Start Up Information

Dear SHSS Families,

We are so happy to be welcoming students back to school for 2020-2021! We are moving into the new year with optimism and enthusiasm but we know that there are many doubts and questions that make our return to school feel very different from other Septembers. Many changes and adjustments have been made to reflect the new reality in which we find ourselves.

We are working hard with our district and our staff to make sure that our start up process sets students up for a successful, enjoyable and safe year. To help you understand the SHSS landscape for our new year, I am sending some information about our school’s organization and our start up, which are both quite different this year.

Please have a look through the following information:

  • Like many schools, SHSS will be running on a Quarterly Model
    • 2020-2021 is divided into 4 terms
    • Students have 2 courses per term
    • 2 block day (AM/PM) – schedule alternates week by week
      • Week 1 is Block 1 – AM, Block 2 – PM
      • Week 2 is Block 2 – AM, Block 1 – PM
    • Block 1 and 2 from Sept. 14 to Nov. 13
    • November 16th will be a Completion Day (no scheduled classes)
    • Block 3 and 4 from Nov. 17 to Jan. 29th
    • February 1st will be a Completion Day (no scheduled classes)
    • Semester 2 begins on February 2nd (4 new classes will run as per Semester 1)
    • See attached schedule for all term/semester dates
    • Student Timetables will be posted to the Family portal on September 4th
  • To ensure the safety of staff and students, we will be having Orientation Days
    • September 8th and 9th – Staff orientation days
    • Thursday, September 10th, 9:00 to 11:00 am – Grade 8 orientation
    • Thursday, September 10th, 12:30 to 2:00 pm – Grade 9 orientation
    • Friday, September 11th, 9:00 to 10:30 am – Grade 10 orientation
    • Friday, September 11th, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm – Grade 11 orientation
    • Friday, September 11th, 1:00 to 2:30 pm – Grade 12 orientation
    • Classes start on Monday, September 14th

*Please note that busing will not be provided to the orientation days

  • Safety Orientation meetings will allow students to learn about the school’s organization, connect with staff and review the school safety protocols
    • Administrators and teachers will go over the parameters around physical distancing, hand washing, movement through the school, mask use, etc
    • 2 reusable fabric masks will be given to each student
    • Bus drivers will be on hand to review guidelines and expectations which will be diligently enforced on all school buses
    • Bus passes, timetables and all start up documents will be distributed at this time

More detailed and specific information will be headed your way this week but do not hesitate to contact the school if you have concerns you would like addressed. As always, we are here to answer your questions.

Terry Jones and I are here to support you and your students as we navigate this new landscape. SHSS is a strong and positive learning community. With open communication and support for each other, we know we can make this year a successful one for all learners. We look forward to seeing our students back and to welcoming our grade 8 cohort as they begin their high school journey!


Chantal St-Jacques – Principal of SHSS