Update – May 19, 2020

Today, the Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced that all Ontario schools will remain closed and distance learning will continue for the remainder of the school year as part of the continued effort to keep students, staff and families safe from COVID-19.

This decision was made after consulting with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, health experts on the COVID-19 Command Table, and medical experts at The Hospital for Sick Children.

Through our PVNC Learn@Home Plan, our educators will continue to direct distance learning and work with students to complete the school year. Understanding that students and their families are facing many challenges at home, the plan will continue to be flexible and provide educators a number of ways to reach their students and facilitate learning as well as supporting mental health and wellness.

The Learn@Home program is as much about supporting the mental health and well-being of our students as it is about continuing learning. 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. 

We know distance learning hasn’t been easy and many families continue to face challenges. I want to take this opportunity to thank you and acknowledge how grateful we are to have parents and families as partners in education. 

It is disappointing to end the school year in this manner. We are entering what is normally the homestretch of the school year, always a busy time in our school communities, but also a time of excitement and positive energy.

While it won’t make up for missed end-of-year school trips, face-to-face gatherings or school events, we know our school communities will strive to find creative means to celebrate the end of the school year virtually and provide some closure for students and staff. 

As you have likely heard, secondary graduation ceremonies for 2020 have been postponed from this June to Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 and Grade 8 graduation ceremonies at all elementary schools will be held virtually during the last week of June followed by a fall event to be planned by each school community. 

We will be providing more details in weeks to come about expanded summer learning opportunities, our plans to facilitate retrieval of student belongings in schools and more information about the government’s plan to re-open schools in September for the 2020-21 school year.

Sincerely, 

 

Michael Nasello
Director of Education

 

 

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