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Halton District School Board welcomes back students and staff on Tuesday

Halton District School Board welcomes back students and staff on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

Approximately 64,000 students in 105 elementary/secondary schools will be welcomed

The Halton District School Board looks forward to welcoming approximately 64,000 Kindergarten to Grade 12 students on the first day of school on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

The Board’s 6,507 teachers, 3,117 non-teaching and support staff, and 222 principals and vice-principals are outfitting classrooms, tending to sports fields, polishing floors, cleaning buildings and organizing schedules to prepare schools for another productive and memorable school year.

Excitement awaits as students and staff members at M.M. Robinson High School welcome students from Lester B Pearson HS. During the summer, MMR underwent various renovations to improve the educational experience for all students as the two schools merge into one community. The school’s Community Pathways Program (CPP) space has been re-constructed, new locker bays installed throughout the building, the theatre’s facade re-designed and renamed the Lester B. Pearson Community Theatre and new cladding added to part of the outdoor front facade, in addition to other improvements.

Students, staff and parents/guardians will also walk into many other Halton schools that underwent various renovations and upgrades this summer. Approximately $25 million worth of construction projects were completed at dozens of elementary and secondary schools. Work included roofing improvements, ventilation, new entranceways, windows, doors, flooring and washrooms, and more.

Over the summer, the HDSB transitioned to a new Student Absence Reporting system called SchoolMessenger. Families can register for SchoolMessenger through the website ( or the HDSB Mobile App. Resources and training videos to support parents/guardians with the transition to SchoolMessenger are available on the HDSB website ( by searching "SchoolMessenger".

This new system enables parents/guardians to receive app notifications, text messages, emails and phone calls from schools and the HDSB. Families will now be able to report absences for their child using the HDSB Mobile App, the SchoolMessenger website or a toll-free phone number.

The HDSB Mobile App, rolled out earlier this year, consolidates important information for parents/guardians and students into one easy-to-access location. Report absences, receive school and Board news, social media and calendars all in one place. The HDSB Mobile App is available for download on the App Store and Google Play by searching “HDSB”.

Stuart Miller, Director of Education for the Halton District School Board, is eager to welcome students and families back for another year of exceptional learning and making positive memories.

“As we prepare for the start of the 2018-19 school year, we are excited to welcome students, staff members, and parents and guardians to the Halton District School Board. We hope you had a refreshing and energizing summer break,” he says. “Whether you are returning to our Board or are new, we are proud that you are here. We are ready to provide our students and staff with another year of caring, inclusive and collaborative learning environments that will promote well-being and foster respect for everyone. We are confident the upcoming school year will provide opportunities for students to be engaged in their learning and explore their passions while reaching their potential.”


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