by Carley Milne-Servage
NDDHS, Minister of Communications
March Break has come to an end, leaving students with at least two weeks of self-isolation ahead. Doug Ford announced on Monday, March 23, that schools will not be reopening on April 6, which was the initial plan. This means that, at this point, students will be out of schools for an indefinite period of time.
The Ministry of Education has issued a letter to Ontario parents regarding the school closure and learning at home. They have launched a Learn From Home portal for K-12 students to practice literacy and math skills while out of school. Links and information can be found on the UCDSB and NDDHS Facebook pages. Additionally, EQAO and OSSLT testing have been cancelled due to the uncertainty of this school closure. Teachers may be getting in touch with students in the next few days with information regarding their courses.
While out of school and in your homes, there may be times that you find yourself without anything to do. I have put together a list of ideas for activities that you can do when faced with too much time on your hands. You can read a book, write your own poem or story, or draw and paint. Depending on what you have at home, you can cook a meal or a treat to share with your family. If you have a pet, play with them, as they are probably confused about why you are suddenly cooped up with them. Learn how to play an instrument or make some DIY crafts; there are many tutorials on YouTube to help you out! Don’t forget, just because you can’t physically hang out with friends, you can always give them a call. You can also thoroughly clean your room or, like I did yesterday, completely change it around! Spend some time outside; go for a run or a hike as long as you practice social distancing. Remember, you are not alone, and people everywhere are dealing with self-isolation as well. The main thing is to stay safe and keep others safe by staying at home. Stay happy and healthy, everyone!