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On March 13, 2020, schools across Ontario closed their doors without us knowing when they would reopen. Almost six months later, school doors are beginning to re-open to welcome students back for the 2020-2021 school year. These last 25 weeks have been marked with uncertainty, personal and economic sacrifice . . . and ultimately, with success in flattening the curve of the first wave of COVID-19 in our area.
Dear Near North District School Board Family,
We look forward to welcoming our students back to school.
During these unprecedented times and the significant shifts away from our normal routines, many people have expressed concerns about the impact on students’ academic journeys. We want to encourage parents, educators, and students in the Near North District School Board family to remember the big picture. This is a time to focus on and be grateful for our family’s safety, health, and well-being and a time for us at the NNDSB to do the best we can to support your children in returning to a safe and welcoming environment. We will embark upon this journey together.
August 26, 2020 – On Friday August 21st Near North District School Board released its comprehensive Return to School Guidance Document prepared to guide staff and families as they prepare for Startup.
On August 11th Near North District School Board released a summary document to support parents and staff. Adjustments were made to reflect the latest in Ministry directives. Friday marked the communication of the full plan.
To access (through the NNDSB website) please follow this link: https://www.nearnorthschools.ca/blog/launch-of-nndsb-back-to-school-guideline/23494/
The information contained within this Guidance Document falls within the Ministry of Education’s current parameters and meets both provincial and local health authorities’ regulations. It is critical to note that information and directives are fluid and in a state of frequent change. The material on the website document will be updated once received to reflect the most recent Ministry directives and public health recommendations. Please continue to review our website for refinements.
Student safety and well-being are the number one priority as we return to school. Information on health regulations and self-screening are available in the document.
In the coming days, the Near North Board will follow this document with information regarding a staggered entry for students to begin school which supports the necessary health and safety processes and protocols required. Transportation information will follow shortly as well.
We look forward to welcoming our students back to school.
Exec Assistant to the Director of Education
Near North District School Board
Tel: (705) 472-8170 Ext: 5028
Dear NNDSB Families,
We would like to acknowledge and thank you for your patience, flexibility and understanding as we have planned for school re-opening in a year like no other. We are confident in the status of our preparations and look forward to school startup and engaging with students and facilitating their learning once again. With this in mind, we would like to highlight a few critical areas for our students and their families.
Parents and Guardians,
As previously stated, when we released the return to school plan, we continue to review and update our school re-opening models in partnership and with guidance, from the Ministry of Education and local and provincial health authorities from the lens of enhancing the safety of our students, staff, and school communities.
Change to In School Learning
Keeping student and staff safety in mind, the ministry has suggested further reduction of in contacts at school. As a result, we have revised the model to the recommended Octomester Model for secondary schools.
The Octomester Model is most significantly characterized by the fact that students will take one course at a time for approximately 20 days of full-day instruction. For example, the first octomester would run from September 9th – October 9th for a total of 24 days.
There are many positives for our students with this model, including and most prominently, the increased safety for our students as they remain with one cohort of students each day, for the duration of the course. This change has been made to allow us to support our students, in NNDSB secondary schools, in adhering to the directive of a maximum of 100 student daily contacts. For questions related to this, or any other questions regarding the start of the school year, please contact your school principal.
If you have already registered your child(ren) for At-Home Learning, additional information will be shared with you in the coming days. At this time, a waitlist has been created for additional registrations for At-Home Learning and placement will depend on staffing and programming considerations.
The safety of staff and students is of the utmost importance. We remain vigilant in planning with this in mind.
North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) has been working diligently with school boards within our district to help inform and support the school reopening efforts. Through these discussions, the Health Unit identified additional information needed by parents and guardians as they prepare their children for a safer return to school. In an effort to help fill this gap, the Health Unit has launched COVID-19 and School Reopening – Public Health Information for Families.
For information from the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit regarding COVID-19 and School Reopening – Public Health Information for Families, click here.
As we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, one thing is certain, this school year will not likely resemble anything that we have seen before. Our focus will remain on the safe transportation of students to and from school, notwithstanding the environment that surrounds us. […]