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Distance Education Website

Posted on 11 January 2021 in News

Just a little clarification about the website that will be used for school assignments during distance learning.

For simplicity of setup, the teachers will be using the website that was set up last year for loading daily assignments.  It is located at a separate URL, which can be found in the “Letters to Parents Shutdown 2021” memo that was emailed by the school on Friday.  If you cannot find the memo a copy of it has been loaded in the MyDACS section of this site in the “Distance Education Staff Communication” folder.

Praying that these next few weeks will be both manageable and beneficial for parents, students and staff!  May the Lord bless your efforts!

Support for Learners – 13+

Posted on 11 January 2021 in News

Applications are now open for children 13+ for the “Safer at Home” Program.

Students aged 13 through Grade 12 will be eligible for funding under the expanded Support for Learners program. Parents or guardians will receive a one-time payment of $200 per eligible student to help offset education expenses. Support will be available for those who attend a public or private school or who are homeschooled.

Visit www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners for more instructions and details!

Distance Education Announcement

Posted on 7 January 2021 in News

Regrettably we must pass along the following update: 

Pursuant to s. 2(2) of Schedule 1 to Ontario Regulation 82/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 1 made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to Covid-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c.17 (the “Reopening Ontario Act”), schools (including private schools) schools have been closed for in-class learning through January 24th, 2021.

As such, this update serves as notice that DACS will be closed for in-class learning until Jan 25th when, the Lord willing, we may resume in-class instruction. 

Staff has been spending a lot of time this week working on developing a framework for distance learning that aims to be structured and organized striking a balance between the needs of students, parents and teachers.  Packages are being prepared over the next couple days with the final details of the framework being worked out tomorrow.  Late Friday there should be a Memo Letter going out to all parents outlining how the education will work this time around.  Items like attendance and assessment will be a key part of the distance learning this time and will need to be worked with.

Next Steps:

  • Friday/Saturday – keep an eye out for a Memo Letter from Staff
  • Friday/Monday – keep an eye out for the schedule that is being set up for the pick up of books and handouts
  • Tuesday – be ready to pick up a package from the school
  • Wednesday – Distance Learning at home will commence

A lot has changed in only a few days.  We are thankful for the preparation that has been able to get done this week.  As our concerns, frustrations and anxieties rise, let us turn to our Lord and Saviour seeking His comfort and guidance.

COVID-19 School Closure Update

Posted on 22 December 2020 in News

Upon directive of the Government of Ontario, DACS will not be able to return to in-class teaching until January 11, 2021.

In light of this recent news, the Board has passed a motion to extend the Christmas Break by 1 week whereby there will be no online or distance learning for the week of Jan 4th to Jan 8th – these will just be additional days off school.  Please check your email for further details and an updated version of the DACS Pandemic Re-Opening Plan.

We can be ever thankful for the blessings that we have.  Through God’s grace in sending His Son to redeem us, which we have the joy of celebrating at Christmas, we have been given access to His Almighty Throne to cast all our joys and anxieties upon.  What a rich blessing this is as we go through the ups and downs of this pandemic.  May we all turn to our Father in humble prayer, thanking Him for the blessings that He has given and asking Him for the strength and guidance to handle all that He puts before us in a manner that glorifies His Name. 

To the Staff, Bus Drivers, Caretaker, Volunteers and Committees, we as Board pray that you may have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.  Hopefully you can enjoy a time of peace and relaxation!

Ephesians 6

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

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