SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE – A Letter to all Families from Director of Education Michael Nasello
April 26, 2020
Dear PVNC families,
Today, the Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced that all publicly-funded schools will remain closed until at least May 31, 2020, as part of an effort to keep students, staff and families safe from COVID-19.
That means that all schools in Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board will remain closed for that duration.
The extension was based on expert advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and health officials on the COVID-19 Command Table and is part of the government’s ongoing effort to stop the spread of the virus.
All our school sites, including playgrounds and sports facilities remain closed to the public.
Our PVNC Learn@Home Plan will continue to guide distance learning as our educators continue to direct learning and help lead our students towards the completion of the school year.
I want to take this opportunity to thank our student, staff and parent community for coming together to ensure our Learn@Home plan for distance learning has been implemented successfully.
Over the past three weeks, I have been amazed at the creative and innovative ways teachers and students have been connecting to ensure that learning continues during this time of physical distancing.
In case you missed it, our IT services recently developed this Parent Tip Sheet – A Collection of Resources for Troubleshooting Technology at Home that you may find useful.
As we face another month of school closure, it’s important to remind parents/guardians that our focus during this period of distance learning is on providing every opportunity for students to succeed and demonstrate learning and accomplishment. It is imperative to ensure that no student is disadvantaged because of the school closure, and it is intended that no harm or obstacle be created or imposed on a student’s achievement.
I know that we will continue to face this challenge with the patience, creativity, determination and faith that I have seen demonstrated over the past weeks. Our principals, teachers, social workers and school staff are here, not just for education, but for the social and emotional wellness of our students too. Please reach out to school staff if your child or family require support.
Director of Education