Letter to Parents March 31, 2020

posted Apr 1, 2020, 2:35 PM by Wanda Symes

Dear Immaculata Families,

An announcement was made today by the province that schools will not be opened until at least May 4th.  This will present many challenges that we will try to overcome.

Communication will be key during the next several weeks and it is essential that parents receive school emails.  If you know of a family who is not receiving emails, please forward this information and have them email the school to change their email settings.  Please make sure that school emails are not being diverted to your spam account.

We understand that families have unique challenges but we must try to shift the focus on learning while still supporting our students’ well-being.  The province is recommending that intermediate students spend 10 hours per week on their studies while high school students need to spend 3 hours per week per course.  These hours may be a little longer for graduating students as we help prepare students for postsecondary education.

Students who are taking COOP and students who are enrolled in a Specialized High Skills Major will have their program modified.

Graduating students will have midterm marks in late April to meet admission requirements for post-secondary education.  The requirement for the provincial literacy test will be waived for this year. Community service hours will be recorded on transcripts but will not be a requirement for graduation.  

We still recognize that many families do not have access to technological devices for online learning.  The school board and Ottawa Public Health are looking at protocol to have students and parents access the school to retrieve such devices for students who require them.  The school remains closed to the public until further notice.

The Immaculata staff are here to support your son and daughter with their education and their well-being.  We hope that all of our families are healthy and safe.

Take care,

Sean Power