This week we
shared with you the Department of Education and Early Childhood
Development’s Continuity of Learning
Plan which outlines the province’s plan for education during the COVID-19
understand families have many questions. Families are eager to know when they
can retrieve items from desks and lockers, have questions about high school
course requirements, and are looking for information about the learning
recommendations laid out in the provincial plan.
communicate answers to these questions as soon as we have more information. We have
updated our Q
& A document, which you can find on the ASD-S website, and will keep
this up-to-date as more information becomes available.
We are also
working with the province and our school administrators to determine ways to
implement the Continuity of Learning Plan that is best for each school
and each of our students.
Central to the
plan are the recommendations for continued home learning by grade level. You
should expect to hear from your child’s schools again soon, with learning
activities to begin sometime this week or next.
I want to
emphasize to families that the Learning Plan offers a suggestion of what
is ideal to keep students engaged in learning. We understand that each family
situation is different and that there are unique challenges, especially during
this difficult time, that may make these learning recommendations impractical
The goal is
not to add additional stress to families during what is already a stressful
situation. We don’t believe the home should become a classroom or that parents
and guardians must take on the role of the teacher. Our goal is to make
available learning options to those families who are seeking resources and to
provide help to families who need it.
hope to see students continue their learning outside of the classroom, not just
now but all year long, we want parents to be assured that no student will be
disadvantaged or penalized as a result of the school closures. We want our
ASD-S families to focus on their emotional well-beings, to stay healthy and
safe, and to maintain a sense of connection to their school communities. We
will continue to provide resources to families and work hard to help students
continue their learning outside of school.
I want to
take this opportunity also to remind families that your child’s school Guidance
staff is available should your child need them. You can read more about his
As well, if your learner needs IT support services, we have attached
information below about how they can be reached.
for your understanding and patience as we work together through this
Zoё Watson, Superintendent