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Principal’s Update – April 9, 2021

Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches announced that following next week’s April Break, there is a high probability that all Ottawa schools will need to be closed to all in-person learning.

Please be prepared for the possibility that the students at Fern Hill School will need to move to a virtual learning program beginning the week of April 19th, 2021 when we return from the break.  (As we needed to do in January 2021.)

Ottawa Public Health has indicated that they will confirm the status of schools by Wednesday, April 14th. We will update Fern Hill School families as soon as we know more. 

**  Monday, April 19th – Transition Day (if necessary)

If Ottawa Public Health declares all schools closed to in-person learning after the Break, April 19th would be a transition day for the students and staff. This will allow for necessary transition planning time. Teachers would reach out to all families by email regarding schedules and plans, etc.… but there would be no scheduled synchronous instruction on that day (Monday, April 19th). This will be confirmed should OPH announce any necessary school closures.

Ontario Stay-at-Home Order

Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021, a province-wide Stay-at-Home order came into effect. This requires everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.

Asymptomatic testing

For the week of April 12-18, Ottawa Public Health will continue making asymptomatic testing available. More information about how and when to get tested is available on the OPH website. If you have symptoms, please consider getting tested.

Expansion of Vaccinations

As the vaccine roll-out continues, more people are now eligible for vaccines. Families are encouraged to monitor Ottawa Public Health’s vaccination website for more information about the COVID-19 vaccines. The page is updated regularly and includes information about available vaccines through pharmacies for adults aged 55 and up.

Best wishes to everyone for a safe and restful break this coming week.

I will keep you posted with information as it is received.

Keep safe everyone.

Deborah Gutierrez