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COVID-19 Protocols Overview

Together with Hamilton Public Health Services, staff at HWDSB have worked through the Return to School Guidance to develop protocols specific for our schools. COVID protocols are internal documents that guide school operations in the areas of health measures, elementary schools, secondary schools, school offices, learning, specialized services, and more.  

Families and community members can now review a highlight of the protocols.  


  • Continued layers of protection: cohorts, screening, masking, hand hygiene and more.
  • Masking for all Kindergarten to Grade 12 students inside unless exempt; no masks outdoors if students distance or are in cohort.
  • Daily screening verification continues for secondary students; new for elementary.
  • Unvaccinated students who fail screening must isolate at home 10 days, or receive alternate diagnosis, or test negative before returning to school.
  • Students who fail screening at school are separated from others until parent pickup.
  • Enhanced cleaning continues.


  • Students in one class cohort all day, including recess, except for small-group support.
  • Assigned classroom seating.
  • Hydration stations to fill personal water bottles; no drinking fountains.
  • Cohorts may use play structures, libraries, fitness rooms if distanced from other cohorts.
  • Paused field trips, in-person assemblies and third-party food providers.
  • Daily verification of COVID-19 screening.


  • Quadmestered students in two cohorts per day, except for small-group student support.
  • Cafeteria food sales paused for now. Lunch in morning classroom or off school property.
  • No use of school lockers, for now.
  • Extracurriculars with mixed cohorts resume, outside if possible, with restrictions.
  • Limited fundraising.
  • Daily verification of COVID-19 screening.



  • Co-op students must meet employer’s vaccination and safety requirements.
  • Dual credit students attending on Mohawk College’s campus must follow their vaccination and safety requirements.
  • Gym classes outside when possible.
  • Instrumental music and singing with a mask on is allowed indoors with distancing.


  • Learning supports to help all students understand symptoms and hygiene.

If you have questions about COVID-19 protocols at HWDSB schools, please contact your principal.

Updated on Wednesday, October 06, 2021.
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