As we embark upon a school year unlike any other, I want to express my deep gratitude for our students, staff, families, and communities who have persevered in an extraordinarily challenging time.  We have experienced unprecedented change since our school year was interrupted last March and I know this process has been difficult for everyone as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together.

Our system has undergone a major transformation in preparation for reopening our doors to in person learning. Our schools and operations, especially, have undergone significant change to help support our commitment to health, safety, and wellbeing. Every facet of our system has been examined and re-imagined to prioritize the safety of all those who enter our buildings and to ensure that Human Rights and Equity is at the forefront of everything we do. 

We know that school will look a lot different this year, but our commitment to our students remains unwavering and we are incredibly excited to welcome our staff and students back to the classroom this year. We want all of our families to know that they are a valued partner in their child’s education and we will be making every effort to stay connected as the year unfolds.

The Waterloo Region District School Board has ensured we are following the direction and advice of the Ministry of Education and Public Health, as we equip our facilities, staff, students and school communities with the resources and information needed to best support a healthy and safe school year.  We know there will be many questions along the way, but I hope you find this Guide for Families helpful as you prepare for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.


John Bryant,
Director of Education

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