Learn@Home Resources

This page is intended for families who select the remote learning option for their child(ren).  It important to note, the first point of contact for students (and families) involved in remote learning should always be their classroom teacher and/or their child(ren)’s school. Information below is intended to provide additional information beyond what would be provided/available by the teacher


Getting started with Learn@Home

The SCDSB's Learn@Home program will begin on Monday, Sept. 21. Parents/guardians of elementary students will be contacted by their Learn@Home teacher by Monday, Sept. 21 at the latest to begin Learn@Home classes.

Secondary students will begin their Learn@Home program with a SCDSBHub Learner Essentials orientation module on Monday, Sept. 21. These students will receive an email from elearning@scdsb.on.ca providing instructions for this orientation.


Students involved in remote learning can expect the following:

  • Students may be clustered in ‘classes’ from multiple schools.

  • Student attendance will be taken daily.

  • Students may move between remote learning and in class learning at the natural term transition time, which is February 2021.

  • Students will be provided with a daily schedule of subjects/courses according to a five-hour instructional day.

  • Student learning will be based on overall expectations across all subjects/courses and grades, and will include opportunities for guided instruction, large and small-group learning, synchronous check-ins and asynchronous independent work.

  • Synchronous learning time may include students working independently and in small groups while engaged in a virtual classroom with the teacher overseeing their learning and available for questions.

  • Students will be able to meet with educators as needed to address specific learning needs. 

  • Students who do not have access to a learning device or Internet will be provided with access to technology. Distribution of technology will be facilitated at the school level at the beginning of the school year.

  • Students will access Google Classroom or Desire2Learn (D2L) as their synchronous learning platform, as determined by their teacher. 

Frequently asked questions

What will learning look like if I choose remote learning for my child?

Students in the remote learning program will be placed in a virtual class. Students will access Google Classroom or Brightspace Desire2Learn(D2L) as their learning platform. Students will be contacted by the teacher of their virtual class, welcomed into the class and then provided with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction throughout the school day as if they were physically in class.

The Simcoe County District School Board will follow the Ministry of Education’s direction as outlined in the policy document.  

What is synchronous learning?

The Ministry of Education defines synchronous learning as follows:

Learning that happens in real time. Synchronous learning involves using text, video, or voice communication in a way that enables educators and other members of the school- or board-based team to instruct and connect with students in real time. Synchronous learning supports the well-being and academic achievement of all students, including students with special education needs, by providing educators and students with an interactive and engaging way to learn. It helps teachers provide immediate feedback to students and enables students to interact with one another.

How much instruction will be provided synchronously during the day?

Students enrolled in remote learning will be provided with a combination of guided instruction, large group, small group, synchronous check-ins and asynchronous independent work. Similar to their regular school day, students will be expected to be online and engaged in learning for the duration of the school day.

How long is the school day?
Daily minimum synchronous learning requirements have been set by the Ministry of Education. The synchronous learning time requirements may be divided into shorter periods throughout the school day. The daily minimum requirement for synchronous learning varies by grade level and is as follows:

Kindergarten: 180 minutes 
Grades 1 – 3: 225 minutes
Grades 4 – 8: 225 minutes
Grades 9 – 12: 60 minutes for each 75-minute course
What happens if a student is having difficulty with remote learning?

The first point of contact for a student/family is always the classroom teacher. If the student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), they may also contact the special education resource teacher (SERT) responsible for their child’s IEP. 

What form or amount of communication should I expect during remote learning?

Teachers are expected to communicate daily with all students in their class as part of synchronous learning. As well, similar to regular in-person instruction, teachers are expected to maintain regular communication with families in order to ensure they are well informed of expectations and/or challenges that may arise. It is a good idea for families to set up an introductory meeting with their child’s remote learning teacher, as they would with any teacher in their child’s school, as the need arises.

My child has SEA equipment to support their learning. Will they be able to use it at home during this time and what happens if it needs repair?

Similar to last spring, students with special education needs that have SEA equipment (e.g. laptop computer) will continue to be able to take the equipment home to complete their school work. If the device requires repair, families are asked to contact their child’s school and arrange for it to be serviced by the school.

How is attendance taken in remote learning and who do I inform if my child is going to be absent (e.g. illness/appointment)?

Similar to in-person school, teachers are required to take attendance daily. Families should inform their teacher(s) if their child(ren) is going to be absent for any reason.

My child doesn’t have a computer to access remote learning. Is it possible to get one from the school?

Yes. Families have been surveyed about their device and Internet needs and should work with their respective home school to arrange for technology support if it is needed.

Will my child’s work be evaluated and will the marks count the same as if they were in school in person?

Yes. Teachers will be evaluating the work completed by students remotely, and those grades/credits will be reported on the student’s report card/transcript.

Contact us for remote learning support

*Student's full name

*Student's school

*Parent/guardian's full name

*Email where you can be contacted 

*Parent/guardian's phone number

*Please provide a full description of your request.

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