Province wide Shutdown Leads to New School Protocols
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a Province wide Shutdown. The Shutdown will go into effect as of Saturday, December 26, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.
On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, all Ontarians are advised to stay home as much as possible with trips outside the home limited to necessities such as food, medication, medical appointments, or supporting vulnerable community members.
New School Protocols
While transmission in schools remains low, all publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools will move to teacher-led remote learning when students return from the winter break on January 4, 2021. This action is being taken in support of Ontario’s broader efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.
· Elementary school students are planned to return to in-person learning on January 11, 2021,
· Secondary school students will continue learning remotely until January 25, 2021, at which point they may resume in-person learning.
During this period, child care centres, authorized recreational and skill-building programs and home-based child care services will remain open.
From January 4 to 8, 2021, when elementary students move to remote learning, before and after school programs will be closed. Ontario will provide emergency child care for health care and frontline workers.
As part of Ontario’s efforts to protect the most vulnerable, HWDSB will continue to make provisions for continued in-person support for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning for whom remote learning is challenging.