IMPORTANT - Additional Information - OCDSB Shift to Remote Learning

IMPORTANT - Additional Information - OCDSB Shift to Remote Learning
Posted on 04/18/2021
IMPORTANT - Additional Information - OCDSB Shift to Remote Learning
Following the orders of the Ontario government, effective Monday, April 19, 2021, all OCDSB elementary and secondary schools will close to in-person learning until further notice.

Parents and students will receive guidance from their school on Monday, April 19th to assist with the shift to remote learning. This will include the daily school schedule and information on learning resources and activities to take place. School staff will work to determine which students need technology support (a Chromebook or Internet hotspot) and how to best assist these students with learning until they are able to receive a device. Families in need of these devices are also encouraged to contact their principal.

Elementary Remote Learning

Learning for elementary in-person students will follow a regular daily schedule. Each day will include:

  • Kindergarten - 180 minutes of live (synchronous) teacher-led virtual instruction + 120 asynchronous minutes learning activities and tasks for a total of 300 minutes of learning time.  
  • Grades 1-8 - 225 minutes live teacher-led virtual instruction + 75 minutes learning activities (asynchronous) for a total of 300 minutes of learning time.

Secondary Remote Learning

Secondary in-person students will have live teacher-led virtual instruction daily, with two subjects each day. This will include:

  • 112.5 minutes - Subject 1
  • 30 minute - Nutrition break/transition
  • 112.5 minute - Subject 2
  • 40 minute - Lunch Hour
  • 75 minute - Remote student support

Special Education

While in-person learning is best for most students with special education needs, many students, including those in specialized program classes (e.g., BIP, DSP, LD, LLD, Gifted, GLP, PSN, etc.), can have their educational needs met through remote learning. Students with intensive and complex special education needs, such as those with developmental disabilities (DD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or multiple exceptionalities, will be considered to attend during the provincial school closure period. School principals and educators will review the teaching and learning opportunities according to each student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) and work with families to develop a plan for remote learning wherever possible during the closure period.

For students who are deemed to require the accommodation of in-person learning and in order to ensure that the appropriate programming context is in place, a staggered entry plan will be developed, beginning with  Clifford Bowey Elementary School and Crystal Bay Centre for Special Education on 22 April 2021.  The goal is to have students who require the accommodation for in-person learning attending by 26 April 2021.

Ottawa-Carleton Virtual

Classes for OCV students and staff will continue as previously scheduled during this period.

Child care and emergency support for essential workers

Child care for non-school-aged children (infant, toddler and preschool age groups) will remain open. Before-and-after school programs, including the OCDSB Extended Day Program, will be closed, including the scheduled PA day on April 23rd. 

The Ministry of Education has worked with Ottawa Children's Services and Ottawa Public Health to implement a targeted Emergency Child Care (ECC) program for school-aged children of health care and other frontline workers, free of charge for parents (eligibility list).   

For a list of approved service providers, please visit this page from the City of Ottawa:

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