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Final Remote/In-Person Elementary School Transition of 2020-2021

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Final Remote/In-Person Elementary School Transition of 2020-2021

Dear Elementary Parents and Guardians,

HWDSB will provide a third and final opportunity for families to transition between the Elementary Remote Learning Program and in-person this spring. The first full day of school in a new location for students will be Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

Families who wish to switch learning models between remote and in-person must complete the Elementary Transition Between Remote and In-Person (Optional Request Form).

The form will be available in the Parent Portal and opens on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. It will close on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Only complete this form if you would like to request a change in delivery model.

If we do not hear from you, your child/ren’s placement stays the same.

This Elementary Transition is based on available spaces at in-person schools due to safety requirements for physical distancing and small class sizes

If the demand for in-person learning is greater than the number of available spaces at schools, additional staff might be added to meet the demand.

Important Questions and Answers

Questions Answers
When is the form available? The form in the Parent Portal will open on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. It will close on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
What is the form called? Elementary Transition Between Remote and In-Person (Optional Request Form)
What does the form say? The form provides two options:

  • I want to switch my child to remote (at home) learning.
  • I want to switch my child to in-person (in school) learning.

*Please note that you must do a form for each child in the household that wishes to engage in this transition.

How will I know my choice is registered? Once you have submitted your choice, a pop-up message that says “Thank you” will appear. This acknowledgment confirms your choice is registered. You can also reference your Parent Portal dashboard where it shows completed forms.
How will I know my choice has been approved? Families who have indicated they wish to make a change will receive information about the transition during the week of April 26.
What is the transition date from remote to in-person and in-person to remote? The last day of the current placement is Friday, April 30.

The first day of in-person placements is Monday, May 3.

For placements in the remote learning program, Monday, May 3 is a transition day and class teachers will make individual contact with new students. The first full day of school is Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

What if schools move into a remote learning situation as a result of a Ministerial Order? Communication will be shared with families who are engaged in the transition process to inform families on direction. The Ministry of Education will direct school boards based on the expert advice from public health.
Will there be another transition this year? This is the third and final transition of the 2020-21 school year.
What learning model will be in place for the 2021-22 school year? At this time, HWDSB does not know what learning model the 2021-22 school year will be in for September. We will actively communicate the return to school plans when announced by the Ministry of Education in consultation with public health.

Parent Portal Support

 The Parent Portal is the first and preferred method to register your choice. Some parents, however, may need assistance if you are unable to access the Parent Portal.

  • Call your school or email using the Elementary School Emails listing if you are unable to access the Parent Portal.
  • School office staff will input your choice into HWDSB’s student information system if accessing the Parent Portal is a barrier.
  • Parents and guardians from the remote learning school can contact the main office for support.

Thank you,

Manny Figueiredo
Director of Education

Updated on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.
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