Transition to Online Learning

Online Learning
Posted on 01/04/2022

We recognize that Premier Ford’s announcement yesterday indicating that schools would transition to online learning until at least Monday, January 17, was disappointing to many members of our community.   Our hope is that we will be able to safely get back to in person classes as quickly as possible.  For now we will be transitioning to online classes starting tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 5).

What can students and parents expect with online learning for the next few weeks?

Intermediate students  

We will continue to follow a Monday to Friday schedule similar to the schedule before the break.  Students will follow a regular day from 9:05 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.  With the same breaks as if they were in person.   Students will have 300 minutes of instruction per day.  225 minutes of instruction will be synchronous (learning time may include students working independently and in small groups while engaged in a virtual classroom with the teacher overseeing their learning and available for questions).   75 minutes per day will be Asynchronous learning (This is not delivered in real time. Asynchronous learning may involve students watching pre-recorded video lessons, completing assigned tasks, or contributing to online discussion boards. During this time, educators are expected to be available to support students in their learning).

Intermediate students will be able to access both synchronous and asynchronous learning activities through their teacher’s Google Classroom.    Teachers have reached out to their classes today (Tuesday, January 4) to help provide students with instructions for engaging in classroom activities tomorrow.

 

Secondary students

 We will continue to follow a two class a day model similar to before the holiday break.  This week classes in Block C (A.M.) and in Block D (P.M.) will run from Wednesday, Jan. 5 to Friday, Jan. 7.  Next week classes in Block A (A.M.) and Block B (P.M.) will run.  Each class will have 150 minutes of instructional time per day.   Morning classes will start at 9:05 a.m. and run until 11:35 a.m.   Afternoon classes will run from 12:25 p.m. until 2:55 p.m.  Each class will be broken into synchronous activities (112.5 minutes) and asynchronous activities (37.5 minutes) as per the Ministry of Education expectations.  Synchronous learning time may include students working independently and in small groups while engaged in a virtual classroom with the teacher overseeing their learning and available for questions.   Asynchronous learning is not delivered in real time. Asynchronous learning may involve students watching pre-recorded video lessons, completing assigned tasks, or contributing to online discussion boards. During this time, educators are expected to be available to support students in their learning.

Secondary students will be able to access both synchronous and asynchronous learning activities through their teacher’s Google Classroom or VLE.  Classroom teachers have reached out today (Tuesday, January 4) to help provide students with instructions for engaging in classroom activities tomorrow. 

It is the OCDSB”s and LDH’s expectation that all students participate and are actively engaged in online learning.  In the case of secondary students, this marks an important time in the semester as students look to complete their first semester courses in early February.   Teachers will be providing opportunities for students to improve their marks through online assessments. 

We fully recognize that online learning may present some obstacles to students and we are committed to working with families to overcome these obstacles.   Students and families that require any technological assistance in accessing online learning (Chromebooks etc.) are asked to contact the main office (613) 843-7722 or a member of the school’s administration to request assistance.  Other obstacles may be more personal in nature.  We ask that families reach out to the individual classroom teachers or to Student Services to help problem solve concerns when students are struggling with their engagement.   We appreciate that these are stressful times for everyone. 

 

What about students in Specialized Classes?

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board recognizes that not all students will be capable of accessing online learning.  Plans are being made this week to make accommodations for students in specialized classes.  We hope to be able to provide more information to students and families in our specialized classes before the end of the week. 

 

What about Coop students?

Secondary students currently doing in person Coop placements will shift to virtual activities.  Coop supervisors will be reaching out to students today and tomorrow. 

 

All extra-curricular activities have been postponed at this time. 

 

The main office will be open for regular hours from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

 

It feels like déjà vu as we have had to switch to online learning numerous times.  It is not ideal, but the LDH staff are committed to doing everything we can to support our student body in helping them to achieve their goals. We hope that everyone stays healthy and safe, and we look forward to welcoming students back to in person learning as soon as we can.  We will continue to keep the LDH community updated as new developments occur. 

 

Online Resources

Parent and Student Guide To Google Meet

Google Meet/Hangouts Etiquette - Also available in: French, Arabic

Videos:

How Students can join a Google Meet from their Google Classroom 

Arabic: Joining Google Meet and Its Etiquette

Google Classroom

Instructional Documents:

Google Classroom for Parents and Students

Accessing Google Classroom with Xbox-One, PS4 or Mobile Device

Editing a PDF Assignment using TextHelp

Videos:

Signing into Google and Getting into Google Classroom - For parents

Editing a PDF assignment in Google Classroom 

Completing and Submitting Assignments in Google Classroom

Chromebooks

Instructional Documents:

Getting Started with a Chromebook - For Parents

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