Dear Henderson Families,
Last week you received an email from the YRDSB with information about the re-opening of schools this September. In the email was a registration form for you to indicate your intention for each of your children to attend school in person or through online remote learning.
Families with more than one child should have received more than one invitation to this form. Please complete a separate form for each child attending our schools.
For those eligible for transportation, the form also includes the ability to opt-out of this service. Where possible, parents are asked to arrange their own transportation to and from school for their children.
Please complete the form for each child by August 14, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.
Elementary School Model
The Ministry of Education has indicated that elementary students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will attend school five days per week. School schedules, including start and end times, will remain the same. Regular class sizes will be maintained. Students will remain in their classes as one cohort (or group). Specialized teachers (e.g., French, The Arts) will still be joining classrooms to provide the full breadth of programming for students. Recess and lunch will be staggered to adhere to cohort guidelines.
Elementary Online Learning
Families can make the decision to send their child to school or engage in remote online learning. Online learning will be available for students who do not return to school physically. Students will be able to engage in online learning, including real-time live sessions directed by a teacher in a scheduled manner similar to day school. Specific remote learning classes will be created and taught by teachers available to the system. This means that your child may be taught online by teachers who are not connected to your child’s school.
Please note that, in order to maintain safety and appropriate cohorts, children whose families opt for online learning in September may be required to wait for a specific entry point (e.g., end of a reporting period) to return to in-person learning at school. We will also support transitions between face-to-face and online learning when possible as space allows.
Please know that I appreciate how stressful this time is to many of our Henderson Ave. families. As more information becomes available, I will share it with you. Be safe and be well,