The WRDSB worked to develop learning models for each of the three scenarios identified by the Ministry of Education back in June. Descriptions for each can be found here. We want our students, families and staff to know that if direction changes, we are ready with possible learning models for each of the three scenarios.
Full Return With Enhanced Health and Safety Protocols
In this model, elementary students would attend school with enhanced safety measures and a maximum of 30 students per class. Bell times and timetables would remain the same as pre-COVID-19 pandemic, with 300 minutes of face-to-face teacher instruction. Students would have two, forty-minute nutrition breaks with staggered outdoor breaks.
However, there will be an increase of health and safety measures in place such as staggered entry and exit of students, frequent hand hygiene, the recommended use of masks when physical distancing cannot occur, and enhanced cleaning measures as a few examples.
Secondary students would return to school in a quadmestering model, which means students would return full-time but attend two classes per day in person with supervised blended learning periods using platforms such as Google Classroom and Brightspace. Class sizes would vary depending on grade and level, usually to a maximum of 30 students, and a staggered lunch block would be implemented to help with the enhanced safety protocols.
In this model for elementary students, there would be four cohorts: A, B, C, and D.
Cohorts A and B will be determined by Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) as transportation plays a significant role in cohort development. Each class would be divided into two cohorts with a maximum of 15 students per cohort, with each cohort attending class on different days. This would have students attend five full days of class instruction over two weeks. A combination of face-to-face instruction and blended learning, delivered through asynchronous and synchronous learning, would complete the learning experience for our students.
Cohort C and D will be supported fully through distance learning either through tech-enabled devices (Cohort C) or via tech-free options (Cohort D) and by parent or legal guardian request.
In this model for secondary students, there would be four cohorts: A, B, C, and D.
Each class would be divided into two cohorts, with a maximum of 15 students per cohort. In September, secondary schools would start with an adaptive model and then shift to quadmestering, as directed by the Ministry of Education. A combination of face-to-face instruction and blended learning, delivered through asynchronous and synchronous learning, would make up the learning experience for our students.
Cohort C and D will be supported fully through distance learning, as determined by completion of the “Intent to return to school in person Form by parent or legal guardian request.
Full Distance Learning
In this model, elementary and secondary students would engage in learning from a distance, in most cases, through digital devices. All educators would establish an online classroom using one of the WRDSB designated platforms and schedule synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities for their students, along with Special Education Resource Teachers , EAs, and CYWs to provide synchronous support to students with IEP’s and students who require additional support.
Creating a sense of belonging will be foundational to all distance learning. Students will be engaged in 300 minutes daily of learning opportunities that are synchronous (live video or audio) or asynchronous independent work on one of the WRDSB designated learning platforms (Brightspace or Google Classroom). As in any learning situation, programming would be developed based off of the full Ontario curriculum.
Students who opt for tech-free distance learning will be assigned paper-based work based on the full curriculum and will have regular opportunities to interact with educators over the phone.