Learning and Instruction (Secondary)

Instruction in Our HCDSB Secondary Schools

Secondary Schools​ Adapted Delivery Model​

An Adapted School Day in Secondary Schools

  • Under this scenario, cohorts would include approximately 15 students in each class attending on alternate days, or alternate schedules that would represent in person attendance for at least 50% of instructional days. ​
  • All courses will be taught using a combination of in-person and remote learning (in-person time has been maximized in this model).​
  • Classrooms will be organized to allow students to be physically distant.  ​
  • Remote learning will be delivered both synchronously and asynchronously.​

Key Considerations – Adapted Delivery​

  • Supports for Students with Special Needs, IEPs, ELLs, etc. ​
  • Student Success Initiatives (Credit Recovery, etc.) School-Wide or Small Group Wellness Initiatives ​
  • Supports for IB Programme Requirements (Extended Essay, ToK, Internal Assessments) ​ Meetings for Leadership Groups (e.g. Student Council, Athletic Council, etc.)

About the Quadmester Adapted Delivery Model at HCDSB Secondary Schools ​

  • Secondary school students will be divided into two cohorts (Cohort A and Cohort B) of up to 15 students attending in-class instruction on alternating days.
  • Each cohort will take two courses at a time, attending school 2-3 days per week.
  • Cohort C would be comprised of students learning remotely from home. Cohorts A, B, and C would participate in synchronous learning together for some parts of each day.
  • 2 Credits will be earned per 10-week module 
  • 2 modules (4 credits) per semester; 4 modules (8 credits) per school year.

Benefits of Quadmestering ​

  • No transitions within the school building.
  • Allows for ample time for cleaning at the end of the school day.
  • Deeper learning opportunities as students can focus on two subjects at a time.
  • Allows for deep relationship building opportunities.

Secondary School – Semester 1 Schedule​

Calendar

Secondary School –  Weekly Schedule​


Secondary School – Sample Daily Schedules

(180 minutes of daily face-to-face instruction)

Secondary School – Sample Daily Schedules

Academic Support *

  • will be provided by teachers who are available from the same subject department
  • would include opportunities for students to practice and consolidate questions and concepts they have from synchronous learning and to ask questions of subject area teachers.

Choosing Between Adapted Learning and Remote Learning in Secondary Schools​

  • Both secondary models are based on a quadmester structure with students taking two courses each 10-week module. ​
  • Prior to the start of each module, parents (or students over 18) may choose between:
    • An adapted delivery model with 2 smaller cohorts (Cohort A and Cohort B) and a blend of face-to-face and online instruction.
    • 100% remote learning from home (Cohort C)
  • The process to switch from in-school instruction to remote learning (and vice versa) will be provided in September.

Secondary Schools​ Remote Delivery Model (Cohort C)​ – For students whose parents opt out of in-school instruction​

Remote Learning for Secondary Students​

  • Remote learning will be delivered both synchronously and asynchronously.​
  • All remote learning platforms (D2L, Google classroom, Office 365) are accessible for persons with disabilities and students with special education needs.​
  • Teachers participated in professional development throughout the Distance learning period. Curriculum Services has provided additional PD to educators throughout July and August and will continue to offer learning opportunities on an ongoing basis.​

Sample Schedule​ (Secondary Remote Learning)

Secondary Sample Daily Schedule

Academic Support *

  • will be provided by teachers who are available from the same subject department
  • would include opportunities for students to practice and consolidate questions and concepts they have from synchronous learning and to ask questions of subject area teachers.
Creative Design OfficerLearning and Instruction (Secondary)