School News | Week of: 27/01/20

Hello Samuel Hearne MS Community,

This communication is being shared to provide you with School News from Samuel Hearne Middle School for the Week of Monday, January 27, 2020.

News You Can Use:

TDSB Parents As Partners Conference:

  • Please click the image above to learn more

TDSB Labour Negotiations News:

  • Please click the image above to learn more and to stay up-to-date

Secondary Program Review & Optional Attendance:

  • The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is undertaking a review of secondary schools to ensure all students have equitable access to programs and opportunities, as close to home as possible
  • As part of the Secondary Program Review, the TDSB is reviewing the Optional Attendance policy (P013), which allows students to apply to schools other than their designated school by home address
  • A public consultation process for both the Secondary Review and P013 started in November 2019
  • Please visit the TDSB website for more information and opportunities to provide feedback:
  • If you have any questions and/or comments, please email

Toronto Public Health Letter – Coronavirus:

  • Please find attached a letter from Toronto Public Health to School Community Members regarding Coronavirus information, by clicking the link below:
    Coronavirus Parent Letter

Student Nutrition Program Menu – January 2020:
January 2020
Winter Weather & Student Transportation:

  • From time to time, it may be necessary to cancel student transportation, classes and/or programs due to severe weather. On rare occasions, severe weather makes it necessary to close schools, administrative offices or sites
  • With approximately 246,000 students in 582 schools, any decision to cancel buses, classes and/or programs or to close sites can have a significant impact on thousands of families across Toronto. This decision is not taken lightly. When schools remain open on days with inclement weather, parents/guardians make the final decision on whether to send their children to school and they can keep children home from school if they so choose
  • Should a cancellation or closure be necessary, information will be posted on the TDSB web site, TDSB social media and provided to local media by 6 a.m. For more information, please see the TDSB’s Procedure for Severe Weather:

Recess During Cold Weather:

  • Elementary school students are kept indoors for recess and lunch times for a number of weather conditions such as rain, lightning in the area, extreme winds and extreme cold
  • When temperature and wind chill measure -28C or lower, students are kept indoors
  • Recesses and lunch hour may be shortened if the temperature and wind chill reading is between -20C and -28C
  • If a student’s medical condition requires further consideration due to weather conditions, or if parents have other questions or concerns about how and when weather conditions affect your child’s school day, please contact the school office

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