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With holiday break looming, NFSB prepares for all scenarios

As of now, the Quebec plan for the holiday break involves students going into voluntary isolation on Dec. 17 and 18 in order to allow families to gather on a maximum of two occasions over four days at Christmas. As both days remain part of the school calendar, all students across the province in all grade levels will be attending online for these two days. The return to school after the holidays, however, will vary between the elementary and high schools, with younger students returning to in-person classes as of Jan. 5 while secondary students will continue with online classes for the entire week before returning on Jan. 12.

“There are some confusing pieces,” admits New Frontiers School Board director general Rob Buttars. “I know our staff and students are looking forward to Christmas break. I just wish [government officials] would be clearer in their instructions,” he laments. “I certainly hope the government doesn’t make any more changes.” All the same, he says, the board will prepare for the possibility of additional modifications being made to the Christmas break schedule.

Buttars says that he is not concerned about the two days of online teaching in December, suggesting he is very confident teachers will be creative with the time. It will also serve as good practice just in case classes or schools are forced to close and revert to online teaching this winter.

As the break approaches, Buttars hopes the level of community collaboration he has seen in the NFSB community will continue, as so far it has worked to keep the virus out of the schools. He hopes all the parents, families, staff and teachers “will be able to rest, rejuvenate and be thankful over the holidays.” (SR)

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