Recent new direction from the Ministry of Education pertaining to a requirement to ‘count student contacts’ has forced changes to the “return to school” BHNCDSB previously approved secondary model.

The secondary schools will still run on a quadmester schedule, but now students will attend only one subject (class) each day. The second subject (class) will run the following week. The two subjects (classes) will alternate weekly until the end of the Term. Students will continue to attend everyday but instead of taking two courses each day they will take one. View the new quadmester timetable on our

Schools will be reaching out to you with respect to student timetables.

The Board understands that this new model may cause some families to reconsider the choice they expressed in the parent School Re-opening Survey.

It will be releasing the Official Distance Education/Online Learning Registration process next week which will be the opportunity for families to choose distance learning if that is what they are most comfortable with.

Staggered Start to the School Year

The Ministry of Education has allowed school boards to stagger the start of the school year for up to two weeks in an effort to ensure that important health and safety protocols and routines can be established with students in a smaller, controlled environment. Students will transition back into a very different school than they left.

Staggered entry does not apply to students with significant special education needs as it has been identified that it is essential for the student to attend school on all days.

These are students in self-contained special education classes, on an alternative report cards and require significant ongoing assistance throughout the entire school day. We welcome these students back to school beginning on Tuesday, September 8.


Students will return to school based on grade beginning on Tuesday, September 8. All in-class students will be fully returned to school by Wednesday, September 16. School Administrators will provide the secondary staggered start date schedules later this week.

Distance Education/Online Learning students will engage in check-ins and information sessions via Brightspace with their teachers.

Elementary including St. Mary’s Catholic Learning Centre

Students will return to school on staggered days based on the local school decision (by alphabetical order, keeping siblings attending on the same days).

The first day of the staggered cycle is Tuesday, September 8. All in-class students JK to Grade 8 and St. Mary’s Catholic Learning Centre students will be fully returned to school by Wednesday, September 16.

Principals will send out the individual schedules for each school this week. The expectation is to have at least one quarter of the school population attend at least once the first week of school.

All families will be receiving communication from your schools this week which will clarify the breakdown of students according to that school and when your child or children will be attending.

Junior Kindergarten students will follow a different staggered entry process that will focus on the important transition they are making to school. School staff will reach out to these families separately with specific details.

Remote Learning Students

Students in remote learning will start September 16 with some introductory activities and accessibility check-ins starting September 14. School staff will be in touch with additional information within the next few weeks.

Registration for Distance Education/Online Learning opened for all students, elementary and secondary, on Wednesday Aug 26.

If you need help, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page of our website, visit the Board’s website for updates as we share them, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or require assistance.