Schools Return to Remote Learning April 19

Schools Return to Remote Learning April 19
Posted on 04/15/2021
Schools return to remote learning April 19
Posted on 04/12/2021

Earlier this afternoon, the Ontario government announced that all public schools in Ontario will move to remote learning following the April Break on Monday, April 19, 2021. This includes all schools in the Limestone District School Board.

The decision was made by Ontario’s Medical Officer of Health due to increasing COVID-19 numbers across the province, and the serious threat posed by the new Variants of Concern (VOCs). Because schools reflect what is happening in our communities, community transmission poses the greatest obstacle to keeping schools open. This is also why it is critical that everyone continues to follow local public health directives to limit the spread of COVID-19 wherever possible.

There is currently no return date in place, however, the Minister of Education has indicated that in-person learning will resume as soon as it is safe to do so. The board will share any updates as we receive them. It is unclear at this time whether the government will take a provincial or regional approach for reopening schools. 

As a precautionary measure, schools did start the process of working with families before the break to distribute devices to elementary and secondary students who might require them for online learning. Families who may need a device, but who did not receive one before the break, can connect with their school following the break. Educators will connect with families on April 19 as remote learning begins. 

While remote learning will be in place for the majority of students, elementary and secondary students with significant special education needs who attend full-time, self-contained district programs, and those accessing School to Community services who cannot benefit from remote instruction, will be offered the option of face-to-face learning, as was the case in January. These families will receive more details directly from educators on April 19. Face-to-face learning for these learners will start later during the week of April 19 to 23. Remote learning will be offered to those who prefer not to attend face to face.

There are no changes for the LDSB Virtual School.

Child-care centres located in schools will remain open, however, before and after school programs in schools will be closed during the remote learning period.

I know this news is both disruptive and challenging for many families. I also know how critical in-person learning is to support student achievement and well-being, and the board will continue to do our very best to provide students with mental health supports and resources.

Please stay well and continue to follow all public health directives to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Krishna Burra
Director of Education