Today is the third day of the previously announced two-week closure of all schools in Ontario to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The closer has been extended indefinitely as announced Monday by the Education Minister.
I know that this is not easy for you. We have all been impacted by COVID -19 in some way. I know that many of you wanted to be in school this week. The staff at St. Anne wants to be there to see you and teach you. Our staff wanted to talk to our students about their March Break and wanted to dive back into teaching and learning. It’s what we love to do. We wanted to feel the excitement of the first days back from March break. However, these are extraordinary times.
I want to let you know that both the school and the WCDSB wish to stay in communication with you and we will keep you updated on the latest developments, resources and any impact on schools and learning.
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I know there are many questions that you have regarding the continuation of learning. The ministry of education has launched a website: ontario.ca/learnathome where students can continue their learning for the time while schools are closed. I would also suggest that students review the work that has been completed in their courses to date. As the situation unfolds, the ministry of education will be providing more direction if schools are closed beyond the four-week period.
We have been meeting remotely as a staff to plan and work together. Our teachers will be reaching out to connect with their students and some work will be posted to keep us connected to the learning.
Our local diocese has set up a webpage with helpful resources so Catholics can remain in touch with their faith while churches are closed: https://hamiltondiocese.com/
Nutrition for Learning has mobile locations set up, including times at St. Anne school, for food and snacks. The local Food Bank remains open to serve the community. https://www.nutritionforlearning.ca/
Please know that each and everyone of you are missed and that the staff at St. Anne will pray for everyone every day. We will see each other soon and for me personally, that gives me great hope.
Please stay safe and healthy.
St. Anne School Staff