Remote learning extension until January 25, 2021

posted Jan 7, 2021, 4:23 PM by Caroline Girardin   [ updated Jan 7, 2021, 4:30 PM ]


This afternoon the provincial government announced an extension to remote learning until January 25, 2021. At this time, we anticipate that the next two weeks will look very similar to the curriculum delivery that is in place for this week.


Please see the parent update that will be provided this evening. You will find a link to the government’s press release included in the letter to parents.


The pandemic continues to impact families and members of our school community in a variety of challenging ways. We acknowledge that extending the remote learning time-frame is intended to decrease the spread of COVID-19. The idea is to minimize the number of students and staff in-person contacts.


Staff are encouraged to continue to use their professional judgement. You determine how much remote instruction is in front of a camera vs independent study or group work. We are aware of the Ministry of Education's expectations for synchronous instruction, and we know you will do your best given the pandemic conditions.


We only learned of the Ministry’s decisions when the information was made public today.  In a follow-up call this afternoon with the Minister of Education, three key areas were raised by Board Chairs.

   

  1. A continued request to increase funding to address technology, staffing, and equity needs;

  2. Consideration to include the education sector as a group eligible for emergency childcare during the school closure periods,

  3. Prioritization of the education sector for vaccine distribution.


All of these areas are being discussed at the provincial tables. No decisions have been made but it is encouraging to know educators are being acknowledged for the important work they do.


Thank you for your tremendous efforts as you try to balance your family commitments with your work responsibilities.  Your mental health and wellbeing are important to all of us.  We know you are doing your best to meet the province's expectations. Thank you for your continued dedication to your school community.


Tom D’Amico



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