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School Closures Extended Until May 4
​The government of Ontario has extended its ordered closure of all public schools until at least May 4, 2020  Official Government of Ontario Announcement
School Closures Extended Until May 4

​The government of Ontario has extended its ordered closure of all public schools until at least May 4, 2020 

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Letter to Parents - March 31
Letter to Parents - March 31
Apr 01, 2020
Ministry of Education Minister 315 Front Street West Toronto ON M7A 0B8 Ministère de l'Éducation Ministre 315, rue Front Ouest Toronto ON M7A...

Letter to Parents - March 31

Posted on Apr 01, 2020
ANGELA SAFRANYOS
Letter to Parents - March 31

Ministry of Education
Minister 315 Front Street West Toronto ON M7A 0B8

Ministère de l'Éducation
Ministre 315, rue Front Ouest Toronto ON M7A 0B8


Dear Parents,

I am writing to you today exactly two weeks since our government declared a State of Emergency in the province.

I know this period has not been easy for you or your children, especially as the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak begin to have increasing effects on your day-to-day lives and livelihoods.

The battle against COVID-19 has not been easy, but I continue to be incredibly inspired by the bravery and steadfastness you and your children have demonstrated in our efforts to stop the spread of this outbreak. Since Cabinet made the decision to close the publicschool system on March 12, we have seen cascading steps taken by the public and private sectors to protect our most vulnerable.

I want to assure you that, as Minister of Education, the health and safety of your children remains our government’s utmost priority; there is simply no priority more critical. Every decision we make is rooted in the fundamental commitment to safeguard your children’s well-being. We are incredibly grateful for the considerable understanding and flexibility you and your children have shown during this period of school closure. With that commitment in mind, today our government decided to extend the closure of public schools in the province to May 4, along with child care centres and private schools until April 13. In ordinary times, this would be a difficult decision. However, given that Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health concurs that this is in the best interest of you and your children’s’ health, this decision was clear and obvious.

While this announcement is consistent with public health policy, I know that this will raise questions about what your children will be doing over the coming weeks with regards to their education, as in-school instruction will not be taking place.

Today, I was proud to announce our government’s plan for the next phase of Learn at Home and how we are supporting students, families, and educators during this period.

To start, we have instructed school boards that, by Monday, April 6, teacher-led learning will resume across the province. Students will begin receiving communication from their teachers and school board staff this week to determine the best way your child can continue learning during this period. For our youngest learners, especially, I am asking you to lend a helping-hand in facilitating these initial conversations with educators when they begin reaching out. This early communication will help ensure all students can participate actively and fully in the rich online learning strategy. We have designed the strategy based on the technology and resources that currently exist at home.

I also know many families in the province may not have access to the technology and broadband connection needed to participate fully in online learning. To remedy this situation, our government has instructed local school boards to offer their existing inventory of computers and devices to students who do not have in-home access. Boards will work with the Ministry to develop a plan to expand the technology to those who need it. I also want to recognize that boards have explored alternative options for students’ access to technology, including engaging in regular conversations with telecommunications providers to determine what options exist to allow families to access Ontario’s world-leading online learning resources.

This is especially necessary for rural and remote communities where connections might not be optimal. I will update you as these conversations regarding technology and broadband options continue to evolve.

As part of this plan for online learning, our government has outlined the minimum expectations for student work-time in a given week based on learning materials and work assigned by your student’s teacher.

These expectations, for each teacher, include:

• Kindergarten to grade three: Five hours of work per student per week, with a focus on literacy and math;

• Grades four to six: Five hours of work per week, with a focus on literacy, math, science, and social studies;

• Grades seven to eight: 10 hours of work per week, with a focus on math, literacy, science and social studies; and,

• Grades nine to 12: Three hours of work per course per week for semestered students, and 1.5 hours of work per course per week for non-semestered students, with a focus on credit accumulation and graduation.

Based on these expectations, this second phase of LearnAtHome will require students to adopt academic discipline and commitment to ensure that they can experience continued academic growth and achievement. I know our students are up to the task.

While these are unprecedented times, I encourage you to support and enable your children to fully commit to the strong learning program we have created for this period of school closure. Your support, inspiration, and motivation will continue to prepare your children to succeed in their learning journey.

I know this period is concerning for parents of students in a graduating cohort. I have said before, and I want to reiterate: no student will have their graduation jeopardized by the developments of COVID-19. I am working closely with the Honourable Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, and the post-secondary sector. Our government will ensure students, who plan on entering college or university in September 2020, have our full support to accomplish this goal.

As students continue to accumulate credits during this closure period, we will provide further information about how students can align with the post-secondary application process in the coming weeks.

I understand parents with children who may have special education needs, have concerns about at-home learning and the physical absence of educational support staff and resources during this period. I am firmly and unequivocally committed to ensuring that all students continue to have access to the wrap-around supports that promote continued learning and development.

Our government has instructed boards to enable immediate restoration of communication between students and educational assistants, paraprofessionals, and other education workers to reintroduce the continuity of professional support to students. We will not allow any student to fall through the cracks during this unprecedented time. My Ministry is equipping educators with the tools and supports they need to maximize the opportunities and achievements of all learners in the province in an online setting.

While much of the discourse around COVID-19 focuses on the impacts on physical health, I want to acknowledge the significant effects this outbreak may be having on the mental health of Ontarians. Particularly, our youngest learners may be struggling to fully understand and process what it means to their lives, families, friends, and communities. This may very well be a time of fear and anxiety for your child, even if it is not readily apparent.

While you and your children may have many questions about what the future holds, I want to express my heartfelt hope that all children know there are a variety of supports to help process and overcome the multitude of emotions and reactions they may be facing during this period. Our government has directed school boards to ensure mental health workers and professional staff are ready to engage with students immediately in a secure and safe conversation. We continue to support the incredible work being done to provide wraparound counselling and resources to students across the province. 

We have numerous organizations providing critical and professional support for children facing mental health concerns or distress. For example, Kids Help Phone offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868. As we move forward in the next phase of school closure, the expectations of parents, guardians, students, educators, and my Ministry will continue to rise. Having already met countless driven and determined students, educators, and educational workers across the province, I know that we are ready to meet the challenges ahead.

To you, and your child, I want to extend my sincere and unwavering commitment to ensuring every student in the province can continue learning in Ontario’s world-class education system. Our collective commitment to inspiring, supporting, and uplifting our future leaders during this time is unwavering.

Sincerely,


The Honourable Stephen Lecce Minister of Education

News Release ~ School Closure Extended Until May 4
News Release ~ School Closure Extended Until May 4
Mar 31, 2020
Good afternoon, I wanted to share the latest update that we have received from the government of Ontario.  The purpose of the school...

News Release ~ School Closure Extended Until May 4

Posted on Mar 31, 2020
ANGELA SAFRANYOS
News Release ~ School Closure Extended Until May 4

Good afternoon,

I wanted to share the latest update that we have received from the government of Ontario.  The purpose of the school closures is to protect the health and safety of students and staff.  For more information regarding the news release, please read below.  We will share more information once we receive it.

The government of Ontario has extended its ordered closure of all public schools until at least May 4, 2020.

Please find the Official Government of Ontario Announcement Link below ~ Ontario Extends School and Child Care Closures to Fight Spread of COVID-19

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-extends-school-and-child-care-closures-to-fight-spread-of-covid-19.html

Here is the News Release by the Government below:

News Release

Ontario Extends School and Child Care Closures to Fight Spread of COVID-19

Province announces second phase of Learn at Home to support continuity of learning

Office of the Premier

TORONTO — Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, the Ontario government announced that schools and child care centres will remain closed 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.

Today's announcement was made by Premier Doug Ford, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

To ensure continuity of learning, the government is launching the second phase of Learn at Home. Developed in conjunction with education partners, the government is establishing clarity for parents, enhancing education supports, and creating opportunities for teachers and educators to connect with students.

"The decision to extend school closures was not made lightly. We know from the medical experts that the next two weeks will be critical in the fight against COVID-19 and that's why we're taking further action to keep our kids safe and healthy by having them stay home," said Premier Ford. "At the same time, we cannot put the school year in jeopardy. That's why we're providing additional tools for at-home learning and ensuring students from kindergarten to Grade 12 to postsecondary education can finish their academic year and get the credits they need to graduate." 

Public schools will remain closed to teachers until Friday, May 1, 2020, and to students until Monday, May 4, 2020. As these dates come closer, this decision will be re-evaluated based on public health advice. The closure may be extended if necessary to protect the health and safety of students, families and staff. Private schools, licensed child care centres and EarlyON programs will also remain closed until April 13, according to the Declaration of Emergency, which only allows closures to be extended for one 14-day period at a time. Select centres designated to support frontline health care workers and first responders will remain open.   

As previously announced, no student will have their graduation compromised by COVID-19 and the Ministry of Education continues to collaborate with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to ensure that there will be no barriers to accessing postsecondary education.

"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," said Minister Lecce. "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." 

The second phase of Learn at Home features a new set of expectations for the education community, including:

  • Reconnecting students with teachers and other school staff, including mental health workers;
  • Re-establishing teacher-led learning by grade groupings as follows:
    • Kindergarten-Grade 3: five hours of work per student/week (focus on literacy and math)
    • Grades 4-6: five hours of work per student/week (focus on literacy, math, science and social studies)
    • Grades 7-8: 10 hours of work per student/week (focus on math, literacy, science and social studies)
    • Grades 9-12: three hours of work per course per week for semestered students; 1.5 hours of work per course per week for non-semestered students (focus on achieving credits/completion/graduation)
  • Leveraging digital resources and identifying alternative forms of teacher-student connectivity, such as phone and mail;
  • Developing a program of training for educators to support them in virtual learning delivery;
  • Requiring final report cards for all students;
  • Prioritizing and supporting students on track to graduate;
  • Distributing laptops and/or devices from schools as needed, while observing public health direction;
  • Maintaining a responsive posture for health care and community partner requests; and
  • Establishing formal COVID-19 working groups with education sector unions to work together, share ideas and to find solutions in the support of students.

"The province is taking extraordinary measures to stop the spread of COVID-19," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "As we do, we need every Ontarian to continue to do their part by staying apart. Please stay home as much as possible and keep your distance from others if you must go out. Stay home, stay safe, lives depend on it."

On March 21, 2020, Ontario launched Ontario Together, an online portal helping organizations work with the province to meet the challenges of COVID-19. The government will leverage partnerships with the telecommunication sector to provide innovative, low-cost and high-impact solutions to solve the equity challenges facing some students across Ontario. With this resource, the Ministry of Education has posted a new challenge that looks for learning solutions focused on:

  • Free or low-cost learning resources and supports for students, parents and educators;
  • Access to devices such as computers, tablets and portable wi-fi hotspots for families that need the supports; and
  • Other ideas, goods or services, for example, to support mental health and students with special education needs.

Quick Facts

  • English and French-language materials will continue to be added to Learn at Home on a regular basis to provide new and compelling content throughout this period. Recent updates include supplemental STEM learning resources created by third-parties and a parent resource that is focused on reading and writing.
  • There are now 36 high-quality English courses and 47 French-language courses available for secondary students to review, refresh and extend their learning as part of independent study.
  • TVO Kids offers educational programming throughout the day for school-aged children. Their broadcast schedule can be viewed here. TFO also offers a range of educational programming in French throughout the day for school-aged children. L’horaire de diffusion est disponible ici.
  • Mathify provides real-time homework help led by OCT certified educators for students between Grades 6-10, six days a week, including weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Eurêka! provides online learning support in French to students in Grades 1-12 with their school work and learning.

Additional Resources

  • Learn at Home
  • Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19

Take Care

Mrs. Safranyos

 

 

Week at a Glance for Grade 11 & Grade 12 Students
Week at a Glance for Grade 11 & Grade 12 Students
Mar 29, 2020
Hello Everyone,   Our Board now has posted Week at a Glance March 27-April 3 for Grade 11 and Grade 12 Students.  There are...

Week at a Glance for Grade 11 & Grade 12 Students

Posted on Mar 29, 2020
ANGELA SAFRANYOS
Week at a Glance for Grade 11 & Grade 12 Students
Hello Everyone,
 
Our Board now has posted Week at a Glance March 27-April 3 for Grade 11 and Grade 12 Students.  There are suggested activities and resources to support our students in their learning.
 
You can go to the Board website below to access the information:
 
https://www.publicboard.ca/News/HomeStudyandStudentCurriculumResources/WeekataGlanceMarch27-April3/Documents/Senior.pdf
 
I have also attached the Week at a Glance to this message.

Take Care

Mrs. Safranyos

Week at a Glance for Grade 9 & Grade 10 Students
Week at a Glance for Grade 9 & Grade 10 Students
Mar 29, 2020
Hello Everyone,   Our Board now has posted Week at a Glance March 27-April 3 for Grade 9 and 10 Students.  There are suggested...

Week at a Glance for Grade 9 & Grade 10 Students

Posted on Mar 29, 2020
ANGELA SAFRANYOS
Week at a Glance for Grade 9 & Grade 10 Students
Hello Everyone,
 
Our Board now has posted Week at a Glance March 27-April 3 for Grade 9 and 10 Students.  There are suggested activities and resources to support our students in their learning.
 
You can go to the Board website below to find the information:
 
https://www.publicboard.ca/News/HomeStudyandStudentCurriculumResources/WeekataGlanceMarch27-April3/Documents/Intermediate.pdf
 
I have also attached the Week at a Glance to this message.

Take Care

Mrs. Safranyos

 

STAY SAFE, STAY HOME!
STAY SAFE, STAY HOME!
Mar 27, 2020
​As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is important that we are social distancing and STAYING HOME! Each of us must do our part. Stay safe, stay...

STAY SAFE, STAY HOME!

Posted on Mar 27, 2020
SAMANTHA THOMAS
STAY SAFE, STAY HOME!

​As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is important that we are social distancing and STAYING HOME! Each of us must do our part. Stay safe, stay healthy!

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