Updates for Families

Weekly Updates for Families

Every week, Director of Education Jennifer Leclerc emails an update to KPR families and to staff, and there is always plenty of news to share. Following are the most recent weekly updates sent to all KPR families. Should you have any questions or wish more information on any items in these updates, please feel free to contact us at kpr_info@kprdsb.ca

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

To All KPR Families,

As you likely have heard through the news media, the provincial government today declared an immediate, 28-day state of emergency throughout Ontario. This includes a stay-at-home order that takes effect this Thursday, January 14. The purpose of this email is to let you know how our schools will be affected.

In announcing the state of emergency, Premier Doug Ford stated schools in Ontario’s COVID-19 hotspots (Windsor-Essex, Peel, Toronto, York and Hamilton) will remain closed to in-person instruction until February 10. KPR is not included in that group at this time.

Premier Ford also said that, by January 20, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health will advise when students at other school boards can return to in-person learning.

We will provide a further update at that time, confirming whether schools will re-open January 25, 2021, as currently planned, or if the provincial government will extend the remote learning period.

The government also announced there will be additional safety measures when schools are allowed to reopen, related to expanded masking requirements for Grades 1-3 students, and for mask wearing outdoors. We will provide further details as we receive them from the Ministry of Education.

As always, we will continue to update our families and staff as we move forward.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Leclerc
Director of Education

 

Monday, January 11, 2021

To All KPR Families,

Thank you to students, families and staff for your patience, resilience and support as we move forward with online learning.

Here are some further updates.

Virtual Elementary School
After the closure of schools ends January 25, families will still have the option of sending their children to school in person or online. For elementary families, the next opportunity to request a transfer to the Virtual Elementary School (VES) starts this week. 

An Opt Out portal will be open at http://optout.kprdsb.ca/ from January 13 until 4 pm January 22, for families to complete if they wish to transfer their children to the VES. Parents and guardians must complete the form on this portal between January 13-22 if they wish their children to move to the VES on the next available transfer date.

The first day of virtual classes for new VES students will be Tuesday, February 2 (February 1 is a PA Day). Teachers will begin contacting families of new VES students January 28. Until then, students will continue to attend their home school.

Here’s a snapshot of the important dates:
  January 13-22 – Opt Out portal open for transferring students to Virtual Elementary School (VES)
  January 28 – VES teachers start contacting families of new VES students
  February 2 – First Day of online classes for new VES students

For details, visit the Virtual Elementary School website or call 705-760-8620.

Virtual High School
The second semester (which includes Quadmesters 3 and 4) begins Tuesday, February 2 for all KPR high school students. Families wishing to transfer their teen to the KPR Virtual High School (KPRVHS) for Quadmester 3 must contact their home school guidance counselor by Friday, January 15. Similarly, to request a transfer from KPRVHS to in-person classes, families must contact home school guidance staff by January 15.

Please remember KPRVHS does not offer the full breadth of courses that a regular high school offers, so it may not be possible to match courses when moving to virtual learning. As KPRVHS is online, it cannot offer many specialized courses such as hands-on skilled trades. Once students move to KPRVHS, they are no longer registered at their home school.

KPRVHS students participate in at least 225 minutes of scheduled synchronous (live, real-time) learning daily, between 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For details, visit the Virtual High School (kprdsb.ca) website or call 705-760-8630.

Parent Technology Helplines
We have created helplines for Parent/Student Technology Support at: 

  Student/Parent Helpline - Elementary
  1-877-741-4577 Ext 3002
  Elementary_Helpline@kprdsb.ca

  Student/Parent Helpline - Secondary
  
1-877-741-4577 Ext 3001
  Secondary_Helpline@kprdsb.ca

We recommend that students access their applications (EDSBY, D2L, Google Classroom, etc.) via our Student Portal at students.kprdsb.ca to alleviate many of the common issues students experience when learning from home.  We also have a Parent Portal – parents.kprdsb.cawhere we are posting critical Learn@Home information and useful links.

Let’s #ShareTheGood
We all know the negative impact of COVID-19 on schools and communities. We also know amazing things are continuing to happen in KPR. These stories deserve to be told. Help ignite positivity and optimism – not to ignore how hard teaching and learning are right now, but to amplify the good things that are happening. Join us in following School Mental Health Ontario on Twitter @SMHO_SMSO, tag them in your tweets and use the #SharetheGood hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

As part of my goal to #SharetheGood, I present our 2020 Director’s Annual Report, the last one of my career. I have been heartened and impressed by the resilience, dedication and hard work of staff, students and families as they adapted to an ever-changing landscape. Thank you for everything you have done to lead the way with positivity and adaptability. Please click here to see the many ways students thrived over the past year.

For me, the biggest change of the coming year will be entering the ranks of the retired as of January 22. It has been an absolute honour and pleasure serving students, families, staff and communities in KPR, and I sincerely wish all of you the very best. Our new Director of Education, Rita Russo, is a caring, dedicated and experienced educator, and I’m sure her people-first style will support continued success. Our schools are in good hands.

Stay safe and strong, everyone.

Jennifer Leclerc Director of Education

 

 

SCHOOLS REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY 25

Dear KPR Families,

 

The provincial government today announced that elementary and secondary schools in our area of Ontario will remain closed until January 25 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, all Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPR) schools will remain closed, and students will continue to learn online from home, during that period.

 

More specifically, the province has announced that:

  • All elementary and secondary schools in southern Ontario - which includes KPR - are closed to students until January 25, 2021. Therefore, elementary students will not return to in-person learning on January 11, as originally announced.
  • Elementary and secondary students will continue to participate in remote learning until in-person learning resumes January 25.
  • Learning and Life Skills (LLS) students (elementary and secondary) will participate in face-to-face learning at their home school with their teachers and support staff as of Monday, January 11, 2021.

 

KPR will continue to provide online learning for students to complete at home when the schools are closed. This learning will take place in a variety of ways, using the classroom teachers’ regular communication platforms (e.g., Edsby, Google, D2L), based on students’ age and grade.

During this period, students will continue to participate in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning. Synchronous learning refers to real-time teaching when the students and teacher are connected live online. Asynchronous learning involves work being posted online, to be completed by the student independently, at any time.  

Learning for students enrolled in the virtual elementary and secondary schools will continue as normal.

KPR continues to respond to requests for student devices to support remote learning.  If you are in need of a Chromebook, please complete this Google Form. If you have already filled out the form in December, there is no need to fill out again. Please note: we will continue to prioritize secondary student requests before reviewing elementary student requests for devices.

To complete the Google Form and request technology at home, families will need their child’s or teen’s OEN (Ontario Education Number). This number can be found on students’ report cards. Secondary students can review their report cards in Edsby.

If you do not have an OEN# or it will not work in the google form, please email kpr_technology@kprdsb.ca In the email, please include your name and email address, your child’s full name and their home school.

We will inform families of any further announcements affecting our schools through our website at kprschools.ca, direct email and text via SchoolMessenger, the news media, and social media, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Stay safe and healthy, everyone.

Jennifer Leclerc  Director of Education

 

Monday, December 21, 2020

As you have seen, the provincial government announced today a broad lockdown for our province today beginning December 26.

 

This lockdown impacts our schools in the following ways:

-        Elementary schools will be closed until January 11, 2020

-        Secondary schools will be closed until January 25, 2020

 

(Please note: we are finalizing plans to accommodate Learning and Life Skills students in secondary schools from January 11-22)

Beginning January 4, schools will provide learning for students to complete at home on these days. This learning will take place in a variety of ways, through previously assigned work or new work, using the classroom teachers’ regular communication platforms (e.g., Edsby, Google, D2L), based on students’ age and grade. 

Learning during this period will involve a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities for all students. Synchronous learning refers to real-time teaching when the students and teacher are connected live, while asynchronous education would involve online posting of resources that can be completed by the student independently.   

Learning for students enrolled in the virtual elementary and secondary schools will continue as normal. 

With today’s announcement of short term school closures, it is important to gather information about student technology needs to support remote learning.  If you are in need of a Chromebook, please complete this Google Form no later than Sunday, December 27th at 9:00 p.m.  Please note:  To be responsive to the learning requirements in the secondary quadmester model, and given the extended break scheduled for those students, we will be prioritizing secondary student requests before reviewing elementary student requests for devices. The OEN # can be found on any of the students report cards (Secondary students can review their report cards in Edsby), if you do not have an OEN# or it will not work in the google form, please email kpr_technology@kprdsb.ca and provide all of the same information in the email.

We will inform parents of any further updates on the status of our schools through our website at kprschools.ca, direct email and text via SchoolMessenger, the news media, and social media, such as Facebook and Twitter.


As always, thank you for your continued support of our students in these very challenging days.

 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Leclerc Director of Education