Elementary School Scheduled to Open January 25

Elementary School Scheduled to Open January 25
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Dear Families,

This afternoon, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, the Government of Ontario announced that elementary students will not return to in-person learning next week as planned.

Given the increasing rise of COVID-19 cases across the province, government and health officials believe the safest course of action is to keep students and school staff at home wherever possible for the duration of the provincial lock down. This means elementary students (Kindergarten to Grade 8) will not return to in-person classes until January 25, 2021 – the same current schedule for secondary students (Grades 9 to 12).

There is no change to existing students currently enrolled in the LDSB Virtual School (elementary or secondary).

Child-care centres in schools will remain open, however, before and after school programs in schools will be closed until January 25, 2021 while elementary students learn remotely.

We recognize this extension may pose an additional challenge for elementary families, and those staff with elementary-aged students. As stated before, we will work diligently to support all students focusing on their well-being and learning expectations.

During this first week of remote learning for everyone, I have been impressed by the way students, families and our dedicated educators and support staff have worked to support each other, and adapted to the change in format. Thank you for your patience and kindness during this transition.

By now, all students who require a device should have received one from their home school. If you are still in need of a device, please contact your school for assistance.

As we shared earlier, there are plans in place to support students with special education needs through the implementation of Individualized Education Plans, or IEPs. Supports that were available to students during in-person learning will continue to be available to students learning remotely as appropriate. The board is using a phased approach to support students who require more intensive support. If you have any questions, please contact your school or classroom teacher directly.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we continue to navigate this unique school year.

Krishna Burra,
Director of Education