Pink Shirt Day Feb. 24 Let’s Take a Stand Against Bullying!

PINK SHIRT DAY- FEBRUARY 24- Pink Shirt Day is a globally recognized day in support of anti-bullying, up-standing behaviour and simple acts of kindness. On February 24, 2021, we are encouraged to practice kindness and wear pink to show that we do not tolerate any form of bullying.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

Term 1 Report Card Info

Dear Henderson families:

Your child’s Term One Elementary Report Card will be distributed electronically with instructions on how to access the report between February 18 – 23, using their GAPPS accounts.  

The Elementary Report Card provides you with information about your child’s achievement of the curriculum expectations across subject areas. The report card grade represents a student’s achievement of overall curriculum expectations, as demonstrated to this point in time.

For all Reports, our board will include the following statement: “This reporting period reflects learning that has occurred in a modified learning environment, as required by the provincial public health guidelines.” Overall, these reports provide you information about your child’s achievement during the first term. 

We hope that this report will encourage your child while supporting conversations about learning at home. 

Inclement Weather in YRDSB

Dear families, 

This year, we are doing many things differently in our schools to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and support the health and safety of our students, staff members and families. As we enter the colder months, we have also reviewed what it will look like when inclement weather days are declared and school transportation is cancelled. 

We usually try to keep schools open as much as possible, and in previous years, schools have remained open when school transportation is cancelled. This year, however, given the importance of adhering to our health and safety guidelines, we have made the decision to close schools to students when an inclement weather day is declared and school transportation is cancelled. Please do not send your child to school when an inclement weather day is declared. We are unable to guarantee appropriate coverage for students on inclement weather days when school transportation is closed and classes cannot be combined. 

Please take the time to make plans in the event of an inclement weather day school closure. Please note that before and after care programs will not be operating on inclement weather days. For on-site, full-day child care, please confirm with your childcare operator. We recognize that this may be an inconvenience for some families. This decision was not made lightly and made to prioritize the health and safety of students, staff members and families. 

There are also rare occasions when school transportation is cancelled due to extreme cold weather and not road conditions, and schools will remain open for students. 

Student learning will continue:

  • Students attending elementary school in person will be provided with learning activities for the day through their Google classroom and teachers will be available online to support students. 
  • Students attending secondary school in person will shift to virtual learning for all of their classes for the day. 
  • Elementary and secondary virtual schools will operate as normal. 

Communication to families

Decisions about school transportation and school closures will be made as early as possible and no later than 6:00 a.m. We will do our best to notify families in advance. Our priority continues to be the safety of our students, staff members and families. If you have any questions, please speak with your school principal.

Transportation cancellations or school closures will also continue to be communicated through:

  • Student Transportation Services website:
  • Student Transportation Hotline: 1-877-330-3001
  • Board website and school websites
  • @YRDSB Twitter account
  • Radio and TV media outlets

Families who have provided the school with their cell phone will also receive a text message, unless you have opted out of this service. Please contact your school if you have any questions. 

For more information on inclement weather days, please visit our website


Louise Sirisko

Director of Education

Learning Model Change Request Form: important info.

Dear Henderson Families

By now, each family should have received an email from the Board informing families about updates shared by the Ministry of Education.

Please note that within the email important information regarding a model change request was included. THE MODEL CHANGE REQUEST FORM WILL REMAIN OPEN FROM FEBRUARY 1-FEBRUARY 8. THIS WILL BE THE LAST OPPORTUNITY FOR A LEARNING MODEL SWITCH.

For your reference please note what was shared:

“On January 27, elementary families received an email regarding requests for elementary model changes. Elementary families received a follow up email with access to a form for the model change request. This email is being sent directly to your child’s Google account. As a reminder, only families requesting a school model change will need to complete this form.”

Please check your child’s Google account to access the model change request form and fill it out ONLY if you are interested in changing formats.

Thank you and stay healthy!