Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Event – January 19

As part of our ongoing Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy, we are inviting parents and caregivers to attend a webinar on January 19, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. In partnership with Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Program from St. Mary’s Hospital, the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) as well as the Waterloo Region Police Service, this event marks […]

Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency

We want to provide WRDSB families with further information regarding the declaration of a second provincial emergency and the most recent direction from the Ministry of Education. By January 20, 2021, the Chief Medical Officer of Health will advise the Ministry of Education, in conjunction with local public health units, which school boards will resume […]

Free Google Meet Workshop for Families

This week, Cobblestone Collective, in partnership with Google Canada, is offering a free one hour workshop for families on how to use Google Meet. Topics covered in the workshop include learning how to navigate Google Meet, finding links to your child’s online lessons, troubleshooting tips and understanding how students participate in their online learning. When […]

Update for Families of Special Education Students in Specific Secondary and Elementary Congregated Classes

Further to our announcement yesterday regarding the extension of remote learning, we wanted to provide more information to students and families in our Secondary and Elementary Congregated Classes. Today, we received an update from the Ministry of Education in which they have mandated that school boards will provide in-person learning opportunities for their most complex […]

Office update – January 8, 2021

Dear Jean Steckle families, I would like to wish our families a happy new year. Even though the start of 2021 has been different, our students, families, and educators have done a tremendous job transitioning to the Learn from Home program. I am proud to see our students navigating the Google Classroom and Google Meets. […]

Province Announces Extension of Remote Learning

Today, Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health announced that school closures and distance learning will continue for elementary schools through Friday, January 22 to help limit the spread of COVID-19. No changes for secondary students have been announced.  All elementary and secondary students are now scheduled to return to in-person learning on […]

Responding to Events in the US at Capitol Hill: Resources for Families and Students

All of us are disturbed by the events that unfolded in Washington, D.C. yesterday with many distressing images that raise legitimate questions about democracy, the rule of law, white privilege, and anti-Black racism. Educators have been provided with resources to engage students in these conversations, in an age appropriate manner. Staff are available to provide […]

Now Accepting Elementary Mode of Learning Change Requests

Families of elementary students who wish to change their child’s mode of learning (in-person to distance learning or from distance learning to in-person), have the opportunity to do so until 3:00 pm on Friday, January 15, 2021. To request a change in your child’s mode of learning, please contact your child’s school. Please note that […]

A Message from the Minister of Education for Ontario Families

This message is also available in PDF format in English and French. Dear Ontario Parents, It has been a trying year for all Ontarians. Yet, through the greatest challenges we faced, our province – most especially inspired by our students, parents and education staff – came together. Unified in our effort to stop the spread […]

Welcome to 2021 in the WRDSB

Welcome 2021! As we can all attest to, 2020 was exceptionally challenging and we are looking forward with hope and optimism for all 2021 will bring! This new calendar year starts with some adjustments as students return to learning on January 4th. As a reminder, on December 21, 2020, the Ontario Provincial Government announced that […]

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