Dec 15, 2021

By Steve Kee

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Some school boards in Ontario are asking students to take home their books, personal belongings and devices from classrooms as they prepare for the possibility of a return to remote learning in early 2022.

Toronto District School Board told parents it hasn’t received any indication from the Ministry of Education that schools will close, but it wants to make sure it’s prepared.

The TDSB says it wants to implement any decision the province makes “smoothly and efficiently” to support students’ learning and well-being.

The Waterloo Region District School Board issued a similar memo, saying its staff have prepared schools to “ensure a smooth transition, if required.”

Both school boards are asking families to remind their children to take home their personal belongings and any tools or supplies they might need to pivot to remote learning.

At a COVID-19 briefing, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health said he hopes to keep schools open “as long as we can,” with protocols being reviewed to make schools safer.

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