While schools remain closed to students at the province’s direction until at least May 4, learning will continue for all Grand Erie students.

Since the first COVID-19 school closures were announced on March 12, learning at home has been family-led. Beginning in the near future, learning from home will be teacher-led, with minimum requirements for each student, outlined by grade by the Ministry of Education.

Teachers began reaching out to students yesterday to determine the tools and resources each student has access to at home. This includes internet access and devices. Grand Erie recognizes that in many areas of the board, there is very limited access to the internet, if any at all.

Collecting this data will help teachers develop next steps so they can design the appropriate materials for all students to be successful. This could mean using online tools, emailing information or other ways of distributing materials to students.

In the coming days, Grand Erie families will receive more detailed information. Until then, the Board has a wide range of resources on its website for families, including Literacy and Numeracy guides for both elementary and secondary students, a link to the Ministry of Education’s Learn at Home platform and weekly literacy, numeracy and physical education tasks for elementary students.

For the latest updates and information, visit: www.granderie.ca or follow the Board on Twitter (@GEDSB). Families can also contact the Board via email (info@granderie.ca) or phone (519-756-6301 or Toll Free: 1-888-548-8878)

The schools closure includes all Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education sites as well as GELA (Grand Erie Learning Alternatives). Additionally, all Child Care Centres, Early ON and Before and After-School Programs remain cancelled, along with all school permits and Community Use of Schools permits.