Kingston Central Public School was a center of activity and young voices for the first time in weeks since the winter break and the in-class suspension until January 25.
Third grader Leah Patterson says she was excited to see her school friends say goodbye to distance learning.
“It’s really difficult because you can’t find the things that you need to do, like, I can’t even write on my one assignment,” Patterson said.
Sixth grader Kaley Clark says he never misses spending hours at a time in front of the computer.
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“Learning online is crazy because it’s also hard to learn things when you’re only on a computer for six hours a day,” said Clark.
Clark’s mother, Christina Avery, says she has mixed feelings about going back to school because the county remains closed.
“We were told that it was not safe to communicate with anyone outside our family, and then we would pay our children outside the home to be associated with more than 30 other unknown families,” Avery said.
In an open letter to parents posted on January 20 on the Limestone District School Board website, Director of Education Krishna Pura reminded parents and students of the safety procedures currently in place in all council schools.
Bora also called on parents to get their children tested before they return to class.
“Families need to make sure they are Check students daily For symptoms. If students experience any signs or symptoms this week, they should be tested for COVID-19 at an assessment center 24 to 48 hours before returning to school.
Kingston, Frontenac, Linux and Addington have joined six other regions in Southern Ontario for in-class learning.
Toronto, Bill, York, Hamilton and Windsor-Essex continue to pursue distance learning as the only option for their students due to the continued high number of students. Covid-19 Cases in those areas.
Ontario says these areas won’t return to in-class learning until February 10 at the earliest.
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