DDSB continues to work on back to school plan


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The Durham District School Board (DDSB) continues to work on its plan for the upcoming school year.

There are still a lot a variables to figure out, but they have confirmed some of the details of the plan.


Elementary Students will return to class full-time while high school students will go every other day.

DDSB asked parents of the roughly 70,000 students in the board to submit their preference for in-class or online learning.

Of those who responded, more than 13,500 chose online with the remaining choosing the in-class option.

Students will be allowed to transfer from online learning to in-person learning, and vice versa, at the end of terms within the school year.

DDSB says they will to try and accommodate changes before the start of the school year.

They say requests will be examined on a case-by-case basis pending class size availability.

However, once the school year starts, they may have to wait list students until the end of term 1 in January for elementary and the end of the first quadmester in mid-November for high school students.

First day of School

Traditionally all students return to class the day after Labour Day.

DDSB has opted for a staggered return to learning for elementary students.

In grades 1 to 8 smaller groups of students in each class will attend on
different days during the first three days of school with all students attending school on September 11.

Kindergarten students will have a staggered start over the first two weeks of school.

Class sizes

DDSB administrators are working on re-timetabling and re-staffing schools to
account for the students who have chosen online learning.

Exact numbers will be given to parents and guardians the week before school.

High School classes are capped at cohorts of no more than 15 students.


Wearing a mask is mandatory for students in Grades 4 to 12, and the DDSB will encourage all students to wear a mask, unless they have a medical need.

COVID-19 Protocols

Every morning parents/guardians must screen their children before they board the school bus, come to school or childcare.

DDSB staff and bus drivers will also be performing a self-screening before coming to work.

Students or staff who develop COVID-19 symptoms will immediately be separated from others in a health room and then sent home.


  • Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day throughout the
    school building.
  • Schools will undergo extra cleaning and disinfection at the end of each school day.
  • Soft surfaces that cannot be easily cleaned and disinfected have been removed from classrooms
    (e.g. plush/absorbent items, upholstered furnishings).

Online learning

DDSB says online learning will be delivered through existing platforms including Google Classroom, Google Meet, D2L Brightspace.

Parents or guardians will be required to support their child learning from home as needed and should expect to provide more support for kindergarten or primary-aged children.

Here is a sample online learning schedule for elementary students

Here is a sample online learning schedule for high school students










Click here for the latest updates from DDSB.

DDSB has also posted answers to frequently asked questions.

This story will be updated as the board’s plan for back to school changes.

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