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Schools reducing staff in physical classrooms due to increased participation in online learning

KAWARTHA LAKES-As the numbers of students participating in [email protected] the Trillium Lakelands District School Board has had to cut staff at physical schools.

Dunsford District Elementary School is one of those facilities.

“As class numbers are now settling, the difficult decision about having to decrease staff at physical schools to support the increased number of students participating in the [email protected] School has necessitated a reduction of one classroom at Dunsford District Elementary School.” said Principal Jamie Stone in an email to families on Friday night.I

It’s unclear how this will affect class sizes as officials work to contain Coronavirus using physical distancing.

Stone says they will be going through the process of restructuring classes for this school reorganization next week and will need to transfer many students from their existing classroom into a new classroom in order to balance the class sizes across all grades.

“Due to the number of changes throughout the school, we will follow a similar process that preceded the school year.  You will be notified of your child’s teacher via email and/or phone early next week.” Stone said.

The changes will be implemented on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Stone says staff will work carefully to create the best possible arrangements for all students.

“Although these changes will present challenges, I am confident the excellent staff at DDES will continue to do everything possible to support the well-being and academic success of our students.” stated Stone.

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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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