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Local school boards prepared for remote learning

Both the Waterloo Region District School Board and Waterloo Catholic District School Board sent students home with Chromebooks before the winter break, just in case students had to learn remotely to start 2022
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It's not like they didn't see this coming.

But even with the proactive moves made before the winter break, the reality of students learning remotely is still a frustrating one for students and parents in Waterloo Region.

Students were told to clean out their lockers, and were sent home before the break with Chromebooks, just in case remote learning became reality to start 2022.

The Waterloo Region District School Board said in a statement it is fully prepared for the move, and will communicate more information before Wednesday.

The board said it will also communicate with families and caregivers of students in ACE classes for support.

Another note: before and after school programs (extended day programs) will not operate, but child care centres in WRDSB schools will be open for children up to the age of four.

Board Chair Scott Piatkowski told The Record the board will hold a special meeting Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board said they anticipate a smooth transition, and are confident students "will be in a position to successfully continue their education journeys as we begin the second half of this most challenging school year."

"This remains a developing situation, and your school will be in contact with you to provide information on next steps, just as quickly as it becomes available," the board said in a release.

Students with special education needs who can't be accommodated through remote learning will be allowed back in the school to learn next Monday.

The time delay is to allow transportation to be arranged.

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