Hours of Instruction and Areas of Focus
The Ministry of Education has provided school boards with the following parameters to help guide teacher-led distance learning:
The following is provided by the Ministry of Education as a minimum guideline:
- 5 hours of work per student, per week
- Focus: Literacy and math
- 5 hours of work per student, per week
- Focus: Literacy and math + science and social studies
- 10 hours of work per student, per week
- Focus: Core math, literacy, science and social studies
- 3 hours of work per course, per week for semestered students;
1.5 hours of work per course, per week for non-semestered students
- Focus: Achieving credits/completion/graduation
Hours refer to the approximate amount of time students would spend on the work assigned by teachers. This does not mean the amount of time educators or students are expected to be in front of a screen. Teacher work would include preparation of assigned work and providing feedback or assessment. Teacher engagement with students is expected but would vary depending on circumstances and could include a range of ways that teachers would connect with their students.
Teacher teams, including specialist teachers, may be used to develop assigned work for students, including in subjects such as art, music, French as a second language and physical activity, and to contribute to board identified resources for learning at home.
As a Catholic school system, our focus will also include Religion and Family Life, and our teachers will continue to integrate our faith and Gospel values in all subject areas.
During this period, we continue to provide supports for our students through our Special Education department, which includes Special Education Resource Teachers (SERTS), Educational Assistants (EAs), Social Workers, Child and Youth Counselors (CYCs), Speech and Language Pathologists, Psychologists, etc.
Will students participate in Cooperative Education (Co-op) programs?
UPDATE! Students currently enrolled in cooperative education or participating in a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program will work with their teachers to modify their programs to meet curriculum expectations.
Will eLearning courses continue?
eLearning courses will be SUSPENDED during this period of school closures.
Will the OSSLT assessment scheduled for March 31 be cancelled?
On March 17, 2020, the Ministry of Education confirmed that EQAO assessments would be CANCELLED for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
This means that:
- The Grade 3, 6, and 9 EQAO assessments will NOT take place this school year.
- The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) assessment WILL NOT take place this school year.
- The Ministry has further indicated that the literacy graduation requirement will be WAIVED for students who are graduating in the 2019-2020 school year.
Students who are not graduating this school year will have the opportunity to
write the OSSLT in the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.
Will students attend Dual Credit programs?
Students will not attend Dual Credit programs during the closure period.
Will students attend Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs (OYAP)?
Students will not attend OYAP programs during the closure period.
Will HCDSB cancel out-of-province and out-of-country school trips?
All out-of-province and out-of-country trips have been CANCELLED during this period.
Will HCDSB cancel field trips?
UPDATE! Yes, all field trips (day and overnight) are CANCELLED for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Will the school year be extended into the summer months?
At this point in time, we do not have information from the Ministry of Education regarding an extension of the school year. We will provide updates as they become available.
What happens with upcoming PA days and exam days?
All remaining Professional Activity (PA) Days and exam days will be replaced with instructional days.
Will summer programs be available?
The memo released by the ministry, dated April 26, 2020, refers to the introduction of an expanded summer learning program that will focus on credit recovery, supports for vulnerable students, and course upgrading. At this time, we do not have any additional information, but we will continue to share any new updates with you as they become available.