We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Our students have had a fantastic week and have adapted very well to their return to virtual learning. As directed by the Ministry of Education, schools remain closed. During this time, students will continue to participate in online learning. This is in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will continue to provide updates to families as it becomes available.
Support With Technology & Resources for Families
Families looking for assistance in navigating online tools can find resources available on the Board website . Families looking for virtual school IT support are encouraged to visit our Virtual School IT Support page for FAQs and a student tech help form.
You may be concerned about your child’s emotional well-being. You can find tips on how to speak to your child about COVID-19 on our website as well as mental health supports.
Please continue to report your child’s absence using Inform. The office will continue to follow up on absences during online learning.
As a school team we are committed to supporting our students, please email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org or your child’s teacher if you have questions or require support. It is important that we all stay home and continue to follow Public Health guidelines in order to curb the spread of COVID 19 in order to protect one another. It has been a challenging year and we thank you for your continued support and flexibility.
Equity & Inclusion At Parkview, we are deeply committed to equity and inclusive education. It is important that as a community we continue to support our children with navigating through events that they see, hear, or feel especially when events are traumatic in a safe and inclusive manner. It is through our shared commitment to equity that we will be able to make the world a better place. Families, these tips to speak with children may be helpful. http://ow.ly/dDAD30rrzMr.
Here are some resources for families if you are looking for ways to speak about race:
Appropriate and Safe use of Digital Tools during Virtual Learning
When participating in “real time” synchronous teaching and learning, students and families are agreeing to the following:
·Follow YRDSB Appropriate Use of Technology Policy and Procedures;
·Adhere to all rules of conduct and behaviour for the regular classroom, as they also apply to the virtual classroom; and,
·Participation in synchronous sessions is limited to students only. Parents/Guardians may assist and support their child logging into or accessing learning platforms or digital tools. In all cases, parents/guardians are reminded of the importance of student independence in learning.
Parents/Guardians and students are to refrain from:
·Recording any aspect of a Google Meet or Zoom session (including pictures, voices or video) using internal or external recording devices;
·Distributing/posting any recorded, copied or distributed materials in any way, including to all social media platforms;
·Taking photos or screenshots of anything other than when given explicit permission or direction by the teacher to do so (e.g., a visual used for instructional purposes that won’t be re-posted later);
·Editing or manipulating materials in any way; and,
·Sharing/distributing links to Google Meet and Zoom sessions provided by the teacher.
Failure to comply with these expectations rules may involve student discipline which could include suspension or expulsion.
Parents/Guardians and students need to be aware that:
·Portions of synchronous sessions may be recorded by the teacher;
·Recordings that are made for learning purposes (e.g., the ability for students to access learning material at a later date) will be posted/accessible within the digital classroom and may include student voices, but no student pictures, names or other personal identifiers;
·Where teachers record a segment of a synchronous learning session for individual assessment purposes, or for classroom management purposes, the recording will not be shared, posted or accessible to students;
·All one-to-one synchronous interactions (video and/or audio) between a teacher and a student will be recorded, but not shared/posted or accessible to students; and,
·At times, transcripts of closed-captioned notes are needed to support students with Individual Education Plans. In these instances:
·There is a written record of what was said during a lesson or class discussion;
·There is no personal identifiable information captured (i.e., no student pictures or names or other personal identifiers);
·The transcript is not posted to the learning platform, but shared only with the student(s) who requires it; and
·These notes are used by the student who requires them in accordance with their Individual Education Plan and are used for concept attainment and Executive Functioning purposes only.
Questions About Vaccines? Upcoming Townhall on April 28th, 2021
If you’ve had questions about vaccines, tune in to the www.thisisourshot.ca townhall on April 28 moderated by Clara Hughes. You’ll have the opportunity to listen to a diverse panel of leading doctors from across Canada answer your questions. Tune in to the townhall by going towww.thisisourshot.ca on April 28 at 8PM.
Want to submit your questions in advance? You can do that here:https://app.sli.do/event/hnqcrcux
Progrant Evening:‘Nurturing Your Child’s Emotional Well Being’ Workshop for Parkview Families
Our annual ProGrant Evening was a great success. Sara Westbrook helped participants build their toolkit of emotional strategies and resources that will support our children in managing their own emotions (especially through the challenges of the pandemic) in healthy ways.
Thank you to our school council for organizing this informative evening for our Parkview families.
Families Invited to Provide Input into YRDSB Budget
York Region District School Board is inviting all families to participate in the annual budget consultation process. Fill out the online 10 minute survey by Thursday, April 29, 2021 or take part in a virtual consultation on Monday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m.. More information on how to join the virtual consultation is available on the YRDSB website. The results of the consultation will be used to inform the 2021-22 school year budget allocation. Questions regarding the budget process may be directed to Budget20212022@yrdsb.ca.
Prime Minister’s Awards
Nominations for the Prime Minister’s awards for teaching excellence close on April 27th. Find more information here .
Looking for books for your children? Check out Indigo Staff Picks
From Hong Fook
To register for the session below click here.
April is Autism Acceptance Month
Sikh Heritage Month.
The Holy month of Ramadan began on the evening of April 13th
Upcoming Faith Days
For faith observances in April, please see the YRDSB Multifaith Calendar located on the new revised YRDSB School Calendar page.