Learning From Home - April 6 2020

posted Apr 6, 2020, 7:06 AM by Kelly Nixon

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Last week the Ministry of Education announced that schools will remain closed until at least May 4th.  As a result, we now know that the duration of Learning From Home will last a minimum of 6 weeks. Over the course of these first two weeks staff have been supporting students while also working to adapt course material and direction for distance learning. 

Beginning today, grade 7&8 homeroom teachers will be emailing a Weekly Visual Planner each Monday (exception: Tues. April 14th following Easter) to the students in their homeroom.  The document will contain work instructions from all subject teachers for the week ahead (Sample 7&8 Visual Planner).  

To help students in high school we are recommending the following weekly schedule: Recommended High School Schedule.  In general, high school teachers will also be sharing work instructions with students on Mondays each week.

We hope that these schedules will help students establish a learning routine during this time away.  However, it is important to know that students have the discretion to complete weekly work on a schedule that is most conducive to their circumstances. There are a great number of complex challenges being faced by families in our community, and as such we are employing a flexible approach. 

Teachers will continue to provide feedback and assess student work.  The school board provided an update regarding how assessment will be undertaken during the closure period  (please see OCSB update for families - April 4, 2020).  It is very important for students to understand that their continued investment in learning will have two important impacts.  First, improvement in a student’s overall final mark can be achieved. More importantly, the skills and knowledge acquired will be essential building blocks for future courses.  

As we near Easter, I continue to be amazed by the generosity, gratitude and optimism or the Sacred Heart community of students, parents and staff - evidence of our belief in faith and resurrection.  

Please continue to take care of yourselves and your family.

Brent Hopkins