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Week of January 17th News Update
Posted on 12/13/2021
Week of January 17th News Update

We have been carefully planning for the return to in person learning on January 17th.  Student and staff health and safety is our top priority. 

Please be sure to screen your child daily for COVID-19 symptoms before sending them to school using the school screening tool.  For the immediate future, Ontario schools are required to verify that students have completed daily screening.  With the age of the students at Orleans Wood, we will be completing this by doing attendance “roll call” outloud in our classes.  When a student acknowledges that they are present it will signify that they have also completed the screening tool.  We are counting on families for their support to keep us all safe!

We have not yet received the shipment of rapid antigen tests.  When they do arrive, we will notify families in an update and share the distribution plan.  Student reusable, three layer masks have arrived and will be ready for distribution on Monday.  As some families will have their own preferred masks, students will not automatically get them.  Please click here to receive a set of two masks for your child.

If you are choosing to not send your child to school in the short term, please be sure to reach out to your child’s educators.  Some learning materials will be available through class Google Sites or Google Classrooms to learn independently at home, but live instruction and detailed or scripted learning packages will not be available.  While it is not possible to duplicate the richness of in person learning, we totally understand the choice to keep your child at home and will do our best to support you with your child’s asynchronous learning at home.

Return of Chromebooks and Hotspots

For families who borrowed school devices, thank you so much for caring for our school’s technology during the remote learning period.  We are happy that your child(ren) were able to remain connected and engaged with their teachers and classmates through the use of these devices.

As part of our ongoing effort to ensure that all students have equitable access to digital tools to support their learning, we are asking that all students who borrowed devices to please return the device (and charging cords) to the school by Wednesday January 19, 2022.  Students who are continuing to learn at home asynchronously are able to keep any borrowed devices until they return to in person learning.

It is important that all devices be returned to the school so that we can accurately inventory, repair and update all chromebooks and other technology devices.  Our Learning Technology Specialists are ready to clean, repair, reset, and prepare the devices so that our students can continue to use these valuable learning tools.

Please contact our school office should you have any questions about this process.

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, January 24th - New to Kindergarten 2022 Virtual Info Night

With the 2022 Kindergarten registration (for new kinders starting in September 2022) now open online, Orleans Wood ES will be hosting a virtual information session on Monday, January 24th at 6:30pm.  The link to join the info session will be shared at the end of this coming week.  Please share this date and time with any neighbours, friends, or family in our school area.

Please visit for more information, including registration, community connections, tips on preparing for kindergarten and other detailed resources.

No School on Friday, January 21st

This is a reminder that Friday, January 21st is a PA day so there will be no school for students.


Save the Date: Next OWSAC Meeting - January 27th at 7pm

The next Orleans Wood School Advisory Council (OWSAC) meeting will be held on Thursday, January 27th at 7pm.  Meetings will be virtual until further notice.  You can connect to the meeting through Google Meet at  All are welcome to attend!

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