Secondary Adapted Learning

TVDSB has been directed by the Ministry of Education to open all secondary schools with an adapted model that combines in-person and remote learning. Students will be placed in groups of approximately 15 students, attending on alternate schedules.

Secondary students enrolled in TVDSB Special Education Developmental Education classes will have the option to attend school in-person every day.


Secondary school courses will be timetabled using a “quadmestered” approach. In a quadmester, students take two courses at a time for a 10-week period. Students will then take their next two courses for the subsequent 10 weeks to complete a full semester. Where the secondary school year was previously two (2) semesters, this year the two (2) semesters are each divided in half, which establishes the Quad (4) breakdown of the school year. 

This is what a student timetable looked like for the 2020-2021 school year.

Cohorts of Students

Students are assigned into groups as either Cohort A or Cohort B and each cohort will have approximately 15 students. Students will be a part of 2 cohorts, one in each of the 2 courses they attend in each quadmester (i.e., a student assigned to Cohort A will attend one course with one cohort of classmates and the second course with potentially another cohort of classmates); this scheduling is supported by local public health units.

  • Schools will be open every day to students in their assigned cohort. Start and end times for the instructional day remain the same.
  • Each cohort will be scheduled for both face-to-face and at-home learning.

For example, here are last year's Secondary School Year Calendar: 

Instructional Expectations
  • Each day includes 240 minutes of face-to-face instructional time with students.
  • Students will attend one class per day.
    • Period 1 classes will be conducted on weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
    • Period 2 classes will be conducted on weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
  • Teachers will determine breaks.
  • Longer course periods will support science labs, tech classes, practical courses, etc.
  • Half courses (such as Careers/Civics) will run for 5 weeks within each quadmester.
  • Study Hall (60 minutes per day) will provide an opportunity for the classroom teacher to connect with students during their at-home learning time.
Operational Expectations 
  • School will begin and end at regular times.
  • Schedules will include time for washroom use/drinks/hand washing opportunities.
  • Staggering of recess and lunch will occur.
  • Contact points will be minimized throughout the day.

Teachers will be required to use a Google Classroom and/or Brightspace platform to support the extension of learning for students who are learning at home on days when their assigned cohort is not in school. Through each of these digital platforms, students will have access to learning materials (online resources, class/course content), as well as the opportunity to demonstrate learning.

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