All schools in Nunavut will remain closed to students for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.

This decision has been supported by Nunavut’s chief public health officer, announced Minister of Education David Joanasie at today’s press conference.

Teachers are expected to start work on April 21 regardless of the school being closed for the rest of the school year, says Minister of Education David Joanasie. Rajnesh Sharma/NNSL photo

Teachers are expected to start work on April 21, regardless of the school being closed.

Teachers will be developing learning packages for students. These learning packages will take many forms including paper-based, activity-based and electronic-based. The purpose of these learning packages is to provide students with an opportunity to further develop their learning, explained Joanasie.

Beyond creating student learning packages, teachers will be asked to check in with students weekly. This will allow teachers to tract students progress and provide them with any extra resources, said Joanasie.

Based on the needs of students and families, teachers could potentially communicate with them through phone, text, online portals or GN email.

Additionally, teaching staff will be responsible to evaluate their students’ work prior to the school closure. This means providing students with final grades and year-end report cards.

All departmental exams are cancelled for high school students, said Joanasie.

“For those Grade 12 students on track to graduate, I want to assure you that principals and teachers will work with you to ensure you complete any necessary requirements. We are here to help you succeed and realize your goals,” he said.

More to come.

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