January 7, 2022
Dear ASD-S Families,
Last week the province
announced that there will be no classes on Monday, January 10 and that students
will participate in on-line/at home learning Tuesday, January 11 until Friday
January 21. The situation will be evaluated, based on the status of COVID-19 in
the province and individual health regions, during the week of January 17.
On-line/ At Home Learning
Your child’s school or teacher will contact you
or your child, depending on their grade level, with information on plans and
expectations for learning. Some students with exceptional needs will be
permitted to attend school in-person during this time. Schools will communicate
directly with these families about this option.
Learning packages will be distributed starting Monday. More information will
come from your child’s school. Learning packages will provide meaningful work
to support the continuation of classroom learning and specific learning outcomes.
Resources will be primarily paper based, however some on-line opportunities may
be offered. We understand the challenges with child-care faced by families and
that the ability to connect on-line will vary amongst students.
Schools will provide an opportunity for students to pick up books and learning
materials starting Monday. More information will come from your child’s school.
Learning will be primarily on-line through Microsoft TEAMS, with additional
meaningful learning provided through independent homework, reading, virtual
group work, etc.
Middle schools will provide loaner devices
wherever possible, however devices are limited.
Teachers will be continuing classroom concepts
and specific learning outcomes. Assessment will continue as appropriate and
attendance will be taken. Students are required to engage in on-line learning
and keep up with new materials and assignments that are introduced during this
Public Health Updates
The province has moved schools to at home
learning due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. As such,
Public Health has made fundamental shifts in their approach to testing,
isolation, and contact tracing. You can find the most updated COVID-19 news and
Our staff are working very hard to prepare
meaningful work for their students. While on-line/at home learning cannot
replace in-person attendance, there will be valuable learning opportunities and
experiences taking place for our students and we thank you for supporting your
child during this time.
We appreciate your continued cooperation and
patience through the pandemic. We know this is a challenging situation for many
students and families, and we thank you for your understanding as we work to
respond to the changing situation. These changes are in place to enhance the
protection of the province's most vulnerable and assist with managing the
burden on our healthcare system.
We wish you the best for the New Year and look
forward to welcoming your child back.