January 12, 2021

Provincial government extends remote learning period in Peel until Feb. 10, 2021

​Dear Peel District School Board families and students,

The Government of Ontario announced today, Jan. 12, 2021, that elementary and secondary (K-12) students in Peel will continue to learn remotely until Feb. 10, 2021. School routines for students in the Online Learning Model will continue as usual.

Please note that students with intensive and complex Special Education needs such as those that have identifications of DD/ASD and/or DD with Special Needs may continue to attend school face-to-face during the Provincial Lockdown period based on student learning needs.

Keep us informed if your child tests positive for COVID-19

 

If your child tests positive for COVID-19, even while they are learning remotely, please email your in-person school as soon as possible after receiving the test results. This will allow us to make the necessary health and safety precautions at your child's school and assist Peel Public Health in their investigation to limit spread of the virus in our school communities.

As always, you should also follow the advice provided by Peel Public Health to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep you and your family safe.

 

Child care and before/after-school programs

 
During this time, all before- and after-school programs will also be closed. All child care programs serving infant, toddler and preschool-age children located inside Peel schools will be permitted to remain open during the Lockdown period. Please check with your child care operator directly for more information.

Access to technology

 

While the Peel board has distributed more than 55,000 devices to students in support of online learning, we know that some students may still require access to a device for this extended remote learning period. Schools will continue to provide technology to elementary students, beginning with those with the greatest needs. Please email your school if you have any questions or to request a device (view a list of school email addresses).

Financial support for families during remote learning

 

The Ministry of Education is providing financial support for families during this temporary remote learning period through the Support for Learners program. Starting on Jan. 11, 2021, an expanded Support for Learners program is providing $200 for each child or youth up to Grade 12 and $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs. Applications will be open until Feb. 8, 2021.

Mental health, well-being and community supports

We recognize that this continues to be a challenging time for families and staff members. In so many ways, COVID-19 has disrupted and impacted our lives, and exacerbated the inequities that already existed in Peel communities.

You are not in this alone. We've developed mental health and well-being supports and resources for students, staff and families, in consultation with child and youth mental health agencies. 

Stay safe and connected 

It is essential that we all follow public health advice and stop the spread of COVID-19. Visit Peel Public Health's website for helpful resources and supports.​

 

As the pandemic evolves, please continue to look for updates on our board website and Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts.


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