DSBN Secondary Schools Move to a Regular Semester Model on Monday, November 29
The diligence of students and staff in following health and safety protocols such as self-screening, staying home when ill, and getting vaccinated are paying off for secondary schools. Starting Monday, November 29, all DSBN secondary schools will transition from the current two courses per day alternating week model, to a four course per day, regular school day.
DSBN secondary schools will share detailed information with students and families about changes to students schedules this week.
Returning to a regular four course per day semester system is a welcome change for both students and staff, as it supports student learning in all their courses without interruptions. Student voice has advocated for a more equitable schedule that also supports their mental health and well-being.
Although the familiar four course per day semester system is returning on November 29, it is important that everyone continue to follow our COVID safety protocols. Daily screening for both students and staff, limited visitors and spectators for indoor sports and events, and school assemblies will continue to be paused. Extracurricular activities that were reintroduced in the fall will continue with safety measures still in place.
While it will take a little bit of time to adjust to the new system, DSBN believes that the return to a 4-period school day as supported by both the Ministry of Education and Niagara Region Public Health is in the best interest of secondary students. We appreciate the patience of students and families as we transition into the new schedule.
We are committed to our partnership with Niagara Region Public Health and support the continued vaccinations of community members as the best defense against COVID-19.