School boards in London, Ontario. region calls on families to prepare for closures – London | The Canadian News

The two largest school boards in London, Ontario and Middlesex County are asking families to prepare for a possible shift to distance learning after winter break.

That’s according to messages sent to parents, guardians and caregivers Wednesday from the London Catholic School Board (LDCSB) and the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB).

Both boards are asking students to collect their personal belongings before leaving school for the holidays in case the province announces school closings in January.

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“We have not been given any indication that online learning will happen after the break, so our message is more about being prepared,” said Vince Romeo, LDCSB director of education.

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Mark Fisher, director of education for TVDSB, says the public board’s messages are based on a recent spike in new COVID-19 cases in the region, as well as the rise of the Omicron variant in Ontario.

“We just don’t want anyone to be in a bad shape in January in case they have to start the new year by learning remotely,” Fisher said.

“We’ve tried to learn lessons from the last 20 months, but we don’t have any inside information, it’s a bit like trying to read tea leaves.”

Fisher says that TVDSB will be conducting deep cleanings at all of its schools over winter break, adding that the staff and administration are very familiar with the shift to remote learning.

“All of our teachers are now trained and comfortable with these digital platforms, we have a lot of experience in deploying technology, which we will do where it is needed in early January,” said Fisher.

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The LDCSB and TVDSB precautionary measures come as the region faces multiple school closures linked to COVID-19.

As of Wednesday, the closures include three schools under the LDCSB, three under the TVDSB and at least two under Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence.

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