All four Ottawa school boards have announced that schools with restored power will open Wednesday and schools without electricity will remain closed.
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board said 39 schools would be closed, but most schools could reopen.
Students whose schools are closed may only be able to work from home if they have an internet service to access assignments posted online and the teacher has been able to post the work.
There may be some class closures due to staff shortages, according to a report from director Camille Williams-Taylor.
Castor Valley Elementary School will transition to asynchronous distance learning on Wednesday and likely Thursday, the report said.
The list of closed schools, including 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 company.
“If your child goes to school, make sure you have arrangements for safe drop-off and pick-up,” the Williams-Taylor message reads.
“Keep in mind that travel time can be longer in some areas.”
The Ottawa Catholic School Board says all but 20 schools will open Wednesday.
Schools that open will try to maintain a normal schedule, a letter to parents said
If parents have not been able to get groceries, they can contact their school to provide lunch for their child.
The closed schools will not offer distance learning on Wednesday.
If the power outages continue, the Catholic board will ensure the distribution of electronic devices and look into distance learning opportunities in areas where internet and power are available, the letter said.
The board’s two virtual schools will not operate on Wednesday, as it would be problematic to have classes when some of the students were unable to attend, the board said.
If the power outages continue, the board will develop a plan to “ensure continuity of learning”.
St. Monica School on Merivale Road will remain closed for at least the rest of the week due to storm damage.
The building sustained significant damage, but it was mainly limited to the gym, according to the letter. A restoration company is on site to protect the building from further damage.
These are the Catholic schools without power that will be closed on Wednesday:
Catholic Education Center
dr. FJ McDonald
Our Lady of Peace
St Luke Nepean
St. Michael Corkery
St. Michael Ottawa
St. Mother Teresa
Ottawa’s French-speaking Catholic school board said 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-speaking public administration, eight schools and their nurseries will remain closed on 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 those schools are closed because they don’t have electricity and others can’t open because some staff have no electricity or water, the school board said. Students in closed schools are not offered virtual or asynchronous education.
Algonquin College has canceled all classes, both in-person and virtual, for May 25, May 26, and May 27 in Ottawa.
There is no electricity supply on the university’s main campus on Woodroffe Avenue, according to a statement from President Claude Brulé.
“The program teams of teachers, coordinators, chairmen 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 in the week of May 30 when they return to class.
Internships this week will also be canceled, but if they are out of town and not hit by the storm, students can participate.
Some students in health programs may need to make up for lost time, the statement said.
Students with cooperative working conditions in the national capital region who have been prevented from attending due to safety concerns or other circumstances related to the storm are not required, Brulé said.
Classes and other activities will continue on the Perth and Pembroke campuses.