Keeping connected to learning while in-person school is delayed until at least January 17, 2022

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to review the details from the announcement by the Government of Ontario about returning to school this week. 

The return to in-person learning is delayed until at least January 17, 2022. According to the announcement, this and other COVID-19 time-limited measures are in place to help reduce virus transmission, and prevent hospitals and the healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed.

Effective Thursday, January 6, 2022, remote learning will be in place.

Students currently enrolled at in-person school: Our school teams are planning for the switch to remote learning and will be ready to welcome students who normally attend in-person school. Your child’s teacher will contact you over the next two days with specific instructions about how to access Google Classroom for synchronous learning. Students who are unable to participate in synchronous learning will be able to access Google Classroom tasks through asynchronous learning. Your child’s teacher can explain more about this process.

Asynchronous versus synchronous online learning: Asynchronous learning enables students to view instructional materials at any time and does not include live instruction. Synchronous learning means students log in and participate in class at specific times. 

Students currently enrolled at the Virtual School: Classes will continue as normal beginning Wednesday, January 5.

Devices for students: While many families already have devices for students, including some HPEDSB devices that were shared last year, families whose children need a device for learning are encouraged to contact their school. Please note that devices (Chromebooks or wifi hotspots) are limited in supply and will be provided based on availability.

Special Education: Schools with self-contained Special Education classes are in the process of contacting families to determine in-person learning requests. Specific timelines and next steps will be confirmed to these families later this week.

Emergency child care: Emergency child care is being arranged by municipalities. If you require this, please contact your municipality and monitor the municipality websites for information.

Mental health resources: We recognize the challenges that have come with the continued uncertainty of the pandemic, and will continue to prioritize students’ mental health and well-being. School-based mental health supports for students will continue to be available during remote learning. Please contact your child’s teacher or principal if your child needs someone to talk with.

In addition, the following organizations have useful resources and services:

  • ​​​​​​​Kids Help Phone offers free 24/7 counselling and referral services. Call 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868
  • School Mental Health Ontario has a number of great resources for students, parents and families 
  • Children’s Mental Health Services provides service for children, youth and their families  24/7 by calling 613-966-3100; or, free, confidential, voluntary service is available online

Please know that our priority continues to be connecting with students, providing engaging and meaningful academic learning experiences, as well as supporting their mental health and well-being.

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we make this transition. We hope to see students in person again soon. Take care, be well and follow public health measures to wear masks, physical distance and wash hands frequently.



Elementary - Teachers are currently working to connect with families to determine student Chromebook needs for online learning. If your child needs a school-device to access their online learning while at home, please be sure to let your child’s homeroom teacher know as soon as possible.

Secondary - Teachers have shared a Google Form with all students so that you may request a Chromebook should you need this to access your classes virtually while at home.  This form can be found in your morning Google Classroom.  Please complete this form as soon as possible so that a device can be allocated for you.    

Families that requested technology will be able to pick it up from the front doors of the school between 9:00 to 2:30 this Wednesday and Thursday (Jan. 5th & 6th). 

Please note that wifi devices have not yet been allocated and will not be distributed at this time.  importantInfo

Secondary Student Recognition Awards

Secondary Student Recognition Awards

Yesterday we celebrated the accomplishments of students with outstanding achievement from last year.  Please see the video link to see pictures of your student with their awards.


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.


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