Kitchener-Waterloo

Region's school boards say they're ready to support students as schools remain closed

Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board say they will continue to support students as schools will remain closed for the remainder of this school year.

Public and Catholic boards will provide more info on next steps and summer learning programs in coming weeks

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Tuesday that the province is cancelling the school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The region's public and Catholic school boards say they will continue to support students and staff. (David Donnelly/CBC)

The region's public and Catholic school boards say staff will continue to help students learn from home as schools remain closed in the coming weeks. 

Premier Doug Ford announced Tuesday schools across the province will remain closed for the remainder of this school year due to COVID-19.

"We're pleased that the decision that the Premier made was based on health and safety of our students and staff," said Andrew Sloan, chief communications officer with the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB).

Supporting students

Sloan said staff with the WRDSB will reach out to students over the remaining weeks of school to make sure they have access to the tools and materials they need to continue learning from home.

"We'll continue to improve and adjust as we now have another six weeks of distance learning," Sloan said.

"The board's goal is to contact every student and we'll be doubling down on that and ensuring in the next six weeks that they have the tools necessary to learn."

The Waterloo Catholic District School board said it plans to continue with its "Learn@Home" module as the board awaits more details from the province.

"We anticipated a number of weeks ago that our schools would likely not be re-opening until September," the board said in a release.

"As a result, rolling out computer and Internet access to all who needed it, both students and staff, was our first priority and we accomplished most of that work in the very early days of the shut-down."

Both boards said they are waiting for more information from the province on next steps and summer learning programs.

Students set to graduate will do so

The premier's announcement also noted all students who were on track to graduate from high school before schools were closed in March, will still graduate.

All students will also be receiving their report cards.

Education Minster Stephen Lecce said a plan for reopening schools in September will be released by the end of June. 

He said the plan will include measures to ensure physical distancing and to restrict the movement of students at school.

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