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Message to TCDSB Families | October Observances and General Reminders

With much to look forward to this month, we wanted to share some important reminders with families.

Thanksgiving and Halloween

Thanksgiving is on October 11th, and Halloween is on October 31st.


Families are encouraged to take every precaution and adhere to public health guidelines when gathering together, most especially during the Thanksgiving long-weekend. Your continued cooperation and support of our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, facilities and greater communities is greatly appreciated.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr. Kieran Moore reiterated the following public health reminders on October 7, and we would encourage you to share these reminders with others:

  • Ontario’s gathering limit is 100 outdoors and 25 indoors.
  • Individuals should not attend a gathering if they experience mild symptoms.
  • Windows should be kept open, if possible.
  • High-touch surfaces should be cleaned and hand sanitizer should be provided.
  • If there is a combination of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in the group, attendees should consider keeping masks on indoors, particularly for older people or those with chronic medical conditions.

Halloween Celebrations in Schools and/or At Home

With Halloween approaching, we remind families that costume wearing is permitted as long as the costume does not impede on the ability to wear a mask. A costume mask is no substitute for a face mask, but parents/guardians and staff might consider incorporating a face mask into the costume. Costumes that are offensive in nature are not permitted at school, should not be referenced, turned into a joke, or used as inspiration for costumes. These include culturally inappropriate costumes or costumes that serve to perpetuate offensive stereotypes. Costumes that include weapons or dangerous accessories are not permitted at school.

Guidelines for Trick or Treating

With the return of Trick or Treating this year, we wanted to highlight some advice shared by Ontario’s CMOH:

  • Doorsteps should not be overcrowded.
  • Physical distancing should be maintained as much as possible.
  • Trick-or-treating should be limited to outdoors and interactions should be kept brief.
  • Hand sanitizer should be used often, especially before and after handling treats.
  • Shouting should be avoided to reduce the spread of aerosols.

Frequently Asked Questions

We remind families that our Back To School page is updated regularly with information to assist with your questions. New Frequently Asked Questions that have recently been added include: annual reorganization, rapid antigen testing, and more.

We thank all members of our Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) family for their continued support and dedication to Catholic education. Our students deserve a quality education, fostered in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment.

Enjoy a safe and restful Thanksgiving, and the quality time with families and friends, as we show gratitude for the many blessings in our lives, and the many blessings to come!