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Student remote/in-home learning continues to Jan. 25

Students will continue on-line learning until Jan. 25 as the provincial government has announced the measures to help ensure people stay at home as much as possible to minimize transmissions of the COVID-19 virus, and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.

“For students of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board who normally attend in-person school, the delay in returning to in-person school means that remote, at-home learning will continue for the next two weeks,” said Return to in-school learning delayed

Sean Monteith, Director of Education. “This announcement does not affect students who are enrolled at the virtual schools.”

Monteith notes the board will focus on supporting students and families.

“Even though the spread of COVID-19 may still present challenges ahead, our school and central office teams are doing all they can to ensure students are engaged in learning and are keeping in contact with their teachers and classmates.|

Monteith notes parents and guardians can expect more communication over the next few weeks and encourages them to connect with their child’s teacher to ask questions about remote/in-home learning.

The province noted targeted testing done among students and staff in December 2020 confirmed that schools are not a significant source of transmission. However, with students having been at home for several weeks and with reports of concerning behaviour over the holidays, the positivity rate among school-aged children has increased sharply. Most troubling, the province states, is the positivity rate for kids aged 12-13 years old increased from 5.44 per cent in late November, early December to nearly 20 per cent in early January.

To support families during this extended school closure, child care centres, and home-based child care services will remain open. Ontario is also expanding eligibility for the Ministry of Education’s targeted emergency child care program for a broader number of frontline health and safety workers.

Financial support is also available for families during this temporary remote learning period through the Support for Learners program. Starting on January 11, 2021, an expanded Support for Learners program is providing $200 for each child or youth up to Grade 12 and $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs. Applications will be open until February 8, 2021.

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