Earlier this summer, the Ministry of Education tasked school boards across the province to prepare for three potential learning scenarios which may be in effect at some point throughout the school year.
On July 30, 2020, the Ministry of Education released its Guide to Reopening Ontario Schools.
The Ministry has directed that for this September, all elementary schools in the province will open for conventional in-person delivery of teaching and instruction, five days a week. This applies to all Kindergarten to Grade 8 students. Parents will continue to have the option to opt their children out of in-person delivery, which respects the fundamental role of parents in making the final determination whether they feel safe with their children returning to school.
In Secondary schools, the Ministry has directed designated school boards, including the WRDSB, to open secondary schools on an adapted model, with class cohorts of approximately 15 students, on alternating schedules with at least 50% of in-class instructional days. The designation of these school boards is based on several factors that take into account the size of the school board, the number and size of the board’s secondary schools, the size of secondary grade cohorts and whether the board is predominantly urban.
WRDSB staff have been working tirelessly to develop a Return to School and Work Plan that meets this direction from the Ministry while putting human rights and equity at the forefront and ensuring the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff.