The director of education for the public school board in our region says there’s comfort in the provincial announcement that schools will not reopen this spring.

Lesleigh Dye of DSB-1 says distance learning led by her staff, however, continues for another six weeks.

“June 26th was originally scheduled as a PA Day,” she points out.  “That will (now) be our last instructional day for this school year.”

Dye doesn’t know yet whether schools will open in September.

“I know that our ministry is working very hard with the provincial medical officer of health. Locally, we are working with our medical officers of health,” she says.  “It will be up to the government whether or not the schools open.”

Dye says either way, students will be getting instruction from school staff, be it in person or on line.

Families will be contacted as early as next week with instructions on how to retrieve any belongings left at school before March Break.  Staff is working on a plan to make sure it can be done keeping physical distancing in effect.