Possible School Closure After Upcoming Long Weekend.

March 31, 2021

Dear Students, Families and Staff:

Preparing for the long weekend, please take personal belongings home from school.

The long weekend is almost here, a welcome break for all. Even so, it will look different this year throughout the province due to COVID-19 social gathering and other limitations, and specifically in Hastings County and Prince Edward County, as ordered by Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health, on March 29, 2021.

On Thursday, April 1, 2021, as a precautionary measure, it is recommended that students and staff take home personal effects, including eyeglasses, shoes, and materials required for teaching and learning remotely, such as technology/SEA equipment, before heading out for the long weekend.

At this time, it is anticipated that students and staff who are currently learning and working inperson will return to school on Tuesday, April 6; however, we want staff and families to be ready and supported if the Ministry of Education and provincial Medical Officer of Health announce a shift to remote learning for all students.

While this is not intended to cause speculation or added anxiety, our purpose is for students, families and staff to be as prepared as possible after the long weekend. Our hope is that this approach allows everyone to prepare for whatever scenario we may face in the coming days and weeks.

The Hastings Prince Edward Public Health website has information and several resources about the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will share updates as information becomes available. Please continue to monitor our social media (@HPEschools), school social media and the local media.

Thank you for your understanding and support of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. If you have any questions, or need further clarification, please contact your child’s principal.


Sean Monteith
Director of Education

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Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

Students in grade 10 and 11 will be writing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test this year.  We have selected multipe dates in March through June to have students write so that we are abiding by Covid protocols.  This also allows students to have direct instruction in their English classes and an opportunity to try a sample test as it has moved to a new online format.

Test Dates at CHSS are as follows;

March 23/24 - Students who had English in Octo 5   (Feb. 1- March 5)

March 30/31-  Mostly students who are taking English  in Octo 6.  (March 8-April 9)

May 11/12- Mostly students who had English in Semester 1 as well as students taking English in Octo 7 (Apr.19- May 20)

June 1/2- Mostly students taking English in Octo 8 (May 21-June 24) as well as students who are in the Virtual School 


Students who are graduating this year are exempt from having to write the OSSLT.


More information to follow over the coming weeks!

Student Success Days


The final day of each block will be dedicated to student success. This will allow for a personalized approach to your child’s learning needs. What this looks like for each student will be different depending on their needs, and will be determined in collaboration with the teacher. This school day will be necessary for some students to consolidate learning, or receive additional opportunities to complete required coursework, or alternative assignments. Though not all students will require the student success day, it is being implemented in part to support pandemic related absences, and to ensure students have alternative and equitable opportunities to achieve their learning goals.

Student Success Days
Octo 5- Friday March 5
Octo 6- Friday April 9
Octo 7- Thursday May 20
Octo 8- Thursday June 24



Canadian/World Studies

Canadian and World Studies (including Native Studies)



Canadian/world studies  

The Canadian and World Studies Department encompasses a variety of subjects: Geography, History, Law and Politics. In studying these subjects, students learn how people interact with and within their social and physical environments today, and how they did so in the past. Skills developed in the CWS courses include: graphing, reading comprehension, sequencing, presentations, discussions, identifying cause and effect relationships, analyzing sources, and predicting possible solutions to world events/problems. All in all, the goal of the CWS department is to encourages students to take ownership of the world around them; directing them to study past events that have been successful and detrimental to world development, as well as their environment, in order to make better sense of the needs of the future.  


The Geography program at CHSS begins with the compulsory grade 9 credit in Canadian Geography, offered at 2 different levels of difficulty; academic and applied. There is also an excursion to Toronto attached to the course to provide students with a hands on opportunity to study urban geography. Physical Geography and Travel and Tourism courses are offered in alternate years at the grade 11 grade level.


The History program at CHSS begins with the compulsory grade 10 credit in Canadian History, offered at 3 different levels of difficulty; academic, applied and locally developed. As well as the compulsory junior credit, CHSS also offers Ancient History and Modern World History at the grade 11  level and World History at the grade 12 level; for both university and college bound pathways.


The Law program at CHSS consists of 3 unique courses: Understanding Canadian Law at the grade 11 level, Understanding Canadian Law at the grade 11 Workplace level, and Canadian and International Law, a the grade 12 University level. Within these courses, students use critical thinking skills, inquiry, and communication skills to develop informed opinions on legal issues.


Civics is a compulsory grade 10 open level course that introduces students to the way in which government works, and how to be an informed, purposeful and active citizen. Students learn about the elements of democracy in local, national and global contexts, about political reactions to social change, and about political decision-making processes in Canada.

All CWS courses offer various excursions to places such as Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston and local destinations. This is planned so that students have the chance to see things first hand and experience different environments. As well, guest speakers are brought in to share their knowledge on aspects related to first hand accounts of events and employment opportunities associated with CWS subjects.


Feel free to browse through some of our projects below (and keep up to date on what we're doing) !!!