School Year Information

Boardwide Information

Action Required

Some of these items come home with each student in paper form. Please complete, sign and return any paper forms to your child’s school office when you receive them. You can also request these documents from your child’s school office, or print them where provided and send them in.

Calendars and Important Dates

The school year calendar information provides parents with a list of important dates, such as PD Days and holidays. Subscribe to your school's calendar and always know what's happening at the school!

How to Subscribe

Go to your school's calendar. At the bottom right of the calendar, choose Subscribe and follow the prompts to add the calendar feed to your Google Calendar, Outlook Calendar, Apple Calendar, or almost any other calendar. As events are added, deleted or changed, they will now show up in your personal calendar.

If you'd like to only see some categories, choose the categories you'd like to subscribe to by choosing each one from the drop down on the top left called "Categories". Then subscribe to the filtered calendar as above.

Alternative Formats

You can download the School Year Calendar and the list of PD Days and Holidays separately as well (PDF):

Required Reading and Resources

  • Welcome Letter

    The Board Chairperson, and the Director of Education welcome you and your child(ren) to the new school year.

  • School Community Standards of Behaviour

    These standards ensure all members of our school communities are treated with dignity and respect, and follow the Ontario Ministry of Educations’ Code of Conduct. This document also outlines the process for resolving parent/guardian concerns.

  • Character Development

    Character Development connects caring to knowing, feeling and doing. The eight (8) defined character attributes help guide character development in the WRDSB.

  • Code of Digital Conduct – Senior

    The code of digital conduct teaches students how to safely use online technology in the classroom.

  • Digital Citizenship

    Digital citizenship connects the eight character attributes of character development to online tools used in the classroom.

School Safety

  • Student Accident Insurance Letter

    Some injuries may incur medical, dental or other expenses that are not covered by provincial health care or employer group plans. The WRDSB encourages you to consider Insurekids® Protection Plan for students through Old Republic Insurance Company of Canada.

    Parents requesting a paper pamphlet to subscribe should contact Old Republic Insurance Company of Canada at 1-800-463-5437.

  • You asked us: How to Avoid School Suspension (because of missing vaccinations)

    From Region of Waterloo: Public Health and Emergency Services to raise awareness of the new mandatory vaccination requirements.

  • Safe, Caring and Inclusive Schools

    This handout explains the changes as a result of legislation (Bill 157), and Board Policy that requires all board employees to report behaviours that typically lead to suspension or expulsion.

    These behaviours include inappropriate jokes/comments, acts of vandalism and acts of violence.

  • Safe Arrival – Emergency School Closures

    Information on the Safe Arrival Program, why it is in place and how it works, as well as what happens when there is an emergency school closure.

    It also includes a list of radio stations which provide inclement weather information.

  • Threat Risk Assessment Fair Notice Process

    All members of the school community have the right to be safe and feel safe in their school community. Under certain conditions, students may undergo a "Threat Risk Assessment". This assessment determines the level of risk to others and themselves.

    This document outlines the process of a Threat Risk Assessment.

Get Involved

“Parents play a vital role in the development and education of their children and in the success of schools. They are the most important influence in a child’s life outside of school. Long after direct learning from parents in a child’s early years gives way to formal education, parents continue to play a key role in student success through the attitudes they help to share and the direct supports they provide.”

Ontario Ministry of Education

  • Parent Engagement: School Councils

    Learn about the roles and responsibilities of school councils! To learn about the school council at your child’s school, please contact the school Principal.

  • Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)

    PIC supports, encourages and enhances the engagement of parents/guardians of the WRDSB in their children’s education, to improve student achievement and well-being.

  • Waterloo Region Assembly of Public School Councils (WRAPSC)

    The Assembly assists all School Councils of the WRDSB to further their support of student achievement through parent engagement.

  • Voluntary First Nation, Métis and Inuit Self-Identification Information for Families

    The voluntary First Nation, Métis and Inuit self-identification process allows us to work toward the goal of improving Aboriginal student achievement through specific programming, targeted initiatives, resource support and increased family and community involvement with the Board.

    If your child(ren) are of First Nation, Métis or Inuit ancestry, we encourage you to consider participating in the voluntary self-identification information collection process, when registering for school or updating student information.

International Languages

The International Languages program provides opportunities for students to learn a language at the elementary or secondary school (high school credit) level, at a variety of sites around the Region.

Busing

  • STSWR Information Insert

    Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) provides transportation. This information sheet provides contact information, as well as how to find out your child’s bus route and transportation eligibility.

  • Secondary School Bus Safety

    Be safe while riding school buses, including getting on and off the vehicle, bus patrols and at the bus stop.