Province extends school closure
By Jenn Watt
Trillium Lakelands District School Board staff are putting the pieces in place to support students to study from home as the Ontario government announced Tuesday that schools will not reopen until May 4 at the earliest.
Medical experts advised the province that the “next two weeks will be critical in the fight against COVID-19,” which led to the decision to keep staff and students at home, said Premier Doug Ford on March 31.
The local school board has been working to prepare its
TLDSB Learning@Home page and over the last week have been corresponding
with staff about how to best support students, said Catherine Shedden,
communications manager for the school board.
“Yesterday we provided our school administrators with our continuity of learning plan which we are calling ... ‘TLDSB Learning@Home,’” Shedden said in an email to the Minden Times on Tuesday. “Principals are now sharing this with teaching staff. Our next step will be to determine the capacity families have to be able to participate – there will be messaging going to homes this evening with a survey asking questions about home connectivity, devices, and the best way to communicate with the teacher, etc.”
for students were released by Education Minister Stephen Lecce in the
second phase of Learn at Home. Those in kindergarten to Grade 3 will be
asked to do five hours of work per student per week; Grade 4-6 to do
five hours; Grade 7-8 to do 10 hours; and Grade 9-12 to do three hours
per course per week.
Final report cards will be issued for all students.
Tuesday’s announcement stated that laptops and other devices would be distributed from schools as needed and that they would identify alternative forms of student-teacher connectivity including digital, phone and mail.
“We will do whatever it takes to keep students safe from COVID-19 – which is why we have extended the school closure period and why we have unveiled a teacher-led program that keeps students learning while at home,” Lecce said. “By providing clarity for parents, enhancing support for students and enabling the teacher-student relationship, we are ensuring our children continue to safely learn – providing some sense of stability and hope for them amid this difficulty.”