Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ministry of Health
Public Health Sudbury & Districts
Mental Health Resources
Ministry of Education - Learn at Home Resources
Distance Learning K-12

April 6, 2020

Ontario Newsroom: Ontario Government Supports Families in Response to COVID-19
Province Providing One-time Financial Assistance During School and Child Care Closures.

Ontario Newsroom: Ontario Government Supports Families in Response to COVID-19

April 1, 2020

RAINBOW SCHOOLS CLOSED UNTIL MAY 4, 2020 AT THE EARLIEST

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Schools in Ontario will remain closed until Monday, May 4, 2020, and possibly longer, in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.

To ensure continuity of learning, the Ministry of Education has launched the second phase of Learn at Home. Teacher-led learning will begin on Monday, April 6, 2020.

Please be assured that we are committed to your child’s education, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, and will explore creative means to make at-home learning a positive experience.

The principal of your school understands the needs of your community and will do their utmost to answer any challenges related to the implementation of the provincial framework.

Schools will work with your family to determine the best way to connect with students. Teachers will share more information with you directly so you know what to expect.

We also recognize that families are facing many challenges during these uncertain times. In collaboration with principals and teachers, support staff will follow up with students who require additional help and guidance, where needed.

Please visit rainbowschools.ca often, as learning resources are being updated. We have also posted links to information on mental health and COVID-19.

Also continue to practice physical distancing, stay at home, and wash your hands.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is our first and foremost priority.

Thank you for your patience as we embark on this new journey.

Distance learning will bring us together while keeping us safely apart.

March 31, 2020

Letter to parents from the Minister of Education

March 26, 2020

RE: DISTANCE LEARNING

Dear Parents/Guardians:

During this period of unprecedented school closures, students in Rainbow Schools will continue to learn at home, on their own, with teacher guidance, and with family support.

You can already access Ministry of Education resources online at the link above.

We have also posted links to resources on mental health and COVID-19.

In the likely event that school closures extend beyond April 6th, teachers will engage students in lessons through a virtual learning environment.

Over the next two weeks, we will unveil a plan to provide distance learning to students in Kindergarten to Grade 12.

To learn online, your child will need a computer, tablet or other device and an Internet connection.

Where necessary, your child’s teacher will reach out to you in the near future to determine who does not have access to technology in order to participate in distance learning.

Our goal is to connect as many students as possible.

Where we are unable to do so, assignments will be provided by other means.

These unprecedented times demand creative solutions.

Thank you for your patience as we work through the details.

Distance learning will bring us together while keeping us safely apart.

As always, the health and well-being of students and staff is our first and foremost priority.

March 22, 2020

Letter to parents from the Minister of Education

March 20, 2020

EQAO UPDATE

Due to the extraordinary circumstances facing the province, the Ministry of Education has cancelled all EQAO assessments for the 2019–2020 school year.

As a result, the successful completion of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, which is a requirement to obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, has been waived for students eligible for graduation this year.

March 13, 2020

RAINBOW SCHOOLS CLOSED MARCH 14, 2020 TO APRIL 5, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

On order from the Ministry of Education, all Rainbow Schools in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin Island will be closed from March 14, 2020 to April 5, 2020 in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Schools are scheduled to re-open on Monday, April 6, 2020.

This closure applies to all Rainbow District School Board facilities and programs, including programs and services in non-school locations. All child care centres in schools will be closed. Community use of schools, before and after school programs, athletics, field trips, dual credits and co-operative education are cancelled. The Centre for Education on Wembley Drive and the dome at Lasalle Secondary School will also be closed.

Parents of children of high risk connected to Rainbow District School Board’s mental health services will receive individual follow-up information. Parents of children who are connected to local community agencies for services are encouraged to contact those agencies to determine support that may be offered.

Today, the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly advised that “the people of Ontario avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada.” He added: “In light of our recent positive cases in young children, if you decide to travel outside of Canada with children, they will be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days upon return.”

The closure period includes the March Break as well as two weeks following the March Break, which would allow time for self-isolation before schools re-open on April 6, 2020. As always, the health and safety of students and staff is our first and foremost priority.

For up-to-date information about the coronavirus locally, visit www.phsd.ca/COVID-19. The Public Health Sudbury & Districts website includes hygiene practices that can reduce the spread of germs and help you and your family stay healthy.

The Ministry of Education will be posting resources online so learning can continue. We will link to these resources from the school board website.

Additonal Resources

Find out how to protect yourself, what to do if you’re sick after you travel and how to recognize possible symptoms.

Every week day at 10:30 am ET, the Ministry of Health will update its web page with the most current information on the status of cases in Ontario.