School reopening information

Information regarding the reopening of schools in the SCDSB
Posted on 08/05/2020

On Sept. 8, all Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) schools and adult learning centres will reopen to all students under a conventional school day model, subject to cohorting/timetabling considerations, and with enhanced public health protocols. The SCDSB has been working with the Ministry of Education and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) to finalize plans for reopening.

At this time, we can confirm the following:

  • All SCDSB elementary and secondary schools will reopen with enhanced public health protocols and cohorting considerations in place, and students will return to the classroom beginning Sept. 8
    - Students attending elementary schools will return full time 
    - Students attending secondary schools will return on a quadmester schedule, taking two courses from Sept. to Nov. and two different courses from Nov. to Feb.
    - Students from Grade 4 through 12 will be required to wear masks, which will be provided by the SCDSB
    - Students from Kindergarten through Grade 3 will not be required to wear masks, although it is encouraged
    - Staff will be required to wear masks, which will be provided by the SCDSB, when physical distancing is not possible
    - Voluntary learn at home opportunities will be available to students whose parents/guardians determine that they do not want their child to return to in-person learning

  • All students and staff will be expected to self-screen prior to attending school each day, using a self-assessment tool provided by the SMDHU. Students or staff with symptoms must stay home from school
  • The SCDSB will continue to provide mental health and well-being support to students directly, through our social workers and child and youth workers, as well as online 
  • The SCDSB is working with the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium to develop plans for transportation of students, including seating plans to support maximum physical distancing and enhanced cleaning protocols
  • The SCDSB is developing a parent/guardian support platform, accessible through the SCDSB website, that will include self-help tools and resources as well as access to SCDSB staff who will provide individualized support related to technology, learning platforms, curriculum, mental health and special education needs
Return to School Survey

A survey regarding the return to school plan has been distributed via email to parents/guardians of SCDSB students.

The SCDSB looks forward to welcoming our students and staff to a new school year. In partnership with the SMDHU, the SCDSB will continue to implement measures to protect the health and well-being of our students and staff.