Details Regarding Shift to Remote Learning

Posted On Thursday April 15, 2021

On Monday, April 12, the Ontario Government announced that all publicly funded schools will remain closed to in-person learning following the spring break period.

As a result, all schools in the Renfrew County District School Board (District) will remain closed for in-person learning beginning Monday, April 19, 2021. This will continue until the government announces that school sites may re-open.

 

Distribution of Digital Devices

 

Information Technology is preparing devices and is delivering them to schools this week. Schools will receive Chromebooks and MiFi devices based on previous requirements.

The school principal will prepare a pick-up and distribution schedule that works best for the size and set-up of their school and then communicate it to their parent/guardian community. All health and safety measures are in place (ex. Masks/eye protection must be worn and social distancing measures that will accommodate any potential line up of students/parents).

With respect to Bell MiFi/Kajeet MiFi devices, schools will have access to a limited number. These devices will go to families with no internet (one per family maximum). If there are remaining devices, families whose internet does not support synchronous learning will be next. Other requests will be based on need as determined by the principal.
 

Remote Learning (elementary)

The format for current Remote Synchronous Learning is unaffected by this announcement, and students who are already in remote learning (including students who have been exempted from synchronous learning) can expect learning to resume as planned on April 19 according to the pre-existing daily schedule.

With respect to in-person learners who will now be transitioning to remote learning, April 19 will be a day to connect with students/families as well as collaborate with teaching partners in order to establish a daily schedule until in-person learning can resume. Details of the weekly schedule will be provided to students (parents/guardians) by the end of day on April 19. This schedule will outline the start time and length of the synchronous learning sessions for the duration of the remote learning period.

Remote learning will begin in earnest on Tuesday, April 20, 2021; however, the deployment schedule of digital devices for some schools may mean that some students may be delay their ability to join their Google Meet.

  • Kindergarten (180 min of synchronous instruction/day + 120 min of asynchronous learning/day).
  • Grades 1-8 (225 min of synchronous instruction/day + 75 min of asynchronous learning/day)

Remote Learning (secondary)

The format for current Remote Synchronous Learning is unaffected by this announcement, and students who are already in remote learning (including students who have been exempted from synchronous learning) can expect learning to resume as planned on April 19 according to the pre-existing daily schedule.

With respect to in-person learners who will now be transitioning to remote learning, teaching staff will send a Google Meet to their class to invite them to connect for the purposes of Student Success (e.g. course completion, demonstration of learning) on April 19 and 20th.

On April 21, Quad Four begins and attendance will continue to be taken daily in each course and students are to receive 120 minutes of synchronous instruction per course. 
 

Special Education

Elementary and secondary students will continue to receive accommodations according to their IEP.  In the remote environment, some aspects of the IEP may need to be altered to support student-learning needs. Educational assistants who are directly linked to classrooms to provide additional support to students, shall be added to Google Classrooms.  During Google Meets (synchronous learning), the teacher may create Breakout Rooms for EAs to support programming needs of students.

The ministry has directed school boards to provide an opportunity for in-person support for students with special needs who are unable to be accommodated through remote means. Our Special Services department will work with schools to determine in-person support for these students with special education needs.
 

Mental Health and Wellbeing

For more information or to access mental health supports and services, please visit our website to review our District and community listings.

We thank you for your understanding and patience on the above aspects.  Should you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s school for assistance.