Acknowledging the recent and ongoing events of anti-Black racism in the United States and Canada

The WRDSB acknowledges and recognizes the tragic and devastating incidents of recent weeks that include the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, and the harm done to Christian Cooper. We also acknowledge and recognize the legacy of anti-Black racism that causes harm, violence, and too often leads to the death of […]

Update from the Director on Distance Learning and Summer School

A Message from the Director of Education As we look to the last month of this academic school year, I want to take the opportunity to update our community and thank all of you for your patience and support during our distance learning journey. We appreciate your honest feedback and are committed to making the […]

Using our schoolyards safely

We are providing an update to families regarding acceptable use of schoolyards for recreational use, to align with our local municipalities and direction from the Province of Ontario. Outdoor tennis and basketball courts: These facilities are now open for use while following physical distancing protocols. Due to physical distancing requirements, traditional basketball games are not […]

The Results: Exchanging Ideas and Sharing Thoughts

On May 6, we launched Exchanging Ideas, a campaign that allowed us to connect with families, students and staff during the school closure. Using Thoughtexchange, we asked families and students the following question: What are the most important things WRDSB can do to better support students’ learning and well-being during this time? Over 4700 students […]

Physically Distant, Socially Connected: Week Eight

Connecting from a Distance This video series showcases Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) educators who have adjusted their typical in-person classes to a distance learning setting. Over the past few months, we have seen our students and staff adjust from face-to-face classroom learning environments to the current reality of distance learning. With so many […]

WRDSB hosts Backyard Bug Blitz

Looking for a fun way to explore the outdoors, enjoy the spring weather and connect with nature, all while practicing physical distancing? From Monday, May 25 to Friday, May 29, our outdoor education department is hosting a Backyard Bug Blitz for all WRDSB students and families. Yes, bugs! Counting bugs may not be as familiar […]

An Update from the Chair and Director

Dear WRDSB Family, Spring is always a time for renewal. This year it is even more significant as we learn to live and work in new ways in order to manage the risk posed by COVID-19 in our schools, our homes and throughout our community. Yesterday, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced that distance learning […]

WRDSB schools remain closed for the rest of the school-year

This afternoon, the Premier announced that schools would not reopen for students in June and that the school-year would continue with distance learning. This decision came from the advice of Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the experts at the COVID-19 command table. At this time, we can confirm the following: […]

Distance Learning Continues: Weeks Seven and Eight

With the Victoria Day long weekend around the corner, we want to take this opportunity to thank our students and their families for their efforts to support distance learning. We know this has been an adjustment and challenge for all – thank you for your ongoing patience, feedback and contribution. We know that our educators […]

Distance Learning Continues: Week Six

In our update to the community this week, we want to introduce our Connecting from a Distance video series that showcases Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) educators who have adjusted their typical in-person classes to a distance learning setting. Over the past few months, we have seen our students and staff adjust from face-to-face […]

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