March 30, 2020
Dear Families of the NCDSB,
Today marks the beginning of the second week of the Learning at Home strategy put in place by the Ministry of Education in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. All of us continue to have questions and concerns about what will happen next. These are extraordinary times, and we believe that the best way forward is working together.
The NCDSB community is actively working through the details of the next phase of the Learning at Home strategy. We do not yet know a new date for a possible return to school. Once this is known, we will inform you as quickly as possible. We are doing everything we can to share current information with you by using our telephone messenger system and posting updates to our Board website at www.ncdsb.on.ca.
As well, we know that there are real concerns for our families who might not have access to technology or reliable internet services. I ask that you not worry about this right now. Our planning team at the NCDSB is working through practical solutions and opportunities to address this for our students. This is the time to focus on our health and the health of our family, friends, and global neighbours.
We know that this has been a difficult time for all families. We assure you, that there is no expectation for you to take on the role of teacher, on top of the many responsibilities you already hold. School boards have been asked by the Ministry of Education to take this time of ordered closure to think through possibilities and opportunities for us to continue providing instruction to your child, just differently than what we typically have experienced in school. We are determining what we can reasonably do to support our students. We are gathering resources and are asking our teachers to connect with their students to gather important information for us to consider as we proceed with our plans for the next step in distance learning. As all of this is happening, we are working diligently to transition our staff to virtual platforms so that they will eventually be in a place to provide instruction and support to our students. We have added some new resources on our Board website as well. Please visit our website as soon as you can to see what we have posted to help you and your child during this time of ordered closure.
There is so much happening, but we are making progress day by day. We remain committed to learning together, striving for excellence, and being in service to God and each other. For now, focus on your family’s health and well-being. Be sure to follow all the directions and expectations of our government and health officials.
Continue to take good care of yourselves and each other.
- a yearly influenza vaccination, available from clinics and pharmacies (for flu only);The Northeastern Catholic District School Board web page contains up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. Parents/guardians should continue to monitor our site as well as the Porcupine Health Unit / Timiskaming Health Unit for regular updates. Key information is provided on these sites to ensure consistent messaging regarding COVID-19.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer;
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze;
- Avoid touching your face, eyes or mouth;
- If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm; and,
- If you or your family members are ill, stay home.
Ontario Ministry of Health
World Health Organization
✞ Letter to Parents from Ministry of Education - March 31, 2020
✞ OCSTA Responds to School Closure Extension to May 4 and Provincial Learn at Home Strategy
✞ Letter to Families - March 30, 2020
✞ NCDSB Learn at Home Resources
✞ Letter to Families and Friends from Board Chair - March 26, 2020
✞ Open Letter from Minister Lecce - March 23, 2020
✞ Letter to Families - March 23, 2020
✞ TVO Launches Enhanced Access to Online Learning Tools - March 20, 2020
✞ Ministry of Education Media Release - Learn at Home - March 20, 2020
✞ Letter to Community - EQAO Cancellation - March 18, 2020
✞ Letter to OHS Families - March 17, 202
✞ Media Release - Actions Taken by NCDSB in Covid-19 Pandemic - March 13, 2020
✞ Letter to Families March Breach 2020 - March 13, 2020
✞ Letter to Families March Break 2020 - March 11, 2020