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 your student timetable will look 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.


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.

Semester 1 - Quad 1: September 14, 2020 to November 13, 2020

Semester 1 - Quad 2: November 17, 2020 to February 2, 2021 

Semester 2 - Quad 1: February 4, 2021 to April 22, 2021

Semester 2 - Quad 2: April 26, 2021 to June 28, 2021

Staggered Start
The Ministry of Education has permitted Boards to allow for up to a two-week staggered start for the 2020-2021 school year. This means that some students will begin on different dates and attend school in person on specific days. A staggered start will help us ensure that all health and safety protocols are in place at our schools and provides us with additional time to reorganize our staff to allocate staff for students who have opted for full remote learning.
Sample schedule
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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