Learning @ Home

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Today the Government of Ontario announced an extension to the closure of schools due to COVID-19. All TLDSB schools will remain closed to staff until May 1, 2020 and to students until May 4, 2020.
The full update can be found on our website: tldsb.ca/covid19/
Trillium Lakelands District School Board is working with school staff on a TLDSB [email protected] continuity of learning plan that will be shared on the board website shortly. Please visit the Board website often for updates, links to resources and online learning activities.
The school board has come out with some guidelines around the continuity of learning and your child’s teacher will be in contact (if they haven’t been already) with you within the next few days to share how they plan to continue with learning as we move through this unprecedented time.
This process of continuity of learning is to begin April 6th and will look different dependent on grade, access to technology, efficiency of internet, etc. Work may be provided through an online link, Google classroom, SeeSaw, email, Youtube, video, etc.
I had a virtual staff meeting with staff today and they are eager to get started and to work with their students in the best way possible. We want to ensure that we are reaching all of our students to ensure the continuity of learning is taking place.
These approaches may be new to teachers, students and parents and will require time for everyone to become accustomed and familiar with them and that is ok. This is a learning curve for all of us and its ok if we make mistakes along the way. Our first and foremost concern is everyone’s health and well being. Academically we will do our best to cover key concepts – recognizing we can’t cover everything.
I remind you, literacy and numeracy should be at the top of the list and there is much value in the learning of life skills while at home; cleaning, baking, organizing, budgeting, journaling, yard-work, etc.
I will continue to update you as information is shared with me. I thank you for your patience and understanding as we transition into a learning at home program and encourage you to visit “Our Dock” (the board website) often for updates, resources, supports, etc.
Thinking of all of you and remember as I always say, “I care for you!”
Mr. Arkwright