By Kaitlyn Clark
The Haldimand Press
HALDIMAND—As the Ministry of Education continues to work with school boards across the province to prepare for a return to the classroom, further changes have been mandated. This includes a staggered entry for students into both elementary and secondary schools, along with changing secondary school schedules to limit students to one class, taken each day, per week.
Both the Grand Erie District School Board (GEDSB) and the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board (BHNCDSB) made statements last week on the updates.
“At the end of June, the BHNCDSB presented our secondary model to the Ministry of Education. The Ministry approved the plan…. Recent new direction from the Ministry of Education pertaining to a requirement to ‘count student contacts’ has put us in a very unique position that requires us to make changes to that plan. Like many other school boards in the province, we have now been directed and required by the Ministry of Education to change our return to school model at the secondary level,” explained Rick Petrella, Chair of the BHNCDSB.