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Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year at HWDSB!

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Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year at HWDSB!

The following message was emailed to all HWDSB families on Monday, August 29, 2022: 

The Parent Portal is now open.  

Parents, guardians and caregivers can view their child’s classroom teacher for elementary and student timetables for secondary. Office Administrators are in schools to support questions. 

Access the Parent Portal.Please note the Parent Portal web version is preferred. The Parent Portal App (by PowerSchool) may be experiencing a delay in updated information.  

Kindergarten parents, guardians and caregivers should have received an email once their Parent Portal account was created. If you have not received your email, please contact your child’s school.  

Before this weekend, every Kindergarten parent, guardian and caregiver should be notified by your child’s school team when your child’s Kindergarten orientation visit is scheduled on September 6. All Kindergarten students will complete their first full day on Wednesday, September 7. 

HWDSB App is now available. 

To help families find – and use – a useful suite of digital tools, HWDSB is excited to announce the debut of a new app available now in the Android and Apple app stores. 

The HWDSB app will help families locate schools, keep up to date with news, monitor important events, book a student absence and much more. 

The new tool builds on work to enhance HWDSB communication by making digital tools more accessible and easier to understand for families. 

For a full menu of digital tools provided for families, please see the enhanced Parent page of the HWDSB website. Learn more. 

Remote Registration  

Elementary families interested in switching between in-person and remote learning will have an opportunity to register their student starting Monday, August 29.  

The Remote Learning Registration (2022-23) form will be available on the Parent Portal from 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 29, and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7. Families can complete this form if they wish to transition from in-person to remote learning, or transition from remote learning back to in-person.  

Families selecting a new learning option will be choosing this for their student for the full 2022-23 school year. Students will begin attending their new classes when the re-organization process in early October takes place. Learn more about Remote Learning 2022-23 

Supporting a Positive Return to School 

HWDSB will continue to offer a wide variety of mental health supports for students, knowing that the pandemic has impacted student well-being. This is especially important during the return to school, which can be stressful for some students. See some supportive tips on our recent web post. Explore our We Help web page for more evidence-based and timely school-based mental health services and supports. 

Most health and safety guidance from the province is unchanged from the end of the 2021-22 school year, but here are some items we want to bring to your attention: 

  • It is still recommended that staff, students and visitors continue to self-screen every day before attending school using the COVID-19 school and childcare screening tool. We no longer verify student screening results in schools. Please stay home if you are unwell.
  • HWDSB is a mask-friendly environment. We continue to support the wearing of masks in schools, administrative buildings and buses, as an effective public health measure. We will continue to offer free masks for students and visitors to our schools. Although masks are not required, our schools, offices and buses are respectful, welcoming and inclusive environments where individuals can choose to wear or not to wear a mask. 
  • HEPA filter units are installed in every occupied kindergarten class, in all occupied learning spaces without mechanical ventilation, and in mechanically ventilated learning spaces without MERV-13 level filters. HWDSB will continue to deploy HEPA filter units in learning spaces in a manner that maximizes their benefit. We will continue to publicly communicate ventilation measures on our website. 

Stay connected  

For the latest in Back to School information at HWDSB, follow HWDSB on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Subscribe to your child’s school website or the board website.

School Offices are open. Contact your school via phone or email (Elementary Listing and Secondary Listing). Details from your principal specific to your school will be made available this week.

On Wednesday, August 31 at 7 p.m., HWDSB is holding a Facebook Live Event on the HWDSB Facebook page ahead of the 2022-23 school year. Board Chair Dawn Danko will be joined by guests to share the latest updates ahead of the first day of school on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. HWDSB community members can also submit questions to be answered during the stream. Here are some ways to submit your questions:

Only questions relevant to the startup of the 2022-23 school year will be answered, and we will do our best to address all questions. If you feel your question was not answered during the stream, please email your question to [email protected].

Have a safe and successful school year!

Additional Resources for School Readiness:  

Updated on Monday, August 29, 2022.
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