Newfoundland and Labrador’s students will switch to online learning by Thursday. For the next two weeks, the English School District will work on a new schedule and host classes online. Education Minister Tom Osborne and district CEO Tony Stack will soon release an update on the upcoming changes. The update, streamed on the provincial government YouTube page, will be announced at 10 a.m. NT.
The decision that virtual classes should be hosted was made after confirming that the B117 coronavirus variant is circulating in the province. Every school outside of the Avalon Peninsula is now closed and the pupils will attend virtual classes from now on.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District has released a statement saying that High school and intermediate grade students outside of the peninsula will start attending virtual classes no later than Wednesday. Primary and elementary grades will start attending virtual courses no later than Thursday.
Schools will be open just for today to retrieve technology devices and other necessary accessories.
Because of a short supply, Chromebooks are not required for these classes. If students have laptops or desktops available, they should not ask for one. Grades 6 and lower must attend instruction classes that range between 60 to 90 minutes. For Grades 7 and up the classes will be held regularly.
Teachers will work from home or other places with high internet connectivity. If anything that could prevent them from hosting classes occurs, they must report it immediately. If working from a school isn’t possible, teachers will have to ask for unpaid leave.