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COVID-19 Update to Families #19 – August 11, 2020 (HTML) or

Ministry Announcement July 30

Past Updates

Elementary schools (Kindergarten to Grade 8) will reopen provincewide, with in-class instruction five days a week. Secondary schools will start the school year in an adapted model of part-time attendance with class cohorts of up to 15 students alternating between attending in-person and online. Students from Grade 4-12 and school staff will be required to wear masks.

Staff provided an update to Trustees on August 10, 2020.  

The report includes an outline of:  

The following are the guiding principles used in establishing the re-opening plan:  

  • Safety for all  
  • Minimizing the disruption to regular school day routines as much as possible  
  • Ease of transition between the three potential scenarios  
  • Honouring collective agreements and employee terms and conditions  
  • Fiscal responsibility 


  • Ongoing to last week of July 2020 – Finalize plans for scenarios A, B and C including establishment of cohorts.
  • Ongoing to start of school year – Implement enhanced public health protocols at each school such as plexiglass barriers in main offices, hand washing/sanitizing stations, signage.
  • Last week of July – Review of HWDSB School Re-Opening plans by Ministry of Education.
  • July 27 – Board Report on School Reopening (COVID-19) #2.
  • August 4 onward – Ministry of Education direction to school boards on scenario for the start of the school year.
  • August 4 onward (following Ministry of Education direction) – implementation of specific measures based on the scenario for the start of the school year
Updated on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.
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