Northerners share concerns about Ontario's Learn at Home plan
SUDBURY -- Ontario's government is ready to roll out the next phase of its Learn at Home program on Monday, April 6 and some northerners are concerned.
As of next Monday, teacher-led learning will resume across the province and students have already received communication from school boards to figure out the best ways children can continue to learn during this health crisis.
A school board in the Timmins area is ready to get creative and explore its options.
"We will have ways to get learning materials to students who don't have access to technology," says Lesleigh Dye, director of education for District School Board Ontario North East. "We may even be delivering hard copy packages to a common location or to end of a driveway or the base of an apartment building. We may end up doing that."
And for families that do have internet connectivity, some are concerned that online learning is going to cost them.
A father of two on St. Joseph Island says he's not sure what learning at home will look like for his son in Grade 4 and daughter in Grade 6. His service provider, Bell Canada, which owns CTV News, has told him it cannot provide unlimited use to customers using data hubs. Instead it’s providing an extra 10 gigabytes of data.
"We're trying to work with what we can, but I mean, it's so easy to hit that and overages are so expensive," says James Chapman.
A Grade 11 student in Peawanuck, an isolated Cree community, is also concerned about having enough data to get his school work done.
"How will we pass if we keep getting cut off with internet and not being able to hand in assignments on time?" asks Noah Hunter.
This is a developing story...