Recent News & Upcoming Events

Students returning to in-person learning - January 17, 2022

View the Ontario Government news release for further information.

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Remote Learning Supports

Handbook for Families of HDSB Virtual Education Students

Guidelines for Families of HDSB Virtual Students

TVOntario (TVO) will broadcast grade-level, curriculum-based content from 9 am to 3 pm, beginning the week of January 10.

Virtual Pathways Program Information Evenings

January 13, 18 & 20, 2022 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

The Halton District School Board is hosting a series of regional A Future that Fits: Pathways Information Evening events on January 13, 18 and 20 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. for all interested students and/or parents/guardians. Specific event dates by region are:

Thursday, January 13: Acton, Georgetown & Milton

Tuesday, January 18: Burlington

Thursday, January 20: Oakville

Families will be able to access the event at www.afuturethatfits.ca

Well-Being Virtual Sessions & Groups for Students

January: Stress Busting - This time of year can feel challenging and stressful as the semester wraps up. This session will provide ways to help deal more effectively with feeling “stressed out”.

February: Healthy Relationships - Friendships, Family or Dating: Learn about managing conflict, communication, healthy boundaries and safety

March: Forming Healthy Habits - Learning the importance of building consistent routines and how to form healthy habits for overall wellness, so it lasts!


If you are interested in any or all of these sessions, please sign-up by completing the following form: Sign-up for Student Winter Mini Info Topics

Therapeutic Sessions for Teens

Therapeutic Groups: In addition to the Mini Info Topics sessions, Social Workers will be offering a variety of therapeutic groups. The following confidential groups will be offered to students in Grade 9 - 12 once a week for five to eight weeks starting at the beginning of Semester 2. All groups will be held virtually and students should be comfortable having their camera on for the duration of the group sessions. The cut off date for student registration for Therapeutic Groups will be end of day, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022.

  • T.R.A.I.L.S. Anxiety: These sessions will focus on learning skills and coping techniques proven to reduce symptoms of anxiety. The group is designed to help secondary students who struggle with moderate symptoms of stress, anxiety, and/or depression by teaching evidence‐based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness skills. Students who might benefit from the group are primarily having difficulty with both anxiety and depressive symptoms/low mood that is impairing their functioning. Students who are interested in participating should have some awareness of their struggles and be motivated to improve their coping skills. All groups are held via Google Meet.

    • Mondays: Feb. 7 - March 7, 2022 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm

    • Mondays: Feb. 7 - March 7, 2022 from 5 - 6 pm

    • Wednesdays: Feb. 9 - March 9, 2022 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm

  • Skills for Regulating Emotions and Tolerating Distress: These sessions will offer an in-depth look at strategies and skills to improve coping with difficult emotions and healthy ways of responding to them. Two groups will be offered via Google Meet:

    • Tuesdays: Feb. 8 - March 8, 2022 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm

    • Tuesdays: Feb. 8 - March 8, 2022 from 5 - 6 pm

  • AFFIRM (for ages 14+): A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy informed treatment group specifically for Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ youth to develop coping skills for anxiety and stress related to experiences of discrimination connected to their sexual and gender identities. The goals of AFFIRM are to decrease unhelpful thoughts, feel better about yourself and to make healthy choices for sexual and mental health. .

    • This group will be offered on Mondays starting Feb. 7 - April 1, 2022 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. via Google Meet (no sessions on Family Day and during Spring Break).

  • East Asian Wellness: This group aims to provide a safe space for East Asian identifying youth to connect and discuss issues that are arising within the current climate, including topics such as: identity, racism, mental health and advocacy; with an emphasis on the importance of hearing youth voices, sharing their lived experiences and wellness.

    • This group will be offered on Tuesdays, on Feb. 8, 15 & 22, March 1, with a final session on Monday, March 7, 2022 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. via Google Meet.

  • Newcomer Youth Group*: If you are in Grade 9-12 and you identify as a newcomer to Canada or first generation from any country, let’s get our wellness on! During our newcomer youth sessions, we'll provide a safe space for newcomer youth to make new friends, connect on similar experiences and expand your knowledge on topics such as racism, self-care, building healthy boundaries, honoring yourself and understanding guilt culture. Everyone is welcome, we’d love to see you there! The group will be in English and our group co-leads also speak Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.

    • Groups will take place on Wednesdays from Feb. 16 - March 30, 2022 from 4 - 5 p.m.

If you are interested in participating in any of these groups, please sign-up by completing the following form: Sign-up for Student Therapeutic Group Sessions

Online Student Registration

Do you have children starting school in the fall of 2021? Families are able to register their child online through the HDSB website www.hdsb.ca by visiting the Student Registration page. Please share this information with families who are new to your neighbourhood and to those families who have children starting school in the fall.