Secondary schools within Near North District School Board (NNDSB) have found new ways to host information open houses.
Historically, open houses for prospective students entering secondary school grade 7-12 would be held in person.
As the pandemic continues and best practice keeps people social distancing, secondary school information open houses are being held virtually. Information sessions are important for students and families to have a smooth transition, ease the nerves, and learn about programming options before starting secondary school.
NNDSB has six secondary schools across communities in Parry Sound, North Bay, Mattawa, Sturgeon Falls and South River. One of two secondary schools in North Bay, Chippewa Secondary School, kicked-off the first open house on Jan. 19.
With 168 families attending the virtual session, it was right in line with in person numbers that would have occurred in years prior. Principal Julie Beaudoin stated families were engaged, came prepared with excellent questions, and staff were very impressed with the turnout.
The virtual open houses support families in remaining safe and following COVID-19 restrictions and allow students and families to attend from the comfort of their own homes, with no need to arrange schedules and or transportation to an in-person event.
“We were so pleased to see close to 70 families attend our virtual “Excelleraider” and International Baccalaureate (IB) session. The small group sessions allowed for a more personalized approach, speaking to both specific and holistic questions regarding the program and its benefits to students,” said Kim Larivee, coordinator and team lead for Chippewa’s IB program.
“The student services presentations were very well attended, especially since it was our first time delivering virtually. We enjoyed the small group setting and the ability for parents to ask questions casually. Our technology ran very smoothly and we were able to share our screen for participants very easily in order to demonstrate the course selection process,” said Colleen Point, Chippewa’s team lead for student services.
“We were ever so grateful to have our parents join us for our virtual evening. It was the first of its kind! We look forward to working closely with your student as they continue in their academic journey! See you in September,” exclaimed principal Beaudoin.
For up-to-date information regarding upcoming open house sessions at NNDSB secondary schools, visit nearnorthschools.ca.
Near North District School Board
P. (705) 472-8170, extension 5083