Remote Learning

Student and staff safety are the top priorities for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board (SCCDSB). As we begin the 2020-2021 school year, the SCCDSB is committed to ensuring that students across our system have access to remote learning and we are prepared to respond to changes, as necessary, based on directions from the Ministry and provincial and local Medical Officers of Health.

Our SCCDSB complete September Ready document is available here​.​

For more information on our SCCDSB Remote Learning School, please click below.

Elementary

Students will be enrolled in a virtual classroom through a newly created SCCDSB Remote Learning School. Remote Learning requires daily attendance, 300 minutes of student learning each day, and includes all curriculum areas, and frequent, live contact with a teacher during school hours. Remote Learning classes will not be associated with student home schools. The administration and teaching staff of the SCCDSB Remote Learning School will communicate with all Remote Learning students before the start of school year on September 14th, 2020. Students are under the administration of the Remote Learning School while they are participating in Remote Learning instruction, as well as have access to academic and well-being supports.

Staying connected to the student’s home school is an important part of our planning. Whenever possible, staff from the student’s home school is encouraged to stay connected with students attending the SCCDSB Remote Learning School, such as through online newsletters. Remote Learning students will also graduate with the graduating class at their home school. Student attendance will be taken daily. ​

The school day will be:

  • 8:50 am School day begins, attendance is taken;

  • 8:50 am - 9:30 am Period 1;

  • 9:30 am - 10:10 am Period 2;

  • 10:10 am - 10:30 am Morning Break;

  • 10:30 am - 11:10 am Period 3;

  • 11:10 am - 11:50 am Period 4;

  • 11:50 am - 12:30 pm Lunch;

  • 12:30 pm Afternoon begins, attendance is taken;

  • 12:30 pm - 1:10 pm Period 5;

  • 1:10 pm - 1:50 pm Period 6;

  • 1:50 pm - 2:10 pm Afternoon Break;

  • 2:10 pm - 3:10 pm Period 7;

  • 3:10 pm Dismissal

Student learning daily minimum learning time by grade level:

KINDERGARTEN:

  • 180 minutes of live (or synchronous) learning each day.

  • 120 minutes of on-demand (or asynchronous) learning each day.

GRADES 1 - 8:

  • 225 minutes of live (or synchronous) learning each day.

  • 75 minutes of on-demand (or asynchronous) learning each day.

Exceptions to the synchronous learning minutes should be discussed with the Remote Learning School Principal.

Students will have frequent, live contact with their teacher. Live (or synchronous) learning will include text, video, or voice communication that allows teachers to instruct and connect students in real time. Live learning supports the well-being and academic achievement of students with immediate feedback from teachers and student to student interaction. Live learning will include whole class, small group, and individual interactions.

On-demand (or asynchronous) learning is not delivered in real time. It may include watching prerecorded video lessons, completing assigned tasks, or contributing to online discussion boards.

Students will Remote Learn using SCCDSB provided platforms:

  • Google Classroom, D2L Brightspace or Edsby (Kindergarten - Grade 8)

  • Google Meet Video Conferencing (Kindergarten - Grade 8)

Live (synchronous) learning does not constitute ‘supervision’ and the school cannot be held responsible for student behavior/accidents that happen at home.

SCCDSB will assess whether there are students who need access to a device or Internet and take steps to distribute school resources to ensure students can stay connected, wherever possible, to learning.

For families who have elected to participate in the Remote Learning option, the requirements for synchronous learning may be accommodated on an individual basis.

There will be limited opportunities throughout the year to return to face-to-face learning if you chose for your child to begin the year in the Remote Learning model. Students and families may be put on a wait list for face-to-face learning, depending on availability.

Once school begins, if families wish to CHANGE from Voluntary Learn at Home to Face to Face Learning at school model (or vice versa) they will be permitted to do so at set points during the school year with advanced notification:

Elementary:
Requests submitted to school principal by October 22, 2020 (with a return to school on November 12, 2020); January 12, 2021 (with a return to school on February 3, 2021) or March 30, 2021 (with a return to school on April 20, 2021).

If a family/student requests a change of learning models at a time that is different from those stated above, the change will be reviewed on a case by case basis. If the request is able to be accommodated, transition time will be required for planning purposes.

Moving students between face-to-face learning and the Remote Learning School is similar to moving physical schools mid-year. Some gaps are likely as math units, science topics, or other curriculum areas may already have been taught in the student’s new class. Instructional gaps of this nature are similar to moving between schools during the school year.

Students who attend the Remote Learning School will return to the school they attended in the 2019-20 school year at the November, February, and April re-organization dates unless their address changes and are in a new school’s area.

Secondary

Students who choose Remote Learning will be engaged in remote learning five days per week. Students will be removed from the face-to-face timetable they were scheduled in at their home school and enrolled in virtual Learn at Home courses through a newly created SCCDSB Remote Learning Secondary School. Once students are removed from their home school timetable, they will lose the seat in the in-person class. Should students wish to return to face-to-face learning there is no guarantee that they will be able to get their original timetable.

Students are under the administration of the Remote Learning Secondary School while they are participating in Remote Learning instruction, as well as have access to academic and well-being supports . The administration and teaching staff of the SCCDSB Remote Learning School, will communicate with all Remote Learning students before the start of school year on September 14th.

Staying connected to the student’s home school is an important part of our planning. Whenever possible, staff from the student’s home school is encouraged to stay connected with students attending the SCCDSB Remote Learning Secondary School, such as through online newsletters. Virtual Remote Learning students will also graduate with the graduating class at their home school.

Students who choose Remote Learning will be using Google Classroom or D2L in facilitating the learning. They will be registered in two classes per quadmester with students and teachers from throughout the SCCDSB. Students who choose Remote Learning may not have the same timetable or course selections they requested in the spring. All attempts will be made to honour student course requests; however, the priority for Remote Learning will be to provide compulsory courses. As such, there will be limited optional courses available in the Learn at Home program. ​

The Remote Learning Secondary School bell schedule is as follows:

TIME: CLASS:
​8:05-10:45 (150 minutes of instruction) Instructional time

​10:45-11:25 (40 minutes) ​LUNCH

​11:25 – 2:10 (150 minutes of instruction) Instructional time

Synchronous learning does not constitute supervision and the school board cannot be held responsible for student behavior / accidents that occur while students are engaged in Remote Learning.

Synchronous learning: Learning that happens in real time. Synchronous learning involves using text, video, or voice communication in a way that enables educators and other members of the school or board-based team to instruct and connect with students in real time.

Asynchronous learning: Learning that is not delivered in real time. Asynchronous learning may involve students watching pre-recorded video lessons, completing assigned tasks, or contributing to online discussion boards.

For Secondary students in Grades 9 -12 the daily minimum synchronous learning time requirement will be 225 minutes for a 300-minute instructional day. The synchronous learning will be provided for large and small groups of students each day, in a manner similar to in-person classroom teaching. Synchronous learning time may include students working independently and in small groups while engaged in a virtual classroom with the teacher overseeing their learning and available for questions.

Students may be exempted from the minimum requirements for synchronous learning, on an individual basis. Requests for an exemption must be made in writing. To support meaningful access to education, alternative learning approaches will be put in place for all exempted students. Exempted students will be provided with a daily schedule or timetable per course.

SCCDSB will assess whether there are students who need access to a device or Internet and take steps to distribute school resources to ensure students can stay connected, wherever possible, to learning.

Once school begins, if families wish to CHANGE from Voluntary Learn at Home to Face to Face Learning at school model (or vice versa) they will be permitted to do so at set points during the school year with advanced notification:

Requests submitted to school principal by January 12, 2021 (with a return to school on February 8th, 2021).

If a family/student requests a change of learning models at a time that is different from those stated above, the change will be reviewed on a case by case basis. If the request is able to be accommodated, transition time will be required for planning purposes.

Students who attend the Remote Learning School will continue to be a part of their home school, and will return there when the time arises. If a student changes their address while in attendance with the Remote Learning school, the change will be made with their home school and may result in a change in registration if a decision to return to in-school learning is requested.

Click here to view the Quadmester Calendar.

Should a student in Secondary share with you that they need to see a guidance councillor, they can contact:

UCC - Mr. Matteis jordan.matteis@sccdsb.net

SPCHS – Mr. Stewart jay.stewart@sccdsb.net

Students with Special Education Needs

Families with elementary and secondary students with special education needs may elect to participate in Remote Learning. Students will engage in a combination of asynchronous or synchronous (during school hours) learning. Daily attendance is required.

Where appropriate, educators will provide more opportunities than the minimum requirements for synchronous learning for students with special education needs, based on their individual strengths and needs, and provide differentiated support and instruction.

Educators will continue to provide accommodations, modified expectations, and alternative programming to students with special education needs, as detailed in their IEPs. If it is not possible to meet a student’s needs through synchronous learning, educators and families will work together to find solutions. Families with children with special needs are encouraged to reach out to their school team to discuss their child’s transition back to the school setting.

There will be limited opportunities throughout the year to return to face-to-face learning if you chose for your child to begin the year in the Remote Learning model. Students and families may be put on a waitlist for face-to-face learning, depending on availability.

Privacy

The Board’s Privacy Office created a fact sheet to support educators, students and families to teach and learn in virtual environments with privacy in mind. Students and their families are required to follow these guidelines when participating in both “live” (synchronous) classroom activities and those that allow students to contribute as they are available (asynchronous classroom activities.)

Read more here ......Virtual Classroom Guidelines for Privacy and Security.

To support student learning at home, families can also access resources through the Ministry of Education's Learn at Home online portal. These resources do not replace what students have been learning at school; however, the Kindergarten to Grade 12 online learning resources may support students' learning at home during the COVID-19 school closure period. Additional resources curated by SCCDSB staff are available here:

Elementary Online Learning Resources

Secondary Online Learning Resources

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