Parents of 1,700 Francophone Catholic School Board students in Ottawa show interest in online learning

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OTTAWA – The Francophone Catholic School Board in Ottawa says it has “underestimated” the number of families who would be interested in registering for online learning in September. In a letter to parents, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Center-Est indicates that the parents of 1,700 students have indicated that they are interested in the Virtual Learning Academy offered by the board during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In June, the CECCE launched the “Virtual Learning Academy” to serve K-12 students whose parents want full-time online learning at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. The council has asked parents to complete a form to opt-in to e-learning by July 17.

In a letter to parents, CECCE Director of Education Rejean Sirois said the board expects about 400 to 500 students to enroll in the Virtual Learning Academy.

“Unfortunately, the administration underestimated families’ interest in the way online education was delivered,” Sirois writes.

“To this end, more than 1,300 families representing 1,700 students have expressed an interest in enrolling their children in the Virtual Learning Academy program.

The CECCE is now following up with families to confirm their interest in online learning for September.

The French Catholic school board has announced that it will publish its “Guide de retour en classe” by Monday August 10 at the latest. It will include plans for primary and secondary schools in September.

Parents have until Thursday, August 13 to decide whether or not to enroll their children in the Virtual Learning Academy in September.

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