Secondary Hybrid Model

Since the return to school in September, SCDSB staff have been monitoring and evaluating the realities of teaching and learning during a global pandemic, and continue to explore ways in which we can adapt our practices to best support our students. 

In an effort to ensure that SCDSB secondary school students have access to a broad range of courses and flexibility to move between learning modes when necessary, SCDSB secondary schools will be moving to a hybrid learning model beginning in February 2021. This means that all secondary school students will be assigned to classroom teachers from their home school and attend classes in-person at school or virtually through the digital learning platform, Desire2Learn (D2L). Teachers will provide instruction to students who are in class as well as those who are at home through the use of video technology.

Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of a hybrid learning model?

The hybrid learning model ensures that secondary school students have access to a broad range of subjects, provides consistency in learning and a connection to the home school. The hybrid model also works to accommodate students who are required to remain home because they are ill or who are directed to self-isolate.

The classes that our students have chosen, and the pathway that they have chosen, can be accommodated without any further changes.

This model ensures that students and staff are able to pivot between in-person learning and remote learning, as necessary.

What will student timetables look like?

Students will keep their existing timetables for semester two (quadmester three and four). 

Some secondary school courses may not be suitable for students who are learning from home. As such, guidance counsellors will be contacting students who are learning from home to discuss alternative options. 

When does the hybrid learning model begin?

The change to the hybrid learning model will begin on Feb. 4, 2021 at the start of semester 2 (quadmester three and four). Please refer to the school year calendar for a list of important dates. 

This allows time for students to become familiar with the digital learning platform Desire2Learn (D2L). It also allows time for video technology to be installed in classrooms and for teacher training. 

How will attendance be monitored?

Teachers will record daily attendance of both students who are in-person and learning from home. Students are required to notify the school if they will be absent from class. This applies to both in-person and at-home learners. 

Who can I contact if I have questions?

It is important to note the first point of contact for students (and families) should always be their classroom teacher and/or their child(ren)’s school. 

Additional information and resources are available on the parent/guardian platform.


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