Ottawa Storm 2022: Most Ottawa Catholic School Board Schools Open Wednesday

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Ottawa’s four school boards have announced that restored schools will open on Wednesday and those without power will remain closed.

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The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board said 39 schools would be closed, but most schools could reopen.

Students whose schools are closed may be able to work from home on their own if they have internet service to access assignments posted online and the teacher has been able to post the work.

There may be class closures due to staffing shortages, says a message from director Camille Williams-Taylor.

Castor Valley Elementary School will transition to asynchronous remote learning on Wednesday and likely Thursday as well, the post said.

The list of closed schools, which includes the virtual school, can be found on the board’s website.

There will be no school bus service Wednesday for the Ottawa-Carleton Board or the Ottawa Catholic School Board, which use the same transportation provider.

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“If your child is attending school, please ensure you have made arrangements for safe drop off and pick up,” Williams-Taylor’s message read.

“Note that travel time may take longer in some areas.”

The Ottawa Catholic School Board announced that all but 20 of its schools will open on Wednesday.

Schools that open will try to maintain normal hours, says letter sent to parents

If the parents have not been able to do their shopping, they can contact their school so that their child receives a lunch.

Schools that are closed will not offer distance learning on Wednesday.

If the power outages continue, the Catholic council will organize the distribution of electronic devices and review remote learning options in areas where internet and electricity are available, the letter said.

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The board’s two virtual schools will not operate on Wednesday because it would be problematic to have classes when some students could not attend, the board said.

If the power outages continue, the board will develop a plan to “ensure continuity of learning”.

St. Monica’s School on Merivale Road will remain closed for at least the rest of the week as it suffered storm damage.

The building suffered extensive damage, but this was mainly limited to the gymnasium, the letter states. A restoration company is on site to protect the building from further damage.

Catholic schools without electricity will be closed on Wednesday:

Catholic Education Center
Dr. FJ McDonald
Frank Ryan
Our Lady of Peace
Sacred Heart
St. Andrew
Saint Bernard
Saint Daniel
St. Gabriel
Saint Gemma
Saint Gregory
St. Isidore
St. Luke Nepean
St. Michel Corkery
St. Michael Ottawa
Saint Monica
Saint Mother Teresa
St. Paul
Saint Rita

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At the Ottawa French-language Catholic School Board, only five schools will remain closed on Wednesday: J.-L.-Couroux, Laurier-Carrière, Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau, Sainte-Bernadette and Terre-des-Jeunes.

At the French-language public board, eight schools and their daycares will remain closed Wednesday: Charlotte-Lemieux, Gabrielle-Roy, Le Sommet, Louis-Riel (including le Dôme), Marie-Curie, Maison de la Francophonie, Nouvel Horizon and Omer-Deslauriers.

Some of these schools are closed because they have no electricity and others cannot open because some staff members have no electricity or water, a message from the school board said. Students in closed schools will not be offered virtual or asynchronous instruction.

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Algonquin College has canceled all classes, in-person and virtual, for May 25, 26 and 27 in Ottawa.

There is no power service to the college’s main campus on Woodroffe Avenue, a statement from President Claude Brulé said.

“Program teams comprised of faculty, coordinators, chairs and deans will work to develop recovery plans for classes on the Ottawa campus that have been canceled,” the statement said.

Students will be notified of the plans when they return to class the week of May 30.

This week’s clinics are also canceled, although if they are out of town and unaffected by the storm, students can attend.

Some students in health programs may need to make up for lost time, the statement said.

Co-op students in the National Capital Region who cannot attend due to security concerns or other storm-related circumstances are not required to do so, Brulé said.

Classes and other activities at the Perth and Pembroke campuses continue as usual.

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