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Dear Mariposa Families,
It is reassuring to see evidence of spring as the buds on trees are emerging, and there are even a few blossoms to be seen. It is examples like these that give us hope and optimism during this unprecedented time.
The Government of Ontario recently announced an extension to the closure of schools due to COVID-19. All Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) schools will remain closed to staff until May 1, and to students until May 4.
You can stay informed on the Trillium Lakelands District School Board website at tldsb.ca/covid19/ regarding COVID-19 updates. This site also includes a valuable Q&A section. The Ministry of Education has also posted information regarding the Learning at Home plan.
During the COVID-19 school closures, TLDSB Learning@Home will focus on the Ontario curriculum and will take into consideration student and family well-being. TLDSB Learning@Home will reflect the needs of the learners, including Individual Education Plans (IEP), English Language Learning (ELL), and student context in the home.
Our staff have been busy planning and collaborating for the learning experiences that your child/ren will engage in as these learning opportunities roll out on Monday, April 6, 2020. Thank you to all those who participated in the survey as that feedback has been helpful to us during this planning stage. By now, you should have had communication from your child/ren’s teacher(s). Please monitor your email, phone and in some cases, Seesaw and Google Classroom for messages from teachers.
We are currently in Stage 1 of our plan for learning at home. Stage 1 is determining the needs and methods of learning delivery that will work for each educator and family.
All grades and courses may include learning that students may encounter in the home as part of the grade work. This learning may include low risk, age-appropriate activities at home, such as cooking, outdoor activities, personal fitness, and providing family or community support.
|*Hours refer to the approximate amount of time students would spend on the work assigned by teachers.|
As part of the programming, teachers will include up to 2 hours of “office time” that they will be providing each week. The goal of this time is to provide more direct support for students. Students will be able to ask questions, seek guidance and obtain feedback on their work.
Our main priority is that all of our students and their families are safe and healthy. Immediate support for students is available through Kids Help Phone, which provides 24/7 access to counselling and information. Students can call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868. Kids Help Phone can also be accessed at https://kidshelpphone.ca/
We are hoping that you can use this time to connect with loved ones in your home and stay connected to family and friends through technology while maintaining physical distancing.
We will continue to listen and incorporate your feedback as we work together on this new learning model. On behalf of everyone at Mariposa Elementary School, we look forward to engaging with your children virtually on Monday.
David Sornberger, Cathy Welch,
Principal Acting Vice Principal