Transition to Remote Learning

April 12, 2021

Today, Premier Ford and the Minister of Education Stephen Lecce have directed Boards across the Province to extend virtual learning as a proactive and preventative measure.Therefore, elementary and secondary school students province-wide will participate in remote learning following the April Break. We are awaiting further directive from the Government on when we can return to the classroom.

Only a few days ago we were told we would be returning to the classroom directly after the April Break. This has been a lot for everyone, especially after being online for the past six weeks. With the case numbers rising across Ontario, it is vital we reduce community transmission, especially with the new variants.

As per Ministry Guidelines, our schools are currently open for in-person learning for students with Special Needs. These programs are considered to be essential and we will continue to operate under Ministry directives.

Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this situation.

We will keep you updated as we receive more information regarding return to in-person learning.

Thank you again for everything you do,

Virtual school

Resume as usual.

Kindergarten - Grade 8

Attendance will continue to be taken daily as usual.

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 and 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 225 min./day for elementary students (75 minutes of asynchronous).

High School (Secondary)

Attendance will continue to be taken daily as usual.

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.

Cooperative Education (Co-Op)
All in person placements are suspended. Co-op students will be contacted on Monday with further instructions.

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.

Special Education - Kindergarten to Grade 12
As per Dr. DeMille’s letter, in-person instruction for some students with special needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning, can continue to attend school.

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

It is expected that devices will be returned to school when we are back to in-person.

Mental Health Resources for Students

The wellbeing and the mental health of our students and families is incredibly important during this time. For additional Mental Health resources, please click here.

Student Transportation

Because both elementary and secondary will be learning remotely, student transportation services will not be provided during this time.

Catholic Education Centre (Board Office)

The Catholic Education Centre will be closed to visitors. 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. 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.


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