Secondary School (In Person)

Beginning September 8th, 2020, the OCDSB will welcome students back to school via a progressive entry schedule.

The updated Secondary School Program Plan includes the following:

  • Quadmester model - Students take period one and three from September to Mid-November and periods two and four from mid-November to the end of January.
  • One course/week - Students will take one course every day (with instruction/classwork) for one week and then will take their other course every day the following week.
  • Cohorts A and B – Each course will be divided into two cohorts (A and B) with approximately 15 students per cohort.
  • A:B:A:B Model - Students attend alternate days by cohort; Cohort A attends Monday, Wednesday, Friday, TuesdayThursday and Cohort B attends Tuesday, Thursday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
  • Minutes of Instruction - School day is 300 minutes with 225 minutes of in-person instructional time plus a 75-minute study hall.

At-home learning consists of working independently and connecting with teachers during scheduled opportunities. This will include asynchronous and synchronous learning. 

The following are ways that students can engage in daily learning experiences:

Learning Experience



Collaborative Learning experience with students in person and remote learners using Google Docs

Guided Groups that may include students in both the classroom and those in remote learning

Google Chat that is used to engage students from all cohorts and would be available all throughout the day. This could be used to ask questions, make comments, engage with other students and see the thinking of others connected to the classroom

Live streaming (teacher modelling a new concept, a lesson, ReadAloud, etc). Recordings of all videos posted to the virtual platform for students to access multiple times.

Office Hours (extra help)

Return to School Schedule
Secondary students will begin on September 8th and 9th with orientation for Grade 9 students.  On September 10th (Cohort A) and 11th (Cohort B), all students in grades 9 to 12 will attend school in person with their respective cohort.  Cohort groupings will be determined and communicated by the school. Students at Sir Guy Carleton and Ottawa Technical High School, Adult High School, Alternate Schools, and Safe Schools classes will follow a modified version of this schedule. For more information visit the OCDSB Return to School Schedule page.

There is no question that this school year will be different and, understandably, that creates some uncertainty and anxiety for everyone. However, our shared goal is to provide a safe and sustainable learning environment with the capacity to adapt the delivery model if required.

We have compiled these Frequently Asked Questions to help address your queries and concerns and we will be updating that page regularly.

There are still many details to be addressed, but this operational guide provides a solid foundation for school administrators to build school-based plans for September.

This document will be adjusted as necessary to reflect the latest Ministry of Education and public health guidelines.

The following section provides information about arrival, departure, and access to schools; protocols in place during the school day; and additional considerations for school operations.
Additional Considerations For School Operations
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