Secondary Start Up Information - 2021-2022

Welcome Back Secondary Panel
Posted on 09/01/2021

Parent Communication (Secondary)  September 1, 2021 

Hello parents/guardians and students,

  We hope that you are enjoying the last few days of summer.  The staff at LDH are excited to welcome students back to the 2021-2022 school year.  The Ottawa Carleton District School Board and Longfields-Davidson Heights are taking a cautious approach to start the 2021-2022 school year.  Our priorities are to maximize student and staff safety, minimize the risks for the spread of COVID at school and to slowly move toward the resumption of all school based activities when it is safe to do so.  There are still lots of questions concerning specifics about school operations that we are continuing to work through.  We will keep you updated as things progress, but here are the basics concerning the current school start up.  

Health and Safety Protocols

Latest information from Ottawa Public Health   - Aug. 27 Letter from OPH

All students and staff must do a daily screening for COVID symptoms before coming to school - https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Students will be required to enter and exit the school through a designated door to minimize contact between students.  Students will be allowed to enter the building as of 8:40 a.m.  

Designated Entry and Exit Doors By Grade 

Grade Nine – Door C (By the main parking lot – western side of the building)

Grade Ten – Door B – (Side door by the culinary arts room) 

Gr. Eleven –Door A (Main Door by the office) 

Gr. Twelve –Door K (Bus loop doors by the music rooms) 


Students and Staff will be required to hand sanitize upon entering and exiting the building. 

Students and Staff will be required to wear masks indoors at all times (the exception would be when students are eating lunch or for students with medical exemptions).  

Students will be assigned a designated area by grade to eat lunch to minimize contact between students. 

Visitors will not be allowed into the building.  There will be exceptions where there are extenuating circumstances.  Arrangements will be made with the office ahead of time.

School Schedule

LDH will operate on a full semester schedule meaning that students will see their four classes for semester one from September until the beginning of February. Students will see two classes each day for 150 minute periods (one in the morning and one in the afternoon).  Classes will rotate from week to week with classes in blocks A&B being taught one week and classes in blocks C&D being taught the next week.  


Semester One Timetable

150 minute period 

Lunch 

150 minute period 



Week 1


Week 2

Day

M

T

W

T

F


M

T

W

T

F

AM Course

A

A

A

A

A


C

C

C

C

C

PM Course

B

B

B

B

B


D

D

D

D

D


Date

Week 1 (A/B)

Week 2 (C/D)

Sept 9 - Nov 15

24 days

23 days

Nov 16 - Feb 2

23 days

23 days

Total Days in Sem 1

47 days

46 days


Students will have a period to eat lunch (more information to come soon).  Students will be able to leave for lunch but once they leave the building they must stay out for the entire lunch period.  Coming and going in and out of school will not be allowed.  There will be no food service provided by the cafeteria, and food delivery services (Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes, etc…) will not have access to school property, so students should bring lunch if they are staying. We are still working on finalizing the times for each period but the school day will start at 8:55 a.m. and finish at 3:00 p.m. We will have the full schedule out for students by Friday, Sept. 3.  

Students with spares and e-learning courses must leave the building and work from home during that period.  

Students in the ASD program will follow a different schedule that will be set by their respective teachers.  This schedule will be communicated during the first week of school.  


School Start Up

Students will receive an email from their period one teacher on Tuesday, Sept. 7th.  The email will contain information on the student’s designated entry and exit door, their first period classroom, and a general welcome from their period one teacher.  On Thursday, Sept. 9 students will enter the building and proceed to their classroom.  Students will receive their timetables during their first period class that provides teacher and room number information for their semester one classes.  

Students should bring a full water bottle (water fountains will not be accessible, but filling stations will be), a mask, a lunch (if staying at school), one or two binders with paper, pens and pencils etc.  Teachers will provide a more extensive list of necessary learning materials during their class.  

Staff will continue to update their learning management systems (Google Classrooms, VLE etc.) to provide online resources to support their students' learning this semester, and in case of a transition back to online learning.  


Switching back and forth between OCV and In Person Schooling

Families had the opportunity in March and June of 2021 to request a placement in either in person or online learning (OCV). There will be very little opportunity for families to change their placements. We recognize that for some families things have changed in their personal lives that might require such a change. LD  students and families are asked to email a member of administration (i.e. mark.harris@ocdsb.ca) if they are seeking a change in placement. 

At this time, only situations with extenuating circumstances that are related to a ground protected under the Human Rights Code are being considered. When there are extenuating circumstances, and they relate, in whole or in part, to a ground protected from discrimination[1] under Ontario Human Rights Code, the OCDSB will work to find appropriate accommodation for the need, to the point of undue hardship. A member of the Multidisciplinary team (Social worker, Psychologist, Child-Youth worker) may be assigned to conduct an additional review of the request and advise the Principal/Superintendent.

[1] Grounds protected from discrimination under the Ontario Human Rights Code are: citizenship; race; place of origin; ethnic origin; colour; ancestry; disability (including mental, physical, developmental or learning disabilities); age (18 years of age or older); creed (religion); sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding); family status (such as being in a parent-child relationship); marital status (including married, single, widowed, divorced, separated or living in a conjugal relationship outside of marriage, whether in a same-sex or different-sex relationship); sexual orientation; gender identity; and gender expression.


Student Lockers 

Lockers will be assigned to students once the school year is up and running.  Students will be assigned lockers near their homeroom classes where possible.  


Student Fees

Student fees will not be collected for the 2021-2022 school year. 


Transportation 

LDH has only one yellow school bus transporting students to school.  This bus transports students from the Winding Way subdivision by Prince of Wales.  OSTA (Ottawa Student Transportation Authority) automatically provides Presto passes (passes to use OC Transpo buses) to students who meet the criteria for living a specific distance from the school.  OC Transpo provides a number of special buses specifically for LDH students to get to and from school.    The Presto passes usually arrive by the end of the first week of school.  Parents should make arrangements to transport their child for the first week of school.  The parent portal at OSTA is now open and can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/


Special Education/Student Success/ESL Supports 

The Learning Support, Student Success and ESL Team at LDH is eager to support all students.  If you have any questions related to your child’s IEP or learning needs, our support team is here to help.

Learning Support Teacher - Megan Serapiglia    Megan.Serapiglia@ocdsb.ca

Learning Support Teacher - Virginia Stanton   Virginia.Stanton@ocdsb.ca

English Second Language Support  - Shane Williams    Shane.Williams@ocdsb.ca 

Student Success Teacher - Erin Poulter     Erin.Poulter@ocdsb.ca

Head of Special Education - Gail Brennan   Gail.Brennan@ocdsb.ca




Extra Curriculars 

We realize that extra curricular opportunities help enhance student life at LDH.  We hope that we will be able to get back to offering a variety of extra curricular opportunities in the areas of music, sports, arts, and technology.  We hope to be able to provide more information by the end of September.  


Allergies & Medical Conditions 

Medical Forms:  This process is now electronic-click here!

Please complete the new OCDSB 963 - PLAN OF CARE FOR STUDENTS if your child has any medical conditions (including administration of medication, e.g. Ibuprofen).

 

This one new document covers all previous medical forms required for students at our school.

 

This electronic form does not require a doctor's signature. Please remember to "SAVE" at the end of the form once completed.  Once the form is saved, a copy of the form will be sent to the school for our records, no paper copy is required.  


If we have any questions or concerns in regards to your submission we will contact you directly.

 


Returning Borrowed Tech Equipment

Due to the COVID restrictions from last year, LDH lent out a significant amount of chromebooks to students to support their online learning.  We are still looking to collect any outstanding chromebooks so that they can be cleaned and serviced.  We want to ensure that all of our students will have access to the necessary equipment to support their learning.  If you still have a Chromebook from last year, please send it in with your child and have them drop it off in the main office where it will be recorded as “returned”.

Communication


We will continue to update our school website  for information as it becomes available.


We are excited to welcome students back to the building on Thursday, Sept. 9.  Have a great Labour Day weekend.  


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