Letter to Families, Preparing for Remote Learning on January 5, 2022
January 3, 2022
The province announced today that all publicly funded and private schools in Ontario will move to remote learning starting January 5 until at least January 17, subject to public health and operational considerations.
This is an extraordinary time for everyone, and we know that many families are frustrated by this news and its timing. We had hoped that schools would be the ‘first to open and last to close’ but understand that Omicron’s spread requires strong action, and we must do our part to help.
At HWDSB, our priority is to continue student learning. This is why we are moving quickly to deploy devices that will help ensure that all students can learn remotely. We are grateful for the experienced staff supporting device deployment.
Elementary and secondary students will participate in remote learning from January 5-17, 2022 in accordance with PPM 164 Requirements for Remote Learning, which provides specific expectations around synchronous learning.
|Elementary||Wednesday, January 5
Thursday, January 6
|Elementary Remote Learning Program||Wednesday, January 5
|Secondary||Wednesday, January 5
Families of elementary students who require a device for remote learning can complete the Remote Learning Device Request Survey. This survey will be open from Monday, January 3 to Tuesday, January 4 at 8 p.m.
- Please visit FORMS in the Parent Portal and look for the Remote Learning Device Request Survey. Please complete one per child in your household.
- In the event you do not have access to the Parent Portal, you should contact your school’s Office Administrator.
- A digital copy of the survey, available in a fillable pdf, can be found by clicking here. This version would require a printer to deliver a hard copy with your child to the school, or saved and attached to an email sent to the school office. See list of elementary school email addresses.
School administrators will be preparing devices for distribution to families. Distribution will begin on Thursday, January 6, 2022.
Families of secondary students who do not have access to wireless internet at home should contact their school directly to discuss options. Internet-enabled devices may be made available to qualifying families only.
Students In Self-Contained Classes
Based on the announcement from the provincial government earlier today, HWDSB is reviewing educational programming information for students with pervasive education requirements that have been placed in self-contained classes. These students will learn from home beginning on Wednesday. Principals will reach out to parents/guardians on Thursday, January 6, 2022, to discuss each student’s program. Knowing how transmissible the Omicron variant is, we will gauge caregivers’ comfort and need for service.
Public health measures
Although we are no longer in schools together in-person, it is still important to follow all public health measures while at home or in our communities. Stay at home if you can, wear a mask if you go out, and practice good hand hygiene. You can learn more about temporary measures that will be in place in Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen, as of January 5, 2022, at 12:01 a.m.
Mental health supports
We know the return to remote learning is not the best way to support student mental health and well-being, but we hope that it will be a temporary measure before we return in person. To help support your child or youth, please remember that HWDSB has many Mental health supports as the pandemic’s challenges continue.
In closing, please be assured that we will continue to advocate for the return of in-person learning as soon as possible. Remote learning is hard on students, families and staff. We have taken action to make our schools safer, through ventilation work, reduced class sizes, hosting public health vaccination clinics and more.
Thank you for your understanding and patience in this challenging time.
Dawn Danko, Chair of the Board
Manny Figueiredo, Director of Education