Regular, transparent and detailed communication is vital to ensuring that all members of the HWDSB community are aware of the steps being taken for a safe and supported return-to-school.
Parents, guardians and caregivers have also played an important role in informing plans. A survey was conducted between June 25 and July 1, 2020 with over 10,000 responses. Overall, the survey results suggest that parents, guardians and caregivers are most concerned about the physical and mental well-being of students and are interested in learning more about the added safety measures and supports that will be implemented. Feedback from this survey was key in shaping the models proposed for adaptive delivery (Scenario B).
HWDSB’s Parent Portal will be launched soon and will provide parents, guardians and caregivers a single point of access for applications such as:
- Safe Arrival
- student forms
- School Cash Online
- report cards.
This portal will be used for:
- Daily student screening
- Notifications about illness or other aspects of the screening process
- Whether a student will be choosing not to attend school in-person during the conventional (Scenario A) and/or adaptive (Scenario B) delivery modes.
HWDSB employee groups have been involved in the return-to-school planning process. This has ranged from providing feedback to participation on committees. Engagement with all employee groups remains a commitment as plans are further developed and implementation begins.