On January 3, the Province of Ontario has directed all Ontario schools to pivot to remote learning for two weeks, with an anticipated return to in-person learning on January 17 for secondary and January 18 for elementary (January 17 is a PA day for elementary).
Grand Erie is prepared to support students who may need devices (laptops or tablets) or connectivity to continue their learning from home. Please contact your school to advise of any device needs.
During this remote learning period, D2L Brightspace and other virtual platforms will be used to provide synchronous and asynchronous learning to students throughout the school day. This includes students in Grand Erie Learning Alternatives (GELA).
Teachers and support staff will reach out to students and families to provide online learning access information and directions by January 5. Asynchronous learning will be available on January 5 for all students, and by Friday, January 7, all teachers will be delivering synchronous learning to their classes.
Grand Erie students already enrolled in virtual online learning classes are not impacted by today’s announcement, and will resume online learning on Wednesday, January 5.
If your child has special education needs, we expect that they will also learn virtually during this time period. In very rare cases, some students with pervasive and extensive special education needs may not be able to access their program virtually. Grand Erie can offer some opportunities for these students to learn in-person. Your school Principal will be reaching out, or please contact your school directly.
Families and students looking for assistance with technology support during online learning can contact the Parent Help Desk: firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-756-6301, extension: 287080. Toll-free: 1-888-548-8878, extension: 287080. Resources to support online learning are also available.
As directed by the government, Grand Erie will continue to provide access to on-site childcare centres.