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Principal’s Update – January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021

Dear Fern Hill Parents,

As you may have heard, the Government of Ontario has declared a State of Emergency that will come into effect on Thursday, January 14, 2021. The stay-at-home order will require everyone to remain at home (with exceptions for essential purposes only).

With this order in place, Fern Hill School will continue to offer a virtual learning program as we had planned for the next two weeks.
Ottawa is not currently included in the areas listed for continued school closure, and so we will continue to offer virtual learning until the expected return to school on January 25th.
However, the Government of Ontario will announce on January 20th whether or not they will be extending the virtual learning period.
Fern Hill School will follow the direction of the Government of Ontario, the Ministry of Education and Ottawa Public Health.

Parents will be updated on information as it is received.

New rules for schools – Once in-person learning does resume, there will be new rules and regulations to follow from the Government of Ontario. These will include:
• Masking – masking will be compulsory for all students in Grades 1-3. Kindergarten students will be encouraged to wear masks. (At Fern Hill this was already done by the students and something we will continue.) Masks will now be required for specific outdoor activities where physical distancing is not possible.
• Enhanced screening protocols will be in place. (We will follow any changes from OPH.)
• Expanded targeted testing for students, staff and their respective households. (We will follow any directives from OPH.)

Financial Support Available for Families
Financial support is available for families during this temporary remote learning period through the Ontario Government’s Support for Learners program.
$ 200.00 for each child up to Grade 12
Applications will be open until February 8, 2021.
Please visit for more details.

Thank you parents for all your support.
I will look forward to sharing any additional information as it is received.

Kindest regards,

Deborah Gutierrez