Schools remain closed until the end of June
The Premier and Minister of Education announced today all schools would remain closed for the rest of the school year in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the COVID-19 Command Table. We understand many students and their families will be disappointed with this news, but the decision was based on the best advice of health experts.
Distance learning continues
Although schools will not reopen until September, distance learning will continue until the end of the school year. Students in grades K-12 will continue to keep learning at home under the guidance of their educators. On our Board website, you will also find helpful resources to support your child’s on-going well-being and learning.
Retrieving items from your child’s school
We are waiting for approval from Ottawa Public Health on our submitted protocol for retrieving personal items from schools. We expect students and/or parents will be able to access schools sometime in June to retrieve their personal items. Your principal will contact you once our controlled access protocol is ready to implement.
The province also unveiled an expanded summer learning plan for students to continue learning through the summer months. Plans are underway for summer school credit recovery and reach ahead credit courses. At this time, the format for this learning (face-to-face, online or hybrid) will depend on guidance from Public Health. Information will be shared once it becomes available.
Child care and day camps
The government plans to gradually reopen child care, open summer day camps as long as there continues to be progress in trends of key public health indicators. We expect this to begin when the Province is ready to transition to Stage 2 and will include robust safety protocols.
Return to School Plan 2020-2021 School Year
The government will announce reopening plans and safety protocols to enable students and staff to return to in-class instruction for the school year 2020-2021 by the end of June. In addition to the Ministry of Education’s guidelines, we are working with Ottawa Public Health, our staff, our local employee groups, our Catholic School Parent Association and Parent Involvement Committee (CSPA/PIC), and our Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) to develop a safe, comprehensive education plan for return to school in September.
Parents can feel confident that our new plan for the fall will include appropriate physical distancing measures, disinfecting requirements, and provisions for transportation and food services, among other things. We are committed to communicating with you throughout this process as more information becomes available.
Thank you for your support
I am incredibly appreciative of our students, parents, and staff for their positivity, flexibility and resilience. We understand you may still have many questions and appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to clarify provincial directives. We will update you as more information becomes available.