Mission: Disciples of Christ, nurturing mind, body an soul to the fullness of life.
Vision: Changing the world through Catholic education.
Strategic Goal: Believe, Excel, Respect, Thrive and Trust
"It is my pleasure to share this document with you. I believe it reflects the Vision of the Board of Trustees and the DPCDSB’s ongoing focus on meeting this vision in alignment with our Multi-Year Strategic Plan and our inherent commitment to Equity and Inclusive Education.
These highlights are representative examples of how we have partnered with family and church to provide a Catholic Education which develops the spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, social and physical capabilities of each individual.
My profound gratitude goes out to our faculty and staff, administrators, senior management, trustees, parish priests, parents/guardians, students, unions and associations and our many other community partners for all they do in helping us deliver a quality Catholic education to the thousands of students in our care."
Blessings to you all.
Marianne Mazzorato, Ed.D.
Director of Education
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board’s (DPCDSB) School Reopening Plans. This document will be updated on a regular basis as new information comes forward.
Conventional delivery of program with strict Health and Safety protocols where all students attend school all day, every-day and class sizes remain unchanged.
Adapted delivery of program with students attending school in-person on alternate days/weeks and participate in some distance learning when not physically attending. Students would be placed into a cohort of up to 15 students per class or course, per day
DPCDSB will initiate a staggered start to the school year in both the elementary and secondary panels.
As well, we will be following our public health authorities’ recent recommendation that all students in Grades 1 to 12 be required to wear a mask or face covering while indoors at school. Public health has further indicated that the wearing of masks or face coverings is strongly recommended in Kindergarten. Accommodations and exemptions will apply.
To date, with over 75% of DPCDSB parents/guardians having completed the survey, we estimate that approximately 30% of elementary students and 25% of secondary students have opted for the online only return to school. This unprecedented request for the online only option will require significant planning in order to ensure that all students returning to school, either physically or online only, receive their timetable (secondary students) or class placements (elementary students) prior to September 8.
Parents/guardians are required to indicate their intent by August 14 to assist us with planning. However, to provide maximum flexibility, should parents/guardians of elementary schools wish to change their mind about their plans for return to school, they can do so up until September 8 by contacting their Elementary school principal.
This applies to either switching from the online to physical or physical to online mode. After September 8, parents/guardians of elementary students will be required to keep their child in the mode they opted for until November 1. Should parents/guardians wish to switch delivery mode, they can do so effective November 1.
Secondary online learning will mirror the “quadmester” model with students receiving instruction in two courses. It will not be just one course for 4.5 weeks as previously communicated, but two courses for 10 weeks. We will endeavor to do our best to mirror the student’s current timetable, however, given staffing limitations and specialized qualifications that are required in order to teach courses, students may not necessarily be taking their previously timetabled Period 1 and Period 2 classes in the first quadmester. This also means that, for in-school learning, we will have to reorganize classes to reflect the Ministry-mandated class size ratios.
Please be advised that we are opening secondary schools in Adapted Mode, which means the class will be divided in half to ensure that no more than 15 students attend face-to-face on an alternate day schedule.
Our plans are based on the most recent advice from Public Health officials. Our plans for re-opening schools are necessarily flexible and adaptive to meet the direction regarding school models in real time. The recommendations in these plans are subject to change, based on the guidelines from the Ministry of Education, the Provincial Health Command Table and current and updated information from Peel Public Health and Wellington/Dufferin/Guelph Public Health on COVID-19 in our communities.
Our commitment to this work continues with the support of the senior management team and the Board of Trustees.
Fundamental to Catholic education is the Church's Catholic Social Teaching. Solidarity is one of the foundational principles of that teaching. We all have a duty to stand in solidarity with the Black community. We are inextricably linked in our humanity, and when one member of our community suffers, we all suffer.
Following are some tips for students and parents/guardians, as well as links to resources and supports that are available both online and in the community. We share these with you to assist families and to support students.
Preventing influenza, or "the flu," requires a joint effort on the part of students, parents/guardians and staff. The flu virus can spread easily when someone who has the flu coughs or sneezes, especially in a school setting. Prevention is key to success. The following information is provided to assist in creating a greater awareness about flu prevention so we can work together to help maintain healthy school environments: