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Back to school plans at the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

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"In those communities, Superintendents will work with teachers' unions to design and implement distance learning plans that reflect lessons learned last spring about what worked well and what needs improvement". The state education department, however, did not approve the district's request for the waiver it required to provide less than 180 days of classroom instruction.

Edwards urged those who are able to either bring their children to school or have them walk if close enough.

As such, high school students will attend school five days a week, but only for 2 1/2 hours of in-person instruction each day.

The school committee also discussed the possibility of a "soft launch" to acclimate students and staff to the new orientation of the school and new public health practices before returning to full-time instruction.

It's also a big difference from the plan laid out in Surrey this week, which will see a cohort size of 60 for students in grades 8 and 9 and cohorts of just 30 for students in grades 10, 11 and 12.

Superintendent Denise Martins said when looking at lunches at our area high schools, one of the biggest hurdles the board may have to clear is convincing students to stay at the school during lunch and not mix with students and members of the public in the middle of the day. "Ultimately, each proposal must be approved by the School Committee, but even their decision is not final unless the terms are negotiated with the local teachers' union". This will include diagnostic assessments three times during the year for grades K-10.

Students will also do some virtual learning within their classroom setting using Microsoft Teams, which will prepare students for online learning if the province moves into a difference phase during the pandemic response.

Schools will provide more information about timetables after August 27. Staff and students must maintain a distance of 6 feet whenever possible.

Waterloo Catholic District School Board is now out with their plan when it comes to back to school.

District leaders have pointed to the hybrid model as maximizing the amount of time that students spend in front of teachers while allowing for compliance with state parameters for social distancing and classroom density related to student to teacher ratios meant to reduce the possible spread of the coronavirus. Campuses also will continue their professional learning communities so teachers can collaborate among each other to improve teaching and learning. There will also be dedicated spaces for secondary students to access Wi-Fi and digital devices.

The plan is to have staggered lunches with students going into the cafeterias and safely spacing out to eat. They are hearing from parents who advocate for at least some return to in-person schooling, in part because of fears about the long-term effects of students being out of school, without the support and interactions they need to thrive.

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