Distance Learning

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On April 6th, the DDSB launched Distance Learning for students. The DDSB recognizes that students and families are going through different situations, emotions and challenges during this unprecedented time. Our role as a system is to provide teacher-led distance learning materials and tasks that consider these challenges and provide flexible options for learning.

What is Distance Learning?

Educators will connect with their students through a variety of methods to bring the Ontario curriculum to life through digital and experiential learning. However, distance learning is not intended to replicate a full school day. Our shared goal is to support students and parents/guardians to feel successful with learning tasks that are manageable, relevant, and engaging.

Distance Learning Plan

What Parents Can Expect:

Distance learning will be flexible, can be done at any point in the day, does not always require online access and can be done with minimal adult support. Teachers will provide instruction to students according to the following Ministry guidelines:

Hours refer to the approximate amount of time students would spend on the work assigned by teachers. 

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Kindergarten to Grade 3:

Five hours of work per student per week, with a focus on literacy and math

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Grades 4 - 6:

Five hours of work per week, with a focus on literacy, math, science, and social studies

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Grades 7 -8:

10 hours of work per week, with a focus on math, literacy, science and social studies;

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Grades 9 - 12:

Three hours of work per course per week for semestered students, and 1.5 hours of work per course per week for non-semestered students, with a focus on credit accumulation and graduation

Inclusive Student Services

During Distance Learning, our commitments to collaboration with families and student voice remain foundational to special education programming and services. The following documents outline how key special education processes and tools are being amended specific to the period of Distance Learning.

Accessing Technology

We understand that Distance Learning is new for students, families and educators. With that in mind, the DDSB is using various innovative tools and resources to assist our students with their class assignments.

Students using Google Classroom, D2L or Moodle may access their online classes from the Student Mobile Campus. Students log in using their DDSB credentials (student number followed by @ddsbstudent.ca and their password). If your child does not know their login information, please contact their teacher for help. 

For the most consistent experience, we encourage the use of a Chrome browser, if possible.  To avoid “You need permission..." and access errors, families may wish to create a Chrome profile for each student in the  household.

The DDSB has reached out to all families to offer supports for students that do not have access to technology or the internet at home. Please notify your child’s school principal if your child does not have access to a device or internet for distance learning. 

Additional Learning Resources

In addition to the DDSB’s Optional Continuous Student Learning at Home Resources and online resources from the Ministry of Education, the DDSB has a dynamic Library Learning Commons for you to explore virtually.

Use of the following resources is entirely optional. Self-marking and progress monitoring varies by resource/link.

Third party websites and resources may be altered without the knowledge of the DSSB Student Achievement and Curriculum Department. Should you encounter any “broken links”, or have questions or suggestions, please contact us at 905-666-6356. 

 

DDSB Optional Continuous Student Learning at Home

Optional Continuous Learning for Students (resources)

Ministry of Education Learn-at-Home

The Ontario Ministry of Education has provided these learn at home resources for families and students to access.

View the Ministry of Education's Learn at Home website 

DDSB Library Learning Commons

View the the DDSB's Library Learning Commons 

Web Resources for Parents

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Assessment, Evaluation & Report Cards
Assessment & Evaluation 

Overall

  • All students will receive final report cards (including the Kindergarten Communication of Learning);
  • Teachers will consider students' individual strengths, needs, and circumstances to support equitable learning outcomes;
  • No student's assessment will be negatively impacted because of school closures or challenges with accessing distance learning during the pandemic;
  • Overall course expectations are to be prioritized and reduced, to reflect the loss of instructional time; and
  • Additional learning activities may be assigned, but they will not be required as part of a final assessment and will be presented as supplemental learning so that students can make an informed choice.

Elementary Students

  •  Teachers are providing feedback on assignments to assist students in their learning, but grades as of March 13th will remain the same.

Secondary Students

  • Students final grades will be based on term marks only and there will be no final exams or summative tasks assigned in June 2020; and
  • Where appropriate, students can improve their grades through assessed work completed after March 13th.

        

For more information on the Assessment and Evaluation of students during distance learning, please click here.

 
Report Cards for 2019/20 

The way that we distribute report cards is changing for this year. You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) in order to access the report card when it is sent to you. You can find the OEN at the top of previous report cards. For your convenience, we have included some additional frequently asked questions for this year:  

  • When and How will I get my student’s Report Card? 
    • Elementary Report Cards will be emailed to families: June 25 
    • Secondary Report Cards will be emailed to families: July 8  

Families who have not registered an email address with their school, or who have opted out of receiving email from the School Messenger service will have their Report Card(s) sent to them via Canada Post.   

  • What about students with an IEP?  
    • Students who receive an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or an Alternative Report Card will receive these documents via Canada Post.   
  • When I receive the report card email, do I need a password to access it? 
    • Yes.  In order to protect your student’s privacy, before viewing a report card, you will be prompted to enter your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN).  
  • Where do I find my student’s OEN number to access Report Cards? 
    • This number may be found at the top of all previous report cards and where applicable, Individual Education Plans. 
    • If a parent is unable to locate their child’s OEN, they may call their student’s school.   
  • How do I change my School Messenger Preferences? 
    • Some parents may have blocked messages that come to them through our School Messenger Service.  Click Here to access instructions to alter your personal School Messenger preferences.  
  • I have a question about my child’s Report Card?  Who should I contact?  
    • Parents are encouraged to call their home school to discuss any concerns 
Contacting Your Student’s Teacher 

School staff directories can be found in the Our School menu of your school's website. Staff can be reached via email in the school directory.

Suggestions for Families 

We recognize that families are dealing with different situations and schedules, and you may have other ways that work best for your family.

We are all learning how to support distance learning together!

Suggestions for Families     Working Together during Distance Learning

Technology FAQs
How do I change My School Messenger Preferences?
School Messenger Message Preferences - Parent Guide
My child's school Chromebook requires summer repair.  What should I do?
Chromebook Student Summer Reminder - 2020
What platform will my child use for distance learning? 
Teachers are choosing learning platforms that best meet their student's needs. DDSB supports teachers using Google Sites, D2L Brightspace, Google Classroom, and Moodle for learning platforms. Teachers and students also utilize a number of other approved online tools. 
What is Google Classroom? 

Google Classroom is an online learning management system. Students can use it to access materials posted by teachers, complete assignments, and receive feedback on their work. 

What is Read and Write? 

Read and Write is a Chrome extension offered to students in the DDSB that provides assistive technology tools in their browser. These include speech to text, text to speech, picture dictionaries, and word prediction tools. 

Distance Learning and Student Privacy

Learn more about student privacy during distance learning. 

 
Technology Troubleshooting
My child has forgotten their password...
Students who need their password reset should contact their teacher for assistance. 
My child is receiving a "You need permission..." error when accessing files...
If you are seeing "You need permission" when trying to open shared files from your DDSB colleagues, you are probably signed into a personal Google account in the same browser window. You can avoid these errors by creating a Chrome profile for each student in the household. 
 

 

  • All students will receive final report cards (including the Kindergarten Communication of Learning);
  • Teachers will consider students' individual strengths, needs, and circumstances to support equitable learning outcomes;
  • No student's assessment will be negatively impacted because of school closures or challenges with accessing distance learning during the pandemic;
  • Overall course expectations are to be prioritized and reduced, to reflect the loss of instructional time; and

Additional learning activities may be assigned, but they will not be required as part of a final assessment and will be presented as supplemental learning so that students can make an informed choice.