Full Remote Learning


We recognize that some families may elect to have their child(ren) learn from home rather than return to school in September. We respect and will honour these decisions and have developed a plan to support students who will engage in Full Remote Learning until such time as they are able to return to school.

Elementary and Secondary students who choose Full Remote Learning will participate in real time, synchronous learning every day. Classes will be led by qualified teachers at scheduled times during the school day. The amount of time students will spend in Full Remote Learning will be equal to the same amount of time as students who chose In-Person Learning. It will be expected that students in the Full Remote Learning Model participate every day; attendance will be monitored. 

Families/students who require support with technology or Internet access to engage in Full Remote Learning should indicate this in the TVDSB Return to School Confirmation survey. If you have any difficulty with completing this confirmation, please contact the Help Line at 519-452-2005 or by submitting an Online Service Request Form.

Students in this model will be assigned to a qualified TVDSB teacher (one who may not be from their school) and with other peers (who may not be from their school) in a Full Remote Learning class. This Full Remote Learning class will have its own digital learning platform and instruction will occur online through asynchronous and synchronous learning opportunities. Ontario curriculum will be taught, assessed and evaluated. Full Remote Learning Teachers will provide synchronous learning opportunities which may include individual or small group support (video conferencing via Google Meet / Teams, phone calls), mini-lessons and content/skill-based instruction, as appropriate. It will be expected that students participate every day and attendance will be monitored. 

Minimum Expectations for Full Remote and Synchronous (Real Time) Learning

For families/ students who select Full Remote Learning, daily opportunities for synchronous (live, real time) and asynchronous (independent) learning will be provided. Students and families will receive a schedule that outlines the 300 minutes of learning opportunities. This timetable will include both live, real time learning with teachers and peers as well as independent learning activities. Synchronous learning will include large and smaller groups of students, as it would in the In-Person learning model.

Please note:The synchronous learning times listed below may be divided into shorter periods throughout the day and reflect the amount of time the teacher is available for a real time learning opportunities students.

Students will not be working on a computing device for the entire time allocated for synchronous learning. At times, students will be working independently during real-time learning, away from their device, with the teacher available for support in the digital classroom.

Daily Minimum Requirement for Synchronous (Real Time) Learning 

Kindergarten - 180 minutes
Grade 1 to 8 - 225 minutes
Grade 9 to 12 - 240 minutes per course in a Quadmestered model (Students in TVDSB will be taking 2 courses for 10 weeks.)

The times indicated above are in addition to independent (asynchronous) learning which is part of a student’s day. The school day for students enrolled in Full Remote Learning remains a 300-minute instructional day. Daily attendance for students is expected in Full Remote Learning and will be monitored.

Timetable for Full Remote Learning Students

Families of elementary and secondary students in the Full Remote Learning model will be provided with a schedule of synchronous (real time) and asynchronous (independent) learning opportunities. This schedule will be provided in advance to support families with planning.

Secondary students who elect Full Remote Learning will participate in online courses within a Quadmestered schedule, to align with our Secondary Adapted model.

Exemption Process for Synchronous (Real time Learning)

Full Remote Learning staff will work with families who are not able to have their child(ren) participate in scheduled synchronous learning times. A process will be developed to allow for student exemption from synchronous learning.

Communication

Families who select Full Remote Learning will receive communication from a Full Remote Learning staff member prior to the start of the school year. This communication will include information such as: login process, the schedule of learning (timetable), and student learning expectations. If timetable changes are needed at the secondary level, guidance counsellors will support any needed changes.

Full Remote Learning Without Technology

We recognize that for some families there may be a reason to access education without the use of technology. The assigned Full Remote Learning staff will connect with families prior to the school year and this preference can be shared. If a family selects Full Remote Learning but is unable or does not wish to access technology, support will be provided through non-digital means. This learning opportunity will take the form of paper packages supported with phone call communication.
Kindergarten

Our Full Day Kindergarten In-Person and Full Remote Learning classes will continue to engage our youngest students in learning through play- based and inquiry opportunities.

The programs focus on children’s learning development within four frames (topics):

  • Belonging and Contributing
  • Self-Regulation and Well-Being
  • Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviours
  • Problem Solving and Innovating

For Kindergarten students who select Full Remote Learning, our TVDSB Educator Teams will provide various community building experiences at the start of the school year. The Kindergarten program will be delivered through both synchronous (live, real time) and asynchronous (independent) opportunities, recognizing the importance of regular connection between the Educator team, the students and their peers.

 

What does In-person Kindergarten learning look like, sound like, and feel like in Thames Valley?  

As a board, we are committed to providing learning opportunities that build on the Ontario Ministry of Education Kindergarten Program. Inquiry and play-based learning focuses on development within four frames that align to how learning naturally happens:  

  1. Belonging and Contributing  

  1. Self-Regulation and Well-Being  

  1. Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviours  

  1. Problem Solving and Innovating  

What does Kindergarten Full Remote Learning look like, sound like, and feel like in Thames Valley?  
  • Full Remote learning will be taught by qualified Thames Valley educators;  

  • Children whose families select Full-Remote Learning will be placed in classes with other children from across Thames Valley - children may not necessarily be taught by an educator from their home school; 

  • Students and families will be connected to and receive communications from their home school;  

  • All Full Remote Learning educators will establish an online classroom using Brightspace;  

  • A combination of synchronous (live, real-time) instructions and asynchronous (independent) learning will be offered to children and families - you will be provided with a schedule of real-time instruction for your child’s online classroom;  

  • Attendance will be monitored and participation and engagement are expected – creating a sense of belonging for children will be foundational to Remote learning, therefore attendance is key; 

  • The materials provided will be age/grade appropriate and reflect the Four Frames of the Kindergarten Program;  

  • Learning activities will be play and inquiry based and interactive for children;  

  • Families who have selected Full Remote learning are able to change learning models (ie In-person Learning) at specific points during the year, with advance notice. There are specific entry-point dates for transitioning between models.  

What will the first weeks look like for my Kindergarten child?
  • Kindergarten children will begin school the week of September 14. 

  • This change in start date is required to re-organize all of our schools based on the high number of families who have selected Full Remote Learning.   

Helping your child be prepared for Kindergarten

Our parents and families play a vital role in promoting positive messages about attending school. When you are preparing your child for coming to school in the fall, reassure your child that school is a safe place to learn, play and grow. Practice hand washing, opening food containers, doing up zippers, putting on own shoes, opening lunch bag, and your morning routine.

Gradual Entry for Kindergarten Year One (K1) and New Year Two Students (K2)

Our JK (K1) and NEW K2 (SK) students will be supported through a process we refer to in TVDSB as gradual entry. Gradual entry means students who are new to the school (K1 students and new K2 students) start on different days throughout the first week (September 8-11), gradually as the week progresses. By Friday, September 11, 2020, all Kindergarten students will have started their year in the Full Day Kindergarten program online (Full Remote Learning). A specific schedule is provided to Kindergarten families by the school prior to the first day of school.

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