Return to Learning: January 2022

As we prepare to welcome our students back on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, we want to share how schools in the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) will be impacted by public health measures announced this week. Before and After School Programs and Child Care WRDSB-operated Before and After School programs WRDSB-operated Before and After […]

Ontario Announces School Reopening Delayed until January 5, 2022

Today, the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore announced the reopening of schools will be delayed until Wednesday, January 5, to provide schools with more time to prepare for the public health measures announced today. The Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) is looking forward to welcoming students back to in-person learning […]

Junior Journalists and jeewan

Country Hills Public School’s Newspaper Club members Sona and Kayna used their opportunity to interview Director of Education jeewan chanicka on Monday, December 6 to grill him about his goals for education within the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB). Writing for their online publication, The Cardinal Collaboration, the two students were guided by Dana […]

Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season

Winter Break Wellbeing Passport

To help support families during the Winter Break, the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council has created a Winter Break Wellbeing Passport. This digital booklet takes families on an adventure within their own homes and communities to learn about and practice different mental wellbeing and mental health activities. Follow the wellbeing map in any order you […]

Award-Winning Innovation in Physics Education at WCI

A passion for innovation and providing real-world learning opportunities in a gradeless classroom has made a Waterloo educator an award winner, and will likely take her to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Europe. Ashley McCarl Palmer, a physics teacher at Waterloo Collegiate Institute (WCI) has won the 2021 CAP Award for Excellence […]

Instructions for Rapid Antigen Tests Now Available in Multiple Languages

The following is a message from the Hon. Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education and Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health, for all parents and guardians in Ontario: Dear Ontario Parents, Nothing is more important than the safety of Ontario’s children. Thanks to the combined efforts of students, school and public health staff and […]

Preparing for Possible Move to Distance Learning in the New Year

Given the rise in cases and our concerns for the health of staff, students and their families, the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) is proactively preparing for the possibility of a move to a remote learning scenario in the New Year. The decision to close schools and move from in-person to distance learning is […]

We All Need Somebody To Lean On

What started as a talk about music education, ended with a jam session. Earlier this school year, Kirk Kiernander and a number of Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) staff came together to share their passion for music, and to talk about the future of music education in the WRDSB. Through that conversation, they talked […]

Elementary: Students Daily Confirmation of Screening

As part of enhanced safety measures for the return to in-person learning after the Winter Break, the Ministry of Education has directed school boards to verify the daily screening of all students, staff and essential visitors, for the first two weeks of school in January 2022 (January 3 to 14). While we have always had […]