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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This section has been created to provide regular updates on the coronavirus – COVID-19 – and its impact on students, staff, families, schools and operations.

We encourage you to visit this site regularly.

Last Updated:

May 20 - School Closure Updates
May 27 - Ministry of Education Communications
May 1 - Contractors/Sub-contractors
Apr 16 - Practice physical distancing
Apr 26 - Learning at home
Mar 23 - EQAO Assessments
May 11 - Student Mental Health and Well-being
Apr 16 - Protection, Assessment, Health and Safety
Apr 16 - Additional Resources

HWCDSB schools are closed for the remainder of the school year

HWCDSB schools are closed for the remainder of the school year

Last Updated: May 20, 2020

HWCDSB schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year as part of the provincial government’s efforts to keep students, staff and families safe from COVID-19.

School playgrounds, play structures and sports fields continue to remain closed until May 29, 2020 under the province's Emergency Orders.

Later this summer, the government will announce a plan to strengthen learning and safety protocols to enable students and staff to return to in-class instruction for the 2020-21 school year. That plan will be bolstered by an enhanced province-wide virtual learning program that will allow all students to learn, regardless of the challenges that may transpire in the coming months.

The HWCDSB is working closely with the Ministry of Education to support the continuity of learning during the school closure. See updates below.

We recognize that this is an unprecedented time in Ontario and across the world and we continue to join the world in prayer for the well-being of all who have been or will be infected by this virus.

Ministry of Education Communications

Last Updated: May 27, 2020

On May 19, 2020 Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that all publicly-funded schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year as part of the government's ongoing effort to protect the health and safety of students during COVID-19.

In March, the province launched its Learn at Home portal which offers high-quality resources for elementary and secondary students. At the end of March, the Ministry of Education unveiled the second phase of Learn at Home which marked a return to teacher-directed learning.

The Ministry has indicated that all students who were on track to graduate from secondary school before the initial school closure order was made in March will be able to graduate, and all students will receive report cards.

In May, the Ministry of Education unveiled its Framework for Continued Learning, a plan to keep students safe and learning and a pathway to re-open schools responsibly.

See Ministry communications below:

Contractors/Sub-contractors - (Updated March 30, 2020)

Contractors/Sub-contractors - (Updated March 30, 2020)

Update: May 1, 2020

Contractors/Sub-contractors, please click here

Contractors/Sub-contractors, please be aware of the procedures in place by the HWCDSB to protect you, our staff and our students from the potential transmission of COVID-19 as you do work in our schools over the next few weeks.

Since February 11, the HWCDSB has increased cleaning of high-touch point areas using an additional disinfectant spray after regular cleaning. This after-disinfectant spray cleaner kills germs within 5 minutes after it has been sprayed. During the first three days of March Break (16-18), all schools were thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

If you are doing work at our sites, we ask that you also consider:
• what steps your business has taken to identify and prevent the spread of COVID-19
• whether anyone at your home or work location has experienced symptoms such as fever, cough,
• if anyone at your home or business location is currently in self isolation.

Thank you for your support as together we work to contain the spread of this virus.

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Practice physical distancing

Practice physical distancing

Last Updated: April 16, 2020

While much of COVID-19 is outside of our control, there are some things we can all do to help contain the spread of the virus. The first is frequent hand washing, but the other important action that will significantly reduce community spread is physical distancing.

Here are some important measures you can take:
• Maintain a distance of six feet (2 metres) between yourself and other people.
• Work from home if possible.
• Avoid social gathering places.
• Stay in virtual contact with family, friends and neighbours.

Together, we can help stop the spread.

Learn more:
Government of Canada
• 1-833-784-4397
Learning at home

Learning at home

See Online Learning Resources for a complete list of "in house" and Ministry student learning resources.

EQAO Assessments

EQAO Assessments

Last Updated: March 23, 2020

Given the school closure period and the uncertainty beyond that point, the Ministry of Education has advised that it will be cancelling EQAO assessments for the remainder of this school year.

For students who are graduating in the 2019-20 school year, the literacy graduation requirement as set out in Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements, 2016 will be waived. Students who are not graduating this school year will have the opportunity to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) in the upcoming 2020-21 school year.
Protection, Assessment, Health and Safety

Protection, Assessment, Health and Safety

Last Updated: April 16, 2020

How to protect yourself
Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre. There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus, but there are actions you can take to help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. Learn what you can do to prevent coronavirus at Government of Canada.

Assessment Centres
Hamilton has two COVID-19 Assessment Centres that are now open. These clinics will assess whether people need more medical care and/or testing for COVID-19 based on symptoms (cough or fever), travel history and/or exposure to known cases.

Visit Hamilton Public Health Services to learn more.

Heightened Concern & Anxiety
We all want to be in control of our fear and cope with the stress of this pandemic in a healthy way. For things you can do, please visit Coping with Anxiety during COVID.

School & site cleaning
Board custodial staff has increased its cleaning and sterilization procedures with an increased focus on the cleaning of high touch-point areas and an additional disinfectant spray upon completion. In addition, soap dispensers and hand-dryers will be monitored closely to ensure safe handwashing practices.

Government of Canada Travel Health Notices

Always use reliable sources for information on COVID-19. These sources include:
Hamilton Public Health Services
Ministry of Health
Government of Canada

Student Mental Health and Well-being

Due to the expanding need for Mental Health resources, we have created a new website area that you can access here: ...