Niagara Catholic District School Board replies to today’s government announcement

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Published August 3, 2021 at 9:08 pm

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When the Province announced their Back-to-School plan for September, the Niagara Catholic District School Board (NCDSB) was quick to hit social media and let parents know what their expectations are for students returning.

“Many things will remain in place from last year as we reopen on September 7, such as the need to wear masks indoors for all students in Grades 1 to 12,” the NCDSB announced.

However, they added a few things that have loosened up.

“Other things will change, such as allowing students to play outdoors without masks and in mixed cohorts during lunches and recess,” they continued.

Virtual learning will be permitted again in 2021-2022. Secondary families have already submitted plans for student attendance next year.

“Elementary families will be contacted about their final choice next week. We look forward to welcoming the majority of our students back to school for in-person learning,” they said.

As for after-school activities, the board is still looking at that situation and won’t commit to anything just yet.

“Plans are being discussed on how to safely implement a return to extracurricular activities like sports, band, choir and other clubs for both elementary and secondary students,” the NCDSB. “You will learn more about that in the coming weeks, as information is made available.”

They added they will be meeting with Niagara Region Public Health next week to hear their concerns, particularly with the COVID-19 Delta variant on the upswing.

Parents with questions are being asked to send them to: [email protected] “We will answer when we return to work on August 10.”

So far, the District School Board of Niagara has not issued a release.

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