Student who will be attending school in person
To help us prepare for a safe school year and adjust to new school routines, the first day of school will be different than in previous school years. Rather than all students returning on one day, students will gradually return to school by attending orientation sessions during the weeks of Sept. 8 and 14.
A gradual return to school means that fewer people will be in the school building, so students and staff can focus on learning and adopting new routines and safety practices before all students return. This new return-to-school process is grounded in our guiding principles for the safe and equitable reopening of schools.
Elementary – Kindergarten to Grade 8
Elementary students who will be attending school in person will be assigned
two orientation days between Sept. 9 and 15, based on the first letter of their last name, and will fully return to school on Sept. 16. Schools will adjust orientation attendance to accommodate for special circumstances (e.g., siblings with different last names).
Secondary students in the adaptive learning model (mix of in-person and at-home learning)
Secondary students who will attend the adaptive learning model will join a morning orientation session at their school between Sept. 8 and 11, with a full return to school routines on Sept. 14. Schools will contact students and families directly by Sept. 1, 2020 with orientation dates and details.
Special Education classes
Special Education classes will follow a different model. Schools will reach out to families of students in Special Education classes to share their return-to-school schedules by Sept. 1, 2020.
Students who will be learning at home only
In our last communication to staff and families, we shared that over 40,000 students have opted for at-home learning only through the board’s
PDSB Online School. These students will officially begin class early in the week of Sept. 14, with orientation opportunities during the week of Sept. 8. More information will be shared with families shortly.
Last updated: Sept. 1, 2020