Updated Return to School Plan: August 19, 2020

Updated Return to School Plan: August 19, 2020
Posted on 08/20/2020
Updated Return to School Plan: August 19, 2020

Dear OCDSB Families,

With new direction from the Ministry of Education and lots of good feedback from the community, we have updated our Return to School plan

Our plan is still built on three models of instruction:

Elementary In Person – No Change to model

  • Students attend In Person five days per week, with enhanced health and safety protocols in place. Students will remain in one classroom with the same group of students all day, including lunch and when they go outside for recess. Please read the sample daily schedule.

Secondary In Person Model – Revised

  • Students attend school on alternating days and will have 2 periods of in person instruction, plus independent learning. The school year will be divided into four quadmesters, students take two courses at a time for approximately 45 days. Each course will be divided into two cohorts and the students in cohort A and B will attend on alternating days, i.e. A, B, A, B. The school day dismissal time will be earlier than usual. Please read the sample daily schedule.

Remote Learning K-12 – Revised

  • Students attend a “virtual school” with other students in the same grade and program from across the district. There is a prescribed number of instructional minutes for synchronous (live teacher) and asynchronous learning (teacher-recorded lessons or independent learning). Students are registered in the virtual school and are not connected to their home school for daily instruction. Students with special education needs will be supported. Remote learning is quadmestered at the secondary level. Please read the sample daily schedule.

*If you are choosing remote learning, please review that section of the updated Return to Plan carefully for more details.

Staggered Entry for In Person Learning

To help ensure a safe transition, the return to school will be staggered over two weeks, starting September 8th. We will prioritize our youngest learners in elementary and secondary, and those students who may need further assistance. Specific details on timing will be communicated in the last week of August.

READ OUR UPDATED RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN - many of the questions you have been asking are addressed in this updated plan.

Attending In Person or Remotely - Process for Changing Decisions

91% of families have already decided whether their children will attend school In Person or by Remote Learning. In Person learning is the preferred choice for 73% of elementary and 78% of secondary respondents. For those families that want to change the decision about In Person or Remote Learning, there is still time to do that. Later today, an email will be sent to families confirming that we have received your decision (one email per child). If you have not changed your preference, you do not need to do anything. Your original request has been recorded and shared with the school. If you want to change your decision, please complete the form by noon on Friday, August 21st.

Haven’t Made A Decision Yet?

Families who have not yet submitted their decision must also do so by noon on Friday, August 21st using our Confirmation of Attendance form. In cases where no decision is submitted, students will be scheduled for In Person attendance. If you need help completing this form, please call our office at 613-721-1820 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 20th and 8 a.m. and 12 noon on Friday, August 21st.

We recognize the challenges of making this decision under such short timelines. This information is critical in order to ensure that there is a teacher and student for every class and that secondary student timetables can be created. Due to staffing and class configurations, it may be difficult to make further changes until later in the term or end of semester.

Parent Resources

The OCDSB is holding an online Speaker Series for parents about preparing your child for the Return to School. Join us for a presentation by Dr. David Tranter, Professor, Faculty of Social Work – Lakehead University - “From Worried to Well: Supporting Your Child at Home and at School” on Monday, Aug 24, 2020, at 7:00 PM

Dr. Tranter will discuss critical strategies to promote student well-being, and your own well-being, during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a live webinar with time allotted for a Q and A session. Register now!

Parents may also find these resources helpful:

CHEO’s Back to School During COVID-19: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

Read Ottawa Public Health’s Resources for Supporting Schools During the Pandemic

Thank you for your support, patience and understanding as we navigate these changes and updates together.

Please help make schools safe by following public health guidelines.

Be well and be safe.

Camille Williams-Taylor
Director of Education


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