Currently, graduation requirements will continue as usual. We will update students and families when information regarding OSSLT (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test) and volunteer hours is provided by the Ministry of Education. In the meantime, students should continue to seek volunteer opportunities wherever possible.
The PDSB will be reducing class sizes by hiring additional elementary and secondary Teachers, using PDSB reserve funds. As numbers are finalized, they will be shared with staff and families.
Health and Physical Education
Although gymnasiums will remain open in secondary schools, whenever possible, Health and Physical Education classes will take place outside. Activities that avoid the use of equipment or with a lot of distance and limited equipment (e.g. badminton) will be encouraged.
Change rooms will be closed. Students should come prepared with proper shoes and athletic wear on the day they have Physical Education class.
Wearing a mask during Phys. Ed.:
Students participating in moderate or vigorous physical activity will not wear a mask, but must maintain physical distance from other students. Masks are not required when students are outside, but physical distancing must be maintained.
Other health and safety considerations:
- Students will practice proper hand hygiene before and after participating in physical activity and equipment use.
- Weight rooms will be closed until deemed safe by the Ministry of Education.
- Shared equipment will be disinfected between each use. Students will not be allowed in equipment rooms.
- Benches and other high-touch items that may be in gyms will be removed or taken out of use. Gym mats will not be used.
- As mentioned in our
Water Fountain Protocols, students should bring their own water bottles.
- We will follow guidelines provided in
PHE Canada’s COVID-19 Pandemic: Return to School Canadian Physical and Health Education Guidelines
Regional Learning Choices Programs (RLCPs)
RLCPs will follow the quadmester model along with other students at the school. Some components of the program, like Repertoire Courses, may take place online through distance learning or will be postponed to the second semester.
Bussing for RLCPs will still be under the guidance of parents and board transportation will not be provided in the quadmester model.
Note: RLCPs will not be offered through the
PDSB Online School at this time. If a student is enrolled in an RLCP, their spot will be held for when they return to in-person learning.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
The IB program will follow the quadmester model along with other students at the school. Schools will work with students to help meet extracurricular requirements through a distance model, where possible.
We are waiting for more information from the International Baccalaureate Organization on whether this program will be able to operate in a fully online model.
As businesses open, there may be opportunities for Co-operative Education placements; however, the health, safety and well-being of students and Teachers remains our top priority. We will make every effort to offer virtual placements, where possible.
Science & Technology
In Science & Technology classes, equipment is typically shared between students--this will be avoided during the 2020-21 school year. If goggles are used in class, students will be provided with their own set, which will be sanitized after each session. All equipment will be cleaned and disinfected regularly, including glassware, optics equipment, dissection tools, microscopes, plates, electricity kits, shovels/spades, sink taps and gas jets.
All lab areas will be set up as single stations. Bunsen burners will not be used, or only used in high ventilated spaces.
In Technology classes, any community-based services, such as car bookings, haircuts for people outside of the school, etc., are suspended until further notice.
As students will be dismissed before lunchtime, students will not eat lunch at school. All cafeterias will be closed and vending machines will be unavailable.
Schools will decide on a case-by-case basis whether a breakfast or snack program will continue. However, no outside volunteers are allowed to supervise snack programs. In their decision, schools will consider distribution options that maximize physical distancing and limit the contact with the food. Contact your school directly to learn more.
With the closure of cafeterias and no access to vending machines, students may consider bringing a snack to class. Snacks should be things like granola bars, fruit, etc. and should not require use of a microwave.
Washroom and water fountain protocols
Schools will designate washrooms for specific classrooms to use. Your Teacher will let you know which washrooms will be used by students in your class. To coordinate washroom breaks, schools may use a hall pass system with one student per class permitted at a time.
While on their washroom break, students are reminded to:
- maintain physical distance
- abide by maximum capacity signage for washrooms (they will be reduced by 50% of the washroom’s normal capacity)
- avoid congregating or socializing in washrooms
As outlined in our hand hygiene practices, students must wash their hands while in the washroom before returning to class.
Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school. Water fountains will be available to refill water bottles or cups.
Meeting with your Guidance Counsellor
Virtual appointments should continue between guidance counsellors and students as much as possible. All in-person appointments with your guidance counsellor need to be scheduled ahead of time. Only students with crisis/urgent needs will be seen without an appointment.
Visiting the main office
Office visits by students and visitors should only occur if necessary. Barriers and signage will be placed in school offices to support physical distancing and outline protocols. Students will only enter the office area if they have a scheduled appointment or when directed by a staff member in the office. If required, students may only enter the office one at a time.
While in the office, individuals must maintain physical distancing and follow physical distancing markers/footprints at all times. When this cannot be done, schools will arrange for space outside of the office for individuals to wait.
Visitors to schools
To limit and track school visitors, only essential visitors will be permitted into the school. As required by Peel Public Health, visitors must sign in upon entry and sign out when they leave.
Last updated: Aug. 25, 2020