Hello Wilshire Families,
I hope everyone has had a safe and healthy March Break, considering the unusual and unprecedented circumstances that we are currently living in.
All of our teachers, and myself, miss our students and are thinking about them every day. We wish that we could be back in our regular routines today, but unfortunately that is not possible at this time.
Today, the Premier announced that schools would be closed beyond April 6 to try and reduce the spread of Covid-19. We do not have any further information at this time, but our school board will develop plans for what that will look like for all students moving forward. The Ministry of Education has developed a Learn at Home portal that parents and students can access online to support their learning while schools are closed. This can be accessed at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home
YRDSB has also provided resources, including information to help parents talk to their children about the Coronavirus at: http://www.yrdsb.ca/schools/Repository/NewsEvents/Pages/BoardNews/Coronavirus.aspx
Some of our teachers may reach out to students through Google Classroom or other electronic ways of communication to check in or suggest some learning activities that could be done at home. This will not replace in-class instruction and are not mandatory activities, simply suggestions to help parents and students should they choose to access them. If you have Twitter, please consider following our teacher-librarian, Ms. Byrne (@WilshireLibrary), and our school account (@WilshireES) for other resources or suggestions of activities that you might find useful.
I want to stress the fact that students and parents not worry about their academic progress at this time. Students across our country and the world are all in the same circumstances. You are not going to fall behind during this time. The most important thing now is that families are following the recommendations of our Officers of Health and looking after their physical and mental health. As the Ministry of Education decides what education will look like moving forward, that information will be communicated to students and parents. In the meantime, students can keep reading, writing, and keeping their minds engaged through conversations and learning about topics of interest. Don’t worry about keeping up with the Ontario Curriculum.
If you or anyone from our community needs support at this time, please contact Mr. Barlow at firstname.lastname@example.org. The school building remains closed but the Wilshire staff are accessible by email. We will all continue to support each other as a caring, learning community during this difficult time.
Take care and be safe,