We are looking forward
to beginning Semester 2 tomorrow – Friday, February 5th. Track A students will be in school. Track B students will join us online.
School leaders had
previously discussed with Public Health the potential for increased face-to-face
teaching options at the high school level for second semester. The recent elevation of cases in the
province, and the concerns around the new COVID variants certainly have
impacted those decisions.
As we move into second
semester, we will focus on establishing and maintaining daily contact between subject
teachers and students enrolled in their class.
The following basic provincial expectations for semester 2 may be different
from what became habit in semester 1 – but are very similar to our 9 days of
Learning at a distance in January.
There will be a minimum of 10 minutes per class dedicated
to a live virtual meeting with students at home for every class, every day.
Subject teachers will manage each class as a single group
– with some of the group connecting online from home and some of the group present
in the classroom.
Attendance will be taken every day –
whether in person or online. This is
where all students continue to follow our Learning at a Distance Plan when they
are connecting from home. Students can access
their online schedule by following the instructions Mrs. Lean has posted on her
Guidance site and that each Homeroom teacher has posted on their TEAMS sites.
These pieces will build
more accountability into our system, provide students with a more scheduled
approach to learning, and support the progression of curricular standards.
learning and a feeling of connectedness is critical. With the experience of Semester 1 behind us –
and our 9-day practice run of our Learning at a Distance Plan – the time
is right to ensure reasonable, consistent expectations that are focused on
student learning across the province.
Thank you for your commitment
to student learning.