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All four of Ottawa’s school boards have announced schools with restored power will open Wednesday and those with no electricity will remain closed.

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

Students whose schools are closed may be able to work at 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 some class closures due to staff shortages, said a message from director Camille Williams-Taylor.

Castor Valley Elementary School will transition to asynchronous remote learning on Wednesday and probably Thursday, too, said the message.

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 arrangements for safe drop-off and pick-up,” said the message from Williams-Taylor.

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

The Ottawa Catholic School Board says all but 20 of its schools will open Wednesday.

The schools that open will try to maintain a normal schedule, said a letter sent to parents

If parents have been unable to get groceries, they can contact their school in order for their child to be provided a lunch.

The closed schools will not offer remote learning on Wednesday.

If the power outages continue, the Catholic board will arrange for electronic devices to be distributed and will look at options for remote learning in areas where Internet and power are available, said the letter.

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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 of the students would be unable to participate, said the board.

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 remainder of the week because it was damaged in the storm.

The building suffered significant damage, but it was mainly limited to the gymnasium, said 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 Wednesday:

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

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At the Ottawa French-language Catholic school board, only five schools will remain closed 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 those schools are closed because they have no electricity and others can not open because some staff do not have electricity or water, said a message from the school board. Students in closed schools will not be offered virtual or asynchronous instruction.

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

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

“The program teams of faculty, coordinators, chairs and deans will be working to develop recovery plans for Ottawa campus classes that have been canceled,” the statement said.

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

Work placements this week are also canceled, although if they are out of town and not affected by the storm students may attend.

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

Students on co-op work terms in the national capital region who are unable to attend due to safety issues or other circumstances related to the storm are not required to, said Brulé.

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

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