DDSB planning staggered start to year for elementary students
Dear Parents/Guardians,


This message is to inform you of an update we received from the Ministry of Education yesterday (Tuesday August 18) in the late-afternoon.

The Ministry has informed us that staggered starts will be allowed for the first two weeks of school for students attending in-person. As a result, we will be implementing a staggered start for elementary in-person students for two weeks, instead of one week as outlined in our update yesterday. We believe that this will help provide flexibility for families and help ease the transition of your child returning to school, along with learning the health and safety protocols that we will have in place.

Your school principal will be in touch with you next week with more details on how the staggered start will work. At that time, you will have an opportunity to let the school principal know if your child(ren) require any special accommodations for the first two weeks of school. We kindly ask that you wait for your principal to outline next steps as their focus this week continues to be on re-timetabling and staffing the school.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work towards a safe and organized return to school, that starts on Tuesday September 8.

With thanks,

Norah Marsh
Acting Director of Education

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