September 8th, 2020
We are delighted to get back in our buildings with our students. The health, safety, and well-being of your children is our greatest priority. Thank you for taking the time to read this “Frequently Asked Questions” update about our opening process.
How do I know which courses I have in my timetable? What do I have Period 1?
In order to support the launch of the WRDSB Distance Learning Program (DLP), all secondary schools are in the process of re-organizing courses and finalizing timetables for students.
Guidance counsellors will be working this week to resolve timetable conflicts and will be reaching out directly to students who require course changes by phone and email. All students will receive their timetables on their cohort’s first day of in-school classes.
Once timetable conflicts have been resolved, timetable changes to Quadmester One courses will be made only to accommodate graduation or post-secondary application requirements. We will inform students when guidance counsellors will be available to schedule appointments (late September) regarding timetable changes for the remaining three Quadmesters.
How do I know if I am in Cohort A or B?
If you ride a school bus, you are able to find out your cohort information by checking the Student Transportation Website (STSWR). Your cohort letter is written beside the route number (Route 283B, student in cohort B) and was determined by home address. You will need your OEN Number, which you can find on a copy of the report card, to log-in to the Parent Portal to find your bus route.
For students who are not bussed to school, your cohort information and room number will be provided to you by your period 1 teacher. Please check your phone and email messages.
Grade 9 students who have not received their cohort information by Wednesday, September 9th and all other students by Friday, September 11th, should NOT come to school on their designated day, until they have spoken to a school administrator, office staff, or guidance counsellor to confirm their cohort placement and Period 1 class.
When do I start school?
Grade 9 Period 1 Cohort A students will attend Eastwood on Wednesday, September 9th. Grade 9 Period 1 Cohort B students will stay home on Wednesday, September 9th – your first day is Thursday, September 10th.
Grades 9 – 12 Cohort B students will attend Eastwood on Friday, September 11th.
Grades 9- 12 Cohort A students will attend Eastwood on Thursday, September 17th.
All students should check their WRDSB email and phone messages for a welcome message from their Period 1 Teacher.
School will start at 8:10 am and all students will be dismissed at 12:40 pm. School doors will remain locked until 7:55 am (see below for more details). Click here for the school bell times.
When do I pick up my Chromebook?
All grade nine students who were not able to attend the August 31st pickup will be provided with a Chromebook on their first day of school (Cohort A – Sept. 9, Cohort B – Sept. 10). Please complete and sign the new Chromebook 1:1 Contract on School Day and bring it with you on the first day of school.
If you have any learning materials (Chromebooks, iPads, books, etc) from your grade 8 school, please bring these items on your first day of school. We will return these items to the elementary school.
What do I need to know about the first day of school?
We have introduced many Health and Safety protocols to help keep everyone safe. Please review all safety information that has been provided on the WRDSB website.
Do not come to school if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or of any respiratory illness, if you have travelled outside of the country within the last 14 days, or if you have come in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Plan to bring the following items with you on the first day of school:
- Cloth mask that covers nose, mouth, and chin. If you do not have one, we will provide you with one.
- Refillable water bottle, labelled with your name.
- Charged Chromebook or electronic device.
- Pack a Lunch and Snacks, any litter from lunch will need to be taken home
When you arrive at school:
- Use only designated entrances. Look for the signs posted on the doors.
- Enter the school and proceed directly to your classroom. Note that the school doors will be opened no earlier than 15 minutes before the start of Period 1.
- Ensure that you wear your mask at all times inside the school.
- Sanitize your hands at any of the available stations, before entering your classroom.
- As you move through the school, try and maintain 2 metres of distance between yourself and other students.
We encourage you to watch and read Day in the Life of a Secondary School Student in the WRDSB.
More information will be coming soon and we appreciate your patience in these unprecedented times.