At the end of June, we asked the question, “What are your thoughts and concerns as we consider planning for school in September?” More than 2,000 parents/guardians provided thoughts, ranging from the cleaning of schools, the role of teachers, buses, scheduling, class sizes, to physical distancing.
We know it is important to you that students can return to a safe school environment, that you know what school will look like in September, and that you are concerned about your children’s mental health and well-being. The information gathered from the Thought Exchange is being used to prepare for a return to school in September.
As required, we will be prepared for three possible scenarios:
- A normal school day routine with enhanced public health protocols
- A modified school day with small cohorts on alternative days
- At-home learning.
Rigorous health and safety protocols will be in place for each of these scenarios, and parents will have the option to choose in-home learning. In August, Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) families will receive a notification asking you to indicate whether or not you intend to send your child to school. This information will be used to develop bus routes for bussed students, and to set up classrooms and school routines with safety protocols in place.
As we collaborate with public health and the Ministry of Education, our priority is to provide a safe and caring learning environment for our staff and students when we return to school. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue our planning process.
Information related to COVID-19 pandemic and TLDSB Learning@Home may be found at tldsb.ca.