April 2nd update

posted Apr 6, 2020, 6:55 AM by Roisin Philippe

April 2nd

Hello Parents and Guardians

I hope that you are staying healthy and able to find some joyful moments during these unusual and trying times. Thank you to all who have shared pictures of your children taking part in our Virtual Spirit Week Activities! As you are already aware, the Premier announced this week that schools will remain closed until May 4, 2020, to protect the health and safety of students and staff. This extension is being made on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario. The government also announced that it is launching the second phase of Learn at Home where they are providing additional tools for at-home learning. 

 

Over the past two weeks, we have been reaching out to families to ensure that they are keeping well and checking to make sure that they are receiving messaging from their child’s teachers. We still have a few families who have not responded to either emails, messages or phone calls from the teachers. We want to thank all who have made that connection as we enter these new and challenging times. The teachers are working collaboratively, developing rich learning tasks for their students to complete while at home. We continue to discuss and share ideas of how best to approach the sharing of information with the parents at this time as we don’t want to add any additional stress. By Monday, April 6th, you and/or your child should receive activities from their teachers to guide their learning. Please know that the resources and lessons that have been shared and that will be shared with you and your children in the following weeks, is to be used at your discretion at this time.

We recognize that many families in our community do not have access to devices to engage in a full online curriculum. At this time the emergency measures that require everyone to stay at home do not allow for students or parents to access schools. We are working with Ottawa Public Health to have an approved distribution system for those with the greatest needs. We asked teachers to ask about the level of technology that your child has access to in order to support this new type of learning. We are awaiting the approval from Ottawa Public Health to be able to access the technology that we have in the school and make it accessible to our students who require this additional support. 


Please complete this FORM if your child does not have access to support this new emergency digital learning format. We will be in touch once we know more regarding access to the schools and the possible distribution of technology. 

 

Take care and please feel free to email me directly should you have any further questions or concerns. Roisin.philippe@ocsb.ca

 


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