Dear WRDSB Kindergarten to Grade 8 Families,

We wanted to write to our elementary students and families directly, understanding that you have some individual questions and are experiencing school closures in a different way than other students. The worry about students missing out on foundational learning is real and understandable, especially as you and your child looks forward to moving on to their next grade.

We know too that last week’s news about the postponement of class trips and year-end events has many of you feeling a sense of loss. Please be reassured we will find a way to return to these important events and traditions when it is safe to do so.

The Minister of Education has made it very clear that no student will be disadvantaged as a result of COVID 19 and we take the direction and promise very seriously.

The following overview is intended to help answer questions and reassure students and families that we have a clear plan to support students in achieving their goals. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher(s) for further information.

What will distance learning look like?

For the past few weeks, your teachers have assigned learning tasks through distance learning opportunities. The goal is not to replicate the school day at home. Teachers have been asked to review their course curriculum and what they have already covered, and to focus on the most important learning for your child. Teachers will continue to provide students with ongoing feedback to improve their learning.

Reduced Hours:

Instructional Level Instructional Hours
Kindergarten 5 hours per week
Grades 1 to 6 5 hours per week
Grades 7 and 8 10 hours per week

How will student learning and work be assessed and evaluated during distance learning?

Student learning demonstrated prior to March 13 will form the basis for final reports in each subject or learning area. In Grade 1 to 8 assessment data collected by teachers between April 6 and the end of June may be used to increase final marks. It may not be used to decrease a student’s grade.

This means, for all students engaged in learning until the end of June, their marks can only improve.

We understand that for some students, engaging in distance learning will be challenging. Many students have limited access to WiFi, or some of our older students might be caring for younger siblings or relatives. Whatever your challenge is, let your teacher(s) know and we will find a way to support you.