August 7, 2020

Confirm your child’s return-to-school plans by Aug. 17

​Last week, the Ministry of Education announced reopening plans for schools across Ontario, beginning in September 2020. As we prepare for the 2020-21 school year, the Peel District School Board is collecting information from families regarding their plans to return to school through an Intention to Return to School Form. 

An email has been sent directly to every student’s board-provided Gmail account. (Note: The link to the form is NOT included in this web post). If you have registered a child for the first time in the Peel board before June 30, 2020, you will receive a separate email to the email address you provided on the registration form with instructions on how to access your child’s Gmail account.

All parents/guardians must confirm their child's return-to-school plans by noon on Aug. 17, 2020. Please indicate if your child will return to in-person learning in the school building or if they will participate in distance learning only. 

To help you make an informed decision, preliminary, draft information about our reopening plans, including enhanced health and safety protocols, school routines and other frequently asked questions, are available at Please note that these plans are subject to further approvals and may change. We will update this website regularly as information is confirmed. 

Accessing the online form

To access the online form, look for an email sent to your child’s Gmail account (the same account that was used for Report Cards in June 2020). Use this form to confirm your child's return-to-school plans. This form MUST be completed and submitted for each child by email by 12 p.m. (NOON) on Aug. 17, 2020. 

Can I change my mind?

Elementary students (K-8): The form will be open from Aug. 7 to 17, 2020, and can be edited after being sent to us, during this period of time only. Elementary students may switch from distance learning to in-person learning at key dates throughout the school year. Families will have until Sept. 10, 2020 at 3 p.m. to inform their Principal. We anticipate another opportunity to change learning models mid-November. 

Elementary students who opt for distance learning will be enrolled in our PDSB Online School, where they will be taught remotely by a Peel board educator. This educator may not be a teacher at your child's physical school. 

After the key entry deadline passes, students will remain in the PDSB Online School until the next key entry time. A process will be developed to facilitate this transition. 

Families will have the option to transition their child(ren) from in-person learning to distance learning throughout the school year. Schools will work with families to determine the least disruptive timing for a transition to distance learning. Since this transition will result in a move to a different teacher, every effort will be made to provide students with a continuous learning experience.

Secondary students (9-12): Secondary students may switch from distance learning to the adaptive learning model up until the end of the first week of school. After that, if students have selected full distance learning, they will remain in the PDSB Online School for the duration of the quadmester.

If students choose to attend school in-person and would like to switch to the PDSB Online School, they may be able to do so, as long as the course is offered online. Schools will work with students to help facilitate this process.​

If your child is eligible for transportation and will not be using board-provided transportation in 2020-21, please complete this Student Transportation of Peel Region Opt-out Form. If you are eligible for board-provided transportation and have opted out, you can opt back in by contacting STOPR or by filling out the STOPR Opt-out Form again. Please allow some time for STOPR to provide you with your child’s bus stop schedule and locations.

Regional Learning Choice Programs
Students who opt out of in-person learning will not be able to continue in the Regional Learning Choice Program. However, if the student decides to return to in-person learning at a later point in time, they will be able to join the program again.

More information
We will post updates regarding our Reopening Plans on our website as details are confirmed. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]. Due to the high volume of emails, we will not be able to respond to individual emails, but will post answers to Frequently Asked Questions on

Thank you for helping us as we prepare for a safe reopening for all. 

Peel District School Board 

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