Bluewater board begins online courses Thursday

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Students will be extending their time away from school until at least Jan. 17 in Ontario, and Bluewater School Board is reaching out to parents.

Routines for online learning are familiar, after several sessions over the last two school years.

The start date locally is Thursday, Jan. 6 in the Grey-Bruce board for synchronous learning, using Brightspace – Office 365, as in the past. There will be messages and asynchronous materials available starting on Wednesday to help parents and students prepare.

Parents are asked to contact their teachers if they don’t have logins and passwords. The board says that the school will be getting in touch with families who they’ve learned have unreliable internet.

While special education also will be available to students online, there will be in-person options available for those whose needs make remote learning difficult, the board announced. For those students only, there may also be transportation by request.

Any students who are on co-op will be able to continue in their placements.

Before and after school child care will be open during the two weeks with free emergency child care for school-aged children of health care and other frontline workers.

Normal before and after school programs, however, will be cancelled.

Bluewater Director of Education Lori Wilder also wrote to parents about the mental health supports that are available. Locally, school-based mental health is available for students in Grade 7 to 12 by filling out an online form. If students are younger, parents or guardians can get in touch with the school principal, who will make the connection to the resources.

Supplementary educational material will be available on the TVOntario website.

Wilder encouraged families to be vaccinated, and said she “looked forward to seeing our students return to in-person learning soon.”

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald

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