On May 6, we launched Exchanging Ideas, a campaign that allowed us to connect with families, students and staff during the school closure.

Feedback About Reopening

As part of this campaign, on June 24, 2020, WRDSB launched three surveys which asked families, students (grade 4-12), and staff about their priorities for the reopening of school.

Reopening Questions – Families, Students, Staff:

What factors would help you feel more comfortable when you/your child return to work/school?

Top Responses 

  • Knowing workspaces are cleaned/sanitized daily
  • Knowing  that public health regulations are being followed 
  • Cleaning/sanitizing supplies are made readily available to all students and staff
  • Knowing that the social/emotional needs of students and staff will be met 
  • Knowing that the learning/working environment will be well suited for learning/working 

Reopening Questions – Families, Students, Staff:

What are your main concerns about coming back to work/school?

Top Responses 

  • Ability to meet new expectations around physical distancing regulations while carrying out regular responsibilities 
  • Non-compliance by others
  • Public health regulations not being followed
  • Being overwhelmed trying to catch-up with learning
  • The school not being properly disinfected 

Confirmation of Attendance Form

In order to plan for the upcoming school year, parents are required to complete the Confirmation of Attendance form and indicate whether or not their child (or children) will be returning to in-person learning in September. A separate form must be completed for each child and is required for both elementary and secondary students. The deadline to complete this form was Thursday, August 13, 2020.  The form will be reopened after August 17, 2020, for any families who are registering their child(ren) to attend a WRDSB school for the first time.

When Families Change Their Mind and Request A Change From One Mode of Learning to Another…

For those families who would like to transition between in-person and distance learning, this option will be available to them at natural transition points throughout the school year. There are health and safety, transportation and staffing implications to requested changes and so we will need to respond in a way that maintains stability and consistency in the learning environment for our students, our staff, and our school communities. As always, in unique circumstances and on compassionate grounds, with the best interests of students and families in mind, we will accommodate family and student requests where we are able and in as timely a fashion as possible.

Over the course of the school year, where families would like to make a change to their child’s mode of learning, we would encourage you to reach out to the Principal of your child’s school by the deadlines outlined below. For Elementary students, there are two transition points. For Secondary students, this option will be available at the end of each quadmester.

Elementary

  • Start date of new mode of learning: Mid-October
    • The deadline for families to request a change to their child(ren)’s mode of learning will be September 25 at 4:00 pm
  • Start date of new mode of learning: February 3
    • The deadline for families to request a change to their child(ren)’s mode of learning will be January 15

Secondary

In secondary there will be three possible transition dates:

  • November 16 | Quadmester 2
    • The deadline for families to request a change to their child(ren)’s mode of learning for quadmester 2 will be October 23
  • February 4 | Quadmester 3
    • The deadline for families to request a change to their child(ren)’s mode of learning for quadmester 3 will be January 15
  • TBD | Quadmester 4
    • The start date for quadmester 4 and deadline to request a change to their child(ren)’s mode of learning will be communicated at a later date.