Updated April 27, 2020
Schools Closed from March 14 to May 31
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board supports the Ministerial Order as an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we engage the direction to close schools from March 14 to May 31.
The safety and well-being of our staff continues to be a priority. While under the declaration of the order we continue to reinforce the guidelines from public health to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and support contact tracing, if needed.
Graduations and Celebrations
*Secondary: This week, a letter was shared with Grade 12 graduating students informing them that we had to cancel athletics, proms, banquets and similar events for the remainder of the school year. We have also had to cancel secondary school graduations in June, as we consider future dates once public health gives clearance for us to have large gatherings. We apologize and share in the disappointment felt by our impacted students and families, but the difficult and necessary decision was guided by public health recommendations.
On April 7, we communicated direction about secondary grades based ona Ministry of Education memo dated March 31, 2020. We apologize for any confusion or anxiety tyis may have caused our students, families and staff. The Ministry has since provided clarity to school boards. Grades and marks will not go down from what they were on March 13, 2020. This applies to elementary and secondary school students.
Drop Dates for Secondary Courses (Grades 11 & 12): Students can withdraw from a course by May 6, 2020 with the course not being shown on their transcript. School staff will make every effort to reach students to communicate this timeline.
March 14, 2020:
The following direction from the Ministry of Education and Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board applies as of
- All elementary and secondary schools, Education Centre, childcare centres in schools, EarlyON Child and Family Centres and all other off-site locations connected with HWDSB are closed.
- All March Break camps, Community Use/Rentals, and Before- and After-School programs are cancelled.
- Excursions, Board Meetings, committees, co-op placements, School Council and Home & School Association meetings, mental health treatment programs, school events, and athletics, including OFSSA, are cancelled.