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COVID-19 School Screening Requirements

Parents/guardians (and students 18+) must complete the Government of Ontario's online COVID-19 school screening tool for each child prior to them attending school each day. Any student who does not pass the school screening tool should remain home and follow the direction provided through the online screening tool.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Parents/Guardians For information on the Ontario schools during Covid 19, please visit: https://hdsb.ca/students/Pages/Health%20and%20Well-Being/COVID-19.aspx.



If you are new to the Halton District School Board and wish to register your child(ren) for school, please visit: https://hdsb.ca/parents/Pages/Register-My-Child-for-School.aspx.

We encourage families to continue to check for updates from us and the HDSB through email (SchoolMessenger), www.hdsb.ca, and the Board’s social media pages (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram). Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Spring Break April 12th-16th

COVID-19 Testing During Spring Break for HDSB Students and Staff

Parents/guardians are encouraged to take advantage of expanded COVID-19 testing to have their children tested to support a safe return to school on April 19. During Spring Break (April 12-18), students can visit a pharmacy or assessment centre to be tested for COVID-19 whether or not they are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

  • To book a COVID-19 test at a pharmacy: For the week of April 12-18 only, pharmacies that currently offer asymptomatic testing for education staff, will now accept appointments from students. To book an appointment, visit the COVID-19 Testing Locations website, and select “pharmacy” as your location type.

  • To book a COVID-19 test at an assessment centre: For the week of April 12-18, students and staff will also be able to access asymptomatic testing at local assessment centres. To book an appointment, visit the COVID-19 Testing Locations website, and select “assessment centre” as your location type.


Student Census

The HDSB is conducting a Student Census throughout the winter of 2021 as required by the Anti-Racism Act, 2017 and Ontario’s Education Equity Action Plan. Students in Grade 4 - 12 will complete the electronic census independently during provided class time. For students in Kindergarten to Grade 3, parent(s)/guardian(s) will complete the census on behalf of their child.


It is important that the Student Census reflects the voices of all students, therefore the more responses we receive, the more effective the data will be to help inform and improve programming and learning environments. The Student Census is voluntary and students and parents/guardians can skip any question they do not want to answer. If you have concerns about your child’s participation, please email studentcensus@hdsb.ca.


For additional information, please view the recording of the virtual HDSB Student Census Information Session held on Dec. 8, 2020 as well as the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Student Census webpage for detailed information.



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