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2020-2021 School Year

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​​The Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) looks forward to welcoming students for the start of the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, September 8. ​​

The LKDSB has released its plan for the safe return to school for the 2020-2021 school year. The Ministry of Education directed that LKDSB elementary and secondary schools will reopen in September with a return to full-time, in-class learning with enhanced safety measures. Read the LKDSB's Reopening Our Schools plan here

Read the Aug. 12, 2020 letter to parents/guardians from Chatham-Kent and Lambton Medical Officers of Health​.

The province's announcement regarding the safe reopening of schools may be found at this link.​​ Read the July 30 letter from the Minister of Education to parents/guardians: English version/French version​​​

LKDSB Return to School Plans

The Lambton Kent District School Board has released its plan for the safe return to school for the 2020-2021 school year. Read the LKDSB's Reopening Our Schools plan here.

The health, safety and well-being of students and staff are the top priorities for the LKDSB’s return to school planning, as well as reducing the opportunities for the transmission of COVID-19. The LKDSB has created a Reopening Our Schools plan outlining health and safety measures, including: screening; school arrival; physical distancing; hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and masking; cleaning; transportation; recess and playgrounds; visitors; lunch and food services; child care and community use of schools, as well as teaching and learning plans.

The Education Act notes that schooling is mandatory for students under 18, so daily attendance (whether face-to-face or electronically) is expected. As such, LKDSB parents/guardians are required to indicate whether their child(ren) will be attending face-to-face or electronic instruction.

After August 28, there will be limited opportunities within the school year for parents/guardians to switch their child's school experience from electronic to face-to-face instruction. Families must notify the school in advance and there will be a waiting period prior to their child's admission to school, depending on scheduling and availability of classroom space.​

Click on the Frequently Asked Questions for elementary and secondary​ to learn more about the LKDSB's return to school plans.

As per directions from the Ministry of Education, like all publicly funded school boards, LKDSB has developed plans for three possible scenarios:

  • A return to regular, in-class learning with enhanced health and safety protocols;

  • An adaptive model, including a modified school day routine with a maximum limit of 15 students in a typical classroom at one time, with alternate day scheduling and timetabling that would limit student contact with teachers and classmates as much as possible; and

  • A continuation of remote, teacher-led at-home learning.

The LKDSB will be prepared to respond to changes, as necessary, throughout the 2020-2021 school year based on directions from the Ministry and provincial and local Medical Officers of Health.

Updates will be posted on the LKDSB website as soon as they become available. Information will be provided to parents/guardians as per typical means of communication (such as phone or email if your contact information is on file).

Parents/guardians with specific questions about their child should contact their school directly. Please note: School voicemail will be checked throughout the summer.​

Access to LKDSB Facilities

Currently, LKDSB schools are open to the public by appointment only. The Sarnia Education Centre is open to the public with specific safety protocols in place. The Chatham Regional Education Centre is closed due to construction; the facility is open to the public by appointment only.

Frequently Asked Questions

The plan for the LKDSB's September 2020 school re-entry will provide a safe launch to the upcoming school year and reduce the opportunities for transmission of COVID-19. The plans incorporate the most current information from the Ontario Ministry of Education, Public Health, consultation with LKDSB educators and education workers, and our communities.​

Click on the links below for Frequently asked Questions for elementary and secondary parents/guardians and students.

Key questions are outlined for:
  • The School Year & Timelines
  • The School Experience For Students
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Getting Organized For The 2020 – 2021 School Year


Supports for Students

School social workers are available to students with concerns about the Grade 8 to Grade 9 transition. Read more here.

Student Registration

New to LKDSB? Click here to learn about registration and complete the simple, safe and secure online registration form.​ To begin school on the first day of school (Tuesday, September 8, 2020), students must be registered by Friday, August 28, 2020.​

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