One remote learning device per family: DDSB

In a letter to families of elementary student, Durham District School Board (DDSB) has announced that it will make arrangements to supply one remote learning device per family till scheduled in-class teaching begins January 17.

“Elementary schools will begin remote learning on Thursday, January 6 once elementary schools have been able to deploy technology to any families who do not have access to a learning device. Your child’s school will be seeking more information on families’ technology needs. Please note that we do not have sufficient devices for every student and this initial deployment will focus on one device per household,” said a statement from Norah Marsh, DDSB Director of Education.

“Your child’s school will be in touch on Wednesday to outline the plan and schedule for remote learning during this time. By then, we will be able to develop school-wide schedules that meet the requirements of remote learning and make arrangements for any staff absences.

“During this temporary period of remote learning, the vast majority of students with special education needs will also access remote learning. School teams will be connecting directly with families/caregivers to plan for consideration of remote learning, and where essential and learning needs cannot be accommodated remotely, for in-person learning,” Marsh said.

She made it cleat that DDSB will not be sharing additional information about changes to in-person health and safety measures until the in-person return date is confirmed. Schools will also not be open for students to come in and access any materials at this time.

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