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In-person learning for some students during remote learning period 

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In-person learning for some students during remote learning period 

The Ministry of Education has directed school boards to plan in-person support for students with special education needs that cannot be met through remote learning.

However, rising COVID-19 numbers require HWDSB to further restrict in-person learning only to eligible students who require intensive supports due to complex and severe medical or behavioural needs.

As a result, unlike the remote learning period in January 2021, the increased COVID-19 case count and improved remote learning options mean that only a limited number of HWDSB students with special education needs will require in-person learning.

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is clear in its guidance that: “Transitioning medically and behaviourally complex children and youth back to school requires specific focus and should be prioritized as many of these children/youth and families have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic response and are already in crisis mode.”

This week, we have been having detailed conversations with staff, students and families, so that in-person learning is reserved for students whose medically and behaviourally complex needs prevent them from learning remotely.

Adjusting to the new Ministry direction has required time for discussion and transition. This means that in-person learning will begin Thursday, April 22 for eligible students in self-contained classes, and early next week for eligible students in regular classes, hosted at sites within the district.

Before their child attends in-person learning, families must complete the Return to School Attestation on the Parent Portal.

Enhanced public health protocols will remain in place, just as they were before the spring break. This includes completing the daily screen for students and staff, found online at www.hwdsb.info/screen

If families have questions, please speak with your school’s principal.

Updated on Friday, April 23, 2021.
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