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School closures at all four Ottawa school boards continue on Thursday following weekend storm

All four school boards released lists of schools that will remain closed on Thursday, and until further notice, with one school board choosing to switch to online learning.
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As cleanup from the weekend’s storm continues, some schools have announced that they will remain closed, at least until this week.

Here is the breakdown by school board and what families can expect:

French Public School Board

In an announcement, the French Catholic School Board (CEPEO), listed the following schools as closed for Thursday, May 26:

  • Carlotte-Lemieux
  • Gabrielle-Roy
  • Marie-Curie
  • Omer-Deslauriers

All other schools under this board and the services will be open as usual.

Schools that are closed will not offer virtual instruction.

However, enrichment work will be deposited in the classroom so that student who have access to it can continue their learning.

Students who are unable to attend school due to the effects of the storm will not be declared absent.

Parents are asked to still follow the usual procedure for declaring an absence.

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

However, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board continues to keep dozens of schools closed on Thursday.

Those include:

  • Agincourt
  • Alta Vista
  • Arch Street
  • Bell High School
  • Bells Corners
  • Briargreen
  • Blossom Park
  • Brookfield
  • Castor Valley
  • Charles Hulse
  • Confederation
  • D. Roy Kennedy
  • Dunlop
  • Elizabeth WynWood
  • Featherston Drive Public School
  • Fielding
  • Hillcrest
  • Manordale
  • Manotic
  • Meadowlands
  • Merivale High School
  • OCV Elementary
  • Pinecrest
  • Ridgemont High School
  • Reiverview Allternative
  • Richmond Public School
  • Rockliffe Park
  • Sawmill Creek
  • Sir Winston Churchill
  • South Carleton

If a school is closed, that also means there will be no extended day programs. If schools are open, however, the program will be operating.

Students in closed schools who have power at home can check the Google Classroom and Virtual Learning Environment for learning opportunities. This option may not be available in all cases as there are many staff without power.

There will also be limited school bus transportation.

Parents and students are asked to check the OSTA website after 7 p.m. this evening for an update.

OC Transpo service is also limited.

Ottawa Catholic School Board

Several schools under the Ottawa Catholic School Board are without power as well on Thursday.

Those include:

  • Frank Ryan
  • Our Lady of Peace
  • Sacred Heart
  • St. Andrew
  • St. Bernard
  • St. Daniel
  • St. Gemma
  • St. Gregory
  • St. Isadore
  • St. Leonard
  • St. Michael, 437 Donald St.
  • St. Monica
  • St. Philip
  • St. Rita

Extended day programs will not be available at closed schools, but will continue running at school that are open.

To ensure families and staff have time to plan. the school board has decided that if a school did not have power as of 3 p.m. on the day of, then they would keep the school closed for the next day.

Families with children who attend a school closed on Thursday due to power outages will hear from their principal on Thursday about switching to remote learning as of Monday, May 30.

Any school that does not have power as of Sunday, May 29 at 3 p.m. will start remote learning on Monday, May 30.

If a student has power and internet but not device, the school will make arrangements to provide a device.

French Catholic School Board

Three schools have been listed as those that will be closed on Thursday and until further notice.

They include:

  • École élémentaire catholique Laurier-Carrière
  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Bernadette
  • École élémentaire catholique Terre-des-Jeunes

Administrative staff will contact families as classes resume and provide further information.

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