Local catholic board hands down Return To Learn guide for families heading back to class

Guidebook covers bus use, virtual learning, how to self screen at home

The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (SMCDSB) has released an online guide for parents and guardians of students heading back to class in September, whether in person or virtually.

The 15-page guidebook highlights some of the steps taken to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment, including self-screening, flow of traffic signage, use of masks, and hand hygiene.

The guide also covers how students should make use of school buses. Students will be assigned seats and are required to stay in that seat. Buses will be sanitized twice daily. While the Ontario Government has set a maximum of 70 students per bus, the SMCDSB expects there will be an average of 52 aboard instead.

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For those opting for remote learning, the guide highlights what students should expect, including being grouped into a virtual classroom with students from a number of different schools in the region.

“Our students rely on us for their academic success, their mental well-being and most especially their health and safety,” said Interim Director of Education Catherine McCullough in the guide. “It will take cooperation and compassion to address the challenges ahead and we must all work together with the common goal of providing our children with the best learning experience, in the safest possible environment.”

The Return to Learn Guide is available through the SMCDSB website.