Learning resources for students and families

The SCDSB has developed a plan to support the continuity of learning for your child. The goal of the plan is to provide all students with instruction while balancing the ever-changing circumstances that families are facing. Your child’s educators are in the best position to provide high-quality programming to meet the unique needs of the students in their class. Given the differences in grades, skills, access to technology, home circumstances, etc., flexibility and ongoing communication will be required on behalf of both families and educators to ensure that students are successful.  

Visit this page for access to resources to support you and your children as we work together to support distance learning.

Distance learning resources

Early Years (Year 1 and 2 Kindergarten)

Educators will be providing learning activities to students and families on a weekly basis that involve both online and offline learning experiences based on the timelines outlined below. Although educators are providing school work to continue learning, the primary consideration right now is the health and well-being of our school communities. 

In Kindergarten, students should be working on school activities no more than five hours per week. Activities that your child completes over this time will be assessed and feedback will be provided to promote progress in learning and inform comments on final reports. 


Families are reminded of the importance of home and schoolwork balance. Physical movement and exercise are critical to a child’s growth and development. Opportunities for children to explore their creative side through art, music, dance, drama and physical activities are encouraged. Educators will be including ideas to support you with this. 


Time frames of learning

 

Approximate time per day

Focus of the instructional program

20-30 minutes

Literacy activities, games and challenges focused on language development, vocabulary, comprehension and phonological awareness

20-30 minutes

Math activities and games focused on counting, sorting and patterning

30 minutes once every three days

Activities, games and challenges that include belonging and contributing, self-regulation and well-being, and problem solving and innovating. Your child’s teacher will provide more details.

 5 hours per week

Total time spent on school work per week




Primary (Grades 1-3)

Teachers will be providing distance learning activities to students on a weekly basis that involve both online and offline learning experiences based on the timelines outlined below. In Grades 1-3, students should be working on schoolwork no more than five hours per week. Work that your child completes over this time will be assessed and feedback will be provided to promote progress in learning. Work that is collected will inform final grades. Although educators are providing school work to continue learning, the primary consideration right now is the health and well-being of our school communities. 

Families are reminded of the importance of home and schoolwork balance. Physical movement and exercise are critical to a child’s growth and development. Opportunities for children to explore their creative side through art, music, dance, drama and physical activities are encouraged. Teachers will be including ideas to support you with this. 

Time frames of learning

 

Approximate time per day 

Focus of the instructional program

20-30 minutes

Language (blended with other subjects, where possible)

20-30 minutes

Mathematics (blended with other subjects, where possible)

30 minutes once every three days

Additional subjects - the focus of this learning is determined at the school level. Your child’s teacher will provide more details.

 5 hours per week Total time spent on school work per week

Junior (Grades 4-6)

Teachers will be providing distance learning activities to students on a weekly basis that involve both online and offline learning experiences based on the timelines outlined below. In Grades 4-6, students should be working on schoolwork no more than five hours per week. Work that your child completes over this time will be assessed and feedback will be provided to promote progress in learning. Work that is collected will inform final grades. Although educators are providing school work to continue learning, the primary consideration right now is the health and well-being of our school communities. 

Families are reminded of the importance of home and schoolwork balance. Physical movement and exercise are critical to a child’s growth and development. Opportunities for children to explore their creative side through art, music, dance, drama and physical activities are encouraged. Teachers will be including ideas to support you with this.

Time frames of learning


Approximate time per day

Focus of the instructional program

20-30 minutes

Language (blended with other subjects, where possible)

20-30 minutes

Mathematics (blended with other subjects, where possible)

30 minutes per class, once every five days

Additional subjects - the focus of this learning is determined at the school level. Your child’s teacher will provide more details.

 5 hours per week Total time spent on school work per week
Intermediate (Grades 7-8)

Teachers will be providing distance learning activities to students on a weekly basis that involve both online and offline learning experiences based on the timelines outlined below. In Grades 7-8, students should be working on schoolwork no more than 10 hours per week. Work that your child completes over this time will be assessed and feedback will be provided to promote progress in learning. Work that is collected will inform final grades. Although educators are providing school work to continue learning, the primary consideration right now is the health and well-being of our school communities. 

Families are reminded of the importance of home and schoolwork balance. Physical movement and exercise are critical to a child’s growth and development. Opportunities for children to explore their creative side through art, music, dance, drama and physical activities are encouraged. Teachers will be including ideas to support you with this. 

Time frames of learning

 

Approximate time per day

Focus of the instructional program

45-60 minutes

Language (blended with other subjects, where possible)

45-60 minutes

Mathematics (blended with other subjects, where possible)

30 minutes once every three days

Additional subjects - the focus of this learning is determined at the school level. Your child’s teacher will provide more details.

 10 hours per week Total time spent on school work per week
Secondary (Grades 9-12)

Teachers will assign learning experiences (e.g. tasks, content-specific reading, assignments etc.), and provide feedback for students. If school closures extend beyond May 4, 2020, further information will be communicated to students at that time. Secondary students should follow the Distance Learning Strategies for Students as well as direction being provided by each of their teachers. Maintaining regular communication and asking questions is critical to ensuring the successful completion of each credit course.

In Grades 9-12 , students should be working on schoolwork no more than three hours per week, per course. Work that is collected will inform final grades. Although teachers are providing school work to continue learning, the primary consideration right now is the health and well-being of our school communities.

Time frames of learning

 

Course type: applied, locally developed and open and non-credit bearing

Approximate time per day 

Instructional focus

15 minutes/day or 30 minutes every second day

Instruction - content provided using a variety of formats as determined by the teacher

15 minutes/day or 30 minutes every second day

Active learning experiences - activities, games or challenges designed to provide practice and consolidate new learning as provided by the teacher

30 minutes per week

Assessment, self-assessment and reflection activities as provided by the teacher

3 hours per week Total instructional time per course

 

Course type: academic

Approximate time per day

Instructional focus

45 minutes/day, 4 days per week

Instructional time will be provided by the teacher and include content delivery (using a variety of presentation formats), active learning experiences for practicing and consolidating skills/understandings and time for teacher-assessment, self-assessment and reflection.

3 hours per week Total instructional time per course

Communication schedule

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 Period 1

Period 2

Period 3

Period 4

Period 5

Period 1 teachers will:

  • communicate the weekly learning plan for students following the time frames for learning
  • provide support to students (individually, in small groups and whole group)

Period 2 teachers will:

  • communicate the weekly learning plan for students following the time frames for learning
  • provide support to students (individually, in small groups and whole group)

 

Period 3 teachers will:

  • communicate the weekly learning plan for students following the time frames for learning
  • provide support to students (individually, in small groups and whole group)

 

Period 4 teachers will:

  • communicate the weekly learning plan for students following the time frames for learning
  • provide support to students (individually, in small groups and whole group)

Period 5 teachers will:

  • communicate the weekly learning plan for students following the time frames for learning
  • provide support to students (individually, in small groups and whole group)

 

Additional support by subject