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An open letter to parents about Continuity of Learning

A mother helping a child with school work

​Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We wanted to take a moment to write to you about the continuity of learning that will begin Monday, April 6 for students across Ontario. The world is a very different place right now than it was a few weeks ago. Students aren't in school, and parents and educators are trying our best to support kids during this unprecedented time. Over the past two weeks, ETFO, the Ministry of Education, and School Boards have been busy working on plans for what direct supports can be provided to students from April 6 until schools reopen. As we begin to put these plans into practice, we want to assure you that educators are committed to doing our absolute best for the students in our classrooms and the families in our schools.

The learning program that is being implemented will take place in different ways depending on your school board and the needs and resources of your local community. The approaches will all be age appropriate and we will try our best to support our students and to provide continuity. As we embark on this journey, please keep in mind that we are learning about how to do this right along with you.

The Ministry's Broad Framework is as follows:

  • Kindergarten-Grade 3: five hours of work per student/week (focus on literacy and math)
  • Grades 4-6: five hours of work per student/week (focus on literacy, math, science and social studies)
  • Grades 7-8: 10 hours of work per student/week (focus on math, literacy, science and social studies)

Distance learning isn't meant to replace the full spectrum of learning that happens in a classroom nor does it easily facilitate the important connections that students make with their educators in the hours they spend together each and every day. These connections, and our ability to support and guide the students in our schools, are the reasons why most of us came to education as a profession. As we work together over the coming weeks, we look forward to learning with you and supporting our students together.

This is a time of great uncertainty, compounded by the many impacts of COVID-19 on our communities. We know that parents and caregivers are stressed and doing their best. Our commitment to your kids is as strong as it was this entire year, when we fought together to protect public education. We have your back and we will get through this together.


Ontario Elementary Educators