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August 26 - Secondary Update


Hello,


After further consultation with our colleagues at the Ministry of Education, we have decided to modify our secondary timetable in order to reduce the number of direct and indirect contacts between students. 


Rather than attending school in the morning for two periods as previously reported in our Back to School guidelines, students will now attend for one 225 minute period.


Naturally, staggered and scheduled breaks will be provided throughout the morning classroom period.


Students will still be divided into two cohorts, follow a “quadmestered” schedule, and follow an alternating schedule every other week (period one in the first week, period two in the second week rather than two periods in one day). Rather than have two 40-minute synchronous and asynchronous learning periods in the afternoon, we will now have one 75-minute period.


It should also be noted that starting dates for secondary students have changed depending on which cohort students have been placed in. Orientation dates have been added for each cohort. Cohort A and B are returning to school. Cohort C denotes students with Special Needs. 


You can find an updated sample Secondary schedule, which includes orientation dates and other important information on page 6 in our updated Back to School guidelines here.


For those secondary students in Windsor who rely on city busing, you should know that Transit Windsor has updated its schedule to include Secondary School Extras that accommodate our schedule. You can view the schedule here.  Please note that Transit Windsor indicates that the extras are subject to change without notice, and may be cancelled with no advance notice due to circumstances beyond their control.


In conclusion, the decision to change our secondary model was made in order to significantly reduce the number of contacts that students will have with staff and one another throughout the course of the school day, and to assist with contact tracing in the event of an outbreak. By reducing the number of contacts and improving our ability to support contact tracing, we reduce the likelihood of further transmission of COVID-19.


As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding during these extremely challenging times. We have said from the beginning that these plans were subject to change as the situation evolves and that we would need to adapt accordingly. We certainly apologize for any inconvenience these changes create for our students and their families.


Sincerely,


Terry Lyons

Director of Education


August 19 - Back to School Guidelines


Hello,

Our updated Back to School guidelines are now available.

We understand that many parents may be struggling over whether to choose online learning or to send their children back to school. In our new and updated guidelines, we have answered as many of the questions as possible from the hundreds of emails and phone calls we have received. We hope these new guidelines will provide you with all of the necessary details you require in order to make an informed decision.

We would also like to remind you that if you have not yet completed your parent declaration form stating which option you are choosing, you need to do so by no later than noon on Friday, August 21.

You can find the new Back to School guidelines here.External link

Sincerely,

Terry Lyons
Director of Education



August 14 - Back to School Guidelines


Hello,

We understand that many parents have been anxiously waiting for our Back to School guidelines before making a decision on which model of learning they will choose when school resumes on Sept. 8.


Over the last week, we have been refining our back to school plans in response to the feedback we have received from parents and it was our original intent to post more in depth guidelines to our website on Friday Aug 14.


However, as a result of the announcement made yesterday by Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce on August 13 we will need to modify our current plans.


Minister Lecce’s announcement included a statement that school boards would be able to use reserve funds to allow for greater physical distancing between students and staff and to improve air quality.


Based on that announcement, we will be revising our Back to School guidelines this weekend and hope to have something posted to our website by Wednesday Aug. 19 at the latest.


As of today, we have established a Secondary Modified Day Schedule and have posted a sample secondary school timetable to our website. You can view the sample timetable here.


We sincerely apologize for the delay, but we want to make sure that parents have the most accurate and up-to-date information we can provide so that they can make the decision that works best for their families before the Aug 21 parent declaration deadline.


As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate our way through this very complex issue.


Sincerely,

Terry Lyons
Director of Education

August 5 - Return to School Update


Hello,


The WECDSB reopening plans incorporate a risk reduction strategy based on the best evidence provided by the Ministry of Education, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, the most recent Sick Kids Hospital’s recommendations for School Reopening, and research from other school jurisdictions throughout the world. 


Based on the best evidence and guidance we have obtained, we believe this is the best way forward to ensuring students can return to the normality of a routine schedule that facilitates learning while reducing the risk of further spread of COVID-19.


In keeping with the Ministry’s recommendations, we will follow a conventional school day at the elementary level and an adaptive model for secondary students. You will be able to find more information about school schedules in the link to the document below.


We fully understand that some parents may be apprehensive about sending their children back to school during a pandemic. Please be assured that we have examined every facet of our operations to make this the safest experience possible for our students and our staff, and that we do have plans in place for those parents who do not wish to send their children back to school.


In developing this plan, we have carefully considered balancing the risk of direct transmission and infection in children with the potential impacts of school closures on their physical and mental health. We have also tried our best to be cognizant of the needs of working parents.


A fundamental component of this plan involves dividing students into cohorts in order to reduce the amount of contact that students have with staff and each other. The report below defines in further detail which students belong to particular cohorts.


Although this plan is very comprehensive, please keep in mind that due to the continually evolving nature of the situation, it is subject to change. Also please note that there will be more communication forthcoming in the days ahead which will include more specific guidelines for parents, students, and staff and your particular school. 


You can read the full plan hereExternal link


If you would like to offer feedback on this plan, you can do so by sending an email to returntoschool@wecdsb.on.ca


Sincerely,


Terry Lyons

Director of Education


June 19 - Return to School Update

The teaching and support staff of the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board will be ready to get back to learning in September no matter what form of delivering curriculum the Ministry of Education decides upon, the Board’s Director of Education said today.
You can read the full news release here.


June 8: Item retrieval and return update



Hello,

Since schools were ordered closed in March, many people have been asking about retrieving items that were left behind in our buildings.


I’m happy to report that in cooperation with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and all of our schools, we have developed a series of plans for students and their families to retrieve their belongings before the end of the school year.


Each school has developed plans based on the size and layout of their buildings and are in the process of establishing dates and time slots when parents and students will be able to visit the school to get their items. This will also be an opportunity to return such items as athletic uniforms, musical instruments, textbooks and devices.


A few important points to know:

  • Parents and students will not be allowed to enter schools.
  • At the elementary level, schools will be communicating directly with parents to get descriptions and locations of items that need to be claimed; those items will be bagged, labeled and brought to a location where parents can claim them.
  • At the secondary level, staff will empty lockers, bag and label items, and bring them to a central location for retrieval.
  • Staff will be on site to ensure that items are properly returned and that physical distancing is maintained at all times.

At the elementary level item collection should occur between June 12-19 for K-8 schools and Middle Schools; for K-6 schools this will take place between June 17-26; at the secondary level we expect this process to take place between June 9-26.


In conclusion, you can expect to hear from your school very soon with more details and when you will be able to retrieve your items.


Sincerely,


Terry Lyons

Director of Education


June 3 update: COVID 19 testing


Hello, 

 The well-being of all members of our school communities, including students, families and staff, is a top priority for our school board. We are writing to let you know that the province released its testing plan on Friday May 29, 2020, Protecting Ontarians Through Enhanced Testing. Ontario now has the most open testing criteria in the country.

 Ontario’s testing guidance now indicates that you should visit an assessment centre if you:

  • have at least one of the symptoms of COVID-19
  • do not have symptoms but are concerned you might have been exposed
  • do not have symptoms but think you are at risk through your employment (for example, if you are an essential or health care worker)
  • would like to be tested

 To support Ontarians who have identified the need to get tested, as of May 24, 2020, people will no longer need a referral to go to any of the more than 130 assessment centres across Ontario for testing. No Ontarian will be declined a test.

 Given this expanded guidance, if you do choose to get tested, here are a few important notes:

  •  Testing is voluntary.
  • You do not need an OHIP card to be tested. It is a free service.
  • Some assessment centres may require you to book an appointment first or have certain restrictions (for example, some are unable to test young children). Find out more about an assessment centre near you.
  • You can also take an online self-assessment to help determine if you should get tested.

If you are free of symptoms and have not had contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 when presenting for testing, you will not be required to self-isolate. However, you should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days regardless of your test result. If you begin to develop symptoms, self-isolate and contact your local public health unit for further advice.

 Stay informed and visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19. Local information is also available from your local public health unit

 Sincerely,

 Terry Lyons
Director of Education

 

 

 

May 25 Update to the Class of 2020




Hello,


This update is to inform both our elementary and secondary graduating Classes of 2020 that we have developed plans for graduation ceremonies that appropriately recognize the accomplishments of our students while adhering to the safety protocols to prevent further spread of COVID 19.


Several weeks ago we established committees of elementary and secondary school administrators as well as senior school board administrators to consider all possible options. We understand how much our students have been through this year, which is why we consulted with our Student Senate and parents to make sure we contemplated a wide range of scenarios regarding ceremonies for the Class of 2020


The committee also relied heavily upon advice we received from the Ontario School Boards’ Insurance Exchange, which insures 78 school boards across Ontario, and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit in developing our plans.


Here is what we have decided: we will run virtual graduation ceremonies that will closely mirror our traditional ceremonies, but will also include the opportunity for students to safely visit our schools to greet their principals and vice-principals, pick up their graduation packages/diplomas and any awards they may have earned, and take a photo.


We have created consistent guidelines for all schools to follow.


Virtual Graduations


  • Each school will create a pre-recorded virtual graduation video, to be shared with graduates to view on the same date and time as originally scheduled. If there is a change to the date, the school will communicate the alternative date and time to the community.
  • The virtual graduation will include a faith component, an address from the Principal, a Valedictorian address, awards, and a presentation of graduates.

Graduation Packages/Diploma and Awards Distribution


Each school will invite graduates to the school to pick up their graduation packages and/or diploma and awards. This will occur during the month of June, and depending on the number of graduates this may take place over several days.


The following procedure and protocols have been established in consultation with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, and must be followed. 


  • Schools will schedule pick up times for their graduates.  Students must adhere to the date and time scheduled by administration.
  • During the scheduling process, schools will communicate that if individuals are experiencing symptoms such as respiratory illness, cough or difficulty breathing, they shall not attend the school. 
  • The pick up will take place outside of the school. Students and guests are not allowed to enter the school. 
  • Only two individuals will be permitted to exit the vehicle or be present on the school property at a time. A maximum of three school staff may be present. (This will ensure compliance with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act which currently states that gatherings can not exceed 5 people. If the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act is revised between now and the time of diploma pick up, the new limits to social gatherings will apply). 
  • Safety measures such as physical distancing and sanitizing surfaces will be exercised by school staff at all times.

In conclusion, we believe that with the uncertainty regarding a future date when it may be safe to host large gatherings of people, this is the best way to recognize our students in a safe, timely, and respectable manner.


Students can expect to hear directly from their schools in the coming days with more specific plans on how their graduation ceremonies will be managed.


Sincerely, 


Terry Lyons

Director of Education


May 19 Update



Hello,


By now you may have heard that Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced today that schools will stay closed for the remainder of the school year.


You can read the full announcement here.


It is very important to note that online learning will continue for the remainder of the school year. Our teachers will continue to support students through the Continuity of Learning plan and students should remain engaged with their lessons until the school year ends.


As we have stated previously, students still have an opportunity to improve their marks before the end of the year and we would certainly encourage them to continue with their online learning and to take advantage of that opportunity.


Final report cards will be available for all students on June 23. 


Minister of Education Stephen Lecce said that a plan to safely reopen schools in September will be made public by the end of June. We will communicate more details about this plan as they become available.


In regards to obtaining personal possessions from schools, we will work with the Ministry of Education and our local health unit on developing plans so that students will be able to safely retrieve their personal items. More details will be available once that plan is finalized.


Sincerely,


Terry Lyons

Director of Education


May 8 Message to the Graduating Class of 2020

Hello,


As the school year is drawing to a close, I wanted to once again reach out to our Graduating Class of 2020 to provide you with some reassurance and hope for the future.


Especially for our Grade 12 students, we are truly sorry about the way this school year turned out, due to circumstances that were far beyond anyone’s control. None of the decisions made to this point were easy or done without a great deal of thought. Although some were not popular, every decision we made was in the best interest of the health, safety and well being of our students, our staff and their families.


As of this writing, school closures have been extended until May 31, however, we are not certain if we will be able to return to our buildings beyond that date. With that in mind, I want to provide you with some important information regarding the remainder of the school year.


Exams and Assessment


There will be no final exams for secondary students. Exam days have been replaced with instructional days and we expect that students will continue to remain engaged with their teachers and their studies during those days. The traditional 70/30 mark distribution is not applicable during this time. Final grades will be determined solely on the results of term work, consisting of learning tasks, projects and culminating tasks (ISUs).


Using professional judgement, teachers will review tasks and adjust weights as necessary to accommodate the change in course delivery while keeping in mind what is reasonable and in the best interest of students. 


Final report cards will be issued to all secondary students. The mark reported at mid-year, which recognized performance prior to March 13, is the lowest mark a Grade 12 student will receive on their final report card. Teachers will provide students with multiple opportunities to improve their grade throughout the remainder of the school year. 


Post-Secondary Applications


I want our graduating students to know that we have received assurances from the Ontario government that provided students have met all of the necessary requirements of the institution to which they are applying, that their applications will be processed as usual. Between now and the end of the semester, teachers are committed to ensuring that you will be prepared for your post-secondary education. Should you have any questions about the process, I would encourage you to email your school’s guidance counselor for support.


Graduations


A graduation committee has been established and we are currently exploring virtual options that would replicate our traditional graduation ceremonies. We appreciate that while this option is not the same as a typical ceremony, we want to assure you that we are committed to doing our best to ensure these virtual ceremonies will still have all of the professionalism and gravitas that we would typically include in our traditional ceremonies.


Expect to hear directly from your school in the near future with more details on when your ceremony will be held.


Proms


Once again, we completely understand and appreciate how disappointed so many of our students must be that proms were cancelled this year. We are aware of the fact that a number of organizations have established virtual online prom parties and we would encourage our students who choose to participate in these to do so safely and responsibly while observing all of the necessary social distancing protocols.


One in particular that we would encourage you to enjoy is run by the WE movement and will include a star-studded line up of performers and speakers and will air on CTV on June 6. You can find out more information about that event here.


In conclusion, I want the Graduating Class of 2020 to know that you remain in our prayers. We understand that these are completely unusual circumstances for everyone, but we certainly hope that during your time with the WECDSB, we have inspired you, empowered you and taught you to remain faithful and resilient. We hope that you will continue to make the most of the situation, and that you will go on to successfully fulfill all of your individual aspirations.


Sincerely,


Terry Lyons

Director of Education



School Closures Extended


Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced today that school closures have been extended to May 31.

You can read his full announcement here.

Sincerely,

Terry Lyons
Director of Education



April 23 update for secondary students


Due to school closures as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, the Professional Development day that had been scheduled for secondary schools on Friday, April 24 has been deferred until Friday, June 5.

Secondary teachers and students should consider April 24 as a regular school day and proceed as they have been according to our Continuity of Learning plan.

Sincerely,

Terry Lyons
Director of Education

April 22 Update for Grade 12 students

Hello,

Dear Grade 12 Students and Families,

We are writing to provide you with some important information regarding submission of marks to post-secondary institutions for graduating high school students, as well as some details about this year’s proms.

1) Timelines for admissions to post secondary institutions are as follows:

  • Grade 12 students will receive their mid-year marks from their classroom teachers on Wednesday, April 22nd
  • If Grade 12 students need to drop a course, they will have a five day window to do so. This will take place from Wednesday, April 22nd - Tuesday, April 28th.
  • Grade 12 students are to notify their Guidance Counsellor if they wish to drop a course by the end of the day, Tuesday, April 28th. 
  • Guidance Counsellors will verify all Grade 12 marks for submission on Wednesday, April 29th. 
  • Student marks will be sent to post secondary institutions (College and/or Universities) on Thursday, April 30th by our Guidance Department at each secondary school.

2) Grade 12 Prom Update:

Based on the continued extension of the closure of all schools, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel all high school proms for this year.

We understand that graduating students look forward to their prom with a great deal of anticipation, however, at this time our most important priority is the health and well being of our students. 

In making this decision, we follow our direction from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Government of Ontario who have both indicated that gatherings of more than five people are currently not allowed.

Based on all the information we have gathered, including the fact that the provincial Declaration of Emergency was extended to at least May 12, we cannot expect that large gatherings will be allowed anywhere in Ontario by the dates for which many of our proms were scheduled.

Please understand that we do not take this decision lightly, and that it was made in the genuine interest of preventing further spread of COVID-19 amongst our student population and broader community. 

In conclusion, we look forward to brighter days ahead and hope that when things return to normal, you will be able to properly celebrate with your family and friends.
Sincerely,

Terry Lyons Director of Education


April 9 Update for Grade 12 students

Hello Parents of Graduating Secondary Students, 

In this update, we want to reassure graduating secondary students that provided they have completed all of the necessary requirements, they will graduate this year. 

Mid-Year Marks for Graduating Students

Mid-year marks for graduating students will be submitted to post secondary institutions, for both Colleges and Universities, between April 22nd and May 1st, 2020.

 

In determining mid-year marks for the admissions process, teachers will use evidence that reflects work completed prior to the school closure period, and may provide opportunities for students to submit missed and/or additional assignments to demonstrate their learning. 

Graduation and Pathways

The Ministry of Education speaks to a common understanding that our students’ graduation requirements will not be jeopardized due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The programs and supports associated with pathways are integral parts of our students' experience and their post-secondary destination. We value these programs and will provide continued virtual opportunities for our students to enhance their school experience including the completion of the necessary Red Seal requirements of the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM), Co-operative Education and most importantly, the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Students registered as apprentices will continue to accrue hours as part of the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) once employment placements resume.

Community Service Hours

The 40 hours of community service hours have been waived for this year’s secondary school graduates. 

Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting

More information in the area of Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting will be communicated in the next couple of weeks. 

In conclusion, I want to thank all of our students and their parents for their patience as we work through these highly unusual circumstances. We are doing everything we can to support and ensure secondary students who are on track to graduate will do so as planned. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Terry Lyons

Director of Education

April 2 Update for Parents “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

- Deuteronomy 31:8


Hello,


By now I am certain you’ve heard that the Minister of Education announced Tuesday that schools would remain closed to students until May 4th to help stop the spread of COVID-19.


I’m certain that many parents are rightfully wondering what this means for their child’s education, so we are offering further clarification in this regard.


As you can see from the Minister’s announcement, the second phase of the government’s Learn at Home plan outlines a new set of expectations that outline how many hours a week, depending on their grade level, students should be devoting to their studies.


We will officially launch the WECDSB Continuity of Learning plan on April 6.


We want our parents and guardians to know we have already been in contact with all of our employee groups and have communicated clear expectations to them regarding how much time they should be available online for students for both instruction and support. In summary, here’s what you as a parent can expect from our teachers and support staff:

  • For teacher-led instruction, classroom teachers at all levels should be available at least two times a week.
  • For teacher-led support, classroom elementary teachers should be available at least three times a week, and at regularly scheduled periods of instruction at the secondary level 
  • For students with special needs, Individual Education Plans (IEPs) will continue to be used in teacher planning and we have provided instructions to all special support staff regarding our expectations regarding how they can continue to maintain contact and provide support
  • For students in co-op and other alternative learning programs, our pathways team has been reaching out to their students and finding other options for students to complete their course load

Many of our staff are using apps like Seesaw and the Google suite of virtual education tools, and hopefully your child has already had some initial contact with their teachers. We are extremely grateful to those teachers and support staff who have already gone above and beyond to support their students’ learning since schools were ordered closed.


If your child has not heard from their classroom teacher, please contact your school office immediately. Our school directory can be found here. 


We understand that this will not be easy for some students, parents and even staff, but we want to reassure you we are doing everything we can to prove the necessary support required to ensure that our students will be able to complete their academic year.


We expect that most students who requested devices should have them by April 6. If you still have not received a device or internet access, please call your school's office and we will try to accommodate your needs. 


Please note that our IT Department and Curriculum Consultants are working to support those teachers who require additional help supporting virtual learning, and that we are enforcing strict observance of cybersecurity protocols to ensure that student privacy is maintained.


As an added note, we would strongly endorse proper social distancing protocols and discourage parents from allowing their children to meet in person with other students in study groups, as this would violate the rules that have been established to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 


In conclusion, we completely understand how difficult it is for parents, especially those working from home or elsewhere, to continue to support their children and their learning during this extraordinary time.


During these unprecedented times, I would certainly encourage all of our students and their families to call upon our shared faith in God to carry us through to brighter days.


Sincerely,


Terry Lyons

Director of Education


وَالرَّبُّ سَائِرٌ أَمَامَكَ. هُوَ يَكُونُ مَعَكَ. لاَ يُهْمِلُكَ وَلاَ يَتْرُكُكَ. لاَ تَخَفْ وَلاَ تَرْتَعِبْ»." (تث 31:8)


مرحباً،


أنا متأكد من انكم سمعتم أن وزير التعليم  أعلن يوم الثلاثاء أن المدارس ستظل مغلقة أمام الطلاب حتى 4 ايار  للمساعدة في وقف انتشار COVID-19.


أنا متأكد من أن العديد من أولياء الأمور يتساءلون عما يعني هذا بالنسبة لتعليم ابنائهم، لذلك نحن نقدم المزيد من التوضيح في هذا الصدد.


لقد تم تحديد المرحلة الثانية من خطة التعلم في المنزل من قبل الحكومة. وحددت عدد الساعات في الأسبوع التي يجب على الطلاب تكريسها لدراستهم اعتمادًا على مستوى الصف.


سنطلق رسميًا خطة WECDSB استمرارية التعلم في 6 نيسان .


نريد أن يعلم  أولياء أمور طلابنا  أننا قد تواصلنا بجميع موظفينا وأبلغناهم بتوقعات واضحة بشأن مقدار الوقت الذي يجب أن يكونوا متاحين فيه عبر الإنترنت للطلاب لتوفير  التعليمات والدعم اللازم.

  

باختصار ، إليك ما يمكن أن تتوقعه من معلمينا و المساعدين التربويين:


  • بالنسبة إلى التعليمات التي يقودها المعلم ، يجب أن يتوفر معلمو الصفوف على جميع المستويات  على الأقل مرتين في الأسبوع.

  • بالنسبة للدعم الذي يقوده المعلم يجب أن يتوفر معلمو الصفوف الابتدائية ثلاث مرات أسبوعيًا على الأقل ، وفي المستوى الثانوي  يجب أن يتوفر معلمو الصفوف في نفس  فترات التدريس المجدولة للفصل الدراسي.

  • بالنسبة للطلاب ذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة، سيستمر استخدام خطط التعليم الفردي (IEPs) في خطط المعلمين ، وقد اعطينا  تعليمات لجميع المساعدين التربويين فيما يتعلق بتوقعاتنا فيما يتعلق بكيفية استمرارهم في الحفاظ على التواصل  وتقديم الدعم

  • بالنسبة للطلاب في برامج التعليم التعاوني ( CO-OP) وبرامج التعلم البديلة الأخرى ، معلمينا  يقوموا بالتواصل  مع طلابهم ليجدوا  خيارات أخرى للطلاب لإكمال المواد  الخاصة بهم


يستخدم العديد من معلمينا تطبيقات مثل Seesaw ومجموعة Google من أدوات التعليم الافتراضية ، ونأمل  أن أبناءكم قد بدأوا بالتواصل الأولي مع معلميهم. نحن ممتنون للغاية لهؤلاء المعلمين و المساعدين التربويين الذين يقومون بدعم تعليم  طلابهم منذ أن تم إغلاق المدارس.


إذا لم يسمع أبنائكم من معلميهم، فيرجى الاتصال بمكتب مدرستك على الفور. يمكن العثور على دليل مدارسنا  هنا.


نحن نتفهم أن هذا لن يكون سهلاً بالنسبة لبعض الطلاب وأولياء الأمور وحتى معلمينا ، ولكننا نريد أن نطمئنكم أننا نفعل كل ما في وسعنا لتقديم  الدعم الضروري و المطلوب لتمكين طلابنا من إتمام عامهم الدراسي بنجاح.


نتوقع أن يحصل الطلاب على الأجهزة التي طلبوها في موعدٍ أقصاه 6 نيسان. إذا لم تتلق بعد جهازًا أو اتصالاً بالإنترنت يرجى الاتصال بمكتب مدرستك وسنحاول تلبية احتياجاتك.


يرجى العلم أن قسم تكنولوجيا المعلومات ومستشاري المناهج لدينا يعملون على دعم هؤلاء المعلمين الذين يحتاجون إلى مساعدة إضافية لدعم التعلم الافتراضي ، أننا نراقب بشدة بروتوكولات الأمن الإلكتروني لضمان الحفاظ على خصوصية الطلاب.


كملاحظة إضافية ، فإننا نؤيد بروتوكولات التباعد الاجتماعي المناسبة و نتمنى من أولياء الأمور بعدم السماح لأبنائهم وبناتهم  بالاجتماع شخصيًا مع طلاب آخرين، لأن هذا يخالف التعليمات التي  تم وضعها لمنع انتشار COVID-19.


في الختام ، نحن نفهم تمامًا مدى صعوبة الوضع لأولياء الأمور في دعم أطفالهم وتعلمهم خلال هذه الفترة الاستثنائية وخاصة أولئك الذين يعملون من المنزل أو في أي مكان آخر.


خلال هذه الأوقات غير المسبوقة، سأشجع جميع طلابنا وعائلاتهم على أن ندعوا بإيماننا المشترك بالله بأن يمن علينا بأيام أكثر إشراقا.


بإخلاص،




March 31 Update

The Minister of Education Stephen Lecce has published a letter for parents providing an update on the present situation.

You can click here to read the letter from Minister Lecce External link


March 24 update to Parents/Guardians

Hello Parents/Guardians,


With the closure of schools due to the social distancing protocols that have been put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many parents must certainly be wondering about what school boards are doing to ensure that children continue learning.


Last week Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced the creation of Learn at Home, a web-based portal for students to continue their learning remotely while schools are closed.


While we believe this portal is a great way for students to stay connected, we also want you to know that in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and our teachers’ union, we are in the process of developing a comprehensive web-based strategy so that our students can continue learning while our teachers continue to support them.


In order for this plan to work, we need to ensure that students have working devices. We are currently conducting a Board wide inventory of our mobile electronic devices along with a needs assessment in each of our school communities to determine which students require devices. 


Students will be able to access these portals from a desktop computer, however if you do not have access to the internet or a mobile device such as a laptop, iPad or Chromebook, please call your school’s main office and leave a message in the general mailbox that includes your child’s name and your phone number.


If you don’t know your school’s phone number, here is a link to our school directory: https://www.wecdsb.on.ca/schools


Please call the school by no later than noon on Friday March 27 if you need assistance.
If you cannot reach the school call the board office at (519) 253-2481 ext. 8383. Leave the name of your student, the school they attend, their grade, and a phone number where you can be reached.


It’s important to note that there is a limit on the number of devices (chromebooks and iPads) that we can supply. In making your request please understand that we will need to prioritize based on the greatest needs. If you have functioning technology at home, please do not request more from the board.


If you know another parent who does not have internet access or a device, please help us by contacting them and letting them know where they can get help.


We are exploring distribution options including the possibility of pick up points, using Board vehicles or working with our transportation consortium to make deliveries to families in need. We will keep you informed as processes unfold.


We expect to roll this plan out in several days. In the interim, we would strongly suggest that parents and their children rely on the Learn at Home portal in order to keep them fully engaged in their education until our new plan is ready to launch.


You can access the portal here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home


Parents/Guardians may also wish to check their child's Tools2Go email accounts for any additional updates.
Plans are also being developed to continue to provide Special Education and Mental Health support to students.


To support student mental health during this time School Mental Health Ontario has provided links to resources.This information is available at:  


https://smho-smso.ca/blog/how-to-support-student-mental-health-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/


New resources will be added to the page as they are developed.


In conclusion, we fully appreciate that the spread of this virus and the subsequent closure of our schools present some monumental challenges and that the situation is far from normal. We do, however, believe that we have an outstanding workforce that is committed to the success of our students and that our people will rise to the occasion in order to meet their needs.


We hope that our students and their families are staying healthy and observing the social distancing protocols and guidelines which have been strongly suggested to remain well and prevent the virus from spreading.


We continue to pray that the situation will be resolved soon and that we will all find the strength and fortitude to pull through this together.


Sincerely,


Terry Lyons

Director of Education

اولياء الامور الافاضل 

     

 تحية طيبة وبعد


مع إغلاق المدارس بسبب بروتوكولات التباعد الاجتماعي التي تم وضعها لمنع انتشار فيروس COVID-19  ، يتساءل العديد من أولياء الأمور عما ستفعله مدارسنا لضمان استمرار عملية التعليم.


في الأسبوع الماضي ، أعلن محافظ أونتاريو دوج فورد ووزير التعليم ستيفن ليتشي عن إنشاء موقع "تعلم في المنزل" ، وهو عبارة عن بوابة إلكترونية للطلاب لمواصلة تعلمهم عن بُعد خلال فترة إغلاق المدارس.


 أننا نعتقد أن هذه البوابة هي طريقة رائعة للطلاب للبقاء على تواصل ، لذلك نود اعلامكم إننا بصدد تطوير استراتيجية شاملة على شبكة الإنترنت بالتعاون مع وزارة التربية والتعليم ونقابة المعلمين بحيث يمكن لطلابنا مواصلة التعلم بمساعدة ودعم معلميهم.


جزء أساسي من هذه الاستراتيجية هو تطبيق جديد قائم على الانترنت سيسمح للمعلمين بإجراء دروس على الحاسوب (الكمبيوتر) بواسطة الإنترنت والتواصل مع الطلاب وتعيين الواجبات المطلوبة وتقيمهم. 


لكي تنجح هذه الخطة ، نحتاج إلى التأكد من أن جميع طلابنا لديهم أجهزة حاسوب (كمبيوتر). لذلك فاننا حاليًا نجري عمليات جرد  للأجهزة الإلكترونية المحمولة (كمبيوترات شخصية) المتوفرة لدينا إلى جانب تحديد حاجة الطلاب إلى هذه الحواسيب (الكمبيوترات).


لذلك إذا لم يكن لديك خدمة الإنترنت أو جهاز محمول مثل كمبيوتر محمول أو iPad أو Chromebook ، فيرجى الاتصال بالمكتب الرئيسي بمدرسة أبنائك و بناتك وترك رسالة تتضمن اسم طفلك\ أطفالك ورقم هاتفك.


إذا كنت لا تعرف رقم هاتف مدرستك ، يمكنك استخدام  رابط دليل مدارسنا: https://www.wecdsb.on.ca/schools


إذا كنت بحاجة إلى المساعدة يرجى الاتصال بالمدرسة في موعد أقصاه الساعة 12 ظهرا  ليوم الجمعة 27 آذار الحالي. 


من المهم العلم أنه يتوفر لدينا  عددا محدودا من الأجهزة (chromebooks و iPads) التي يمكن تزويد طلابنا بها مما سيضطرنا إلى تحديد الأولويات بناءً على اهمية الاحتياج.  لذا إذا كانت لديك اجهزة متوفرة في المنزل ، يرجى عدم طلب المزيد من مدارسنا.


إذا كنت تعرف أولياء أمور آخرين ليس لديهم اتصال بالإنترنت أو اجهزة حاسوب، فالرجاء مساعدتنا من خلال الاتصال بهم وإخبارهم عن كيفية الحصول على المساعدة.


نحن  ندرس كيفية توزيع الأجهزة و سنزودكم بطريقة التسليم التي سوف يتم اعتمادها لاحقا.


نتوقع طرح هذه الخطة في غضون عدة أيام. خلال هذه المدة، نقترح أن يعتمد أولياء الأمور وأبنائهم على موقع "تعلم في المنزل"  من أجل ضمان مشاركتهم بالتعليم حتى تصبح خطتنا الجديدة جاهزة للإطلاق.


يمكنك الوصول إلى موقع "تعلم في المنزل"  هنا: https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home



قد يرغب أولياء الامور أيضًا في التحقق من حسابات البريد الإلكتروني الخاصة بأدوات Tools2Go لأبنائهم بحثًا عن أي تحديثات إضافية.

 يسرنا ان نعلمكم ايضا باننا نقوم بتطوير الخطط  لمواصلة تقديم دعم التعليم للطلاب ذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة  بالإضافة إلى خطط دعم الصحة النفسية للطلاب خلال هذه الفترة. وقد قامت مدرسة Mental Health Ontario في أونتاريو بوضع الصفحات الإلكترونية المذكورة أدناه لهذه الغاية:

https://smho-smso.ca/blog/how-to-support-student-mental-health-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/


 وسيتم إضافة اية موارد جديدة إلى صفحتنا عند الانتهاء من تطويرها بما يناسب احتياجات طلابنا.

 

في الختام ، نحن نقدر تمامًا أن انتشار هذا الفيروس والإغلاق لمدارسنا يمثلان بعض التحديات وأن الوضع ليس عاديا. ومع ذلك ، فإننا نعتقد أن لدينا قوة عاملة متميزة ملتزمة بنجاح طلابنا ومساعدتهم.


نأمل أن يحافظ طلابنا وعائلاتهم على صحتهم ويلتزمون بالإرشادات التي تم اقتراحها للحفاظ على صحتهم و منع الفيروس من الانتشار.


 نصلي من أجل حل الوضع قريبًا ، وان نجد جميعًا القوة والثبات على ذلك.


مع تحياتنا



March 22 update

The Minister of Education Stephen Lecce has published a letter for parents providing an update on the present situation.

You can click here to read the letter from Minister Lecce External link


March 20 update
Hello,

Today Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced the establishment of the first phase of a new web portal to help students stay on top of their learning while schools are shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can find the link to the new Learn at Home portal here: 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home

We would encourage all of our students and their parents to rely on these high-quality, made-in-Ontario math and literacy resources, which were created by Ontario-certified educators, in both English and French.

Elementary resources are designed to help young students learn at home with interactive activities that encourage participation through entertaining and stimulating digital content. High school content was designed with a focus on STEM courses and to ensure core competencies and skills are reinforced. The government is also providing access to course content for students who take the initiative to refresh and extend their learning. 

The Minister of Education indicated in today’s announcement that the school shutdown has not been extended beyond April 5, however he is in constant communication with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health regarding this possibility.

Should the school shutdown be extended, we will notify our WECDSB community via all the standard methods of communication to which you have become accustomed.

The Minister also indicated that if the school shutdown is extended, Phase Two of the Learn At Home plan will be implemented.

You should also know that our board is currently working on enhanced methods of technology so that our teachers will be able to continue to support students through an online platform.

In conclusion, I would like to offer my gratitude to all of those dedicated educators and support staff who continue to help our students throughout these very challenging times.

We will get through this together.

Sincerely,

Terry Lyons
Director of Education


March 19 update


We appreciate that these are very challenging times for everyone and that many staff members, students and their families may be struggling. Our mental health team has reviewed this list of resources supplied by the North American Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response and would encourage everyone to consult these trusted sources for information to help reduce stress and anxiety, and to stay on top of learning during school closures.


Parents: Talking to your children about COVID-19

How to talk to you anxious child or teen about Coronavirus

Coronavirus Q&As: Answers to 7 questions your kids may have about the pandemic

Talking to children about COVID-19: A Parent Resource

Countering COVID-19 stigma and racism: Tips for parents and caregivers

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to talk to your child

Helping children cope with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak

Talking to kids about the coronavirus

Five ways to help teens manage anxiety about the coronavirus

Tips for parents of youth with OCD

Tips for parents of youth with ADHD

How to explain coronavirus to a child with autism

Talking to children about COVID-19

How you and your kids can de-stress during coronavirus

Guide to helping families cope with coronavirus

Just for kids: a comic exploring the new coronavirus

Coronavirus story for children

Talking to your kids about coronavirus

CDC: Messages for parents, staff and others working with children

Five ways to view coverage of the coronavirus (includes podcast)


Education Resources - Parents

Education companies offering free resources during school closures

Favourite activities to help bored kids

30-Day free access to digital concert hall

TED-Ed: free videos across all subject areas

National Geographic Kids: activities and quizzes for younger kids

Learn languages for free

Storyline: Children's books read by celebrities

Hand washing video for young children

Hygiene video for young children


Resources for Educators

How teachers can talk to children about coronavirus

Education companies offering free resources during school closures

Countering stigma and racism: Tips for teachers

30-Day free access to digital concert hall

TED-Ed: free videos across all subject areas

National Geographic Kids: activities and quizzes for younger kids

Learn languages for free

Resilience during a pandemic


Resources for Children and Youth

Kids Help Phone

Education companies offering free resources during school closures

National Geographic Kids: activities and quizzes for younger kids

TED-Ed: free videos across all subject areas

National Geographic Kids: activities and quizzes for younger kids

Learn languages for free

Storyline: Children's books read by celebrities




March 18 update

Hello,

I hope this message finds all of our staff and members of our WECDSB community holding up as well as can be expected during these extremely challenging times.

You should know that we are committed to keeping you informed to the best of our ability as this rapidly changing situation evolves. I will be taking part in regular teleconferences with the Minister of Education and Deputy Minister twice a week and will share information that affects our WECDSB community as much as possible.

The Ministry is currently developing a range of scenarios for the post-closure period.  These scenarios include re-opening schools in an orderly manner with appropriate guidance to school board staff, students and families.  It also includes planning for a scenario where an extended closure may be necessary based on public health advice.  Please check email regularly, as we will provide updates as soon as they become available.

EQAO

Given the school closure period and the uncertainty beyond that point, EQAO assessments have been cancelled for the remainder of this school year. For students who are graduating in the 2019-20 school year, the literacy graduation requirement will be waived. Students who are not graduating this school year will have the opportunity to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) in the upcoming 2020-21 school year.

CONTINUITY OF LEARNING

The ministry is working on plans to support the continuity of learning during the closure period and possibly beyond, and expects to launch a site this week with a single point of access to online learning opportunities.  We will advise when this is operational and can be shared with students and families.

TRAVEL

We are strongly urging all employees to remain in Ontario and available for work during the closure period.  The Canada-US border has been closed to all non-essential travel and travel advisories continue to evolve. School board employees should be aware that travelling during this period puts them at risk of needing to enter a 14 day period of self-isolation, based on the Public Health Agency of Canadas guidance to all Canadians.

All staff members on a work permit and all students with a student visa will not be permitted into Canada after 12 pm on March 18, 2020.

All travelers arriving from abroad are being asked to self-isolate for a period of 14 days, regardless of their citizenship. In this regard, any staff with a work permit or students with a student visa who arrive back to Canada before 12 pm on March 18, 2020, are also expected to self-isolate for 14 days.

In conclusion, I hope that everyone is following our health sector partners’ directions to practice social distancing and good hygiene as we try to flatten the curve and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please remember that as of this writing, there are still no confirmed cases in our area.

Please stay safe as we work through these challenges together, and pray for all those who have been impacted by this unprecedented situation.

Sincerely,

Terry Lyons
Director of Education



March 13 Update



As the Coronavirus continues to spread both internationally and throughout Ontario, the WECDSB is committed to providing our students, staff, and their families with up to date, accurate information about how our system has been affected and what we are doing to help prevent its spread.

It's important to note that for our decision making process, we rely heavily on the expert guidance of such reputable organizations as the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization.

Below, you will find a list of affected services, prevention methods and additional resources. 

This dedicated web page will be updated as new information becomes available. 

School Closures

All schools have been ordered closed from March 14 to April 5. Schools are currently scheduled to re-open on April 6.

Affected services

All day cares that operate in WECDSB schools will be closed from March 14 to April 5.

School board administrative offices located at the Catholic Education Centre in Windsor - including the Teacher Centre - and at the former St. Anne site in Tecumseh will be closed.

All community use of schools will be suspended. This includes all previously scheduled March Break camps.

Co-op placements, dual credits, SWAC, continuing education, night school, Saturday international language classes have all been cancelled. Further details on program adjustments will be communicated through school and board contacts.

All sports academies, including those offered at community facilities and hockey rinks are also cancelled.

OFSAA Hockey Championships have been cancelled.

Fields trips to Camp Henry at Point Pelee have been cancelled.

The public meeting of the Board of Trustees scheduled for March 31 has been cancelled. All board advisory committee meetings have been cancelled.

The PIC Executive meeting scheduled for March 24 has been cancelled.

Travel Restrictions

All international field trips scheduled for the remainder of the school year have been cancelled.
A letter providing advice on March Break travel has been provided to all students. Read the letter here.
All Encounters With Canada trips to Ottawa have been cancelled.

Staff

Employees will receive direct communication regarding how closures will affect their work assignments.

The March Break Family Skating Party has been cancelled.

Prevention

We have been following all of those agency guidelines that have recommended to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including

  • regular hand washing
  • respiratory etiquette
  • not sharing food and water bottles
  • staying home when sick
Additional Resources

Our partner agencies have web sites dedicated to COVID 19 information. We encourage our students, staff and families to rely on these sources for trusted information.

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
Ministry of Health 
Public Health Agency of Canada
World Health Organization

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