The Superior-Greenstone District School Board's priority is the safety and well-being of our students and staff, particularly as we prepare for the return to school in September. We look forward to the start of the new school year and we know that the first day of school will be filled with excitement and that there may also be some anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the length of time since students have been in school.
We want the return to school to be safe and successful for everyone. We are following the directions of the Ministry of Education and we will continue collaboration with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit to ensure that our schools and workplaces are safe. We will be focusing on mental health and well-being strategies to support educator's and student's return to school. This webpage will outline important information for students, parents and guardians about what a school day will look like, our new health and safety protocols, well-being resources and more.
The Government of Ontario released their school reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year on July 30, 2020. You can find the Guide to Reopening Ontario's Schools by clicking here.
School Day Model
As per the requirements of the Ministry of Education, students of Superior-Greenstone District School Board will begin the school year following a Conventional Model (Normal School Day Routine) with enhanced public health protocols.
- Will be a "layered" approach to safety, including multiple measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread, including decreasing the number of interactions with others and increasing the safety of interactions.
- Training for all staff and students.
- Signage on walls and floors will be provided as visual reminders for students.
- Students and staff will be required to engage in daily screening. Families will be supported in completing this daily screening.
- Hand hygiene routines and procedures will be scheduled throughout the day.
- The use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be required as appropriate (see Fact Sheet: Personal Protective Equipment for further details).
- Healthy environments will be maintained, including environmental cleaning and physical distancing.
- Healthy operations will be maintained, including mitigating risks for students at higher risk of infection, protecting staff and at-risk persons or families, daily screening, and the management of cases and outbreaks.
Elementary Schools (Kindergarten to Grade 8)
Elementary schools will reopen with conventional in-person delivery of teaching and instruction, with enhanced health and safety protocols. Elementary students will attend school five days per week, with students grouped together in a cohort for the full day, including recess and lunch. The full range of elementary curriculum will be provided. For complete details, please read the Elementary School Fact Sheet.
Secondary Schools (Grade 9-12)
Secondary schools will reopen with a conventional, in-person, five days per week schedule with enhanced health and safety protocols. The high school will be adopting a timetabling method that emphasizes cohorting of student as much as possible to limit the number of student-to-student contacts. For complete details, please read the Secondary School Fact Sheet.
The Option of Remote Learning
Parents and Guardians will make decisions regarding in-person attendance for their child(ren) for this school year and will have the option of remote/online learning if they do not wish to send their child(ren) back to school. Pre-registration for full-time remote learning will be required. All Parents/Guardians will be contacted by SGDSB Personnel before August 18, 2020 as Parents/Guardians will be required to provide their decision to their child(ren)'s school that they will be voluntarily choosing to engage their child(ren) in 100% At-Home Remote Learning. For complete details, please read the Fact Sheet for 100% At-Home Remote Learning. For those choosing to option of Remote Learning, please read the Fact Sheet for Learning from Home: Support for Families.
Reopening Schools Schedule
August 10 - 11, 2020: SGDSB Communication Week
During these days, SGDSB will start communicating with families/caregivers to provide more information regarding what the Ministry of Education's announcement will mean for our families in September. Communication will include Fact Sheets containing information on safety, cleaning, transportation, etc., and information regarding a virtual "open house" with your child's Principal.
August 12-18, 2020: Registration Confirmation
The return to school is voluntary and based on parent choice. By August 18, all families/cargivers will be contacted by SGDSB personnel to verify if their child will be A) returning to the physical school building in September; or B) Choosing to engage in 100% Virtual Remote Learning for their child(ren).
SGDSB will support students in both scenarious. Due to possible constraints with the size of cohorts, schools must know who is returning to the physical school by August 18. Avoid being placed on a waiting list to enter school by confirming your child's registration.
August 17-28, 2020: Contact and Transitions to School
School Principals will be in contact with families/caregivers to ensure that programming needs are identified. This is especially important for students with high special education needs, students who are engaging in 100% Virtual Remote Learning, or students who have other identified needs. Some schools will be offering transition activities during this week.
August 31-September 2, 2020: PD Days and School Start
Staff will be preparing for the safe start to the school year by engaging in professional development during the first three days of the school year. This includes August 31, September 1 and September 2, 2020. Topics include Health and Safety, Mental Health and Well-Being, distance learning and equity.
The first day of School for students is scheduled on Thursday, September 3, 2020.
The Fact Sheets have been designed to provide information for school communities considering the changes required by COVID-19. For any questions, concerns, or accomodations, please contact your child's school Principal.