Just two weeks before the start of the school year, the Waterloo Region District School Board announced it will be hosting a staggered start for elementary school students.
In a statement, the board said that “the two-week period will allow students and staff to gradually return to school and devote more time to teaching, learning and practicing new protocols. health and safety ”.
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The new plan will allow Kindergarten to Grade 8 students to attend classes every other day.
Students will be divided into two cohorts based on last names.
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Group 1, which includes students whose last name begins with the letters AL, will start on September 8, while students whose last name begins with the letters MZ will begin on September 9. Children will attend every other day until September 18.
Additionally, the board has announced that the extended day will not begin in schools until September 16.
Global News has reached out to the board to see if they have any suggestions for parents looking for child care.
Last week, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board also announced a staggered start for the first week of the upcoming school year.
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A week ago, Education Minister Stephen Lecce told school boards across the province that they would be allowed to stagger back to school within the first two weeks of the year.
“If there are any changes in the phased reopening, we ask boards to clearly communicate this to their parent community,” Lecce said in the note to boards.
Previously, the government had told boards they could stagger the start of the school year to the first week of the year if they felt it would help improve safety.
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