Covid-19 Updates

April 1, 2021

Dear DSBN Families:

There has been a lot of speculation in the news about what will happen with schools following the upcoming holiday and April break. We are pleased to confirm that today, the province has announced schools will remain open. Students are scheduled to return to school after the long weekend on Tuesday, April 6, and then will come back following the Spring Break on Monday, April 19.

The province recognizes how important in-person learning is for our students’ well-being and achievement, and we are thrilled that students will keep learning in their classrooms. Schools will continue to implement enhanced health and safety measures, and we will continue working closely with Niagara Region Public Health to ensure every school meets these requirements.

We will share updates with you as soon as more information becomes available. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue following Public Health advice and safety protocols to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you for ongoing patience, understanding and support, and we look forward to seeing your child on Tuesday.


Warren Hoshizaki
Director of Education

March 15, 2021

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February 3, 2021

The Ontario government has officially confirmed that DSBN students will return to in-person learning this Monday, on February 8. We're looking forward to welcoming everyone back!

🟠 Secondary students and families will receive a letter today from their school.
🔴 Update for elementary families is found below:

🔴 Dear DSBN Elementary In-Person Learning Families:

We are excited to welcome your child back to in-person learning on Monday, February 8. Please review the information below to be prepared for a few new safety practices:

  1. Children in Kindergarten are encouraged to wear a mask, but they are not required to based on the Ministry of Education and Niagara Public Health recommendations.
  2. Children in Grades 1-3 will now be wearing masks in class and on the bus, just like their peers in Grades 4-8. We have masks for students who don’t have one or who have lost or damaged theirs.
  3. When playing outside and unable to safely distance, students will wear their masks.
  4. As has been our practice since school started in September, we will not permit non-essential visitors in our school. You can continue to drop off or pick up items for your child in the school foyer.
  5. You may have heard that schools may be offering COVID-19 testing. This will be implemented by Niagara Public Health and the Ministry of Education and will not be determined by the DSBN.  As we receive information, we will keep you informed.

February Learning Options
Although we are ready and excited for your child to come back, we understand that for a variety of reasons, you may not yet be ready to send your child back to school. That’s okay. We want to be flexible with you to ensure your child keeps learning in an environment that you are comfortable with.

Alternate Options Available for In-person Elementary Students
If you feel a little more time learning at home works best for you and your child, we encourage you to reach out to your child’s Home School Principal to discuss other short-term home learning options that are available.  This could include DSBN Learn from Home Asynchronous online learning options or paper work packages, all while your child remains connected to their Home School and homeroom teacher. These options will be available for up to 4 weeks, at which time families will have the opportunity to confirm their learning preference (either virtual or in-person) for the remainder of the school year, making it an ideal option for families who just need a little more time.

Next Steps
If your child is returning to school for in-person learning, you do not need to contact the office. We’ll see them on Monday, February 8. Even though we are back, it is important that you continue to do your child’s daily self-screening before sending them to school. Here is a link:

If you are choosing to delay your child’s return to in-person learning, please inform the school office as soon as possible by email or leaving a voicemail so that we can connect with you to discuss options. 

As always, please feel free to reach out to your principal with any questions or concerns you may have.

January 28, 2021

In the Ontario government's announcement today, we can confirm that DSBN elementary and secondary students will NOT be returning to in-person learning next week. DSBN students will continue to learn remotely. We will update you as soon as we learn more.

UPDATE: January 20, 2021

The Ontario Government has confirmed that DSBN Elementary and Secondary schools will NOT be returning to In-Person Learning on Monday, January 25. Students will continue to learn remotely. Please follow all DSBN social channels for future updates.

UPDATE: January 7, 2021

Dear DSBN Elementary In-Person Learning Families:

Today, the province announced that elementary schools across Ontario will be closed until January 25. Students enrolled in the DSBN Virtual School will not experience a change to their learning.

While we know elementary students and staff were eager to be back to in-person learning, this decision was made to keep students, staff, and our Niagara community safe.

What this means for in-person elementary learners

The closure extension means that your child will continue daily learning with their homeroom teacher, engaging in synchronous, asynchronous, and independent learning. You will still be able to contact your home school principal, and your child’s homeroom teacher is still available to answer your questions.

During this closure, we encourage DSBN students and families to continue to be vigilant with safety protocols such as frequent handwashing, wearing a mask if applicable, and staying home with family.

We look forward to welcoming elementary students back to in-person learning on January 25, 2021. If the province releases updated information about this plan over the next week, we will be sure to inform you as soon as we learn more.

We are continually thankful for the supportive community we have in Niagara, and for the effort you are putting in to help keep each other safe from COVID-19.

Warren Hoshizaki,
Director of Education

UPDATE: December 30, 2021

We hope you had a relaxing holiday break with your family. We are looking forward to starting school in January 2021, however it will look a little bit different than it has in other years.

🟠   Information for In-Person Elementary Students:

Elementary students across Ontario will be learning remotely the first week back to school, which is January 4-8, 2021. During this first week, students will be learning online with their teachers. We will return to in-person learning on Monday, January 11. 

Your child’s teacher will be contacting you on Monday, January 4 to share the day’s activities and to let you know how they will be connecting with your child for the remainder of the week. Your child’s teacher will work with you to provide a flexible program. 

Elementary families were sent an email from their school administrator on December 30 with more information about the first week of school including how to borrow a device, and how to log in to your school’s learning platform. Be sure to look for that email and if you have questions, please send an email to your child’s school administrator.

🔵   Information for Virtual School Students:

Students in the Virtual School will continue with their regular programming. Parents were sent an email on December 30, 2020 from their school administrator with more information about next week.

🔴   Information for Secondary School Students:

Schools will remain closed for three weeks until students return to in-person learning on January 25, 2021. During this closure period, all students will participate in online learning.

Secondary schools will continue to follow the daily schedule posted with one course a day. Students will need to check their D2L Brightspace or Google classrooms for directions from their period teacher each day and must log in by 10:30 am to be marked present. Teachers will provide synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities to students during regular instructional hours.

Details About Specialty programs:

  • Coop students will not be attending placements and will receive directions from their teacher
  • Home Build students will not be participating in the Home Build and will receive directions from their teacher
  • Dig IT students will receive directions from their teacher
  • Niagara Link students will receive directions from their teacher
  • Connecting to College programs will continue online as usual
  • Alternative Education programs will transition to online learning and students will receive directions from their teacher
  • eLearning courses continue as usual

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact your teacher after the winter break. If you need a device or other support, please contact your school administrator.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

As we have since schools opened in September, we are following strict protocols to keep our students and staff safe. This includes ongoing cleaning of high touch points throughout the school, daily self-screening, restricting entry to the school, and wearing protective equipment.

In December 2020, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams confirmed that the transmission of COVID-19 in schools has remained low, and schools continue to be a place for students to learn safely. We would like to thank all our families for their diligence in working with us to support COVID-19 safety protocols. Working together to follow the provincial protocols gives everyone the best chance of being successful against this virus.

UPDATE: December 21, 2021

Dear DSBN Families:

Today, Doug Ford, the Premier of Ontario, announced that there will be a province-wide lockdown. Below are the specific details for what this means for your child’s learning:

Elementary Students:

  • Schools will be closed for in-person learning January 4-8, 2021, reopening for in-person learning on Monday, January 11, 2021
  • Starting Monday, January 4, your child’s teacher will email you regarding remote learning opportunities that will be available for your child
  • Schools will re-open with all COVID-19 safety protocols on Monday, January 11, 2021
  • If you need a device for your child, please contact your child’s school on January 4, 2021 and arrangements will be made at that time

Secondary Students:

  • All secondary students will now be learning online from January 4 – 22, 2021 for all courses
  • Teachers will provide learning materials online following your school’s January schedule
  • The first day back to in-person learning for secondary students will be Monday, January 25, 2021 according to your school’s schedule. All COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place
  • Your student’s school principal will follow-up with more detailed information regarding specialty programs

Your child’s school principal will be communicating more information with you next week. Thank you for working together with us to help keep everyone safe from COVID-19, and to protect our school communities.

Warren Hoshizaki,
Director of Education

UPDATE: December 17, 2020

Dear DSBN Families:

During 2020, we have all learned to expect the unexpected. As we approach the start of the winter break, we wanted to share some information with you.

At this time, students are scheduled to return to school on Monday, January 4, 2021.
However, the Ministry of Education or Public Health may decide to extend the winter break beyond January 4 for students.

If the break is extended, I would like to reassure you that the DSBN is prepared to move to a remote learning environment for your child.

Elementary Students:
To begin, students in elementary would have access to asynchronous learning materials which would be made available through our website at Your child’s homeroom teacher will also be connecting directly with you during the first week of January.

Secondary Students:
Students in secondary will continue to learn by accessing the online component of their courses.

How Information Will Be Communicated:
Should the break be extended you will receive further communication directly from the DSBN. We will also share this information on our social media, and with local media.
If the break is not extended, the first day of school will remain Monday, January 4, 2021.

Preparing for the Winter Break:
Although we do not know what the Ministry of Education/Public Health will decide, as usual, your child should bring home any personal items from their desks/lockers.

Thank you for your understanding, and I wish you and your family a safe and healthy new year.

Warren Hoshizaki
Director of Education

Parent Return to School Guides

Making sure you’re ready for your child’s return to school is important to you, and it is to us as well. Below, please find links to parents guides to help you and your child get ready for September. If you have questions, please contact your child’s principal for information.

Please visit and follow the DSBN Virtual School Website for Elementary Virtual School Updates:

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August 26, 2020

The health and safety of your child is important to us, which is why we are pleased that the Ministry of Education and Public Health Ontario have released their COVID-19 Management Plan for Schools.

This plan will help us ensure that we are doing the utmost in DSBN schools to keep students and staff safe, and that we are following consistent protocols when dealing with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our schools. We will be studying this document, and adding the mandated protocols to our existing school reopening plans.