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July Update on 2020-2021 School Year
July Update on 2020-2021 School Year
Posted on 07/21/2020
July Update: 2020-2021 School Year Update

Dear UCDSB Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

We want to take this opportunity to reach out to all of our UCDSB families and community partners to update them on several items relating to the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

2020-2021 School Year Calendar & First Day of School
The Ministry of Education recently approved our UCDSB 2020-2021 school year calendar. This calendar follows the advice of the Ministry of Education for school boards to start their school year by September 1 and to schedule three professional activity (PA) days prior to the start of student instruction. These PA days are important to ensure our school staff are able to complete training and to prepare for the new school year. The first day of classes for all UCDSB K-12 students will be on Friday, September 4, 2020.  Download the full 2020-2021 School Year Calendar.

 School Reopening Plans – Preparing for a Range of Possibilities
Over the next few weeks, school board staff will continue with back-to-school planning for September. This has been a unique year, with staff working on a multi-scenario plan as per the direction of the Ministry of Education. These scenarios are:

  • Scenario 1: a regular school day routine with enhanced public health protocols;
  • Scenario 2: an “adapted” or modified school day routine based on smaller class sizes, cohorting and an alternative day or week delivery, and;
  • Scenario 3: distance Learning / at-home learning with ongoing enhanced remote delivery.

The ministry has said it will provide direction to school boards by mid-August as to which scenario we will be using.

It is the preference of the Upper Canada District School Board to prepare for a full return of all students to regular classes five days per week, should it be deemed safe to do so by the local Chief Medical Officers of Health.

If our school district is not permitted to have all students at school five days per week then we are looking at Scenario 2.  In this model, students will be able to connect with educators for distance learning whenever they cannot attend school in-person.  The adapted model is not our preferred approach, but we respect the province’s request that school boards prepare several models to allow for the continuity of learning in light of possible changes to local public health conditions.

The draft school reopening plan will be discussed at the UCDSB’s Board of Trustees Meeting on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.  The public meeting will be streamed live via Microsoft Teams and the recorded broadcast will be available the following day on YouTube.  You can view the meeting agenda and presentation/discussion materials here.

Return to School Survey
We welcome an update from our parents and guardians about their plans for sending their children back to school in the fall. We hope you will take the time to fill out this survey as we continue to work through these challenging times together. The survey will be open until Tuesday, July 28 at 5 p.m.  The survey can be found here.

Thank you and be well, 
Stephen Sliwa 
Director of Education 

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