COVID-19 has presented unprecedented issues and concerns for our community, our country and the world. As we focus on keeping ourselves healthy and containing the spread of COVID-19, we must also keep ourselves mentally well.
The link below is dedicated to supporting student mental health during this pandemic. Resources for students, parents/guardians as well as community resources are listed. In addition, there are various links to YRDSB mental health supports as well as community supports available during the school closure. Please consider taking some time to familiarize yourself with the Mental Health and Community Supports During COVID.
Continue to check out the YRDSB website for updated information as well as the Twitter account @YRDSB
YRDSB has refreshed its Board website to make it easier for families to find the important information they are looking for at www.yrdsb.ca.
The new website has been designed to be mobile friendly, translatable, accessible, searchable, easy to navigate and to better reflect York Region District School Board and our community. This includes:
Built-in translation tool
Enhanced search capabilities
Built-in accessibility features to meet accessibility legislation
Revised navigation based on user testing, website analytics and research
Quick access to six of our most accessed pages, including school calendars and school transportation information.
The new website also includes:
AFamily Resources that provides quick access to online tools like Edsby, Google Classroom and School Cash Online, as well as links to information about translation tools, IT support for families and more. Use the “need help” button to access tips and support in using these tools.
UpdatedOnline Student Toolspages provide quick access to students to online learning platforms and resources to help with homework. Use the “need help” button to access tips and support in using these tools.
An enhancednewsroom with access to the latest news, events and videos so you can find out what’s happening around our Board.
Information about COVID-19 and schools, including update information, screening tools and frequently asked questions can still be found at www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening.
We hope that the website makes it easier for families to find and access the information you are looking for. When you visit the new website, please take the time to share your feedback, so we can continue to ensure our website meets the needs of the community we serve.
Our incredible technology team are working hard today to organize the technology for those families who have completed the Student Request for Technology form. Please expect delivery tomorrow, Tuesday, March 30th or Wednesday, March 31st.
We have received notice from York Region Public Health regarding COVID-19 involving Wilshire E.S. Due to requirements for self-isolation for some teachers and educational assistants and resulting challenges with obtaining replacement coverage, Wilshire E.S. will be closed to students from March 29, 2021, through to April 7, 2021. On the advice of York Region Public Health students can return on April 7, 2021 for regular school operations. Unless otherwise stated, other YRDSB schools remain open at this time.
Before and After childcare will also be cancelled during the closure period.
This closure is being implemented out of an abundance of caution and to ensure continuity of learning during this period. Once again, it is important to emphasize that this closure is a result of staff coverage and not a public health direction based on COVID19 case counts at the school. If you have not received direct and specific communication from Public Health, there is no additional action for you to take. Families and students of classes who have not previously been excluded, do not need to start to self isolate at this time. The health and safety of our students, staff and families is our priority.
During this time, learning will continue virtually. Your child’s teacher will be in touch with students regarding arrangements for their virtual classroom. If your child requires access to a technology device or internet connection to participate in online learning, please contact the school. Tips and resources are available on the Board website to support families in accessing online learning tools.
We recognize that this information may be concerning for families. Please know that this decision was not taken lightly, and was made to ensure continuation of student learning and to support student safety and well-being.