Students with significant special needs may return to school Monday, Jan. 11

Posted On Friday January 08, 2021

On Thursday, January 7, the Ontario Government announced an extension of remote learning for elementary students, who are now scheduled to return to in-school learning on January 25. Secondary students are also scheduled to return to school on January 25.

In addition, the Ministry of Education has directed school boards in Ontario to offer in-person learning opportunities to students with special education needs who cannot learn remotely. 

Therefore, Thames Valley elementary and secondary students with significant special needs enrolled in self-contained classes will be offered the opportunity to return to school Monday, January 11.

All other students will continue to learn remotely at home until their scheduled return to school on January 25.

“We recognize that remote learning may present challenges for students with significant special needs,” said TVDSB Education Director Mark Fisher. “That is why we are providing parents and guardians with the option for these children to return to school on Monday.”

School staff will reach out to families of students enrolled in special education classes to review this option.

Thames Valley remains committed to the health and safety of all our staff and students and will take immediate steps to respond to any new direction the Ministry of Education and local public health units to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.