December 30, 2020

Reminder: Schools move to online learning beginning Jan. 4, 2021

​Dear Peel District School Board families and students,

As per the Government of Ontario announcement on Monday, December 21, 2020, this is a reminder that:

  • Elementary (K-8) students, with the exception of some students with special education needs, will learn virtually from January 4 to January 8, 2021
  • Secondary (grade 9-12) students, with the exception of some students with special education needs, will learn virtually from January 4 to January 22, 2021.

Technology will be made available to elementary students beginning with those with the greatest needs. You may contact your school via the school's email address if you have any questions (view a list of school email addresses).

Timetables for students already enrolled in the PDSB Online Elementary School will continue unchanged during the Provincial Lockdown. 

As per the communication issued on Monday, December 28, 2020, families of students with intensive and complex Special Education needs, please note:

  • As per the Government of Ontario announcement, students with intensive and complex Special Education needs such as those that have identifications of DD/ASD and/or DD with Special Needs will be considered to attend school face-to-face during the Provincial Lockdown period;
  • In-person learning for students in DD/ASD and/or DD with Special Needs in contained classes will begin on January 5, where required, based on family consultation. A list of these contained classes can be found on the PDSB website;
  • Families of students with intensive and complex Special Education needs in mainstream classes such as those that have identifications of DD/ASD and/or DD with Special Needs will be contacted on January 4, 2021, to discuss possible strategies for supporting student learning virtually; and
  • All staff and students who will be attending schools in-person during the Provincial Lockdown period will be required to engage in a daily Active COVID-19 Screening protocol as an additional health and safety precaution. More information will be shared with families of those students the week of January 4th

Home/School Relationships in Online Learning​

It's important to keep in mind that learning within the online and hybrid learning model still follows all the rules of a classroom. All Peel District School Board policies and protocols remain in effect in the virtual learning environment.

As students and staff move to online and hybrid learning, the relationships between home and school will be different for those students, parents and guardians who have not already experienced online learning. Each person plays a vital role in ensuring that the learning environment is safe, respectful, inclusive and equitable.    

Our goal is to work together in the best interests of all learners as we comply with the Provincial Government health and safety measures. We encourage you to review the PDSB Online Learning Family Handbook on the Peel District School Board website. This document answers many of the questions parents and guardians may have about the online learning model and importantly references the Digital Citizenship Policy. The Digital Citizenship Policy includes expectations for conduct and behaviour within online, community learning and hybrid learning environments.  

Families are asked to interact with the online classroom environment with the same courtesy for teacher's professional practice and students' learning, privacy and independence that is afforded to in-person classes. Parents/guardians are encouraged to continue to raise questions or concerns about online instruction with their child's teacher before or after the school day rather than during a lesson. When required, principals will respond to concerns on the part of parents/guardians and others in consultation with the teacher.

Thank you for taking the time to review this information over the Winter Break.

If there are any further updates, we will keep families informed. Information will be posted on our board website and TwitterInstagram and Facebook accounts.​

Take care, and please continue to enjoy a safe, healthy Winter Break. 

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