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A Message to Ontario Educators & Parents about COVID-19

Dear Educators & Parents,

In light of recent school closures across the province due to concerns around the spread of COVID-19, all AgScape student-related programs and events will be postponed, including the Teacher Ambassador Program and thinkAG Career Competitions. 

The health, safety and well-being of educators and students is our number one priority. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and recommendations from Public Health and the Ministry of Education during the school closure.

We want to assure you that we are carefully monitoring the Public Health recommendations being made as they change and pro-actively implementing workplace procedures to ensure the safety of our Teacher Ambassadors and all AgScape employees. 

Available AgScape Programs & Educational Resources

Although our in school programs are on hold, we are happy to offer additional programs and educational services during this time:

  • We will continue to accept requests for the Teacher Ambassador Program for the 2019-2020 school year and will fill those requests as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
     
  • We will continue to accept CALM resource order forms and will do our best to fill any CALM resource orders at the earliest possible time, based on availability of in-office staff.
     
  • We will still lead our CALM webinar on March 19th. Registration closes March 14th.  
     
  • Our CALM Essay contest would make for a fun and educational at-home assignment for your students and/or children during the school closure. We invite parents or educators of Grade 7-12 students to have them write an essay or make a video on the topic of “Food Literacy: What’s On Your Plate?”. Written and video essay submissions are due on April 5th.
     
  • If you are looking for a fun, educational activity for your Grade 4-8 students and/or children to do while at home during March 14 to April 5th, encourage them to take the Agri-Trekking Across Ontario Challenge.
     
  • Here's a creative way for your Kindergarten to Grade 8 students and/or children to learn about where their food comes from! Encourage them to complete the "The Story of Your Lunch" Comic Strip Activity worksheet. You can send worksheets completed by your students and/or children to programsassistant@agscape.ca to be featured on our social media. 
     
  • We are still offering scholarships for Ontario educators to take our online Business of Food 101 course. Registration for the spring session will be open at the beginning of April and will be facilitated by an AgScape educator. 

Thank you and we look forward to resuming our in-class programs soon.

Sincerely,
Glenna Banda,
Executive Director