Based on June 30, 2020 Ministry memo, boards were encouraged to start the school year by September 1, 2020 to maximize instructional time for students. Further, it advised that boards schedule three Professional Activity (PA) Days prior to the start of student instruction, to allow for some training that may be necessary to prepare for the reopening of schools.
Students enrolled in the following school boards and districts will be returning to school
SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2020
- Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon,
- Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario (CSPGNO),
- Algoma District School Board (ADSB)
- Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board (HSCDSB)
- All English and French-language schools and all public and Catholic school boards in the Algoma and Sudbury Districts including,
⇒ Blind River
⇒ Elliot Lake
⇒ Manitoulin Island
⇒ The North Shore
⇒ Sault Ste. Marie
⇒ White River
- Except for minor changes, the calendar will also apply to CSC Nouvelon and CSPGNO schools in Greater Sudbury, Espanola and Sudbury East.
Chief Medical Officer of Health, the COVID-19 Command Table and paediatric experts released a Plan for Safe Reopening of Schools in September. Enhanced Health and Safety Protocols/Guide, Province Wide
- Students from Grade 4-12 and school staff will be required to wear masks.
- Elementary school students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 will attend school five days per week, with 300 minutes of instruction per day, remaining in one cohort for the full day, including recess and lunch. Cohorted classes will stay together and with one teacher, where possible. Students can expect to see changes in the timing of recesses, lunches, and bathroom breaks as they are staggered to support cohorting. Specialized teachers, like French teachers, will still be able to go into classrooms to provide the full breadth of programming for students. Students will also be able to leave their classrooms to receive additional supports but direct and indirect contacts in schools for students should be limited to approximately 50.
- Secondary schools: 9-12 – Ontario school boards are preparing for the upcoming school year with a range of innovative timetabling approaches that support good pedagogy, follow public health advice and respect their collective agreements with teachers. All secondary students will see different timetables in this school year that are designed to keep students in a small cohort as much as possible, to limit the number of student-to-student contacts. In order to reduce risk of transmission and to support contact tracing, school boards are to develop timetables that over a 1- to 2-week period:
– Limit indirect and direct student contacts to approximately 100 students in the school; – Are encouraged to keep secondary school students in a maximum of two in-person class cohorts
The Ministry of Education, Ontario’s school board trustee associations and Ontario’s teacher unions continue to discuss implementation of these approaches.
- For both elementary and secondary students, in-person school attendance will be optional for the 2020-2021 school year to ensure parents can make decisions that work for their children and family.
- Multiple protection strategies, informed by public health advice, will be used to ensure schools are healthy and safe environments for students and staff. This includes:
- All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school.
- Signs to reinforce self-screening, hand hygiene, distancing and one-way use of hallways, adjustments to entrance and exit practices, adjustments to the use of playgrounds and school grounds, signage in bathrooms and availability of hand sanitizer.
- Training students on appropriate hand hygiene.
- Scheduling breaks to allow students to wash their hands.
- Students in Grades 4 to 12 will be required to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including in hallways and during classes. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will be encouraged but not required to wear masks in indoor spaces.
- Medical masks and eye protection (i.e. face shield) will be provided for all teachers and other staff of school boards. All school-based staff will be expected to wear masks, with reasonable exceptions for medical conditions.
- School-based staff who are regularly in close contact with students will be provided with all appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Schools will significantly limit or even prohibit visitors, including parents.
Elementary and Secondary Schools Overview
▪ STAFF SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS – Tuesday, September 1, 2020 (PA Day) prior to Labour Day. ADSB, CSC Nouvelon, CSPGNO and HSCDSB staff.
▪ STUDENTS BEGIN CLASSES – Tuesday, September 8, 2020 following Labour Day. ADSB, CSC Nouvelon, CSPGNO and HSCDSB
▪ CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SCHEDULE – December 21, 2020 to January 1, 2021 inclusive.
▪ MARCH BREAK – Monday, March 15 to Friday March 19, 2021.
▪ LAST DAY OF CLASSES – The last day of classes for staff and students is June 29, 2021.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY DAYS
1. September 1, 2020
2. September 2, 2020
3. September 3, 2020
4. September 25, 2020
5. February 5, 2021
6. April 30, 2021
7. June 11, 2021