What if I’m having issues registering online? Where can I get help?

Even though our physical buildings are closed, our staff are currently working remotely. You can call your child’s school directly and leave a voice message. Messages will be checked twice daily through to July 3, 2020. School offices will be closed after July 3 until August 26.

The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board's main administrative building is the Catholic Education Centre (CEC). You can call our general phone number at 705- 722-3555 and use our auto attendant system to reach the person or department that can help answer your inquiries.

Board office locations are open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

For general inquiries, please fill out our general inquiries form or email info@smcdsb.on.ca and someone will respond to you as soon as possible.

How to complete the process, submit immunization records, baptismal records, etc?

If you need any help in completing registration, please contact the school and leave a detailed message. A staff member will return your call to the school at any time before July 3 and after August 26th. You can begin the registration process now (click here for Registration) and paperwork will be collected when we return in the Fall when schools reopen. Please be sure you have all of the required documentation. If you do not know your local school’s contact details please call 705 722 3555 or check the website: School Directory

I registered online, but how does the school verify my documents if schools are closed? How will I know I did it all correctly?

Schools will verify documents when they reopen in the Fall. The school will contact you if there is anything they need for you to provide. You can contact the school to confirm receipt of your registration before 3rd July and after 26th August.  If there are any changes to the registration process, it will be communicated on our Board site link here: Registration

Do I have to send my child to Kindergarten (junior or senior)? Is it mandatory?

Full-day kindergarten is not mandatory. Parents will continue to have the choice about whether to enrol their four- and five-year olds in full-day kindergarten. In Ontario, children are normally required to attend school once they turn six years old. This situation is subject to change with COVID.

Is there the option of ½ day Kindergarten?

The Kindergarten Program is designed to give your child a strong start in a full day of school in all areas of development. Please share any concerns you may have about your child attending a full day of school. Kindergarten in Ontario is a two year full time programme. If you have concerns about your child attending Kindergarten full time please contact the school, everyone works together to provide children the best start possible in Kindergarten. If you have concerns about your child attending a full day of school every day, please share your concerns with the school/educator team.

Can I register, but receive work for my child online only?

At this time the Ministry of Education had not made a decision about what form school will take in September (online, a blend of online and in-school, in-school). When we know more about the requirements for opening in September it will be shared on the board website and this answer will be updated.

Is there support for English Language Learners?

English language Learners are supported in developing their English Language skills by the Kindergarten educator team in Kindergarten. If you are a newcomer to Canada your child will receive a language assessment which is used to determine their current English proficiency.

Families are strongly encouraged to continue to use their home language at home as it supports English language learning at school. The Ministry of Education has prepared many information pieces for parents in different languages available here: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/kindergarten/

What happens if school does not start in September?

The Ontario Ministry of Education will decide upon any changes to the start of the school year in September. If any changes happen, a plan for your child’s learning will be shared with you directly through our SchoolMessenger system to your preferred contact number or email which you provided upon your child’s registration.

Can I choose to send my child in January instead of September once the schools are more organized!?

Children are not required to attend school until the age of 6. Therefore it is possible to start in January. However it can be problematic as the school will only be staffed for the children enrolled in September which is why we encourage registration now. If you have any concerns about your child’s transition to Kindergarten contact your school (before 3rd July or after 26th August). Everyone wants your child to have the best start to school possible.

Will the curriculum be available for parents who choose to homeschool due to the uncertainty related to the pandemic?

Full-day kindergarten is not mandatory. If parents choose to homeschool due to the uncertainty related to the pandemic, if your child is registered, your child will receive learning support from the school. The Kindergarten Program is available online at the Ministry of Education website: https://www.ontario.ca/document/kindergarten-program-2016 

This describes the learning that students take part in over the two years of the program.