Secondary In-Person Learning

Secondary schools will provide daily in-person learning for the full duration of the school day (five instructional hours).

Thames Valley secondary schools, and secondary remote learners in virtual programs, will follow a Modified Semester Model in September 2021. This model will replace the Quadmester Model used during the 2020-2021 school year.

In the Modified Semester Model, students will take a total of four courses over each of the two 20-week semesters. Students will alternate taking two courses one week, then the other two courses the next week.

Students will attend school 150 minutes each morning, followed by a lunch break, before returning for 150 minutes in the afternoon. Families are encouraged to refer to school websites for the start and end times of the school day as these times will be different at each school. Breaks will be built into each 150-minute learning block. The lunch break will occur between periods.

This model will be followed by students whether they attend school in person or virtually.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Week 1

Period 1
(150 min)

Lunch

Period 2
(150 min)

Period 1
(150 min)

Lunch

Period 2
(150 min)

Period 1
(150 min)

Lunch

Period 2
(150 min)

Period 1
(150 min)

Lunch

Period 2
(150 min)

Period 1
(150 min)

Lunch

Period 2
(150 min)

Week 2

Period 3
(150 min)

Lunch

Period 4
(150 min)

Period 3
(150 min)

Lunch

Period 4
(150 min)

Period 3
(150 min)

Lunch

Period 4
(150 min)

Period 3
(150 min)

Lunch

Period 4
(150 min)

Period 3
(150 min)

Lunch

Period 4
(150 min)

Week 3

Period 1
(150 min)

Lunch

Period 2
(150 min)

Period 1

(150 min)

Lunch

Period 2
(150 min)

Period 1

(150 min)

Lunch

Period 2
(150 min)

Period 1

(150 min)

Lunch

Period 2
(150 min)

Period 1

(150 min)

Lunch

Period 2
(150 min)

Week 4

Period 3
(150 min)

Lunch

Period 4
(150 min)

Period 3
(150 min)

Lunch

Period 4
(150 min)

Period 3
(150 min)

Lunch

Period 4
(150 min)

Period 3
(150 min)

Lunch

Period 4
(150 min)

Period 3
(150 min)

Lunch

Period 4
(150 min)

The Modified Semester Model is designed to address student and family concerns about the pace and intensity of courses experienced in the Quadmester Model, while still limiting the number of contacts each week for health and safety. 

Instructional Expectations
  • Each day includes 300 minutes of face-to-face instructional time with students.
  • Teachers will determine breaks within each period.
  • Longer course periods will support science labs, tech classes, practical courses, etc.
Operational Expectations 
  • Schools will begin their day at their regular start times. Please review start times on school websites.
  • Periods 1 and 2 will be completed in the first week, and periods 3 and 4 will be completed in the second week.
  • Staggered breaks will be provided during the 150-minute period.

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