The Trillium Lakelands District School Board will be sending COVID-19 rapid screening kits home with all their elementary students the week of Dec. 6 as one of the many measures both the board and the province are implementing to ensure a safe return to school after the Christmas holidays.
In another sign that the provincial government believes they have the pandemic under control, the ministry of education announced last week, to wide-based support from parents, students, teachers and school boards, that high schools will have the option of returning to the regular semester system in February 2022 if local COVID numbers allow.
The Trillium Lakelands District School Board senior staff, led by Superintendent Paul Goldring, are hoping to find a balance between dealing with COVID outbreaks in four schools across the system since October 25 and allowing the system to continue to return to some sense of normalcy sooner than later.
In recognition of the significant stresses that the pandemic has put on all levels of school board staff, TLDSB director Wes Hahn wants to move away from a style of leadership that only focuses on how the system operates.
'There has been less student interaction because of virtual learning'
In 2020-2021, the Trillium Lakelands District School Board suspended and/or expelled 780 students. That’s down from previous years, partly because virtual learning ensured less interaction between students, according to the board.
Any high school student in either Grade 11 or 12 who is interested in representing student concerns to the board is asked to contact their local principal for more information.
One of the surest signs of a return to approaching normal at the schools in the Trillium Lakelands District Secondary Board is the availability of extracurricular programming at both elementary and secondary schools right across the district.