Optional Remote Learning
How long are students enrolled in remote delivery required to stay with that option?
Secondary students will be permitted to transition into a different learning format at the end of each credit. In our current model, students will start a new credit every 5 weeks.
We will be exploring ways to support these transitions in the elementary curriculum as well, and will communicate this when a decision has been made.
What if parents change their decision about sending their child to school based on rising COVID-19 rates?
As per the Ministry guidelines, in-school attendance will be voluntary and is based on parent choice. Families may opt to have their children continue full-time remote learning. It would be important for parents to notify their child’s school if they make a change in their arrangement so that the school can prepare to offer remote education to that student. Key times will be identified when this option is available.
How will work be graded for students enrolled in remote learning?
Students will be assessed and evaluated based on curriculum expectations, and will receive progress reports, report cards, etc.
What is HCDSB doing to enhance remote delivery of instruction?
We recognize that many students and families were frustrated and disappointed with distance learning experienced during the period of school closures due to COVID-19 (April – June, 2020). Many of our teachers have been working hard over the summer to increase their own ability to provide more fulsome online instruction. We will continue to offer ongoing professional development opportunities and supports to build capacity for teachers and educators so that we can improve the quality of remote learning for students.
What online learning platform will be used for students who opt for remote delivery of instruction?
We encourage our teachers to use D2L as their learning platform. We are aware that many teachers use Google Classroom, so we are hoping to be able to link the two platforms.
We will also continue the use of Microsoft Teams for synchronous instruction.
How will HCDSB address absences if teachers are unwilling to come back to work?
We understand that our staff may have a number of concerns around health and safety. The safety and well-being of our staff, students and families is our first priority, and we are working very closely with Halton Public Health, and the Ministry of Labour to ensure we have the necessary measures in place to create safe working and learning environments.
How will teachers adapt the curriculum to account for the three month gap in learning?
As we return to school in September, we will be very focused on determining where student learning gaps may exist and providing supports that students may need in terms of extra help or differentiated instruction.
Has the Board developed a proposal and detailed budget outlining the incremental costs associated with the new recommendations for a safe school?
There is an additional $25 million being allocated for all schools in the province, with HCDSB receiving a portion of that funding. As we prepare for return to school, we have already invested between $2.5-3 million dollars of the current year budget through the purchase of hand sanitizers, touchless hand dryers, and a number of other items to assist us in a healthy return to school.
We are awaiting more guidance from the Ministry regarding the expectations for return to school. When we receive this information, we will be in a better position to determine what additional purchases need to be made.
Will HCDSB be using libraries, community centres and conference centres as classrooms to ensure physical distancing?
At this time, we are not looking at placing students in facilities other than their home school. We will work within the parameters set out by Halton Region Public Health to ensure that health and safety protocols are in place as we implement the instructional delivery determined by the Ministry of Education.
How will HCDSB support families where students are unable to participate in remote learning?
If a student is not able to access to technology or the internet, we will have supports in place to ensure that student is equipped with the necessary tools to participate in remote learning.
If a student is not able to participate in online learning for other reasons, we will explore other options for program delivery based on the student and family’s individual needs.