From the Principal: Letter to the BCALC Community regarding COVID-19

These are unprecedented times and I wish your families well during this health crisis. I encourage you to reach out to your teachers for support (academic, wellness, community resources, etc.). While keeping up with your studies is important, we realize that you have greater priorities in looking after your families and yourself during these difficult times. Please find that balance and connect with your teachers if you can (email, Google classroom, D2L/Brightspace). Not everyone has internet access at home or a reliable device so the TDSB is looking at ways to remedy or accommodate these issues.

You can also check out the Ministry of Education’s Learning at Home website. This portal provides supplementary learning materials in math and literacy for elementary and secondary students. The website will help keep students learning and engaged during the COVID-19 school closure period. The Ministry has said that these resources do not replace what students have been learning at school, but are intended to help mitigate the loss of learning during the COVID-19 shutdown period. Additionally, there is the TDSB additional online resources that will support the Ministry’s Learn at Home initiative.

As you have likely heard in the media, Ontario schools will not re-open on April 6. A specific timeline has not been set yet so we will have to continue to listen to the media for these announcements. You can also go to www.tdsb.on.ca for updates and to read letters from the TDSB Director of Education.

Going forward, student well-being and mental health will also be an important focus. Both school-based staff and Professional Support Services share responsibilities for supporting student well-being. There is a variety of Mental Health and Well-Being Resources for students and families available on the TDSB web.

The next couple of weeks will be used to set up our system for success. We are gathering information, assessing needs, and formulating plans about the continuation of learning and will be communicating with students and families as soon as these plans are finalized. Please take care of yourself and your family and we hope to see you again soon at Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Adult Learning Centre.


Patrick Knight,

BCALC Principal


  • Jacob Tabudlong / Reply

    My name is Jacob Tabudlong and I studied in the school for two quads(first and 2nd) this year. I acquired all the credits that I needed and is ready for graduation. The only thing that is hindering me to do so is my volunteer hours. I can not do it anywhere because of COVID’19. So my question is, how is this going to work for me? What am I going to do?

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    • Patrick Knight / Reply

      Hi Jacob,

      I read your message, and I wanted to respond to you directly. Yes, you will graduate. Given the circumstances that Covid 19 has placed all students in, the community service hours requirement for graduation has been waived. I have spoken to Ms. Muredda about your case, specifically. Please get in contact with her via email. You will graduate.

      Congratulations, thank you for your question.

      Patrick Knight

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