District school board expects the school year to start September 8th - between now and then all options are on the table

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April 1st, 2020



HDSB sign and benchSomeone seems to have forgotten to do a reality check.

The Halton District School Board today released the proposed school calendar for the 2020-2021 academic year.

At the March 25, 2020 Board meeting, trustees of the Halton District School Board approved the proposed calendar dates for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Final approval of the calendar by the Ministry of Education is anticipated later in Spring 2020.

Will there be an academic year? In the event that there is the calendar proposed is set out below.

School calendar 2020-2021The school year calendar is developed with input from the School Year Calendar Committee consisting of representatives from interested and affected groups, including parents/guardians. The 2020-2021 school year calendar is aligned with the Halton Catholic District School Board calendar, to consolidate resources on school bus transportation, which is shared between school boards.

The calendar outlines the Professional Activity days (PA) for staff when schools will be closed to students, as well as school breaks and holidays. The first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year is Tuesday, Sept. 8.

These dates will be provided to schools to be shared with students and parents/guardians, and they are also posted on the Board’s website at www.hdsb.ca (refer to the Calendar on the home page).

The date is April 1st – is this a prank?  Apparently not.

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2 comments to District school board expects the school year to start September 8th – between now and then all options are on the table

  • What I think we need to do is start thinking through what kinds of mitigation we can put in place that reduce potential COVID transfer, but let the school year go on. South Korea is one to look at here, they have bins of disinfectant the kids walk through, temperature tests at the door, the kids wash hands at the start of every period, etc. This is what the school boards need to start working on – are there sinks in every class room? No, well they need installed then. This is the kind of thing that 5 months is more than enough time for. What we don’t want is to waste the next 5 month hoping that COVID magically goes away, then realize that some type of exposure is possible for the next two years.

  • Joe Gaetan

    “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”, its only a pandemic.