continue to plan for the return to school this September, we remain
committed to providing updates as they become available. On August 14,
the Ministry of Education announced that school boards may adopt a
staggered start to the school year. Recognizing that the school year
will look different than it has in the past, a staggered start will
allow for the gradual return of students, and time for learning and
adopting new routines and safety practices.
The SCDSB will be implementing the following plan for our students who will be returning to in-school learning in September:
Elementary (Kindergarten to Grade 8):
- Students with surnames A-G will attend Tuesday, September 8, 2020
- Students with surnames H-O will join students with the surnames A-G in attending Wednesday, September 9, 2020
- All elementary students will attend Thursday, September 10, 2020
Kindergarten students will begin attendance on Thursday, September 10,
2020 as previously planned and communicated with parents/guardians
Secondary (Grades 9 to 12):
- Grade 9 students will attend Tuesday, September 8, 2020
- Grade 10 students will join Grade 9 students in attending Wednesday, September 9, 2020
- All secondary students will attend Thursday, September 10, 2020
7 and 8 students attending Elmvale District High School and Stayner
Collegiate Institute will stagger entry based on the elementary school
framework outlined above.
All students in county class programs
(social skills, developmental skills, life skills and autism spectrum
disorder) will begin on Tuesday, September 8, and will attend every day.
The staggered entry plan for elementary students ensures that
families are able to send all children in their household to school on
the same day. Our secondary school plan provides our Grade 9 students
with a day for orientation, followed by a gradual increase to the school
Please note that all students, Kindergarten to Grade
12, who are participating in the remote learning program, will be
contacted by their teacher in the first two weeks of school and classes
will begin on Monday, September 21.
A return to school fact sheet is
available on the SCDSB website and will continue to be updated as more
information becomes available. As you know, the SCDSB takes our
direction from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) on all
matters related to COVID-19. As our local partner in public health, the
SMDHU has launched a return to school portal on their website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org and has shared a letter for families that can be found at the following link: https://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Topics/COVID-19/Return-to-School/Families.
want you to know that SCDSB staff are working very hard to ensure a
positive return to school experience for all students, regardless of
whether they return in person or select the remote learning option. We
are looking forward to welcoming back our students and engaging in
another successful year of learning together.
To stay connected and informed, visit our website at www.scdsb.on.ca/covid-19 or follow us on social media (Twitter: @SCDSB_Schools or Facebook: www.facebook.com/SCDSB).