All schools closed to in-person learning until Jan. 17, 2022

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Jan. 3, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Today the Ontario Government announced that all Ontario schools will transition to remote learning until at least Jan. 17, 2022 as one of the measures to slow the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

As such, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 5, all schools in the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington (PVNC) Catholic District School Board will transition to remote learning. Classroom teachers will connect virtually with students beginning Wednesday and will provide students with a schedule and learning expectations moving forward. 

Schools will be reaching out to families who require additional technology support beginning tomorrow. 

Throughout this period of remote learning, if you or your child have technical difficulties with technology or wifi that you are unable to resolve, please contact our Virtual Student Helpdesk at [email protected] or by calling 705-748-4861 EXT 1218. 

Families that require access to an internet hotspot to support their remote learning are requested to complete the Hotspot request form here:

For our students currently enrolled in our St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Virtual School, today’s announcement will have no impact. School will resume for our virtual learners, including our e-learning students, on Wednesday.

As per today’s provincial announcement, child care for non-school aged children will remain open in schools, before and after school programs will be closed and free emergency child care for the school-aged children of eligible health care and frontline workers will be provided. 

Schools will make provisions for continued in-person support for students with special education needs who require additional support that cannot be accommodated through remote learning. Principals will be working with staff and families of students with special needs who meet this criteria to make arrangements for in-person learning.

We want to take this opportunity to remind families that our Being Well Portal contains important mental health resources and supports that may be helpful. We would also like to share this simple-to-use Self-Care 101 resource from School Mental Health Ontario. 

We will continue to keep you updated regarding a date for return to in-person learning as more information is shared with us. 

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we once again make this transition from in-person to remote learning.


Joan Carragher
Director of Education