April 13, 2021
HDSB schools move to Remote Learning after Spring Break
Dear HDSB families,
Yesterday, the Government of Ontario announced that students will not return to in-person learning following Spring Break (April 12-16). Students will move to teacher-led remote learning effective Monday, April 19, 2021. The government has not provided a date for when in-person learning will resume. All students currently enrolled in virtual school will continue learning virtually.
Students in Life Skills, Communications and Community Pathways Program classes will continue to have the option to come to school or learn from home. Our staff will be verifying with each family their preference on Monday, April 19. Regular in-person classes will resume on Tuesday, April 20 for these students wishing to attend in-person learning. Transportation will continue to be provided for students who normally qualify for it.
Elementary student (Kindergarten - Grade 8) schedules and reminders
Staff will be meeting students online at the beginning of Period 1 on Monday, April 19 to check in and reconnect. Teachers will provide work for students to work on for the remainder of the day so that teachers can follow up with any families of students who are not online. The rest of the week will follow the regular schedule of mainly teacher-led remote learning in real-time. Please note that Friday, April 23 is a Professional Activity (PA) day.
Effective Tuesday, April 20, the length of the instructional day remains unchanged. Start and end times and daily schedules will remain the same as in-person learning. The minimum daily amount of real-time learning will be 180 minutes for Kindergarten students and 225 minutes for students in Grade 1-8. For students in our Virtual Elementary Schools, there is no change to the school schedule. Regular learning will resume on Monday, April 19.
Secondary student (Grade 9-12) schedules and reminders
Secondary remote learning days will follow the current school schedule/timetable. This applies to students who were learning in-person and students in the Virtual Secondary School (VSS). Secondary students who were learning in-person will continue to follow the Quadmester calendar but cohorting will not continue during remote learning, and instead, all students will attend their classes together online daily.
The Student Success Days and Quadmester 3 Review Day will continue virtually as scheduled on April 21 and 22. Please note that Friday, April 23 is a Professional Activity (PA) day.
As a reminder, Quadmester 4 will commence for students on Monday, April 26, 2021 and all secondary students will receive Quadmester 4 timetables on Tuesday, April 20. Please continue to refer to these Quadmester 4 calendars:
Most student co-op placements will continue as they are virtual and/or aligned with public health guidelines. For any co-op placements impacted by the provincial shutdown, students will be provided alternative work-related materials by their teacher so their learning can continue.
Technology for learning
Technology support is available for families through the following online HDSB resources:
While the Halton District School Board has distributed thousands of devices to students this year, we know that some students may still require a device for this remote learning period. In those cases, families are encouraged to contact their school principal when school reopens on Monday, April 19 to make arrangements. Please note that devices will be provided based on availability and may take time to distribute.
Student attendance will be taken as normal during this remote learning period. Therefore, we request that parents/guardians continue to follow the regular processes for reporting student absences.
Staff will take reasonable precautions to ensure the privacy of students, staff and parents/guardians while ensuring safe inclusive learning environments for all students while working remotely. We encourage all students and families to review the Guidelines for Families of HDSB Virtual School Students.
Healthy Student Snack Bags - Halton Food for Thought
When we feed students nutritious food, we are offering them their best chance for success. We want students to reach their full potential and lead healthy, active lives.
Halton Food for Thought, in partnership with Food for Life, is providing Halton Elementary and Secondary students, nutritious food to fuel their learning, whether they are learning in school or from home!
Weekly HFFT Healthy Student Snack Bags:
Consist of a minimum of 3 healthy snacks per student per school day,
Include both perishable and non-perishable foods i.e., fresh fruit, granola bar, yogurt.
Are universal in nature,
no fee or registration required.
For more information including a list of HFFT Healthy Snack Bag distribution locations CLICK HERE.
More than ever, Halton students need access to nutritious food to fuel a full day of learning.
Together we #FeedTheirFuture!
To help support student success, please consider volunteering with, or donating to Halton Food for Thought.