As you prepare for the start of the school year, you will likely have many questions about what the 2020-21 school year will look like. Whether your child will be learning in person or at home, here are some topics to consider.
Gradual return to school
To help us prepare for a safe school year and adjust to new school routines, the first day of school will be different than in previous school years. Rather than all students returning on one day, students will gradually return to school by attending orientation sessions during the weeks of Sept. 8 and 14.
A gradual return to school means that fewer people will be in the school building, so students and staff can focus on learning and adopting new routines and safety practices before all students return. This new return-to-school process is grounded in our guiding principles for the safe and equitable reopening of schools.
Elementary – Kindergarten to Grade 8
Elementary students who will be attending school in person will be assigned two orientation days between Sept. 9 and 15, based on the first letter of their last name, and will fully return to school on Sept. 16. Schools will adjust orientation attendance to accommodate for special circumstances (e.g., siblings with different last names).
Pre-register for school
To help us plan for the upcoming school year, all families were sent an Intention to Return to School Form to their child's student Google account.
The form is now closed. The deadline to complete this form was Monday, Aug. 17, 2020 at noon. Please contact your school directly if you did not fill out the form or would like to switch learning models. School email addresses can be found at the top of each school website.
Student Transportation of Peel Region (STOPR) will assign students to cohorts for each school in order to plan school bus routes safely and efficiently. Given the complexity of the cohort planning, families will not likely receive bus route information until the week before school starts.
Practice COVID-19 prevention measures at home
If your child will be returning to in-person learning, it may be helpful to talk together about some of the new routines that they can expect at school:
Talk to your child about COVID-19
Use credible resources, like these provided by the
Government of Canada
Peel Public Health
, to talk to your child about COVID-19 and become familiar with the symptoms. Together, go over the
, Peel Public Health’s four steps to help us overcome COVID-19, and watch these videos provided by the Government of Canada on hygiene
Practice wearing a mask together
As per Peel Public Health's recent recommendation, all elementary students in grades 1 to 8 will be required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering while indoors at school. Kindergarten students will be encouraged to wear a mask. If they don’t have one, a mask will be provided.
Some children may need some extra practice to get used to wearing a mask for longer periods of time. Others may be scared to wear a mask or see others wearing a mask. If your child hasn’t worn a mask before, practice wearing one at home together, gradually building up the length of time that they’re wearing it throughout the day.
Become familiar with physical distancing
While the school will have physical distancing measures in place, it is helpful for your child to be familiar with maintaining a safe space around themselves and others.
For families who are new to the Peel board, all registrations will continue to be completed electronically. To register and for more information, visit www.peelschools.org/register.
Families who are transferring children between Peel schools or who are registering their child in a Peel school for the first time will be asked to contact the school via email or phone by Sept. 1, 2020, to process registrations in a timely manner. Schools will respond back to any emails when they re-open on Aug. 27, 2020.
New students after the start of the school year on Sept. 8, 2020, will continue to be accepted. Parents/caregivers must contact the home school Principal to indicate whether they will be participating in learning in-person or through full distance learning.
If your family is new to Ontario, your child may need an assessment/orientation interview before starting school. Please contact our We Welcome the World Centres via email at
School schedules will be sent to families on Aug. 28, 2020. In most cases, school start and end times will not change for elementary schools, but timing of the periods throughout the day may be different to allow for staggered recess, lunch or entry. Your school will communicate these details with you directly.
Sample elementary school schedule
This is a sample schedule for school that starts at 8:45 a.m. Schools operating with a Nutrition Break schedule will continue to do so.
Last updated: Aug. 21, 2020