Waterloo Region District School Board announces staggered start of elementary grades
Students in the Waterloo region have not been to a classroom since March last year, when Ontario Premier Doug Ford ordered classrooms closed amid the coronavirus pandemic began to spread throughout the province.
The board says the last shift will give staff even more time to prepare for the return of students.
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“It was a very difficult decision and we realize that it can cause inconvenience for some families,” WRDSB spokeswoman Alana Russell said in an email.
“However, as we approach the reopening of schools, we also know that we must prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff and be able to best meet our operational requirements for a safe return. ”
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Last week, the WRDSB chose to spread the start of classes over two weeks to allow staff to prepare for the start of the school year.
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The change announced on Monday will see kindergarten students attending orientation sessions on September 10 and 11.
Students with special educational needs will also be back in class earlier than the rest of the student body.
Grade 9 students will also take a Grade 9 orientation on September 9 and 10.
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The next day, the first cohort of high school students (cohort B) will start classes while cohort A will finally enter a classroom the following Monday.
In elementary schools, the plan will allow kindergarten to grade 8 students to take classes every other day starting September 14.
Students will be divided into two cohorts based on last names.
Group 1, which includes students whose last name begins with the letters AL will start on September 14, while students whose last name begins with the letters MZ will begin on September 15. Children will participate every other day until September 18, when all children will be in classrooms together.
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