Provincial Announcement: All Schools Moving to Remote Learning After Spring Break

On April 12, 2021, the Premier of Ontario announced that all Ontario elementary and secondary schools will be moving to remote learning following the Spring Break. Read the News Release here

According to the Ministry memo received, the decision to move to remote learning has been made to reduce mobility, and support as many households as possible in staying home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

In light of this direction –

  • Elementary and secondary schools will move to remote learning after the April Break and until further direction is received. 
  • Students enrolled in the Virtual Elementary School will continue to follow their established schedules. 
  • Child care centres will remain OPEN for the duration of these time-limited public health actions.  
  • All Before and After School Programs will remain CLOSED until in-person learning resumes.

Remote Learning

Remote learning will be provided for all students in accordance with PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, which provides specific expectations around synchronous learning. Learn more about Remote Learning in our schools.

The following links and documents provide some guidelines for parents and students to help ensure safe and effective live online learning:

Access to Your Child’s Learning Platform is available below:

Having Tech Issues? Contact our HCDSB Help Desk for Remote Learners  

Technology Support for Students 

Families requiring a device and/or internet connectivity during the period of remote learning will be invited to make a request through an online survey that will be emailed to parents and guardians later this week.  

Special Education

Additional information will be shared around the plans in place to support students with special education needs that cannot be accommodated through remote learning. 

Supplemental Learning Resources

The Ministry of Education will continue to offer two portals, TVO Learn and TFO IDÉLLO, apprendre à la maison, which provide supports for students learning remotely by accessing additional educational resources developed by Ontario certified teachers. 

Secondary students can continue to access TVO’s Independent Learning Centre (ILC) Open House and Portes ouvertes pour les cours TVO ILC in French-language, which provide access to 144 Grade 9 to 12 courses. These ILC resources are designed to provide flexible learning opportunities to help students keep up with their learning or deepen their understanding of a specific subject.

Student Transportation

During this next period of remote learning, student transportation services will only be provided for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning based on student needs. 

Child Care

  • Child care centres will remain OPEN for the duration of these time-limited public health actions.  
  • All Before and After School Programs will be CLOSED when elementary schools are closed to in-person learning.

Mental Health Supports

As this can be a very stressful time for many families, living through a pandemic has created additional challenges for many in our community. School Mental Health Ontario has posted a number of excellent resources to help students, families and staff navigate through this difficult period: www.smho-smso.ca.

Catholic Faith Resources

As a Catholic faith community, we understand the importance of finding time for prayer and reflection – most especially during times of stress and uncertainty. We have posted a number of Catholic Faith Resources on our Return to School website. We are also posting Grace Notes frequently on our Focus on Faith page on the Board website that provide timely information, resources and support from a Catholic faith perspective. 

Updates & Additional Information 

We will continue to share updates with families on the Board’s website, on social media, and directly through email as information becomes available.

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