Remote learning on snow days returns this winter in Waterloo Region – Kitchener

As last year, students in the Waterloo area are expected to switch to asynchronous distance learning on snowy days this winter.

In her report, presented to the Board of Trustees on Monday, Pam Kaur, principal of the Waterloo Region District School Board, said that students and staff are still affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Our ability to work from home has certainly improved since the pandemic started, so this will be very helpful,” she said.

In the event that school buses fail, all schools and workplaces will be closed, but this day will become a “Weather-Afternoon Distance Learning Day”.

Kaur pointed out that prior to COVID-19, schools could collapse classrooms and shuffle cohorts if buses were canceled, but cannot do so during the pandemic.

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“Health and safety come first,” she said.

Kaur also added that the plan of the public school board is in line with the plan of the Catholic school board.

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On snowy days, the students can access learning materials via their Google Classroom and the employees are virtually available to the students during regular school hours.

However, Kaur added that no new materials will be presented and the day will be viewed more as a review of what has already been learned.

“Students won’t miss any new material,” said assistant director Lila Read.

The board also noted that school closings are not very common as they only happened twice last winter and once the winter before.

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As on a typical snowy day, the decision whether the schools are closed is made before 6 a.m.

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