COVID-19 Updates 2020-2021

COVID-19 Updates 2020-2021

June 28, 2021

RE: LOOKING AHEAD TO THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We look forward to reopening Rainbow Schools on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 and welcoming students back for in-person learning.

With vaccination rates increasing and case counts decreasing, we are optimistic about the upcoming school year.

After we receive guidance from the Ministry of Education, which we anticipate by late July, we will update our Reopening Guide and share information with families.

We expect that students will attend in person.

In exceptional circumstances, if a student is not able to attend in person as a result of personal health concerns, a remote learning program will be considered.

There will be an opportunity to make such requests through a survey at a later date.

Thank you for your support throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

We wish you and your children a restful summer.

June 21, 2021

Returning Devices on Loan, Retrieving Personal Belongings, Report Cards

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As we enter the last two weeks of school in a school year unlike any other, I would like to thank you, once again, for your resilience, your patience and, above all, your support.

A key component of keeping everyone safe was learning from home, which required the loan of technology.  Board-owned technology must be returned to your child’s school on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 – a day designated for year-end wrap up.

School staff will also facilitate the pick up of personal items, as necessary, on this day.

Your school will advise you of times as well as safety protocols.

The distribution of report cards will be co-ordinated by schools. Some elementary schools may have them available for pick up next week. Others may opt to email or mail report cards home, including secondary schools. Again, schools will advise you directly.

In closing, I would like to thank all students for persevering and prioritizing their learning throughout the school year. You did it and we are very proud of you.

I would also like to extend our sincere congratulations to all graduates. We wish you the very best as you move on to secondary school, college, university, an apprenticeship, independent living or the world of work.

I am sure you are all looking forward to a change of pace as we welcome summer.

May you and your family enjoy a happy and healthy holiday.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

June 9, 2021

RE: VIRTUAL GRADUATIONS CONTINUE AT ALL RAINBOW SCHOOLS

Dear parents/guardians:

When the Province announced that students would be learning remotely for the remainder of the school year, the government raised the possibility of outdoor graduation ceremonies.

We know how important graduations are for students and families. They are also important to the administrators, teachers and support staff who work with students to nurture success.

Health and safety, however, is equally as important and remains our first and foremost priority. Outdoor gatherings for graduations would contravene the safe reopening guidelines.

Given the ongoing focus on health and safety, the planning that has already occurred and the costs that have been incurred, virtual graduations will continue at all Rainbow Schools. Students, staff, families and friends will join together to celebrate from a safe distance.

Please be assured that schools are going the extra mile to make graduations meaningful and memorable. Some schools may invite students to pick up a graduation souvenir or take a photo on an individual basis in compliance with provincial limits on the size of outdoor gatherings. Other schools may connect directly with students to personalize the experience.

This month, all students who are 12 years of age and older at the time of vaccination and their caregivers have an opportunity to receive a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and those around them. Second doses will be administered prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

As students and families become immunized, this will go a long way in ensuring a full return to school activities, including in-person learning, sports, clubs, and, indeed, graduations.

We are all awaiting the day when we can return to some sense of normalcy.
With each passing week, I am confident we are inching our way closer and closer.
Let’s continue to be guided by Public Health, with health and safety first and foremost.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

Reopening Ontario Guidelines

June 2, 2021

RE: REMOTE LEARNING CONTINUES UNTIL THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
VACCINATION CLINICS COMING SOON FOR YOUTH 12+ AND THEIR FAMILIES

Dear parents/guardians:

The Province today confirmed that students will learn remotely for the remainder of the school year.

Measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 will continue as youth 12 and up and their families have an opportunity to be vaccinated.

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is working with local school boards to offer first doses at specially designated clinics in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin in the next few weeks.

Second doses are scheduled for August before the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

More information about the clinics, including dates, times and transportation, will be shared with families soon.

In the meantime, we invite you to visit rainbowschools.ca to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine. Click the banner on the home page to link to letters and resources.
We will update the website as more information becomes available.

Please continue to follow all health and safety protocols to limit the spread, including hand washing, physical distancing, mask wearing and staying home.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

May 25, 2021

RE: UPDATE ON EDUCATION QUALITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE
EQAO ASSESSMENTS – LITERACY TEST AND GRADE 9 MATHEMATICS

Dear parents/guardians:

Rainbow District School Board will not be participating in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) or the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics this spring.

Please rest assured there will be multiple opportunities for students to write the OSSLT to enable them to meet this graduation requirement.

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) will provide a Fall 2021 Administration of the OSSLT in addition to a Spring 2022 administration.

Students graduating in the 2021-2022 school year will be exempt from the literacy graduation requirement – which is what occurred for this year’s graduates.

The literacy requirement will be restored for students graduating in the 2022-2023 school year.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.

April 9, 2021

RE: SPRING BREAK FROM APRIL 12 TO 16, 2021

Dear parents/guardians:

There will be no classes next week as students and staff enjoy a well-deserved break.

Remote learning will resume on Monday, April 19, 2021 and continue until further notice.

At this time, we are not sure when Rainbow Schools will re-open for in-person learning.

After Public Health Sudbury & Districts advises us that we may resume face-to-face instruction, we will survey parents/guardians to determine who may wish to transfer between in-person and remote learning for the remainder of the school year.

Please continue to follow all health and safety protocols to limit the spread of COVID-19, including hand washing, physical distancing, mask wearing and staying home.

Socialize with your own household and refrain from travelling.

Screen for symptoms daily using the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool. Get tested if you are sick.

The health and safety protocols are more important than ever with the highly contagious variants of the virus that are circulating in our community, across the province and beyond.

Have a healthy spring break.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

March 31, 2021

REMINDER: REMOTE LEARNING CONTINUES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Dear parents/guardians:

Public Health Sudbury & Districts has confirmed that remote learning will continue until further notice.

There will be no in-person learning next week or until such time as Public Health Sudbury & Districts advises us that we may resume face-to-face instruction.

We will share information with families as soon as the current situation changes.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we respond to COVID-19.

Please continue to follow all health and safety protocols to limit the spread, including hand washing, physical distancing, mask wearing and staying home.

The health and safety protocols are more important than ever with the highly contagious variants of the virus that are circulating in our community.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

Best wishes for a healthy and happy Easter weekend.

March 25, 2021

RE: REMOTE LEARNING CONTINUES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Dear parents/guardians:

We have confirmed with Public Health Sudbury & Districts that remote learning will continue until further notice.

That means there will be no in-person learning next week or until such time as Public Health Sudbury & Districts advises us that we may resume face-to-face instruction.

We will share information with families as soon as the current situation changes.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we respond to COVID-19.

Please continue to follow all health and safety protocols to limit the spread, including hand washing, physical distancing, mask wearing and staying home.

The health and safety protocols are more important than ever with the highly contagious variants of the virus that are circulating in our community.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

March 11, 2021

RE: ALL STUDENTS TO LEARN REMOTELY AS OF MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2021

Dear parents/guardians:

In light of the increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community, Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin areas will move into lockdown at midnight tonight.

As of Monday, March 15, 2021, ALL students in Rainbow Schools will learn remotely until further notice. School-based childcare will continue. All before and after school programs, however, will be suspended.

Schools will be open for in-person learning on Friday, March 12, 2021.

We ask that students please bring home any personal belongings (running shoes, glasses, medication, clothing, lunch bags etc.) and learning materials (books, binders, tablets, laptops, projects, etc.) at the end of the school day as schools will be closed to students.

Schools will reach out to students who require technology to continue their learning.

Thank you for your ongoing flexibility as we continue to respond to COVID-19.

Please continue to follow all health and safety protocols to limit the spread, including hand washing, physical distancing, mask wearing and staying home.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

March 11, 2021

News: Greater Sudbury schools switch to virtual learning as Ontario activates emergency brake for Public Health Sudbury & Districts

News: Public Health Sudbury & Districts
March 11, 2021

February 23, 2021

Joint letter from the Medical Officer of Health and Directors of Education

February 19, 2021

RE: VIRTUAL GRADUATIONS FOR THE CLASS OF 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Last year, we held out hope that we would be able to gather for traditional graduation ceremonies. With the ongoing pandemic, however, it simply was not possible and our schools hosted virtual ceremonies last fall.

This year, we are accepting the reality sooner rather than later. We have asked our elementary and secondary schools to plan for virtual graduations this spring.

Going from Grade 8 to Grade 9 and from secondary school to college, university, apprenticeship training, independent living or the world of work is an important transition in a young person’s life.

While our preference would have been to watch each and every graduate cross the stage to accept their diplomas, please know that our schools will go the extra mile to mark the milestone and make it memorable for students, school staff, families and friends.

We look forward to celebrating together, while safely apart.

Thank you for your continued understanding.

February 19, 2021

RE: March Break postponed to April 12 to 16, 2021
April 19, 2021 Professional Activity Day rescheduled to March 19, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Rainbow District School Board, Sudbury Catholic District School Board, Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon and Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario have updated the School Year Calendar for 2020-2021.

The Ministry of Education has postponed the March Break until April 12 to 16, 2021.

As a result, teaching and learning will continue the week of March 15 to 19, 2021.

In addition, the Professional Activity Day on April 19 has been rescheduled to March 19.

The four school boards have worked together to produce a common calendar for many years, facilitating the co-ordination of services such as student transportation.

Updated Calendar for the 2020-2021 School Year
Elementary and Secondary Schools

March Break – March 15 to 19, 2021 – Postponed
Good Friday – April 2, 2021
Easter Monday – April 5, 2021
April Break – April 12 to 16, 2021 – NEW
Victoria Day – May 24, 2021
Last Day of School for Students – June 29, 2021

Professional Activity Days – Sudbury/Espanola/Manitoulin
March 19, 2021 – NEW
April 19, 2021 – Cancelled
June 11, 2021

The Updated School Year Calendar for 2020-2021 is available on rainbowschools.ca.

February 12, 2021

RE: MARCH BREAK POSTPONED TO WEEK OF APRIL 12 TO 16, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The Ministry of Education has postponed March Break to April 12 to 16, 2021.

As a result, teaching and learning will continue the week of March 15 to 19, 2021.

Transportation will also continue for in-person learners.

The Ministry decision was based on guidance from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

On behalf of Rainbow Schools, I would like to thank students and families for your continued flexibility, patience and understanding.

We appreciate your support as we respond to COVID-19.

Please know that health and safety remains the first and foremost priority.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

February 8, 2021

RE: SCREEN FOR COVID-19 AS PART OF YOUR MORNING ROUTINE

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The start of the new semester in our secondary schools is an opportune time to remind parents/guardians and students to screen for COVID-19 as part of your morning routine.

Before leaving home for school, it’s important that students self-screen for symptoms by using the online school screening tool that can be accessed at the following link:
https://www.rainbowschools.ca/parents/covid-19/covid-19-resources/

NEW: The Ministry of Education now requires that secondary schools confirm with students that they have completed the self-screening tool before leaving home daily. This will be done during first period attendance. Please post a note on the fridge or set a daily reminder to screen for COVID-19 each and every day BEFORE leaving for school.

Self-screening, wearing masks, washing hands, physical distancing and maintaining cohorts are all part of the health and safety protocols in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Students must stay home from school if they are sick, have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, have been advised by a doctor, health care provider or Public Health to self-isolate, and/or have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.

Let’s take care of ourselves and take care of each other.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

February 3, 2021

Joint letter from the Medical Officer of Health and Directors of Education

January 13, 2021

RE: SCHOOLS REMAIN OPEN AND IN-PERSON LEARNING CONTINUES

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Rainbow Schools remain open and in-person learning continues as the Province of Ontario implements additional measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Transportation will also continue for elementary and secondary students in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin.

As indicated previously, we are following health and safety protocols to keep everyone safe – wearing masks, washing hands, physical distancing and maintaining cohorts. To support provincial efforts, parents/guardians and students are reminded that masks are required outdoors when students cannot physically distance; appropriate masks must be worn at all times (no bandanas, scarves, etc.); and students cannot congregate before school starts. Students are also asked to go directly home after school and stay home to limit contacts.

While secondary students may continue to go home for lunch, they cannot go to public places during lunch. Students can go outside at lunch and must wear a mask at all times, unless they are physically distanced from each other. Students must wear a mask when walking to and from school, unless they are alone. Only small groups are permitted.

Parents/guardians are reminded to screen their children daily for any COVID-19 symptoms. Students must stay home from school if they are sick, have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, have been advised by a doctor, health care provider or Public Health to self-isolate, and/or have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days. Secondary students can self-screen and monitor for symptoms.

The COVID-19 screening tool can be accessed at rainbowschools.ca at the following link:
https://www.rainbowschools.ca/parents/covid-19/covid-19-updates/

The school screening tool will be updated soon. Please review and follow the guidance.

The next opportunity for parents/guardians to transfer students from in-person to remote and remote to in-person learning will be February 8, 2021. This will be the final opportunity for the school year. Parents/guardians will be invited to confirm their status by completing a survey available from January 20 to 22, 2021. Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

January 8, 2021

RE: IN-PERSON LEARNING RESUMES MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2021
SCREEN FOR COVID-19 AS PART OF YOUR MORNING ROUTINE

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As directed by the Ministry of Education, in-person learning will resume at all Rainbow Schools on Monday, January 11, 2021. Transportation will also resume.

Please continue to follow the health and safety protocols in place to keep everyone safe – wearing masks, washing hands, physical distancing and maintaining cohorts.

Parents/guardians are reminded to screen their children daily for any COVID-19 symptoms. Students must stay home from school if they are sick, have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, have been advised by a doctor, health care provider or Public Health to self-isolate, and/or have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days. Secondary students can self-screen and monitor for symptoms.

The COVID-19 screening tool can be accessed at rainbowschools.ca at the following link:
https://www.rainbowschools.ca/parents/covid-19/covid-19-updates/

Students with symptoms are encouraged to get tested.

Students who test negative for COVID-19 can return to school if they do not have a fever (without using medication) and it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (if they had symptoms), 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting/diarrhea.

Students who test positive for COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 as determined by Public Health, can return to school only when they are cleared by Public Health Sudbury & Districts to do so.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

January 2, 2021

Letter to parents from the Minister of Education

December 29, 2020

RE: STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN REMOTE LEARNING JANUARY 4 TO 8, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The Government of Ontario has implemented a province-wide shutdown to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Students attending Rainbow Elementary Virtual School will resume their regular timetable on January 4th. In-person learners in elementary and secondary schools will shift to teacher-led remote learning from January 4th to 8th.

There is one exception. Jean Hanson Public School and the Ruth MacMillan Centre will be open for in-person learning. Students who attend these schools will receive transportation as regularly scheduled. All other schools will be closed next week.

Here’s what will happen for in-person learners on Monday, January 4th:

The focus will be to support the transition to remote learning. Schools will reach out to in-person learners who require technology to learn from home. Teachers will provide instructions to access the appropriate virtual platform (VLE for secondary and Google Classroom for elementary), verify email addresses, ensure the home room/class timetable is posted within the platform and provide reminders about COVID-19 safety practices.

Virtual instruction will begin on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Elementary and secondary students will follow their regular schedules remotely.
Teachers will connect with students to provide additional information.
Students who do not have access to the Internet will receive paper based assignments.

Students who have special education needs will continue to be supported remotely by their classroom teacher and Educational Assistant. Mental health supports will also be available.

Rainbow Schools from Kindergarten to Grade 12 are scheduled to reopen for in-person learning on Monday, January 11, 2021.

All the best to you and your family for a healthy and happy new year.

December 17, 2020

RE: PREPARING FOR ALL SCENARIOS

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Although we are planning for schools to re-open on January 4, 2021, should the return to in person learning be delayed, learning will continue remotely when classes resume.

If your child is currently learning in person, please complete the survey at the following link by Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Please complete one survey per child.

Kindergarten to Grade 8
bit.ly/rdsbpivotKto8

Grades 9 to 12
bit.ly/rdsbpivot9to12

Given that the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly, we have asked students to please bring home any materials they may require for remote learning before leaving school for the holidays.

Should the Ministry of Education and/or Public Health delay the re-opening of schools for in person learning, we will communicate with parents/guardians through the media, rainbowschools.ca and school communications channels.

On behalf of our schools, I would like to thank students and families for following health and safety protocols to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Let’s continue to choose our actions wisely over the holidays to make the return to school as safe as possible. Please see below for resources.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

Happy Holidays!

Resources

Below are resources to help you and your family stay COVID-safe this holiday season.

Letter to parents/guardians and families
Celebrate the Holiday Season Safely
Celebrate safely during COVID-19
Putting your family’s mental wellness first
Guidance for travellers

September 25, 2020

RE: USE SCHOOL SCREENING TOOL FOR COVID-19 DAILY

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Rainbow District School Board is now using the Province of Ontario’s new school screening tool for COVID-19 which can be accessed at the following link:
https://www.rainbowschools.ca/parents/covid-19/reopening/

Parents/guardians are required to screen their children daily for any COVID-19 symptoms and keep them home from school if they are sick, have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, have been advised by a doctor, health care provider or public health to self-isolate, and/or have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days. Secondary students can self-screen and monitor for symptoms.

Safety is a shared responsibility between the school, the home and the community, and families play a critical role in limiting the spread of COVID-19. We remind parents/guardians, students and staff that they must screen for COVID-19 as part of their morning routine.

Parents/guardians and students are not required to bring the screening results to school. They are required to review the checklist daily before leaving home.

The school screening tool will help parents/guardians and students determine next steps, including guidance on when to return to school. If symptomatic students do not get tested, they must isolate for 14 days unless all of the following apply – a doctor diagnosed them with another illness, they do not have a fever (without using medication) and it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (if they had symptoms), 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting/diarrhea.

Students who test negative for COVID-19 can return to school if they do not have a fever (without using medication) and it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (if they had symptoms), 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting/diarrhea.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 as determined by Public Health can return to school only when they are cleared by Public Health Sudbury & Districts to do so.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.


September 24, 2020

Ontario Updates COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

Official News Release

September 17, 2020

RE: WORKING TOGETHER TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I am writing this message on Wear Pink Day in Rainbow Schools.

It’s an opportune time to remind students and parents/guardians to practise kindness, patience and gratitude as the pandemic progresses.

We will continue to be vigilant in our schools.
We encourage students to be vigilant in the community.

When out and about, maintain physical distancing.
When you cannot maintain physical distancing, wear a mask.
This is especially important when travelling in groups.

We invite parents/guardians, as our partners in education, to reinforce health and safety protocols with their children.

Health and safety is a shared responsibility.

We all have a role to play in keeping COVID-19 at bay.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

To learn more, visit rainbowschools.ca.

September 9, 2020

Attention Parents/Guardians of Elementary Remote Learners:

School will begin on Friday, September 11, 2020.

Teachers are reaching out to families.

If you require a device for your child to participate in remote learning, please complete the form below.

Elementary Remote Learning Technology Request Form

September 8, 2020

RE: GUIDE FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS
CARD CALENDAR FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As we begin the first week of school for the 2020-2021 school year, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all students and families in Rainbow Schools.

Whether you are learning in class or online, we look forward to reconnecting with you and embarking on your journey of learning together.

While we resume teaching and learning amidst a global pandemic, you can be assured that we remain focused on student success.

Getting students back into the structure of school is important for their overall development and mental health.

We will prioritize well-being and education along with health and safety to create a safe and supportive environment for all.

We invite parents/guardians to join us on this journey. Parental involvement improves student achievement.

Please read the Guide for Students and Parents/Guardians at the following link:
https://www.rainbowschools.ca/about-us/

Click here and scroll down to access the 2020-2021 School Year Calendar online:
https://www.rainbowschools.ca/

We are excited to reopen our schools, while also doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

September 4, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The health, safety and well-being of students and staff remains the top priority as Rainbow District School Board welcomes students back to class for the 2020-2021 school year.

In order to ease the transition, there will be staggered starts next week.
Click here to determine the first day of school for your child.

As we launch a school year like no other, we all have a role to play in limiting the spread of COVID-19. This begins at home before leaving for school.

Please screen your child daily for any COVID-19 symptoms and keep them home from school if they or anyone in the household are sick or have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19. Secondary students can self-screen and monitor for symptoms.

The screening questionnaire is on the board website here.

You do not have to bring the completed questionnaire to school.
It is a tool to screen for COVID-19 as part of your morning routine.

With reasonable exceptions, all students in Rainbow Schools in Grades 1 to 12 are required
to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including in hallways and during
classes. Kindergarten students are required to wear masks and/or face shields in indoor spaces. Staff, parents/guardians and visitors are also required to wear masks.

These are some of the many protocols being implemented as we reopen our schools.
We encourage you to read the Reopening Guide for Rainbow Schools to learn more.

As we move forward, please visit rainbowschools.ca for updates.
We will also share information on Facebook and through school communications channels.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.

September 2, 2020

School year begins with staggered start dates

Rainbow District School Board reminds parents/guardians that the school year will begin with staggered start dates.

NEW: Remote learners in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will start school on Friday, September 11, 2020. This includes students in Intensive Support Programs who are learning from home.

Start Dates for IN CLASS learners:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
JK, SK, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3
Grade 9
All students in Intensive Support Programs

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Grade 4, Grade 5 and Grade 6
Grade 10

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Grade 7 and Grade 8
Grade 11

Friday, September 11, 2020
Grade 12

Please note that staggered start times remain in effect for Kindergarten students who are attending in person. Schools will share details directly with families.

Start dates for REMOTE learners:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Grade 9

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Grade 10

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Grade 11

Friday, September 11, 2020
JK to Grade 8
Grade 12
All students in Intensive Support Programs

Official News Release

September 2, 2020

Rainbow Board makes masks mandatory in Rainbow Schools

At the regular meeting of Rainbow District School Board held on September 1, 2020, Trustees voted unanimously to make masks mandatory for students in primary grades.

With reasonable exceptions, all students in Rainbow Schools in Grades 1 to 12 are now required to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including in hallways and during classes. Kindergarten students are required to wear masks and/or face shields in indoor spaces.

“During these difficult times, a safe, caring and respectful learning environment is essential for all students and staff,” said Board Chair Doreen Dewar. “Wearing masks is an extra layer of protection that we are implementing to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and the communities that we serve.”

Outdoor times like recess will be used as opportunities to provide students with breaks from wearing masks within their cohorts.

Students are asked to come to school with their own masks. Cloth masks are recommended, since they are reusable, can be washed daily, and are more environmentally friendly.

Students are encouraged to bring spare masks in the event one becomes wet or damaged throughout the day. Masks should be washed and dried on a nightly basis.

Schools will have a supply of reusable, cloth masks available for students who need them.

Staff, parents/guardians and visitors are also required to wear masks.

Official News Release

September 2, 2020

News: Directors of Education and Medical Officers of Health from across Northern Ontario stand united to deliver on COVID-safe schools

Official News Release

August 26, 2020

Letter to parents from the Minister of Education

Ministry of Education -
Operational guidance: COVID-19 management in schools

August 20, 2020

School year begins with staggered starts in Rainbow Schools

The 2020-2021 school year will begin with staggered starts for students in Rainbow Schools. Rainbow District School Board is implementing staggered starts the first week of school to ease the transition for staff, students and families.

“Starting with smaller groups of students and building to full attendance as the first week progresses will enable us to be more responsive as we put our reopening health and safety protocols into practice,” said Director of Education Norm Blaseg.

He added: “Staggered starts will give us an opportunity to adjust as we go along, particularly in the area of pick up and drop off and movement throughout the school, including washroom breaks and lunch periods.”

Staggered starts apply to all students, whether attending in school or online.

Start Dates for Students in Rainbow Schools

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
JK to Grade 3 and Grade 9
All students in Intensive Support Programs

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
JK to Grade 6 and Grades 9 and 10

Thursday, September 10, 2020
JK to Grade 8 and Grades 9, 10 and 11

Friday, September 11, 2020
JK to Grade 8 and Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12

Please note that staggered start times remain in effect for Kindergarten students.
Schools will share details directly with families.
All students in Intensive Support Programs will start school on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Official News Release

August 14, 2020

Statement from the Medical Officer of Health on the fall 2020 return to school

Read statement from Dr. Penny Sutcliffe

July 30, 2020

Letter to parents from the Minister of Education

June 22, 2020

Report cards and graduation

Dear Parents/Guardians:

This is it! It’s the final week of school in a school year that combined in class instruction with at home and teacher-led distance learning. On behalf of staff in Rainbow Schools, I would like to thank students and families for persevering. You did it and we are very proud of you.

For the Class of 2020, this is a graduation like no other. You have demonstrated that you have the capacity to adapt to changing circumstances which is a skill that will serve you well as you move forward in learning and in life. We look forward to celebrating your achievements with you, your family and friends when it is safe to come together again.

Until then, the entire community joins with us in saluting the graduates of Rainbow Schools. We asked community leaders to share their good wishes and words of wisdom with you. You can read this tribute to the Class of 2020 on our website later this week. We also invite you to take a look at our feature stories, bringing learning to life during school closures.

The end of the school year, as always, comes with report cards. This year, report cards will be mailed to all homes the first week of July as part of our ongoing COVID-safe practices. And we remind all students and families to remain vigilant and continue to follow the guidance of Public Health to limit the spread of the virus.

For students who are participating in the Summer Learning Program or e-Learning, our staff look forward to joining you online to further develop skills in literacy and numeracy and, at the secondary level, offer students opportunities to earn credits towards their diploma.

Looking ahead, we are planning for the safe re-opening of schools with three possibilities as guided by the Ministry of Education and Public Health – normal school day with enhanced public health protocols, modified school day to allow physical distancing and cohorts of students, and at home learning.

The adapted model could include alternate day or alternate week attendance, staggered bell times and recess, and different transportation arrangements, with safety first and foremost. We will share more information as we assess the situation closer to the start of school.

Have a safe summer!

June 19, 2020

Letter to parents from the Minister of Education

June 17, 2020

Devices on Loan to Students and Summer Learning

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As we enter the last two weeks of school in what has been anything but a typical school year, I would like to thank you for your resilience, your patience and, above all, your support as we made the transition from learning in class to learning at home.

Learning together while safely apart has taught us that we have the ability to adapt to change when called upon to do so. I am proud of how we have all responded to this new way of living and learning – always with safety first and foremost.

Of course, a key component of our continuity of education plan was access to technology. We very quickly and very safely distributed more than 2,000 devices to students in order to facilitate teacher-led distance learning.

We will be asking students to return their devices, but not just yet. We want students to keep them over the summer to continue learning on their own or, if they are enrolled in a summer learning program or secondary school course, continue learning with teacher support.

There are a few exceptions. Students graduating from Grade 12, moving out of Sudbury, Espanola or Manitoulin Island, transferring to another school board or attending Barrydowne College must return their devices after classes end on June 26. Schools will arrange for the safe return of devices. You may also email info@rainbowschools.ca and we will follow up.

In order to ensure students are on track to graduate, we are offering virtual remedial and upgrading courses for secondary students. We are also offering opportunities for students to earn new credits. To learn more, visit rainbowschools.ca.

While visiting the board website, I invite you to read our feature stories on bringing learning to life during school closures. Our staff responded with care, compassion and creativity. Our students and families embarked on this journey with an open mind and an open heart.

Stay safe and stay connected. We will chat again soon.

June 1, 2020

Collection of Personal Belongings at Schools

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Rainbow Schools are reaching out to parents/guardians in K to 8 schools and students in 7 to 12 schools to schedule appointments for the collection of personal belongings.

We have worked with Public Health on a protocol to ensure items from lockers, etc. are retrieved in a safe manner. The health and safety of students, parents/guardians, staff and members of the public remains Rainbow District School Board’s first and foremost priority.

With scheduled pick ups, there will be no crowding in classrooms or social gatherings in the school at any time. Where possible, only one parent/guardian or student should retrieve the personal belongings. There will be one point of entry to the school and another point of exit. Both will be monitored to track visitors who will be asked to sign in and out. Please bring a pen with you when you come to the school.

Visitors will receive a pre-screening questionnaire in advance that must be reviewed prior to entering the school. At the school, visitors must sign in confirming they are free of respiratory illness symptoms; have not travelled outside of Ontario and Canada within the last 14 days from the date of entry to the school; and have not cared for or had known contact with an individual with confirmed COVID-19, probable COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms (fever, new cough, difficulty breathing).

Parents/guardians and students can be in the school for a maximum of 15 minutes. If parents are picking up items for multiple children, time may be extended as needed. Everyone in the building must maintain a physical distance of two metres or six feet at all times and follow proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette.

Each classroom will have a stock of plastic bags to collect belongings. Please do not bring your own bags or boxes to the school. Custodial staff will clean and disinfect classrooms, entrances, and other areas regularly.

Thank you for following the protocol for the collection of personal belongings. We appreciate your co-operation as we work together to keep everyone safe.

May 20, 2020

Schools remain closed for the rest of the school year

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Guided by health and safety, the Premier of Ontario and Minister of Education have announced that schools in Ontario will remain closed for the rest of the school year.

With the extension of school closures, we have now reached the mid-point of our journey. We have completed six weeks of teacher-led distance learning and have six weeks to go.

We have the technology, the team, the talent and the tenacity to maintain the momentum. We will work diligently to ensure students gain critical knowledge and skills for success. We invite students and families to, once again, take a deep breath and stay the course.

Teacher-led distance learning will continue until June 26, 2020, the last day of school. To maximize learning, secondary exams have been replaced with culminating activities. All students, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, will receive report cards at year end.

For the Class of 2020 whose destination is graduation, please remember that we will celebrate this milestone with you, your family and friends when it is safe to do so.

The Province of Ontario has already confirmed that schools will reopen in September. Protocols will be implemented to protect the health and safety of students and staff. We will share more information with you as plans progress – always with safety first.

In the interim, we are currently developing protocols with Public Health to allow for the safe collection and distribution of student personal belongings at school, such as items in lockers. Schools will communicate directly with students and families to facilitate this process.

Families juggle many demands and this new way of living and learning has been a tremendous transition. The school team nurses at Public Health Sudbury & Districts have compiled a list of resources to support skill building and mental health for families, staff, children and youth. Resources are available at rainbowschools.ca under mental health.

Keep well, stay active, keep learning and stay safe.

May 19, 2020

Letter to parents from the Minister of Education

May 15, 2020

Distance Learning: On reflections, relationships, resilience and rest

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As I reflect on how far we have come in a short period of time, I am most grateful for the guidance from Public Health, the leadership of trustees and school administrators, the efforts of teachers and support staff, and the response from students and families.

We have worked in partnership to make the best of learning together while safely apart and can be proud of how much we have accomplished since the extension of school closures. We safely distributed over 2,000 devices from chromebooks to laptops and continue to provide paper-based assignments for some 300 students to ensure continuity of learning.

Teachers and support staff are connecting with students daily for reading, writing, math, physical activity, creativity, subject-based learning and wellness check-ins to say hello and see how everyone is doing. Health and safety remains our first and foremost priority.

Students have been engaged with their teachers in real time learning through livestreaming, two-way dialogue, and applications like Seesaw, Google docs, slides, and read and write. Pre-recorded video lessons and online assignments are also being provided with ongoing teacher feedback. Collaboration and communication are the foundation for student success.

Distance learning has given parents/guardians a unique opportunity to observe their children’s progress and, more importantly, to support their learning at home. But we also know this transition has not been easy for everyone. No student will be adversely affected due to school closures. We are here to help in any way we can. Please continue to reach out to school administrators, teachers and support staff if your child requires assistance.

While we will not be able to host graduations this spring as we have in the past, please be assured that graduation ceremonies will be held at a later date when it is safe to do so. These celebrations are important to students and families, and they are important to us. Elementary and secondary schools will share more information with you as plans evolve.

Take time for relaxation and recreation this long weekend. Enjoy a well-deserved break.

May 4, 2020

DISTANCE LEARNING: ON MOTIVATION, MARKS AND MORE

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As we enter week five of distance learning, we celebrate Education Week. It’s an opportune time to thank students and parents/guardians for your ongoing commitment to learning together while safely apart.

Our shared goal is to ensure the successful completion of the school year for all students, and to support students to advance to the next school year, earn credits and to graduate.

We recognize the important role we all play in keeping students motivated and engaged. Teachers continue to have high expectations for students and we want students to continue to have high expectations for themselves. Distance learning is all about preparing for the future, so let’s take a deep breath and stay the course. We know you can do it.

As always, please be assured that our educators and support staff will reach out to students and families who may require extra support and encouragement. If you have any questions or concerns, please connect with your child’s teacher(s). We are here to help.

As we look ahead, we know you may have questions about final marks. Students will be graded on work completed prior to school closures on March 13th and, more importantly, can improve their marks from April 6th to the end of the school year with teacher-led distance learning. No student will be adversely affected due to school closures.

At the secondary level, exams are being replaced with culminating activities. Marks can only go up from what they were, so effort and performance count.

Grade 12 graduates will receive their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. In all likelihood, however, graduation ceremonies and proms will be postponed. Schools are considering options and will communicate directly with students and families.

During Education Week, I invite students to take time to reflect on how much you have achieved. Be proud of your accomplishments. We are certainly very proud of you.

Keep well and keep learning.

April 28, 2020

Letter to parents from the Minister of Education

April 27, 2020

RAINBOW SCHOOLS CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST MAY 31, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Schools in Ontario will remain closed until May 31, 2020, and possibly longer, in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone safe.

Health and safety is the first and foremost priority.

The Ministry of Education has also announced that the remaining Professional Activity Days and examination days in the 2019-2020 school year will become instructional time in order to maximize teacher-led distance learning.

Rainbow District School Board will be reviewing and modifying its summer learning program with a focus on credit recovery, supports for vulnerable students, and course upgrading. We will share details with students and parents/guardians as plans unfold.

Visit rainbowschools.ca to access learning resources to supplement teacher-led learning. There is also information on distance learning K to 12, mental health and COVID-19.

Please continue to practice physical distancing, stay at home, and wash your hands. And take care of your well-being, including social connection, physical activity and fresh air.

Distance learning is bringing us together while keeping us safely apart.

Thank you for embarking on this journey with an open mind and an open heart.

April 20, 2020

PA DAY POSTPONED ON FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The Professional Activity Day on Friday, April 24, 2020 has been postponed.

The PA Day will be rescheduled to a later date in the 2019-2020 school year.

Postponing the PA Day will provide more opportunity for teacher-led distance learning.

With distance learning gaining momentum, we want to stay connected as much as we can.

Our shared goal is to ensure the successful completion of the school year for all students, and to support students to advance to the next school year, earn credits and to graduate.

On behalf of Principals, educators and support staff, I would like to thank students and parents/guardians for your understanding, patience and resilience.

This has been a time of transition for all of us and we appreciate your support.

By learning together while safely apart, we can take comfort in knowing that we are engaging students in their education while limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Health and safety, as always, remains our first priority.

Take care, stay safe and keep well.

April 6, 2020

Ontario Government Supports Families in Response to COVID-19

Province Providing One-time Financial Assistance During School and Child Care Closures

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.

Transportation

To learn more about transportation procedures, please call the Sudbury Student Services Consortium at 705.521.1234 or 1.877.225.1196 (toll free) or click the link below.

Sudbury Student Services Consortium
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