The Renfrew County District School Board is reacting to the province’s decision to continue remote learning until January 25.

The province made the announcement Thursday, and while the local board wants to see students back in school, it supports the government’s decision to stay vigilant, slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep students and staff safe. 

As a result, elementary schools in the District will be closed for in-person learning until January 22, the same date high school students are set end their remote learning period.

In a statement, the board says it is making immediate preparations for the deployment of digital devices for elementary students where needed. 

This includes Chromebooks and a limited number of Mifi devices.

“District Information Technology Staff will be deployed to school sites beginning tomorrow morning as to prepare technology for distribution that will begin as early as Monday, January 11,” the statement said. “Your child’s school will communicate the pick-up schedule through a SchoolMessenger email and/or telephone call prior to next week.”

Parents and guardians should monitor their email and their child’s account for communication regarding technology deployment.

The District says it is committed to supporting students learning at this time. 

“If a household does not have a reliable internet connection, they are encouraged to phone the school for an adaptation,” the statement continued. “Students with an Individual Education Plan will continue to receive accommodations and students accessing Alternative Learning Programs through an Individualized Placement and Review Committee process may have the option to return to in-person instruction sometime during the week of January 11.”

If you have any questions, you can contact your school for more information.