What will the elementary learning model look like (Kindergarten – Grade 8)?

In-Person Learning Model

Elementary schools will reopen with conventional in-person delivery of learning, with enhanced health and safety protocols. Elementary school students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 will attend school five (5) days per week, with 300 minutes of instruction per day, remaining in one cohort for the full day, including recess and lunch. For more information, visit Supporting our Elementary Students in our Return to School plan.

Remote (Virtual) Learning Model 

Students enrolled in our Virtual Catholic Elementary School will be assigned to a classroom teacher and receive synchronous and asynchronous instruction throughout the day, in accordance with the following Ministry of Education guidelines:

  • Kindergarten:  300 minutes of instruction per day; 180 minutes of synchronous learning time
  • Grades 1-8300 minutes of instruction per day; 225 minutes of synchronous learning time

For more information, visit Supporting our Elementary Students in our Return to School plan.


What will the secondary learning model look like (Grade 9-12)?

In-Person Learning Model

Secondary schools will provide daily in-person learning for the full duration of the school day (five instructional hours). HCDSB will offer a quadmester model with two (2) courses per quadmester.

  • Students will attend two (2) classes per day.
  • Two (2) credits will be earned  for a 10-week period (quadmester). Four (4) credits will be earned per semester.

For more information, visit Supporting our Secondary Students in our Return to School plan.

Remote (Virtual) Learning Model

Our HCDSB secondary schools will offer a remote (virtual) learning as an option,

using the same hybrid model implemented during the 2020-2021 school year.

For more information, visit Supporting our Secondary Students in our Return to School plan.


Can families switch learning models during the school year?

Elementary Students

An opportunity to change the learning environment for elementary students will be offered in January 2022. All parents and guardians with children enrolled in an HCDSB elementary school will receive an invitation to complete the Change of Learning Environment Form.  Requested changes will take effect as of Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

Secondary Students

Parents/guardians of secondary school-aged students (or students over 18) may request a change between in-person and remote (virtual) learning at any time throughout the school year. An opportunity to switch from remote (virtual) to in-person instruction will be offered at the start of each new quadmester.

All requests must be submitted to the School Principal.


If I register my child in Remote Learning in September but I decide to switch to in-person learning at the designated switch opportunity in January, will my child be enrolled back in their home school?

Yes, your child will be enrolled back in their home school.


Will students with special education needs be supported in the Remote Learning Model?

All remote learning platforms (D2L, Google classroom, Office 365) are accessible for persons with disabilities and students with special education needs. For more information, please visit Supporting our Learners with Special Education Needs.


Will HCDSB supply technology for students enrolled in remote learning?

Schools will work with families and staff to provide the necessary technology for full participation in online learning.  Schools will reach out to families to determine what supports (e.g., devices, access to broadband internet, etc.) are required for students learning remotely (virtually).