Important Information and Resources: COVID-19

Based on advice from Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Minister of Education has issued a Ministerial Order to close all publicly funded schools in Ontario for two weeks following March Break, in response to the emergence in Ontario of COVID-19.

This means that all schools in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board will be closed to students and staff from March 14 through to April 5, 2020.

Ongoing Learning Resources for Parents and Students

March 23, 2020

it was reported this afternoon that an April 6 return to school is not likely possible. As we receive further information related to this news, we will share home with families.

We know that parents are anxious for their children’s continued learning, and there are ongoing conversations provincially and amongst our board staff on what programming for students may look like as we move forward. We’ll share information to parents out as soon as we are able.

As a first step to ensure the continued learning of your children, the government has 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, enables students at every grade level to continue learning while away from school. These resources are developed by Ontario educators, and resources for all grades are informed by leading instructional guidance. For those students who are in secondary school, we are providing access to online courses directly based on Ontario curriculum.

Learn at home and Apprendre à la maison, a new online portal that will provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The websites listed in this chart are suggestions only.  They do not belong to the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, and therefore we cannot guarantee their content.  Parents and educators are advised to preview all content thoroughly prior to use in their work with students. Please note that, while the majority of sites are Canadian, some sites are American.  Thank you.

Subject Area

Grade Level

Title/Description

Website link

Arts

Secondary

Arts and Culture

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner

Arts

Secondary

The Metropolitan Museum’s Exhibition Catalogues since 1870

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/libraries-and-research-centers/watson-digital-collections/metropolitan-museum-of-art-publications/exhibition-catalogs

Arts

Junior Grades +

National Arts Centre educational website

http://artsalive.ca/en/

Arts – Dance

Elementary and Secondary

OPHEA dance lessons

https://teachingtools.ophea.net/supplements/instructional-dance-videos

Arts - Drama

Elementary

Pre-written monologues for students to practice

https://www.dramanotebook.com/monologues-kids/

Arts – Music

Grade varies

Playing virtual instruments

https://www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com/

Arts – Music

Junior Grades +

Ear Training and Music Theory

https://trainer.thetamusic.com/en

Arts - Music

Elementary

Music experiments in Google

https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments

Arts - Music

Grade varies

Composing music virtually

https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Song-Maker/

Arts - Visual Art

Grade varies

Free Art Lessons for students

https://homeschoolhideout.com/art-lessons-on-youtube/

French – various subjects

Early Elementary

French streaming educational videos, films, music, games for students

https://www.tfo.org/fr/mini-tfo

French – various subjects

Grade varies

Streaming educational video and audio from CBC and Radio-Canada

https://curio.ca/fr/

French – various subjects

Grade varies

Streaming videos on issues of global importance from a Canadian perspective

https://www.onf.ca/

French – various subjects

Grade varies

Multimedia content for all topics

https://www.idello.org/en

French – various subjects

Grade varies

FSL Homework Toolbox from Rainbow District School Board

http://www.fslhomeworktoolbox.ca/

French – Math

Elementary and Secondary

Challenging Math Problems

https://www.openmiddle.com/

French – Social Science - History

Grade varies

Heritage Minutes playlist, French

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNnP7cIAxac&list=PLiE7YBxN9zmJCbT8LiHZ3JPuMBb75K_RU

French – Social Science – History

Grade varies

Historica Canada podcasts

https://www.historicacanada.ca/fr

Keyboarding

Grade varies

Lessons and practice

www.typingclub.com

Life Skills

Elementary and Secondary

Life Skills Curriculum

https://www.overcomingobstacles.org/

Literacy

Early Elementary

Fold Kids Reading and Writing Academy

https://thefoldcanada.org/webinars-activities/fold-academy-monthly-webinars/

Literacy

Early Elementary

Phonics games

www.phonicshero.com

Literacy

Elementary

Audible free audiobooks for children

adbl.co/stories

Literacy

Elementary

Free digital books and resources

http://www.mycapstonelibrary.com/login/#/bookshelf

Literacy

Elementary

Children’s Authors Doing On-line Read-Alouds

https://www.weareteachers.com/virtual-author-activities/#.Xnk0itGE5qc.twitter

Literacy

Elementary

30 books by Indigenous authors for kids

https://www.downiewenjack.ca/30-books-by-indigenous-authors-to-read-with-your-kids/

Literacy

Elementary

Free RazKids and HeadSprouts from Learning A-Z

https://www.learninga-z.com/site/lp2/covid19

Literacy

Elementary

Multiple languages, audio-streamed books from Amazon

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Literacy

Elementary

Children’s books, read-aloud

Unite for Literacy

Literacy

Elementary

Multi-media activities based on leveled books

www.scholastic.com/learnathome

 

Literacy

Elementary

Reading games

www.squigglepark.com

Literacy

Elementary

Children’s books read online

www.storylineonline.net

Literacy

Elementary

Learning activities and games

www.highlightskids.com

Literacy

Elementary

TIME magazine’s resources for teachers

www.timeforkids.com

 

Literacy

Elementary and Early Secondary

International Children’s Digital Library, multi-lingual

http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

Literacy

Elementary and Secondary

Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy

https://www.mediasmarts.ca/

Literacy

Elementary and Secondary

Scholastic – free digital subscriptions K-12

http://scholastic.ca/education/free_digital_resources/?linkId=84644654

Literacy – Media Literacy

Elementary

Articles, discussing news

https://teachingkidsnews.com/

Literacy

Secondary

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test practice

www.eqao.com

 

Literacy and Math

Early Elementary

Learning activities with audio and visuals

www.starfall.com

 

Literacy and Math

Elementary

Creative activities and games

www.abcya.com

Literacy and Math

Elementary and Secondary

Reading, Writing, Math Grades 3, 6, 9 practice

www.eqao.com

 

Literacy and Math

Elementary and Secondary

Math and Language Arts activities matched with Ontario Curriculum

https://ca.ixl.com/

Math

Intermediate

Free on-line 1:1 Math tutoring

https://www.tvomathify.com/students

Math

Elementary and Secondary

Math skill games

https://mathies.ca/games.php

Math

Elementary and Secondary

60+ Best Math Websites

https://www.weareteachers.com/best-math-websites/

Math

Elementary and Secondary

Various Math topics

https://www.numberphile.com/

Math

Elementary

Telling Time Puzzles

https://www.123homeschool4me.com/telling-time-puzzles_29/

Math

Elementary

Math games and coding

https://www.mangahigh.com/en-us/

Math

Elementary

Suggested by @CathyMarksKrpan, former teacher, OISE professor, author of Math Expressions and Teaching Math with Meaning (Pearson Canada)

www.mathplayground.com

www.mathbeforebed.com

www.wouldyourathermath.com

www.nrich.maths.org

www.earlymath.erikson.edu

www.youcubed.org

www.toytheater.com

www.visualmathlearning.com (needs Adobe Flash)

www.code.org

Math

Elementary and Secondary

Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC), U Waterloo, problems of the week

https://www.cemc.uwaterloo.ca/resources/potw.php

Math

Elementary and Secondary

Math Contests – past tests for practice

Caribou

CEMC

Math

Elementary and Secondary

Challenging Math Problems, English and French

https://www.openmiddle.com/

Math

Elementary and Secondary

Tutorials and Practice lessons

www.khanacademy.org

Math

Elementary and Secondary

Math tasks by concept

https://www.openmiddle.com/

Math

Intermediate and Secondary

Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing, U Waterloo lessons

https://courseware.cemc.uwaterloo.ca/

Physical Activity 

Elementary

Building Physical Literacy

https://activeforlife.com/resource-intro/

Physical Activity

Elementary

Movement games and activities at home

www.gonoodle.com

Physical Activity

Elementary and Secondary

Games and Activities to Optimize Self-regulation

https://everactive.org/product/games-and-activities-to-optimize-self-regulation/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=EverActiveAB

Physical Activity

Elementary and Secondary

Physical Education classes and resources for home

https://www.boredteachers.com/resources/30-free-physical-education-classes-and-reseources

Science

Elementary

Science articles and read alouds

https://site.pebblego.com/modules

Science

Elementary and Secondary

Science education resources from the Canadian government

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/science/educationalresources.html

Science

Elementary

NASA’s Climate for Kids

https://climatekids.nasa.gov/

Science

Elementary

Ocean Life

https://ocean.si.edu/

Science

Elementary

40 Science Websites

https://www.boredteachers.com/resources/40-science-websites-to-keep-kids-engaged-and-entertained-at-home

Science

Elementary

Animal games and puzzles

www.switcheroozoo.com

Science

Elementary (K-5)

Multi-media lessons and activities

www.mysterydoug.com

Science

Secondary

Tutorials and Practice lessons

www.khanacademy.org

Science - Coding

Elementary

Minecraft – Education Edition

https://education.minecraft.net/

Science and Social Science

Elementary

Lessons and quizes

www.wonderopolis.org

Science and Social Science

Elementary

Learning, games, experiments

www.kids.nationalgeographic.com

Social Science

Grade varies

The Canadian Encyclopedia study guides and resources

https://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/topic

Social Science

Intermediate and Secondary

Indigenous People’s Atlas of Canada reference

https://indigenouspeoplesatlasofcanada.ca/

Social Science - Geography

Grade varies

Canadian Geographic Magazine

https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/topic/mapping

Social Science - Geography

Grade varies

Geography – exploring the world

https://www.geoguessr.com/

Social Science - Geography

Grade varies

Exploring by the seat of your pants

http://www.exploringbytheseat.com/event/coronavirus-cant-stop-virtual-classroom/

Social Science - History

Grade varies

Heritage Minutes playlist

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1848FF9428CA9A4A

Social Science - History

Grade varies

Historica Canada podcasts

https://www.historicacanada.ca/

Social Science

Intermediate and Secondary

Canadian Museum of Human Rights resources

https://humanrights.ca/education-resources/

Social Science and Art

Grade varies

12 Virtual Museum Tours

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

Technology

Elementary and Secondary

3D modelling

https://www.tinkercad.com/

Various

Elementary

Educational shows, games, videos from TV Ontario

https://www.tvokids.com/school-age

Various

Grade varies

Canadian Encyclopedia - 20,000 articles, where you can dig deeper on topics

 https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/timelines

Various

Grade varies

Flashcards for every subject

https://www.brainscape.com/

Various

Grade varies

National Film Board offers over 4000 free films online

https://www.nfb.ca/

Various

Elementary

Educational games

www.pbskids.org

Various

Early Elementary

Learning activities

www.ABCmouse.com

Various

Elementary

Multi-media lessons

www.brainpop.com

Various

Elementary and Secondary

Virtual games in various subject areas

https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome

Various

Elementary and Secondary

Ted Talks to Watch with Kids

https://www.ted.com/playlists/86/talks_to_watch_with_kids

Various

Elementary and Secondary

CBC’s education channel

https://curio.ca/en/

Various

Elementary and Secondary

PBS K-12 Resources for Emergency Closings

https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/emergency-closings-collection/#.XnJNti2ZND0?utm_source=email&utm_medium=&utm_content=&utm_campaign=

Various

Elementary and Secondary

Printable worksheets K-12

https://www.123homeschool4me.com/home-school-free-printables/

Various

Secondary

Vignettes to support lessons in various subjects

https://ed.ted.com/lessons?content_type=animations&category=literature-language&direction=desc&sort=publish-date

 

Resources to support our Students through COVID-19

COVID-19 Updates

We know that not all KPR students and have 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.

March 26, 2020

Dear KPR Parents and Guardians:

I wanted to provide an update of our current progress on supporting student learning during the COVID-19 closure and some information about possible next steps. We know that parents are anxious for their children’s continued learning, and there are ongoing conversations provincially and among our board staff on what programming for students may look like as we move forward. We’ll share more information with parents as soon as we are able as we continue our work to meet the unique needs of our students and families. We are fortunate to be doing this work with the Ministry of Education, our provincial and local education partners, and our many dedicated educators.  While things are changing rapidly, here is what we can share right now:

School Closure Period - Schools were originally scheduled to be closed until April 5th. As we shared home with you on Monday, the Premier has announced that the closure will extend beyond that date. At this time, we do not have any more information about the length of the closure.  

Learning Resources - We are committed to sharing resources to help engage students, parents and families.  In addition to the Ministry of Education Learn At Home resources, this week we have launched #KPRLearningAtHome, with additional learning resources in Literacy, Math, Science, Technology, Social Studies and the Arts. These resources are organized by grade and available via our dedicated COVID 19 banner on our website: www.kprschools.ca. These resources are not a substitute for in-class instruction, but rather a first step in promoting at-home learning activities, and will be updated as we move forward. 

Continuity of Learning - While we await further Ministry direction, we are developing a learning plan for students to continue the school year.  We know that it will not replace the normal school day, but we are considering how teachers can think differently about how to communicate, give instruction and provide feedback; design lessons and assignments that are authentic and meaningful; and perhaps most importantly, continue to connect with students to support their well-being in these challenging days. Our plan will include Edsby and Google Classroom, as well as different mediums for families that do not have consistent Internet access. We recognize that families have many questions about how learning will continue and we will share more as we work through these areas.

Students with Special Education Needs  - Our Special Education Services staff have been working to ensure that our continuity of learning plans include strategies to support students with specialized learning needs. The school district cannot provide in-person support during this period of physical distancing.  We are exploring opportunities for connection with students with special education needs.

Risk of Loss of School Year - For many students and parents, particularly in Grade 12, there is concern about the possible loss of the school year.  The Minister of Education was very clear in his letter that “no graduating student will have their ability to graduate impacted by the two-week closure and the COVID-19 developments”.  We share this commitment and have made serving these students’ needs a priority in our planning.

Access to Technology and Wifi - We know that not all KPR students have access to a computer or wifi. As part of our planning, we are canvassing families to better understand the extent of that need as we consider strategies to make technology available to students. We are very sensitive to the varied and complex needs of our students and are committed to finding ways to support access to learning for all students.   

Access to Schools and Playgrounds - Access to all school buildings and grounds is completely restricted at this time.  We know that school yards are important green spaces in many communities, however these are not currently safe places for children to play. There are concerns about touch points on playgrounds, and the need for physical distancing means avoiding public spaces.

Mental Health and Well-being - This is a stressful time for families and many parents are balancing work with taking care of children.  We also have established a dedicated section, through our COVID-19 online banner, with resources that provide information and tips to support student, staff and parents mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

I know there are more questions and we remain committed to sharing information as soon as it becomes available. You may also follow us online through Twitter @kprschools or Facebook (Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board) and visit our website: www.kprschools.ca which includes regularly updated “frequently asked questions”.

Please continue to practice physical distancing.

Be well.

Jennifer Leclerc
Director of Education

 

To see the March 22, 2020 Letter from the Ministry, click here

Important Online Health Resources

Frequently Asked Questions



Please note that this FAQ document is a working resource. There are some questions we do not have answers to currently and we will do our best to update the information below as we receive confirmation and clarification. Thank you for your patience as we work through this very fluid situation.

Will childcare settings in your schools be closed?
Yes. As of March 14, 2020, all childcare centres located in our schools, including standalone centres, will be closed through to April 5, 2020. This includes the cancellation of all Before and After care and March Break programming.

We understand this will have a significant impact on our families who use child care centres in our school communities, however, we see this as aligned with the Ministry’s cancellation of schools and a necessary precaution to keep families safe and to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Will Community Use of Schools be impacted?
Yes. As of March 14, 2020, all Community Use of School permits for our facilities are cancelled.  

Is the school year in jeopardy?
This two-week closure following March Break will not put the school year in jeopardy and will not impact secondary school graduation.

Will the school year be extended into the summer months?
We have not received this direction from the Ministry of Education. The decision to extend the school year would be made by the Ministry. It’s too early to determine if this will be necessary.

Will international student trips be cancelled?
Yes. We have cancelled all international student trips.

Will school activities, field trips, special events be cancelled?
Yes. Between now and April 5, 2020, schools are closed to students and staff, so any school-related activities or trips including athletics, are also cancelled throughout this period.

All scheduled class activities, tests, exams, and due dates for assignments will be re-scheduled after the return to classes.

It is too early to comment on the impact this will have on school activities currently scheduled for after April 5, 2020.

What about OSSLT and EQAO testing?
EQAO and OSSTL assessments have been cancelled for the year. The government has also waived the graduation requirement for those students still needing to complete this work.  

Will Co-op, OYAP, Dual Credit placements be cancelled?
Yes. All co-op, OYAP and Dual Credit placements are cancelled through to April 5, 2020.

Will students be provided with online learning opportunities during the closure?
The Ministry of Education has provided resources to support student learning during the closure. Our classroom teachers are not currently involved in the delivery of these resources.

Will the school closures be extended?
These are unprecedented times and remain very fluid.

We know that, provincially, the Ministry of Education is exploring all options related to the school year and its continuance. We also appreciate that parents and students are concerned over the status of the school year. That is understandable, and we’ll continue to share any information we receive as soon as we can.

At this time, as of March 23, 2020, we have not been informed of any possible extension of the school closure.

What will the rest of the school year look like? Will there be learning resources available on-line during the school closure?
We know that parents are anxious for their children’s continued learning, and there are ongoing conversations provincially and amongst our board staff on what programming for students may look like as we move forward. We’ll share information to parents out as soon as we are able.

As part of this planning, we have communicated with all staff last week that it is our expectation that everyone will use the closure time to productively plan and prepare for the resumption of normal school operations.

 

 

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