Schools remain closed for duration of school year

Limestone Learning Foundation
Schools remain closed for duration of school year
Posted on 06/02/2021
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Dear Families,

As you may have already heard, the provincial government announced that all public schools in Ontario will remain closed and remote learning will continue until the end of the school year. I know this is disappointing news for many students and families who were hopeful for a return to in-person learning for the last few weeks of the school year.

Please note that families with students with special education needs who are currently attending face-to-face learning will continue to do so until the end of the school year.

I know our educators and school staff will continue to do their best to finish this year in a way that is meaningful and supportive of students. With the continued roll out of vaccines and reduced cases, significant hope is on the horizon for the 2021-2022 school year.

Once we receive updated public health guidance, schools will be in touch with you directly about specific instructions or updates for students including:

  • Return of borrowed devices following students’ last day of school

  • Pick up of any personal belongings that might have been in advertently left behind before the April Break

  • Arrangements for graduation events for Grades 8 and 12

As I shared with you in an earlier message, we are already planning for the 2021-2022 school year. Part of this work includes vaccinations for those who wish to be vaccinated. Most school board staff have had the opportunity to book appointments for at least their first dose through their work as an essential, education workers, or by age, or other risk factors. Last week, KFL&A Public Health announced the beginning of vaccination clinics for students aged 12 to 17. These are scheduled to begin June 7 and families can book appointments via various KFL&A Public Health Clinics. More information on how to book is available on the board website. The province has also just released the Kids Health First website, created by experts from the Children’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Table, to share information on the COVID vaccine for youth.

Schools will continue to work with students to provide learning and mental health supports for those who require them. Please reach out to teachers or school administrators if your student is struggling and in need of support. You can also visit the board website for additional community supports and resources.

As we complete the 2020-2021 school year, I encourage you to continue to follow all public health directives to minimize risk and keep our communities as safe as possible.

Please stay safe and well.

Krishna Burra
Director of Education

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