Frequently Asked Questions 2021-2022

Limestone Learning Foundation
The Government of Ontario has announced that all publicly funded schools will move to remote learning starting January 5 until at least January 17, 2022. 

Please find below frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to the return to school and pivot to remote learning.  We will continue to update these questions as new information becomes available and/or circumstances in our local community or district change. This means answers may change over time.


If you have a question you do not see answered, please email it to communications@limestone.on.ca 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work as quickly as we can to provide answers.

Return to School January 2022

When does school resume?

All schools will conduct remote learning from January 5-17, 2022. Students with significant special education needs and who cannot be accommodated through remote learning may be provided face-to-face learning at their home school. Families with students with significant special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning  will be contacted by their home schools shortly to identify their intent to send their student(s) to school and a start date.  

Will child-care facilities be open?

Before and after care is closed from January 5-17, 2022. Child-care operations within schools, including emergency child-care, may continue to operate in person. Families should reach out directly to their child-care provider for specific instructions and information.

How does my student get a device or access to the internet?

Students needing devices and/or internet connectivity will hear directly from schools regarding the process for obtaining technology supports.

What kind of schedule can we expect for remote learning?

Remote learning may look different for each student depending on their needs and the course content. Learning may be a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (scheduled) activities for the next two weeks. Students and families are encouraged to visit the bboard website for additional resources and technology supports.

What mental health supports are available to students?

Schools will continue to support students’ mental well-being. School-based mental health staff will be available to support students virtually as needed. Schools will target intensive help to those who have been most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including referrals to community mental health providers where required.

Will student co-op placements continue if the business/placement is open?

Students in co-op placements may begin working at their placements on January 5, 2022 provided the student, family and employer are comfortable with the placement moving forward.  This assumes the co-op placement is operational given new health and safety protocols, and they can continue to engage safely. 

Will extra-curricular activities continue?

For now, all in-person extra-curricular activities remain paused at least for the duration of the current remote learning schedule. Virtual activities may continue if possible.

When will students aged 12-17 be eligible for third dose (booster) shots?

At this time, public health had indicated that only those 18 years of age and up are eligible for third doses. Students aged 5-11 are encouraged to get first and second doses as soon as eligible. Vaccination clinic locations and times are available on the KFL&A Public Health website.

When will we know if students will go back to in-person learning?

Decisions on a return to in-person learning will be made by the Government/Ministry of Education. At this time, we are planning for a return to in-person learning on January 17, 2022.

When schools reopen, what safety protocols will be in place?

Public health and safety protocols that were in place before the December break will remain in place. This includes daily screening and confirmation of screening, masking for all students (Kindergarten to Grade 12), physical distancing where possible, frequent hand cleaning, cohorting of students (inside and outside) and ventilation improvements.

Why aren’t students getting N95 masks?

The government is supplying all school board staff with non-fit-tested N95 masks for use at school. Staff may choose to use these masks or continue with the surgical masks provided. Staff will also wear goggles and/or face shields. At this time, the government will also provide students who wish them three-ply cloth masks. Schools also have surgical masks for students who are without masks or whose masks become soiled during the day. 

When in-person learning resumes, what happens if students arrive at school with symptoms or develop symptoms during the school day?

This process remains unchanged at this time. Should students develop symptoms at school, they will be isolated until their family can pick them up and take them home. Instructions from public health will be provided once school resumes in person.

When in-person learning resumes, will schools report cases of COVID-19?

In light of the Omicron variant and how quickly it is spreading, the COVID-19 case, contact and outbreak management approach is being updated across all sectors at the direction of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Given these changes, including testing eligibility and access, school boards will not be provided with confirmed case information from public health. As a result, the Ministry of Education has suspended reporting of COVID-19 cases in schools.

When in-person learning resumes, will families be required to share that their student is positive, and will those classmates' families be notified?

There is no obligation for families to report suspected or confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 with schools. Without accurate confirmed case information from public health, schools cannot share information with families.

Will class cohorts be dismissed to isolate if a family shares that a student has symptoms or tests positive on a PCR or rapid test?

At this time, new public health directives indicate class cohort dismissals will not take place.

Will students have access to PCR take home tests or more rapid tests?

At this time, schools have limited PCR take-home tests. Most were distributed before the December break to students/classes dismissed due to positive cases in cohorts. Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits were also distributed to all students and staff before the break. We have asked the government to provide additional PCR and RAT tests. Given the change to COVID-19 case, contact and outbreak management, it is unclear if school boards will receive additional tests. We will share more information once it is available.

Will students be mixed into a different cohort to deal with potential staffing shortages once in-person learning resumes?

Limestone has worked diligently to ensure class cohorts are not mixed wherever possible. In cases where staffing shortages occur, the class/school may temporarily move to remote learning instead.

What is the threshold for having a school go remote due to staff shortages once in-person learning resumes?

This will vary from school to school based on the size of the staff, which staff are affected, and the size of the student population.

How many additional HEPA filters will Limestone receive?

At this time, we anticipate Limestone will receive about 35-40 additional HEPA units. Information on ventilation improvements and school-level ventilation measures is available on the board website.

Will there be an option for families to switch to the LDSB Virtual School (beyond this temporary move to remote learning)?

Requests for students to attend LDSB Virtual School will continue to be considered in extraordinary circumstances. There is some space in elementary virtual classes and families should connect with their school to make this request. Because of class size limits and our inability to reorganize the whole system, space is limited. A switch to the LDSB Elementary Virtual School  is a commitment for the remainder of the school year and subject to space, would occur toward the end of January. Secondary students may transition to LDSB Secondary Virtual School at the end/beginning of a Quadmester if there is course availability and space.  Staff are considering additional options to support short-term, remote learning at elementary and secondary where the family intends to return to in-person learning this school year.

The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.