Principal’s Update (March 26, 2020)

26 Mar

Dear Summit Heights families,

On behalf of the entire staff at SHPS, we sincerely hope that you, your family and all of your loved ones are healthy and coping well during these unprecedented times.  I’ve been in touch, several times, with our school staff, and I’m happy to relay that we, and our families, are all doing well, despite the situation that faces all of us.

Teachers have already reached out to their parents (and students) electronically before March Break, and during this week.  If you haven’t heard from your child’s teacher, please check your email.  Our staff have updated students and parents through various means (Google classroom, emails, Zoom video chat), so please be sure you are informed.

Likewise, the TDSB has sent a number of system wide newsletters.  You can find all of the correspondence on the board’s website at (scroll down, all of the newsletters are listed in the middle of the page).  In addition to accessing the various news reports around school closures, this is the web site that you should refer to for the most official board news about how long schools will remain closed and when they will resume.

On that note, as you likely know, Premier Ford announced this week that schools will not re-open on April 6th, 2020.  When we have more information, we will share that with you.

As previously communicated, and many of our teachers have shared these following links, the Ministry of Education and the TDSB have shared online links to help keep students engaged and learning during the closure period.  These links do not replace what students have been learning at school, but are intended to help mitigate the loss of learning during the school shut down period.

Ministry learning link:
TDSB learning link:

As mentioned, our staff have electronically reached out to you.  Part of the communication has included activities for learning at home.   The feedback from parents has been overwhelmingly positive and welcoming.  I thank our staff for their communicating, care and consideration for our students.  The well-being of our students is a top priority for our staff.  Parents, please refer to the resources at this TDSB link to helps support the mental health of your child:

The TDSB is using this week and next to gather information, assess needs and formulate plans about the continuation of learning.  When the plan is formalized, we will communicate again with you.

Parents, if you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.  If you have a question or concern about your child’s class, work, learning, please contact your child’s teacher.   There are also a good TDSB resource page, that answers a lot of questions and concerns.  The TDSB School Connects web site is at:

Again, the health and well-being of our entire school community (students, staff, parents, families) is our top priority.  We implore you to follow the directions of our municipal, provincial and federal governments (who follow the direction of our top health professionals).  Staying home as much as possible, and social distancing when you must go out, is extremely important.

Please visit the board’s web site for the most up-to-date news about school closures.  We will be in touch as we continue to move forward during these unprecedented times.


Wishing you good health,

Mr. B. Mah,


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