Transition to Remote Learning 2021

Dear Staff, Parents and Guardians,

On December 21, 2020, Premier Ford announced that Ontario will go into a Province-Wide Shutdown starting at 12:01 AM on December 26th, 2020. This lockdown is now in effect in Northern Ontario for 14 days with the possibility of an extension, depending on the rise of COVID-19 cases.

Premier Ford also released information regarding an extended closure of schools for in person learning. Please see important information below regarding all Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board Students, Staff and Families.

Kindergarten - Grade 8

Kindergarten - Grade 8 will learn remotely (full day) from January 4, 2021 to January 8, 2021 and return to in-class learning on January 11, 2021. Our region allows for in-person instruction for all grades to commence on Monday, January 11, 2021.

Attendance will continue to be taken daily as usual.

Monday, January 4, 2021 will be a transition day for students, staff and families into Remote Learning. Educators will have a morning staff meeting and then contact students/families throughout the day.

As stated by the Ministry, Remote Learning will be provided for all students in alignment with Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) No.164: Requirements for Remote Learning. This PPM makes clear very specific standards for instruction of synchronous learning so that parents and students know what to expect and there is a consistent approach across the province to ensure students are fully engaged in their learning. This will mean a synchronous learning requirement of 180 min./day for Kindergarten students (120 minutes of asynchronous) and a synchronous learning requirement of 225 min./day for Grade 1 -8 students (75 minutes of asynchronous).

High School (Secondary)

High School will learn remotely (full day) from January 4, 2021 to January 8, 2021 and return to regularly scheduled classes (in-class morning, virtual afternoon) on January 11, 2021. Our region allows for in-person instruction for all grades to commence on Monday, January 11, 2021.

Period 1 will run from 8:40 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. and Period 2 will run from 12:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Each period has been reduced to 120 minutes as per Ministry guidelines. Attendance will continue to be taken daily as usual.

  • Cooperative Education (Co-Op)
    All in person placements will be suspended during this time. Students will report to their virtual classrooms for remote learning each day of the shutdown.
  • SHSM Certifications
    All in person certifications are not permitted during this time. Certifications should be rescheduled for a later date. Virtual certifications may continue.
  • Alternative Education and Late Leaver Teachers
    Will continue with remote instruction. All in person work placements will be suspended during this time. Teachers will contact affected students.

Virtual School - Kindergarten to Grade 12

Virtual School classes will run as per usual, resuming on January 4, 2021. The virtual classroom schedule and times will remain unmodified.

Special Education - Kindergarten to Grade 12

Monday, January 4, 2021 will be a transition day for students, staff and families into Remote Learning. Educators will have a morning staff meeting and then contact students/families throughout the day.


Most students with special education needs will be learning remotely during this period. Students that receive resource or educational assistant support in person will receive similar supports in remote learning during the lockdown. In-person learning will only be reserved for students that cannot be accommodated through remote learning, as per the Ministry’s directives. Specialized transportation will be provided if it is decided that your child will attend in-person learning.

Childcare

Childcare facilities within our schools are operated by third parties. Please check with your daycare provider for details on whether or not they are operating during the shut-down. Before and After Care and recreational programs, NRP or Biwaase’aa, will not be open for any school age children.

Devices

Educators will connect with you on January 4th, and your school will communicate device pick-up arrangements. Please be patient with this process as we require everyone to adhere to the physical distancing measures and COVID-19 precautions and protocols. It is expected that devices will be returned to school on January 11th following the province-wide shutdown.

Mental Health Resources for Staff and Students

The wellbeing and the mental health of our staff, students and families is incredibly important during this time. Staff members, please click here for information regarding our Employee Family Assistance Program EFAP for yourself and your family.

For additional Mental Health resources, please click here.

Student Transportation

Because both elementary and secondary will be remote learning from January 4, 2021 - January 8, 2021, no student transportation services will be provided during this time. Student Transportation Services will resume on Monday, January 11, 2021.

Catholic Education Centre (Board Office)

The Catholic Education Centre will be closed to visitors on January 4, 2021 - January 8, 2021. There will be limited staff in the building and deliveries will be accepted by the Catholic Education Centre custodial staff. All Staff will continue to adhere to all TBCDSB Health and Safety Protocols when attending Thunder Bay Catholic Sites.

TBCDSB School Sites

TBCDSB sites will be closed to visitors on January 4, 2021 - January 8, 2021. There will be limited staff in the schools and deliveries will be accepted by the school custodial staff. All Staff will continue to adhere to all TBCDSB Health and Safety Protocols when attending Thunder Bay Catholic Sites.

https://www.tbcschools.ca/about/covid-19/Transition-to-Remote-Learning

© Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board 2021