Update to the return to learning, January 6, 2022

Update to the return to learning, January 6, 2022
Posted on 01/04/2022

Please read the letter to families about the return to learning this week.

Dear Families:

Keeping connected to learning while in-person school is delayed until at least January 17, 2022

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to review the details from the announcement by the Government of Ontario about returning to school this week.

The return to in-person learning is delayed until at least January 17, 2022. According to the announcement, this and other COVID-19 time-limited measures are in place to help reduce virus transmission, and prevent hospitals and the healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed.

Effective Thursday, January 6, 2022, remote learning will be in place.

Students currently enrolled at in-person school: Our school teams are planning for the switch to remote learning and will be ready to welcome students who normally attend in-person school. Your child's teacher will contact you over the next two days with specific instructions about how to access Google Classroom for synchronous learning. Students who are unable to participate in synchronous learning will be able to access Google Classroom tasks through asynchronous learning. Your child's teacher can explain more about this process.

Asynchronous versus synchronous online learning: Asynchronous learning enables students to view instructional materials at any time and does not include live instruction. Synchronous learning means students log in and participate in class at specific times.

Students currently enrolled at the Virtual School: Classes will continue as normal beginning Wednesday, January 5.

Devices for students: While many families already have devices for students, including some HPEDSB devices that were shared last year, families whose children need a device for learning are encouraged to contact their school. Please note that devices (Chromebooks or wifi hotspots) are limited in supply and will be provided based on availability.

Special Education: Schools with self-contained Special Education classes are in the process of contacting families to determine in-person learning requests. Specific timelines and next steps will be confirmed to these families later this week.

Emergency child care: Emergency child care is being arranged by municipalities. If you require this, please contact the social services departments at Hastings County (link to come) or Prince Edward County.

Mental health resources: We recognize the challenges that have come with the continued uncertainty of the pandemic, and will continue to prioritize students' mental health and well-being. School-based mental health supports for students will continue to be available during remote learning. Please contact your child's teacher or principal if your child needs someone to talk with.

In addition, the following organizations have useful resources and services:

Please know that our priority continues to be connecting with students, providing engaging and meaningful academic learning experiences, as well as supporting their mental health and well-being.

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we make this transition. We hope to see students in person again soon. Take care, be well and follow public health measures to wear masks, physical distance and wash hands frequently.