School Closure Update for Families

School Closure Update for Families
Posted on 01/05/2022

January 3, 2022

Dear Families/Guardians, 


At a news conference today, the provincial government announced that all schools in Ontario will be moving to a remote learning model until at least Friday, January 14, 2022. Beginning on Wednesday January 5th, educators will begin reaching out to their students to ensure that technology is accessible and functioning properly and to provide asynchronous work in their virtual classroom. It is our goal that by Friday, January 7th students can expect a learning experience that more closely reflects the in-person day in terms of instruction and class schedules. 


We know that these transitions to student learning are incredibly difficult for our students, staff and families. It is important to remember that everyone’s situation regarding remote learning is different - for some students and families this transition will go smoothly and for others it will be challenging. Please just do the best you can and be kind to yourself and others as we navigate through what we hope is a brief foray into virtual learning. 


Access to Technology

We recognize that some families may have limitations regarding access to devices or the Internet as well as connectivity issues. We are committed to working with families to address these challenges to the best of our ability, given the short notice and the short period of time that we are expected to be offering remote instruction. Schools will be in touch with families in the coming days to determine the best way to provide additional technology support. 


Please remember that we have a limited number of devices and students are able to access their remote learning program in a number of ways, including: mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets; laptop or desktop computers; smart TVs; gaming consoles such as Playstation or Xbox.



Daily attendance will be taken by the classroom teacher. If your child is not participating in remote learning on any of the days during the school closure, it is important that you contact the school using the regular safe arrival/attendance procedures. 


Child Care

School-based child care facilities will remain open, however, before and after school programs will be cancelled. In addition, the province has once again announced emergency child care for essential workers. 

Mental Health and Well-being

The mental health and well-being of our students and staff continues to be a priority. We would like to draw your attention to resources and supports available for students and families: 


Parent Resources for On-line Learning

Our Academic Services team has created some Technology Tips and Resources for Student Learning, which may be helpful during the transition to remote learning. In addition, for those who are interested, TVOLearn provides access to engaging videos, articles, podcasts, games and activities to supplement on-line learning for students. 


Privacy and Security

In the virtual environment, it is important that a safe, inclusive, respectful and faith-filled environment is maintained at all times. We would like to highlight some important information and expectations, which must be followed by all students, staff, and parents/guardians. 


Students with Special Education Needs

Most students with special education needs will be able to access remote learning and will continue to receive support as per their regular program. For those students with complex learning needs, who require an educational assistant for their full day at school and where remote learning is not possible, the school will connect with families in the coming days to make arrangements for in-person academic support for your child. 


Our faith and hope will see us through this next wave of the pandemic - please stay healthy and safe and God bless. 


Yours in Faith,

Frances Bagley

Director of Education