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Important News

School Closure

The Ontario government stated that all publicly funded schools in Ontario are ordered to remain closed from March 14 through to April 5. This means that Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) schools including the Virtual Learning Centre (VLC) and Open School (OS) will be closed for two additional weeks following the March Break.

During this time there will be no new modules, online classes, or open office hours for students. If a student has a due date already set during this closure it will be extended until we return. Our office will be closed during this time and we will not be responding to emails.

The OSSLT scheduled for March 31st has also been cancelled as schools will be closed. 

For all COVID-19 updates visit the board website 

We will be updating the VLC website and student guide as information becomes available. 

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Important information about novel coronavirus COVID-19 and school closures.

The Ontario government has ordered that all publicly funded schools in Ontario remain closed from March 14 through to April 5. We are currently working with our school board to plan out how this will affect the Virtual Learning Centre and details will be posted on the website as they come available. Please do not contact the office for details as we will provide details on our website and student guide as they become available.

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March Break

Happy March Break to all VLC students and families.  We hope the weather is kind and you get to take a break from the computers!

The VLC Office will be closed from March 16th to 20th. 

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  • People who are kind and compassionate are usually the most successful. Studies consistently show that we feel happier when we perform acts of kindness – for our children, students, families, friends, and communities. Not only do good deeds make us feel better, they provide a more successful lifestyle (David Brooks, New York Times Nice Guys Finish First).
  • Happier children have greater academic success. Students who performed acts of kindness with their peers, families and in the community had greater academic success than those who simply recorded seeing acts of kindness over a span of three months (Price-Mitchell, 2013).
  • Self-efficacy leads to higher achievement, goals, and positive behavior. Researchers have found that higher self-efficacy is linked to: 1) greater ability to think productively by applying positive thinking skills when facing a challenge; 2) higher motivation; 3) stronger effort put into an activity or task; greater resilience; and 4) lower vulnerability to stress and depression (Bandura, 2013).
  • Building self-value circumvents depression. An estimated 2 million 12- to 17-year-olds experience clinical depression annually, and Reivich and Gillham (2009) have found that building resilience in younger children can help thwart depression before it starts.
  • Kindness builds strong, lasting relationships. Children who learn about and experience kindness tend to have stronger relationships with others because of their ability to empathize with how others feel. It is an important social skill that lasts throughout a lifetime and is seminal in adolescent and adult years (Hughes, 2013).
  • Being kind can reduce stress. Kindness can reduce stress as well as the activation of autonomic and immune pathways that have been implicated in the development of a host of chronic, stress-related illnesses, including depression, heart disease, and diabetes (Dodson-Lavelle, 2008).
  • Sharing kindness fosters a greater sense of family and community. Engaging in kind acts allows students to get involved in seminal developmental activities that builds a greater sense of togetherness. The connectedness, rooted in kindness, fosters fondness and compassion toward one another.
  • Kindness improves the cardiovascular system. Kindness benefits the nervous system. The longest nerve in the human body the vagus nerve, which controls inflammation in the body, plays a role in keeping your cardiovascular system healthy. Studies show that people who practice compassion have a more active vagus nerve, leading a healthier life (Hamilton, 2010)

Recent News

Teachers' Strike Confirmed Today

All Trillium Lakelands DSB secondary schools including VLC are closed today, Thursday , March 5, 2020, due to a legal, one day strike.

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Potential 1 Day Strike March 5th, 2020

OSSTF has announced another round of potential teacher strikes in its labour dispute with the Ministry of Education.  This ONE day strike will impact Trillium Lakelands DSB secondary schools including the Virtual Learning Centre.

If the strike goes ahead, VLC will be closed on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

More information will be posted on the VLC website and in the Student Guide course announcements as it becomes available.

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Pink Shirt Day

On Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 we encourage everyone to wear something pink to show that we are all working together to prevent bullying in our schools, in our communities and online.

The theme for this year’s Pink Shirt Day is “Lift each other up”; a simple but powerful message encouraging us to look beyond our differences and celebrate the things that make us unique. When we lift each other up, we see past the things that separate us and see instead the things that unite us as people.

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