Learning and Instruction (Elementary)

Instruction in our HCDSB Elementary Schools​

Elementary Schools ​Conventional Delivery Model​ (For students who will return to school​)

  • Full day return to school for all elementary students (including Special Education, French Immersion and Extended French programs), 5 days per week, 300 minutes of instruction per day.​
  • Regular class size, with the students cohorted as a group (including recess and lunch). ​
  • Elementary students will be cohorted with their classmates and their homeroom teacher, one teacher and one DECE in Kindergarten, with limited contact with other subject specific teachers for classes such as Core French, the arts and physical education. ​

Switching Between Conventional Learning and Remote Learning in Elementary Schools

Families will have the opportunity to switch between in-school instruction and remote learning at three identified points in the year:

  • Thanksgiving
  • After Christmas
  • After March Break

The process to switch from in-school instruction to remote learning (and vice versa) will be provided in September.


Elementary Schools​ Remote Delivery Model​ (For students whose parents opt out of in-school instruction​)

  • Students who are choosing to learn online will be part of a Virtual School, where they will be assigned to a classroom teacher* and receive instruction synchronously and asynchronously throughout the day, in accordance to the Ministry of Education guidelines.  
  • Teachers will support students in large and small group instruction throughout the day, and staff will engage in ongoing and regular synchronous ‘Check & Connect’ with students.  
  • Students will receive timetables outlining weekly schedules for all classes.

* Please note that this may not be a teacher from their school community, depending on the number of students from each school that opt to learn online.

Sample Schedule​ (Elementary Remote Schedule for 180 minutes of Synchronous Learning: Kindergarten

Remote Learning (7 periods)

  • Teacher/DECE may or may not be from the student’s home school
  • All 4 Frames will be taught and reported on (Belonging & Contributing, Problem Solving & Innovating, Demonstrating Literacy & Mathematics Behaviours, Self-Regulation & Well-Being)
    • 300 minutes of instruction per day
    • 180 minutes of synchronous learning time in Kindergarten includes:
    • Students working independently and in small groups with teacher/DECE overseeing the learning and available for questions
    • Large- and small-group learning
    • Guided instruction
    • Synchronous check-ins
  • Opportunities for synchronous (real time) and asynchronous learning will be provided daily across all 4 Frames

Sample Schedule​ (Elementary Remote Schedule for 225 minutes of Synchronous Learning: Grade 1-8

Remote Learning (7 periods)

  • Teacher may or may not be from the student’s home school
  • All subjects will be taught and reported on
  • 300 minutes of instruction per day
  • 225 minutes of synchronous learning time (Grades 1-8) includes:
    • Students working independently and in small groups with teacher overseeing the learning and available for questions
    • Large- and small-group learning
    • Guided instruction
    • Synchronous check-ins
  • Opportunities for synchronous (real time) and asynchronous learning will be provided daily across all subjects

Remote Learning- Sample Schedule (40-min periods) Grades 1-8

  • Teacher may or may not be from the student’s home school
  • All subjects will be taught and reported on
  • 300 minutes of instruction per day
  • 225 minutes of synchronous learning time (Grades 1-8) includes:
    • Students working independently and in small groups with teacher overseeing the learning and available for questions
    • Large- and small-group learning
    • Guided instruction
    • Synchronous check-ins
  • Opportunities for synchronous (real time) and asynchronous learning will be provided daily across all subjects
Elementary Remote Learning Schedule 40 minute periods Grade 1-8
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