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Update on Remote Learning for January 4
Update on Remote Learning for January 4
Posted on 12/31/2020
Remote Learning Update - Jan 4

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we approach the new year, we want to let families know that staff continue to finalize details for the transition to remote learning on January 4, 2021 for all Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) students.

schools have remained safe places to learn throughout the past four months and the transmission of COVID-19 in our schools remains very low, however the community health profile has changed locally and throughout the province. This change has resulted in the decision by the provincial government to have all schools in the province move to remote learning in January.

School-based staff will be meeting virtually on the morning of January 4 and work to transition to remote learning. You/your child can expect to hear from your teacher(s) regarding remote learning plans in the afternoon on Monday, Jan. 4, if not before.

Should you want your child to participate in online learning prior to January 4, or in advance of hearing from your teacher(s), please be aware of some provincial resources that are available:

At this time, we can confirm the following:

  • Elementary students will participate in remote learning from January 4-8, with in-class instruction resuming on January 11.

  • Secondary students will participate in remote learning from January 4-22, with in-class instruction resuming on January 25.

  • The Ministry of Education expects that daily student attendance will be recorded. We recognize that not all students will be able participate fully in remote learning due to circumstances at home. Please discuss this with your child’s teacher or principal on January 4.

  • There will be no change to learning or attendance for those who are currently enrolled in the remote asynchronous models.

  • We are committed to ensuring that students with special education needs will be supported during this remote learning period. In some cases, in-person learning may be possible for some students. Work is underway to determine if/how this could be safely operationalized and you will be contacted by your school should your child be a candidate for in-person learning during this remote learning period.

  • More information about schedules, classes, attendance, loaner devices to support student learning will come from the school board and your school in the near future.

While child-care sites within our schools are not permitted by the province to receive school-age children during the week of January 4 – 8, emergency childcare centres will be open for eligible front-line workers at the following schools:

  • Cambridge Public School
  •  Morrisburg Public School
  •  Commonwealth Public School
  •  South Branch Elementary School

Questions related to child care should be directed to the service provider. Here is a listing of all providers within our schools. 

Despite the uncertainty surrounding us, I hope your family has been enjoying time together over this winter holiday break and during the special seasonal celebrations that are important for many of us. We appreciate your support and patience as we all work together to contain and manage COVID-19 in our communities.


Stephen Sliwa
Director of Education
Upper Canada District School Board

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