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April 6 – 9 Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you know, last week the Ministry of Education announced that schools will remain closed to students until Monday, May 4th, 2020. While our school remains closed to help limit the spread of COVID-19, it is important for you to know that student learning will continue to take place.

For the past two weeks, your child has had the opportunity to engage in optional and independent learning by exploring the Learn at Home resources provided by the Ministry of Education, as well as resources prepared by our school board staff. Your child and your family may wish to continue using these resources throughout the remainder of the school closure.

Beginning the week of April 6th, 2020 we are moving to teacher-led distance learning for all of our students.

What is Teacher-led Distance Learning?

Distance learning is learning that takes place outside of a traditional classroom setting. While some of the instruction may be conducted online, students will not be expected to be on a device for all their learning. Our goal is to encourage students to read, communicate and engage in learning experiences.

It may look different for each class, but in general, distance learning –

· is flexible and can be done at any point during the day

· does not always require online access

· requires minimal parent/guardian support

Hours of Work and Focus on Learning

The Ministry of Education has provided the following guidelines for hours of work and focus of learning.

Kindergarten-Grade 3 · 5 hours of work per student, per week · Focus of learning: literacy and math

Grades 4-6 · 5 hours of work per student, per week · Focus of learning: literacy and math, science and social studies

Grades 7-8 · 10 hours of work per student, per week · Focus of learning: core math, literacy, science and social studies

Hours refers to the approximate amount of time your child would spend on the work assigned by teachers. This does not mean the amount of time your child should be online or in front of a screen. Your child’s teacher may engage with students in a variety of ways.

As a Catholic school, our focus will also include Religion and Family Life, and our teachers will continue to integrate our faith and Gospel values in all subject areas.

Assessment At the Elementary school level, your child’s teacher will use formative assessment to gather evidence of how he or she is progressing in their learning. Your child’s teacher will provide feedback on his or her progress, and he or she will receive a final report card.

The Days and Weeks Ahead

Our teachers and educators have been busy preparing a plan for distance learning that will work for their classes and they are excited to connect with students again this week through distance instruction. We know that the learning experience will feel different for students, families and educators alike. As with anything new, the transition will bring its challenges, but please know that our teachers and educators are working hard, and we are all doing all we can to keep meeting the needs of our students.

Our goal is for all students to successfully complete this school year. You have our commitment and assurances that we will continue to find innovative ways to create conditions that support the spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional well-being of our students.

Communication

Now more than ever the relationship between home and school is key to your child’s success, and we will continue to keep the lines of communication open with our parents. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any concerns around their learning. All our teacher emails are listed on our website under Contacts > Staff Directory.

Thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding and support during this time. We continue to hold all our students and families in our thoughts and prayers. Please keep following the advice of our Public Health professionals as you care for yourselves and your families.

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

M. Morrissey, Principal

morrisseym@hcdsb.org

Elementary PrincipalApril 6 – 9 Update