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Inclement Weather Reminder

November 29, 2021

With cooler weather approaching, we encourage all families to review the HDSB Inclement Weather Reminders. A printable version of this information is also available. If your child is bused to school, please ensure you know which transportation zone you are located in. Please note that when schools are closed due to inclement weather, both in-person and virtual schools will be closed.

Human Rights Symposium ~ December 9 & 10

November 29, 2021

The Halton District School Board will once again host the Human Rights Symposium on Thursday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 to engage in vital conversations and challenge thinking. The theme of this year’s event is Identity and Human Rights to explore how intersecting identities impact one’s access to and enjoyment of Human Rights. This year’s Symposium will be a virtual event for HDSB students (Grade 7-12) and staff to hear keynote speakers Janice Makokis and Spencer West in their classrooms. For more information, visit the Human Rights Symposium webpage or email symposium@hdsb.ca.

The 12 Days of Holiday Giving!

November 10, 2021

Celebrating its 16th Anniversary, The Gift of Giving Back educates and empowers thousands of young male and female athletes and high school students to compassionately give back to their community to support seven member agencies in the Halton Region who need us more than ever.

We encourage our Burlington Central Community to safely collect non-perishable food items and stock the shelves of our beneficiaries this holiday season! From December 2-19, The Gift of Giving Back and Burlington Centre are partnering to host Help Us Feed Kids: Holiday Food Drive to stock the shelves of Burlington food banks and ensure our most vulnerable neighbours are served. #donate

Consequences of Vaping & Smoking

October 5, 2021

Students are reminded that vaping and smoking is prohibited anywhere on school grounds. Vaping and smoking, especially inside the building, pose real health dangers to students and school staff. The aerosols and droplets that are produced could also spread viruses. We need to keep everyone safe.

If a student is caught vaping or smoking, a suspension may follow. All vaping materials will be confiscated. As well, a fine from the Burlington By-law Enforcement Officer may be levied. The current fine is $250 under the Regional Municipality of Halton By-Law No. 40-20.

A clear and simple message: In everyone's interest, do not bring vaping or smoking materials to school.

Halton Region Public Health - Parent Reminder Letter.pdf

Halton Region Public Health - Immunization Community Clinics

October 1, 2021

Halton Region Public Health is providing School-based Immunization Community Clinics to help grades 7 to 12 students catch-up on Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), and Meningococcal ACYW-135 vaccines, which are typically given in Grade 7 but may have been missed due to disruptions caused by the pandemic.

Book your student's appointment ONLINE. See letter from Halton Region Public Health for further information.

Parents are responsible for updating their child’s immunization records with the Health Department every time the child is vaccinated: Vaccine Reporting

HDSB Free Menstrual Products Initiative

September 24, 2021

All HDSB schools now provide free menstrual products for students in all female and gender-neutral washrooms. Students can now access menstrual products at no cost in our washrooms.


Access and availability of menstrual products in schools impacts the dignity and self-esteem of menstruating students and can impact class attendance and student achievement. The HDSB Free Menstrual Products initiative is an attempt to address some of the gaps in access to menstrual products to promote awareness and alleviate the stigma of menstruation. Free access to menstrual products supports both gender and economic equity and raises awareness of and destigmatizes menstruation. The Free Menstrual Products initiative aligns with the HDSB’s Equity & Inclusion and Mental Health & Well-Being goals in the 2020-2024 Multi-Year Plan, along with Environmental Leadership goals as the initiative involves the responsible use of menstruation products.

We’ve got you. Period.

Bike_Registry_April_2021.pdf

Halton Bicycle Registry Program

September 20, 2021


The Halton Regional Police Service ("HRPS") has partnered with 529 Garage, a community watch program, in an effort to reduce bike thefts in the region.


Download the 529 Garage App today or visit the 529 Garage Website to register!


For more information about the project, view their BROCHURE!


Online Student Registration

June 28, 2021

Do you have children starting school in Fall 2021? Families are able to register their child online through the HDSB website (hdsb.ca) by visiting the Student Registration page. Please share this information with families who are new to your neighbourhood and those who have children starting school in the fall.

HDSB Summer Reading Program

June 16, 2021

This year, the HDSB Summer Reading Program is going on a road trip across Canada -- virtually, that is, through lots of fun books, events and activities! This program is designed to encourage all students to continue their love of books and reading throughout the summer months. Visit the program website to learn more.

Also, check out the Virtual Author Visits happening this summer!

Gathering Student Insight into HDSB’s Response to Racism: Grades 9 to 12

May 31, 2021

The HDSB is conducting virtual focus groups with secondary students during the month of June to gather student insight into the HDSB’s response to racism. The purpose of these focus groups is so we can gather your insight about how the HDSB has responded to incidents of racism in our schools. Gathering this information supports the Board’s ongoing accountability to its equity goals, as outlined in the 2020-2024 Multi-Year Plan and the Human Rights Equity Action & Accountability Plan: The Way Forward.


If you are interested in being a part of these focus groups, please complete the Student Insight Conversations on HDSB’s Response to Racism Registration Form by Monday, May 31 at 4 p.m.: http://bit.ly/StudentConversationsHDSB. Participation is voluntary.


The virtual focus groups will take place between 1 - 3 p.m. or 4 - 6 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Oakville schools: Wednesday, June 2

  • Halton Hills schools: Monday, June 7

  • Milton schools: Wednesday, June 9

  • Burlington schools: Thursday, June 10


Once students have completed the registration form, students will be emailed a link to a Google Meet for your selected time slot and date. Students who are younger than 18 years of age will need parent/guardian consent to participate. The parental consent form will be emailed to students and can be found here.


The focus groups will be facilitated by HDSB staff in the Equity and Research departments, with school social workers available. The information and insights received will be reviewed over the summer and a report will be developed with recommendations to guide and inform a plan of action and enhanced accountability beginning in the fall.

Learning Models for 2021-2022 School Year

May 21,2021

All Ontario school boards will provide the option for students to learn in-person or remotely in the 2021-2022 school year. While we encourage all students to plan to attend school in-person in the fall, we are writing to provide information for students who would like to register for the Remote Learning Model for September 2021.


All HDSB students have been registered at their home school (in-person) for September 2021, including students currently in remote (virtual) schools. If your child will be attending school in person, there is no further action required. If your child requires the Remote Learning Model for September 2021, complete the Remote Learning Registration Form by Tuesday, June 1 at 11:59 p.m.


For information about the HDSB Learning Models for the 2021-2022 school year, and to access the Remote Learning Registration Forms, visit the Return to School - September webpage on the HDSB website.

Have Your Say Survey

May 11, 2021

The HDSB engagement survey Have Your Say is available from April 26 to May 24, 2021. Students are asked to complete the survey during school time and we invite parents/guardians to complete the parent/guardian survey when you have time.


Parent/guardian feedback and support is integral to the success of our students. Your participation in the Have Your Say survey will help us identify opportunities to improve schools and ensure student achievement and well-being are at the center of everything we do.


Visit haveyoursay.hdsb.ca to take the survey now.


The Have Your Say survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The survey is completely anonymous and individual responses will be grouped together for analysis. For parents/guardians, the survey is available in seven additional languages: Arabic, French, Hindi, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Punjabi, and Urdu.


The HDSB is committed to sharing the results of this engagement survey with the community. A summary of what we hear from parents/guardians, students and staff will be shared by Fall 2021.


Thank you for participating in this survey to provide us with information to support school and system improvement planning.


If you have questions about the survey, please contact Dr. Rossana Bisceglia, PhD, Research Specialist at biscegliaro@hdsb.ca.

BCHS Alumni Speaks

December 7, 2020

This inaugural video features Farah Mohamed (Class ‘89), interviewed for this year’s virtual Excellence Awards.

Listen to her story: Farah inspires our students to imagine, empower and achieve.

BCS Student Leadership in the Community

October 23, 2020

We are very proud of our young Trojan who helps put Central in the Community through her fundraising and leadership!

With gratitude! #trojanpride

Grade 9 Take Our Kids to Work Day

October 20, 2020

The organizers of this event are doing their best to provide a virtual version of this traditional grade 9 event. It includes guest speakers and videos. It falls on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. HDSB will not be encouraging grade 9s to stay home and find a virtual placement for the day. The condensed quadmester timelines, the overlap of grade 9 Math EQAO and the inability to guarantee placements for all students means that classes may choose to participate in the various segments offered throughout the day. More information on this year’s virtual TOKTW 2020 can be found by visiting: The Learning Partnership.

Break the Stigma

Bell Let's Talk Day: Wednesday, January 29th

It’s not always easy to tell others that your child has challenges managing their thoughts or feelings. And it might not be easy for your child to express that either. Even though it is normal for people of any age to experience these challenges, our culture has told us we need to fear them. In this video ... https://childrenscolorado.org/stigma

Technology & You Tip

Brush up on online safety tips by checking out the HDSB's Technology & You resources on the HDSB website (www.hdsb.ca) search: Technology & You, or search #TECHandU on Twitter for technology tips.

What immunizations (shots, vaccines, needles) does your child need for school?

Refer to the Halton Region Health Department and the Ontario Immunization Schedule for the immunizations (shots, vaccines, needles) needed for school.

​Report your child's immunization records

It's your responsibility to report your child's updated immunization records to the Halton Region Public Health Department. Your healthcare provider does not report these records for you.​ ONLINE REPORTING