I hope you are enjoying the holidays and have had an opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends. Following the COVID-19 measures announced by Premier Legault in recent press conferences, the following have been put in place at Lord Aylmer School.
· January 6th and 7th have been designated as preparation days.
· January 6th will be used to distribute technology to families who had indicated a need. Students may work on the learning packets distributed by their teachers prior to the holidays. You may have received these electronically or via hard copy (collected by parents).
· January 7th On the morning of Friday, January 7th, teachers will be doing an online check-in with their classes through TEAMS to ensure that everyone is able to access different applications from home. Your child’s teacher will send out information regarding this check-in by the end of day on January 6th. Students will be expected to continue working on the learning packets after the check in. Attendance will be taken.
· Monday, January 10th Our full online learning schedule will start this day. The schedule will be forwarded to you by your child’s teacher. It has been prepared with the designated number of weekly hours for online learning from the Ministry of Education. Attendance is compulsory and will be recorded as we do in normal circumstances.
· Monday, January 10th – Friday, January 14th Students and teachers are online.
· Monday, January 17th Students and staff are scheduled to return to in-person learning at the school.
Daycare services will be available in exceptional circumstances for essential workers (e.g., front line health care, emergency personnel, etc.) who do not work from home and who do not have another adult at home during the daycare hours. Proof of employment may be requested. If you would like to register for daycare services, please contact Julie Belisle at email@example.com . This is the most updated information we have currently. If it changes, we will advise you.
To see the letter from the Western Quebec School Board with pertinent points for all education sectors, please access the following link. https://lordaylmer.westernquebec.ca/revised-ministry-measures-concerning-return-to-classes/
Compared to regular “in school” learning, online learning presents more challenges for our parents and guardians. We know you are trying to juggle many other responsibilities. This is also the case for our members of staff and for the children. Fortunately, we have been here before and have learned some valuable lessons from our first few experiences. We know there may be issues with technology and other aspects of this different learning platform. If these cause stress, tears or some anxious feelings, please assure your child that we understand and will make accommodations for these glitches. More importantly, we will work through them together. As was the case during other periods of online learning, our dedicated staff will continue to work very hard to ensure a high quality of teaching and learning for our students. More information will be forwarded to you in coming days. I want to take this time to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year on behalf of the Lord Aylmer School staff.
Eldon Keon, Principal