Dear parents/guardians of elementary students,
I am writing to you to provide updates on our Catholic learning communities.
This information applies to elementary students (Kindergarten-Grade 8) only. There are no changes at the secondary level (Grade 9-12).
Please note that Remote Learning is available for families who require this option for student health and/or the safety of their family. Otherwise, our Board is excited and ready to welcome back families into our schools. We continue to work diligently to ensure our Catholic school communities are safe for all students and staff.
The next date of changing between the two learning models is Monday, January 4, 2020. We will be accepting requests to change starting on Monday, November 30. This will be done through a survey, which you will find below.
Please note that this is a request for movement and not a guaranteed placement in a new classroom. Depending on the number of requests received, ALCDSB may establish a waiting list, similar to other Boards in Ontario.
If you are considering movement between the two learning models, please consider the following:
- Due to many changes required at the school level and considerations for student wellness and achievement, we do not encourage families to go back and forth between Remote Learning and In-Person Learning.
- Changing between learning models does have an impact on staffing, physical distancing and space allocation. Please be patient with us as we take the week of December 14-18 to place students in classrooms. Once you complete the survey, updated information (i.e who your teacher is) will not be immediate.
- Similar to your child changing schools, the curriculum is not connected and taught in the same order at every school. The units of study will not necessarily match up so there may be gaps or overlap in a student's programming if they move between the two modes of learning.
- French Immersion Programming is not offered in Remote Learning. All students will receive a minimum of one period of Core French per week of 40 minutes.
- Similar to many Boards in Ontario, ALCDSB is experiencing a shortage of qualified teachers. We are working hard to keep up with demand for more qualified teachers. Class size is a factor that our Board takes into consideration.
- If your child transitions to a new learning model, they cannot switch back immediately.
- If your child is returning to in person learning from remote, please click here for important information, and online applications for Tri-Board Transportation on arranging bussing service to and from school.
- For more information on Remote Learning, including a timetable example, please click here.
We remain committed to the health and safety of all our students. We continue to provide families with updates from our local public health units and the Ministry of Education as they become available.
We look forward to welcoming students back into our Catholic learning communities and are pleased to offer Remote Learning for families who require this option.
If you have any additional questions, please contact your school principal.
If you wish to transition between the two learning models, please complete this survey by midnight Friday, December 11. Please click here to access the survey.
Sincerely, David DeSantis
Director of Education