Declaration of Learning Models 2021-2022

UPDATE (May 5): The deadline has been extended for Thames Valley parents and guardians to declare their choice of In-Person or Full Remote Learning for their children for September 2021.  

As a result of direction provided from the Ministry of Education on May 4, parents and guardians now have until Tuesday, June 1 to complete the Declaration of Learning Model form found on the Thames Valley Parent Portal at www.tvdsb.ca/parentportal.  


 

At Thames Valley District School Board, we look forward to welcoming your child(ren) back to In-Person Learning in September 2021. Plans are underway to make sure this is a safe and welcoming experienceAs directed by the Ministry of Education, we will continue to follow the health and safety precautions currently in place for the 2021-22 school year. 

The Ministry of Education has also directed all Boards to offer in-person and full remote learning models for the 2021-2022 school year. While we believe that in-person learning best supports students, we also recognize that given unique circumstances, some families may want their child to learn remotely.  

More Information to Make Your Decision 

We strongly recommend parents and guardians read Getting Ready for September 2021- A Family Resource to understand the differences between the two learning models when making your decision.  

Please note that the learning model you choose is for the full 2021-22 school year. Large movements of students between In-Person Learning and Full-Remote Learning can cause considerable disruptions to many students, including those who are not changing learning model themselves. Therefore, your choice of In-Person Learning or Full-Remote Learning will represent a full-year commitment. 

Learning Model Declaration 

The next step in our plan for the upcoming school year requires your responsePlease complete the Declaration of Learning Modelin the TVDSB Parent Portal (www.tvdsb.ca/parentportalfound under your child’s name and indicate whether or not your child will be returning to In-Person Learning or Full-Remote Learning in September. A separate entry must be completed for each child and is required for both elementary and secondary students. The deadline to complete this form is June 1, 2021. If you are new to the Parent Portal, instructions are provided below.  

If you have difficulties accessing the Parent Portal, please contact your school.

Our educators and staff are excited to welcome back our students and families! We promise to keep our families informed and will continue to provide regular updates.  

New to using the Parent Portal?  www.tvdsb.ca/parentportal 

Parents/Guardians who are new to using the Thames Valley District School Board Parent Portal are asked to visit the TVDSB Parent Portal to create an account using the email address registered at their child’s school. An online video is available on the login page to assist with the account creation process. 

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Elementary Learning Models

Declaration of Learning Models for 2020-2021

We are beginning to plan for September 2021 in TVDSB! To support our elementary students and focus on their success and well-being, we are requesting families help us with our planning. Families will be asked to select and declare a learning model for the 2021-2022 school year. This information is shared to assist families in deciding the model that best suits their child’s needs. 

In-Person Learning (IPL)

  • All elementary programs will be offered 
  • COVID-19 safety procedures will be in place: physical distancing, masks, hand washing and staff will be wearing personal protective equipment 
  • Students will be placed in class groups while indoors and larger groups for recesses outdoors 
  • TVDSB Special Education programs will be offered* 
  • Before and After School programs will be available at specific school sites 
  • Gradual return to regular operations as possible, based on health guidance (e.g., use of shared space, extra-curriculars) 

* Students who are unable to attend a Special Education class in-person, due to complex special needs, may be offered the opportunity to join the class for a portion of the day through a web-based video connection. 

Full Remote Learning

  • Kindergarten to Grade 8 programs will be offered as FRL 
  • Physical Education and Dance are not offered in FRL 
  • Students will use Brightspace as a digital learning platform with Google Meet as the synchronous (live) option 
  • Students will receive 180 minutes (Kindergarten) and 225 minutes (Grades 1-8) of synchronous (live) instruction each day 
  • Students will be combined from various TVDSB schools into remote classes 
  • Potential for larger class sizes 
  • Adult supervision at home is required 

Note: Attendance is taken and required each day in both In-Person and Full Remote Learning. 

Making the Best Decision for Your Child

As our families consider the learning model for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Consider your child’s strengths as a learner. It is important to consider your child’s ability to use technology independently for whole group and small group activities. 
  • Consider your child’s needs for interacting with peers. Some students benefit from being in person and connecting with peers at recess and breaks. 
  • Consider your family’s ability to support supervision of remote learners during the day. Engagement and participation are critical to student success and building relationships with their remote peers and staff. 
  • There may be limited opportunities for in person clubs, teams, and events for part of the 2021-2022 school year. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic improves TVDSB is committed to resuming these activities when it is safe to do so for in person learners. FRL students will not be able to participate in these in person opportunities, however, FRL staff will be encouraged to consider opportunities that may be able to be provided virtually. 

Screen Time/Synchronous Instruction

For effective instruction to occur in Full Remote Learning, our TVDSB educators teach in large and small groups settings through a virtual “meet”. This is provided in the synchronous (live) meeting times required for virtual learning. It is important to recognize this time is established for teacher instruction and an opportunity for teachers to engage in assessment of students’ knowledge and skills. 

Technology

TVDSB is committed to supporting all families who declare Full Remote Learning as their child’s learning model for the year by providing a loaned computing device (e.g., Chromebook, iPad) and if needed, an Internet-enabled device. Your child’s home school can assist with these requests. 

Family Support for Learning

Parent/guardian support is always important but is particularly essential when students do not have in-person connections with school staff. A quiet space to work with minimal distractions is important for success in a virtual learning environment. It is important that Elementary Parents and Guardians are able to ensure supervision for full remote learners who require it during the school day. 

Extra-Curricular Activities

Families should consider their child’s extra-curricular interests and how those needs can be addressed outside of school as it may not be possible for Full Remote Learning students to participate in extra-curriculars if they become available at their home school. 

Change of Home School

For the 2021-2022 school year, elementary students who declare their intent for FRL may need to become a student at a different TVDSB school which is not their In-Person Learning home school. Students in FRL will become a student of this school for the year, with all of the supports (e.g. Administration, Learning Support Teacher, Educational Assistants, ESL Teacher) being provided by this designated school. When FRL students return to In-Person learning in 2022-2023, they will be registered back at their in person learning home school. There is no action for parents/ families for these changes to occur. 

Declaration for the School Year 2020-2021

TVDSB is committed to our students’ success. Movement of students between learning models is disruptive to individual student success in addition to the class of learners. Continuous movement of students impacts our staff’s ability to support our students effectively. Therefore, families are asked to declare a learning model by June 1st that will meet their child’s needs for the full 2021-2022 school year.

Complete the Online Form by June 1

The link will be available from April 29th - June 1st. All families are asked to declare a Learning Model for each child in their household. Families who are unable to complete the form online, may contact their home school for assistance. 

NEW: FRENCH IMMERSION (FULL REMOTE LEARNING)
French Immersion may be available to families based on expressed interest and staffing capabilities

Secondary Learning Models

Declaration of Learning Models for 2020-2021

We are beginning to plan for September 2021 in TVDSB! To support our secondary students and focus on their success and well-being, we are requesting families help us with our planning. Families will be asked to select and declare a learning model for the 2021-2022 school year. This information is shared to assist families in deciding the model that best suits their child’s needs. 


In-Person Learning (IPL)

  • All secondary programs will be offered 
  • COVID-19 safety procedures will be in place: physical distancing, masks, hand washing and staff will be wearing personal protective equipment 
  • Quadmester model 
  • Daily schedule, cohorting (A-B), and number of courses per day to be determined 
  • Gradual return to regular operations as possible, based on health guidance (e.g., use of shared space, extra-curriculars) 

* Students who are unable to attend a Special Education- Developmental Education class in-person, due to complex medical needs, may be offered the opportunity to join the class, for a portion of the day, through a web-based video connection. 

Full Remote Learning (FRL)

  • Selection of courses in each grade level and pathway 
  • Specialized programs such as: International Baccalaureate (IB), Aviation, Specialized High Skills Major and Environmental Leadership are not offered in FRL 
  • Courses such as Dance, Music, Technology, Cooperative Education are not offered in FRL 
  • 225 live online minutes (synchronous) instruction/day 
  • Daily schedule and number of courses/day to be determined 

Note: Attendance is taken and required each day in both In-Person and Full Remote Learning. 

Making the Best Decision

  • Consider your child’s strengths as a learner. 
  • Consider your child’s needs for interacting with peers. Some students benefit from being in person and connecting with peers at breaks and lunch. Engagement and participation are critical to student success and building relationships with their remote peers and staff. 
  • There may be limited opportunities for in person clubs, teams, and events for part of the 2021-2022 school year. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic improves TVDSB is committed to resuming these activities when it is safe to do so for in person learners. FRL students will not be able to participate in these in person opportunities, however, FRL staff will be encouraged to consider opportunities that may be able to be provided virtually. 

Learning Considerations

Full Remote Learning requires a greater need for students to be able to work independently due to the virtual nature of the program. Although many aspects of learning can be replicated in an online environment, the social development, peer interactions, informal interactions can be quite different. It is important to recognize that synchronous (live) meeting times in Full Remote Learning are established for teacher instruction and as an opportunity for teachers to engage in assessment of students’ knowledge in skills. 

Technology

Students opting to learn virtually will need to be comfortable using technology to access and engage in learning and will need access to a device (e.g., Chromebook, laptop, etc.) and internet connectivity. Families should consider the student’s comfort level using technology for their learning and the capacity to support technology issues during the school day. Students who cannot access a device of their own can request to borrow a Chromebook through their home school. 

Family Support for Learning

Parent/guardian support is always important but is particularly essential when students do not have in-person connections with school staff. A quiet space to work with minimal distractions is important for success in a virtual learning environment. 

Extra-Curricular Activities

Families should consider their child’s extra-curricular interests and how those needs can be addressed outside of school as it may not be possible for Full Remote Learning students to participate in extra-curriculars if they become available at their home school. 

Changing of Home School

Students enrolled in the Thames Valley Full Remote Learning program will be assigned to a remote learning program which is connected to one of our TVDSB schools. Students in Full Remote Learning will become a student of this school for the year, with all the supports (e.g., Administration, Student Success, Guidance, ESL and Learning Support Teachers) being provided by this designated school. 

Families should consider their connection to the school community and whether that is a factor in their decision about learning for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Graduating students will have the opportunity to participate in Commencement ceremonies and other celebrations with their peers in their home school. 

Declaration for the School Year 2020-2021

Large movements of students between in-person and virtual learning can cause considerable disruptions to many students, including those who are not changing learning modes themselves. Therefore, when students choose In-Person or Full Remote Learning, this choice will represent a year-long commitment. 

Complete the Online Form by June 1

The link will be available from April 29th - June 1st. All families are asked to declare a Learning Model for each child in their household. Families who are unable to complete the form online, may contact their home school for assistance. 

NEW: FRENCH IMMERSION (FULL REMOTE LEARNING)
French Immersion may be available to families based on expressed interest and staffing capabilities

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