Premier Doug Ford has announced that all publicly funded schools in Ontario will continue to stay closed continuing into May. The Peel District School Board (PDSB) is working out online instruction for its students at this time.
“We are currently finalizing A Community of Care: Peel District School Board’s Learning and Support Plan, and look forward to sharing it with staff, students and families by the end of this week,” says Peter Joshua, Director of Education for PDSB. He went on to thank families for their “ongoing patience as we work to create a comprehensive and equitable plan to ensure all learners’ needs are met.”
The learning and support plan includes:
- Information on how to deliver instruction to children and youth in kindergarten to grade 12, as well as through Adult & Continuing Education programming
- supports for students with Special Education needs and English Language Learners
- ways to ensure that all students have the access they need to devices and Wi-Fi
- mental health and community supports
- online learning resources and more
Online learning resources will let children access online libraries and databases, as well as multimedia resources such as TED Talks, Learn360, and the National Film Board of Canada through their BYOD accounts.
The Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board has provided links for the different age and skill levels of its students so that the students can work at home, but has not released a statement about teacher-directed learning at this time.