March 26, 2020
Dear Panther Parents and Students;
We hope this letter finds you well at home, during this unprecedented time. We want to acknowledge that we are facing an extraordinary situation that is affecting each of us in different ways.
First and foremost, we want you to know that the staff misses you! We miss your smiling faces, our daily interactions and the joys of learning and growing that we accomplish together, as a Panther community. We are looking forward to the day that we are able to be together again. At this time, it looks like that could be awhile. Please know that at some point in the future, we will emerge from this difficult period, hopefully with increased resilience, respect, and gratitude.
At this time, schools remain closed upon direction from the Ministry of Health. Today in TLDSB, school playgrounds have also been closed. MOH advice is that children/adults should not be accessing playground equipment due to the possibility of COVID-19 transmission. This information is posted on playground equipment, and is consistent with what is happening in our municipality and province. It is important that everyone takes care of their own health and the health of their families. Please follow all directions from our local, provincial and federal governments and public health agencies regarding containing the spread of COVID-19.
We are sure that many of you have questions regarding ongoing learning for children during this time. TLDSB continues to work closely with, and follow the directives of both the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health. As you know, we find ourselves, along with all other boards in the province, country and globally, in a brand new experience. TLDSB, along with the Ministry of Education, is working to develop something meaningful and useful for staff, parents, and communities with a consistent approach to learning. Innovative and creative ways to access resources are being considered, keeping in mind questions such as equity of access to these materials. What this looks like in detail will likely unfold next week. Currently, families may access a variety of educational resources on an online portal created by the Ministry of Education. This online portal is available at https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home, and enables students at every grade level to continue practicing skills while away from school. Keep in mind that spending time outdoors in nature, cooking, and learning new skills are all authentic ways that we can keep learning happening at home.
Until further information unfolds, TLDSB is working hard to keep you updated and appraised of information at https://tldsb.ca/covid19/.
Mrs. Newman and I and I want to thank you for your patience and flexibility as we all learn a new path forward, doing our best with the information we have available to us.
In the Panther way, “Stay safe, and be kind.”
Mary Handley and Kim Newman