Effective Friday November 13, quadmester 2 began in secondary schools operating under the hybrid model. In this model, as in elementary, students physically in school and students who are at home are taught by the same teacher.
Effective Monday, November 16, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will operate under two modes of education at the elementary level:
- Hybrid mode, where students who are physically in school and students who are at home are taught at the same time by the same teacher, and;
- Remote only mode, where students will learn from home for the remainder of the school year.
OVERVIEW OF THE HYBRID AND REMOTE ONLY LEARNING MODES, IN ELEMENTARY:
We recognize the hybrid learning mode is a new model of education delivery. We remain committed to providing an excellent Catholic education for all students. During this time of pandemic, and particularly in the Region of Peel, where we are seeing high rates of positive COVID-19 cases and daily class dismissals in schools, we must acknowledge the need for a learning mode that permits the seamless transition to remote learning for all students, if required.
We endeavour to maintain safe learning environments and have established strict health and safety protocols for staff and students, yet we are keenly aware of the need for a mode of learning that permits students to continue with their education should their parents/guardians decide to keep their child(ren) home.
The hybrid mode allows parents/guardians to alternate their choice to have their child(ren) learn in-school or at home for the remainder of the school year. The remote only mode requires a commitment to the end of the school year by parents/guardians to have their child(ren) learn in the remote only option.
- Elementary Reorganization and Learning Mode Transition Update - November 12, 2020
- ICT Quick Reference Guide (Elementary Students) - November 2020 (WORD)
ICT Quick Reference Guide (PDF) / Citrix Workspace and DP Storefront (PDF) / Chromebook Printing (PDF) / Cyber Security Red Flags (PDF) / 20 Ways to Stop Mobile Attacks (PDF)
- Remote and Hybrid Learning: Cyber Security, Privacy, Online Safety and Expectations for Behaviour
- Director's Letter to Parents re: Elementary Learning Mode Update - November 9, 2020
- Secondary Update: Student Timetables - November 9, 2020
- Secondary Update re: Quadmester 2 Transition Day (November 13, 2020)
- Elementary Reorganization Update - October 29, 2020
- Elementary Learning Modes Update - October 23, 2020
- Community Information Bulletin: Elementary Learning Update - October 16, 2020
- Elementary Learning Reorganization Update - October 14, 2020
- Elementary Learning Model Update - October 9, 2020
- Elementary Learning Model Update - October 8, 2020
- Request Form to Change Learning Mode - October 6, 2020
- Elementary Remote School Update - September 21, 2020
- Secondary Online Learning Update - September 10, 2020
- Elementary Introduction to Online Learning - September 10, 2020
Online Learning Platforms
Google Classroom and D2L will continue to be the main platforms that teachers will use for remote learning. It is strongly recommended that students have their cameras on during live teaching.
Access to Technology
We recognize that families may not have access to Wi-Fi or to devices that are necessary for remote learning. To help remove these barriers to learning, DPCDSB has developed a plan to provide families who need access with these tools. If you require access to technology, parents/guardians should contact their homeschool principal and arrangements will be made to support the student request based on availability.
The DPCDSB Remote School will offer the full Ontario curriculum through structured synchronous and asynchronous learning:
- Synchronous learning: Learning that happens "live" or 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. Synchronous learning supports the well-being and academic achievement of all students, including students with Special Education needs, by providing an interactive and engaging way to learn. Synchronous learning helps teachers to provide immediate feedback to students and enables students to interact with one another. (Ontario Ministry of Education, PPM 164)
- 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. Asynchronous learning allows students to access learning according to their own pace and convenience. (Ontario Ministry of Education, PPM 164)
Remote Learning Instructional Time
A school day, whether in-person or online, involves 300 minutes (or 5 hours) of learning. In the DPCDSB Remote School, as per Ministry direction, students will engage in the following number of minutes of synchronous (live) learning:
- Kindergarten: 180 minutes
- Grades 1 to 3: 225 minutes
- Grades 4 to 8: 225 minutes
- Grades 9 to 12: 60 minutes for each 74-minute class period or 225 minutes per day for a full course schedule (whichever is higher)
The remainder of the 300 minutes, students will engage in asynchronous learning, where they will work on follow-up activities or assignments provided during the live learning portion of their day.
Supporting Students with Diverse Learning Needs
The DPCDSB will work collaboratively with families and community partners to support the well-being and individual needs of students. For families who choose the remote option, special education programs, supports, and services will be adapted to support student needs on a case by case basis, anchored at their home school. As the transition back to school moves forward, parents/guardians are encouraged to connect with the local school Principal to discuss the Individual Education Plan for their child.
Assessment and Evaluation
All DPCDSB Remote School students will receive a Report Card as they would have if they attended school in person. Student learning will be evaluated as per curriculum requirements. Assessment practices will be fair, equitable and transparent by ensuring students have multiple ways to demonstrate their learning. DPCDSB staff are committed to provide remote learning experiences, use instructional strategies and assessment practices that are centred around students and their learning needs.
Attendance will be taken twice daily for elementary students and at the beginning of every class for secondary students. Similar to in-class learning, attendance issues will be addressed by the teacher and if required, the principal for follow-up. If your child will be absent, please call the school.
Create a space conducive to your child's learning. Ideally, the space would allow your child to focus and participate in remote learning that is free from distractions. Where possible, provide your child with items (e.g., writing tools, paper, etc.) appropriate for their grade level. Remind your child of the tools available on devices (e.g., calculator, clock, timer) to assist with tasks. In the event of unexpected disruptions (e.g., internet or computer issues), have an activity readily available (e.g., book to read). You may want to provide time for outdoor activities, movement breaks, and non-screen activity, as appropriate. Parents/guardians are reminded that when cameras are on the child's entire learning environment may be visible to the teachers and classmates.
Communication to Parents/Guardians and Students
Ongoing communication is essential in keeping parents/guardians informed about their child's learning. Regular communication will help build positive relationships between the home and school. It also provides an opportunity for parents/guardians to discuss their child's ongoing progress. Classroom teachers are to provide parents/guardians and students the necessary information for managing the remote learning classroom (e.g., daily learning schedule and how students will connect to the remote learning classroom). Parents/guardians will be informed on how they can communicate with staff.
If you have further questions, please call 1-877-374-1642 until November 20. Please note, as of Monday, November 16, 2020, Remote learning students will be continuing under their homeschool umbrella. Please contact your child’s school office directly.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we strive to prioritize safety and provide learning options that work best for parents/guardians, students and staff.