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August 14th Update from Jody Prevost

posted Aug 19, 2020, 7:48 AM by Kathryn McCallum

August 14, 2020

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

Welcome to the 2020/2021 school year! As we begin the year, we know that it will not be the start that we are used to. Rest assured that we will do everything we can to make it as smooth as possible. 

We know that you have a decision to make about whether to send your child/ren back to school full-time or not and that this decision is a difficult one.  The School Board worked closely with Ottawa Public Health in order to create a plan to allow for a safer return to school for students and staff. 

On August 10th, the School Board sent out resources to assist parents with this decision, which are linked below.  Please review these resource documents to gather information on health and safety, hygiene, transportation, distance learning, in-class learning, etc. The form to select Distance Learning is also linked below, as is the form for those that are choosing to opt out of the School Board provided transportation. Only fill in the forms if you choose for your child/ren to learn exclusively from home.  If you do not fill in the form, we will be prepared to welcome your child/ren for in-class learning, in person, on September 3rd.

We are currently reviewing schedules, class lists for cohorts, and the schedule of our operational day to ensure the safety of all. There will be changes made to the way we have done things in the past, including enhanced hygiene and sanitation, visual directional marking in hallways and shared spaces, and masks will be worn by staff and students in grades 4-6. We encourage families of our younger students to consider wearing masks as well.  

We will be relying on our parents/guardians to do health checks at home before children come to school each day.  

The Minister of Education announced a new policy yesterday afternoon that may change some of the information we have been working with.  It includes new requirements for Distance Learning (online). The School Board still requests that parents fill out the form by midnight tonight (to choose distance learning).  If there are significant changes to the plans, parents will have an opportunity to change their decision before school begins. 

We will be sending out another letter before school starts with specifics regarding what the students will need for the beginning of the school year and how to prepare.  

We appreciate that not all of your questions have answers at this point, but we are working hard to make St. Cecilia a safe and welcoming learning environment.  We will support you in any way that we can and look forward to seeing you all whether it be in person or virtually.


Jody Prevost


  1. OCSB Back to School Information Package for Parents and Students

  2. Back to School Plan - A Resource for Parents

  3. Back to School FAQ

  4. Form for Families to Access Distance Learning

  5. OSTA Plan (includes the link to opt out of transportation)