We will continue to take direction from Halton Region Public Health when it comes to the symptom protocol and managing positive cases of COVID-19 in our school communities as they arise.

What’s new this year?

  • In our secondary schools, students returning to in-person learning will remain at school for the full day – 300 minutes of instruction (2 classes per day).
  • In terms of our Music curriculum, the use of wind instrument will once again be permitted indoors within a cohort, if a minimum distance of 2M or more can be maintained and outdoors in mixed cohorts. Singing will also be permitted indoors if a minimum of 2M distance can be maintained between cohorts and as much distancing as possible within a cohort.
  • With regard to Health & Physical Education, 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.
  • We will be reintroducing a number of extra-curriculars such as clubs, activities, sport teams, bands.
    • High-contact indoor sports such as basketball and wrestling are permitted, with modifications.
    • High-contact outdoor sports such as football will resume.
    • In our HCDSB schools, we will require that students participating in high contact sports to show confirmation/proof of daily screening. This requirement will also apply to community coaches.
  • Cafeterias will reopen and food programs will be allowed once again in our schools (e.g. pizza days).

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