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COVID-19 Department of Education Services update

03 April 2020

Department of Education Services, April 3, 2020

On Tuesday, April 7, school staff will be able to access schools on a voluntary basis should they wish to prepare learning packages for students.

The department has a working group developing guidelines for teachers identifying grade-specific areas of focus for learning packages. Packages may look different for each student.

School access is for operational purposes only and not for recreation or other non-education-related activities.

The department has also provided all schools with health and safety protocols related to COVID-19, including respiratory etiquette, hand washing, and physical distancing.


Department of Education Services, March 31, 2020

Minister of Education update:

Since March 17, Nunavut schools have been closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, parents and caregivers have been asking for educational resources to help their children continue to learn.

Today I am announcing that the Department of Education has developed a learn-at-home website, Angirrami Ilinniarniq (angirrami.com). This website offers free access to some of the same educational resources used in our schools.

These include downloadable books and e-books for pre-school ages and up; educational audiobooks and animated videos; tips and activities for learning; and resources for managing stress and mental health.

There will also be links to download the department’s Inuktut language learning apps:

  • Uqausiit Pinnguarutiit has fun activities that support Inuit language shape and sound recognition, and vocabulary development.
  • Titirariuqsauti introduces Inuit language symbol sounds and printing paths. 
  • Qimirrunaut is the department’s new Inuktut e-book library app.

These apps are available for Android and iOS devices and can be downloaded from the Google Play or Apple App stores.

Angirrami Ilinniarniq provides links to other online educational resources on subjects such as science, math, history, and social studies. 

I want to also note that although the website launches today, new resources will be regularly added. The priority is to get our Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun resources online as quickly as possible. English and French resources will follow soon after.

All the resources found on this site were created by the Department of Education and its partners, including the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the Representative for Children and Youth’s Office, as well as the Departments of Family Services, Health, Environment, and Economic Development and Transportation.

I want to thank all the students, parents, and caregivers for their patience. I know for many of you it has not been easy with schools and child care facilities closed. However, we must all do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

I assure you that my department has been working hard to get this website ready as quickly as possible.

I encourage Nunavummiut to explore all the resources this website has to offer. Make learning a part of your daily routine!

Qujannamiik, quana, thank you, merci.

Department of Education Services, March 31, 2020

Today, the Department of Education Is launching a learn-at-home website, Angirrami Ilinniarniq (angirrami.com). This learn-at-home website developed by the Department of Education provides free access to help children and youth continue learning in their language during the school closure.

Upon recommendation from the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO), schools and daycare facility closures for students and children will be extended until end of day April 20. At that point and time, the CPHO will reassess and provide direction.


Department of Education Services, March 25, 2020

Ongoing services:

  • Bus service contracts will continue to be paid during the three-week school closure.

Department of Education Services, March 24, 2020

  • The Department of Education is supporting the Department of Family Services in coordinating the return of out of territory FANS students and their families to Nunavut.
  • The Department of Education is providing funds to licensed child care facilities to cover parental fees from March 17-April 7, 2020.
  • All licensed child care facilities in Nunavut that charge parental fees will qualify for the grant.
  • Funding will be processed and sent to licensed child care facilities by Friday, March 27, 2020.
  • During this time, parents will not be required to pay parental fees.

Department of Education Services, March 23, 2020

  • The Department of Education is providing funds to licensed child care facilities to cover parental fees from March 17-April 7, 2020.
  • All licensed child care facilities in Nunavut that charge parental fees will qualify for the grant.
  • Funding will be processed and sent to licensed child care facilities by Friday, March 27, 2020.
  • During this time, parents will not be required to pay parental fees.
  • If closures continue after April 7, the department will re-evaluate and assist licensed child care facilities with making decisions on how to move forward.

Department of Education Services update, March 20, 2020

Adjusted services:

  • To reinforce social distancing and reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19, the Department of Education is limiting in-office work to essential employees only.

Closed /Cancelled/Suspended services:

  • All schools and child care facilities in Nunavut are closed for a three-week period, starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
     

Department of Education Services update - March 19, 2020

Education and several GN departments are working closely together to reduce the impact school closures have on food programs.

The Department of Education will be providing funds to all licensed child care facilities. This funding will be equal to the parental fees licenced child care facilities would be normally receiving during this three-week closure.

This will allow licenced child care facilities to not charge parental fees for this period but still pay their staff as normal.

Closed /Cancelled/Suspended services:

  • All schools and child care facilities in Nunavut are closed for a three-week period, starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020.