Temporary online learning extended until Jan. 29, 2021
January 20, 2021
The Upper Grand District School Board has received instructions from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Nicola Mercer, regarding an extension of temporary online learning.
The current measures in place for online learning in the UGDSB will be extended until at least January 29.
Specialized classes for students with developmental disabilities (DD Classes) in elementary and secondary schools will remain open for in-person learning for those students. Transportation will continue for those students.
During the period of temporary online learning, child care for non-school aged children will remain open and emergency child care for school-aged children of frontline workers will continue until in-person learning resumes. Before and/or After School Programs will remain closed until in-person learning resumes.
Mental Health and Well-Being
We know that COVID-19 continues to impact families, children, youth and the greater community. Here are some tips for managing stress during these times:
- Stay informed: It is important to stay informed and up to date on information but equally important to minimize over-exposure to the media. Choose one or two reputable sources such as the UGDSB board website (www.ugdsb.ca), or the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health website (https://www.wdgpublichealth.ca/) where you can find clear and evidence based information.
- Establish a routine: Create a schedule for your household and/or yourself to the best of your ability. Look at wake up times, eating times, bed times, etc.
- Stay connected: As the provincial lockdown continues, remember to keep up your connections as best you can. If you don’t have a lot of connections, reach out to organizations in your community to find support (see below for resources).
- Get outside if you can: Try to get outside and breathe in some fresh air. Stand outside your door, on a porch or balcony, go for a walk. Make it a family activity so you are boosting your wellness through exercise and fresh air but also through connection.
- Reach out: There is no question that these are extraordinary times. Ask for help. Call a support line. It’s okay to need support.
- Guelph/Wellington: 1 844 437 3247 (HERE247)
- Dufferin: 519 941 1530 (DCAFS)
- KidsHelpPhone: 1 800 668 6868 or text CONNECT to 686868
We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.