We are excited to welcome students back to school for the 2021-2022 school year and transition back to regular routines and programming. On June 17, we provided information to all families about our anticipated reopening for all Elementary schools.
Today we will be sharing more information about our Learning Model for school reopening and information about our School Day, Learning Model and Video and Audio.
The Government of Ontario previously announced that school boards should plan full-time in-person learning for all elementary schools. Accordingly, the Board has also developed plans to support full-remote learning models if the province or public health deem this necessary.
The Board has worked closely with the Ministry of Education and Public Health to develop its return to school plans and the Ministry has shared that this summer it will provide further guidance on requirements such as masking, hand hygiene, cohorting for clubs and other extracurriculars and screening.
The expectation is that all students return to in-person face-to-face learning unless there are extenuating circumstances. If your child requires remote learning please complete the following School Learning Form. Families DO NOT need to complete the linked form if your child is returning to face-to-face learning.
For students that require remote learning, information on the hybrid learning model can be found on the Board’s website here.
As communicated previously, all elementary students will return to in-person school on Thursday, September 9, the first day of school.
The Learning Model Form for all elementary schools is open now and will close on Monday, August 16, at 6:00 pm
Form Choice: When school reopens on Thursday, September 9,
My child will participate in In-Person Face-to-Face Learning
My child will participate in Remote learning
School Day, Learning Model and Video and Audio
We are excited to welcome students back face-to-face in the fall and are anticipating the vast majority of families will choose this option.
Students in elementary schools will follow a regular school day and will engage in 300 minutes of learning, as well as recess and lunch. Regular start and end times will be used.
Students in secondary schools will engage in 300 minutes of learning each day. Students will be taught two courses in 150 minute periods per day, rotating to two other classes the following week. Weekly rotations will continue until the end of the semester, or until the Ministry of Education gives clearance for school boards to transition to a standard four period day.
All classes have the possibility of being hybrid, meaning students learning remotely from home will be taught by the same teacher as students in face-to-face classrooms.
- Home schools will strive to build as many fully face-to-face classes as possible , but all families need to be prepared that a class may be hybrid, meaning the educator is teaching both face-to-face students and remote students simultaneously. Any class may become hybrid, if required, at some point in the year.
- Students learning remotely will access learning from the teacher’s digital classroom (Google Classroom or D2L) and will engage in both synchronous and asynchronous learning throughout the day.
- Where possible and appropriate, at different points in the day, students may be working independently, with a partner, in a small group or as a full class depending on the nature of the learning task or lesson, the number of students in the class who are learning remotely, as well as individual student needs.
- Wherever possible, based on privacy considerations and access to technology, teachers will strive to create one learning environment.
Video and Audio
- Students learning remotely should use both their audio and video when participating in collaborative activities in order to maximize connections with their peers and teacher(s) during Google Meet/Zoom sessions. The use of a blurred background or stock image for the virtual background is recommended. Special considerations or accommodations may be discussed with the educator.
- Educators may set up activities and spaces where face-to-face and remote students are working together in pairs or small groups, e.g., small group activities to support collaborative problem solving. Students will have knowledge of specific areas of the classroom where the camera will usually be pointed, e.g., front or corner of the classroom.
- Educators will be equipped with headsets and a web-camera for the purpose of supporting remote learners to see and hear lessons; the web-camera will generally point toward the teacher and the whiteboard/chalkboard and at times, may capture the voices/images of students learning remotely or face-to-to-face for learning purposes.
- Cameras will not be permanently mounted to broadcast the full classroom.
Translated family letters can be found below:
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Farsi, Gujarati, Hebrew, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
Thank you again for your continued support, and best wishes for what we all hope is a safe, healthy and enjoyable summer.
Director of Education
The Learning Model Forms are available below
Arabic - العربية
Farsi - فارسى
Gujarati - ગુજરાતી
Hebrew - עברית
Korean - 한국어
Punjabi - ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, پن٘جابی
Russian - Русский
Simplified Chinese - 简体中文
Tamil - தமிழ
Traditional Chinese - 繁體中文
Turkish - Türkçe
Urdu - اردو
Vietnamese - Tiếng Việt