Hamilton Catholic board students can switch between in-person and remote learning

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It’s decision time again for elementary students in Hamilton’s Catholic school board.

In a letter to families Thursday, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board said the next — and last — opportunity to indicate a transition between in-person and remote learning will take place between Feb. 5 and 8.

Catholic board students switching learning models on the Feb. 22 transition date are required to contact their child’s school by Monday at 5 p.m. Only those wishing to make a change need to notify the school.

“If the school does not hear from you, it will be assumed that your child will remain in his/her current model of learning,” the letter reads.

Earlier in the year, the board pushed back its transition date, initially scheduled for the week of Jan. 13, amid extended school closures.

“We thought that with all the uncertainty with regard to when in-school learning would resume, that it was just unfair to ask parents to make a decision without more certainty, so we have deferred,” chair Pat Daly told The Spectator on Jan. 22.

The majority of Hamilton students have been learning remotely since school began after winter break amid high COVID-19 case counts. On Wednesday, the province gave Hamilton school boards the green light to reopen classrooms on Feb. 8.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board chair Dawn Danko told The Spectator students in the public board transitioning from in-person to remote will be contacted by a staff member early next week, “so they won’t have an official class on Monday.”

Students transitioning from remote to in-person will continue in their virtual classrooms on Monday until they are assigned to a physical classroom.

Students in Hamilton’s public board were required to indicate whether they planned to change learning models in January in preparation for the next transition date, which is scheduled for Feb. 25.

Kate McCullough, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator