It’s been a tough road for education staff, families and students to reach this point, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, but all of them are looking forward to two weeks off over the holidays.

Today is the last day for elementary and secondary students in 2020, and they won’t have to return to their classrooms, or their virtual learning platforms, until January 4, 2021.

“I’m so proud of our students, staff, families and our community. It’s been a lot of hard work that’s gotten us here to Christmas in our brick and mortar schools as well as St. Isidore, our virtual school. So much learning and wonderful celebrations have happened,” said Director of Education for the Kenora Catholic District School Board, Derek Haime.

He added their recent celebrations like how the Grinch Stole the St. Louis Christmas Concert's virtual video and Candy Cane Lane have been huge successes. 

“It’s truly been amazing. My heart is so full. The celebrations that our schools have had, they have been so joyful even though they’ve been socially-distanced or virtual. I’m just so proud of all of the students, staff and our community members. Our staff are awesome and they’ve made all of this happen," Haime added. 

If an elementary student wishes to switch between in-person and remote learning, families must notify the child’s school by January 18, 2021.

For secondary school students, the second quadmester will end on January 28, with exams set between January 25 and 28. Their Midterm Progress reports were issued earlier this week, and their final report will be issued on February 9.

Secondary students will begin their third quadmester on February 1, and their fourth will begin on April 19. Quadmester three exams are set for April 15 and 16, and quadmester four exams will take place between June 21 and 25.

Secondary students wishing to switch between in-person and remote learning are asked to notify their school by January 18, 2021 for the third quadmester, and by April 6 for the fourth quadmester.

The school year calendar is shared between the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, Kenora Catholic District School Board, Northwest Catholic District School Board, Rainy River District School Board and the CSDC des Aurores boreales board.

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