Covid-19 Update & Learning from Home Ideas GUA

posted Mar 22, 2020, 5:08 PM by Christine Pépin

As we come to the end of the March Break we would like to reach out to you. As you know, and as expressed by Denise Andre, the OCSB Director of Education, our city, province and country have taken some very strong measures to try to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  At this time, this includes school closures at least until April 6th.

The Ottawa Catholic School Board will keep all school websites up to date with the most recent and updated information as we progress.  The staff at Guardian Angels will also do their best to support you and your children. Educators will be touching base with each and every family this week. 

Learning at Home

At this time, the staff of GUA would like to share three important links, which will serve to outline several ideas/links/tools to keep the learning continuing at home.

First, the Ministry of Education has created a website to support students and parents looking for educational activities over the next few weeks.  This ‘Learn at Home’ link has been added to the landing page of the school website (on the left under Board New and Information).  You can access our school website by using this link gua.ocsb.ca.

Some further suggestions can be accessed by using this link Learning at Home Ideas GUA. These ideas have been generated by various educators in the OCSB.

Third, as you know, all students and staff at Guardian Angels participate in calming activities and are committed to the focus of self regulation. The creator of Mindfulness Rocks, Rebecca Lira, is offering a Free Mindfulness Program for Kids (parents are encouraged to participate too) to help everyone stay grounded and calm throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Being Web Aware - A Checklist for Parents 

Many of our junior students are engaging in social networking using Facebook, email, Instagram, Snapchat, group chats and other similar communication networks.  Talk to your child about Internet Safety to ensure that they are following safe practices. Given that we are being asked to self isolate this is more important than ever.  Ask your child what they are doing on the Internet and educate yourself about what it is that they tell you.

  • Do you know what your child is doing and who they are talking to?

  • Does your family have a set of rules or an agreement for appropriate internet use?

  • Do your kids know to ask for permission before submitting personal information online?

  • Do you make the internet use a family activity and do you guide your children’s activities on the net?

  • Have you taught your children not to believe everything that they read online and to check online information with an adult or another source?

  • Is your computer in a well-used area of your house when your child’s online and can it be easily monitored?

  • Does your child have a Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or other social media account (according to rules the age to have an account is 13)?

  • If your child does have a social media account, has he/she set the security settings to private? And do they avoid the larger group chats?

  • Does your child know what to do if he/she encounters a cyber bully? (https://www.antibullyingpro.com/blog/being-cyberbullied)

Closing Thoughts

Although Guardian Angels has reached out with some learning ideas, please remember that the first priority during these stressful times is you, your health and that of your family.  We encourage you to take the time to do things that lend to well-being.

As we continue to journey through this season of Lent, we remind ourselves that we follow in the footsteps of Jesus. We continue to extend prayers to our students, families and global communities during this uncertain time.

Our students, your children, make us very proud and thankful and we truly miss them very much.  Please pass this message along to your children as they, and we, anticipate our return to school.

With blessings from,

Your Family at Guardian Angels

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