April 2020 Newsletter

Hello HCDSB Family,

I hope this letter finds you and your families safe and well.

We are living in unprecedented times for current generations. Humankind has faced many pandemics and similar troubling times in the past. I am sure there are older members of our community who have lived through the Second World War, where scarcity, fear and uncertainty were everyday occurrences. This crisis may seem familiar to them. Are we in the beginning, middle or end? Only time will tell. Based on history and science, we know for certain that this crisis will pass. We have survived similar awful and tragic events in history, and we will survive this one.

At the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB), as always, safety is our primary concern – the safety of our students, the safety of our staff, and the safety of our community at large. I believe that time will prove that the decision to close our schools and other public spaces was the right decision in the efforts to try and alter the pandemic curve. In all of the planning that HCDSB and other institutions do, there was never a notion that such a dynamic and fluid situation would occur that would escalate so rapidly, causing the shuttering of most institutions on such short notice. As a result, our staff have worked very hard and will continue to work hard to provide the best possible teacher-led remote learning opportunities for our students. These systems will be modified and improved as our experience with them grows.

This crisis has provided an opportunity to grow and learn. We have learned that we need to build capacity and resiliency into all of our institutions, including school boards. We have learned that we need to advance the learning platforms that we currently rely on, and that we need to build crisis management into our planning cycle. On the personal side, we have learned how to do with less, how to spend more time with our families, how to be more connected with others, and how to share and protect our own, community, and world resources. Let us use this knowledge wisely moving forward.

Holy Week is upon us. It is very fitting that during this Easter season where Jesus sacrificed so much for so many, we now have an opportunity to help others by staying home, only buying what we need and asking those around us if they need help. I hope that you and your family can make the most of this Easter season.

During this challenging time, pray to the Holy Spirit for Strength, Guidance and especially Grace! God Bless you.

Amanda BartucciApril 2020 Newsletter