Latest Notice from Ministry of Education

Latest Notice from Ministry of Education

Date:                                   January 4, 2022

Memorandum to:Principals of Private Schools
From:Julia DanosExecutive LeadEducation Reopening Secretariat 
Subject:Ministry of Education Update
  

On January 3, 2022 the government of Ontario announced a range of time-limited public health actions to help curb the spread of COVID-19 variants in Ontario. As part of this announcement, all publicly funded and private schools will move to remote learning starting January 5 until at least January 17, subject to public health trends and operational considerations.

Remote Learning

Remote learning should be provided for all students.

All staff who are able to work from home should do so. Staff who are unable to provide remote instruction from home will be permitted to do so in schools.

Any staff required to provide remote instruction in schools must not congregate with other staff and should avoid use of school space outside the classroom. Any staff that are required to take rapid antigen screening three times per week per the Letter of Instruction must continue to do so if they are working in-person.

Student Supports

Private schools should ensure that plans are in place to support students with special education needs to learn remotely. These plans should leverage the capacity of education workers and professionals (e.g. behavioural experts, speech language pathologists, and other professionals) to support remote learning.

Private schools should make provisions for in-person support for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning.

Most students with special education needs will be learning remotely during this period. In-person learning should be reserved for students who cannot be accommodated through remote learning. Consideration should be given to limiting overall movement and limiting the number of sites that will be open.

Private school staff who are supporting in-person learning will be eligible for emergency child care.

For students experiencing or could be expected to experience mental health challenges, students and families should be provided with information about the mental health resources that are available to them, including Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868.

School Mental Health Ontario also has a number of great resources for students, parents and families on their website at www.smho-smso.ca. In addition, child and youth mental health agencies across the province continue to provide services.

Learning Resources

The Ministry of Education’s TVO Learn and TFO IDÉLLO, apprendre à la maison portals will continue to provide supports for students learning remotely by accessing additional educational resources developed by Ontario certified teachers.

Private schools are encouraged to share links to these resources with all students and families, as well as educators who may choose to incorporate these resources in their lessons.

Promoting Vaccination

Vaccination continues to represent our most effective strategy to prevent COVID-19 transmission and we are pleased to see the growing vaccination rates for school staff and eligible students.

We ask that you continue this work and promote vaccination efforts for students, families and staff. 

Thank you for your continuing efforts and partnership to keep students safe and learning despite our current challenging circumstances.

Sincerely,

Julia Danos

Executive Lead

Education Reopening Secretariat