Select few students return to class tomorrow

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If you are going by a school tomorrow and see a few students entering don’t worry.

Fran Walsh, the communications director for Algoma District School Board answered our inquiries about a tip we received.

“School Boards were encouraged to provide some in-person opportunities for students with high special education needs for the week of January 4th, as these students are often less able to manage remote learning and enrolments are lower,” said Walsh.

“ADSB is operating some classes at some sites (ie.  fully self-contained programs)  and families who were eligible to access this opportunity were contacted and invited to attend, commencing January 5th, Walsh continued.

“Staff who provide and support these programs were also contacted to confirm availability and will continue to follow the health and safety measures that have been in place all year.”

She noted the rest of the students are doing remote learning as per the plan announced by the province.

The full response to our inquiry can be found below:

“On Monday, December 21st, Premier Ford announced that the province would enter a period of public health restrictions beginning at 12:01 a.m. December 26th, 2020. Additionally, although the transmission of COVID-19 in schools has remained low and schools remain a place for students to learn safely, the following proactive measures have been put in place for our school district:

• Elementary and secondary school students, province-wide, will participate in remote learning from January 4th -January 8th, 2021. In-person instruction will not be permitted during this period.
• ADSB schools will resume in-person instruction on January 11, 2021 for both elementary and secondary students.
 
School Boards were encouraged to provide some in-person opportunities for students with high special education needs for the week of January 4th, as these students are often less able to manage remote learning and enrolments are lower. ADSB is operating some classes at some sites (ie.  fully self-contained programs)  and families who were eligible to access this opportunity were contacted and invited to attend, commencing January 5th.  Staff who provide and support these programs were also contacted to confirm availability and will continue to follow the health and safety measures that have been in place all year. 
 
Prior to school re-opening in September 2020, Algoma District School Board,  along with Directors of Education and Medical Officers of Health from across Northern Ontario,  shared an unwavering commitment to protect our students, staff and school communities from COVID-19 and to create COVID-safe schools for all. Our public health and education teams have worked and continue to work tirelessly together, to put into action the provincial directions on COVID-19 prevention and management in schools.  This remains our commitment and ADSB continues to have in place self-screening guidelines, enhanced cleaning measures in our schools and the on-going expectation of hand-washing, safe distancing, masking, and the reminder to all staff and students to remain home if sick.
These measures can be found in more detail on our website by following this link.”

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