In-person students begin remote learning on Monday

Posted On Thursday April 15, 2021

Thames Valley is ready to provide elementary and secondary students with remote learning as soon as the school day begins on Monday, April 19.

“We are committed to providing all students with a high-quality remote learning experience while schools are closed,” said Mark Fisher, TVDSB Director of Education. “No student will be disadvantaged by this interruption to in-person learning.”

Learning materials will be posted on digital learning platforms, Brightspace or Google Classroom, so that students can begin asynchronous (independent) learning right away.

Secondary students will move to synchronous (live, real time) learning in their second instructional block on Monday, while elementary students will continue to learn independently for the whole day – providing their teachers time to personally contact all students and their parents/guardians. Synchronous learning for elementary students will start Tuesday.

As previously announced, the Government of Ontario has delayed the return to in-school learning after the current Spring Break to help mitigate the increasing spread of COVID-19 in many communities.

The Government has not indicated when schools would reopen but will be carefully monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in the coming weeks.

Staff and students already engaged in Full Remote Learning will continue as scheduled on Monday, April 19

Following is important information for students and families:

Secondary

  • Students will remain in their existing cohorts and maintain their current schedules until April 23 – the end of Quadmester 3.
  • Quadmester 4 begins Monday, April 26 at which time all students will participate together in remote learning classes daily.
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Elementary

  • Teachers will make personal contact with families on Monday, April 19 to provide specific information on remote learning for their students. Teachers will provide students/families with a daily plan (timetable) and ask whether any special supports or technology are needed. 
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Technology

  • Families can contact their home school April 19 to 21 if a computing device is needed.
  • Families can email or leave a voicemail message with their name, child’s first and last name, grade and?contact information. 
  • It will take several days for devices to be prepared and deployed.

Students with Special Needs 

  • Families will be contacted on Monday, April 19.
  • Students with complex special needs who are registered in specific Special Education classes have the option of returning to in-person learning on Tuesday, April 20.
  • Specialized transportation will be available.

Supporting the Mental Health and Well-Being of Students 

  • The shift to remote learning may be challenging for staff, students and families.
  • Thames Valley believes it is important to support the health and well-being of all staff and students
  • Social workers and other professional services staff are available to students requiring additional support.

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