Dear Parents & Guardians

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Yesterday, Premier Doug Ford, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. It was a priority of the Ministry of Education to close schools, ensuring the safety of our students, families and Board Staff. Schooling will continue online and report cards will be issued to complete the year. The government is planning the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year, the gradual reopening of child-care and the opening of summer day camps subject to the continuing progress of key public health indicators. Further information is detailed in the Ministry’s news release, here.

What does this mean for you and your children?

We will continue to operate as we have. Online learning will continue with your assistance and guidance. We are aware of how much work you have on your plate, and we thank you for your continuous efforts in all you do, each and everyday.

High school graduation and year end elementary and senior elementary school activities will look differently this year, however, we will ensure that they are memorable. Our educators have been working diligently planning and preparing to try and do things virtually for your children. Although this is not ideal, they are trying to make the best out of the current situation. We’re all in this together and we appreciate your patience and understanding these last few months.

What about items within the schools?

Together with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, we have been exploring ways to safely retrieve items out of our schools for staff, students and families. This process will be a huge undertaking, as we must ensure all social distancing precautions are adhered to and areas remain disinfected. Coordination of device, textbook and school belongings to be returned may be done simultaneously. Further communication with more information will be forthcoming.

What is next?

Before the end of June, additional information will be available on how September will look within our school environments (social distancing measures, etc.). The Minister of Education will also be providing more information on Summer Programming.

At this time, we are working on our next steps and will relay information as it becomes available. Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate these uncharted waters, together. It has been incredibly helpful and humbling to have a TBCDSB parent/guardian community such as yourselves. Your perseverance and ability to adapt have been commendable. Thank you.

Please see the Minister of Education's message to parents here:

Minister's Message - English

Minister's Message - French

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