The Halton District School Board (HDSB) looks forward to welcoming approximately 67,000 Kindergarten to Grade 12 students on the first day of school on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023.Tuesday, Sept. 5 is a PA Day
and staff across the HDSB will be engaged in professional development to further strengthen skills in their roles to bring quality education to students.
The HDSB’s 2,961 elementary teachers, 1,421 secondary teachers and 2,597 non-teaching and support staff, as well as more than 200 principals and vice-principals have been busy outfitting classrooms, cleaning buildings and organizing schedules in preparation for a productive, engaging and fulfilling school year.
Over the last 12 months, the HDSB has completed more than $36 million in capital renewal and maintenance across the region
including new roofing, windows, electrical, mechanical, building automation, accessibility and paving upgrades. This work includes upgrades to T.A. Blakelock High School to support implementation of the HDSB’s I-STEM program
, which will now be offered at this school.
More than $55 million of new school construction is underway at new elementary schools in Milton and Oakville. All of this work is in addition to summer cleaning and preventative maintenance work completed in preparation for the start of the 2023-2024 school year.
To make the beginning of a new school year as smooth as possible, parents/guardians can visit the HDSB Welcome to a New School Year webpage
for helpful tips and resources including links to Transportation, Before and After School Care, Mental Health & Well-Being and more.
View a Welcome to School message
from Director of Education Curtis Ennis and Chair Margo Shuttleworth.Quotes
“In the Halton District School Board, we will continue our commitment to our 2020-2024 Multi-Year Strategic Plan
which sets direction and actions to ensure our efforts as an organization are aligned and coordinated,” says Margo Shuttleworth, Chair of the Halton District School Board. “We have been so proud of this plan and the positive impact it has had on learning across the entire system. As we enter the final year of the current plan, we remain as committed and steadfast to ensure we fulfill its outlined strategies and goals as we have been since it was implemented three years ago.”
“As we enter a new school year, we do so with hope, optimism and a great deal of enthusiasm for a successful and fulfilling year of learning,” says Curtis Ennis, Director of Education for the Halton District School Board. “Our staff have been hard at work to ensure our schools have what they need to be ready to welcome students and families on Wednesday. We are ready, motivated and prepared to give students the best and safest educational experience we can.”
“As we prepare for a new school year, the HDSB is proud to welcome Tara Connor in her new role as a Superintendent of Education. Tara joins the administrative team following six years as the Principal of Abbey Park HS, in addition to being an administrator for 20 years across the diverse communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville. Tara brings an incredible skill set and will help further strengthen education in the HDSB.” Background resourcesWelcome to a New School Year2020-2024 Multi-Year Plan 2023-2024 School Year CalendarSchool Construction Projects
For additional information, contact: Jason Misner, Senior Communications Officer - Corporate
905-335-3663, Toll free: 1-877-618-3456