COMMUNITY UPDATE ~ January 8, 2021
The most recent announcement from the Province of Ontario mandates that all schools in Southern Ontario will remain closed to in-person learning until January 25th. Distance learning will continue for the entire school for the next two weeks, with the exception of our licensed Preschool class which remains open.
While this is not the news we were hoping to hear, we are grateful to have our distance learning programs ready to continue.
Below please find community updates regarding our plans for January for the early childhood, elementary and high school programs.
COVID-19 - Return To School Plan
HWS is committed to providing a holistic and developmentally appropriate education for our students in the place and time in which we find ourselves. HWS must respond to the current world situation and take reasonable steps to reduce risk for students and faculty. The goal is that steps taken to mitigate the risk are feasible and will be in balance with the school’s educational ideals. HWS continues to prioritize providing a rich and warm environment based on love and mutual respect.
Our changes and precautions will be implemented carefully and intentionally and will be communicated to students with compassion in an age appropriate manner. Our aim is to create a culture of collective care. The students will be involved in strengthening this culture and the adults will carry the responsibility for managing the changes needed to mitigate risks. The success of this plan will depend on the entire community working together to support the implementation of these procedures and protocols.
Sub-sections of our school's planning can be accessed here:
Having all students on campus for a full five-day program is our intent. We will only implement full campus distance learning if we are mandated to close our school campus by Halton Region Public Health or the Government of Ontario. HWS has re-opened our school campus, as of September 8, 2020 working with guidance from Halton Region Public Health. The operating procedures and protocols above are designed to be implemented by providing multiple means of preventing and containing the potential spread of COVID-19.