Learning from Home Update

Learning from Home Update


Thursday, April 9, 2020

Dear North Addington Families,

We hope this email finds you well and thank you for your efforts to keep our community safe through physical distancing.  

Learning from home officially began this week and teaching staff have been working hard to set up virtual classrooms and learn new technology to best support students.   The focus for this upcoming week will be to continue orienting students/families in remote learning and to begin to introduce learning tasks and resources. We have accomplished a great deal together already and I am proud of how our school is responding to this unprecedented challenge.

We know that some families and teachers have difficulties due to limited access to the internet. We will continue to look for ways to solve this issue. For now, every school in the district is providing wireless WiFi access in the parking lots close to the schools. While this is not the best solution, visiting the school parking lot nearest you a couple of times a week to check emails and get and receive schoolwork from teachers might be a workable option.  We appreciate your support and patience during this difficult time in education.   Please continue to connect with your child's/children’s teacher(s) who can provide some alternative learning activities via email as needed.

During this next phase of remote learning, I would like to make three things very clear to our school community:

  • your child's safety and well-being are our top priority.  Please engage in this next phase of virtual learning in the way that best supports your child.  We are here to support and help along the way.  These are challenging times and your family’s personal well-being must come first.
  • the Ministry of Education and the Limestone District School Board have released guidelines that make clear the expectations for remote learning that include a “no harm assessment policy” for students and provides flexibility for educators. This means students' marks can only be improved by the evidence of learning provided during the school closure and that all students will be successfully promoted to the next grade or destination. 
  • please be patient as we tackle initial issues with on-line learning.   This is new to all of us and we are doing our best.  This journey will be one that we take together, and your support is truly appreciated.

If your family needs support at this time, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at bonhamcartj@limestone.on.ca and a member of our team will help you to access community or school services and supports.

For ongoing updates and information such as teacher email addresses, please visit our school website:  naec.limestone.on.ca and/or visit www.limestone.on.ca.

Happy Easter! Tomorrow and Monday are both holidays as part of this long weekend. Take a break from the stress of schoolwork.

We miss you. Stay home, stay safe, stay connected.

Warm regards,

James Bonham-Carter