Important Information and Resources: COVID-19

June 25, 2020 Update

School Re-opening Thoughtexchange

As we begin our planning for back-to-school this fall, the Ministry of Education has asked us to consider three scenarios: 1) in-school instruction with regular class sizes and health and safety requirements; 2) continued at-home distance learning with some live (synchronous) learning; or 3) a combination of in-school instruction and distance learning with health and safety requirements, such as students being divided into cohorts of 15 or less to allow for physical distancing. 

To inform our planning, we are asking for your feedback using an online tool called Thoughtexchange. You will be asked a few quick questions about your comfort level with resuming in-person school, and one open-ended question: What concerns, questions or ideas should we consider as we plan to reopen schools this fall?

Please visit: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/scroll/538960742 to share your thoughts and concerns with us, to help us plan a safe and successful start to the next school year for students.

Participation will be open until July 3rd.

Video Messages from the Minister of Education for Graduating Students

Please find below congratulatory videos addressed to this year’s graduating students from Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce.

For the last few months, students have taken extraordinary steps and shown great flexibility to continue their learning journey. Their accomplishments, especially in these unprecedented circumstances, are a testament to the importance of education and its impact on their future success. Although graduations will look a little different this year, it is important to recognize and celebrate this milestone for those graduating from Kindergarten, Grade 8 and Grade 12 as they start a new chapter in their lives.

The Minister of Education has asked us to share these videos with families and students.

Kindergarten graduates

https://www.facebook.com/OntarioEducation/videos/308146146885546/

Grade 8 graduates

https://www.facebook.com/OntarioEducation/videos/417781892512179/

Grade 12 graduates

https://www.facebook.com/OntarioEducation/videos/959231917882486/

 

 

 

June 23, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The purpose of this message is to provide a follow-up to the June report card email, which was sent to parents/guardians last week. As communicated, elementary report cards will be sent home this year by email on Thursday, June 25, 2020 via a password protected attachment.  To open the protected file, you will need to enter your child’s date of birth as MMDDYYYY.  For example, if your child’s date of birth is March 8, 2014 then the password is 03082014. 

A website has also been created to allow parents/guardians access to the name of your child’s teacher for September 2020.  To access this website, please click the following link, or type the following into the address bar of your web browser http://classlookup.kprdsb.ca/.  You will be brought to a website that looks like the following:



 

You will need to enter the student’s Ontario Education Number (OEN), which you can access on your child’s report card, and their date of birth and click search.  If both entries match in our database, you will be shown your child’s name along with their homeroom teacher for next year, if available.  It is important to note that some classes may not have an assigned teacher yet and in those cases the teacher’s name will be recorded as TBD (to be determined).  If you experience any difficulties accessing this information, please contact your school’s principal or secretary for assistance.

If you are unable to access the website for other reasons, a printout will be posted on the front door of the school.  The printout will show the student’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) and corresponding teacher’s name.

Finally, it is important to note that due to changes in enrolment during the summer or early fall, your child’s teacher may change, and therefore, your child’s teacher is tentative at this time.  Your understanding and support is greatly appreciated.

Wishing you and your family a safe and healthy summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based on advice and recommendations from medical health authorities, the Ontario government has indicated that all public schools will be closed until the end of June.

June 19 Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

With this lovely weather, I hope everyone is getting a chance to enjoy some time outdoors. As we near the end of our school year, we have a few updates in our note below.

School Re-opening Plans

The Ministry of Education made an announcement this afternoon about re-opening plans for September. We will take time to review this information as part of our ongoing board planning, and share further information with you once we are able. The full release is attached here as a pdf, but here is a summary of the main points.

Ontario's plan to safely reopen schools will provide options for parents - to send their children in-class or to enter online learning. Boards will be asked to plan for the following three scenarios to be implemented in September, depending on the public health situation at the time:

1. Normal school day routine with enhanced public health protocols - Students going to school every day, in classes that reflect standard class size regulations.

2. Modified school day routine - Based on public health advice, an adapted delivery model has been designed to allow for physical distancing and cohorts of students. Under this model, school boards are asked to maintain a limit of 15 students in a typical classroom at one time and adopt timetabling that would allow for students to remain in contact only with their classmates and a single teacher for as much of the school day as possible. This model would require alternate day or alternate week delivery to a segment of the class at one time.

3. At home learning - Should the school closure be extended, or some parents choose not to send their child back to school, school boards need to be prepared to offer remote education. Remote education should be delivered online to the greatest extent possible, including the establishment of minimum expectations for students to have direct contact with their teacher at the same time on a regular basis, also known as synchronous learning. Synchronous learning can be used as part of whole class instruction, in smaller groups of students, and/or in a one-on-one context.

Report Cards

Elementary families are receiving a message this week from their school outlining our plans for distribution of June report cards. As a result of the school closures, year-end report cards will be sent by email on Thursday, June 25, 2020 via a password protected attachment. If families would like to update their email address, please contact the school directly. If the school does not have your email address on file, report cards will be mailed. As per Ministry of Education directives, the reports are based on learning that took place from the beginning of Term 2 to March 13, 2020. The teacher, when assigning a final grade/mark, may consider evidence of learning during the school closure period when it is to the student’s benefit.

Secondary students will be able to access their semester 2, final report card through Edsby by July 2, 2020, along with student timetables to confirm course selections for next year.

Tentative agreement – Elementary School Teachers

We were very pleased to announce earlier this week that we have reached tentative agreement on a new collective agreement for our elementary contract teachers. Our approximately 1400 contract elementary teachers have been without a collective agreement since September, 2019, and the new agreement extends until August, 2022.

Our teachers are instrumental in providing a successful future for our students. Their passion and dedication have never been more evident than through the challenges of recent days.

Negotiations continue toward new collective agreements with our secondary and elementary occasional teachers.

Retirement Notice

As accepted officially by the Board of Trustees last evening, I wanted to take a moment and share with you that I will be retiring in the coming months. My last day will be the end of January, 2021.

Each day, it has been a privilege and an honour to be a small part of the many lives that form the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. Every day in this role I am struck anew by the power of public education to make possible a successful future for our students and families.

As I move on to the next chapter in my life I will take with me so much that I have learned and become here in KPR. Most importantly, I will treasure the parents and community members I have come to know, and the opportunities I have had to connect and share moments with the students in our schools. They give me great hope for the future.

I look forward to supporting a positive transition in the coming months, as we work together to develop and implement plans for school re-opening this fall.

Be well,

Jennifer Leclerc

Director of Education

 

 

 

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS

Our Professional Services staff have expanded the collection of resources and tips we have available online to support student, staff and parents’ mental health and well-being. Specifically, our team has developed a series of Everyday Mental Health Activities, as well as toolboxes of activities specifically for kids, teens and parents. Together, we will continue to do all that we can to support the positive mental health of our students, families and staff in these troubling times.  Please click here to access.

Ongoing Learning Resources for Parents and Students

DISTANCE LEARNING - began the week of April 6. Please click here for our Distance Learning page and supports

As a first step to ensure the continued learning of your children, the government launched an online portal to provide access to a wide variety of educational resources, for all students from Kindergarten through to Grade 12. 

This online portal, which is available at Ontario.ca/learnathome, and Apprendre à la maison enables students at every grade level to continue learning while away from school. 

CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL LEARNING RESOURCES

Support for Families

While schools and child care centres are closed, parents can apply for direct funding to offset costs, while they practice self-isolation and physical distancing. Please note KPR does not expect or require parents to purchase learning resources at this time.

Eligible parents will receive a one-time per child payment of:

  • $200 for children aged 0 to 12
  • $250 for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs

https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-families

WiFi at Schools

We know that not all KPR students and families have access to WiFi.  As we work to support our communities in these challenging days, we have designated all our schools as public WiFi hotspots. Members of the public may access the internet at no charge from outside our buildings. In using this resource, we encourage everyone to follow public health directives and maintain physical distancing. Please click here to see the instructions for accessing the WiFi.

 

Important Online Health Resources

Are you a KPR Staff member?

Find information regarding:

  • Payroll
  • Leaves (Medical, Parental)
  • Staffing
  • Who to contact

in our Staff FAQ here:    https://kprweb.kprdsb.ca/