13/03/2020 - Canadá - Ontario - Upper Canada - Situación respecto al COVID 19 [EN]

Carta de Matthew Raby, director del programa internacional de Upper Canada (Ontario)

Dear Partners in Education:

In an extraordinary effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the provincial Government announced late yesterday that all publicly funded Ontario schools will be closed from Saturday, March 14,2020 and reopening on Monday, April 6.

While these measures are in place effective Saturday, March 14, all Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) schools are open today (Friday, March 13, 2020) and transportation for our students will be running.

All levels of Upper Canada District School Board are working diligently to gain more clarity on how to implement and manage the Minister of Education’s order to close schools. At this point, we can confirm the following:

  • Students’ credit attainment is not expected to be impacted by the recent announcement. 
  • This direction has been taken in an effort to contain COVID-19, not in a response to a direct health risk being recognized or expected for local populations. The infection rate is still quite low in Canada, and in Ontario. The risk remains real, but we want to reassure parents that their children are in a safe place with a strong health care system and are being well cared for by the adults in their lives here in Canada. 
  • UCDSB staff will continue to clean schools, using this as an opportunity to do a deep disinfectant clean, where possible, at all our sites; and
  • The provincial government is assembling on-line learning resources for students and families to access should they desire such. At the same time, the UCDSB is reviewing additional resources to support student learning.

I hope that this helps for now, and will keep you informed with further information as it becomes available.  Thank you for your support, partnership and trust in this challenging time.  We will do all we can to ensure this experience is as positive as possible for students while continuing to keep health and safety as the primary priority.

 

Sincerely,

 

Matthew Raby,

Executive Director