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COVID-19 SCHOOL CLOSURE FOLLOW-UP AND AVAILABLE RESOURCES

28 April 2020

Dear parents/respondents,

We are entering the seventh week of confinement and we truly hope that you are able to keep your spirits up, nonetheless.  Knowing your children, we can understand that, although they bring us joy everyday, you must be going through some difficult moments during this unprecedented time – the lack of routine alone is enough to bring out anxiety and lack of understanding for some. I admire each and everyone of you.

Rest assured that we are, very closely, following the Ministry’s instructions regarding the possible reopening of our establishment. We are very much aware that a return to school would be beneficial to your children and we are conveying this message during our exchanges with the Ministry’s representatives. However, health and safety of our students and staff remain our priority in this pandemic, social distancing being a significant challenge for most of our students and we do not wish to compromise either. We will keep you informed of all new developments as they come. Also, we assure you that we are already working on preparing for a return to school, when it comes.

We have also received many requests for retrieval of essential personal belongings. As of now, you can arrange pick-up by contacting your school direction:

We take this opportunity to inform you that emergency food assistance is being organized throughout Quebec as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Quebec government, Food Banks of Quebec and the Breakfast Club of Canada are working together to help individuals and families whose access to food has been jeopardized or made worse by the current situation. For the moment, this food assistance is intended for families with school-age children in need of food aid.

In order to obtain this food assistance, you are invited to visit the community organization(s) listed below to pick up a food basket. If families are unable to get around because they are in self-isolation or for any other reason, they should contact their local food bank to see if it offers a delivery service. The list of food banks is attached, for your information.

In addition, we wish to inform you that the Quebec government just announced extra support for parents of heavily handicapped students. You can find out more about this by clicking on the following link:

https://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/ministere/salle-de-presse/communique-2092/

We also invite you to, regularly, visit the following Quebec government link in regards to the Coronavirus for any additional information : www.quebec.ca/coronavirus

Finally, I suggest you visit the School’s website regularly as we are constantly updating it. In the meantime, you can click on the following link to access the proposed pedagogical resources:

https://peterhall-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/phwebdocu_peterhall_qc_ca/EkvC0ePCYpdMieUvHUxqWOEBwadz5YYqSHTh8m905Sz-dQ?e=tjLCgM

It is important tor remind you that these are merely suggestions. There is no obligation on your part to complete these with your children. For the time being, adapt the best formula that works for you, your family and your child. When we are back in school, our team will double its efforts to restore a routine and recover skills that may have temporarily regressed.

Our school team is available via tele-work, to help you get through this uncertain time, as much as is possible. Do not hesitate to contact them – we remind you that their email addresses are on our website www.peterhall.qc.ca If you do not have internet access, you can reach them by leaving a message at the School. Messages are checked on a daily basis. In the event that you have not yet been contacted by a member of our staff, please advise us as soon as possible so that we may resolve the situation.

We all look forward to getting back to our daily routine and seeing your children, our students.

Sincerely,