January 2nd, 2021
Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,
We hope that you have had a restful and enjoyable Christmas break. We’d like to provide you with some information to help prepare for Monday’s transition to online learning.
When school closed for the Christmas break we were expecting to re-open for in-person instruction on January 4th. Of course, we all learned on December 21st that, as part of the province-wide lockdown, the plan would need to change (Dec 22nd OCSB Message to Parents). This is not a small undertaking for students, parents or teachers. It will require some patience and understanding as new learning routines are being established. By working together I’m sure challenges can be overcome.
Online Learning Timeframe
Grade 7&8 students: Monday, January 4th - Friday, January 8th
Grade 9-12 students: Monday, January 4th - Friday, January 22nd
Students registered with the Virtual Academy will continue to receive instruction as scheduled prior to the Christmas break.
During the initial portion of the day on Monday, January 4th teachers will be participating in staff meetings and professional development activities. As a result, our first day back will be a modified one for students.
Students should review the following short video tutorials on Monday morning.
HowTo use Google Meet for Students
HowTo Troubleshoot Hapara Workspace for Students
By noon on Monday morning students and parents will receive an email message from their respective homeroom teachers. The message will include a link to a document that contains the schedule for the week and Google Meet links for each of their teachers.
Grade 7&8 students will follow a condensed afternoon schedule on Monday, January 4th where they will meet briefly with each of the teachers they would usually see on Monday. The schedule for the day (Jan 4th Intermediate Condensed Schedule)
Beginning on Tuesday, January 5th, students will participate in full day learning. We will be adhering to our regular class schedule (7&8).
Unlike our in-person structure, all students (Cohort A and B) will engage in teacher-directed instruction every day during school closure.
By 8 am on Monday, January 4th students should receive a message from their period 1 teacher that provides work instructions for that morning.
Direct online instruction will begin period 2 on Monday at the regularly scheduled class time (HS). Period 2 teachers will provide students with a Google Meet link prior to class beginning.
On January 5th, and each day that follows until we return to in-person instruction, both period 1 and 2 will occur online. Period 1 teachers will share a Google Meet link with students prior to class beginning on January 5th.
Participation, Attendance and Assessment
It is important to note that student participation in online learning during the school closure will be key to their continued success. Unlike last spring, evaluations conducted over this period will impact final marks regardless of whether it results in an improved final grade or not.
Given the quadmester system in place in high school, it is essential that students in grades 9-12 engage in this period of learning. The last day of quadmester 2 is Thursday, January 28th. Therefore, what remains of this quadmester’s courses will be completed largely online.
Attendance will be taken each period and will be reflected on students’ report cards.
In general, students will be connected ‘synchronously’ with their teachers 75-80% of the period they are regularly scheduled to be in class. Teachers will continue to provide various learning experiences, not all of which will require online computer-related instruction.
The school has access to Chromebooks that can be loaned to students if one is required to participate in online learning from home. We ask parents to email the school directly at SacredHeart.High@ocsb.ca by 2 pm on Monday, January 4th if your child is in need of an electronic device.
Learning Technologies: Parent Support Webinars
The school board will be streaming two live webinars for parents on Monday, January 4th (9-10 am and 8-9 pm). For more information on these webinars as well as how to access a playlist of other instructional videos please visit: OCSB LT Parent Support Resources.
Welcome to 2021! It’s time to get learning again! We look forward to classes beginning Monday.